We're thrilled to announce that Revamp's fabulous townhouse project landed on the cover of Interior Design magazine's latest issue.Read More
For the second year in a row, we've donated our time and services to create a custom picnic basket and setting for DIFFA's Picnic by Design event, held recently on a lovely rooftop in downtown Manhattan. Given that our theme last year was "Relax with Revamp" (see photos here), we decided to switch gears this year and go with a psychedelic, 80s-inspired look. What fun we had designing, constructing, painting, and even sewing the elements together! In addition to the geometric dayglow blanket, we made fishnet-vinyl seat cushions and a box with a backlit fluorescent "Recharge" sign. It was a great opportunity to be creative in a style that's too bold for most interiors, but perfect for a funky picnic spread. Thanks to Maharam for the fabric donation, and huge thanks to Corey Turnage from Ceramic Technics who bought our basket and hosted us at the picnic.
With summer sun beating down upon us, flea market season has kicked into high gear. Whether you're a serious bargain hunter decking out an entire space, or a casual weekend browser, here are some tips to make your next flea market trip a success:
-Arrive early for a shot at the best pieces
-Dress down, for better bargaining, and comfortably, to enjoy a long day of shopping.
-Checklist: bring cash (especially small bills), checkbook, tape measure, water bottle, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and a folding cart or backpack to carry your purchases.
-Know your price. If you're looking for a specific item, research the pricing online before you go.
-Look beyond the surface. If you love the shape, you can always have an item refinished, reupholstered, or rewired- but you'll need to factor that into the price.
-Use your cell phone camera to record specific items, vendors, and booth numbers that you may want to revisit later in the day or on your next visit.
-Plan adequate transportation. If you're searching for big items such as furniture, remember that you'll need a large vehicle and a helping hand to bring your purchases home. That tape measure helps to insure that everything will fit inside your car before you plunk down the cash.
-Buy quality pieces. Look for the maker's label under a seat or tabletop or inside the drawers. Feel the weight of a piece. Is it solid wood or veneer finish? Are the joints stable?
-Splurge on unique pieces that you love. If you love it and it's rare, pull the trigger and buy it before someone else does- so long as the quality is good and the price is right.