Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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 bedroom because it is inviting and peaceful.  Use colors that are soft and mellow without a lot of contrast between them.  Not sure what colors to use?  Take your cue from Nature --think about the colors of hydrangeas as they fade from summer into autumn.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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.





Here's the progress.






Remove doors and hardware. 
 Strip the old wallpaper lining the glass cabinet. 
Clean away any grease
and lightly sand --
but be careful
 because this piece likely was painted with lead paint.



Primed. 
And painted with Ben-Moore Jalapeno Green. 

Yikes -the color looked like 1960! 

But a soft mist
of Modern Masters Sage Green Metallic paint
made things more interesting!



The client asked for whimsy,
 so it begins with a few black polka dots.



......and ends with harlequins and squiggles. 

Large glass knobs from Anthropologie
 were added to the small drawers,
but the original brass pulls
were kept on the large one. 

Paint a companion mirror
and the project soon was ready for delivery.

Enjoy!





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