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Don’t borrow your friend’s grey.

Everyone wants to give you the best grey paint color ever! Problem is, greys look different in everyone’s homes. It all depends on the amount of natural light and the tone of lighting in the room and the colors already present.  It took me 3 months and about 30 grey samples to find the perfect grey.  It’s called Puff.  I’d tell you to run out and buy it but I’m afraid its just MY grey.  I’ve realized you and I just can’t share greys.


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MY perfect grey paint

MY perfect grey paint

It’s a light, bright, happy grey. Exactly what I wanted.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 Tin Parade News No Comments

I’m creative and crafty….but….

Will I ever attempt a reupholstering job like this again….???? Probably. ( : I mean I gave birth again after the first crazy experience didn’t I? Ah, the things we forget. If you’ve ever thought of recovering a chair take a look see at Ryan in action.

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 Tin Parade News 1 Comment

Hello Universe….you rang?

Here it is…the unveiling of the chair I’d been searching for….you like?  Say yes please.  So many hours went into finding the perf chair..yes I meant to write perf…isn’t it perf?

Okay so this is random….Remember how I bought this chair off an interior designer…??  Say yes.  Okay so he wasn’t so much, a full time interior designer yet..but he’d done a lot for friends and things but you know ,didn’t even have his own website and all that jazz….anyhow, I loved his style..his home…all of it… and told him he HAD to submit photos online..well he did…cut to a couple of weeks ago I go to Architectural Digest Magazine online and up pops his face….AND his fabulous chairs…then cut to…me literally running into him at F and S fabric on Pico (los angeles) with the stroller in full mom garb WITH I might add the swatch of fabric in my hand for his chair….bizarro….Hello Universe. You rang?   He told me that after I left he thought about what I said and DID take photos…submit online….and then get his website up.

Here is Shawn Meaux”s website if you are interested in more of his fabulous chair…he’s also available for interior design consultation.

I love the whole idea of inspiring someone to do something they are good at and love….what do you love?  What do you want to do? Do you let your mind wander to what you want to do..but then push it out of your mind?  Stifling yourself won’t make the thoughts go away…they will come back later but have resentment attached to them.  Tin Parade Vintage Party Goods wasn’t built in a day…but it was built one day at a time.  Do it.   Just do it now.

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010 Tin Parade News No Comments

Kristen hates the word VLOG!

My TP other half thinks Video and Blog just don’t make the perfect…Bennifer…or Brangelina…for her ….shhhhh…(whisper) vlog… for Kristen it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard….sorry KG….I decided to post our first…..plug your ears!….VLOG!   Okay KG you can unplug now…So I decided to attempt reupholstering a chair (no not THE chair, if you’ve read my other posts)….not like just covering dining room chair seats either….been there done that….easy…this….not so easy… it is so tempting to give up and call a reupholsterer….but…I push forward….I am not a quitter!…gonna take you all on my journey.   Yes, I’m going to VLOG about it. Sorry!!!! ( :

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 Tin Parade News No Comments

If you’ve followed my Quest for the Holy Chair…..

You’ll be happy….relieved..overjoyed I’m sure…to know that I have FINALLY found the perfect chair!   Don’t relax too long….I’m sure I’ll become completely obsessed with choosing the right fabric.   It’s a Spoonback chair….I’ve had fun learning about different classic styles.  I bought this chair from an interior designer…he’d already had it stripped and refinished and now I have to have it reupolsterd… Kristen (my Tin Parade better half) and I seemed to  hone in on the same fabric choices….We do have similar styles…makes us good business partners and great friends…still…we couldn’t totally decide…I’m thinking the blue/tan fabric with the diamond shapes and maybe putting a tan or blue on the back of the chair…or I could go totally crazy and do stripes on the back….whoa!  But seriously….  Any thoughts on these?

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Monday, December 21st, 2009 Tin Parade News No Comments

I’m on a quest for a chair and it’s killing me!

Okay everyone calm down! There are too too many choices for me. I am trying to find the perfect chair for my living room…. An addition that really says….I’m all grown up. You know that chair..the one that says everything you are trying to say with the entire living room and just ties everything together in one fell swoop..that chair exists right?

This is like when I go shoe shopping and try to find a pair of black shoes that will work with jeans, skirts, shorts, pants….If you have found that pair of black shoes by the way, please let me know.

However, because I know you all love vintage as much as I do, I have to tell you about this store I happened upon in my quest for the holy’s in Los Angeles and is called Tini.

It’s not’s a good size actually, enough room for many great finds…Tini stands for This Is Not Ikea.  No ma’am it’s not!

It’s all about showing some love to the old forgotten 1963 salt and pepper shaker that you know your great aunt had…or that plug in percolating coffee pot pre starbucks days.  The idea that everything old is new again makes me feel like at least some in this crazy, overly consumer, filling landfills by the month society, does actually appreciate the; work, creativity, energy and history that went into much of these kitchy items.  I like to think that someday someone will go to a place just like this and pay an ungodly amount of money for….that ikea chair you just bought last week. ????

Will our kids love things then that we hate now? That’s a ponder for another day…today I have GOT to find a chair. I would love love love to order one from Anthropologie. I think they are classic but with a daring great fabric.  Perfect!  But have you seen the price.  Ouch!  I am trying to be patient…I think the chair will find me…somehow…things always do.   For now tho…you must give some love with a little click click to see Tini


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