Hilary is an interiors stylist, and Alastair has a talent for rehabilitating all sorts of unloved items, turning them into works of art. While working for Canvas, a line of furniture by Ochre, Hilary asked to be paid with a Chesterfield sofa instead of cash. Weekends were spent scouring antique stores looking for bargains. Alastair bought a trash can for $2 from the Brooklyn Flea, spray painted it and turned it into a wire chandelier for the living room.
|Ersatz "French" chairs ($50 for the pair from an antique show) with a few coats of gray paint, |
a layer of shoe polish, and muslin loosely stapled to the seats and backs.
|Behind the doors a red metal trunk picked up from an antique store for $40.|
|The Chesterfield sofa that Hilary got paid instead of cash; the pool measuring board was $40 |
at an antiques centre; a leather pouf that has been shredded by the cats hides under a throw;
and Alastair's wire light shade looks fantastic.
|Hilary buys industrial metal bases and marries them with marble tops for her store.|
|Antique mirrors collected by Alastair line the mantel piece.|
|This table was a steal marked down from $3000 to $350, and the chairs came from the Antique Garage.|
|The nightstands were brought over from England and Hilary has outlined them in chalkboard paint |
to give them some definition, and tie in with the black lamps.
|The window cut-outs were display objects that Hilary bought from West Elm for $50.|
|Antique dressing mirrors and plaster friezes collected by Alastair.|
|The mirror dressing table was $150 at Brimfield.|
|Hilary found this mannequin at a stoop sale in her neighbourhood.|
|Alastair embraced the darker bottom floor of the apartment and painted it with chalkboard paint. Everything pops against it including the orange chalk flames.|
Hilary has since opened her own vintage store, Mrs Robertson, featuring furniture and accessories she collects for life and work.