Friday, February 3, 2012

Nailhead Trim: Refined or Raw






Above, an elegant chair (long since sold) from the 1stdibs space in New York from Disegno Karina Gentinetta.  She uses a strip of same-fabric (natural cotton muslin) seam tape and places the nails evenly.





Above, a deconstructed chair in Sweden exposing very raw burlap and nails from the book Vintage by Nina by Nina Hartmann with photos by Maria Isabel Hansson.






On the far left with black legs, a chair between refined and raw in the incomparable Norwegian home of Jannicke Helgesen of Lille vildand.

The exposed nail head look blends with vintage, shabby, industrial, French, Nordic, farmhouse, and country styles.  It looks great dressed up or down!





Ask at your independently owned hardware store (or Jo-Ann, A.C. Moore, Michael’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.) for 3/8” steel upholstery tacks.   They may say ‘black’, but they will be all different colors like gunmetal, charcoal, and graphite.   A small package costs about $3.

Update: on 7 February 2012 La Brocanteuse published a very good, almost scholarly, post on stripped down upholstery.  

This post was supposed to unveil my new daybed bought for $5 at a yard sale, over-plumpy with Euro square pillows and a fat mooshy white linen cushion.   The covering over the bottom was to be more linen tacked on with steel upholstery tacks.   It all burnt in the fire that destroyed my unfinished home, but someday I’ll find something else.   Something even better.

I send everyone hugs back for your support.  You are all so sweet.


Until next time, stay shabby!




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41 comments:

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That first photo of the chair with wings is so pretty--I love it!

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Only the first photo I like, the other chair is just rubbish... Sorry but that is going a bit too far. Not even healthy with all the 'insides' being exposed. Dust mites? What about Asthma patients? For us, micro biologists this is an absolute no-no. How in the world can anything like that be kept hygienically clean.
My late first husband did do upholstery for export to England so I know those nail-head trims. The difference was that he used to do them with new fabrics and leather.
Wishing you the very best for the near future girl and try to stay true to your romantic ideas!

Love to you,

Mariette

ann said...

I just do not understand, Sandy, how the designers can take shabby looking furniture and make it shabby chic and so elegant. Were I to do the same, the old chair would just be that--an old chair. I am so glad that you carry on. You have a healthy outlook--counts a lot.

Hege Sletsjøe Morris said...

Well I love it! The Norwegian home must be the nicest home I've ever seen! I saw some photos from there the other day and it's all nice!
Wishing you all the best!
Hege

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Gorgeous photos Sandy!!
I am so sorry to hear about your fire, my heart and prayers go out to you!!
I wish you well and I know your life will be touched by the sun again soon!
Take care.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Shabbily By The Sea said...

Hi Sandy,
I love these photo's,all so beautiful and all so you....i am so sorry you lost your beautiful daybed i remember you first blogging about it and i was thinking wow i can't wait to see it when its finished,you are always in my prayers for happier times and sunshine my dear friend,
Much love to you Krissie xxx

layers of memory said...

Greetings Sandy from New Zealand.....i have been following your beautiful blog for sometime but failed to leave a message before.....however on reading about your fire it has prompted me to write and tell you i understand!!.....we had a fire at our house after just shifting into and unpacking all we owned after having it in storage for two years......fortunately not all the house and belongings were destroyed.....but had it happened at night we could have lost our eldest daughter who slept in the room that was the worst.....it taught me a very valuable lesson......that a house and whats in it is just things.....the real value is the people who live in there.....your things may have been taken away but not your life or your happy memories .....they stay with you for a lifetime......

some wise words i came across are these.....
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked in rooms or books in a very foreign tongue.
Do not search for answers which could not be given to you now because you would not be able to live with them, and the point is to live everything.
Live the question now, perhaps then, someday far in the future you will gradually without even noticing it live your way into the answer.........Rainer Maria Rilke


I wish you all the best for the future.......

Maria said...

Love the first photo, so romantic.
I feel so bad for you, you had a fire...i wish you all the best, keep strong girl.
Hugs
Maria

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

The quality of your photos is stunning Sandy! I could see a big difference between your first two and the ones that followed...I think that would make a lovely print for decorating ones home..keep the faith and keep sharing the beauty!

Susan said...

Thanks for the tip on what to ask for when you go to the store - I just recovered a chair seat, and the person who had re-done the chair before me had used regular tacks, and I wanted something a little stronger.

I hope you will find another wonderful daybed to re-do! {{{hugs}}}

Amanda said...

Some lovely images.

It's me said...

Beautiful post Sandy......lovely weekend darling...xxx...

summersoul said...

Sandy,

I am an amateur at recovering but I always use steel nailheads. I love the feel. Mine usually say "blue" on the packaging. Anyways, I am praying for you. I thought about you a lot yesterday after I read your post about the fire. what keeps me going sometimes is that I believe there is a plan.

MC

Catness said...

I love this. :) For two years, I have had a very old shabby chair that needs something special done, but until now I did not have any ideas for it.

Merlin said...

You absolutely "nailed it!" My feeling is "everything" looks nicer with nailheads...believe it or not - I'm going to do nailhead trim around our pier..like a "simple" fish design. You WILL overcome..our son and d-i-l lost their first home to fire (their 6 mo old baby asleep in the loft!)...a nightmare (for a long time) for sure. Time! franki

Katherines Corner said...

The chair with wings is one of my favorite photos. I hope this finds you smiling xo

Ter'e said...

The photos are all so beautiful........so very beautiful...............but you will find a better piece. These photos just took my beath.
BUT ----------------- the first photo? Now that one........looks like an act of God! You know you have angels helping you thru this.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. It really, just took my breath.

Julie L. Light said...

These photos are fabulous! I love how soothing white is...

Whimsey Creations said...

I know you'll find just the right daybed when it's time for it again. You always seem to have a knack for finding special and very inexpensive things. Hope your spirits are staying high these days. Hugs!

Svenja said...

every single one is AMAZING. i love all those pretty details on them! great:)

would be so nice if you would have a look at my blog also

http://traumzuhause.blogspot.com/

have a nice weekend, svenja :)

Rhonda said...

Beautiful post, that chair is so amazing! I get so excited to see you've posted.

Sending hugs, Rhonda

High Heeled Life said...

Great post! Stay strong my friend ... You positive attitude is going to keep moving forward - towards greater and more fabulous things ~ beyond what you had dreamed of. I just know it!! The first photo with the angel wings is my fav! xo HHL

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, these are heavenly photos... i'll know you'll be out finding equally wonderful new treasures...

Cindy

Zuzu said...

So very beautiful!

Those wings are the perfect symbol for your future, as you have everything within you to fly...

Much love,
Zuzu

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

The photos are lovely...and I happen to agree with Mariette on the "other" chair. It borderlines on the absurd what some people are willing to venture as "shabby chic" and such....but it is STILL very interesting to see it ALL.
You have a true "gift" for design, Sandy...and could rival the very best of them out there for excellence in what romance really means via decor...
You capture "huge, dreamy sighs" and "oh mys" in the most unique way....and can easily take one to a different time and place within seconds.
It's always such a pleasure to visit you...
Wishing you healing days ahead and happiness wherever you roam...xo

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Blessings to you!

Lili said...

So pretty Sandy, your photographs are book worthy too you know. I especially love the wings with the crucifix. I'm hopeful that the spring will hold many yard sale treasures for you again. xo ~Lili

Passionate for White said...

Looks like I'm in good company - LOVING the first chair!!

indiapiedaterre.com said...

I love the detail photo of the nails and sewn trim. I honestly never thought of using raw nails as exposed nailhead trim, so thank you for showing how beautiful it can be.

Nilu said...

What a lovely blog...want to stay here forever...can I?

chateau chic said...

The first photo is so yummy!!
Mary Alice

ShantyGirl said...

Sandy I am so sorry that you had a fire, I was inspired and loved all the photo's but I am terribly sorry for you loss and I hope that no one was harmed.
Sherry

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love this look, it's very edgy. I know you will find even more fabulous and amazing things to wow us... and we'll be rooting for you all the way! Thanks so much for linking to WIW, we always enjoy your posts.
You are an angel.
Hugs,
Patti

Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop my sweet bloggy friend.Sending Happy Weekend Wishes! xo

Jeanie Cullip said...

thank you for sharing, I am inspired to try this on a old chair of mine!

Fashion-isha said...

I'm really glad I found you blog. I love this clean style although I don't usually decorate like this. I do enjoy the visual break and crispness of it all. I will be following your blog! Hope you stop by!
xo
Sharon

Candylei said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Hope your day is great and full of sweet things!

Ter'e said...

Happy Valentines Day my little Sweet Spirit! I hope you are doing something very special for yourself. (Like planning your next blog post). Oh........that's for us, isn't it?
Whatever..............
Happy Valentine's Day/
xoxoxox

Claire said...

What a lovely blog-so calming-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Your photography is excuisite. The first photo conveys such gentle emotion (for me). So pure.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So absolutely beautiful Sandy!! What an inspiring post! Sharing at tonights party- thanks for linking up!

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