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A New Year!

Everyone wants to do something festive on New Year's Eve -- what's more festive than watching two people get married and then toasting them all night?
Just before Christmas I met a bride-to-be who was putting the final touches on her New Year's Eve wedding.  She was planning a party with her bridesmaids and wanted me to paint the wine glasses with each girl's initial and some whimsical icy-blue polka dots that matched their gowns.
You don't have to be planning a wedding to enjoy painting some wine glasses.  They are a great gift for the wine-lover in your family, or a teriffic hostess gift.  But you may be tempted to keep them for yourself.  I'm planning to paint some for our home.

These are basic white wine glasses, purchased at K-mart (by Jacklyn Smith $8 for a set of four). 
My local sign shop made a stencil of each initial.  Cut from vinyl, the paper easily stuck to the glass and fit nicely onto the curved surface of the glass.  Don't you love the quir…

Merry Christmas

One Solitary Life
Here is a man who was born of Jewish parents, The child of a peasant woman. He never wrote a book. He never held office. He never went to college. He never put foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles  from the place he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials But himself.............
While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth...his coat. When he was dead, he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Twenty wide centuries have come and gone, and he is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that were ever built.... have not effected the life of man upon earth as powerfully…

Detour Around Town: Wrap it Up, I'll take it!

Days spent with girlfriends are such a rare treat, which is why I was thrilled to spend an afternoon with two of my Book Club friends recently, as we prowled the local Potters Market.  The three day event was huge -- over 130 potters filling 12,000 sqft with all sorts of hand crafted pottery. 

It was a feast for the eyes.  We roamed the aisles enjoying it all - sculpture, cachepots and teapots, lamps, tiles, bowls and serving dishes, ornaments and jewelry.  Everywhere I looked there was something to admire and tempt me.  (Oh, how that green serving platter called my name!)  But I resisted, focusing instead on finding a hostess gift for an upcoming holiday party.

When I saw these cat bowls, I knew I'd found the gift.  Our hostess has two cats and just adopted a black and white kitten who now rules her home.   Her kitties will be dining fashionably with these cute bowls, but she easily could use them for breakfast cereal instead!

Uh-oh.  I didn't have a box to wrap them in, nor a s…

It's Friezing!

The month of December always is busy as people scramble
 to get their homes ready for the holidays. 
Large  projects will wait until the New Year,
but right smaller ones are plentiful.     One of  this week's projects. I was in a bathroom re-working an impressive wallpaper frieze so that it went with the new decor.  This is Lincrusta, a deeply embossed wallpaper made from linoleum.  

The plan was to lighten the colors using grey and silver, and add some sparkle, too.  But first it had to be painted to match the wood trim. 

  Rather than use silver leaf, which would have been messy and time consuming, I opted for a jar of Silver Leaf paint found at the craft store.  The silver paint highlighted the edges of the design.  Next, a grey glaze went over everything giving it an aged effect. 

Overall it looked like a wonderfully aged tin ceiling.  But we weren't finished quite yet. 
The client wanted the bathroom to sparkle like snowflakes!  A sprinkling of Swarovski …

Looking Up

Ceilings often get neglected. We spend a lot of time and energy selecting the perfect paint color for our walls, but we often forget to consider the ceilings…and they comprise a large portion of our room’s real estate!  While WHITEalways has been the safest and therefore the preferred color for a ceiling, it may be time to re-think that idea.
Ceilings offer a unique opportunity for self-expression. Adding a color, even a whisper of color, will change the entire mood of the room. 
But this ceiling isn't whispering, is it? 
With vibrant green, turquoise and bronze swirling like a wild sky, this ceiling was definitely fun to paint. Because the walls are so colorful, the ceiling needed drama for balance. But what gives this space its sophistication are the designer's carefully planned window treatments. The tailored design of the cornice boards is a perfect marriage with the bold color in the room.

Here's another ceiling.  It's a bit more understated, but still quite artist…

A School Project: Painted Table

It's always a treat when asked to help with a fund-raising event. Recently one of my clients asked if I would be willing the paint a table for an auction at her son's school.    Another Mom woulddonate the table, so all I needed was a design.
Because this was a boy's academy, there'd be no frills, nothing cute or girly, no polka dots, no squiggles, no bling.  Oh dear!  Plus the table had to have broad appeal for the parents who'd be bidding on it. 
Inspiration came from a school T-shirt bearing the logo and a collage of words associated with the school.
Further inspiration came from Jami at Freckled Laundry, who shared her tutorial on painting zinc.  Check it out!  You'll be eager to try out her technique.     This little table seemed like a good place to start.

 Hugh, from The Mad Stencilist  is a great resource for lettering templates.  Take some time to explore his web-site and you'll want to find a place in your home for some lettering!     He took the ima…

Powder Rooms - Bold Baths

Let's turn up the volume and enjoy some bold baths.  There is nothing subtle about these rooms. They command attention!
Recently, I read about color trends for the new year and it looks as if metallics are still going to be big - both in fashion and decor.  Good news, as so many of my clients ask for walls with a shimmer.  Let me share two bold, but elegant examples with you.

This bold purple bath is attached to a honey colored master bedroom accented with deep purple.   These two color families, yellow and purple, are opposite one another on the color wheel. Pairing such combinations always creates a dynamic color scheme.
This guest bath began with walls deep terra cotta walls.  Opaque gold was brushed across the surface,  followed by a dark stain -- the perfect background for my client's tapestry-like fabric and stunning black towels.  
Color and texture combine to make a very stylish bath with vintage charm.  The walls feature layers of cracked stucco in colors that mimic the fra…

Powder Rooms - stylish and neutral

Powder rooms come in a variety of styles,
from fun to fancy. 
These little gems are a great place
to let your imagination take flight. 
Some people go for the bold,
 while others prefer more subtle color.
Here's proof that a neutral color scheme 
doesn't mean dull or boring. 
Let's look at some powder rooms and see some possibilities.

When I first saw this powder room,
the paneled molding gave the it a formal library look,
but the stark white walls were too harsh. 
By adding a light cafe-au-lait glaze all the way around,
the room gained personality. 
Of course the Venetian mirror
and the silk window valance
 certainly did more than their part! 

These walls are lightly textured
with champagne colored fresco that feels like suede.
Though the walls may be neutral, 
I painted the ceiling  dark chocolate 
for a dash of excitement. 
Would you enjoy a painted ceiling in your powder room?

Also neutral, this bath shows off a vintage wallpaper effect.  Yes, it did take while to apply the s…

Add Some Architecture

Ah, for the good ol' days when homes had architectural details!
But what we lack today
 can be added by a skilled carpenter, a handy husband,
 or a determined woman with a mitre saw and a nail gun.
Humble or grand, it's always fun to see
 how a little bit of trim molding
can make a big statement in any room.
By the time I arrived at this home,
many months of kitchen renovation had been completed.
 All that remained was one final item to be finished
-- this entablature on the breakfast island.  
Built of wood by a talented craftsman,
 the designer asked me to make it look like
the limestone tile used behind the stove. 

Here is a project currently in progress. 
Open floor plans are great for entertaining,
but how to define the spaces?
 This long wall linked kitchen to living room. 
But where did one room start and the other room end?
 With the addition of molding,
the areas are now separate, and more interesting.

This family room benefited…