Friday, April 30, 2010

oh no


sometimes i get really overwhelmed and want to change everything in my house even though its not possible and i dont have the timespacemoney to do it. but. oh well. it's happening. sometimes, this is where i let my newest favorite pattern or idea happen onto a piece of furniture, instead of into my house. :)

anyway, i am kind of inspired to perhaps do a little DIY curtain switcheroo when i get back from our weekend trip...

did you guys see michelle adams' beautiful rubie green yellow and white chevron curtains in the recent issue of lonny? they are on page 76 (i cannot, for the life of me, find a photo of it. my internet skills are seriously lacking, i guess) they are heaven! all of the rubie green fabrics are wonderful, and i would take anything upholstered or created in any of them!

our curtains are okay, but i could totally see them being MUCH cuterrrrrr

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inspiration:




i know i always say this, but....stay tuned...

and have a nice weekend. we are going to florida. hopefully the sunshine follows us.

scadstyle panel

(image from SCAD's website)


yesterday, i just happened to read a tweet about scad's "SCADstyle" program here in atlanta, april 26th through may 6th, and went to a really great event last night. eddie ross, jaithan kochar, rita konig and nick olsen (he is my new interior design crush) hosted a panel all about the "rise of the blog" in the design world. they mainly talked about blogging versus magazines, how each affects the other, and how the two will eventually work together to create jobs and magazines in the future. it was really interesting information - i was really intrigued the whole time, with everything they had to say! each of them was really funny - especially rita konig and nick olsen.

i got there pretty early, so i was almost star struck when i walked into the small room of designers that i have gushed over (rita konig's laid back style is perfecccction, and i have loved it for years!) for so long! i think what i enjoyed most was their laid-back (though they were very smart!) approach to design and the design/blog world, versus some of the obviously "stuffy" atlanta interior designers that were at the event - it made me happy to see that interior design DOES NOT have to be stuffy (did you hear me, atlanta?)!

anyway, it was a great time, and i'm definitely going to be attending more events. thanks, SCAD!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

rings on your fingers


i used to make a lot of jewelry, and sell it in my etsy shop, but since i became really busy with painting, i kind of put jewelry on the back burner (though, i still do go through stints of making it), and just began painting more and more. anyway, one of the local stores that sells my stuff, salon red, is about to get a little more jewelry a la kfd designs today...

if you are in atlanta, and need your hairs cut or some prettyin' up, you should go by! they have two locations, one in candler park and one in decatur, plus a kids' store (where some of my kids' furniture is for sale). everyone should gooooo to their kids store - it is SO precious.

look how cute it is! (photos were from google images)







here are some snapshots of the rings i was labeling this morning..i thought they looked particularly nice in the morning light.

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happy thursday! it's almost the weekend, folks.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

bamboo re-do

makin' this guy cute this week. i love it! so excited to work on it. i'm even stepping things up a notch or two around here, and starting to line the drawers of my pieces - even more fun!

it's currently a hand-mixed gray...the rest will be (hopefully) finished today... up for sale tomorrow? probably.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

baby bondi's nursery



so, along with the two projects i've shown you guys from this week, i also painted a baby nursery for megan's (future) baby. it's only in the verrrrry beginning stages, but i'm going to show you the bedding/bed so that you can get an idea, and later on, i will have a proper "after" shot of the room!

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the room was already painted this bright, happy turquoisey color, so we decided to go with all-white for the painting (i thought the contrast would be really nice, plus, we are going to paint the "sweet dreams" letters in the future, too).

here is megan's crib that has yet to arrive:
i think she is buying it in white, but isn't it cute? i love it!

and here is the bedding:
chocolate browns, greens, reds and turquoise
they aren't going to find out the gender of the baby before it is born, so it's a perfect gender-neutral choice, i think! megan decided to go with a "sweet dreams"-themed room, with stars and swirls and circles, so here's what i painted (the crib will obviously be right below this, and i think when the bedding comes in, we will be painting the sweet dreams letters in stripes to match the bumper on the bedding! isn't this a cute nursery idea?)

i love the circular window in the room, and with the moon up to the right of the painting, i think it kind of gives the circles some balance (i'm weird about having balance/symmetry in rooms. don't ask me why. too many art class critiques, maybe? ugh.)
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to the right:

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a little sprinkling of star dust next to the lightswitch, too:

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Friday, April 23, 2010

accent wall

to the sweet, inquisitive young house love readers - i actually cut a stencil with an exacto blade from a pattern i drew out. i used foam board to make the stencil with, then lined it in duct tape so that it'd be water-resistant. i drew vertical lines on the wall for my "guide", but a lot of it was just freehanded/eyeballed! sorry i dont have a better explanation! it's one of those things that's kind of hard to describe! i'm also not selling any stencils, because i'm afraid it was a little awkward to do, and i don't want any one to mess up their wall and be mad at me! :) haha...anyway...let me know if you have more questions! also - the wall color is "aloof gray" by sherwin williams! it's a great gray!

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this is the accent wall that i painted this week. i've been wanting to do a pattern that resembled wallpaper, and i finally got to! megan was pretty open to my ideas, so after i selected the color for her bedroom (she already had her "colors" in mind - grey and burgundy) and she had it painted, i went in and added the pattern. we were both happy with the result!

it was sort of a combination of free-hand work, and stenciling. i hand-cut a stencil for the pattern (after being inspired by a photo that a friend posted on twitter!), and hand-painted each line on.

before:

after:

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i used a high-gloss paint to contrast with the flat look paint that we used as the basecoat:
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initially, the room looked like this:

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(which is the same color paint - the wall is a flat finish, and the lines are a high-gloss of the same color, BUT we decided that the lines needed to be a little darker, so we used a color 2 shades darker than the basecoat. i still like the original look, though, if you are wanting something very subtle!)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

custom artwork for client...


this week, i am working on a house where i'm painting the master bedroom & bath, and also the future baby nursery.

i did some custom artwork for my client to hang above her garden tub in the master bathroom. starting off, she had the builder-color paint (that sort of weird pinky-off-white color), but she really wanted to go with a grey and burgundy color scheme. i selected colors for her bedroom and bathroom, and am now doing an accent wall in her bedroom (stay tuned for pics of
that tomorrow - it's really cute!), and just completed these two panel paintings for her bathroom.

she gave me this pillow as "inspiration", but other than that, i basically had free-reign. it was really fun just playing with color and texture.

inspiration pillow:


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i loved the way these paintings turned out, hopefully you do too, megan! :)

custom artwork, all for under $200? bam! done! email me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com for info on creating something for youuuu.

new painting

i finally got around to doing a large painting for my living room last week, here it is:

i wanted something simple, modern, and not too obvious, as to what it is...just something large to hang there and fill space:

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no idea:

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it started off with three big spray-painted circles:

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though not earth-shattering, it accomplished my goal, and jordan really likes it (which i think is funny).

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

kids rooms / my lack of shame in self-promotion

i am looking for more kids' rooms to paint! if you live in georgia, and would like to have decorative painting done, please give me a shout at:

kristen.fountain@gmail.com, or call me at: (404) 610-8191

i'd love to talk with you about your child's room or future baby nursery! i have very reasonable rates, and am open to most projects!

a sampling of past projects:

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monogram projects (can be customized to "match" bedding/decor):

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guess who his favorite team is?

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hello, giraffe:

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i really love hidden ladybugs:

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Monday, April 19, 2010

mailing list & patterns


hello, i hope you all had a lovely weekend.

2 things.

1. i got new sheets. patterns everywhere. ya like?

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is telling you i got new sheets TMI? probably. they're just so happy, that's all. plus, look at mika's little kitty profile.

2. i'm making a mailing list for my furniture. when i have new pieces available, i will send an email update to everyone, before posting them on facebook (my FB page) or twitter, or on here! if you would like to be added to my mailing list, please email me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com.


Friday, April 16, 2010

baby room i did this week...

sooo, this week (as i already mentioned), i painted stripes on the ceiling of a client's future baby nursery. it turned out really nicely, and i was happy with the result! here is our example photo of jenna lyons' baby nursery (perfection, if you ask me):


and here is what i did in her nursery!

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i painted the stripes on the ceiling, and i painted that dresser in "black horizon" (by benjamin moore) with tiny white stripes lining the drawers. she still has to get new hardware, and obviously the room is far from done, but when she has the room all decorated and complete, she said i can come back and get some more "after" shots. i can't wait to see how it looks in the end! her house is absolutely beautiful, and decorated PERFECTly. i loved it, and was in heaven all week, being surrounded by awesome design. :)

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it was so weird how it almost made the ceiling looked like it was sloped - like a circus tent, when you stood at the end of the stripes..
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and here is the dresser:
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