San Francisco is made up of old homes turned rentals and I happen to live in one of those beauties! Full of great character, lovely charm aaaand out dated fixtures. haha! As a rental you can only do so much to give the place a facelift, paint goes a long way with walls and furniture but those run of the mill flush mount lighting fixtures...eek!
One day while browsing the free section of Craigslist I came across a company that was getting rid of laminate samples, they were colorful and made my creative brain start to tick. I picked them up and brought them home where they sat on my desk for months before inspiration hit. Read More
It has been a great week at the Delightful Designs workshop! I had the chance to participate in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest, an amazing group of creatives that transform neglected furniture. This months contest was sponsored by DecoArt a great brand with numerous products, so you're sure to find whatever you need for any of your projects! We received paint from their Chalky Finish line, a product that is super easy to use! No sanding or priming required, I wiped my piece down with a degreaser and then it was ready for paint!
The theme for this months contest is "Make a Statement" and if you know me or have followed along in the past you know that I am all about Bold and Bright colors. As my boyfriend would say this months contest was right in my wheel house! I choose the color Fortune, a vibrant green, for a project I had been wanting to get started on.
I picked up this bench off of Craigslist for $20 and have been sitting on it (haha sorry for the bad pun, I couldn't help it) for while just waiting for the right inspiration to hit. The before is pretty bad in my opinion, stained and pretty blah. I knew I wanted to do black and white on top and a pop of color on the legs. Read More
Today marks the first day of a new adventure! Delightful Designs has had a wonderfully successful first year in business and like most everything you try you learn a lot along the way. I have found that the majority of my sales come from my online shop or via the monthly Alameda Point Antique Faire. So to start off Delightful Designs second year I will be focusing on those channels. I may have a heavy heart as I say goodbye to the little shop on Irving Street that has given me so much joy but I am beyond excited to take the momentum from this past year and move my business in a new direction where it can grow even more!
Keep following along here on the Colorfully Chic Blog, posted every Saturday!
Now for a look back at a few of my favorite moments and transformations!
Happy Saturday Everyone! Can you believe how fast January flew by? We are well on our way into 2016 and it's going to be a great year! This next week will conclude the tenancy of Delightful Designs at the Little Shop on Irving Street. In honor of a great first year and to celebrate the new direction the shop is taking, there will be a sale on all In-Store furniture and home decor from now until the end of the month!
Hurry to save on one-of-a-kind painted furniture pieces!
Below are a few items available at the shop but Follow along on Instargram @delightfuldesignsdecor to see more of whats for sale, DM me to purchase or come into the shop!
The new year is a wonderful time to refocus and set new goals. On January 31st the little shop on Irving Street will be closing its doors and I will be traveling near and far to find beautiful treasures to bring to you via our online store. Outside of shopping online you will be able to find our furniture and home goods monthly at the Alameda Antique Faire (the first Sunday of every month)!
The growth I have experienced in my first year of business has been so exciting, but as a solopreneur I have had a hard time keeping the shop stock with my one of a kind furniture pieces (a good problem). In order to continue to grow I must update my business structure, what does this mean for you? More furniture makeovers, DIY tutorials here on the Colorfully Chic Blog and home decor treasures in the online shop!
I am excited about the new direction my small business is taking and ready to welcome the new adventure. In order for Delightful Designs to make this transition everything in the shop has to go...Good News for you! Stop by the shop from now until the end of the month to find great deals! Everything is marked down!
Painted Furniture & Home Decor Deals
Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm
Monday & Tuesday By Appointment
Hello Friends and Happy New Year! I have recovered from all of the holiday craziness and ready to share my new year project with everyone! I moved in with my amazingly supportive boyfriend this past year shortly after embarking on the Delightful Designs Adventure. What a whirlwind of a year it was and now that I have gotten into a flow with all that small business ownership entails I have had time to tackle our home.
I decided to start with the spare bedroom (and I know we are beyond lucky to have a spare room in San Francisco). Our home, a rental, was built in 1907 and was original a single family house but somewhere along it's path was chopped in half and is now two apartments, we live upstairs and have a lovely downstairs neighbor. This modification has resulted in a strange layout, I love a challenge!
The plan for this spare room is to transform it into an inspiring office. I will be posting the progress of the room as I complete it. There will be plenty of DIY tutorials starting with today and the transformative power of Paint! I was starting with this two-toned green and numerous holes.
It's the week of Christmas...6 days to go! Some of us are Wahoo-ing and some maybe scrambling to get the shopping started. I have put together some ideas to get your creative juices flowing, whether they be final touches, stocking stuffers or gifts alike I hope this helps!
These hand crocheted headbands are a great gift to toss in the stocking on Christmas morning! With four colors to choose from they offer endless ways to style your hair.
A few months ago while treasure hunting at the Alameda Antique Faire hidden behind piles of items I saw a lily pad base popping out and was instantly in love. I have seen this type of lamp before but never with an ornate shade base. They were beautiful and they needed to come home with me! Once home I did some thinking and decided that though they are lovely in their original form I wanted to update them. My first thought was Edison bulbs, industrial chic and modern. To do so the lamps needed to be rewired from a chandelier base to a standard socket.
This is something I have never attempted before so I took them to a lamp expert only to be told it would cost $110...Eek! Not willing to drop that much cash on a couple of lamps I decided to give it a whirl myself...after all I changed all the electrical sockets and hardwired the ceiling pendants at the shop why was this any different. After digging through the lamp kit section at my neighborhood hardware store I found what I thought might do the trick!
First thing make sure your wiring works, if it does not you will need to use new wiring. Secondly make sure the lamp is unplugged and gather your tools. In this case my wiring was good all I needed was a small flat head screw driver and the new socket. While removing the chandelier socket I made sure to mark which wire went with which screw, as you can see in the photo below one is silver and one is gold. I used a purple sharpie and just scribbled on the wire to be connected to the silver screw. Slide your wires through the hole that attaches the socket to the lamp, bend the wires around the proper screw and tighten. Screw the socket back onto the lamp, add a lightbulb and hit the switch! It really is that easy!
The lamp expert I spoke to said it was hard work and time consuming hence the hefty price tag. This took me 15 minutes and $9 to complete both lamps. I was a little weary after hearing how hard this could be and I didn't want to ruin such beautiful pieces, but when I plugged the lamps in and the light bulb lit up I was elated. I called Dad to tell him my story so proud of myself for accomplishing something new, but what really made me smile was what he said about the lamp expert, "He hasn't met a Stoecker"! Dad was right, as usual, you can do anything you put your mind to, have confidence in yourself and give it a whirl. Thanks Dad!
I have stocked the shop for the kick-off of the holiday shopping season! Give the gift that no one else will, all home decor accessories and furniture are one of a kind! Here are a few of my favorites!
Shop the Small Business Saturday Sale!
10% Off Home Decor & 20% Off Furniture through Monday November 30th.
HOLIDAY HOURS: Wednesday-Sunday 10am - 7pm
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! A day that makes me smile for many reasons, one of those being the beginning of the Holidays. I started this morning by putting on my favorite holiday sweater and snowflake earrings! The twinkle lights are up at the shop and the music is in full holiday mode.
This weekend is jam packed with shopping incentives; Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday! Delightful Designs will be offering 10%-20% Off at the little shop on Irving and the online store all weekend! Sign up to receive your savings code by email.
~ ABOUT ME ~
Creative Owner of Delightful Designs, a boutique where furniture is given a new colorfully chic life! Read more...