Love letters…

A long-time devotee of doodling, the kiddo Gadora spent many an hour practicing cursive, trying to emulate my Dad’s near-perfect Architectural lettering and scribbling my name in notebooks. I hadn’t a clue one could actually make a living manipulating letters. As a professional, I eventually made a living with my own letters – not as a graphic artist, but as a writer. And in the magazine biz, I happily brushed shoulders with folks romantically fanatic about their favorite fonts. They did pretty things with letters I never could.

With Valentine’s Day in the rear-view mirror, and my Sugar 1,127 miles away, I write an ode to letters – inspired by the much appreciated love letters Gadora recently received in the mail. Letter writing is not a lost art. Nor is decorating with them…

During one of our Skype dates, The Valentine forwarded this DIY project idea. Oooh, I like the way you’re thinking… It’s dreamy and touches on so much of what Gadora digs: reusing and repurposing stuff otherwise ready for a landfill. Dana of house*tweaking gives us a how-to turn an old fence into a fancy new headboard.

The Love Bed by house*tweaking

And here, how it looks all dolled up.

Love bed in the room...

Gadora never embraced the latest letter decal craze. Sure, I loves me some stickers, but they’re reserved for my bumper or metal tool box, but definitely not my wall. That said, this font wall, from Italian company Wall & Deco, is actually a fancy wallpaper. Wallpaper is making a comeback. Thanks Tidystuff for posting.

Letterpress wall.

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Wood Stools

Just as rotten wood cannot be used for pillars, so base people cannot become masters. ~ Chinese Proverb

Speaking of wood… the pieces for the 2nd Floor lounge are still coming together. We. Are. Almost. There. Gave a brief presentation yesterday letting the company know about the rooms’ various cool bits. MP3 player and built in speakers. Indeed. Metal car parts-turned-coffee table and bar console. Check. Interactive chalkboard wall. Yep. über durable hand-woven hemp rug. Dude.

Gadora envisioned funky wooden blocks that might serve as extra seating or side tables, and a bar along the back wall for laptops and drinks (keep reading!!). I found a stellar wood resource through a contractor, who then connected me with Lee Edwards of Old Texas Floors. Walking through Lee’s massive warehouse of stacked wood harkened a bit of nostalgia. The smells and infinite hues of lumber reminded me of my Granddaddy Henderson who, among other things, was a wood turner. I’d saunter down to his self-built metal barn and proclaim, “whacha doin?” He’d stop long enough to entertain me for a bit, then would get back to his wood-turned bowls and twisty candelabras. On my way out I’d stir up some sawdust, climb on his old Ford tractor, then skip my way back to Grandma in the house. I was too young to truly appreciate how special those days were.
Lee was excellent to work with, and skillfully interpreted my original ideas better than even I imagined. AND the finished pieces are a PERFECT complement to Joel Hester’s coffee table. I can hardly stand it!!!
Support beams turned stools…

The stools came from 100-year-old beams rescued from a warehouse in New Orleans. They were stacked so neatly and begged for a little attention. He’d normally use them for flooring, but a quick negotiation promised them for the 2nd Floor lounge project.

 

Stools ~ BEFORE

 

I knew immediately they’d turn into something spectacular.

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It’s high time for a coffee break…

There’s no rest for the weary. Though the suitably roomy L-shaped sofa has arrived, Gadora is still searching for extra seating for the 2nd Floor Lounge. I’m hoping it will be the place-to-be after all, so we’ll want enough space for the work peeps to enjoy it, thoroughly. In search of both a “floating” wall shelf and carved wooden stumps, last week I visited the folks at Delta Millworks, who recommended I meet Lee of Old Texas Floors (there’s a visual story here! but you’ll have to wait for it). Lee’s worked up a pricey quote for 2 stumps-to-turn-stools and to be sure…I surfed the interwebs for comparable items.

Turns out Lee’s wood stools—which were once beams anchoring an old warehouse—will be aaaah-mazing and at more than 100 years old, they are priced just right. While nurturing a cup o’ joe this morning, Gadora found a few items worth percolating over: home furnishings made from reclaimed coffee sacks.

VivaTerra's recycled seat

This hand-built chair inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Barcelona, is an upholstered version of a Mexican butaca. They’re made of machiche, a tropical Guatemalan hardwood, with well-padded cushions upholstered in reclaimed jute coffee sacks. I. Want. Two.

Close-up.

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2nd Floor lounge… coming together…

For the last couple of weeks, Gadora has been point person for the office’s 2nd floor lounge. The original vision: transform an otherwise pedestrian 19′ x 22′ office room with a well-appointed kitchenette into a vintage, yet modern, industrial space filled with plenty of seating, a phat TV and a bar. The room would be at once fun and FUNctional, durable and inviting. The original design team, to whom I’m grateful for passing their torch, presented a few spaces worthy of emulation: the Mohawk Lounge’s green room.

Green Room at Mohawk Lounge

And another (anonymous) spot: rich with woods and color, filled with interesting shapes and vintage, unique pieces.

Modern Victorian

Since having received said torch, Gadora has been on the hunt for fierce furnishings to fill the space. Not. A. Bit. Of. Pressure. The folks at the office are a determined and creative bunch. The new physical space would reflect our penchant for cutting-edge innovation in cyberspace. The concrete flooring had just been done—a stained concrete floor that’d make any UT fan proud. But the rest was bare…

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X-ray lamp in its new place…

Gadora had a particularly fruitful day not long ago. By fruitful, I mean monetarily. In one single day, I’d sold and collected monies for two Still life watercolors I’d placed in our first-ever Office Art show, received payment for another Still Life sold through Spruce, AND was alerted via email that my beloved X-ray lamp had sold on Etsy. Happy to be in the money I was somewhat sad to see the lamp go.

I hoped it would go to a good home. In our email exchanges its buyer offered, “It’s actually a gift for a friend of mine who collects X-rays and is notoriously difficult to shop for…”

X-ray lamp at home.

“I will tell her to take a photo of it for you though, she’ll have to take one for me as well since I’m in a different state from her. ❤ (she’ll probably be thrilled to show it off to be honest!)”

X-ray lamp close-up.

When the pictures arrived, this morning, Gadora was told: “:)  She adores the lamp though and the only problem is she keeps finding other places for it that are just as fabulous.” Thank You both for sharing. I’m so happy you ❤ it (too)!