Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Painted Furniture Company Adds A Bit Of Color to Boulder, Co.

We love everything about vintage, from clothing to architecture and often spend our weekends roaming the highways for hidden treasures.  Alas, it was the Internet highway that lead us to our latest find – The Painted Furniture Company in Boulder, Colorado. 
This little gem of a shop boasts three levels filled with wonderful vintage solid wood furniture a few blocks from the Design District in downtown Boulder.  Upon walking in you might think this is not your granny’s furniture, it is, actually, yet much better.  Once unwanted and forgotten solid wood heirlooms have been transformed into playful, fun, hip furnishings perfect for today and the future.  Furniture once viewed as “old” and “boring” has had a metamorphosis as dramatic as a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon a stunning butterfly.  The artfully reimagined furniture boasts sometimes bright, sometimes metallic finishes which catch your eye as well as your imagination.  Another plus about The Painted Furniture Company is that if you get tired of the color of the piece you buy, you can have it reinvented yet again with a new coat of paint.  The owners look for only the highest quality and construction in the pieces they stock.  They give free reign to their talented artists who perform the incredible transformations as is evidenced below.  
The Scarlet dresser (bottom left) is a French Provincial beauty priced to fly at only $285.  The wonderful plum and cream color combination is truly lovely. You have to love the color of Armeria sofa table (bottom right), another steal at $210.
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One of our favorites has to be the Black Lace coffee table (bottom left), so chic and classy.  The Bell china cabinet (bottom right) is lovely with its leaded glass doors and contrasting sky blue paint inside.  A bargain at $885.
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The Groot dresser (bottom left) with its wonderful hand painted tree scene was so wonderful it sold already.  The Jumanji coffee table looks like a weathered piece of wood from deep in a jungle and will add a bit of the wild to your d├ęcor.
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The Samantha armoire (bottom left) has beautiful carved detailing on the door and is shabby cottage at its best while the Cottage Crystal hutch is the perfect storage piece.
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The Twilight armoire (bottom left), with its soft subtle grey color, will blend in with most color palettes.  Another lace effect finish can be seen on the Silver Lace dresser.
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The most unique piece, which has sold is the Plum Flare (bottom left) chest of drawers.  It looks like a wonderful Victorian “Painted Lady” with its fabulous colors and lacy accents.  Lovely molded drawers abound on the Bailey dresser in a washed blue.
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Two toned subtle sweetness shows through this lovely claw foot sofa table (bottom left) which can double as a desk .  We love it in the pale aqua. The shabby princess won’t be able to overlook the Ashley cabinet with its feminine touches and pale lilac color.
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The Disco night stand (bottom left) will take you back to the 80s with high style and it’s homage to the Art Deco era.   We think the mid century bi-level Glass Leaves table is so adorable and sure to catch your eye.
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We felt the Telluride dresser (bottom left) had loads of style and a snappy color.  The Shiprock side table or night stand is wonderful with the corkscrew turned decoration in distressed pale blue.
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If you are in the Denver/Boulder area, don’t forget to drop in and see these amazing transformations in person!  Their info is: The Painted Furniture Company, 1580 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO 
Phone:  (303) 444-1307

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

With Winter firmly set in we are all looking for ways to keep warm, whether in our bodies, hearts, minds or spirit.  We have been looking in our usual and not so usual places for Indie items that fit the bill of WARMTH.
From pints of Fire Cider to one of a kind fluffy quilts, our array of finds will warm you in at least one of the ways we mention above. 

Once again, we thank those of you who have been faithful subscribers even through our hiatus of over a year.  We are striving to keep our posts more current and hope that you will enjoy each forthcoming issue.
  If you know of a talented designer or artisan, please pass along their information to us - they just might get featured in an upcoming blog!  If you visit any of our featured shops, please let them know where you saw them and that you liked their item.   They always appreciate positive feedback and validation of their talents.  

STATIONARY  Nothing like a seductive greeting card to bring warmth all the way down to your toes.  This one is from RavensFantasyArt.  Where Do You Want These Lips holiday card from AnnKayGreetingCards are risque’ enough to heat up several spots on a body!


On the tamer side, we found these Photo Notecards Set for Summer to be just the thing.  Looking forward to a nice vacation in a warm spot can definitely warm you, at least temporarily.  These adorable cards were discovered at 100wordsgreetings  This set of Surfer Girl Notecards by WendiSolariDesigns is adorable as well.


 BATH & BODY It might be called Apple Cider Simmer Mix but heat it up and add a little spice to it and you’ll warm right up; from AshleyJaneDesigns and Fire Cider Pints are sure to boost the temp up as well as your immune system.  They can be purchased at  UberHerbal


We also found these Tub Tea Bath Sachets by starrydeborah to be the perfect thing for a cold Winter night.  Time for Peace Aromatherapy Tea Bath with Himalayan and Dead Sea Salts and also Goat milk sure to warm the mind and spirit.  We found these at MomentsofZen.


We uncovered Healing Cayenne & Ginger Penetrating Muscle Rub at BarefootApothecary and what could be better than Warming Foot Massage Oil and the pampering that comes with it.  You can get some at TheBeehiveCalgary.


This is a wild 37” Sculptural Fire Bowl we fell in love with over at johntunger.  You can sit it right next to your hot tub to warm you up after a day of skiing. Once inside, light up your logs in this Antique Fireplace Insert.  Use it in your fireplace for some added glamour with its raised work design.    We uncovered this one at lakenormancedar

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Fabulous King/Queen Timber Wolf Faux Fur bedspread or comforter by FurAccents is sure to keep every inch of you warm and toasty.  What luxury with this Huge SILVER Raccoon Fur Throw Blanket we drooled over at SimplyFurs.

Natural Chinchilla Pillow 20"x20 by Gambrellrenart is luxury at its highest.   You can almost feel how soft this in through the photo.  How stylish is this?  20" Down Filled Pillow with cowhide center and appliqued vines in leather.  We drooled over this at SilverNestStudio

Great Felted Pillow Cover Fur can be bought at frenchfelt adds just the right amount of warmth and class to any bed.  Finally this amazing Mongolian Goat Rug or Throw would be perfect next to a roaring fireplace.  It can be bought at ShedLimited.  Both should be enough to raise the room temperature .


Monday, January 21, 2013


The winter chill is upon us and for those of us who enjoy the snow and cold it is great. For others who only embrace the negatives of Winter such as snow storms, shoveling cars and driveways, bad road conditions and more, it is probably a drudge. We’ve decided to try and find a way to turn around those negative views with a wonderful array of items from gifted indie artisans and vintage dealers. The assortment we have discovered are sure to bend the most stubborn minds.   This issue will feature kids and pets items for Winter.
If you visit any of our featured shops, please let them know where you saw them and that you liked their item(s As artisans, we always appreciate positive feedback and validation of our talents.  


Two gorgeous winter jackets that would warm any little girl’s heart. We found these lovely items on Etsy by mary gao.

Sweet handmade baby girl hat and legwarmers as well as this adorable hat with ears and matching booties handmade by stitchesbystephann on Etsy.


Valentines Day Toddler Flower Hat  by OffTheHookHats are shown with these too cute Twins Baby Cat & Mouse Hats by NitaMaesGarden

Poncho Grey Polar Fleece from cyndylovedesigns and Vintage 50s Child's Coat & Hat in lovely kelly green seen at MsTips

Childs Fleece Coat with decorative stitching by babywearing along with Original Wool Trade Blanket Childs Coat by PiecesOfOlde

These Children’s Polar Bear Kids fleece scarf made by FunCreationslab .  What a great idea is this;  Stay on Scarf for Toddlers by PaulaMadeIt

Hedgehog Gloves for children that are just too cute and handmade by muratyusuf.   Children's Recycled Wool Sweater Mittens with fleece lining can be bought at CrystalSquirrel

Your little boy will be absolutely delighted over these Custom Hand Painted Boots from TheKaseCollective.  Nothing like a sunset water view to warm the bones and the heart.  We loved her things so much we have included some other ones as well.

Soft White Turtleneck from and handmade Handknit Dog Sweater both by sunshinepet1

Corgi Dog Winter Clothes in fabulous tartan plaid found at CorgiKuriandFriendsKnitted Mustard Dog Sweater is such a wonderful find at mailo

Sherlock Holmes would be totally envious of this Brrrrrr-berry Plaid Warm Winter Romper, Overcoat and Hat by hatz4brats.  We found this Snow Lynx Luxurious Faux Fur Holiday Winter Burrito Wrap by LupitasChicBoutique to be purrrrfectly wonderful.

Knit Cat Hoodie from RockinDogs and Wool Cat Jumper from Catsfashionart 

Sphynx Cat Hoodie by SphynxCouture and Hand-Knit Sweater by HandyDuo