Houzz Came Knocking

Happy to announce that now I'm writing for www.Houzz.com ! You can get a link to my projects and bi-monthly articles from the E.R.Miller Facebook page or follow me directly on Houzz (here).

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Thanks again for your support!


Our Vintage Barstools Make Their Debut

It's always fun to get a photo from someone who has purchased one of our vintage items. Dean recently sent us this photo of his new Tilly Foster General Store in Brewster, New York showing three of our 1930s soda pop barstools (and lots of candy, Peri, my three year old daughter made me promise I'd point out.) We wish you all the best with the shop Dean and thanks for letting us be a part of it! If you're in the upstate New York area don't forget to stop by Tilly's for a sweet treat and some great coffee. 
You can see more of our vintage items in our Etsy shop:


Our Little Kitchen Makes It Big

We are kinda super official now. Houzz, which we all know and love by now, chose our little kitchen for their Kitchen of the Week post. Thank you Houzz! (clearly)

For more of the story about our little kitchen that made it big here's an old blog post.


The big picture

Large artwork on a budget is always a tricky find. But once again Etsy comes to the rescue. Check out these photos from Shoot Snap Images in Chicago that made a plain ol' blank white wall in a nautical playroom a lot more fun.


Here's the before photo of the lonely big white wall over the sofa:

And after the art rescue:
Photo by John Gillooly/PEI 

Printed on pearlescent photo paper the images really pop off the wall. I wanted something that was a series and these three images focused on ropes gave me a nice link to the seating area lamps and broke up the scale a bit more.

Not every photo at Snap Shoot is nautical either. I'm loving a series on cars they have. (It's on my Christmas gift list for my brother.) Every photo is a close up shot though, so you get a lot of texture and color - thank you again Snap Shoot. Photos can be ordered in sizes 8x10 up to 16x24, so go for it! Tell Hallur, the owner of Shoot Snap Images I say hi.

The frames are from IKEA (the ever popular and way too useful Ribba line). The mats are the ones that come with the frames but (they are an ugly creamy off white so) I spray painted them a flat light gray.


Never Say Never to A Can of Spray Paint

Glossy black spray paint is a staple in my house and it yet again came in handy so I could get some artwork up in my bathroom. The art itself is "borrowed" from a book I got from a museum bookshop (yes I saw the exhibit) so pretty pictures, and one quote in cool font, check. The frames were all bought at local yard sales for a total of maybe $15 so budget, check. Hit the Depot for a can of paint plus primer in glossy black and the local hardware store for a custom piece of glass to fit one of the yard sale frames, and I was ready to go. The whole project took about an hour and cost less than lunch, ok, lunch with a glass of wine.

One grouping

The frames are strong enough that nothing else is needed on the wall which is painted in my new favorite gray.

One pair of frames ties two distant walls together. The black frames help the accent in the original 1930s tile work  make more sense in the space.

One of my favorite frames, now that it's black!

Have a project you think a quick spray paint job with solve but need a little help? Send a photo to liz@ermillerdesign.com