27 March 2010

decorating from the hardware store...

maison21's bff, talented graphic designer, rudy calvero, recently carved out a home office in his guest bedroom, and used a couple little DIY touches we thought you might enjoy...

first, m21 and rudy schlepped to ikea, where rudy bought 5 billy bookcases for his art books and reference materials. lined up, they almost look like built-ins, but for a fraction of the price. rudy wanted to light them from above to showcase his collections, but wasn't so thrilled with the shelf lights at ikea, so instead went to the hardware store and bought an industrial clamplight for each bookcase. looks great, right? for pennies too. it also helps that rudy used his trained graphic designer's eye to create pleasing compositions on each shelf. there is an art to arranging things like bookshelves and tablescapes and while it helps to have an artist's eye, it also helps to just keep arranging and rearranging until you like the end results- practice really does make perfect! m21 can attest that rudy had plenty o'practice with the rearrangin' as back in the day, rudy & maison21 were roommates for many, many years, and our idea of fun was to have a couple of cocktails and rearrange our living room, compulsively editing and moving each every stick of furniture, lighting, art and accessories, until the room was just right! oh, the words exchanged over the placement of a vase on a credenza! hey- everybody has their own idea of fun, and arguing about *pretty* happens to be ours. don't judge, k? ;-)


next, rudy solved the problem of having to many wall boxes for sconces and no budget to purchase a set of matching cool set of lights, either new or vintage, by making his own! he bought stock porcelain sockets, screw in y-adapters and some tube lights- again, all from the hardware store- and made is own funky fixtures. (make sure your sconces are hooked up to a dimmer if you try this, otherwise it's like staring at the surface of the sun!) tip- sets of 4 cool vintage sconces are like the holy grail of vintage lighting. if you ever run across a set, DO NOT hesitate to buy them, even if they aren't your first choice to use in your home. chances are after searching for another 6 months, that first set will look better and better and you'll regret not having picked them up! and if you do find a better set, you can probably resell the first without a problem- they really are *that* hard to find...


have a great weekend y'all, and maybe you'll try some DIY projects of your own! we'd love to hear about them if you do!

14 comments:

tartanscot said...

okay - stop it some more - those "Y-Adaptor" made-up-out-of-nothing lights are fannnnnnn-tastic.

kudos!

nicole said...

Very cool dude!! I love the art propped up back there. My bookcase is so filled with books that I dont have any place for decorative objects.

I actually rearranged them again, this time by genre, author and country of origin. I guess everyone really does have their own idea of fun!

ashlina said...

awesomeness. loving the new photo of you in the yellow.
hotness!

xo

sanctuaryhome said...

I was just thinking today that I need a clamp light for my office. Lovely solutions!

Michelle Salz-Smith said...

I want to update my office now! Great job!
Michelle

Melissa said...

I love everything- so creative so affordable. The sconces are totally Fab! Great post!
Melissa Gulley
www.designtrackmind.com

jones said...

The clamp lights are a great idea--going to use them on an armoire. Have a great Sunday. Mary

Tammy@InStitches said...

Cocktails and staging, sounds like a fun night to me ! Maybe ya'll could go into the cool lighting business... :)

Karena said...

Really great look, I love it!

Oh and my giveaway is now posted!
Karena
Art by Karena

Amanda said...

The bookshelves look amazing. From this photo they totally look like built-ins! The clip on lights are genius AND they look chic.

xx Amanda

Paul Anater said...

Scot's right, those Y adapter sconces are spot on. You two should be known as the Clever Twins after that room. Bravi!

La Maison Fou said...

I luv these do it ur self!
Thanks, Christian!
L.

maison21 said...

rudy is excited you all like his handiwork- the credit is all his!

and paul, i hate to stick a dagger in your heart like this, but i think he might have got the idea for the lights from ... *cue ominous music*... APARTMENT THERAPY!!!!1!!!

;-)

Paul Anater said...

Impossible. Inconceivable. Clearly you've made a mistake, he must have seen it on Design Star, Top Design or some other top-notch idea source. Hah!