Thursday, May 31, 2012

Playroom Mural

I painted this playroom a little while back, and I want to show you guys some photos of it!

It was for a family with two young children, and their mom is clearly one creative (teacher!) lady.

The ceilings were pretty low, and there was limited wall space for painting, but I was happy with all the little things I painted. These types of jobs are really my favorite. Complete creativity, and a client that loves anything cute and creative.

I painted a tree in the middle with lots of animals and outside things:
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Here is the tree, with a dog below, and a bird plus a nest with two blue eggs in it:
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To the right, was a rainbow:
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(the white box below the rainbow is a dry erase board)

To the left, were some birds and clouds and a sunshine:
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mama and baby bunny:
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(and a ladybug)

across from the tree, on the other side of the room, I had room for some clouds and butterflies:
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a kitty cat and some bugs and flowers on the ground...

it's always fun to do stuff low to the ground, so that the little kids can really appreciate it!

last but not least, two little lover ladybugs, hidden on the lightswitch!
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MyColor Blog post!

To see what eventually happened to this:

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Some Changes

Hi! Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day. I took yesterday off from work and the blog, to recuperate from a long weekend out of town for a friend's wedding. It was nice!

Anyway, I took these photos to show you guys some changes I've been making in my house lately.

Things are coming along...

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I moved the curtains (from Ikea, which I enhanced with the Greek key trim) from upstairs, downstairs, and hung them with a black rod. I also bought two Bertoia look-alike chairs from Amazon for the little breakfast nook. I love them! They look better than they feel, but it's ok. Beauty is pain. Heh.

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The chairs came in a "chrome" finish, but I spraypainted them black.

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I'm thinking I might replace the little cafe table, but not sure. If I do, I won't get rid of the current one, just store it. I love this table too much, and I am proud of how I made it! I think a salvaged wood (are we tired of salvaged wood yet? Maybe.) or color lacquered table could be cool. We shall see! I'm ok with my tulip table for now, though.

I also bought two of these tables from World Market for either side of the sofa. I do love them!

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And, the glass lamps are from Target.

And! I've been on a succulent induced craze. I guess everyone has...

They're just so easy to keep alive, and Mika (my cat) doesn't eat succulents (he does, however, enjoy eating other leafy plants).

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I bought this cute planter at TJ Maxx. It had a fake plastic succulent in it, and I cut it out and planted a real one. Much better.

I got this cute terrarium at West Elm:
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Friday, May 25, 2012

"Blogging Made Me Do It"

Head over to Dana's blog today, to read my post in her series, "Blogging Made Me Do It"!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

MyColor Blog post!

Head on over to my Mycolor inspired by Pantone pains blog to read all about painting rugs!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Painted Furniture For Little Boy's Room

There's this new phenomenon that is happening quite often for me: rooms that I once painted for a baby that wasn't even born yet, are being turned into "big boy/girl" rooms. It's so crazy! All these babies are getting big, and their nurseries are turning into kid-rooms. Am I getting old? :)

Anyway, I painted the nursery for little Matthew, and now he has a new sibling on the way, so he's getting a new room. His mom wanted to work with some inexpensive furniture she already had, and we painted both pieces a pretty red to create a "set". I know this has been done a hundred times, but I think it's such a nice idea. Look how much better these two pieces look painted, versus separate, and different finishes:

Dresser, before:
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Nightstand, before:
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And, here is what his new bedding will look like:
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So, I suggested I paint the furniture red, rather than something more plain. We loved the end result. I did a slight glaze in some spots on it, because when furniture is older and has some scratches or dings, I think it makes sense to embrace the flaws, rather than just look like you are trying to hide them. The glaze is subtle - not sure if you'll be able to see it in these photos.

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I patched all the old hardware holes, because they are adding new knobs.

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Doesn't it look like they belong together now, rather than that they are just mis-matched hand-me-down furniture? :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mid-Century Modern Chairs For Sale!

Hi! Hope you all had a great weekend. I spent a lot of my weekend sprucing up my house a bit. There were a lot of things that I'd been wanting to do in my living room and bedroom, that I just kept not having time for, so this weekend, I made it happen. Feels great to have gotten it done. I hung the curtains from my bedroom down stairs, and then made the orange fabric ones (from Spoonflower) for the bedroom, and hung them up there. The Spoonflower fabric turned out a lot more orange than coral, and I thought it would look better in the bedroom. I also got a lot of new accessories for the living room, and planted lots of succulents for the house (the only plants my cat doesn't eat). I'll share more photos of all of that soon, but for now, I wanted to post these chairs, which I am selling (ordered new ones yesterday, woo hoo!):

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I've had them for a few years. I reupholstered them myself. There are a few bumps and dings on them, but overall, they're in good shape.

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There is this one spot on the seat of one of them, that is splitting a bit, but I'm pretty sure it'd be an easy fix with some glue and/or woodfiller. I'm selling both chairs for $30. Email me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com, if you want to buy them!

Friday, May 18, 2012

HGTV Feature!

I'm really excited to say that my house and work is currently being featured on HGTV.com! Several months ago, the multi-talented (and hilarious/awesome) Brian Patrick Flynn contacted me about shooting my house for an article that he writes for the website, and I couldn't say "yes" fast enough. I was elated, and had a blast the entire day of shooting. I learned so much, and really enjoyed watching Brian work and style my house for the article!

It's so much fun to see it in "print" now, even though my living room looks completely different (hah!). Thanks to Brian for the write-up (and for not being scared to eat Tin Lizzy's take-out for lunch on my living room rug, pic-nic style), head over here if you'd like to check it out.

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Colorful ensemble, I know. I figured, why not? :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

MyColor Blog post!

Hello! Head on over to the Mycolor inspired by Pantone blog to check out my second post on the Summer Dinner Party. This time, I show you guys how I painted the ikat plates...


I think these would be so cute as chargers, and you could do them in any color combination that you want. Let me know if you try it, we'd love to feature your work.

Also, I would love if you could "like" our Facebook page! Check it out here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nautical Hand Painted Side Table

I recently painted this little side table for a client's lake house. She had this old nightstand, and wanted something with the nautical look, so I went to town. It was really fun!

Before:
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The table was very old, and had a reddish color stain. Red stains ALWAYS like to bleed through primer, so it took several coats of primer and paint to get this little guy to actually turn white. So annoying! But, after I did get it to finally stay white, I had a blast figuring out how I was going to do the little nautical details.

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I did rope detail on the top, and little anchors on the sides with rope around them.

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I also did distressing on the edges, and some gray glaze in certain spots, to give it a sort of white-washed look.

I think my favorite part, though, is the top! I like the rope that I did, and the little "screws"...for some reason, I thought those little corners needed something, and I added them...one of my favorite parts now!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Teen Girl's Bedroom

Hi! Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday... I was having a classic case of the Monday's. Just...wasn't motivated. But, I made it through, and actually got a ton of work done yesterday. Phew!

Anyway, I'm back today with a post about a teen girl's bedroom that I painted last week. I used a damask stencil, painted in silver, and on top of a dark purple. My clients had already painted the whole room a medium purple (don't know the color names, sorry!), then did this accent area in the middle of the wall for me to do my stencil in. The bed will be in front of the part I painted, and my client and I both loved how it came out.

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Kind of looks like a wallpaper down the middle, doesn't it?

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If you want to commission a stenciled wall from me, please feel free to email me at kristen.fountain@Gmail.com

Friday, May 11, 2012

Canvas Work

About a month ago, I was contacted by a designer from InsiDesign here in Atlanta, to create an abstract painting for the Roswell Women's Showhouse. Cristi was designing the children's loft, which included some bright colors and really fun design. Here's what I came up with!
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This is the inspiration that I had from Cristi's moodboard:
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lots of corals, greens, blues, and neutrals...

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here is the photo Cristi sent me when it was hung!

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if you are interested in a canvas commission, please email me at: kristen.fountain@gmail.com

Thursday, May 10, 2012

MyColor Blog post!

Please head over to the Mycolor inspired by Pantone blog to learn more about this summer dinner party table setting I made!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Curtains.

I ordered 6 yards of this cute fabric from Spoonflower this past weekend, and I'm really excited about making some cute curtains for my living room! For some reason, I am really taking the slow and steady route with my living room...don't know what's gotten into me. It is driving me crazy for it not to be done, but I am taking forever making decisions. It's like, I love everything, and I hate everything. And, once I've decided on something I like, after I think about it for a week or so, I hate it. I think I blame Pinterest, blogs and overstimulation when it comes to design. I see too much! Do you guys ever have that problem?

Anyway, I think I am in love with this fabric, though, so hopefully it's a safe bet. I actually really loved a pink/white/coral combo that I saw in the same set on Spoonflower, but I knew that pink curtains would probably be a little too far for Jordan, so I decided to reign it in a little, and go with pink on orange, instead. I plan to just make simple panels to hang from a black rod, coupled with a bamboo shade. I really like the curtain/bamboo shade look, though some might argue that it's getting old to see. I still like it! I'm trying to bring more color back into the living room. I have a weird pattern of wanting LOTS of color for 75% of the time, then I crave a clean slate, aka white space for 25% of the time. Is that weird? Yes.

Here's the fabric I chose. It's from Fable Design, and I love it.

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The repeat is really big, so the pattern is large. This, I like. I was having SUCH a hard time finding cool fabrics for a decent price (Sorry, $75/yard is not in my price range. Why are there not great fabrics for a great price here in Atlanta? I see decent stuff at Forsyth and Lewis and Sheron, but nothing ground breaking. Welcome to the south, I guess. Not that this Ikat is ground breaking, as far as design goes, but the bold colors are a little different. I found so many more cool fabrics on Spoonflower that I plan to use as accents in pillows and shades an stuff. This website is where it's at, dudes.)

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found here

I got sort of frustrated from Pinterest after searching for images. Most things had improper link-backs. I guess this is what everyone is complaining about! I even found photos of rooms from my own house when searching for images, and they were improperly linked. It kind of stinks when you see photos from your house, but they are linked back to Design*sponge, etc. Hm. Know what I mean?

OK, this post has been a little chit-chatty! Sorry for the rambling...carry on! I'll let you know when I get my fabric in,and curtains hung!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Faux Grasscloth

So, last Friday, I gave you guys a little taste of a project I did at my own house last week. I was kind of thinking that I wanted to add something to the backs of my bookcases (again), and, in the most unlikely of places, inspiration hit....roaming the aisles of Walmart. I was at Walmart, just to pick up some specific latex spraypaint that they carry, (which they didn't even end up having!) when I saw this "grasscloth" lookalike drawer liner. Yes, drawer liner.

I had thought about using real grasscloth on the backs of my bookcases, but I didn't like the idea of it being glued there - we all know I change my mind about decor FAR too often to have something that permanent. Well, when I found this stuff (which is sooo very close to looking like the real thing. It even feels textured like grasscloth), I decided I could tack it up with double-sided poster tape, and it would be really easily removeable in the long-run.

Here's what I did

This is what it looks like...
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I bought 4 rolls, only ended up needing 3. They are $5 each. This project was really cheap, too.

double-sided, removeable poster tape that I used:
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I rolled a little out, and tested it before I decided to do the whole thing:
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Here's where I got started...I just taped it at the top really well, then let it fall down behind the shelves. I used a heavy helping of tape on the sides.

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Mostly, I put the tape on the wall, then pressed down. Make sure to pull the edges tight! You could even do an accent wall in this stuff. It would be great for renters. And I KNOW it sounds cheesy, but it LOOKS AND FEELS SO REAL!

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After! I know this area is looking a little bland right now, I'm still deciding how I want to change out the Greek Key designed fabric below the TV, and this space, in general, needs more color. But I love the "grasscloth"

Also, you guys know I hate that buttery yellow wall in our hallway. The bane of my existence.

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Close up!

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You like it? I love it!