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Merry Christmas

As Christmas rapidly approaches, there are always a few last minute painting projects that pop up, and I'm happy to do them   because usually they are gifts for someone special.   I feel like one of Santa's helpers.
Today, I had the pleasure of personalizing  a small toy chest that a thoughtful Grandpa put together for his new grand daughter.  As I began to work, the family cat joined me.  Don't you think he fits into the pink and white decor purr-r-r-fectly?
Before the baby arrived, the nursery was painted in a soft palette of taupe, pink and cream.  The new mother wanted a room that her daughter could grow with, so we decided against using a theme.  Instead, a delicate damask design was painted at eye level forming a border around the room.  Then for some "glam", Swarovski crystals were glued onto the design.   The crystals twinkle in the sunlight, but unfortunately, they don't photograph very well.

 Merry Christmas baby Francesca.   At just a few weeks of age, you…

Second Time Around

Here's how a cast-off twin bed   purchased from a resale shop for a thrifty $25 transformed into a wonderful bench.  Thanks to my very resourceful friend,Sherry, I've discovered the fun of re-sale.  This bench will be part of a joint project we are working on.  When the project is complete, I promise more photos.

The headboard became the back of the bench,  and the footboard was cut in half to make the sides.  Trimming another 6" from each piece  made the sides fit perfectly.

Reinforcement was needed to make the seat sturdy.   A little measuring, sawing, gluing and clamping was needed to make everything fit just right.

Once the seat was in place, it was time for me to fill the nail holes, sand prime and paint.  My favorite part!  Now I need make a cushion. Voila! - a very wonderful, recycled bench. 

And where will this go?   Stay tuned.  But I will give a hint.   It will share the spotlight with this little cabinet, another recycled piece of furniture.   Both will soon have a new hom…

Boy's & their Toys

Moms often tell me that when it comes to painting and decorating their little boys' rooms they feel left out.  Oh, there are lots of pink, frilly items out there, but the pickin's are slim if you're shopping for blue.  That's where I can help.  By working together, Moms and I find a way to create a room that is special for their little ones. Here's a nursery that was painted while a young couple awaited their first child's arrival.  Dad proudly serves his community as a fireman  and asked for a fire truck motif.

With the upper walls painted chambray blue and the lower half painted chocolate brown it was time to the fun to begin. The first step was in the studio.   After pouring over snapshots of fire trucks and finding one that could be adapted for this room, I enlarged my drawing onto craft paper. 
A pounce drawing is a way of transferring a design onto a wall.  Tiny pin holes are punched into the paper along each line, then powdered charcoal is dabbed,
or pounced, …

Put it in Writing

This season I am seeing monograms used everywhere, from clothing and handbags, to table linens and pillows.  A monogram adds an elegant, classic touch to any room. 
But lettering and monograms aren't limited only to fabric.  We can personalize our walls, too.   It's a great way to put a unique stamp on our homes.
The walls of this dining room were painted first with a faded map of the Mediterranean, including places sentimental to the client.  Then, I lettered the names of their favorite Italian cities.  The walls are a perfect backdrop for the owner's European-inspired decor,  and a reminder of the places they've visited.  Plus, the walls get conversation started when friends come for dinner.

Words can also inspire.   I often use them to decorate the narrow space above kitchen cabinets. 
Embellished with hand-painted vines and fruit, is a familiar verse, Galatians 5:22.  "The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace,  Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentlenes…

Sweet Dreams

Every room starts with an inspiration whether it's a piece of art, a rug, or a swatch of drapery fabric. 
 In this case it was a chandelier.
This unique beauty is new, but looks old, --and it inspired the vintage look we wanted to bring to this Guest Room.
Though the room wan't furnished yet, the soft sage walls and shell-pink ceiling suggested a muted, romatic palette.  An aged wallpaper effect would be a perfect for this room:   a pale pink strie over the green walls  with a subtle pattern on top.  The trim would be painted antique gold  to mimic the chandelier.
Here's how the project developed:
Wide panels were marked off on the wall, then painted with a sheer pink glaze.

A large damask design was painted on top,   using pearl white paint. No need to worry about perfect coverage, we wanted a faded effect.    This was the fun part!

And because every room needs a little surprise, a mouse was painted just outside the closet door. 

PAINTING TIP A Romantic Mood  is especially nice in a be…

a Buffet of Change

For those of us who like immediate gratification, a paint brush is like a magic wand.   In an instant (well almost!) walls and furniture  can be changed into something unique.... something that fits our decor... something that makes us smile every day.
Let me share with you a recent project that shows the power of paint.
This small buffet had been in my client's family for years.   In fact, it had been painted once upon a time.  But now it didn't fit into the sleek dining room being designed for a young, eneergetic family. 
So, a change was needed.

The walls were painted light beige and the ceiling - dark taupe.  The focal point of this room was a huge round table  and the stylish chocolate brown  drum-shade chandelier hanging above it.
The buffet would be a bright accent in this neutral, but certainly not boring, room.  Four dining chairs had apple green velvet seats,  and the other four were black and white. 
 We settled on painting the buffet apple green.