We have no shortage of old bottles in the shop. In fact, we have a surplus. One of the ways we plan on getting them off the shelf is by telling you what in the heck to do with these gorgeous, frosty, colorful old relics from days gone by, when everything from milk to medicine came in a glass bottle.
Here are five of our favorite ways to reuse an old glass bottle. Oh, and here's a blog post about how to clean old bottles--good info!
1. Create a display on a mantel or table as centerpiece. Not be Captain Obvious here, but we're big fans of displaying these as is, grouping anywhere from three to a gazillion bottles together to dress up your mantel or create a cool centerpiece on your dining room or console table.
2. Use as vases for single buds. Or greenery. Or sprigs of holiday cheer. Instead of bunching all your flowers together and stuffing them into one vase, separate them, so they each have a bottle of their own. These kind of arrangements can be equally striking with simple greenery, airplants, or some holiday-berry branches, real or fake.
3. Spruce up wedding décor. The vintage wedding theme is in! And the easiest way to achieve the desired look and feel is to turn to your table centerpieces. Clustering some old glass bottles together, especially if they coordinate with your color scheme, will serve several purposes: They'll help you achieve that vintage look, hold your flowers, and reflect light from any candles you might be using.
4. Display under a cloche or inside a cabinet. We found several photos on Pinterest of bottles grouped under a roomy cloche. And since we love cloches almost as much as we love antique bottles, we were sold instantly. They also look beautiful inside a small cabinet, where they can take center stage.
5. Display photos. This might be the trickiest of our suggestions, as you have to locate a bottle big enough and clear enough to really show off a photo, but we think this is a novel way to display old-timey photographs or postcards.
Bonus Ideas: Create a colorful chandelier or transform into oil lamps.
What did we miss? Let us know if you have other ideas for reusing old bottles.
Do you love to repurpose junk? See our other "repurpose" posts: 5 Ways to Repurpose a Baluster and 5 Ways to Repurpose a Corbel. Now that we have three posts, we think it's safe to say we have a series! Tell us in the comments if you want help reimagining any other specific old odds and ends.
When you Google “Transplant Nashville,” what you’re going to find now is a lot of information variously about hair transplants and organ transplants. What’s not coming up very strongly (yet) is the Nashville grower retailer called transPLANT Outdoor Living, but we're sure it will, once more people catch wind of this divine garden/retail shopping destination that opened in spring 2014.
Located a stone's throw from us, just across the parking lot from Marathon Village at 607 12th Avenue North, transPLANT Nashville is a favorite of ours, not only because the plants are gorgeous and the arrangements vary from rustic to contemporary but also because owner Zac Carter is a super nice guy. And because he grows his own perennials off site in Spring Hill, transPLANT is able to provide every gardener, regardless of experience level, with access to varieties that have been on the market for as much as two decades or as little as two years. This, my friends, is one business that truly is locally grown.
In addition, growing its own plants means transPLANT can keep its prices low. "It allows us to offer things at much lower prices than pretty much all of our competition," says Carter. "Our prices are more on par with big-box stores like Home Depot or Lowe's, but we get to offer a design-conscious setting and really great prices."
transPLANT asked D.Luxe Home to babysit some of its potted gardens over the winter--see photos of some of them below. They're coming in to water and care for the plants during these cold months, and in the meantime we (and our customers) get to benefit from the dose of vibrant green. These arrangements are also available for sale here. On the Bynum Design side, we also hope to collaborate with the transPLANT team on some creative landscaping solutions in the near future.
transPLANT's owners both have crazy, big talent that perfectly complements the other's. Zac was a wholesale grower, while manager Dusty Whinnery was a floral designer who Zac recruited from a Franklin floral shop, and together they've married their ideas and backgrounds. Their shop, shuttered for the winter but scheduled to open back the first week of March 2015, is designed to be a walkable maze of garden rooms featuring locally grown perennials, dwarf trees, and shrubs. Supporting the plants, you'll see lots of found objects, antiques, and items made from rustic and readily available materials. These objects aren't for sale, but are to provide a palette of inspiration for Nashvillians to use when creating their own backyard escape. transPLANT aims to take the complexity out of gardening by showing us simple garden design ideas and helping us to better understand our state's growing conditions. During the Tennessee winter, transPLANT is focusing on mixed succulent and tropical container gardens, as well as terrariums.
Follow transPLANT on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. And look for them at the Antiques & Garden Show January 30-Feb 1, and the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show March 5-8.
Our shop is pretty much made for picking out gifts for the people you love. So, shop locally this holiday season with D. Luxe Home and our neighbors in Nashville's Marathon Village. Here are 25 of our best ideas for spreading holiday cheer in 2014:
Day 1: A divine, richly scented holiday candle from NEST Fragrances.
Day 2: A "What Would Johnny Cash Do?" pillow, for the old-school country fan in your life.
Day 3: Goat milk soap from Little Seed Farm. Gentle, nourishing, and free of artificial perfumes, dyes, and preservatives, this sustainably crafted Farmstead Milk Soap is perfect for everyday use and safe for those with sensitive skin - little ones included. Each bar is proudly handcrafted and cured at Little Seed Farm in small batches using only the finest and most gentle ingredients: our Raw Goat's Milk + Certified Organic Olive and Coconut oils.
Day 4: An Ox Bow Decor pillow, made of linen and filled with down.
Day 5: Ceramic Berry Boxes, $8.50 each
Day 6: Italian Marble Coasters from Studio Vertu. If there's such a thing as a love affair with coasters, we're having one.
Day 7: Merlot Decanter, $65. For the red wine lover in your life. Also available in Pinot Noir and Cabernet.
Day 8: Mixture Candles, $8 each. Have you experienced these candles yet? They have been bestsellers for us since day one. Though they be but little, they are fiercely delicious. And will make your entire house smell amazing.
Day 9: Iron Soap Holder with Faucet, $24
Day 10: A Cow Painting! We have lots of cows to choose from. Here is but one.
Day 11: A Tennessee dish towel, $22
Day 12: Iron Triangle Dinner Bell (13"), $48
Day 13: Hourglass, $35
Day 14: A soy Archipelago Botanicals candle from its Excursion Collection, inspired by favorite destinations around the globe. $25
Day 15: Saddlemans Cowhide Rug, from $490
Day 16: Inquisitive Goat on Canvas with Burlap Edge, $100
Day 17: Jute Wine Bottle Bag, $8
Day 18: Hand-carved bird on perch, $18-$26
Day 19: Hunk of agate, $12.50 - $15
Day 20: Blue Rose Vases, $175 & $185 each
Day 21: Antique books, from $20
Day 22: Box of vintage-style ornaments, $18
Day 23: A cheeky holiday tea towel, $18
Day 24: A holiday pillow, $22 - $52
Day 25: Hand-made, locally made jewelry by Larry Wilkes Jewelry Nashville
That's a wrap on our 2014 gift ideas, so get to wrapping! We encourage you to visit D.Luxe Home to find any special gifts you still need for loved ones.
It is an honor--and an amazing Christmas present--to have our shop featured in the December 2014 issue of Nashville Lifestyles.
1. Make furniture. Obviously, this idea requires some level of handiness on your part--or some level of willingness to call in a favor to a handy friend--but we love many of the furniture pieces we've seen that make use of balusters. Below you'll see a rusty animal trough elevated by old balusters, and a console table and a coffee table, both given character by balusters.
Our store is chock full of old crusty balusters, also known as stair spindles. We've styled most of ours to be candle holders, but we sometimes get questions from customers about other ways to re-use them, too. In this post, you'll find some of our favorite ideas for giving new life to an old baluster.
2. Decorate for Christmas. 'Tis the season, and we found several wonderful ideas for working balusters into your rustic holiday decor: ornaments, a baluster tree, and a baluster wreath.
3. Let there be light. Ah, this has to be our favorite use for a chunky baluster: repurposing it into a lamp--or a pair of lamps. One crafty blogger even made a chandelier from one of her fat balusters.
4. Art. Another idea: Do nothing with that old baluster you bought and love, except display it like art and love it for what it is. In the store we have several balusters and finials mounted on stands, proving that fabulous architectural details can stand alone.
5. Baluster bird house. Get cheeky with your spindles and turn them into something whimsical and wonderful--like an old birdhouse. We've also seen them reused as a towel bar in a bathroom and as a jewelry holder. Let your creativity run wild, and be sure to share your ideas with us. We need more ideas to share with our customers!
Also see our post on 5 Ways to Repurpose a Corbel.
Whether we’re approaching an arrangement—furniture, table, or otherwise—in the shop or in a client’s home, we always err on the side of symmetry. And by “side,” we suppose we mean smack dab in the middle, since being on one side isn’t very symmetrical at all. Surely, you’ve heard of the scientific research that holds that the more symmetrical a human face is the more attractive the general population finds that person. Here's looking at you, Angelina Jolie. The same is generally true for your home, and it applies in so many places—from shrub placement to lamp placement, from pillows to artwork, seating to lighting.
To please your eyes and your guests’ and to make a space feel organized, pay attention to symmetry in all rooms, but in certain spots especially. And maybe it goes without saying, but if every thing was a cookie-cutter mirror image, a space could quickly become a little … creepy. Just like we embrace the imperfections of the human face--that one eyebrow that arches a little higher than the other--it's important not to rob your home of its character. Adjust, rearrange, experiment with scale and proportion, and if a room seems "off," try a little symmetry. Plus, it gives you reason to follow your mom's old adage that if you really like something, you should buy two of it!
Here are five places where symmetry in the home can be most impactful:
1. The front exterior of your house. Even if your home's exterior isn't actually symmetrical, the neatness of symmetry can be alluded to with lights that flank the front entrance or topiaries potted in oversized containers alongside the front door. Shrubs planted along the front of the house or down the front walk can also accomplish this. (Here are some more ideas for creating a traffic-stopping exterior.)
2. In the bedroom. We ordinarily see symmetry in the bedroom in the form of twin bedside tables and twin lamps. But some of the most pleasing examples of sleepy-time symmetry are in rooms that hold a pair of twin beds. Bedrooms are perhaps the best place to keep things nice and even, as a sense of orderliness can lend itself to a better night's sleep.
3. With lighting fixtures. Have an off-center ceiling fan or chandelier and your whole room will feel off kilter. Don't ignore the placement of your lights. If a visit from the electrician isn't in your budget, use a chain and swag hook to rehang a chandelier exactly where you need it to hang.
4. On the console table. An entry table, console table, bar, or banquet is the perfect place to put your home decor balancing act into practice.
5. In front of a mantel. There's something about a fireplace that begs to be a focal point. Of course, sometimes there are clunky design problems to work around--such as, the dreaded corner fireplace--but in general things will look most orderly when centered and divided by the line created by your mantel.
For more home styling tips, view our post on the Bynum Design blog about Easy Ideas for a Beautiful and Interesting Table Top.
New Space, New Hours
We've moved! But don't worry: we're still in Marathon Village, and we made damn sure to maintain our eclectic and welcoming vibe. This is just a very exciting and natural part of the evolution of D. Luxe Home. Did we mention how exciting this is? Because, in spite of how busy we've been the past month, we've been on Cloud Nine to see this dream grow so big. How big? About three times the size, from 600 square feet to 1,800 square feet.
Just a few months shy of two years in business, we've moved down the hall to Suite 30, a space that we happily redesigned prior to moving in. The new space is also still home to co-owner Dee Bynum's Bynum Residential Design. Click through this quick slideshow to see how our new space evolved over the course of about 10 days. And please come visit us just as soon as you can! Our new hours are as follows:
monday & tuesday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
wednesday - saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
select sundays: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The evolution of D. Luxe Home thus far has been such a surprise. When we signed our first lease at Marathon Village, we moved here just to get Bynum Design out of the house and to have a proper office. When the building owners asked us if we would do some retail, which we hadn’t planned on, we thought, well, Larry (Wilkes, our co-owner) has been in retail all his life, so let's give it a go. We put furniture in here, and all the tourists from Antique Archaeology started coming through. And then they never stopped, so we put all of our furniture in storage and filled the shop with gift items and reclaimed goods and weird stuff. In the meantime, the walls started closing in on us, especially with regards to the Bynum Design side of the business, which simply needed more space to accommodate more employees and more opportunities. At D. Luxe Home, we worked on constantly tweaking our inventory to suit our clientele while always staying true to our tastes. It became a thing. Today, it's a bigger thing--our local clientele is developing right along with the influx of tourists, and our Bynum Design clients are increasingly let us furnish their homes and not just build and design them. For this we are lucky, blessed, and highly favored, and grateful to all of you who have helped see us through this hectic and happy time.
We were beyond thrilled to be included in the October 2014 issue of design: retail magazine.
The pub featured Nashville in an article titled "Music City Metamorphosis," and had this to say about our shop: "Filled with unique gifts, art and lighting fixtures, this tiny trove is tucked away inside historic Marathon Village, formerly the home of the late-19th-century Marathon Motor Works. D. Luxe Home also operates as the office for Nashville-based Bynum Design, which explains why what might be a salvaged hodgepodge elsewhere works beautifully here. Between the hand-scraped hardwoods and the high ceiling beams lie many treasures for anyone looking for something interesting to infuse a little life into their space."
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