Floor Coverings International North York strives to be on the cutting edge of design. We continuously scour the Internet for new ideas from key influencers across the globe. One designer who recently caught our eye is Angela, who runs the site Number Fifty-Three. We recently had the pleasure of asking the designer, blogger, and DIY Extraordinaire a few questions about her craft.
- Please tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you so much for having me! My name is Angela and I am the creator of the blog Number Fifty-Three. I am super passionate about things like decorating on a budget and repurposing found items. In addition to blogging, I also paint, refinish and bring vintage and antique pieces back to life for a wide base of clients in the New England and New York state areas. I absolutely love taking an old, discarded piece of furniture and making it new again and it’s such an amazing feeling to know that many of these end up as focal points in my client’s homes.
- Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I started a blog to chronicle and share my experiences as I decorated my first home and found my definite style (antique mixed with modern, by the way). And, it has been a perfect, creative outlet for me. I actually have my undergraduate degree in English, so the opportunity to write whenever I want and whatever I want is a dream come true. There is so much that I love about blogging. It has given me the opportunity to work closely with a great base of companies, many of which I have loved and shopped at for years (and it’s so flattering to know that they find artistic merit in my work, too). Also, I have formed some great friendships with fellow bloggers and with my readers (and clients).
- How would you describe your design style?
This is always a bit of a difficult question for me to answer as I love and see beauty in so many styles. But, I definitely lean towards a mix of antique and modern. I don’t love things to be overdone and fussy. I do love to see little imperfections and wear in a piece that has stood the test of time for a hundred or more years and is just filled with history. I love the idea of a very old dining table mixed with modern chairs. The simplicity of it brings out the beauty and lets each piece stand on its own. Last fall I purchased a one hundred year old farmhouse and it is (very) slowly coming along as I pick the perfect pieces for each space.
- Where do you find most of your inspiration?
My partner and I travel a lot for our business, and most weekends you will find us at antique malls and junk shops. Tons of my inspiration comes from seeing very old pieces done in beautiful bright colors that lend itself perfectly to the painted furniture craze that is popular today. I also spend (maybe too much) time on Instagram, poring over beautiful feeds. Seeing others be creative feeds my creativity.
- Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
This is actually one of our more recent projects, but it was such a gorgeous and dramatic change that I have to share! This was a custom kitchen island done for one of our clients using an antique dresser that had been in her family for several generations. In addition to several repairs, we replaced the bottom drawer with open shelving and built a wood top to accommodate seating. We finished it with distressed white paint and a dark mahogany top. I could not be more proud of the final result!