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Designing a Curved Wall

This little table was as cute as can be, but the color needed to be changed to fit the client's home. So the green disappeared and in its place a creamy white color was applied curtesy of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  This was my first time to play with the chalk paint, and it worked beautifully for this quick little project. I know...I know... I'm slow to hop on the chalk paint band-wagon!
The paint seems easy to work with  and I can see that it would be good to use for some of my very chippy, distressed projects.

It dries quickly, is easily be sanded,
and requires a protective wax to stabilize it.
Great fun! The table was part of a hallway  leading to client's Theater Room and Family Room.

Until now it was dead space.

But the designer had an idea to make the spot tie into
the large family room that lay ahead.

The plain curved wall was first loosely painted  to give the impression of stone, then finished with an impressive metal light fixture and two Bergere chairs.

Christmas Greetings

"...Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows....." (James 1:17)

If you're like me,
 you've dashed around trying to find the perfect gift as we try our utmost to create the perfect holiday.
In fact with one shopping day left until Christmas, you might still be searching!
Work.  Gifts.  Food.  Baking  Decorations.  Friends.  Traveling. Whew! It's a stressful time...... and it's so easy for us to lose the real meaning of Christmas. Most of what we buy is only for a moment in time. It has no lasting value. Toys break, or are forgotten when the next "new thing" comes along.
Clothing is outgrown by the next season, and sometimes left behind on the school bus.
We add another trinket to our collection, and then bemoan the clutter.
But every good and perfect gift comes from God the Father, and His Gift is eternal. It doesn't break. It doesn't tarnis…

Kitchen Table and Chairs - an update

Often, I don't see the finished projects I work on. After I leave, the draperies are hung and the furniture comes into the room. All the pretty accessories are arranged and I never see any of this!    So it's a treat when a thoughtful client
like Miss Nancy,  sends me a photo, such as this one. 

I refreshed her dining set in October.
The table and chairs are from Ethan Allan,
still wonderful,  as classic, well-made furniture remains.  While the wooden top was being refinished,  I repainted the chairs and table, changing the color from 
pale yellow to creamy white.

And here is the reveal! A welcoming kitchen where family and friends will happily linger.


Christmas Decor - or what Goes UP must come DOWN

I enjoy reading the blogs and seeing all the lovely holiday decorations  so carefully arranged, photographed, and presented.   I live vicariously through all of you who have time, talent and energy to do these wonderful things.     I don't do a lot of decorating, mostly because we travel at the holiday time, and leaving the cats alone with anything new (to them) invites disaster.  Ask me about the time we returned to find the Christmas tree dismantled. 

But this year I must be feeling particularly nostalgic or brave, because I decided to decorate a little bit.
With my Dearly Beloved wrestling a nasty case of stomach flu, I distanced myself from him,  dug into the storage boxes and pulled out a few things to put us in a holiday mood,  thinking that at least I would decorate the mantle.
First out of the box was a collection of Christmas books
 we read to our daughter when she was young
followed by a ceramic angel made by ten-year-old hands,
a gingerbread man from Grandma, a tin sodier and…

The Past and the Present: A Wine Cellar Mural

People often ask me,  "Have you always been artistic?" Just for fun, let me share on of my early drawings with you and then my most recent one.
When we were little,
 Mom would stretch a piece of white cotton fabric across her breadboard and tack it in place so we would have a nice, solid surface to color on.
Just like real artist's canvas! The drawing is of our long-ago church.
I colored the picture when I was four and Mom saved it for me all these years.

It brought back memories of Sunday School songs
 and my friend Lynnie's yellow patent leather shoes.
(even then I loved pretty shoes!)
Curious about the church, I went on-line
and found this photo taken a few years ago. The city neighborhood has changed, and today the church serves a new denomination, but the building is still least to me! Fast forward. Yes, I'm still drawing and painting,  more like dabbling, I guess,  and  I consider myself blessed when friends and clients ask me to paint for them. 
This week…

What Holiday Are We Celebrating?

Today was a glorious day.  Chilly?  A bit. 
Though the bright sun and stunning blue sky made it seem more like a spring day than autumn. But what holiday are we celebrating? A short drive around our neighborhood makes me wonder.
My neighbors are uncertain.
Remnants of Halloween were evident.

Then this evening Christmas arrived.

....and earlier, in our backyard, I found this!

 A plastic Easter Egg.
Most likely it was left over from my neighbor's annual Egg Hunt, forgotten until now, when an industrious squirrel found it and carried it into our yard, placing it safely under the pines.
No doubt  this bright blue treasure would make him the envy of the squirel community.
Surely this colossal 'nut' will sustain him throughout the winter.
Won't he be surprised!

So no matter what holiday you are celebrating,
take time to count your blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving!

More Powder Rooms

What's the one room clients  want to spruce up for the holidays? The powder room.

Sometimes, it's casually elegant,
with rich gold and bronze hues. 
Othertimes, it's more casual, with a soft, aged patina on the walls. 

And often, it's over-the-top with twinkling Swarovski crystals added to the design. 

Any plans for your powder room this fall season?

Nursery Furniture Painted Silver

We want this.  But we have this.
Our furniture is too nice to replace, but it's not as stylish as we'd like. This was the problem facing a young couple who wanted to use some family pieces of furniture in their baby's nursery. The Mom-to-Be wanted me to paint the furniture metallic, similar to the photos she admired at Restoration Hardware, but not as dark....more like a taupey-champagne. Several color samples later, we settled on this. Tip:  Update your furniture with paint, but first make certain it's well-made and worth your time and effort. This furniture was well made: two bookcases, a large dresser and a cedar chest. Their classic lines will never go out of style, but the orange color of the wood and the heavy hardware certainly did.

Fortunately those are two things that can be changed.

Tip:  Update your furniture by giving it a new purpose.  Remove doors to turn a tall cabinet into a bookcase. Use a dining room hutch for linen storage. Elevate a cabinet by adding legs. You get t…