reader shows off: vintage singer turned into a sink


Nothing makes us happier than when readers submit their home decor projects to us. Check out this beauty from Matthew Karl, who cleverly converted a vintage Singer sewing table into a sink in their half bath. Here’s what he wrote to us: “The sink was created from a vintage Singer sewing table that we previously used as a side table. Since we were doing a small bath remodel we needed a small vanity with an open base that would go with our 1920’s house. The top is created from reclaimed oak flooring, edge jointed and glued. Milked painted black and finished with multiple layers of marine varnish. The bowl was handmade (not by me) and the faucet is Delta. The based was in good condition with no rust so I just cleaned with wax and steel wool.”

Thanks Matthew! We love it.

Shelterrific Tip: These types of sewing tables are not easy to find. Here’s one on sale now at ebay.

Got a great design idea or completed reno project to share? We’d love to show off your smarts, too. Email us at letters (at) shelterrific dot com!

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nyigf 2010: place pillows from cat studio

ny pillow

New Jersey. The Adirondacks. Transylvania. We all have places we pay homage to in our hearts. But I’m considering taking the love to the couch with one of these bold, embroidered pillows from Cat Studio. Each one highlights the defining features of a location through pictures and places hand-sewn with such detail that creating just one demands a full week! Available for all 50 states, many cities, national parks, international locales and resorts, there’s a pillow for every place you want to remember fondly. That includes you, North Pole. — Sarah C.

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sponsored post: show the selby your space you could win a $10,000 cb2 spree!


Just the other day we were gushing about our favorite new interiors site,, from photographer Todd Selby. His curated photo blog provides an inside peek into some amazing creative spaces, including the homes and work spaces of artists, writers, designers and more. Now the folks over at CB2 are teaming up with Todd Selby on an amazing new contest that gives you the chance to show off your real life creative spaces — and we know how creative you are! By entering your photos into this contest, you have the chance to win up to $10,000 worth of CB2 affordable modern merch and a private shoot of your place with The Selby himself. Here’s how to enter the contest:

1. Submit three photos of your most inspired living space and then hustle to get all the votes you can
2. The top 50 vote-getters will advance to the next round to be judged by CB2 and Todd Selby for their creativity and originality
3. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10K CB2 shop card and will also receive a private photo shoot with Todd Selby that will be featured on his blog. 17 qualifying runners-up will get CB2 shop cards to splurge on their habitats, ranging from $500 to $2,500. Also, the highest vote-getter will receive a $2,500 CB2 shop card.

So what are you waiting for?! Go find that fabulous JPG of your home, and enter the contest at now! Deadline is September 15th!


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nyigf 2010: new for fall at dwellstudio

stacked headboard

ornate headboard

This weekend we swung by the New York International Gift Fair for a first look at fall, and as usual it did not disappoint. One highlight? The many new product lines from DwellStudio. Back in June, they announced their residential fabric collaboration with Robert Allen, and we got our first peek at the collection with the impeccably-upholstered headboards pictured above. The brand’s first foray into furniture, the “stacked” and “ornate” versions will hit the market in about a month. Love it? Click for more from DwellStudio! (more…)

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weekend diy: pop-up photo diorama

pop up photo diaroma

I love this DIY from Photojojo detailing how to make a 3-D photo diorama! It worked well enough for ‘Avatar’, why not your photo album, too? With a few printed photos, a pair of scissors and some glue, you can make a sweet, creative gift for someone or a fun rainy day project — especially if you take their suggestion and decide to “impress friends with a photo of you and Justin Bieber in front of Niagara Falls!” I have to go get working on my pop-up photo project: Lady Gaga and me at Disney World. — Katie D.

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