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Showing posts from November, 2010

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…