Monday, September 29, 2014

Birds + Trees Nursery Mural

hi! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I did!

Last week, I felt like I completed two weeks worth of work into one. It was super-busy. I worked at three different clients' houses, and also at the studio one day on some artwork. 


One of the houses I painted at was this kids room (currently a nursery but converting to "big girl room" status soon ;)). 


We did pretty trees with birds in them. My client had a really beautiful, sophisticated house, and she didn't want the trees to look too child-like or whimsical. She wanted it to be an elegant mural. 

We took inspiration from  Heather's mural I did a few months ago:

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It was getting dark in the room by the time I was leaving, so my photos are kind of hard to see. This mural was also supposed to be a lighter and airier, and less contrast than Heather's... so that also doesn't help with pictures!


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I did the birds in a really soft gray-lavender, and the tree trunks are a grayish brown. I did highlights in silver (instead of gold like Heather's) to match the soft, cool palette. 


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I did one tree in between the windows - your vantage point when you first walk into the room.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Star + Dot Stenciled Ceiling

Hi!

I finished my star and dot stenciled ceiling, and I thought I would share some photos of it with you guys. 


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ahhh! It was a fairly large room, and a very detailed stencil. 

Like I mentioned before, I was mimicking a Sister Parish wallpaper. 

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But, we did it in silver stars with blue dots. 

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and in a larger scale. (I cut the star stencil and the dots stencils by hand)


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Then, last night, she sent me this sweet text, which made my whole week (until I literally got another very similar text from yesterday's client and I was just over the moon.):


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I can't wait to see how this room turns out. It's being designed by the amazing Jane Goetz, and I love her vision! 




Friday, September 19, 2014

Checking In!

Hi!

I'm going to (hopefully) finish up a fun kids room ceiling today. Ive been working on another star stenciled ceiling for a really cute kids room design. Here's the pattern I'm mimicking:

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It's Sister Parish. The designer wanted silver stars and blue dots, so I am doing a custom stencil with custom colors for her. Let's just say my neck isn't too happy this morning.


BUT!

I'm really happy with the results so far. (and yes, that green piece of furniture belongs in the room. The bed and the dresser were sprayed that fun kelly green - I loved seeing it when I walked in there.)

Check it out:

Here is me figuring out the scale for my stencil. The designer wanted the scale a little larger than the actual wallpaper is.


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I made my stencil (This time, I cut out five stars, instead of one. Duh. It has made my life much easier and the project go by faster.)


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wee! (ignore the crooked ones in the back, they will be fixed. Learning curve, people.)


as you might remember the last time I did a star ceiling, this was what my stencil looked like:

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so - I'm learning to work smarter not harder. ;) 


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this was the photo I posted on my instagram account:

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(@kristenfdavisdesigns if you want to follow me. I post really regularly, and do little peeps into my projects as i'm doing them)



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so now, I will go back and add the dots, like the wallpaper. I cut them out for my stencil yesterday. I think it's going to be awesome! Say a prayer for my neck. ;)


Don't forget to follow along on instagram if you care to see some photos throughout the day of this project...



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spruce Up

I know I shared what our back deck looks like last summer, and what the plants I planted in the spring looked like, but I wanted to give an updated look. I try and keep things fresh - like when plants start to look overgrown, or die, I replace them. And, I wanted to spruce up the cement candle holders I bought at TJ Maxx this summer with a fresh coat of paint. They were starting to peel and look gross, so I just got out some Plaid craft paint and re-painted the dipped parts of them.


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(before)


During:

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Check out how much better everything looks now:

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I sort of decorated the back porch like I was having a little party (even though I wasn't). 


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 I brought this cute little basket tray out, and put my plants on top of it, just to make it feel a little more special. The candlesticks (from west elm last year) were also from indoors, but I think in a party setting would be great for outdoor use.

I also brought some cute napkins out (from MArshalls) and bowls (Also west elm).


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on the opposite side of the deck, are our two orange ikea chairs. 

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I brought out a Mexican blanket from inside for some color, along with that glass jug. 



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I also replaced all my deadish or overgrown succulents from the spring. The Creeping Jenny is the same from the spring. Overgrown, but I just give her a haircut every now and then. :)



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fun. hope you enjoyed my little outdoor tour!