As a avid reader of Metropolitan Home, Elle Decor (UK & US issues) & Domino magazine, I am amazed by the hip, funky spaces that I have discovered in Cottage Living magazine. The current Nov./Dec. issue features the fabulous Atlanta home of Lee Kleinhelte. I was ecstatic over the hip, Hollywood regency style rooms that she has created. As I turned over each exciting page to discover the next room, these spaces gave me what I love a space to grant me, great inspiration. I am running to my local hardware store to purchase pre-cut squares of ply to create my own version of these 4 art inspirations. (If your budget allows opt for pre-stretched canvas at your fav art supply store.) I am going to trim the edges of the ply with narrow trim to finish off the edges. Most Home Depots have a handsaw & miter box available in the molding/trim aisle to make these cuts right there in store. Easy! Don't forget to prime first if using plywood. Make a circle template from a piece of heavy cardboard, trace, & paint. I see these pieces of art in any room & a plethora of colors. Create as a personalized gift for someone special. While perusing these pages of CL seeing the rooms of Ms. Kleinhelter's for yourself, I suggest honing your ebay & charity store sleuthing skills & track down your own vintage & secondhand treasures. It's fun, rewarding and green. By re purposing these old finds you are breathing new life into them & keeping them out of our landfills.
Using a bold and stylized selection of furniture and accessories, shop owner Lee Kleinhelter renovates a 1930s Atlanta cottage and makes a modern statement about the power of disciplined decorating.
Sculptural, vintage pieces like the tree-root cocktail table in Lee's living room warm up a modern look. "I use lots of white, but throwing in texture--pieces of wood, tufted furniture, ribbed fabric, or leather--keeps a room comfortable," she says.