Re.gen.er.ate (ri – jen – uh – reyt) To re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.
Last Thursday’s unveiling of the My ReGeneration showroom was not only a grand success, it was also a whole
lot of fun! Designer, Tina DeLorenzo of Casa DeLorenzo created a space out of solely regenerated materials. Tina’s retro & inviting design was a huge hit! I’ve never seen the design star guests spend so much time together hanging out in the actual showroom!
Everything about the evening had an undeniable vibrancy and energy. The food, catered by Personal Chef, Beck Long was colorful & delicious! When guests weren't in the room, they were going back for seconds, thirds, and fourths of the insanely crave-able appetizers. The featured artists, Susan Mahan & Kevin Poole's artwork fit the space perfectly. Not only do these artists create beautiful artwork, they create "green" artwork--ideal for Tina's "ReGeneration" theme!
"In 2011 the EPA estimated that 9.8 million tons of furniture end up in US landfills The recession of recent years has programmed most consumers to only care about price and not think so much about the quality or the long term consequences of buying cheap.
I agree: '...buying cheap, disposable furniture is our cultural norm. And that makes me so sad. Furniture should be treasured, not thrown in a landfill. I wish people would realize that solving their immediate furniture need creates so many environmental problems later.' Petra - Pretty Little Green Things
The expression 'Things just aren't made the way they used to be' has never been truer than today! The quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail of furniture made prior to even 2000 is superior to most things available to consumers today. There are mid-century and vintage treasures out there that will stand the test of time. In many cases they just need some TLC or to be redesigned to look modern.You get the quality that can barely be found today in a mass market, at a fraction of the cost, and you end up with unique boutique furniture. In addition, most vintage pieces were made in the USA which is another soapbox that I won't jump on now!
This is not a new concept but I am just trying to get people thinking about the possibilities. Recycle, recover, and redesign is not only being kind to our earth, it is a ton of fun!"
Susan Mahan & Myself in front of one of her newest masterpieces!
There are so many wonderful details in Tina’s "regenerated" room. Tina believes that sometimes getting what you want means wanting what you have. She challenged herself to create a room of found furniture and fabrics to demonstrate that old things can be made new and better. She combined mostly vintage and existing fabrics in interesting patterns that create colorful ethnic accents to the fabulous organic wood details found in the lamps, furniture & accessories. She wanted it to have a fun retro feel, so she brought in some design elements of the 60's and 70's. Tina thought through every element, choosing unique cording, trims, texture combinations, and even hardware. Every inch of the room was filled with originals. Who doesn’t love having a one of a kind piece?!
Tina's design is meant to ultimately inspire you to challenge yourself in seeing the potential in things from the past, channel your creative side, and discover the joy in bringing old things back to life!