Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fantastic Fireplaces

Fireplaces are a natural focal point in any room.
 In our area, mantles seem to come in two flavors
-- wood or painted white. 
But what if you painted your fireplace green?

Then dressed it up with dark brown stain and gold highlights. 
  My client was delighted with the change!
What if you painted your fireplace bronze, as I did for this client? 

If you simply must have white, then let's antique it, as I did for my friend, Miss R.
It suits her Country French styled home.

Would you paint your fireplace?


Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Tween's Bedroom and Bath

A sweet ten-year old wants a bedroom
 that will take her though her teen years in style.
Nothing childish for her, 
 she wanted a  bit of glam and some sparkle, please.
The bed coverings and pillows had already been purchased,
so they became the inspiration for her new room.

The bird pillow on the bed made me think of using 
 a silhouette design of birds and branches on the wall.
Nothing bold, just soft and shimmery.

This is what I painted for her this week.

 The room began as a blank canvas -- white walls, white furniture and white floor.  
See the boxed molding over the bed? 
This is where sparkly sheer drapery will hang.

Step 1:   Let's paint the wall behind the bed.
Sherwin William #6219 -Rain closely matched the bed covering.

Step 2:  Paint the design.
This is a chinoiserie style design.
I purchased the template on the internet from OMG Stencils. 
The pattern echoes the bright pillow design on the bed
but I used Silver and Pearl paint for the wall.

Step 3:  Just for  FUN !!
 Sprinkle hundreds of Swarovski Crystals throughout the design.
 I added them to the floral centers in clusters of two and three.
They absolutely twinkle.
But don't photograph well at all!
Continuing with the fun, I moved into the young girl's bathroom
and scattered some retro flowers around the room.
The iridescent tile was the inspiration here --
and as you can see, she is in the purple and pink phase of life!

Such a fun space!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Silver Nursery Revisited


Luxury bedding by Mary Grace of Baby Bellagio
Not long ago I painted some furniture for a baby's nursery.
You can see some of it peeking out from behind the crib.

The project began with well made, but dated furniture.
The orangish wood tones just didn't fit into the plan.
Some silver paint gave the furniture fresh outlook on life.
In fact, family and friends can't believe it's the same furniture.
Ahh...the magic of paint!
Doesn't any furniture look better with a little sparkle?

The homeowner painted the walls deep charcoal
using Martha Stewart Precious Metal paint from Home Depot.

He did a great job.

Metallic paint isn't the easiest to work with
because it's so unforgiving.
Every brush and roller mark wants to show.


Today I was invited to letter a prayer on the wall, 
nestling the words between the angel wings. 
The prayer has special meaning for this new Mom,
because she learned it as a child. 

The words are difficult to read in the photo,
not only because they are painted gently in shades of
silver and champagne,

...but because they're written in Albanian.


What a treat for me to see the room furnished! 


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bathrooms: Is it Wallpaper, or Paint?

We're in the midst of a bathroom renovation at our home,
and the change is exciting. 

Here's Mac the Cat inserting himself
into every "Before" photo I took as the project started. 
I'll share photos when the room is compete,
but my bathroom won't be as 'designed'
as my client's rooms are.


I'm editing. 
~ on a decorating diet, knowing that less can be more. 

We'll see.
This must be the season for bathroom make-overs
  because I've been involved with a quite a few recently.
This beauty is a luxurious bath in a young couple's first home. 
It's stunning with silky drapery looking like ball-gowns,
and a vintage-style tub.

The plain golden color on the wall was nice,
but it needed a little something extra to give it depth.

Painting an aged wallpaper effect
with a small scale design and some antique bronze glaze
was the perfect choice.
Soft.  Subtle.  Sublime.

And here's a peek at another bath
belonging to my friend Sherry.  
After months of hard work and some very big challenges,
 she is getting close to enjoying this elegant room.

But what do you do when the perfect wallpaper you had your heart set upon
has been discontinued?
You paint it.

Because nothing else will do.

Sherry asked if I could replicate the design,
she volunteered to work on the walls with me!

 I worked up a sample based on the wallpaper she gave me.

Grey-green, but not too.
Beige, with warm undertone, but not yellow.

Once the colors were just right,
we jumped in and did painted it together!
The room turned out beautifully,
and I'm so happy for my friend.

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