it’s in the details…

Last week, Gadora happily adopted out the Kindel vanity and Lane side-table to a delightful couple who responded to two separate Craigslist posts. It was so nice to meet them. As new homeowners, R. and T. promised their fresh furnishings would be perfect for their space.

As we conversed about the pieces (and moved them out into the sunlight for a brighter look), it was evident they had been reading Gadora’s musings. They mentioned they’d also responded to a request, and were chosen, for HGTV’s Property Virgins. Filmed earlier this year, this is their new home…

Kindel's new home
Kindel's new home

T. was kind enough to send a picture. And R. was thoughtful enough to send the following, “[We] were gushing about the whole experience and our beautiful new pieces all the way home! We’re getting the word out about you, ms. wilderS*– you’ve got fans 🙂 Thanks again for the pieces and your wonderful craftsmanship! You brightened some engineers’ day!”

And with that email they completely brightened mine, too. While Gadora adored both pieces, as they were truly a labor of love, I am elated they’ve found such good people to live with!

* The “S” references the BlogLuxe nomination for “BEST EYE CANDY” whereby “gadorawilders” was nominated with an “S.” We chatted about that too. Now, there are 2 nominations for this here blog, and while more votes weighed in for gadora with an “S”, both have been pushing traffic Gadora’s way…

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Not so age-appropriate…

Still not 100% sure what era the Kindel vanity hails from, Gadora is eager to learn… this Swedish drafting desk (circa 1790s – 1800s) at Vintage Modern comes pretty close: similar in style, shape and color.

Swedish writing desk
Swedish writing desk

But at $5,100, it makes Gadora’s red vanity a steal… (and her legs are waaaay better!!!!)

Kindel vanity
Kindel vanity - BEFORE

all things austin design…

While researching people I HOPE TO MEET here, Gadora came across the blog all things austin design. Owner and lead designer of a fresh new design studio (Design + Stuff) in Austin, I immediately think Adrienne Breaux is Gadorable! She knows Austin, after all, as evidenced by her posts on Austin Handmade…

Austin Homemade
Austin Handmade

She’s a virtual tour guide by way of posting must-see Austin shops on Apartment Therapy

Mercury on West 2nd
Mercury on West 2nd

And she gives back. Not afraid of elbow grease, she worked on the Windsor Park Community Garden…

Fence-a-thon block party...
Fence-a-thon block party...

Today, saddled with a huge project, she finds the time to blog Gadora Wilder’s Kindel vanity, AND the post on where to buy it (click text to read her post)…

“I’ll definitely want to spend more time on this talented local later, but in the meantime, check out for yourself the stylish repurposing of Gadora Wilder. Her fabulous job on this recently refinished old vanity proves her skill and keen eye!”

THEN…. spends a moment to write and say since we haven’t yet met, hope this will suffice… Well, YES. It does. But I can’t wait to meet her.


Kindel vanity on fire!!!

Get out your fire extinguishers, folks. This piece is red hot! Gadora finished the Kindel vanity this week, and after two days of drying time, brought it inside for a fancy photo shoot.

Kindel vanity - BEFORE
Kindel vanity - BEFORE

Before, the lines were exquisite but the piece showed definite signs of wear. The drawers’ interior simply needed a wipe down.

Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids

StripeThe finished piece is ravishing! (Didn’t I hear someone say, was it YOU Mother?, “If you don’t toot your own horn, no one else will!”) Well, darn tootin’, this piece is better than Gadora even imagined.

Kindel - AFTER
Kindel - AFTER

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Red with envy.

As the polyurethane coat is drying on the Kindel table, and oh it’s soooo shaping up, Gadora pauses to bring you some red inspiration. Surprisingly few brilliant red pieces on the Net, here are some of my faves:

Lucy Allen Gillis - Apartment Therapy
Lucy Allen Gillis - DesignSponge

5-drawer dresser, more a coral color, “pops” against the light aqua walls. The piece sits nicely in a 1940’s brick cottage house in Athens, GA. Love! For an in-depth look, click on RinneAllen.

Cabinet - Apartment Therapy
Cabinet - Apartment Therapy

Sure wish I could hug up on this cabinet. It’s loverly. And Kim, Gadora likes the idea of it sitting against a blueish gray wall, too.

Thout at Ministry of the Interior
Thout at Ministry of the Interior
Thout - close-up.
Thout - close-up.

Gadora‘s heart skips a beat for this wooden table at Toronto’s Ministry of the Interior. Would also LOVE it narrowed, and behind a sofa. Mmmm.

Greenpoint Crashpad - NYTimes
Greenpoint Crashpad - NYTimes

A color palette perfect for the Kindel vanity…bright, energetic, warming. How did the two (male) models-turned-shooters do it? Like many New Yorkers, they dragged stuff home. “It’s all based on what you could carry on a bicycle,” Bender said. “We’d go around on our bikes picking through the trash and whoever brought home the most fashionable object was the winner of the day.”

Scott and Benders pad - NYTimes
Scott and Benders pad - NYTimes

Well, theirs is some pretty amazing crap. Gadora is headed outdoors to check on the drying. Getting close, very close.