Friday, May 15, 2015

              Accessorizing with Vintage Collectibles

The home is the greatest influence of human character. Accessorizing a room brings it to life, gives it personality and enhances its beauty and warmth. Doing the unexpected brings creativity to decorating. Personally selected conversation pieces make a room feel welcoming and distinctive.

Silver Tea Pot and Tray on Plant Stand

There was time when tea was more than just a drink it was a gracious social ceremony a symbol of fine living
Join the "just do it" brigade think nothing of combing objects designed for different purposes

Custom Sign on Weathered Wood

Weathered and worn objects are a testimonial of the rudiments of our culture. Authentic objects capture more than a moment in time. They preserve the rich heritage of an age

Revamp your seating with the pops of color and pattern of decorative pillows. They are a decorative festive cost effective way to energize a room

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Worcester, Mass Small Apartment

                       Found Furniture From Thrift Stores

   Finding a well made piece of furniture someone else is sick of looking at can  be simply the perfect detail for a new room design and a dream come true

This sofa was like new but I needed more color for my room design. The love seat is a Broyhill circa 1994. Twenty years old still in excellent condition

Turning reclaimed furniture into something desirable is a fun creative process. I am a maverick, a rebel and an adventurous outsider, love to bend the rules with 
color and style. Found a runner with the colors that I wanted to use placed on the center back, recovered the seat cushion and made colorful pillows. Turned a boring sofa into something whimsical.

                                                Travel around the Room 

                                              See the whimsical look Continued

Seating Area

Simple black and white accent on the edges of the credenza and black paint on the carved doors to make them look wrought iron was all that was needed. The large black  framed mirror is a leftover from a discarded broken bedroom set. Mirrors always give a room a more spacious look.

The chair only needed a new cushion and a runner to make look fresh and new. Found a wool rug to define the area. The Floral Pattern continues my floral theme of the pattern on the pillows and cushions. The soft green color balances some of the pattern.

The scale of the furniture selected permitted me to define 4 necessary areas, entrance, seating area office and an eating area in a room 12 X 16. 


Found the dresser in a garage sale. It is solid wood however instead of staining it I faux painted it with a dry brush method to look like stained wood to achieve the color I wanted.


            Of course we all need an office area these days

Antique dining room tables make wonderful desk.

This one was thought to be damaged beyond repair. Reconfigured and faux painted with a dry brushed method it takes on a totally different look. Don't have a before picture I acquired it in pieces.  Painted an abandoned Thomasville nightstand to use as a file cabinet. The printer fits perfectly on top. Re-purposing pieces of furniture is my favorite pastime. 

Office Area

A simple fireplace screen adds interest to the room and shadows the radiator giving it the illusion of a fireplace.

The final corner of the room is designated for a eating\ craft area. the table is a vintage Herman Miller Racetrack table. It was a great find because it turns out it is a collectors item and has a great resale value. I had a carpenter build a storage shelf under the top and upholstered it, to store craft items. Found new chairs designed from that period marked down to 75% off at one of my favorite high end furniture stores.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Process

Celida's Eco Decor incorporates an instinctive and unconventional process to put together decorative and utilitarian home furnishings.  Designing with reclaimed and discarded materials is an exciting experience because the materials come first.  From a palate of outdated time worn discarded materials an elegant design can emerge, embodying the spirit of resourcefulness that originally inspired it.
 This approach enables clients to hold on to heritage furniture and bring old pieces back to life with a modern look. True classics never go out of style and retro style furnishings continue to evolve.
Vintage furniture is dismantled striped of original finishes, modern colorful paint finishes applied and reupholstered with statement fabrics with updated patterns.  I use whimsy and a dash of surprise to create deeply personal interiors. Clients chose furnishings colors and patterns that they love and the magic follows.  They are encouraged  to take a little escape without leaving home and collect utilitarian objects to create an artsy, cool and collected vibe with an edgy twist.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Centennial Hills Apartment

             Night View from the Window of Las Vegas Centennial Hills Apartment

 The result of collaboration with my client who believes that decorating rules are meant to be broken, demonstrates a mix-and-match approach to modern and traditional design elements in this master suite. We furnished it with quirky upcycled vintage pieces.  He has a strong taste for visual stimulation. 


We selected black paint, silver trim, crocodile textured vinyl, and a few silver upholstery tacks and  created a whole new look. The photograph above was my inspiration.

Pieces in the worst condition from thrift stores were selected and I was challenged  to pull it together. Take a look at what we had to work with.



Although the tables are completely different, the scale was the same They fill in the space on each side of the bed perfectly.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Las Vegas Apartment Designed With Upcycled Furnishings

Energy Conscious Decorating is an eclectic style, borrowing freely from various sources, taking elements from a number of doctrines and putting them together in a setting that is unrelated to their origin. 

 There is something Bohemian in this look, in that it defies prevailing conventions 
of Interior Design. We choose to call the look that we have created "Bo ho Chic" , it represents a cultural and spiritual melting pot.  The embodiment of the phrase "Global Village" it requires an open mind, a freedom of spirit. This is a look found in the homes of artist writers and modern nomads.  However sourcing materials for this style of decorating need not involve a great deal of travel.  Today we surf the web to visit other places in the world for a taste of country of origin of furnishings to gather new ideals and inspiration.  In each setting we develop a unique look because it depends entirely on the taste and interest of the client.

 There is a common thread running through the traditions and beliefs of various peoples and cultures of the world. We all seek an inspired space, an environment that provides shelter from harm and stress, in which we can regroup our energies and regain our inner strength.

 The objects we choose to place around us should have a particular personal and spiritual meaning.

 They should be visually pleasing and have memories or associations with events that bring us contentment on reflection and can be tokens of good fortune.  After all we may have developed in the realms of technology and high speed travel, but our bodies with their daily need for warmth, comfort and shelter are the same as our ancestors. It is all about appealing to the primitive hunter- gather in us, going out searching for, even battling to get the right elements to create the environment we seek for our own personal comfort. 


New furniture is now beaten, sanded and painted to have a worn and gnarled appearance


Gather the home furnishings that have withstood the test of time and were made with the highest quality

Many of them discarded in thrift stores. They have become better with age and wear. 

The wood table for example, has become dented and worn. 
Each nook and cranny is exaggerated through age. It provides innovative storage, and fits perfectly beside the sofa.  Painted high gloss white with black handles,  a perfect match for the decor.  

                               Festive Accent Pillows

There’s no greater time of year than right now to cuddle up on the sofa or in bed and watch movie classics.  Whatever your cinematic preferences, a great nest is key, be it in the living room, bedroom or elsewhere.  We've rounded up a host of chic and festive accent pillows to cushion your downtime, from embellishments and botanical prints to leather and suede. While the last in that series maybe more fun to look at than lean against, it still calls to mind the celebratory nature of humans the fact that most of us like to kick our heels up and just savor a little bit of life with the folks we adore the most. So, snuggle up and enjoy                                        




Living In Style

           Off The Grid                        


                                       Sustainable Luxury

Style today more than ever, is about introducing well considered furnishings into a room, and generating the energy that comes from original room designs 


               Choose Your Own Adventure

Sometimes, you just need a piece of furniture to be an exact color — an exact hue — to make you truly happy.  Whether it needs to match the varnish on a companion piece you already own or end up the perfect color that’s nearly impossible to find out there in the marketplace, sometimes we just need to take matters into our own hands to get exactly what we want.  It’s kind of cool to come into something whose future is still being written, isn't it?

Upcycled  Chairs


Lamps and Lighting

 Unique lamps always seem to hold our attention longer 

than any other category of the subject matter we cover.  

Like magpies attracted to shiny objects, we can’t get enough of great lighting. 

Whether it’s small and sparse or gorgeous and grand,

 there’s something captivating about a great source of light.

Vintage Lighting

Entrance Hall Mirror Table and Lamp

                 Create Your Dream Kitchen

Still in the midst of a tough economy, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to completely renovate their homes. 

I have compiled a list of ways to “upcycle” your kitchen—to help you revamp and update for a fresh new look—while staying budget-friendly. 

The typical showstopper in any kitchen is the cabinetry. The cabinets can make the look, in our day and age, a little nip and tuck is the norm. 

Here are some tips to give your kitchen the face lift you desire while being both earth- and wallet-friendly. 

Arlington, Texas   Kitchen          

Repurposing an old curio cabinet is a great way to create new upcycled Kitchen Cabinets if you are remodeling a kitchen.  Here is a fun and creative idea for Repurposing them. 

Solid wood China Cabinets and Armories  make great kitchen cabinets because many times they are made of solid wood. Even though the task can seem daunting, updating your kitchen does not have to be difficult or expensive. A little bit of great design can go a really long way.

I found a beautiful China Cabinet in a Thrift Store. It was so large no one would buy it. My creative juices began to sizzle.  I observed it for Three months before I had the courage to tackle it. By that time it was marked down to a whopping $14.95 Wow!! what a bargain. 

 After careful examination I figured out that I could dismantle it in the parking lot of the store and put it in my Van. It had Three solid wood cabinets that were attached together with screws. I found Bed Rails that went to a broken king size bed and used them to make shelves so that I could retrofit them to fit the wall.


Dining Room

The Mirror Frame made with scraps of wood left from other projects. 

 Painted to match the Bombay Chest.

Vintage Dining Table Painted to match

 the Bombay chest in the Dining Room.

Your decor can showcase a mix of periods and styles

 that run the gamut from antiquity to contemporary.

 The end result is a study of cozy opulence