Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted!
While this blog is supposed to be a bulletin board of sorts for ongoing Lark Nest Design projects, it sometimes falls to the bottom of the list when I’m looking to take just one more
“after” photo, or thinking, I’ll just wait until I’ve completed the project.
Famous last words, as you can imagine. My other day job is marketing the Junk Bonanza, the twice-a-year intersection of fabulous junk and glorious shopping at Canterbury Park. It’s the enterprise of gal pal and businesswoman par excellence, Ki Nassauer of KiNassauer.com! The first Spring show just ended, and I’m quickly re-entering the world of client work and getting back to refurbishing projects in the garage.
So while there are plenty of project posts stacked up like the proverbial cordwood, I thought I’d share a glimpse of the Modern Glam look I styled, along with Jane Hall of Mustard Moon, at the Bonanza’s Weddings Lab!
Modern Glam was one of four looks at the inspirational Lab, where brides-t0-be could collect ideas for decor using repurposed and up cycled castoffs, or see how items found in great quantities in thrift stores or flea markets could be employed for down-the-aisle style!
This jeweled bouquet was the work of Upsy-Daisy in Mounds View!
What constitutes Modern Glam? We used silver, gold, copper and bronze along with woodland accents and a lot of glossy white! This handsome stag, formerly brass, was stenciled with a gold number as a table designator!
Reader’s Digest condensed volumes wrapped in faux bois paper made for easy pedestals. The bases of glasses from Arc’s Value Village were dipped in opalescent craft paint, and the rose bowl vases were faux mercury glass, made from Looking Glass paint and water.
The inimitable Catherine Polacek of Printerette Press was our letterpress partner for the Lab; her invites and menu cards were in all four Lab areas!
We needed to keep the sightlines clear for the participants on the other side, so our backdrop curtain was a net panel from Ikea, embellished with stripes of chocolate brown silk. That’s metal adhesive tape from the plumbing department at Home Depot along the edges of each stripe. The hanging decor? Slide carousels from Goodwill, painted in gold, bronze and copper and fitted in the center with hand mirrors!
Even the cake was glam; vanilla bean with edible white glitter from the fabulous Ross Sveback at RossSveback.com!
Here’s the baker extraordinaire with his creation!
Simple green and white flowers were by Ashley Fox Designs in Chaska. Gilded antlers were used as table decor. That console table? Decoupaged in tin foil with black gel stain rubbed over the finish for the look of hammered aluminum!
Vintage prints served as a looseleaf guestbook on a bed of reindeer moss in a keepsake metal tin!
Here’s another back off, where our cowhide peeks from underneath the couch. You also can see lamp bases repurposed as pillar candle holders, large birch branches sprayed and arrayed inside a hollow architectural column, and an antique frame repurposed as a seating card board once retrofitted with galvanized tin. The chandelier is outfitted with mod, round bulbs! There’s a mini cloche sitting on top of the chinoiserie chest, with an itsy bitsy white enameled deer on a bed of reindeer moss on a little gold tray, too. Loved that!
OK, so we had more than 12,000 people through the doors in three days, and it was a bit tough to keep it all looking tidy. Add my subpar photo skills and the pix don’t quite do the Lab justice! It sure was fun, though!
You can catch a peek of some of the other looks — Romantic Bohemian, Funky Geographic and Natural Elegance on the Junk Bonanza blog, also penned by yours truly, here!
OK, off to the garage to work on some new projects for the Mother’s Day Market May 11-12! It will be here before you know it!