Sunday, June 26, 2011

Refreshed Furniture





Ah, another baby's room. 
 But this time, I'm focusing on the furniture. 
The armoire and dresser are older pieces,
and they have some interesting detail.

The soon-to-be-new-Mom loved the ornate scrolls.
  BUT,
the pieces needed to be refreshed.
Don't you agree? 
 Before

We decided to highlight the scrolls with silver and gold,
and paint the top of the dresser dark silver.

What a difference these accents made!

After


Suddenly the furniture developed a personality!



Because I did this project in the client's home,
I couldn't have a big paint mess, so I chose to use
(find it at your local art-craft store)

Have you tried it?

It's perfect for adding metallic highlights to just about anything
....wood, pottery, metal, painted surfaces....

I used it on all the scrolls for this furniture.
Rubbed it on with a cloth, then buffed it when dry. 
A little dab goes a long - long - long way.

The top of the armoire and the dresser
were painted with Martha Stewart's metallic paint,
 layered with Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes.
Both dry quickly and have good coverage.

The mirrors for the dresser were sprayed
in my workshop with Krylon Metallic Silver,
then accented with Rub n' Buff.


Together these pieces look wonderful!
Now for some wall paint and drapery.




Enjoy!




Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Detour Around Town: Antique Shop

Whenever I drive by this storefront,
I think,  "Next time, I'll stop."


Finally, I did.



I found a mix of old and new nestled inside.
It was a visual feast.


Silver serving pieces sparkled against the black walls.


...and tea pots always catch my eye. 


From vintage clothing and linens


to furniture, there was much to admire.


I bought this tole tray for my dining room.
These hand painted trays have always been a favorite.

Sometimes, we don't take time
to explore what is in our own backyard.

This day, I met an enthusiatic shopkeeper
who left the medical field
to pursue a dream and reach her goal.

For her, now is the time to express for her creative side.
Her eyes dance when she talks about her new work.
It's exciting!

Decide to find time this week
to visit a place that catches your eye. 
a park...a boutique...a public garden...
a gallery....historic church....
You'll be glad for it.


Enjoy!
  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Guest Bedroom(s) Finally Done!




It's not often that I get the chance to work on projects for me.
But recently, I've focused on the guest bedrooms.

 Tho' I failed the all white-room challenge by using brown accents,
it was good to have the room put back together
before our guests arrived. 

I am delighted by the cornices
that Sherry made for me.

What a special friend she is  
to offer me her time and her talent.
Everything her hand touches is magic!

The cornices were upholstered with a drop-cloth,
and the swags were cut from some drapery panels
I purchased from Ballard Designs
but never used.

...until now!






And so we are ready for guests!

BUT WAIT.....


a second guest room got a facelift, too.  




The accent wall is painted --
I adapted the design from a piece of wallpaper
 that caught my eye.
There is something about oversized patterns
that appeals to me.

Again, Sherry to the rescue!
She made drapery panels using another painter's drop-cloth
adding a border of checked fabric.

Didn't they turn out nicely!
 


Enjoy!
                     

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Grey and White Bath

Looking for a simple paint design for a bathroom?
Here's a project I painted yesterday.



The dots were painted in shades of grey,
but easily would adapt to any color scheme.

The bath still is in progress,
with plumbers and electricians expected to finish today,
so these photos aren't complete.



But you get the idea.


Yes, the ceiling was painted dark grey.
BUT
No, it doesn't make the room feel smaller,
because there's so much gleaming white.

It's Crisp - Classic - Fresh

Enjoy!



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Detour Around Town: Estate Sale Hunting


Have I mentioned that my Dearly Beloved
enjoys Estate Sales?

These snapshots are of a sale we visited,
 but by the time we could join the fun,
so much had already been sold.

Why do these sales always begin on Thursday
when he's working?
(maybe a vacation day is in order)

My purchases were small,
but I can share some photos with you.


Don't you just love barns?
The doors were tempting....


The house was built in 1832,
and since then
only three families have lived here.

Well, four families, if you count this barn-swallow
that built its nest on the front porch.



Inside was a time capsule of 19th century design. 
Heavy oak trim, a warren of rooms, planked floors
and layers upon layer of peeling floral wallpaper.

But this farm had been prosperous,
as evidenced by the wonderful
Victorian settees in the parlor and this
 Square Grand Piano.
(should have gotten a better photo of it, because it was stunning)


I bought a handful of old books,
leaving the odd pieces of china and doilies for someone else.
The inexpensive, "paintable" furniture was sold.

I hung the books in my guest room.

One of them, a collection of life's wisdom and advice,
offers this pithy comment under the heading of 
Women and Marriage, dated 1797.

"She that is born a beauty, is half married."

and this gem from 1810:

"Deliver me from a shabby horse and a sluttish wife"

Not much has changed, has it?

Enjoy!






Sunday, June 5, 2011

Guest Bedroom Beginning

I'm not a white-on-white gal. 
 I like color and contrast. 
Let me luxuriate in a room of reds, browns,
with a dash of leopard.....like this. 

However, the beautiful photographs of white rooms
at blogs like those of
Miss Mustard Seed,
Freckled Laundry
and a long list of others
 are seductive. 

See what I mean?
(serene, peaceful, soothing)





So I gave myself a design challenge. 
 Could I put together a guest bedroom
with shades of white?
During the past weeks there have been
lots of projects going on at my house
because
I decided to tackle not one, but two guest rooms.
 I've discovered a few things: 
  • Working for clients is easier (they make the ultimate decisions)
  • I get distracted easily (doesn't everyone?)
  • Grey? Not for me ( it seems cold.  Maybe its our long winters)

Care to take a peek?



Sweet Dreams!

The numbers for the doors
were made using downloads from
 The Graphics Fairy and Digital Collage Sheets.

Lamps and shades got a face lift.


This lamp, once blue, now is shabby white. 


A pair of salvaged doors moved out of the basement
and became the headboard for the bed. 
I even found some vintage glass knobs for them.


The windows were dressed up
with cornices made from a painter's dropcloth
and fabric taken from an un-used pair of drapes.
Wait 'til you see the entire window -- so cute!


Ok, does brown count as a color?
...or can we just call it dirty white?
( I may have just failed my design challenge)

The mirror and table
that I shared with you earlier goes in this room.



There's a chandelier yet to be installed,
pillows to be made and art to be hung.
But, I'm well on my way.
Let me add some accessories and fluff things up
before showing you the final reveal.

Enjoy!




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