Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This & That

Remember when I did this kitchen match job? Well, my clients had some more cabinets put into the same kitchen, and I matched them, too. Always nice to go back and do more work for clients that like your previous work! They were so nice. They bought the house with this faux finish on the cabinets, and I had matched some work for them (they had a banquette built in, and some more shelves rearranged, so the new part needed a faux finish to match the old faux finish that was previously in the kitchen). This middle section was just display shelves when they bought the house, but they decided to make it into cabinets/drawers for more storage.

This is what it looked like when they had them installed and before I painted:
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And, after:

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 I love these jobs - it's a fun little challenge for me. 

In other design related news, things are going nicely at my mom's (I had mentioned we are redecorating her living room). She had this blue table before:

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and I suggested she get some brass up in that space! :) I thought a little sparkle would be pretty, and suggested we find something with clean lines. Her lines were all pretty heavy in there. Comfy (but pretty) chairs and sofa, and she needed some shine. So, I found this pretty table at west elm. 

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Sorry the photo is really blown out - it was one she sent me that I edited to make it brighter. Anyway, it does exactly what I thought it should do!

in other non work related news, I went on a girl's trip to Charleston this weekend. Look how beautiful our room's bathroom was:

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I loved it. Gorgeous, right?! It was at the Belmond hotel. They're in the middle of a renovation, and our room was beautiful. 

We had a great trip. Some how, I didn't take many pictures. We were only there for part of Friday and Saturday, then came home Sunday, so it was a little too short of a trip, but we did get some great food and drinks, and some nice rooftop pool and beach time. Charleston is a beautiful city! We walked around a little on Sunday and we found Moon and Lola which is a cute little boutique with accessories and home decor items. Check out their cool chandelier:

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Very neat! The whole store was bright white with pops of color, so you know I liked that. I posted this photo on my instagram account (@kristenfdavisdesigns). speaking of instagram, I saw these pillows recently posted:

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I thought they were so cute, and would make a great DIY. I bought a sewing machine last week (I'm really REALLY excited to sew stuff - but I have yet to take it out of the box since it came in the mail. Going to try and experiment with it this weekend), so I'm thinking that could be a pillow DIY for me. I figure pillows won't be too hard to make, and if I can build all this other stuff, I can probably do some sewing! I was online looking at all these cute kantha pillows made out of kantha blankets and thought... duh... get a sewing machine, and make your own stinking pillows! (Why are some pillows so expensive!?) So that's what Im going to do. I hope I have good luck with my sewing machine! 

OK, that's it for now - off to paint some cabinets (in the middle of a huge cabinet job right now - hence a little radio silence on my end! Makes for very long work days). 

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Life lately.

Apparently we are animal attractors. We found a chihuahua in our backyard a few weeks ago, very skinny and shaking. We have searched high and low for her original owners, to no avail. A neighbor has fostered her some, and we have kept her some, and we are all working together and my neighbor thinks he has found someone to adopt her. But, for the time being she is at our house. This is the scene form my lap while I was working a few days ago:

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madness. You can't really tell from this pic, but Max and the chihuahua are both in my lap here. Apparently little dogs just love to sit with you all the time? She is non stop trying to get in my lap, and Max gets SO jealous. He does not like another dog stealing his moms attention. Hah! Possessive.

And in other animal news, I am currently working out in the country, and there are two little kitties that live nearby and visit the job site (Which is basically still a construction site) all day. I was reviewing some work in my car the other day, and all the sudden there were two cats in there.

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talk about aggressive! Hah. They're really cute though. They keep trying to come inside the house we're working on (No one lives there yet). It's funny. One of the workers there said he thought I brought them with me. Bring your cats to work day. Um, no. ;) I have enough animals at home, I don't need to bring them to work with me.

Here's a little sampling of what I'm doing there. I'm doing lots of faux finishes on the cabinetry, and started off with this built in cabinet, and with a powder room vanity. The built in and the vanity were both built brand new, and I'm painting them to match some furniture my client and the designer had seen. 

Before of the built in:

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Then I painted it, and then I destroyed it with my sander. :)

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and what it looks like now!

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Looks like it should be in Anthropologie, huh? I kept thinking it looked like an Anthro display case. 

Here's the other piece:
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It was also just solid wood before (Forgot to take an after pic of it)

I took this picture, because the designer had asked me to darken the white bevels. This client is a huge fan of distressed, french country, etc. So the more glaze the better. The top drawer here had not gotten the extra glaze yet, which you can tell. I will take a better pic of this once it's finished. 

lastly, on a different note, here is a photo of a painting that I did with spray paint, for the client that's hanging all 13 pieces of art in the condo building. 

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I thought it turned out really cool! I almost see a cityscape in the black, which was not intentional. 


happy thursday. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Leather Ottomon From Overstock

My friend just bought this ottoman from Overstock, and I'm thinking about totally copying her. It's very cute, and a GREAT price. Right at $200.

Our acrylic coffee table from CB2 is too small for our living room, and I've been on the hunt for a new one ever since we moved in. I like that this one is large enough and square, as opposed to rectangular. It fits the size of the living room way better. I need a couple of other things for the room, too, like a chair to replace that white one. And, of course I love that it's tufted caramel leather and the modern legs are a big winner. 

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see what I mean about our coffee table? I do love the acrylic look in there, but it's definitely too small.

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This is the chair that might need replacing. it's a cheap one I got from someone off of Craigslist, and it's from IKEA originally. Max sits in it all the time, so it's nice that the cover is a slipcover and washable. But, it's really small and not great for this spot. I didn't buy it for this house - I bought it for the studio, before the studio became nothing but a work-zone. :) 

Anyway... I love this coffee table - thinking about ordering it soon!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Plant Life

Lately, I've really been into buying plants. All spring and summer. I did a lot of gardening this summer (front yard looks great - my tomato and herb garden? terrible), and I find myself popping into Lowe's garden section a few times per week! Why is it so much fun?!

I've bought a few more houseplants lately, and I love them. My mother and grandmother always have had lots of houseplants, so I guess it kind of rubs off on you. Our old condo didn't really get proper light for keeping plants, so it is nice to have a house where I can keep them and they don't need more sunlight than what they are getting. Lots of sunlight at this house! I just thought I would share my happy plants with you guys today, since they make me smile so often.

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in our bedroom, I have several plants on this bamboo stand. I bought the sticky plant on the top left from Lowe's and the other bright green plant was a gift. I recently found this little succulent plant at Lowe's and love it! I got three - I gave one to a friend. They are so cute, and I love the little planter!

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I have another one in my living room:

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(also - I recently got that blue and white ceramic vase from Ross. They have lots of ginger jars, cute vases, and really cute owl umbrella stands in this style if you are looking for some, FYI!)

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on my dresser. What are these plants called? I don't know, but I have a lot of them in the house. A favorite for sure. I think they like being houseplants though - I put one outside and it did not seem to love the harsh sun. I brought it back in, and it's happy again. 

lastly, I recently (like, this week) got a fiddle leaf fig from Home Depot. How are they so trendy? I guess they're just nice to look at, and everyone agrees? Either way, I love it.

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So pretty and thankfully Mika doesn't try and eat it! whew. 

PS - good news for you cat lovers and people that were concerned about Mika (our cat) when we got a dog back in December. We bought a baby gate and put it at the bottom of the stairs. Max gets the downstairs domain, and Mika gets the upstairs domain. It works great! Mika is loving life again. He sleeps with us at night now, and lies about on the couch and our bed all day. Happy boy! And it makes me really happy that he is happy again (he may have been perfectly content downstairs all the time, who knows. I just felt guilty that he sat only on the top of the table or on a dining chair ALL DAY LONG to be "higher" than Max).


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TGIF, folks! Have a great weekend.