Friday, April 17, 2015

TGIF

It's Friday! 


It's been a whirlwind of a week. I feel like a crazy person right now... doing design work, painting work, and everything in between. 


But some great stuff happened this week, so I thought I'd share with you guys.



Yesterday, I went out to do a bit of shopping for a client at Homegoods, and accidentally came home with a few pieces for my own home. 


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Max models, naturally.

I got that cute terra cotta candle for around $7 (it's a citronella outdoor candle. If it ever stops raining, it will look great on our back porch), and the throw for around $16. I love them both! I put the throw in our bedroom. The lumbar pillow is actually from Urban Outfitters. I can't find it on their website right now to link up, but I love it on our bed. 

I also found this cute cake stand at Homegoods:

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Looks like Jadeite. It kind of seems small here, but it's actually large, and was only around $17! I was really excited to find it. 

I also went by ADAC yesterday, and fell in love with some beautiful patterned tile. I have a new design client that will be renovating a cute bungalow in Old Fourth Ward, and we are going to source some unique stuff! He has great taste, and I'm excited to help him out. Anyway, we discussed doing a cool tile in the kitchen (and maybe bathrooms), and so I had fun checking out Ann Sacks showroom and the beautiful tiles there. 

Here are a couple pics I snapped there:

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an awesome herringbone look



and these blue guys are insane! I LOVE

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so freakin cool, huh!? 


I also had an install on Wednesday for a client's new pipe and wood bookshelves.

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I will get a better picture of them once the room is more finished, but don't they look great?! Mike and Collin at Woodology are amazing. Every little wood project my crazy brain thinks up, they magically turn into reality. Everything always looks exactly like what I pictured!

They even made the wood look old, when it was just regular wood. Genius! I love their work, can you tell? 

This project is in a client's loft space, that we are de-bachelor-ing ;) It's coming along nicely! Can't wait to share more pics once we get to the decorative part. 




I can't remember if I mentioned it or not, but I helped Chip with his space at the ASO Showhouse this year. The rooms in the house are gorgeous! It was a treat to get to work onsite and meet some very talented folks. If you are in Atlanta, I definitely suggest visiting the house, if you love design. Sweet Sherry (at Design Indulgence. Such a talent!) gave Chip a nice review this morning, and she even posted some great pics. Here is one of one of the outdoor spaces we worked on:

(pic stolen from Sherry)





And last but not least, I of course spent a lot of time in the studio this week. 

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Here are a few "for-fun" paintings that have I have been cranking out. Letting go, and just painting for fun is always soooo nice. I love to go to the studio with a Starbucks and listen to good music really loudly, and just paint. It's amazing! Especially with this rainy weather we have been having. 


Have a great weekend everyone! I am going to try and work in the yard and work a little less than I have been the last few weekends! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Painting

Yesterday, I worked in the studio for a bit, fishing up this painting triptych. 


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They're for a baby girl's nursery, and I am loving how they're turning out. I will add a little bit of turquoise to them today (to coordinate with the fabric/wallpaper that my client is using). 


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what do you think?! 



If you are interested in commissioning a painting, please email me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring

Spring is here! It's been pretty rainy in ATL, with a few sunshiny days scattered in here in there.



Yesterday, I walked into the living room and saw this happy moment in front of me...

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The door to the powder bathroom was peeking open, and everything was colorful and happy and very "me" :)


So I took a picture! Lately I have been trying to analyze what, exactly, my style is (because, like many of you, it's really just a mish-mash of styles), and I think when it comes down to it, it can be summed up in a few words: fun, colorful, vintage and eclectic. 

I love a white backdrop, and color to layer in on top of it. My collection of found objects and weird things from thrift stores always makes me (and others!) smile, and then my art all over the house is usually pretty funny and/or eye-catching. 

In that photo above, the pineapple wall is peeking in (see my hand-drawn pine apple "wallpaper" bathroom wall post here).


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as is one of my abstract canvas paintings, over the chair. 

Now that I think about it, I also painted that starburst mirror and upholstered the chair myself. Nothing is safe from me! haha. 


I found it in DC on a trip to visit my brother, and it used to be gold. At the time, I thought it would be better silver, so I painted it (of course).

before:

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after:

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And, I found that trashcan at Target (it was white and I sprayed it gold for the pineapple bathroom!) and painted it too. What is wrong with me? Stand still long enough, and I might paint you, too.


Anyway, this "moment" at my house makes me really happy because it really encapsulates my style. Ever evolving and changing, but remaining playful, colorful and vintage. 


...and speaking of colorful and eclectic, I stopped by Anthropolgie recently, and loved this candleabra:

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So cool, right?! It was about a foot and a half tall. I took the photo, because I always see brass pieces at Sam Flax and wonder what I can make with them. This candelabra inspired me! Although, it was around $100, so thats probably a great price for so much work. But it would be fun to try my hand at making one ;)


I spent a good amount of time over at client's yesterday, hanging art and photos. We are getting verrrrry close to finishing her house.

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I love these chairs that finally came in from Room and Board, paired with the rug from Pottery Barn. Her living room is looking so cute!


Alright, I'm off to attack my day. Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday.




Thursday, April 9, 2015

Whitewashed Brick

It's funny, I am painting brick today, and I painted brick yesterday. Whitewashing it, to be more specific. Whitewashing isn't necessarily hard, but it is messy, and it can be a little challenging to get your water to paint ratio correct. I usually do about 50/50. After it sits for about 30 minutes, it gets to be the perfect consistency, but then you have to refill it. Ha! Anyway, it is always a dramatic transformation. Check out the one I did yesterday:

BEFORE:
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and, AFTER:

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Here are a couple of other whitewashing brick projects I've done:

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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This was a really dramatic transformation I did on two brick walls. My old phone was stolen over Christmas, so I don't have the before photos, so you have to use your imagination! 

Anyway, here is my after:

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Such a lift from heavy, dark wood!