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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!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Neighborhood Sale in Druid Hills

Signage at Druid Hills Neighborhood Sale
It was a "touch and go" day here in the Atlanta area on Saturday. It looked like it would rain but the weather forecasters were saying there was less than 10% before evening so my husband and I traveled to the Druid Hills area for their neighborhood sale which was advertised as "Rain or Shine" anyway. Druid Hills is a loosely defined area in the city of Atlanta.

Druid Hills is a community which includes both a census-designated place (CDP) in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, as well as a neighborhood of the city of Atlanta. The CDP's population was 14,568 at the 2010 census.[3] The CDP contains the main campus of Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Atlanta-city section of Druid Hills is one of Atlanta's most affluent neighborhoods with a median household income in excess of $238,500. link 
I have been somewhat remiss with my photo-taking lately and this sale was no exception. The area has many historic homes/mansions and it is lovely.  As we emerged to tackle some of the sales, I commented that we could now be living in this area if our own real estate purchasing plan had been slightly different when we arrived in the city over 25 years ago. We had initially put in an offer for a town house in the area which was beautiful and offered us affordable city living but changed our mind as we panicked about the lack of yard and car space. So, instead, we settled in a larger home on a real lot north of the city and, two houses later, we remain in that part of town.
Loved the roosters! 
Look closely at the chair - interesting!
Well, we didn't buy anything but enjoyed visiting the neighborhood. I had picked up a lovely Sheraton styled settee on the way so felt the whole trip was more than worthwhile!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Before and After - My Own Projects!

It has been some time since I've posted my own "before" and "after" miracles - so here is an update. I love them all! Included in the descriptions are all of my purchasing and "fixing up" secrets. Enjoy!

I purchased this chair at an estate sale held by Annette - one of my favorite sellers. It is a Woodmark - great North Carolina company. The fabric came from Fabric World (Stone Mountain fabric warehouse) - a bright buffalo plaid!
I found these chairs on Craigslist. I refinished the woodwork in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint's Duck Egg Blue (one of my favorite colors) and had the chairs reupholstered in a Charles Cantrell cotton print purchased at Fabric World. 
The history of this set of fabulous chairs is a little convoluted. I had originally spotted them at an estate sale (Vicki's) and left a bid. I did not hear back on my bid but saw them on Craigslist a little later being sold for exactly my bid offer. I did (of course) try to get a better deal but ended up paying the bid price - a little steep for me but a great price for this set - $250. The fabric was an eBay purchase - a heavy cream matellase.  Needless to say, this sold almost immediately.
I purchased this great little chair at an estate sale. The woodwork is exactly like one I have in my own home with a darker finish. I had the chair recovered in a blue plaid purchased at Calico Corners Fine Fabrics (major discount).
I purchased this sweet little settee at a nearby neighbor's craigslist sale. The original woodwork was in great condition. The piece was reupholstered in a very durable blue woven fabric (composition unknown) purchased at a super bolt sale at Fabric World.
I bought this set at an estate sale on a bid. The original woodwork is very interesting! The chairs were upholstered in a heavy woven fabric - teal and cream - from Fabric World. These were sold on One King's Lane.
These wonderful chairs came from an estate sale. I had them reupholstered in a wonderful soft woven organic cotton purchased on eBay. They are enjoying their new home in Colorado. 
I bought these chairs thru a Craigslist ad and refinished the woodwork in ASCP - Country Grey. The upholstery is a cream-white twill from Fabric World. 
Well, that's the latest on this hot sunny Sunday morning in Atlanta. Have a great week!