On one side of the sink, a miniature antique chest holds hairpins and rings to keep the area tidy. Salve jars, a porcelain cold cream jar and a vintage dish filled with antique buttons finish off the space. Author Susan Sully says that the lids on these jars are probably made of Bakelite, an early plastic that is now a collectible.
A collection of antique and vintage grooming tools, displayed in an old fashioned barber’s jar, accessorizes this vanity. The spray of coral against the marble panel and a bronze cross, used to hang jewelry while the homeowner is washing up, add a touch of quirky panache.
Everything is fair game as a design motif, including these vintage leather flyswatters ornamenting a wall in Smithfield's downstairs bedroom. Mannequin heads perched on small antique chairs complete the idiosyncratic statement wall.
This glamorous dressing area features a metallic vanity with a glass countertop, silver-trimmed mirror and black-and-white polka dot stool. The curves of the furniture, valance and mannequin add additional feminine touches.
"Fill the negative storage spaces with correctly scaled items, books, photographs," advises HGTV Design Star judge Genevieve Gorder for this bedroom. "Give me something to look at. A lighter finish on the shelves would also help the space feel a bit bigger.
An oversized mural composed of a 19th century arboretum etching serves as the backdrop to the gentleman's lounge at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. The room, meant to appeal to a well-traveled man, includes a jet-engine pendant light and faux crocodile textured wallpaper.
Two windows with roman shades in a dark gray floral fabric bring lots of natural light inside. The windows include a switchable glass film that can easily be changed from clear to opaque at the click of a button or by smart phone, to offer privacy on demand.
The street view was an important component for the owner of this boutique. West 5th Street is a busy street in Austin and it was important for her to have mannequins displayed in pop out windows with open views into the store.
A ribbon with floral accents has been painted on the beige walls in this nursery. The walls are also used to display artwork of a pink-skirted mannequin and a framed photograph of a little girl in a pink tutu. Including family photographs and personal items in a nursery provides a sense of heritage and personalizes the space, making it especially inviting for baby and mother.
Though the living room is an undoubted showstopper, the dining room might be the purest example of a design style that Tamara describes as, “Edgy modern with a rustic undertone and pops of fun color.” This room has all of that and more from the funky paint job on the walls to the metallic tabletop adorned with bowls of grass. And if that isn’t '80s punk rock enough for you, there’s the snake plant propped atop the bottom half of a mannequin to complete this awesome, unique picture.