Browsing Archive: May, 2012


Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Sneak Peek 

It's been a busy couple of weeks and I'm slammed! I'm trying to play catch-up and complete several projects for your viewing pleasure.

Here's a little peek at a couple that you'll be seeing complete in the next 2 weeks...

Can you believe there are two different things in this picture? You probably think I've lost my mind. On the contrary, I've been using too much of it at once. 

I'll provide an hour of complimentary design consultation to the first person who guesses what these will be! Just e-...

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Hoist Your Flag

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Art 

If you have a large wall to make a colorful simple statement on, or a small bedroom that needs a punch of color

try a vintage flag!


 There are so many sizes and designs to choose from.


Mariners flags are great in a library or a boys room

All you need to do is either mount your flag on a piece of 1/4" plywood with furniture tacks around the edge, use a large poster frame, or put a frame together with 4 lengths of 1" x 2" strips that are secured at the corners with 4 corner brackets and wrap th...

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What Would I Do...

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

If I found these two chairs...which I did today for $20 each at Urban Ore (my favorite place to find materials for re-use)? 

These are old, large, heavy duty, outdoor rattan chairs. The kind that they used to make in the pre-plastic rattan age. They're in great shape other than a few misplaced pieces of rattan on the backs and the old outdoor upholstery.

First I would pop the upholstered seats off, spray the chairs a HOT PINK or TURQUOISE blue with Krylon outdoor spray paint.

Then I would r...
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Faux...Faux Bois

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Saturday, May 19, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

Faux Bois, meaning "false wood" in french, has always had a place in my home or garden. Not surprising  considering how much I love using branches in my work.

Faux faux boise would then refer to real wood that's pretending to be fake? Right!

After spotting this console (for thousands of dollars) that I thought was fantastic, I thought I'd try my hand at a little faux faux.

I just used what I had on hand.


I spray painted this grapevine branch with Krylon HIgh Gloss white paint,

spray painted th...
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An Inside Job

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

If you've always wanted to get wild and crazy in a room but were afraid to, most designers would tell you to go wild in a small space (like a small powder room). Sounds fun doesn't it?


I know many people who yearn to do even a small space in a bright color or a crazy fun wallpaper but STILL can't commit themselves to even a phone booth sized powder room. THIS POST IS FOR YOU.


Why not try going wild in the safety of your own closet or in a small cabinet.


Just paint the Inside of a small cab...
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Blue and Lots of White!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Saturday, May 12, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

I dropped by my favorite junk antiques shop today to see if they had anything new that one of my clients could use.

What I found I decided to keep for myself! After all, I deserve a treat for Mother's Day!

They had several blue and white chinese pots and ginger jars. One is always nice...but en masse they can be fabulous.

For $15. I purchased 3 of varying height, cleaned them up, placed them in a group,

and filled each one with a bunch of white flowers. 

One with Tulips, one with Hydrangeas, an...
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Sunny Warm Weather

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, In : Garden 

Really makes me crave my weekend mornings out on the back deck with my incredible live-in barista's special cappuccino.

There are some FANTASTIC outdoor rugs available right now to spruce it up.


Close-up of the blue and white (also comes in grey and white) 
One of my current favorites is the Outdoor Dhurrie by West Elm which is on special.

Not only would it look great on the deck, but it could even be used to drape over an old bench to give it a fresh new look (without even having to get a new...
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DIY Designer Drapery

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Saturday, May 5, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

A couple weeks ago I was working on a client's colorful drapery. I started by showing you how to applique drapery, lampshades, and pillows. If you missed it, here it is.

I finished the drapery panels by tying all the elements together with some blue woven cord. The blue really picks up the birds in the design. 

I layed the panels side by side and chose a design that would bring it all together. I hot glued the cord on being careful to match the beginning and end of the cord on each panel. 

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Chic DIY Desk

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 


This chic little desk could not be much easier to make yourself.

All you need is some welded wire fencing (the kind that is used to make rabbit cages or backyard fencing). You can find it at your local hardware store. 

It comes in several widths. I would recommend using the 24" width for a desk or console table. If you would like a higher table, you'll need to purchase the 36" width fencing and cut it down to the size you prefer.
Unroll your fencing.

Decide on the diameter of your wire columns...

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