Wednesday, September 30, 2009

better after blog

i was featured on the "better after" blog yesterday...check it out! her site is full of only before and after to look at!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


this is a photo from when i took pictures of my home for my design sponge home tour. i don't think this one made the "tour", but i was reviewing pictures in my photo file, and i really love this picture, so i thought i would share it. i love my tiny heart painting. :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

design*sponge book

i had to wait until today to talk about it, but i received an email from grace at design*sponge last week, asking me to be a part of her new book, due out holiday 2010!

i am so excited! :)

sorry for the slack in posts lately, been busy! 

* image borrowed from design*sponge blog

Friday, September 25, 2009

another console for sale!

new console for sale! i finished this last night, and it is now ready to find a home. :)

it is 16" deep, 30" across and 31.5" high. it would be perfect as a little entry way table, to drop keys on, or set a vase of flowers on; or, it could be perfect for a little dressing table or night stand for a large bed. i could also see it in a kids room or nursery. 

i am asking $125, and am willing to ship, though i'd prefer to sell locally. it is pretty light, so shipping wouldn't be as difficult as a heavier piece (i am able to move it by  myself, without assistance).

it's a light putty color, with charcoal glazework and pale, smokey blue inlay work. the knobs are ceramic and off-white. 

 i painted the inside as well, so it is clean and has one sturdy shelf. i could see this as a changing table as well! (notice how i had to saw little divots into the shelf so that the knobs could fit. did you know i was a carpenter? hehe)

email me at if you are interested in purchasing. 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

getting there...

here is a sneak peak  at the piece i bought yesterday that i am currently re-doing...

here is the big bowl of the wrong color paint (on right) i initially mixed (i waste a lot of paint mixing colors, tsk tsk)
top left square: wrong color :(
coming along nicely, now. it's a putty color with a charcoal glaze on top, accented with the pale, dusty blue cut-outs...

i will officially post it up for sale tomorrow...stay tuned...


i finished the large kitchen job i was working are the before/after pics! 

'before' shot: so much wood! the woodwork is really beautiful, but it took away from the carving and intricacies of the wood when there was SO much of it.
detail shot of the is black, but hard to tell in these pics, because the sun was shining on it so brightly:

the refrigerator and built in shelving to the side:

love this shot of the black island and a little of the green cabinetry. it's hard to actually show the color that the cabinets were, because it was so bright in the kitchen when i took these photos. i love the hardware she chose for the black island!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

a couple of things i picked up

i got this great little chest/shelf thing at my favorite place to find old furniture that needs a new home today:

it's a great size, and i loooove the little framing on the insides of the doors. the frames are actually carved into the wood, so it adds some dimension to the piece. i am still deciding how i am going to spruce it up, but when i do, i will share it with you guys (it will be for sale eventually). it's the perfect size for an "entryway" chest, or for a dresser. i also love the little circular hardware, and am sad that only one is missing! bummer! hopefully i can find another to match, or i maybe another old set that is similar. 

i also found this cool midcentury lamp (i love the shade!) lets off a really nice, warm glow:

almost done...

i'm finishing up a big kitchen project are some "alllllmost donnnnne" shots i took yesterday:

don't you love the handle choice?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

urban outfitters furniture & a pillow

here is some furniture i've been stalking from they have a lot of great furniture on their site, but i am wondering about the quality. does anyone have an insight on this? their prices are affordable, but i am wondering about the lasting power of the stuff!

love this chair oh-so-much! i am considering this for our family room (it matches the current furniture nicely, and i love the pattern)
this chair would blend right in with the sofa i just got:
this little white bench is perfect for propping your feet up:
and finally, i just ordered two of these pillows from nenavon's etsy shop

Sunday, September 20, 2009

children's rooms

one of my favorite places to gain inspiration for children's rooms, is the pottery barn kids magazines. surprisingly, they do a lot of decorative painting in their designed rooms in the magazines and on their website photos, which is really great for me when i am searching for new ideas and photos for clients. 

here are a few that are saved on my computer that i am dying to try out in future client's homes! 

these big blue-and-white graphic stripes make such a statement with the darker furniture in the room. i loooove this look: 
trees are really popular these days, and i find myself painting a lot of them! here is a sweet tree that is a little different than the ones i generally paint, but i love the leaves on it, and the way it is tucked under the sweet arch in the wall:
this is probably my favorite photo from a pottery barn magazine EVER. i always show clients this photo when i am doing a little girls' room...the 'tent' look is so sweet, especially when paired with the contrasting chandelier. it'd be a lot of work to do this, but how could would it be? if i don't get a client to do this soon, maybe i'll do it in my own home ;)
monograms are really popular here in atlanta, and i love this masculine "framed" look for a boys room:
sweet stripes, and i love the way that the designer of this room arranged the names and the picture frames. it's unique and looks nice with the stripe accent wall:
this silhouette of a traditional kids storybook (i believe it's the beatrix potter series?) is a wonderful way of playing on a theme without painting a giant peter cottontail on the wall. a problem i run into with lots of parents is that their children want a "themed" room, but the parent doesn't necessarily want all of the characters from "cars" painted on their wall :). an easy way to stay away from that bold look, and to make something a bit more tasteful is to do a silhouette, like this, or to incorporate pieces of the logo or characters from a movie by using colors and things reminiscent of the movie or book.
this upside-down pink and green scalloped wall is so pretty, and look how simple everything else in the room is! this is a cost-efficient way of getting a whole lotta bang for not near as much buck. you can keep your decor and furniture simple, but painting the walls in an interesting way can reallllllly liven up the space.
i love the look of these sort of vintage cars painted on the 'road' on the wall. kids would have a fun time rolling their toy cars across the wall too :)
this two-color map would be juuuust fine for any space -- kid or adult! i actually painted a map of lake lanier (a huge lake in north atlanta) on a clients lake house wall a few years ago, to celebrate the roads, rivers and coves of the lakes current state (when everyone was in fear of it's "dissapearance" with the drought!). it made a fun wall decoration for the area above their sofa.
this isn't painting, but i think it would be such a fun and inexpensive way of fancyin' up a little girl's wall. gluing faux flowers on the wall like this. so easy, and easy to clean up as well. you could do it with a hot glue gun, and whenever you were ready to take them down, i'm sure they'd just peel right off of an egg-shell-basecoated wall!

if you find yourself in the atlanta area (or thereabouts!) looking for some decorative wall or furniture painting, you can contact me at :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

what i'm doing this week...

as most of you know, i am a decorative painter. this is what i'm working on this week! my client lives in a sort of "modern farmhouse", so i am painting her cabinets to look "old". it's fun!

here is the butler's pantry before:

here is in the middle of the process. i paint the yellow paint on, then rub off in certain spots to make it look old
at the end:

it still doesn't have knobs, and i'm still going to do a bit more glazing, but here it is:

new (old) cheese box

i got this cute little wooden antique kraft cheese crate yesterday at an antique store. i only got one small one, because i couldn't decide to do with more of them, but isn't it cute? i'm still thinking what i could do with the larger ones...

and, just for fun, and chalkboard wall shot: