Archive for January, 2012

Ohhhhh boy did we have a glorious time shooting the Bowen’s family portrait session. Photographing them for the second time, we knew it would need to be exceptional. No pressure, right?. A few days before the shoot Eric and I scouted some new locations down in Elgin. We instantly became giddy when we found these. After teasing the family with a few instagram shots (cause that’s how we roll), they too became inspired. It’s pretty cool to hear that our client did an impromptu shopping trip after seeing our snapshots. Totally sweetened the deal! But the cherry on top was the crisp winter sunlight, slight breeze and little traffic (well almost). We photographed mid-day, which is totally unheard of in AZ and most shy away from it. We welcomed the challenge.

Here’s what the Bowen family had to say about their experience with us…

“The instant Casia & Eric step behind the lens to take photos of your family, something magical happens. They have an uncanny sense of what makes your family unique and then they capture it in a totally artistic, and amazing way. The end result are photos (but for lack of a better word, more like masterpieces) that you will cherish for a lifetime! Their work speaks for itself… just look through the amazing online gallery. They are this families photographers for life!

Thanks C&E for another great session and for capturing this moment in time.”

If you haven’t seen our previous DIY post, I suggest you check it out before scrolling any further. Otherwise you’ll be a bit lost… ya know, like missing the first part of a movie!

We bought this leaning wall mirror over 4 years ago and originally loved the dark black wood. Sadly it was never fully utilized during our remodel and basically became a dust collector. Ever the recyclers, we decided to keep the sucka and give it the life it deserved. Prior to moving into the new loft, Eric sketched up a furniture placement and found the perfect spot for it. Unfortunately the black color just wasn’t working. This was a pretty easy fix, after all we’ve gotten quite good at painting dark frames a lighter color (if anyone has seen our huge frame wall at the work studio you know what we’re talking about). You could say we’re PRO’S!

Left – ‘Mr Black’ (Original), Middle – ‘Mr White’ (Primed), Right – ‘Mr Blonde’ (Michael Madsen).

Each stage was photographed throughout the day so please excuse the lighting difference.

Wa-lah! Madsen now has a new home and provides us the perfect location to indulge in our vain tendencies. We placed it at the end of our (almost) faux hallway and slapped Mr. Cardboard Moose-head above it. I think he needs a better name but we’re still working on it.

Our white walls are the perfect backdrop for this POP of color. You’ll also notice our killer industrial work stools we scored at MAST. They fit perfectly. Like to take a stab at who’s is who’s?

Remember those industrial letters? Here they are, anchored and re-imagined. Always knew they’d be bad-ass.

Remember those credenza’s!  Here they are in all their glory… well almost. We placed the two units smack dab next to each other to get the length we originally needed/wanted. The smaller unit hides our entertainment equipment and the larger unit houses our other crap. It’s the perfect amount of storage.

***UPDATE – TV is now mounted on the wall and we’ve added a few more modern vignettes.

These three brass owls were found at Social Science Junk Shop for $18. SCHWING! The 1939 GE Art Deco three blade fan was accidentally found at an unassuming antique store in Phoenix for $40. BOOM!

A few more vignettes of some recently found objects (shot on the iPhone for Instagram). We are a little obsessed with Instagram. If you are too, you can follow us @ casiafletcher & unluckyscholar. Look forward to it!

We still have a ton of finishing touches for the loft and desperately want to finish them. It doesn’t quite have the cozy-mod (as we like to call it) feel we’re looking for. Next up, massive artwork, a sweet wine rack, RAD shelving and some soft textures.

BTW, if anyone knows of/has found a dope 5×8 Chevron patterned rug in navy or black PLEASE TELL US (insert humungous thank you).

So happy to FINALLY be posting these DIY projects we did in the fall for our loft. For months we had been hunting for a mid-century modern teak or walnut credenza to use as our tv stand. We didn’t want to buy anything that was in excellent condition because we knew we’d be drilling vent holes in the back to hide our entertainment equipment. It goes against our design morals to de-value a great vintage piece, who’s with us on this…? (Don’t all raise your hand at once now). So when our friend Chelsea (an avid Craig’s lister by night) emailed us snapshots of a piece her husband picked up, we literally dropped what we were doing & hightailed over to check it out. Another perk to being your own boss. To our surprise she had two different sized (but matching) units. They had the sexy lines + simple details we were looking for and with a little elbow grease they’d be stylin’ in no time. SCORE!

Larger unit – ‘BEFORE’ shot.

See… we told ya they had great bones! We classified these as the ‘Sam Levitz’ of mid-century furniture. Meaning not the $4K kind, but awesome none the less.

Smaller unit – ‘BEFORE’ shot.

Found this GEM inside (we fo-sure kept it).

Old water ring stains = character!

The tools needed to complete the job…

Complete all steps in a well vented area or outside, NOT WHEN WINDY!!! (Do I really have to tell you this?)

Step 1: Sand ever so lightly with a super fine 150 grit to remove old wax.

Step 2: Wipe dust off with non-linting towel or cheese cloth.

Step 3: Clean surface of wood with Murphy’s Oil Soap, go with the grain!!!

Step 4: Brush on Watco Teak Oil Finish, go with the grain!!!
(Side note, if you have the time please order Pure Raw Tung Oil from the Real Milk Paint Co., non-toxic and doesn’t require a cancer warning).

Step 5: Let dry (30 mins or so) and repeat step 4 to achieve desired color.

Step 6: Let dry for at least 2 full days before placing anything on top surface.

Step 7: Apply Feed-N-Wax wood polishing conditioner to shine/protect. (We have yet to complete this step and honestly not sure we want to).  

Eric applying the first coat of Teak oil. (Holy hair!!!)

The wood was so thirsty that the teak oil went on like a wood stain. After drying it lightened up a bit.

Extra bonus with these pieces… removable feet!

Smaller unit ‘AFTER’ shot – three coats of teak oil. Look at the killer legs on her!!!

Eric decided to paint the interior shelf white to give it a modern, clean feel – SCHWING!  

For some reason I never photographed the larger piece? Very odd. But hang tight cause in a few days you’ll see the lovely lady inside the loft.

Next up, we found these salvaged store front metal letters (up in Phoenix of course) @ Modern Manor. Guys, if you’re local and haven’t been there yet, shame on you. Totally missing out! We actually went back twice for these irresistible guys because I had non-buyers remorse… I HAD TO HAVE EM’.

Maybe this is a good time to clarify our home decor style. WE love all things modern, mid-century, industrial, salvaged and/or handmade.

We call it COZY MOD. Ok good, moving on…

HEY (hopefully it’s obvious what we wanted to spell out). Boy these things were filthy. But after mama gave them a bath they shined right up. Nothing a lil grease remover couldn’t handle.

All ‘BEFORE’ shots. Removed heavy-ass-transformer-thingy inside the ‘h’. Cussing was had.

Left – ‘E’ front, Right – ‘E’ back

Red ‘Y’ front, White ‘Y’ back.

Maybe I’ll get the next post up (sooner rather than later) showcasing where and what we did with these suckas! Crossing fingers tightly…

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