I find old books everywhere I go. They are usually so inexpensive and I tend to buy them like crazy. They are great for so many uses. This past summer I got married and old books and their pages were used throughout our decor. One of the most unique ways to use them, I think, is as a table number [...]
My husband and I got married a few months ago and almost all of the elements of the wedding were put together by my mom and I with the help of friends and family. I’m a DIY kinda girl, so I had to have a DIY wedding. It was rustic, chic, vintage, and a bit [...]
As the owner of an antique store, an avid furniture painter, seamstress, and lover of upholstery work my imagination ran wild when I got engaged. There were so many projects I wanted to pull together for the big day. I’d had a huge pile of salvaged wood laying around just waiting for something to be done [...]
On August 6th my husband and I were married in his mother’s backyard. We both wanted to have a very casual, relaxed wedding that felt more like a backyard party than a formal, traditional affair. My mom and I sew, upholster, paint furniture, and looooooove antiques (surprisingly my hubby is into [...]
It’s official!!! I am now Mrs. Rodriguez!!! Saturday was for sure the best day of my life. I was totally on cloud 9 all night long. I know it’s just the beginning of a very long and happy life with the man of my dreams.
The day went by so fast, thank goodness for [...]
The love of my life will become my husband on August 6th!!!!!!!! This past weekend he and I had a photo shoot with one of my girlfriends from college, Sarah. She was so much fun to work with and I think she took some fabulous photos. I can’t wait to print these. I plan on [...]
I’m getting married August sixth and so much of the decor for the reception will be hand crafted by my mom and I. So far we are having a blast creating things from burlap, including table runners and bags that will hold flowers. Some of the flower bags (I need to come up with a [...]
My back yard BBQ wedding is drawing closer and things are really starting to come together. I’m working on the center pieces for our tables today. I finished two and I am so EXCITED about how they turned out!!! The theme is very rustic chic, a combination of old and tattered with new and sparkly. [...]
I’m getting married! I adore antiques and anything rusty, tarnished and chippy. I’m also a huge sucker for sentimental objects like black and white photos of past generations that I never met, but I know their stories. I love to sew, upholster, and I get a huge thrill out of painting and distressing furniture. That [...]
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business located in Santa Ana, Ca. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell vintage and antique treasures, as well as hand crafted items that we create. Our store is full of all the things we love!
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our boutique. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.