Monday, January 26, 2015

Little Girl's Room

Last week, I painted some flowers and fairies in a little girl's bedroom. I painted Airplanes and a dog in her brother's room, but somehow made out with no photos of them. (I did his nursery four years ago, and did basically the same thing in their new house!)

Anyway, just thought I would share the photos from her room. It was getting dark outside when I finished, so the photos were kind of dark.

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it was a "window" over her bed with flowers all around. There is also a butterfly in the middle, and two purple birds. the girl loves pink and purple :)

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The whole family was there, and the kids' reactions were some of the best ever. They were so cute, and loved their bedrooms so much. It made me feel great.

I also painted three fairies (I only have pics of these two) around her vanity mirror.

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I love painting these fairies. They remind me of the ones I painted for another client a little while back that looked like this:

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I would love to do some illustrating work sometime. Maybe I'll do a fairy series and sell them on Etsy? Hm. Something to think about!

Anyway, that's it for now. Everyone have a wonderful Monday.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


We have officially begun work on Elbow Room (I'm working on the design aspects and some art/paint projects for the show this season), but am headed out to do some painting (two kids rooms... fun!) today. I just thought I'd share some photos from the house lately... a little of what I have been up to. 

Sitting in my living room yesterday, doing some work on the computer, I snapped this. I stole that magnolia branch from my backyard, and am enjoying the green in the living room.

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I did a little thrift shopping this weekend. I had a great time, and found a few things. 

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including MJ! It was a framed album. I was really hoping that the actual vinyl was in there, but it was not.  I plan to frame the album cover too, but not in the ugly frame that was at the thrift store. I am a big Michael Jackson fan, so I think this will make some fun art for my house.

And I mean, come on. Thriller album. YES.

I spent some time last week restoring almost 100-year-old wallpaper for Melanie Turner, a local Atlanta designer. She has as gorgeous old house that she is renovating, and this wallpaper had been ripped off the wall in some areas. She wanted to keep the wallpaper, but these spots were such an eye sore. So sad! I went in and matched the wallpaper color as best I could, then hand painted it back to match the pattern on the wall. It is not perfect, but it is pretty close!

First area:
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Other area:

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and speaking of painting, things got weird last week when I painted some Magnolia tree leaves from my backyard:

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and here is a photo I took in our dining area, after I did a little moving things around: 

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I brought that basket over from the studio. Oops :) I just like it so much, and haven't been at the studio that much, so I brought it home with me and put a plant in it. Much better. I really need to find something different to go on that wall, besides my sofa table. Hmm. 

I also brought that star mirror home from the studio. It was just sitting there forever, and I thought it might be cute over the table. It's taking me forever to get these rooms in this house right! Argh. It's still a little small for that big wall (Tall ceilings), but I will figure it out.

lastly, I framed one of my mini paintings from last week. I didn't think it would sell fast (I'm so terrible at predicting paintings sales. It's weird), but it did, and now I have to take it out of the frame. Maybe I'll put ol MJ in there instead.

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OK, that's it for now. Have a great day.

Monday, January 19, 2015

DIY Bench Seat

I bought this little bench at Ross a few months ago. It was like $50 or something, and a little dinged up, so I got 20% off of that. It came with wicker baskets, but Max promptly chewed them up, so I replaced them with these metal ones. We keep his dirty-feet-towel in the baskets, and the bench is right by the back door. He also likes to sit on top of us and greet us when we get home. And by greet us, I mean freak out and scratch the window until we walk in the door. ;)

it looked like this before:

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I got the metal bins at TJ Maxx. I wanted a bench cushion on the bench all along, just to make it a little more custom looking. I got a quote to have a pillow seat made for it, but it was $90 plus the cost of the fabric, so it would've probably been a ~$130 project. A little much. So, I decided to make a cushion for it, myself

I bought this foam at Joann's for around $16.

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I cut it down to the size of my bench seat. I also had a piece of composite wood cut down for me at Lowe's to the size I wanted it to be (a little smaller than the top of the bench seat)

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And, I bought some fabric at Lewis and Sheron.

All I did was cut the foam down to the size of my board, and then quickly hot glue the foam to the board. After that, I lined up my fabric where I wanted it to be placed on top of the cushion and staple-gun it down to the other side.

the corners looked like this:

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I used Velcro to attach the board to the actual bench seat. I was concerned it wouldn't work, but it actually worked great. I haven't done it yet, but I do recommend spraying Scotchguard on the fabric. I need to do that to mine before those muddy paws destroy it!

Here's how it turned out:

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and here's young Max enjoying it:

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

More Paintings For Sale

I'm just in a painting mood. 

A couple more paintings, for your pleasure. Email me at, if you are interested in purchasing! Shipping will be calculated based on where you live, but no more than $5. All the sides of the canvas ones are painted with fun surprises too. :)

8x8" on canvas


"horseshoe" on mat board (would need framing or something)


"watermelon seeds"
on gallery canvas

this one already sold (via my Instagram, which is @kristenfdavisdesigns if you want to follow along and find things quicker than posted here), but I just wanted to show you guys. Its a little baby painting - only 6 by 6 on mat board.  

Also, please see the post below for 2 more paintings that are still available!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mini Paintings For Sale

I have spent a little time the last few days doing some little baby paintings that are now for sale...  

I love each of them. One of my favorite things in life is making new color combinations, so that's basically what's happening here. Im not sure why I'm so preoccupied with pink.

I did these  because about a year ago I spent some time painting some small paintings that I have kept around my house. They are fun because you can prop them up on a shelf without having to hang them... or you can hang them on the wall by themselves or with a grouping. I have loved moving mine all around. I thought it would be nice to mix things up around here and offer you guys something new. And, since they're small, they have small prices. If you are interested in a painting, email me at, and you can purchase it. First come, first served. Shipping will be calculated by where you live, but around $5. Please put the title of the painting in the subject line. 

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"speckle" -- 8x8"

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all of them have painted sides (they are gallery style and about 1.5" deep which is nice)

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"egg" 6x6"


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"wink" 6x6

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"pink water" 6x6"

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"blue bunny" $55

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like I said, please email me at to purchase!

Monday, January 12, 2015


Hi! How was your weekend? Mine was really nice. I am finishing up a bunch of current client projects, and beginning to focus more heavily on the Elbow Room projects that we have coming up. It's a fun, interesting transition. I think it'll be a cool change of pace - and that's always nice this time of year. 

As usual, after the holidays and taking down Christmas decor, I want to change things around my house a bit. Usually, it involves adding some more color, since Spring is still a few months away and January and February can be a little stale. 

After I took down all the holiday decor from our entry way table, I ended up replacing the black and white circle art that I made with a gallery wall grouping. I wanted some color here, and also wanted to move the black and white paintings into the living room (we had a big empty wall that I hadn't found the perfect thing for and it was driving me nuts). 

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I love the grouping over the console, and the kick of color here is definitely making me happy.  It's kind of a springy little spot, no?

I found those gold tole candleholders at Goodwill this week for $3 each. I got two of them. One's hanging here, and the other one is in the pineapple bathroom.

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I love it next to my gold pineapple hand drawn design. 

I also hung the acrylic shelf from our old bathroom in the guest bathroom upstairs. 

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Its just over the towel rod, but I think it's nice in there, and allows me to display a few more things. It was just sitting on my office floor since we moved in. Why am I so slow with designing this house? I guess it's just trying to figure out where I want things to be and being deliberate about them.

I made that funny little abstract painting over the towel rod really quickly one day. I always see a red horse or dog on the right middle area-- a total accident.

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I got that wooden frame at a thrift store, and liked the thickness of it, but it was missing glass. So, I just painted onto the wood that came with it. Then I just hung it up! Gotta think outside the box sometimes. 

As I've mentioned, I have a couple of design clients right now. 

We are decorating one client's house and she was looking for an office chair. 

This weekend, I found this cool one at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore in my neighborhood for only $12. We are going to have the wheels replaced and reupholster the seat. I love the petite frame of it and the fact that it has little arms. 

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We can shine up the brass on the base a bit and she'll be a good as new.

Alright, off to attack some more projects. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Faux Wood Doors

Way before Christmas, just as it was getting to be crisp and cold outside, I faux painted a client's doors to look like wood. They had recently bought metal doors and wanted a treatment to look like a high quality, rich wood. 

My clients live out in the country, and the exterior of their house is sort of like a cabin. The interior of the kitchen, where the doors are, is a more traditional look which I blogged about here. (I did a lot of glazing work for them two years ago)

Here's a photo:

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Its actually all finished being decorated in there now, but I don't have a completed photo. 

Anyway! The doors used to look like this:

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Then they bought new ones. 

They were metal and pre primed in a tan color. They were similar to this:

My client wanted a darker, richer look on the inside:

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I really wish I had the before pictures (they were on my old phone) because it was such a huge difference, but we really achieved that rich look. I use a faux painting product called Stain and Seal then a high-quality sealer to finish it all off. It really looks like stained wood!

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For the outside of the doors, it was more of a blending of styles. My client's husband had picked out the cedar style house, and she and him were compromising with the door. So, we decided the color should be darker in contrast to the house, not as red, but not as dark and rich as the inside, because it wouldn't match the style of the exterior. 

We were going for the color of the darker grain on the wood logs.

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we were really happy with the result color.

here's an upclose shot so you can see the detail:

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When I do these projects, I mix my "stain" color by hand to achieve the color I'm going for. My client was really curious about the stain color, and I told her - it's not like Minwax stain or something, where you buy one color and rub it on. It is more like paint, where you can be VERY specific about the color you want; mixing it all by hand.

I painted the trim and the door jamb too. 

It's crazy the difference this made. I REALLY wish I had those before photos. 

Have a great weekend everyone!