Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Handpainted Patterned Wall + Nashville

I finished the hand painted patterned wall yesterday. It was such a fun project! I love how loose and organic this pattern was. It made it easier, of course, but I also love that it is obvious that it is hand painted. As an artist, interpreting wallpapers can be frustrating when the client just wants it to look exactly like another wallpaper or pattern. The fact that this one is different and actually LOOKS hand painted, makes it feel like my work is more special! Does that make sense? 

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There was a little spotlight thingie on in the room at the bottom of this photo - sorry it looks a little crazy. 

and in other news, I had a great trip to Nashville. Definitely a cool town that I need to go back and see more of! 

 We stayed at the Sheraton, which had been recently remodeled and it was decorated perfectly.

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(hotel bar)

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cool hotel carpet! Of course I take photos of these things. My friend was laughing at me. 

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in the room! I loved this print.

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also in the room. It was very Jonathan Adler. I took a million more pictures in Nashville, but I am headed out the door to start and finish one more project before Thanksgiving! 

Have a great Tuesday! 

Friday, November 21, 2014


Ahhh, Friday. Glad it's here! I'm actually headed to Nashville this weekend with a friend -- excited to explore a new town. I've been a couple of times, but it's been ten years since I've visited, and a lot has changed. Any recommendations for places to visit? Cool restaurants, shops, etc.?

Anyway, moving on. I'm also excited to announce a little "challenge" that I am going to take on, which is in partnership with the BLACK + DECKER Big Finish. BLACK + DECKER is challenging all the participants to take on a project around their house that they have been putting off, and FINISHING it. I was actually supposed to start this project on the tenth of November, so I am 11 days behind - bad blogger! So, I only have 19 days to complete it. Yikes!

What project am I going to finish? Our guest bathroom. I spruced it up a while back, but there are a few things that I just still don't like about it. It has never felt finished to me, and it won't take a whole lot to get it there. Heres what it looks like now: 

Like I said, it's done-ish. It started out looking like this: 

I didn't love the cabinet from the beginning. It's a little too modern for me, and the counter bugs me because water spots stay on it. When it gets wet, a little dark shadow appears in the spots where the water has been, from absorbing it. It's one of those little things thats not a huge deal, but just bugs me, you know?! Anyway, I eventually painted the cabinet, and changed out the hardware. 

I also switched out the light fixture which used to look like this:

and it looks like this: 

It's cute, even though it was a nightmare to hang! I had a hard time. At least I improved my electrical work skills ;)

and it now looks like this: 

(from Pfister)

I've already done a lot in here, so it's really just finishing touches that I'd like to change. Hence the BLACK + DECKER BIG FINISH. :) 

So, anyway, the rooms that were inspiration to me for my bathroom were these:

I'm thinking of possibly changing out the countertop... can this be done in 19 days? Not sure! It'd be my first experience with changing out a countertop, but it can't be that difficult...right?!

I also want a different rug in there (I do love that rug, so I'll just move it somewhere else), and a different shower curtain. I'm thinking that I will either sew a new one, or have one sewn with some cool fabric. I have always felt like the one I have in there now is just so-so. I'm always on the lookout for a new one, but never find one. 

I also think I'd like to add some trim around the mirror, like this

So, here we go -- wish me luck. Obviously, I'll be completing nothing this weekend in Nashville. Not good! Check back here to see what I improve upon in the next couple of weeks! I may have big goals, but you guys know I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get things done.

Anyway, what's in it for you, with this BLACK + DECKER Big Finish challenge? A lot! 

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Check out the Finished Project Gallery to browse the other entries and get inspiration for their own projects.

Thank you to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to FINALLY finish this room! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014



These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. All good things, but just so much work going on, and painting so many things. Ha.

I just thought I'd do a quick little "check in " post, since I don't have time for much more...

As I've mentioned a few times, I'm helping a client/neighbor out with some decorating. We are in the beginning stages, but it's been fun to see a few design ideas executed over the past few weeks. We got some cool roman shades made:

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I love this fabric.

and also for the master bathroom: 

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I love that the orange in these shades brings in the wood tone from the hand made countertop we did in there.

And we had some awesome shelves installed and made by Woodology:

(before they were installed, but I was super excited to see how awesome they looked in the truck)

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They're rough oak (I think) and stained a medium/dark stain. They are Parsons style and there are 6 of them, stretching up to a ten foot wall. Pretty amazing. I have to get over there during the day to snap some proper photos of them, but they're in my client's office (She has a million books):

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They're on an orange wall which is a little alcove, perfect for built in bookshelves. I am beyond happy with how they turned out.

I am also working on a wallpaper pattern style hand painted bedroom this week. It's in a beautiful old house (thats being restored) and it's been fun to be there. Here is the sample I made

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we will be tweaking it a bit, but here is what it looks like in there so far:

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Circles circles circles. woo!

I also painted this table a high gloss white this week:

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It's going to be really pretty. It's just a French provincial 70's piece, but this new white lacquer coat is going to give it new life.

OK that's it for now! Now I am running late.

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Faux Stained Wood

A couple of weeks ago, I painted this cabinet to look like a lighter stained cabinet. Here it is before:

it was either black or dark dark brown stained wood. Really, really dark, but a sturdy, large piece that my client wanted to save.

Here was our inspiration piece: 

Obviously, this piece is a lighter, soft distressed wood. 

Here is my outcome:

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it was really hard to capture photos of this piece, because the day I finished it was so dreary outside. But you can get the idea!

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much softer, lighter and better with her current decor! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rug Pad + New Rug

As I've briefly mentioned, we got a new rug for the living room. I chose the Kasbah Wool Rug from west elm. It's an 8x10' and it's perfect! It's really cozy and I love the asymmetrical design on top. I knew I would need a nice rug pad for underneath, so when Rug Pads USA contacted me about reviewing a rug pad, I was game. 

They sent me the Premium Lock pad in a size ever so slightly smaller than my 8 by 10 rug, so it fits perfectly. The rug pad keeps the rug from sliding, and also provides extra cushion under neath. The website says that having a quality rug pad like this also extends your rug's life. It's something you don't think about spending money on, but it's kind of like insurance for your rug - you spend a lot on a nice quality rug, you might as well go that little extra distance to keep it looking better, longer. This rug is also made from 100% recycled felt. Pretty great!

Max lies on this rug all the time - I think that extra cushion makes it feel like one giant dog bed. How convenient for him ;)

Check out some pictures! I love both the new rug and rug pad.

conveniently, they both came within a couple of days of each other: 
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rug pad out!
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and the finished product:

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detail shot! Feels so nice to have a fluffy rug underfoot - we have been having some cold temps in Atlanta.

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Max has a really hard life.

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oh - and I painted the vintage fireplace. Outside is shiny white, inside is matte black. I took the huge chimney thingie off for now - I was having a hard time painting it. And it's so tall. I might put it back on one day, but the shortstack isn't bothering me. It's so nice and cozy.

I'm so glad we got this room cozied up for the winter. Before, it just wasn't comfy, and now I love hanging out in here.


Rug pad was obviously sponsored by Rug Pads USA, but the opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Faux Tortoiseshell Dresser

Last week, I painted a faux tortoiseshell finish on a dresser for a little boy's "big boy" room, being designed by Helen. Here is the "before" shot of the dresser: 

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classic wooden dresser from Crate and Barrel that the client bought years ago.

They wanted a faux tortoiseshell finish all over, so that's what I did!

here is the after shot:

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it turned out pretty cool -- I was really happy with the outcome. I did a shiny finish on top of the tortoiseshell, which really set it off.

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up close shot:
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and in the context of the whole room: 
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that wallpaper is amazing. What a lucky kid, to live here! Can't wait to see this room finished. The two pieces of blue tape over the dresser are for Schoolhouse Electric sconces. Its going to be a pretty sweet room!