UMBRAfy Your Space
And VOILA! What started as a come-help-my-friends design project ended up a make-over session we definitely enjoyed.
When Chad and Kristen moved into their new (and not so newly furnished) Stouffville home, Umbra designer, Alan Wisniewski, suggested how fun it would be to UMBRAfy it with some of our pieces.
The small suggestion became a full-out mission to modernize their cute pad, which they started stripping to rid themselves of some badly chosen brownish-pink carpeting and wall color.
It was a full afternoon of DIY fun and design. And other than a mantle that we made and painted from scratch, and some throw covers that were re-sown from former Umbra drapery panels, most of the products came straight from our vault of home design goodness. (Found centre table c/o Goodwill btw.)
We're proud to showcase...THE BEFORE AND AFTER SHOTS.
The Vintage Piano Area
Get the look: stitch wall clock, simple desktop photo displays and lena bookends
Remember this: old can be new. Think twice before throwing vintage pieces and instead mix it with modern elements, such as clean, white colors and lines that cohesively embellish your old furniture, without overpowering it. Don't know how many to pieces to put on tops? Think odd numbers. And play with depth of height and field to make things more interesting.
The Couch Area
Get the look: , behold photo wall display (which we hand-painted in white), vintage album, re-sown throw pillow covers from old Umbra drapery panels
Build a collage of pieces and shapes on expansive walls . It's easy--but make sure you layout your composition on the floor first, before measuring spaces and drilling on the wall. Use the couch or distance between floor and ceiling as your point of reference.
The TV Console
Get the look: faux-fireplace ( by Umbra peeps), suspend mantlepiece clock>, stellar side table, minimix desktop photo/art display
Flex some muscles and be more adventurous--build your own TV console! A faux-fireplace mantle can transform the complete look and feel of walls. Complete the look by buying candle pillars in 3-4 tower heights. Hang your flat screen on top to get more surface area.
Tomorrow we feature what the homeowners think. But we'd like to thank them first for opening their place last Friday (and for the free cold beer!). Definitely made the project fly by.
Do you have a space that needs to be UMBRAfied?...