Friday, January 6, 2012

Begin to Begin

No,  I haven't been away to one of my most favorite spots on earth, (I wish), but I was looking through my pics this morning as I begin my first post of 2012.  I came across this one.  Early morning low tide at the beginning of a brand new day.  Quiet . . . blank as a slate, cleared of footprints from the day before, and open to the markings and activity to come as the hours unfold.  As we begin this New Year, my hope for all of you is that you will experience many, many new joys, the continued love of family and friends, and a hopeful spirit to carry forward in the days ahead.  

I thought today I'd share some of SWITCH's Before & AfTer's of the past year.  Some pieces were more labor intensive than others, but all had the possibility to become something more beautiful, current and once again, useful.  The AfTer's represent a revitalized look for pieces that were not quite ready to go off into never-never-land just yet . . .  all in keeping with our philosophy here at SWITCH to re-do, re-claim and re-love!

The finished small cupboard transformed with some awesome new color. This little piece is now serving it's time and some lucky customers, in a local coffee shop. What could be better than a bright color splash in the morning?

These Duncan Phyfe-like chairs came from a wonderful Victorian home, but just needed a bit of tweaking to freshen up the look. We have 4 at a great price in the shop.

Super comfy kitchen/bar stools, updated with a fresh floral geometric.

 A set of 6 Swedish style chairs were a Bloomies buy a few years ago, and we decided to brighten them all up with a riot of delicious color.  

Great wicker chair all done up with a beautiful gardeny Ralph Lauren fabric on the seat pillow.  Now residing in Hoboken NJ.

This pair of sweet rattan chairs have been happily re-dressed and relocated to a low kitchen island.  Perfect chic for a small space!

All I can say about this solid wood table is . . .  fabulous buy.  Repainted in a rich warm black, it's a full 48" round in diameter, and includes a leaf to bring it to 60"oval.

The Beginning
By far the major and most challenging re-do for Mary & I as we set to open last March, was our actual shop space. Let's just say, we had a vision and leave it at that for now.  

think I can speak for Mary as well as myself (right Mar?) when I say that one of the truly satisfying joys in both our lives is turning an empty space, whether it's a home, a room, a garden or even an empty canvas into something beautiful.  If you have found something wonderful to take home and add to the things you love in your own home, that makes us feel good.  Thank you.   

As far as our little shop here at SWITCH, one of the the best parts of these last few months has been meeting and getting to know so many of you amazing people.  At the beginning of a new year, it's nice to count those blessings.  

Wishing the best of 2012 to you and your loved ones. 

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