Friday, April 29, 2011

Bling It Baby!

When you think of nailhead trim, do you think of drawing rooms and studies with Chesterfield sofas and leather wingback chairs. Not me! I think of it as traditional style bling. It's part of that perfect harmony, the style I so love- using a traditional detail in a modern way.

My favorite border pattern made better!

Traditional Home
Just a little here and there adds an enormous amount of flair!

Decor pad
It's a sexy little detail!

Graham and Green
It's the finishing touch- like adding that perfect piece of jewelery to an outfit.

Nailhead trim detail jacket from Gryphon - New York. Cute, cute, cute!

A little goes a long way.

dens/libraries/offices - Baker Chair blue velvet chair nailhead trim glossy white lacquer desk baby blue porcelain gourd lamp brown grasscloth wallpaper brown turquoise blue bedroom
Designer: David Brian Sanders via Traditional Home
Photograph: Joe Schmelzer; 
What else is left to say?

modern living room
Hayes De Fer via Decorati
I was so inspired by these pictures. It gave me an idea (one of those epiphany's)! I have an old lazy Susan that needed a little pizazz. Here she is in her doldrum (that's a word, right?) finish.  A dear family member made this and for that reason alone I do like it, also, it's useful when you have a family of six sitting down for dinner.

Feeling a little bad, I pulled off the little handles. I'm sure that took a considerable amount of patience to build. 

I filled the holes and sanded it down.

I painted it and gave it some bling with french natural nail head trim.

La Di Da! -Lazy Susan is now Lazy, but hip Susie!! 
I liked this so much, I'm making eight of them for my Etsy shop, I.Design Marketplace. It's the first of an entire line of home decor and gifts that I've been working on. I will keep you updated when I add new items.

Here's an update on the dining room conversion:
It's officially not a dining room. The dining furniture is out and for sale! Take a look at it HERE. As you will see it's painted (walnut wood) and I would be willing to re-paint it to suit your needs if any of the local people are interested. I'm reluctant to show you all of the furniture that I pulled out of the basement, but I will. I want to give you an idea where I'm going with this. Please chime in with your thoughts! Doing this room has opened a can of worms as far as projects go because I'm determined to use mostly what I have and spend as little money as possible.

Mid-century Russell Wright sideboard and mirror (stays as is), rattan chair and matching settee will be painted a lighter color with a solid upholstery (like the deep blue that's in the rug) and graphic print pillows (like zebra). I'm leaning toward painting the piano gray. Table lamps will be touched up and I will be showing you how to make new lampshades.

Here is the matching settee that will also be painted a lighter color and reupholstered in a darker fabric and I will be adding some nailhead trim along the front panel. The Russell Wight cocktail table is large (not as large as it looks in this picture) and sturdy. You could dance on it if you felt so inclined but we will use it mostly for board games! I like that the bench works as part of the seating arrangement as well as for playing the piano and there is a small Russell Wright chair and footstool in the corner (bottom right) that can be pulled up to the table.  Ignore the stuff on the walls-just playing around with different ideas. Can you picture it?  Wondering where the books are going since it was supposed to be a library? Well, one of the other sitting rooms, the one with the existing fireplace and built-in bookcases, is going in that direction- I'm telling you, catch 22. We're having fun with it and that's what it's about! 

I'll leave you with this:
"Make your home as attractive and comfortable as possible and then get on with living. There's more to life than decorating."
--Albert Hadley
Have a great weekend, Michelle :)

I'm sharing my Lazy Susan makeover with:

Primitive & Proper Piece of Work Wednesday

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing
and Metamorphosis Monday on Between Naps on the Porch

and Amaze Me Mondays on Dittle Dattle
Dittle Dattle

and Motivate me Monday on Keeping it Simple
Keeping It Simple
Coastal Charm


  1. I love what you did w/ the lazy susan... you are so creative. How cool is that ottoman in the first photo?! I also love the 3rd chair! Hope that you have a wonderful weekend.... I will have to check out your Etsy shop. xo

  2. Wow! You've got me looking around my house wondering what I could add some nailhead to :) Your lazy suzan turned out great.
    I'm glad you are having fun with the dining room turned music room switcharoo. I'm liking what I see so far!

  3. I like what you did with your lazy Susan! It's very modern now, so new looking! Very nice. Come on over and visit me.

  4. that lazy (sorry, hip) susan is awesome! i would never think of that. i love that you did!

  5. Wow, what a great lazy susan transformation! Looks great!

  6. I love that lazy susan! thanks for visiting our blog. I'm going to look around some more here.

  7. Amazing job on the lazy susan. I also did a project this week with nail head trim. Would love it if you could check it out.

  8. Really, Really Great!!!
    Now I have to look at that Lazy Susan I have been meaning to do, in a new way.
    Thanks for sharing...

  9. How pretty is that!!~ Thanks for sharing it at my newbie party..I look forward to seeing you again. TOmorrow I am having a pet party and it is so much fun!

  10. I'm loving that gorgeous secretary in white. I'm a new follower and hope you follow me, too.
    Helen of Helen's Decor

  11. GREAT idea! I can see this being sold in a ZGallerie store! Very cool and VERY hip! (and not lazy at all!) Great job - Suzie is now Stylin'!!

    :D Lynda

  12. Wow it looks fantastic - That nailhead trim really gives it some 'oomph!'

  13. Wow - I didn't know a lazy susan could be so chic! Fab. job!

  14. Loved the nailhead tour. Then a treat of a great makeover. Great job on making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Love the turntable. I am your newest follower. Ginger :)

  15. I love the coaster idea, I think I might have to try it. Thanks.