Tuesday, March 20, 2012
When I saw this moss-covered chair at Anthropologie, I thought of all the places that it could make anyone happy that springtime is here: in a garden, on a porch, in a foyer, in a sunny room by a window or your favorite place here _______.
My next thoughts were: “I want one,” and “How?” So, I reached out to an old designer friend, Kimberlee Paige Hanson of Interior Bliss Design, who is a guru on all things comfort and home. She shares step-by-step instructions on how to create your own:
Dear spring-time lover:
To make your own moss-covered chair, here are the materials you will need:
- Chicken wire
- Adhesive spray
- Moss - Hypnum, Shortia, Fern Moss and Rock Cap Moss
- Fern - Maidenhair Fern and Jersey Fern (Read on for more info on moss and fern)
Step 1. Find a side chair that has a nice solid seat. It can be a wood-seat or a cushy upholstered piece. Something with a great shape and with a vintage flair will really take this chair to the next level.
Step 2. Clean the chair cover. Then cover it in moist newspaper strips. Apply a little spray adhesive down, as well as a thin layer of chicken wire for the moss to have something to grab on to.
Step 3. Section by section, spray a bit of adhesive on the back of each piece of moss, and push it onto the damp newspaper and wire. Tip: Lay down bigger pieces of moss, so it will look like it has grown from the earth rather than pieced together.
Step 4: Incorporate ferns into the mix. They will grow with just air and sunlight.
Step 5: Once your plantings are in place, make sure to H2O it regularly and keep them damp. Use a spray bottle or a hose with a spray attachment. The newspaper acts as something for the water to soak in to keeping the moss healthy and growing.
Step 6: Sit back and enjoy. Use this chair as a great sculptural item in a sunroom, or as a functional chair that doubles as a conversation piece.
PS: For moss, we suggested Hypnum, Shortia and Fern Moss and Rock Cap Moss, which handle partial sunlight. Click here to read more. Others will burn with exposure, so be sure to read the care instructions for each type of moss.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Featured Vendor—Interior Bliss
August 31, 2011 | Filed In: Blog, Featured Vendor
Have you met Nutmeg, the Weimaraner? (She's pictured below, sitting pretty.) Then you've definitely set eyes on the Interior Bliss booth, a lovingly curated collection of reconfigured, recycled furniture and found objects from partners Kimberlee and Spencer.
Interior Bliss is more than a Flea stand—the business also incorporates interior design services that focus on the artful arrangements of objects both old and new, for residential, commercial and custom projects. Kimberlee (the designer and collector) and Spencer (the furniture-maker and woodworker) split their time between Hunterdon County in New Jersey and Manhattan (with weekends in Brooklyn, of course), working on a constantly changing collection of "cool junk," as Spencer calls it. For their picking excursions, they generally stay within a 200 mile radius of home, but Kimberlee admits that they have done some great buying as far away as Georgia and Vermont. When they first started at the Flea in the spring of last year, "initially we were just freeing up space in the barn," Kimberlee says, "but it was so much fun that we kept coming back!"
Their one-of-a-kind custom pieces, like the hand-painted, hand-pieced chairs, above, are striking in their sense of color, craftsmanship and creativity. On one of the hottest days this year, the pair cobbled together a makeshift shade structure of random objects and materials that rivaled any tent in town! It all fits neatly into their ethos of "recycle and reuse," where old objects are reconsidered, refashioned and given a new lease.
The Flea scene is surely part of the draw, with Kimberlee shouting out the real community between the vendors. "It is an incredibly talented and authentic group of artists, craftspeople and fashionistas… lest we not forget the incredible food! The energy is very positive and it is a great way to spend the weekend selling and enjoying the process." Visit their booth (they set up in both Fort Greene and Williamsburg regularly) and do your part to recycle and reuse.