Category Archives: Bench

The Foot of the Bed

If you need extra storage space, a place to sit and put your shoes on or an extra lounging spot, the foot of the bed may be where you should look first. Not all rooms will allow for this sort of idea but if yours does, here are some good ones –

A daybed perhaps? 
(photo from The White Company)
 Furry ottomans.
(photo from BHG)
 A mini living room.
(photo from Furbish Studio)
Small upholstered stools at the Gritti Palace in Venice.
(photo from Dustjacket-Attic)
 Storage trunk.
A simple bench.
(photo from Domaine)
A desk perhaps?
(photo from HGTV)
Cushion topped crates.
(photo from Behind the Design)
Shelf with blanket storage. 
(photo from Curbly)

DumpTruck Design!!

Reclaimed wood. Reclaimed steel. Antique furniture being given new life and a makeover. Custom cabinetry and commercial work. Incredible, one of a kind pieces. Welcome to DumpTruck Design. Located on Washington Ave., right here in Houston, DumpTruck Design produces the most original, creative and beautiful work! Cory Wagner leads the crew at DumpTruck in creating unique and interesting pieces for their clients. Well done!

 Dual Chairs designed by Cory Wagner and Marty Joyce. A broken antique chair given new life.

 Dual Chair 1. Made from Antique Rosewood and Steel.

 Custom cabinets made from reclaimed wood from Wagner Hardware in Bellaire.
A close up

 I love this piece. The NL Design Table is made from reclaimed pine (from a Houston Heights home) and reclaimed steel (from a construction site dumpster).

 This Substantial Slab Bench is beautiful! The hand burnished flame finish and polished surface is so different and gorgeous.
A close up
DT Bar Table and Stools made from Steel and Reclaimed Cedar.

More Doors Repurposed!!

After the good feedback from the “Repurposed Door” post a couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to find more ideas and pictures to share. Here is what I found.

 I love this door that became a bench! The hinges and doorknob are still attached. Wonderful.
(photo from Painting Primitives)
I love the look of this door that became a bookshelf! I bet this would be pretty easy to do too.
(photo from Salvaged Grace)
Absolutely LOVE this look! This is an old horse stall door that became a sliding cabinet door!
(photo from Design Sponge)
Or create a gorgeous arbor for the yard with 2 old doors!
(photo from Garden Web)
This is so great looking!! The door became the island in a kitchen.
(photo from you are who i am)
Love this door to coffee table!
(photo from French By Design)
Last but not least, the doors that became a headboard. So beautiful.
(photo from Re-Nest via Bradford Avenue)

Stella Love Furniture!

No, my name is not Stella but I do love furniture. More importantly, I love great furniture pieces. I came across the furniture creations from Stella Love today while checking out a new (to me) blog by Second ShoutOut (SS are passionate about vintage contemporary pieces and will have their own online marketplace soon). I adore the Stella Love creations (available through Nube Green)! She uses plaid fabrics and vintage Swiss Army blankets to bring life to these old furniture beauties…. (she also makes clothes!) Enjoy!

 Swiss Army Club Pair. Covered with vintage Swiss Army blankets.

 The Very Victorian Settee is Very Beautiful! The stripes and the plaid! I love the peek-a-boo plaid on the underside of the cushions.

 Channel Back Armchair. I love the gray and yellow together.

 Swiss Army Storage Bench. I love this thing! Christmas present anyone? ; )


L + J Industries in Houston!

I came across L + J Industries of Houston on Etsy today and I LOVE their creations…. Or should I say re-creations? The company consists of twin sisters, Lynne and Julia Schafer, who take vintage furniture and redo it with a colorful, modern twist. They also make their own things that are Mid-Century inspired. Their pieces are so fun and eye catching! Check ’em out.


Vintage Inspired Patchwork Footstool. They created the patchwork design with pieces of their favorite fabrics. 
 1960’s Arm Chair. Love the black and white!

Vintage Thonet Bentwood Chairs. Such a fun pattern! The fabric really transforms the chairs.

Mid-Century Inspired Starburst Bench. Again, the fabric really makes it!