Oprah Magazine Eco Makeover: Part Two!
Part Two of the eco makeover I did for the June issue of O: The Oprah Magazine! This is so much fun going back into my digital archives to finally share these pics with all of you!
Okay, here’s the patio area that is, well, just a chair and a broomstick before I got my hands on it. And here’s the after:
I moved the teak chair Kerry Washington already had to across the other side of the patio. Here, I put this all-weather wicker chair (in a nice blue color) on top of a natural reed runner. Behind it, I took the top half of a dining room hutch from Smith & Hawken and used it as shelves because it fit RIGHT IN the space on the patio. When I saw it on clearance, I knew it was the perfect and inexpensive piece for the job. On top of the shelves, I took these amazing Linden Street lanterns from JCpenney and made them the hero accessory for the area. To finish it, I took a JCPenney Home Collection pillow and “sequined” it with just safety pins for a starburst effect.
Here’s the dining room before. The chairs were clunky and they came with the apartment, so Kerry was not attached to them at all. And that was it. Above it was some track lighting that sorta lit the area and there was no real effort to make it a stylish, cool, beautiful area to entertain.
And here’s the after! I mixed and matched here quite a bit. The rug is a real find from HD Buttercup in Los Angeles and it’s remnant carpet all stitched together into a vintage, patchwork piece. The chairs were clearance “driftwood” pieces from Pottery Barn that I mixed with a Linden Street table from JCPenney; there are pieces costing thousands of dollars that look exactly like this JCPenney one that cost just a few hundred. It pays to shop, seriously. And we painted the walls a cool lime color using that same Benjamin Moore Natura eco paint. Looks vibrant and fresh!
And here’s the $15 chandelier I created to replace the tacky track lighting. I took a $9.99 paper lighting fixture from Ikea and ripped off the paper to leave the exposed wire ribs. Then I wrapped it all with chicken wire from Lowe’s, added some branches and a few craft store birds from Michael’s craft store. I chose interesting bulbs (since it’s exposed) and voila! Birdcage chandelier. It was inspired by a $2000 version I saw in an antique store and thought… “I could make that.”
Here’s the before shot of the living room: mirrored walls, mismatched rental apartment furniture, assortment of unmatched accessories. It was comfortable, but not homey.
And the after photo of the living room. We solved the mirror wall problem by installing yards of Rubie Green organic cotton fabric onto hospital tracking. We found another patchwork rug that matched the one in the dining room and picked a neutral sofa from JCPenney’s Linden Street collection and threw on some recycled burlap pillows and antique store pieces, too. The table is from Baker Furniture (an investment piece!) and a casual wicker chair from Smith & Hawken finished it off. The lamp is cool, too; it’s from HD Buttercup and it’s an old medical floor lamp remade into a great floor lamp for the home.
All fun stuff for a cool modern country apartment…right in the Hollywood Hills. Check it all out in the June issue of O: The Oprah Magazine!