DIY Tree Slab Side Table in Redbook

Welcome to another Team Red DIY. We all know that hairpin legs are having a moment – well they’ve been having a moment for a while but because they are so popular its now really easy for us to make ourselves. I mean this DIY is really just about finding the resources (we give them to you at the end) and drilling in 6 screws. A baby sloth could do it (another thing that is having ‘a moment’). Its a thing.

Redbook August DIY Slab Side Table

But what would a perfect looking DIY be without some chaotic behind the scenes? So here’s how this column works. Every month we send Redbook 5-7 DIY ideas. They take it to their Editor in Chief and 2 of them get approved to move on. Then we hone in on those two, making sure that they are in fact easy and affordable. We source them, order them, find a location for the shoot, make one to make sure it works, buy enough to shoot two (one in progress for the step by step and one that is the ‘hero’). And then David Tsay, Scott and my team style and shoot thing thing.

In this case it was these hairpin legs wood slab tables. Brady and Ginny sourced the legs online and the slabs from the flower market.

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In this case we shot it in our studio. On one side of the room we have this perfectly set up shot and on the other its just total chaos. We haven’t started designing the studio yet, well we have but the quotes we’ve gotten for what we want to do are like 7K so thats on the back burner for now. But its convenient to shoot there because it has a good blank wall, decent light and we have access to my hoarding collection of props.

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If you are asking why don’t I style these myself its because life is just a little too crazy. That morning i had woken up at 1:30am (yes, you read that right) to do 27 tv interviews in a row. I got done around 9am and headed back home to the shoot. So obviously I couldn’t have bought flowers at 6am like you have to or you know, been functional at all. I just kinda art direct – but Scott and I have been friends and working together for so long that I’m never worried.

We choose the color palette (and run it past RedBook) and then Scott and I collaborate to get the rest of the props. You may notice that pink sofa that we just sold to Ban.do here – its just so photographable. And the rug below was an ‘option’ that we gave RedBook (I believe its from CostPlus World Market).

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This is David being all, ‘hey pay attention’ and me clearly RUSHING from behind the desk to come approve the shot.

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So you may notice that the rug that we used above didn’t make it in the final version. What did was my persian rug runner from upstairs that you may have seen in these instagrams:

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Except we used it upside down, because we CRAZY like that. The color was too intense right side up and it took too much away from the table. Upside down it just looked like a flatwoven kilim.

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So there you have it. You might know that i’m not Orange’s number one fan, but I think this color combo is sooo cute and fresh. These legs also come in white, green, blue and pretty much every color. Here are all the resources:

Sofa: Vintage, covered in light pink from the fabric district.

Wood Slabs: We sourced a couple of our options from the flower district, but they are also available online through Save-On-Crafts.

Table Legs: we sourced quite a few for this project and were 100% pleased with all of them but in the end the orange ones made the cut. Both Hairpin Legs for Less, and Hairpin Legs.com really pulled out all the stops to help us with these legs and a big thank you goes out to them for being so accommodating and getting them sent through to us! Their legs are fabulous, customizable and rage from about $12-$40 a leg. The orange ones we used were 18″ in height, and cost about $35 per leg because we went with the powder coated finish.

Rug: Vintage from the flea market

Pillows: Target

Art: Jamie Derringer

The gorgeous after shots are photographed by David Tsay, and styling was done by Scott Horne.

You can check out our other DIY projects we did for Redbook by clicking through these links: Side Table Ikea Hack, DIY Towel Ladder , Embossed Velvet Heart Pillow, Office Wall Pockets,

I am Alive…. My computer is not

Well folks, my computer saw its last living day earlier this week and has now gone up to computer heaven for its final resting place. Earlier this week there was a little incident where coffee met computer, and the results were not as good as last season’s “The Bachelor Tells All” show. So, with that said I have been completely without a computer which has left me without a way to update the blog and bring you some new posts. I PROMISE that come Monday I will find a way (come hell or high water) to bring you some new content. It is helpful when Brady lets you steal his computer to give you guys an update, so lets hope by Monday my computer is either fixed or Brady or Ginny will let me steal their computers again and take all coffee from my hands.

I have personally written a letter to apple requesting that from now on they make all computers 100% waterproof (my fingers are still crossed) so that this does not happen to every coffee drinking, computer using person out there.

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I know it doesn’t look like much in the pictures but those dark watery looking spots have killed my dreams and my hard drive.

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This folks is what a fried hard drive looks like. Apparently there is not suppose to be a dark black circle around my hard drive. Go figure.

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I will now be keeping my coffee and my computer in two separate rooms.

Its a total bummer but I here’s what I have been up to “sans” computer this last week.

emily book plants

 

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valley thrifting

Delicious Circus Inspired Food

Not sure if you guys ever heard of our Sip ‘n See (kidding … I think that every person that ever looked at the internet has seen it) but I realized that I never shared the recipes to the circus themed food by RoomForty. And while this isn’t a food blog, these things were delicious (and quite impressive) so keeping them a secret is just rude.

Room Forty Churro and Corndog

RoomForty is the catering company behind The Fig House and they do high concept, high end, delicious food with a gastro bent. I told them I wanted some circus inspired food and Steve and Libry came back with some modern recipes for churros, candied apples, truffle popcorn, corndog lollipops and my personal favorite meatball barbells – going along with our strongman theme.

Room Forty Tablescape Finishing Touches

Their chef, Libry, is a bad ass who has an insane talent for turning a concept for a food on its head. Also he is a bad ass because he has lots of tattoos and therefore I’m supposed to be terrified of him, as my parents instructed me when I was a child, but i’m not because he’s a very nice man.

Room Forty Popcorn Kitchen

Click through to get the recipes and see shots of food in my mouth …

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TGIF, y’all

We are trying to take a much needed day off today so I can spend time with that little baby right there. Yesterday our sitter was sick and Brian was gone so I spent all day with him, but it wasn’t quite enough to make up for how much little quality time we’ve gotten together lately. My mother in law is in town and we have serious plans that involve shopping, talking, cuddling said baby, a drs’ appointment for him, and more shopping. We are very good at that indeed.

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Thanks for all your patience this week regarding posts. My hope is to finish some serious design posts over the weekend and have lots of fun content for you next week, but no promises. I might get distracted by that little baby up there. Meanwhile check instagrams for more peeks into the house…

And TGIF. And I mean that as if nobody has ever said it before. THANK GOODNESS ITS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Material Girls, #2; Eat, Pray, Glam.

Welcome to another Material Girls. In this episode our lady is global but in a high-end luxe and glam kinda way. Her name is Chloe. And here is her materials board:

green gold materials board Chloe loves the beach, but more in a Malibu way than in a hut in Costa Rica way. She’s that chick that wears beautiful vintage silk kaftans that just fall on her Paleo-diet eating frame. On most of us they just look like Muu Muu’s but on her they are kaftans. She loves everything pulled together, but mixes patterns effortlessly – as only a Malibu beach girl can. She read Eat Pray Love way before the film, has a perfect ‘Ballet Slipper’ pedicure at all times, has never had a tan line, and stocks gin and artisanal tonics in her bar for her Pepperdine graduate friends. She has a small dog, that people first call yappy but they eventually fall in love with. She is fancy, but approachable. Intelligent, but comes off casual. Has great taste, but doesn’t have to talk about it to prove it. Chloe is kinda awesome.

Here is what’s she likes in her home:

1. Teal tile | Classic Tile Flooring, Santa Monica 2. Silk fabric | The Fabric Store 3. Large brass knob | Liz’s Antique Hardware 4. White tile | Porcelanosa 5. Silver textured wallpaper | Astek 6. Turquoise wallpaper Quill, Seabreeze | Sydney Harbour 7. Flooring Jasper Hickory Collection (Natural) | Build Direct 8. Blue Square Tile | Classic Tile Flooring, Santa Monica 9. Blue and white stripe wallpaper Narrow Stripe in Regatta | Sydney Harbour 10. Rectangular brass ringpulls | Liz’s Antique Hardware 11. Dark blue leather | Edelman leather 12. Patterned fabric Rohet Flora Blue on Oyster | Mally Skok Design from Nicky Rising 13. Brass coil wire (sourced from the bead supply store).

See the first Material Girls HERE.