Monthly Archives: May 2013

Before and After

tvtray ironingboardtvtrayOnce again, inspiration has struck one of our amazing customers.  TV tray turned ironing board.  Genius.

This project took less than an hour to complete and it created an alternative to a screechy ironing board (which had been used to for sewing projects).  Emily would like to credit The Crafty Cupboard on Pinterest for this project idea.  She used some extra batting & cotton fabric, pulled them tight and stapled them to the underside of the table.  Voila!

It was a simple project, but nonetheless very rewarding.  Great job, Emily!  We love to see what our customers do with the items they purchase.  Get inspired.  Get creative.  Get yourself to Mimi’s and find yourself something fun to enjoy.

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Staff Picks: Mid-Century Marvels


You may recognize these marvelous pieces if you’ve browsed our April photo album. They are SO cool, SO beautiful, and SO full of history that we decided to rave about them a little.

The Jamestown Lounge desk is certainly one of our favorite pieces in the store.  It’s solid oak, mid-century, and definitely a pleasure to look at.  It has a lot of surface to work on as well as built-in file storage in the right hand drawer.  This is a quality piece.  Originally priced at $400, it is now marked down to $320.  Come see for yourself just how wonderful this Jamestown Lounge desk is!










This sofa is BEAUTIFUL.  Designed by the famous architecture, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings,  this sofa has graced our sales floor for just over a month.  It’s stylish, comfortable and would class up just about any space.  Here is a little more information about the designer we found on the Merrill Antiques website:

“London born Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings moved to the United States in 1930, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1945. He was educated at the University  of Liverpool and London  University, earning a B.S. in architecture. Working from his office in New York City, he became an advocate of modern design, creating custom contemporary interiors. With an imperious streak and strong opinions, Gibbings became one of the most widely published designers at the time, fiercely advocating independent thinking, individuality, and personal tastes in numerous magazine articles, and in his published books: Goodbye, Mr. Chippendale (1944), Homes of the Brave (1954), Mona Lisa’s Mustache: A Dissection of Modern Art (1944), Furniture of Classical Greece (1963).The largest and most influential line of furniture Gibbings designed was for the Widdicomb Furniture Co., which introduced his first collection in 1947. For ten years he designed collections for the firm; one of the most widely recognized pieces from Gibbings’ association with Widdicomb is the Mesa table of 1951.”
COOL, huh?? Come check it out for yourself!
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Oh, the Possibilities…

IMG_8219 Fabric Planter

Friends, it’s Spring time indeed. It seems we don’t have to live in fear of sneaky Central New York snow storms anymore! So let’s celebrate.

Let’s grow something. Let’s add color and life to our homes!
We can’t think of a better way than with this easy, fun craft from The Small Garden.
Our manager, Meaghan, stumbled across this idea on Pintrest and we fell instantly in love. The possibilities are as numerous as the fabrics and patterns you can imagine! All you need is fabric, PVA glue, scissors, a paintbrush, and a planter. We can certainly outfit you with a planter- we’ve got dozens! If you need fabric, you might try our neighbors here on State St. at Quilters Corner. They’ve got bolts upon bolts waiting to inspire you! They also have a clearance section, ‘End of Bolts’ section ($5-$10/yard), and ‘Little Bits’ (starting at $.75 for 1/8 yard) for the thrifty crafter.  This is also a perfect project for all the fabulous fabric at SewGreen. So, what are you waiting for? Stop through the West End and get crafting!!

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