Browsing Archive: October, 2011

Turn Old China Into New Gifts

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Thursday, October 27, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

It seems we all have orphan crystal or china pieces that were at one time part of a beautiful set but are now stuck in the back of our cabinets. If you don't have this problem, these lonely pieces of history can be found by the barrel full at flea markets and junk antique shops for mere cents. 

All you need are 3 plates of varying size (small, medium, and large) and two cups, candle holders, or glasses, and in minutes you will have a beautiful gift or a serving piece of your own for your holi...
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Heath Heaven

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, In : New Shops 
If you have never visited Heath Ceramics, you really must when you are in the area!

Heath has a rich history of producing hand made tiles and ceramics for over 50 years. Their tiles can be seen in famous restaurants such as Chez Panisse and The Slanted Door.

Edith Heath, an influential potter and designer of the Modernist era, started the company in 1948. In 2003 Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey purchased and completely revitalized the company, adding beautiful new colors and designs.


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A Do-It-Yourself Board Gift

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

It's always nice to bring something along for the host and hostess of your holiday parties. You can even wrap a bow around this one as a gift for any occasion. 

Everyone can use a beautiful exotic hardwood cheese board!

Just visit your local specialty hardwood store. Most cities have one. In my case I visit MacBeath Hardwoods.

They usually have a scrap wood bin where you can purchase smaller pieces (that they call scrap) for approximately five to ten dollars per pound.

There are so many beauti...
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100 Bottles Of Candles

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

 Well...really there are only 25 bottles. 

via Shelter

All recycled clear glass wine bottles, all the same size, although you could also use many different sizes, all with one white candle. The candles should alternate lengths.

Now you know what to do with your clear glass wine bottles. Save them! Make a statement!


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Nathan Lives In Rockridge!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Thursday, October 13, 2011, In : New Shops 

You may be familiar with Nathan...he also has a home on Piedmont Avenue.

But just one week ago Nathan & Co. opened a second home on College Avenue right across from Market Hall.

The little shop is stocked to the gills with interesting big and little items.

The front section has lots of cooking supplies and cookbooks, while the back has some REALLY FABULOUS jewelry that I wish I had a picture for you to see...excellent pricing on the jewelry as well!

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In The Limelight

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

As luck would have it, I found a beautiful, large, mahogany antique mirror a few weeks ago at one of my favorite antique junk shops...for only $12.

It is the perfect size to make into a very large medicine cabinet door (above the sink) in the new bathroom. So this is the first do-it-yourself project for my own bath, but will also be useful for you.

The finish on the mirror frame was old, blotchy, cracking, and yellowed. With a little sand paper and alot of elbow grease, I was able to sand it d...
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Lose A Shower...Gain A Jungle Rain Head

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, October 7, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

We weren't planning on renovating the bathroom just yet.

But as luck would have it the pipes disintegrated the other night. The problem is, they are directly over the kitchen counter.

So we demoed the bathroom immediately.

Put up a temporary shower in the only place we had room...

on top of the vegetable garden...

in the middle of the jungle.

We did it quickly (with a hose splitter and some black bamboo we harvested last year) so it's not the prettiest thing, but it sure is wonderful showering ...
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Spotlight on Nick and Tony Zigenis...Painters Extraordinaire

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, In : Painters 

I've been working with Nick and Tony Zigenis for the past 15 years. Not only are they some of the nicest people you will ever meet, they are some of the best painters you will ever find! They are always the first people I go to when a client needs interior or exterior painting done.

How did you both begin your painting careers?

It was very natural for us. Our father started the business when we were kids and taught us most of what we know. "Zigenis and Sons" became a highly reputable and sough...

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