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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vintage and Resale Shopping in Destin, FL

The wonderful beach in Destin, Florida - white and sparkling - the BEST beach in the world!
We just returned from a short trip to Destin, Florida, and spent quite a bit of time shopping its many resale, thrift, antique and consignment shops. Most are arrayed along the main east-west "drag" - Highway 98. We enjoyed the shops and I ended up buying three great chairs to refurbish and restore to better than their former glory.

A word about Destin and this whole area of Florida. It is located along the "panhandle" part of the state and has world-renowned white sand beaches as far as the eye can see. We have seen the beaches of Hawaii, Mexico, Cancun, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Greece, Southern California, Oregon, etc. etc. etc. - and have NEVER seen nicer beaches than those in this area. When we first arrived in the area for a visit about 25 years ago, our first impression was that of snow - they are that blindingly white and clean.

In tackling our shopping venture, we stopped by several shops along highway 98 and asked for other recommendations. Over the next two days, we stopped at least a dozen. Here are some of the highlights.

Last day in Destin - such a wonderful location!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oh The Places They Can Go - Chaise Lounges!

My bedroom - chaise lounge in small sitting area - my FAVORITE reading (napping) spot in the house!
I have always loved the style and grace of chaise lounges and have had one in my bedroom's small sitting area for over 10 years - it is a very comfortable and versatile piece of furniture (sleeping, reading, sleeping, play-area for granddaughters, napping, etc. etc.).  It does require a bit of space but not as much as many people think.  I have many chaise lounge styles and settings pictured on my pinterest board (link to pinterest board). Here are some of my favorite settings!

  • Any sunny corner in the house - any room
  • End of bed
  • Closet or bathroom
  • Sunroom 
  • Library

WIndow with a view - it would be hard to beat this one (see pinterest board for source).
I always have at least two or three chaise lounges in my inventory (just bought a very stylish one yesterday to refurbish). They are bulky and, therefore, take up quite a bit of storage space (and shipping costs) so I try not to overdo it. I do love the style of comfort of these wonderful pieces!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Blue and Green - A Refreshing Color Combo!

All images (other than my own collages) are from my pinterest board - link here for sources
Although fall is in the air with its emerging golds and reds, the crispness of the air and brightness of the landscape still celebrate the blues and greens of nature. This is such a cool and calming color combination and looks wonderful year-round. I always find that I have more blues and greens than any other color in my finished upholstered furniture products.

Here are some products in my current collection that work wonderfully together - available on Etsy, One King's Lane and/or eBay.