Ain’t What You Want? Then, Paint!!

Good Housekeeping

Ready to add a pop of color to your abode but don’t want to paint an entire room? You can always paint a piece of furniture like a bookshelf, table, stool or even the legs of an upholstered chair!

The book shelf above is bright and unexpected. The entire unit is painted white, but then . . . Suprise!  The back panel has a twist of the lime green to make it punchy. I found the chair below on Swirls of Happiness; it’s a classic wing back chair upholstered in velvet but the shocking yellow legs breathe new life into an otherwise traditional piece.

I LOVE painting furniture! Don’t let first appearances fool you. When looking at cast-off, vintage or out-dated furniture, try to see past the ‘ugly’ layer and focus on the lines and shapes of the piece. Most furniture can be completely renewed with a fresh coat of paint. . . yes, even your mom’s yucky oak 80′s coffee table can be chic again. Keep your mind open and use your imagination!

PAINT can make it what it AIN’T!

Swirls of Happy via Martha Stewart

Seen Around: Mini Moderns Wallpaper & Textiles from the UK

Seen Around: Mini Moderns Wallpaper & Textiles from the UK

I’ve got such a crush on a UK company that I just discovered, Mini Moderns. Their prints are simultaneously vintage and modern, playful and clever, and above all, utterly unique. Included in their product line are wallpapers, pillows, tea towels, rugs and more created with sustainable methods. Commit to a wall of printed paper or [...]

Paint On Drama With Color Blocking

Paint On Drama With Color Blocking

Craft on-line magazine just featured a video tutorial with a painting technique that any non-artist can do. The best part is, this gradient paint method requires only two paint colors combined to create varying tints and maximum impact. Paint a canvas for your very own modern art, apply graduated stripes to a staircase, or create [...]

Seen Around: Free Shipping on Flor!

Seen Around: Free Shipping on Flor!

I know I’ve said it before, but I am a huge fan of Flor for custom made rugs. The style combinations are endless, the durability is a must for busy households, and the price is reasonable. If you watch for special promotions, the bottom line is even more affordable. Right now, you can get free [...]

Lawn Candy!

Lawn Candy!

Sometimes the entire direction of a design can rest on a beloved object or color or fabric. Today look at this lawn candy that has me all atwitter! Do you have any lawn candy to share? Email me!

Wallpaper For One

Wallpaper For One

There is something wonderful about wallpaper like this. It doesn’t rely on pattern or gorgeous repeat.  It tells a little story in a big way.  It makes me feel like I’ve stepped into one of the luscious images by one of my favorite illustrators.  I’m a character in my own room where a lifesize tale [...]

Seen Around: Invisible Easel

Seen Around: Invisible Easel

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Crushitecture!

Crushitecture!

28 12 17.  Those are the lottery numbers I would pick today.  The numbers that would win me a giant jackpot.  A jackpot I would use to dial up  Leroy Street Studio (an architecture firm based in nyc) and say, “Get out your drafting boards kids!  Mama wants a new pad.” Enough words.  Pictures say [...]