Friday, March 3, 2017

bloom where you are planted...

Lots of great things happening with our chandelier creations!!!

HGTV Magazine recently purchased one of our chandeliers ("ANTOINETTE") and we're keeping our fingers and toes crossed that it will appear in the May issue :)
" Antoinette"

We had our very first overseas client... our "CROWN SMOKE" chandelier is on it's way to Hong Kong where it will adorn a new salon that's opening soon!
"Crown Smoke"
Two inquiries from Australia!  We are revamping our shipping options so that we can offer more competitive rates to our clients outside of the United States... of course, we'd really like to hand deliver the pieces ourselves... lol!

Hope all is well in your world, too!

My new favorite quote... "be content and bloom where you are planted!"

Monday, November 21, 2016

creativity is always good for the soul...

It's been over a year since I last posted on this blog... time flies when you're having fun!

Creative juices have been flowing and it's evolved into a true passion for chandeliers... old, antique masterpieces that just needed some love to bring them into the "now"!

We have designed many throughout this past year and I thought I'd share some pictures with you... all are one-of-a-kind creations!  Enjoy!

 antique crystal chandeleir FRENCH BAROQUE rustic 6-light
antique crystal chandelier "FRENCH BAROQUE" rustic 6-light

crystal chandelier "CROWN SMOKE" rustic 6-light

 chandelier "OLD WORLD" rustic 10-light
chandelier "OLD WORLD" rustic 10-light
crystal chandelier "CROWN" rustic 6-light

 chandelier "RENAISSANCE" rustic 10-light
chandelier "RENAISSANCE" rustic 10-light
crystal chandelier "SHABBY CHIC" whitewash 5-light

Monday, October 26, 2015

Upcycled Antique Crystal Chandelier

The rainy weekend allowed us to finish our kitchen chandelier re-vamp!

David found this antique crystal chandelier on his way home from work (when we lived in Brooklyn, NY) and it was covered in dirt.  Fourteen years later, it's been rewired and transformed!

All of the adornments are lead crystal antiques that we've collected over the years... each wired and attached by hand... a one-of-a-kind creation!

This picture shows the design without the lampshades...

With the lampshades on...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rocking Chairs... every home should have at least one!

Our love for antique rocking chairs continues...

This wonderful rocking chair wanted to be a statement piece... painted a bright fuchsia, it welcomes everyone with a smile!

Massive Wicker Rocker was repaired, repainted and matched with the perfect stool...

Sometimes we find antique beauties and all they needed was some TLC... wish we had the room to keep all of our treasures... just saying!

After some cleaning and polishing, we loved the original patina/finish so much that we kept this Antique Windsor Rocking Chair in it's original glory... this chair was soooooo comfortable :)
This extra large rocker was transformed into our most popular Shabby Cottage Chic finish... painted, distressed and sealed for protection!

This "gentleman" hugged you well when you sat down... solid, heavy craftsmanship...

Just a sampling of the transformations... we love rocking chairs!  Every home should have at least one :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

a rocking chair for everyone...

Painted in Valspar's Secluded Garden, this calming beauty is awaiting the arrival of a baby boy... it sits in the wonderful nursery of the "first-time" parents!  :)

This amazing 1800s rocking chair was revamped in deep turquoise! What an improvement from the dreary black it wore for almost 200 years?   It's condition was bleak... couldn't even sit on it because of the loose spindles... he now greets with a smile...

Our cheerful, bright yellow rocker is the "happy place" for a neighborhood daycare...  another save... amazing what a little TLC can do...

And sometimes you just might want to leave it a warm natural brown... sitting by the fireplace to comfort you...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Antique Pedestal and Gateleg Tables... mendlbarr style...

So many antique beauties have come and gone in the past couple of years... each were given the TLC they needed to not only continue being useful but to fit in with today's tastes...

 I'd like to think our "green" footprint is small because of the pieces we've saved from the landfill... they spend a bit of time with us for their makeover and then off to their forever homes...

 wish we could keep them all but we're trying our hardest to fight the "hoarding" tendencies!
So... which one do you think we kept for our kitchen area?  At least for now...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

nothin' like a little "bling"...

I'm learning that I love anything with "bling"... currently working on 4 mid-century dining chairs that will be "antique brass" in color... and now... I've just discovered what to do with my antique desk chair... ooooh la la!

Stay tuned... I found the perfect antique High Point Bending Chair... it's excited to get "Belinda-fied"... LOL!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Studio 54 "Disco Christmas"- Houston Design Center

It's that time again!  David and I designed the table for Houston Design Center's Annual "Deck the Tables"...  our theme was "Disco Christmas"...

Here's the link so you can VOTE for our design... be a part of those who helped make us "People's Choice" last year!

You can VOTE as much as you like as long as it's from a different device... iPad, computer or phone, etc...

Thanks so much for taking a peek and voting for our design... we are deeply grateful!

Here is a great article giving you more insight on the event... enjoy!

God bless you!  :)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

One can never have too many lamps...

Art Deco Over Black

Antique buttons 'n brooches- SOLD

No shortage of creativity in the mendlbarr household... we've been busy with lamps and chandeliers, too!

Beach Cottage Chandelier- SOLD

Some of these beauties were in almost perfect condition and all they needed was some imaginative TLC... others were in dire need of transformation...

Sheer Stripes on Antique Metal Base

Formal Fleur De Lis- SOLD

Shabby Chic Hollywood Glamour- SOLD

All very different and definitely ONE-OF-A-KIND!

This gorgeous piece... a 1940's Italian Tole Crystal Chandelier... has been professionally re-wired with a 20 ft cord for versatility... adorned with an antique center prism and dripping with crystal teardrops!  More stunning in person :)

1940's Italian Tole Chandelie- CLICK FOR MORE INFO