Art and Accessories in New York City

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My husband and I recently went to NYC where he was speaking at a show at the Javits Center and I was spending time with my cousin and brand new baby boy! I also managed to spend some time researching and being inspired by the art and accessories scene in New York. I visited MOMA and they’re amazing collection of art and design. You forget some of the timeless pieces there from the likes of Dali, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh. We also visited Astro Gallery on 5th Ave, who has a remarkable collection of minerals, gems, fossils, meteorites…..that can be collected or used as show stopping home decor! All of these created by nature and absolutely breathtaking and unique. I even brought back some pieces that will adorn a future clients home!

Custom Live Edge Wood Tables & Countertops

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With projects I prefer to think “out of the box” and try to incorporate at least one really unique custom item into each room. Working with Live Edge wood to create amazing tables, shelving and countertops is the perfect customizable project.

The dining table below was a fallen Pecan tree that I found at Tom’s Cypress “digging around” in their many piles of treasures (aka wood piles). The legs were custom made (not expensive) and then the pieces were joined together with colored resin. The bartop in Ponte Vedra Beach, seen below was made in the same process but, with Cypress wood and is under-lit from below for a nice ambiance at nighttime.

My favorite by far is the custom bar-top designed for clients in Boca Raton, FL seen below. I hand selected the Cypress wood slabs for their unique wormy texture and then selected a beautiful White Onyx from Cavastone. The wood had to be planed down to the same thickness of the Onyx and then the fabricators joined them together. The edges of the Live Edge are wrapped in a ethereal white Resin for a smooth edge.

For assistance with your next project contact me at 904.234.4937, or kelly@abodeint.com and check out my work at www.abodeint.com.

 

Live Edge Wood Meets Resin in this Custom Dining Table…looks like running water through a stream

Wine Cellar with Live Edge Wood Countertops, Granite slab wall and Arterior Homes wall sconces.

Custom Live Edge Wood & Resin Bar with under lighting designed for clients in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

White Onyx perfectly joined with Live Edge Cypress for a wonderfully unique bar top designed for clients in Boca Raton, FL

Designing with Custom Driftwood Tables-order yours from abodeint.com!!

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My go to for custom furniture with fabulous texture and character is Driftwood. It is a perfect option here in Florida and blends in well with many interior styles.

I work with an amazing artist in central FL that has produced for my clients oversized driftwood floor mirrors, shelving, console tables, coffee tables and more. She is able to do extensive options for finishes, stains and even paint. Her items are crated for protection and white glove delivered to your home.

If your interested in a quote for a custom designed piece for your home please contact me at 904.234.4937 or email me directly at kelly@abodeint.com. 

One of a kind driftwood console table designed for Guinta family in Lighthouse Point, FL

Organic Modern Tree Stump Tables made EASY!!!

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Hurricanes tend to bring “downed trees”…so I used the opportunity to snag some free tree stumps to do my next project: 4-5 tree stumps on wheels I will cluster together to make a coffee table that can be moved out of the way for parties. Great texture & unique character!

First I had to chizel off the loose bark before they are taken to be cut down evenly at the mill to 18” height. Just a “little elbow grease” needed!Next step is to sand, sand and sand some more the top and sides until smooth! How smooth is really a preference. I prefer a slight texture and roughness to the stumps.

I will paint the sides with an off white satin paint leaving the top a sealed natural wood tone. Final step is to select wheels. See two options below I selected at www.vandykes.com. I will post the final product when complete! 

 

 

My inspirational images for this project:

Concrete Countertops Created Easily!

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I have long admired the use of concrete in home & furniture design…even so much I had stained concrete created in the bottom floor of my new home. We are blocks from the ocean and I knew it would be a great option with less upkeep with all the sandy wet toes that stray in from outside!!

They did a fabulous job matching my sample (can you see the small  2.5” x 2.5” sample on my concrete floor?)

 

So…I had seen recently concrete side tables for $400 each and thought I can do this myself! 

I decided with the help of my neighbor, who had just completed his own fireplace hearth in poured concrete, to assist me with two bedside tables. 

We used the following youtube video: https://youtu.be/9866dmfJxUU to help with materials and steps. We used Quikrete Countertop Mix:#1106-80. Total spent on materials for two end tables was $50. I used my local metal fabricator to make the simple metal base for $100 each. (Your local metal fabricator could easily make these for you) 

I happened to paint mine white to match the custom headboard I designed. See the finished product below..

It was very easy to do! Yes…it really was! It also was cost effective as two tables only cost $250. 

A little bit of elbow grease and a desire to learn something new! 

Cheers and have fun with your next project!

 

 

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