Monday, December 31, 2012

Rug Painting

A little while back, I painted this rug for a client. I blogged about it on my Mycolor blog, but I didn't ever really talk about it here. I loved the project, so I wanted to share it here, as well! 

A client of mine wanted to add a decorative touch to a rug she bought from Ikea at a steal – only $40 for the whole thing, which was 5×7′. She was going to put it in her kids’ rooms, which are a nursery for a baby boy and a little girl.
I borrowed this idea from CRISTI HOLCOMBE (tweaking it a bit with my own experiences), and me and my client loved how it came out! It’s the perfect graphic touch, and you can’t beat the price!
Anyway, to start off, I used a roll of contact paper and placed it onto the end of the rug, from top to bottom. I’d drawn out my pattern on a piece of paper, so it was ready to trace onto the actual contact paper.

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Then, I repeated the pattern all the way down the rug. It made about 4 and a quarter of the little medallion patterns, so when it came time to move my pattern over, I switched the placement of the paper to be upside down, so the pattern was “short” on the other end, which made a more even looking/intentional pattern.
I also realized early on that it would take 4 rows of my pattern to fill up the whole space, which was important to me.
Next, after I drew my pattern onto the contact paper with a permanent marker, I cut it out with a razor blade. Very easy! After that, I poured my paint in paint trays, and was ready to go.
I used foam furniture rollers to roll my paint on (the small ones!) and MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE®’s “Honeysuckle” (color of the year last year!) and “Raw Sienna” as the colors.

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and, I rolled it on! I did all of the medallions in “Raw Sienna” except one – off center – in pink, because my client wanted it that way. I loved the idea!


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I rolled it on, but I did not let it completely fill the rug’s weave. I didn’t want it to get too “crunchy”, and I thought the fact that it didn’t fill the whole weave made it look more legitimate – almost like it was woven into the rug.

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Hope you enjoyed this project! Happy new year everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kitchen Inspiration

I'm blogging on a Saturday! Weird.

I have been doing lots of "Pinning" lately, scouring the internet for house inspiration, as we search for our new perfect casa. It's all very exciting! Decorating my house is one of my very very very favorite things to do. When I get "in the zone" on a project, it makes me really happy. I can't wait to get a house, and start decorating and making the space our own. It's going to be so much fun. We are still house-hunting now, but I am assuming most spaces are going to need a little TLC (What is up with builders putting in ugly finishes non-stop? I really hate Travertine tile, and I feel like that is the go-to these days. Give me a white kitchen with cheap white subway tile (or even just a sheetrock wall) over travertine tile any day. Sorry, I just hate it. 

I digress! Here are some inspirational images from my Pinterest kitchen board that have been striking me. I see a few common themes...

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WHITE. I am 99% sure our kitchen walls will be white or light gray, with white trim, and hardwood floors. I like to bring in lots of color (Always have), but with accessories and removable items (since I tend to change my mind a lot, this seems to be the best bet.) Our kitchen cabinets in this condo are white, and I have loved them all 3 years and am still not tired of them. I just like a white kitchen!

I also really love a big, colorful rug in a kitchen... This is what my kitchen looks like now:

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Anyway, Here are some other kitchens I love:

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love the brass lights, and the subway tile all the way up the wall. I also really like the exposed chunky wooden shelves. 

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This kitchen is a little bit of a diversion from all the other ones I've pinned, but I like its warmth. Those shelves are pretty, and I could seem them warming up a more modern interior, especially if we were to buy a MCM ranch or something. 

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Again, with the wooden shelves and the subway tile. I was on a kick of having dark cabinets, or gray cabinets for a while, but I think I am off of it now. Very trendy and definitely still love it, but I think I really just love plain white. Brass hardware would be a cool feature though, and I'm into the idea of mixing brass/stainless steel finishes. 

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I want my kitchen to be 50/50 traditional/modern. Actually, I feel like that's sort of how I feel about my whole house. Maybe leaning slightly more towards traditional, but I do like modern touches, straight lines, and clean finishes.

These kitchen chairs are killer.

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cute subway tile going to the ceiling again. It's such a great way to add drama, and cheap, too. I also like dark gray or black grout with my tile:

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a trend I didn't even realize was a trend in my book before gathering these images was that I love a bright, colorful kitchen stool as a spot of color in a kitchen! I'm pretty sure that I will be doing bright industrial stools in my new kitchen:

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this kitchen in general is amazing. I actually really adore the black walls paired with pink stools, and that light fixture is insane.

red's always been my favorite color:
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but these pink ones are cute, too!

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awesome dining room:

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clearly beautiful, and I love carerra marble, just like every other design blogger :) but, seriously. i do.

cute examples of working with what you've got, rather than replacing or rebuilding:

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I just wanted to share these photos, because I am getting so excited about having a new house, and all these things are on my mind. Carry on!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mycolor Blog Post x 2!

Hi! How was your Christmas? Our's was great. As usual, it was super-super busy, and now we have a little downtime (well, kind of. We are still celebrating Christmas with various family members, actually, but things have slowed a little.)

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We got to spend Christmas day at Jordan's mom and stepdad's house, where I took this picture of her cute little plant in her windowsill. :)

Mika had a pretty great Christmas, with lots of gifts, haha. We gave him this funny little game (I know. I got sucked in by Target's pet gift section - I had to like, teach him how to play the game. You put treats in each little hole, and they are supposed to knock the balls off to get the treats out. I accidentally left the treat bag out when we went out of town for a couple of days, and when I came back, someone had chewed through the bag to eat most of the treats. I didn't know he had it in him to be such a sneaky little rodent! I thought it was funny.)

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Anyway, he also got gifts from his cat-cousins:

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hehe

we also went to my nana's, where I took this photo of her pretty tree:
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she's a creative lady - look at her pretty packages all wrapped up with beautiful bows and accoutrements at the bottom.

Just thought Id share a little of my holiday. I also wanted to let you know that I blogged (two times - last week, and this week) at the Mycolor blog, so please check it out!

have a great weekend!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve! I feel like my posting rate has been super-light these last few weeks, and that is because I have been SO busy! I have been working at a regular rate, (plus we went on a trip) plus my little brother got married this past Saturday, PLUS it's Christmas season. Things have just been more hectic than normal.

I thought I'd share a few pictures from normal-life as of late...

I made these little flags for a shower for my brother and his fiancee:

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:) 

The shower was a success, and the flags were used as expected:

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The wedding went off without a hitch, and it was a beautiful occasion. It was very wintery and warm and cozy, and a perfect celebration for David and Mary.

here's my placecard at the dinner:

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Here's a clip of a sign I made for drinks :) 

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Here is me and my TINY BABY BROTHER who got married:

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Anyway, I just wanted to share a little of what has been going on (oh, and we are trying to sell our condo in the meantime)... 

Merry Christmas from me to you! 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Our Condo Is For Sale!

Guess what? We listed our condo for sale! 

You could check out the listing here. As you guys know, It's 2 bedroom, one bathroom, with all new updated features. It's a great condo, and I will miss it so much! I have had such fun decorating it, and I think it'll definitely be remembered as our first little home together (even though we had two others before this, this one was the first that we bought, and lived in for 3+ years). 

Major perks that we love about our condo:

-excellent location to local restaurants like Six Feet Under (literally one block away from them), Tin Lizzy's, Octane, The Republic, etc. We have walked to and fro' these places a hundred times! It's a great location in Grant Park. Also right behind Oakland Cemetery, where we like to go and walk around (like creepy goths?). 

- A great condo association with really sweet neighbors (who I will miss, even though we are just looking for a house in Grant Park, so we will be closeby.).

- Really awesomely low utility bills.

-hardwood floors throughout (except on the stairs, which are berber carpet.) This is important to me, so I thought some other people might think so as well.

-the structure is very sound - we have never had any issues with any of the condo since we have been here. A huge blessing, I'd say, as a lot of people I know have issues with their houses. It seems as though this place was built and renovated really well. 

Anyway, I think it would be a great starter home for a young family, a young professional, a college student, or someone looking for a rental property. I thought I'd let you guys know here, incase anyone is interested.

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if you are interested, please contact the real estate company! :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nursery Painting

I wanted to share with you guys a nursery that a designer did, and I did a painting to go in the nursery. 

Here is my painting, over the crib!

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And check out the beautiful nursery, created by designer Lauren Leitner (based out of Florida). 

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I LOVE the white nursery with lots of pops of color....a style I like to use in my own home.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Starry Night Nursery

Happy Monday, everyone... hopefully everyone is in full on holiday mode, like moi. I am working today, but I will be done with work by Wednesday, and then after that is wedding/Christmas celebration time! Woo!

I finished this nursery project a few weeks ago, and I had to share it with you guys, even though it is still in the beginning stages (actually, my work was the first "nursery" thing to be done in here - they still have to get the bed, chair, etc, etc). My client envisioned a pretty "night time" scene for her future daughter's nursery, with a moon, stars, an owl, and trees similar to the trees I painted for this teenage girl's bedroom. I used a custom blended metallic paint on top of her dark mauvey-gray paint. (unsure of the name of the gray, sorry!)

I placed the trees/stars/etc in specific places, based on what would look best in the large room, and based on where other furniture items will go. A perk of having custom mural work done in your home!

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it was hard to capture the metallic paint on camera, especially in front of the window like this, so this photo illustrates the trees and the placement, but you can't really that it's metallic! I just wanted to capture the artwork.


Here you can see the way it looked in "real" life:
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I painted this crescent moon on one of the arched walls :)

I believe the chair will go below this...

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here, the silvery metallic glow is better-illustrated.

I added a few leaves to the trees to make them less "creepy" :) sometimes birch trees can feel a little too "cold."

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I also painted a sweet owl (my favorite part!) perching in one of the trees:
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here is another little "wooded" section of the room:

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a little stardust over the lightswitch:

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My client also asked me to include their sweet pup in the room/mural... :) I did a simple line painting of her:

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After I finished, my client sent me this super-sweet email, which made me feel soooo great!

"I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for your work in our nursery!  Brian and I absolutely love it...its glowing, beautiful, fun, but not over the top...just what I wanted!"