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Fabulous Color Combo on (Re)imagined Ottomon   Leave a comment

DIY: New Life for an Ottoman Cushion.




Posted August 30, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Old-School Mid-Century meets New-School Salvage: (Re)claimed Wood and the Hairpin Leg   Leave a comment

Today I wanted to feature a design style that would marry “old-school” with salvage.  I fell head over heels for the simplicity of the industrial hairpin leg combined with the earthy textures of reclaimed wood. Let’s look at some inspiring images to get your creative juices flowing!

A project by Atlas Wood Co. was recently featured on Houzz.  The bench has a “man-tique” meets environmental feel combining knotty wood, heavy metal and (re)imagined coffee bags as upholstery.


Megan Toro of Modern Textures in Tulsa, Oklahoma has some fabulous pieces as well.  I’m just swooning over the multi-colored, chevron pattern in this coffee table.  Configuring all the perfect angles and combinations of wood-tones had to be a labor of love.  Most of her wood remarkably is sourced from scraps…kinda make you want to hoard those left-overs for a rainy day, eh?  If you’d like to see more of her amazing work, journey over here.  She’s pretty talented!


Just one more bit of awesomeness (rich with contrasting tone) from this sassy designer.  Psst! Megan also does custom wall art too!  Shoot her a request here.


In the 1940’s folks had to be creative with their limited resources during wartime and metal was scarce.  That’s where Henry P. Glass comes into the picture.  He invented the hairpin leg out of necessity and it has since evolved into a trademark for mid-century furniture.  Jump forward to the present and we see the merit of salvaged wood trending well in the world of design…plus let’s admit…reclaimed wood has that hidden “past-life” story to tell.  This Old House has a great tutorial for those of you hankering to try your own hand at crafting something gorgeous with hairpin legs.  Here’s a sneak peek.


(Come on … you can’t go wrong with This Old House.)  I also wanted to share a link to Blue Ridge Metal Works out of Hickory/Charlotte, North Carolina.  They are a great resource for hand-fabricated hairpin legs.  Check out their blacksmith magic below:


You can order various sizes depending on your project. Envisioning a coffee table? They’ve got 12″.  Maybe a new desk for your home office?  They’ve got 32″.  The cool thing is, their prices are actually less than most sites that mass produce them.  Check out their shop if you’re in love with mid-century design and need some awesome, hand-fabricated resources for your next project.

One more little tidbit!  You know that scrap/reclaimed wood you’ve been saving?  It’s thirsty.  Really thirsty.  So you’ll want to revive it to its original glory with this hydrating love potion from Urban Wood Goods.


Don’t neglect your salvaged wood after all your hard work!  This all-natural beeswax concoction is just what your parched project needs.  Take a look at the before and after images.


This stuff really brings out the beauty of the wood grain don’t you think?  Feels good too!  Well my friends, thanks for visiting me today and happy (re)imagining!



Posted January 26, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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“Reimagine the Remarkable” on Route 30 This Weekend   2 comments


Good Morning ladies and gents!  Just a short post this morning.  I wanted to make sure all of you remarkable scavengers were aware that today is the last day for the annual Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale.


This yearly event started as a small collection of folks hauling out their once-loved oddities to Lincoln Highway’s curbside.  The 3 day event has now expanded across multiple states and boasts over one thousand yard sales.  My beloved re-designers, salvage geeks and pickers-extraordinaire really need to take a junk jaunt on down the road today!  Who knows … you may even run into these two handsome fellas below!


Apologies…I think I have a “Pickers-crush” on these two.  *wink  I have a sneaking suspicion there is something special  yet to be discovered along Route 30.


 (*Pssst!  I’ve even noticed a few FREE furniture pieces along the way just waiting for you re-furbishers!)  I’ll be getting my “Reimagining the Remarkable” groove on today…you should too!



Posted August 10, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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3 Architectural Conversions: (Re)imagining Structural Design   Leave a comment

The images below are from Bham Interior Design.  Their firm focuses on quality & uniqueness…I think they’ve hit the “uniqueness” target spot on with this one!  Kudos to these creative folks for re-purposing this structure into a swanky living quarters.

Water Tower

Not too far north from my hometown towers another fantastic architectural conversion in Akron, Ohio.  The Quaker Square (below) boasts a former life as 36 grain silos owned by the Quaker Oats Company in the 1930’s.  It was purchased by private investors in 1970 and transformed into restaurants, a hotel, and shopping complex.  Pretty neat industrial restoration eh?


Last but not least, a barn conversion (images below) in Surrey, England.  Yep, this gorgeous abode once housed piles of hay and gave shelter to an array of farm animals.  It has been converted to a rather grand home by  Stedman Blower Architects and was featured on


barn-conversion-living room


So sleek and clean yet charming with bits of raw brick showing through.   Oh the fun I’d have sliding down the banister of those stairs…  *sigh.  What can I say?  I’ll be 40 in April, but I’m still a kid at heart. 😉

Well folks, I hope this post serves as inspiration to look at things in a different light and to (re)imagine!  If you have an amazing architectural conversion you’d like to share, leave a comment!



Posted February 14, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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