Friday, March 5, 2010

finding your own aesthetic + inspiration

in the new year, i have been really trying to focus, focus, and re-focus myself on finding my OWN aesthetic and style. i know what my style is, and i certainly have my own taste, but coupling that with the field that i am in (faux painting), can sometimes be a hard thing to do. i don't mind doing projects that range all across the board (antiquing, cracking, aged, washes, etc), but i think finding my own "look" is important to push myself as an artist and creatively. plus, it really is what i enjoy, and i find SO much happiness in creating things that i love to look at.

that being said (anyone see that 'curb your enthusiasm' episode? "that being said..." -- HA! anyway...), here are some hand-painted and stenciled rooms that i find truly beautiful and inspirational! 

this yellow floral pattern is a pretty stencil that looks like wallpaper. love it! (image from apartment therapy)
this one i've had saved on my computer for a while. i do believe it's from design*sponge, but i thought: what a cute idea to paint on your wall with magnetic chalkboard paint?
i ADORE this ceiling (From apartment therapy as well!)
last but not least, this one is soooo sweet and cute. you should really check out apartment therapy for the entire before & after of this one, (her inspiration for the silhouettes was a placemat she found at anthropologie) but isn't this a great use of the black and white tile bathroom? love it!

and finnnnnalllly, i am considering doing one wall like this in my new grey room...hand-drawn, of course. thoughts? maybe not EXACTLY like this, but something that is a flowing, not to feminine, and repeated pattern. drawn by hand by your's truly. i generally hate accent walls, but i find myself thinking of doing them way too often. funny. what goes around comes around.

(image from, yet again, made by girl)


  1. Whoa - love that ceiling. The perfect thing to jazz up our laundry room... I've been wanting to do something to make that room more fun because LAUNDRY IS BORING

    Saved that pic - thanks!

  2. i know! it's so pretty! do it and show me pics :)