Sunday, November 28, 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.

I sprayed the table black

Added some nail head trim

Brushed on three shades of silver

and blended, blended , blended

The lettering template is peeled away
 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 image of school logo and the word collage and adjusted the scale to fit the table top perfectly. 
 Perfect lettering every time. 
What a lifesaver his business is!

I delivered the table to my client, then crossed my fingers that it would be a success at the school auction. 
Did the table make the grade?  
I'll let you know.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

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 framed map. 
But it's the dashing red wall that offers the excitement.

This little bath was designed for children, but grown-ups like it, too. 
 Because the room was small, we   opted to paint everything crisp, clean white to match the tub and tile.  It's the bright lady bug rug and the whimsical painting that brings a smile and makes this room memorable.  

Here's another bath designed for a child. 
 This time it's a young outdoorsman. 
 His bath was painted to look like a rustic cabin,
 just like the one he visited with his grandfather.  
The lower half of the room was traditional white and black tile, so the bold paint scheme doesn't overwhelm the room.

Regardless of your preferences - bold and sassy, or understated and calm, there's a style for your bath that will be uniquely yours.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

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 stencil design,
but once it was in place, the fun began.  
In order to make the walls look old and tea-stained,
I rubbed on dark brown glaze,
then spattered the wall with flecks of black paint
and scratched the surface with a dry brush. 
Instant "old"!

Not all neutral rooms are beige. 
This one is grey! 
The homeowner disliked the grey ceramic tile on the floor,
but replacing it wasn't practical. 
So instead of fighting against the color,
 I suggested we work with it. 
We decided on walls that were heavily textured
and looked like like old stone,
 mixing grey, charcoal and brown colors. 
The ceiling was painted charcoal for drama. 
And suddenly the grey tile looked like
 it was an integral part of the room.

So for those who enjoy a neutral color scheme,
don't be intimidated by your flamboyantly colorful sisters.
By mixing patterns and textures within your color palette
 your rooms can be equally exciting and stylish.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Add Some Architecture

Versailles - Galerie des Glaces/Hall of Mirrors

 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. 



Another example of adding some architectural interest to a room is found this bathroom. 
The lady of the house wanted to create a restful and soothing spot
where she could relax at the end of the day. 
First the walls were painted a butterscotch color to show off the tile. 
 Two columns were added at either end of the tub, followed by crown molding. 
The columns looked very plain until I painted them with a soft marble effect.



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.

we're testing paint colors

This family room benefited from
 the talent and skill of Greg,
a wonderful carpenter I'm always glad to recommend. 
What began as an empty box of a room
 now has personality plus. 
Using ready-made cabinets,
Greg added crown, onlays, columns and rope moldings
 to make this very special, one-of a kind entertainment center. 

I had the easy part - lightly antique the cabinets to go with the client's shabby-chic decor.


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