Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blend Painting

I have mentioned that the past few weeks I have been working on 12 different canvas paintings for Studio M interiors. (Have been working with Jennifer Baggett and she's great!) These paintings will be hanging in the new 755 North apartments/townhomes.  Some of the paintings will be in a model unit, and some of them will be in the office area. 

I did this one really large one for the model unit. It's something like 36" by 60" inches - so it's really big. I brought it home to take photos of it (bad light at the studio), and thought I'd share them here!

This painting will actually hang horizontally, not vertically, but I didn't have a great place to hang it horizontally in my house to take photos.

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some detail shots. I played around with different types of paint, and the way they reacted to each other. I also manipulated them with water and other tools. It was really fun.

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I think some of the areas look like quartz or rock formations.

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I can't wait to see these hanging at the complex! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This & That

I'm off to do some work for a school office, but before I leave, I thought I'd share a few photos of life, as of late.

I found this cute rug at Homegoods recently, on clearance for only $10. It's probably 3.5 feet long or so... I was thinking of sewing it into a bolster pillow. Really, I could probably sew it as-is, and do no cutting, use it as a pillow, then when I get tired of it being used as a pillow, take the stitches out and use it as a rug again. We'll see. Still thinking on where I want it to go.

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it looks cute in my bedroom! I'm debating painting my walls back to white again. And you know what usually happens when I start thinking about something for more than five minutes.... it happens.

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in other news and other rooms in my house, I hung this teeny tiny embroidery piece that I found at a thrift store. 

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it's in the powder bathroom, and you can see if in this photo:

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it's probably only 2 inches by 2 inches. cute! it adds such whimsy.

I took some photos of a favorite spot that Jordan and I used it eat at all the time. We used to live in Grant Park (we still live really closeby now, though) and ate at Dakota Blue on a weekly basis.

They recently did a renovation and it's so cute:

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love it.

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love the light fixtures and the black/wood.

back to my house..

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my "caroline" painting is hanging out in my bedroom now. I love this little vignette! 
(painting is for sale, still)

have a great wednesday!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Updated Home Tour / New Lights

I updated the "home tour" section on my blog. Click here to check out some newer photos of the space. I didn't take pictures of my bedroom, because it's getting a revamp and is in an in-between phase right now. Yes, I kind of want to paint it back to white. haha. Whoops!


Friday, the electrician came and installed my Triple7Recycled lights. I really love them!

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I bought those larger glass vintage looking bulbs for them, for a little extra shine. They look pretty when they're on, too, and especially at night.

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here's the hand-drawn pineapple wall, just for kicks!

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and here's the faux roman shade I made.

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faux, meaning it doesn't actually work. There's really no need for it to.

I love them!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Paintings For Sale

I have two paintings for sale!

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"blue fishbowl"
20x20" gallery canvases, and the sides are painted, too. 

colors are teal, corals, pinks, whites, a touch of gold, and some camel

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$350 (plus shipping, which depends on where you live)

next is this one:

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also 20x20"  and $350 plus shipping (shipping cost depends on where you live)

colors are tomatoey/orange red, mint, purples, lilacs, teal, white

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both are very vibrant and fun. 

email me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Painting I Like

I have been plugging away at the studio the past few days, painting about ten different canvases. Feels great! I have no air conditioning at the studio, but I have a big box fan and my music pumping and it's nice vibes in there for work. While I was there working on client pieces, I also squeezed in some time to re-visit a canvas that has given me trouble the past year or so. This canvas has no less than three other paintings underneath it. I was never happy with it, and so I kept painting over it and over it. 

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(a clip of the painting that was hanging there for a little while, that inspired me)

I hung this other painting that I did for a client in my dining room (photo above), where this canvas used to be (I took it down a few months ago, and just enjoyed the blank wall for a while. Sometimes it's nice to just leave things empty until something tells you it needs to be there.), and I really liked the colors there. It's the same colors as this painting:

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Funny enough, the color combo was inspired by leftover paints on my palette, from doing other paint jobs. The colors were leftover from separate projects, but when I looked down at my palette (AKA a roller tray), the colors were so beautiful together. Teal, fuchsia, light fuchsia, white, orange, pink and peach with a dash of camel. Perfection. I Instagrammed a photo of the palette and said that it would inspire a future canvas piece... little did I know, it inspired about 4 canvas pieces. Funny how things work out. 

I still have that canvas at my studio. It looks like this:

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So! All that to say - I finally did a painting for the dining area that I really like. Here it is:

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This and That

How was your weekend? Our's was really nice. Here's a really rambly post for you guys.

 I've been spending a lot of time at home lately, and I love it. Always moving things around, but generally loving the house. Good stuff!

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I bought those new animal pillow cases from Urban Outfitters. Our guest bedroom has been seeing a LOT of use lately, and so I like keeping it spruced up.  Those pillow cases are only $34.99 for a set of two. They're printed, but printed on both sides, and I think the colors are so much fun. I love the color it brings into the white box room!

Speaking of rooms, now that I have the caramel bench at the end of the bed, I have been moving things around in our bedroom (I know you guys are laughing at me). I took the rust duvet off for now (I'm sure it'll go back at some point, just some variety is always nice) and am using just the solid white. I  (like a lot of other people) always crave a little "lightening" in the house in the summer. I like to remove some rugs, maybe some curtains and keep things airy. 

I also took our curtains down in our bedroom for the time being. Light, airy. 

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Max thinks that couch is his personal couch. 

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(lamp in the kitchen with a leftover glowstick from fourth of July)

I've also been keeping fresh flowers in the house. 

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white tulips are my favorite! 

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I did this painting recently and hung it at my house. I really like the colors. I mounted it on an Ikea frame. :)

I actually am doing lots of canvas work at the studio right now, and I bought a couple of canvases to paint and sell. So, stay tuned for that, if you have been wanting a new painting. The sizes are 20 by 20". Which brings up a good question: if you were going to buy a painting that was ready-made, what size do you like? Do you like square canvases or rectangle? I love square ones, but I know most people buy rectangular ones. 

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As I've mentioned, I've done a bit of gardening this summer. I have had SUCH problems with squirrels eating all the fruits of my labor in the vegetable garden. I've seen so many pretty, promising tomatoes come and go. This was one that I actually got to eat -- the only one. So sad. I had another one that was looking almost ripe, and I went out there yesterday and it was gone. I'm almost ready to give up. The squirrels leave my basil plant and peppers alone, but eat all my tomatoes. It's a lot of work to water them every night, so I am just ready to call it quits if the squirrels are going to steal from me! I bought some wolf urine pellets online that were supposed to keep them away, but I guess it didn't work. :(

And speaking of gardening, here are a couple of other things I've planted.

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Planted all of these -- it was nothing but pine straw before.

and my "butterfly garden" as I have been calling it. Butterflies tend to flock to these wildflowers.

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I've been loving looking out the windows and sitting outside with my new plants!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Target Side Tables Turned Into A Leather Bench | Leather Hide Store Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to work with Leather Hide Store on a DIY, which will also result in a giveaway for you guys. Jennifer from Leather Hide Store contacted me, (She was so nice!) and offered some leather, and asked if I would do a DIY project for them. I have long dreamed of having some caramel leather in my living room or bedroom -- so the answer was obviously yes, I just had to figure out where it was going to go! Leather Hide Store provides both wholesale leather for sale, and leather remnants for DIYers like you and me :) 

I thought about a chair for our living room (would be awesome -- just never found a perfect one to upholster), an ottoman for our living room (ditto), or a bench of for the bedroom. I settled on the bench, because I thought it was a piece I could use forever, in many places and it would always be stylish and easy to decorate with. Yes! I asked Jennifer if it was ok that it be half-DIY and half-professional -- she said yes, so I got to work. I wanted to find a vintage bench to have reupholstered, but after a long time of searching, I never found one with the right legs. I wanted metal legs. One day this winter, I had a lightbulb moment and realized that these Target tables that I had would be perfect for the bench. They were the exact leg I was looking for, and the size was even just right. Yes! I bought them last summer on clearance (I think they were part of the back to college stuff) when they were only $5. So, I paid $10 for both tables, and they were just sitting around, not really being used. They were a little low for side tables, so I had two of them sitting side by side in front of the futon in our office upstairs, but that room and space isn't even really being used, so I wouldn't miss them when they were re-used. 

I decided to use a beautiful caramel colored leather in a color they call "Nevada Distress". It seems to wear beautifully. I know that it will get a little dinged up and worn, but I think it'll only be more beautiful with time. 

Here's what I did:

First, drew a picture of what I wanted the bench to look like:

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I figured out the right length and width dimensions, and had a piece of particle board cut to size at Lowe's. I guess a lot of people don't know that they will cut lumber and wood for you there -- they will! I have done it a million times. After that, I had the wood professionally upholstered with my leather from Leather Hide Store. I asked them to tuft it, and told them how thick I wanted the seat to be. I was so excited to pick it up when it was done, but then I knew I still had work ahead of me. I bought another piece of particle board for the legs to attach to. Ultimately, I attached both pieces of particle board to each other, creating a nice thick, heavy seat.

To finish, I built the base. 

My Target tables looked like this, originally. I took them apart and had the legs ready to reconfigure.

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(removing the legs)

I bought a drill bit that is used for metal, and some screws in different lengths, along with a few washers. I knew Id need screws to screw in the legs, and also screws to screw in the particle board. 

After I figured out where all four legs should go, I drilled pilot holes into my legs. I used the old table tops as a drilling buffer. :)

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If I were my dad, I probably would've measured and drilled all the screws in the exact same spots on all four legs, but I just eyeballed it instead. They don't really show on the final product.

After I drilled all the pilot holes, I measured where the legs go, and made little marks on my particle board. I forgot to mention that I painted the perimeter of the table white, so that it matches the legs. 

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Then simply screwed the legs in with a washer and a screw meant for particle board. 

voila! a base!

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I took the base upstairs and screwed the upholstered leather top into it. 

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You can kind of see the screws here. I did five in each little area. 

It felt really sturdy, and the four base legs makes it nice and durable. I like to think the washers help with that, but not positive! I have learned from my dad it's better to go above and beyond in projects and do them the right way, than to slack. :)

And here is my final result, which I am more than happy with.

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I didn't want the bench to be the entire length of the bed. Some people might do this, but I have a tendency to get up and use the restroom in the middle of the night, and I just KNEW that if I had bench legs sticking out, I would stub my toe on them. And be mad. So! It's a four foot bench. :) Weird reasoning, I know.

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here you can see the pretty leather:

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(I ended up putting the old screws that attached the legs to the original tables back into their little holes, and hot gluing them in place, so that I don't have ugly black holes staring at me. )

Leather Hide Store is sponsoring a $50 dollar giveaway, on this blog. To enter, all you need to do is "like" both our Facebook pages:

and leave a comment on this post, saying what you think you might want to do with some leather of your own. Get creative! 

The contest will close one week from today, July 10th at midnight. Open only to US and Canada residents. 

(by the way, to see what other bloggers are doing with their leather, check out the hashtag #leatherhidestore on Instagram -- I hashtagged my project, and saw some cool stuff! If you care to follow me on Instagram, my handle is @kristenfdavisdesigns)

good luck with the contest!