Saturday, February 27, 2010

Baroque vinyl graphic


Iintroduced my client to this charming vinyl graphic.They are becoming quite common in itsy sizes, although I prefer them on a much larger scale.   My thought is to ease into this new concept slowly with her.  As she begins to warm up to it,  I will communicate and massage in a much larger graphic for the future. But for now, this is just the beginning! The walls were first painted with Dunn Edwards, Colorado Trail.The graphic comes with a peel-off backing. 



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I purchased this graphic on Etsy for $55.00 from LeenTheGraphicsQueen she has a charming collection.


The backing is slowly peeled off to revel this dramatic graphic!  :-)



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I love these graphic’s over single mirror, so they almost look like they are joined as one! This presents a grander scale . . . :-)



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The graphic measures 22” tall and 60” wide.



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It reeealy defines this reclaimed pine headboard and brings a focal point into the room.



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I love the whimsy,  of this design.  :-)



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Happy weekend!


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Baseboards 101


A fter a one hour long baseboard extravaganza at THE HOME DEPOT

with my husband and cousin close at hand to help out, we finally devised

a  plan to use a larger baseboard at the bottom and a half round above it.

I wanted the baseboards to have a total height of eight inches, without the $$$$ of an eight inch baseboard.



See below 5 1/2” primed pine

baseboard  . . .




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1 1/2” inch round when paired up with the 5 1/2” inch plus the inch between will appear as a whopping eight inches of baseboards.



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Half round to be mounted on the wall leaving one inch between both baseboards.



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Robert will use one of many tools. This is called a SPEED SQUARE ???? When I am anxious with excitement, this tool doesn’t seem very speedy!!  Wonder why It’s called a speed square???



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This is a wonderful compound miter saw. There are so many things you can do with it!



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2 inch finish nails


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Titus is always close by to lend a helping muzzle . . . . love that face!



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Carefully find and mark all the studs!


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“There so many other things I’d rather be doing  … cycling, surfing . ..cycling . . .surfing…..cycling, surfing”



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Countersink each nail . . .

“Are we done yet ???”


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We did it! The bottom baseboard is finished and mounted in place.



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Honey, please pass the caulking! :-)



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Mark one inch above existing baseboard to use as guide for half round.



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Next the baseboards and the exposed wall between will be painted darker than the wall color. So they appear as one large baseboard. You can also use this idea with white paint or any color you choose.



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I hope you can use these tips to make your house a home.


We will post on the finished baseboards, tune in!


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Enticing California Exterior

O ur house was built nine years ago. Seen below are the original colors the builder used to paint our home.

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As you can see the paint has reeealy faded due to the elements, dreary isn’t it?

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This paint is my new best friend!

Who is the genius at BEHR that eliminated an extra step??? . . Makes me smile . . . . Since my husband’s patience is just a “skosh” short, and I will see the results sooner!! YEAH :-)

“Paint & Primer In One”



( French Roast) I love this shade!



Browns have a powerful connection with our spiritual and introspective side, and is easily paired with many other colors.

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The refreshed garage and shutters only took one gallon of paint $35.00 . . . . and no primer :-)

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I hope this color can help you create the stunning color schemes you’ve always wanted.

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Yesterday while walking my dog, I noticed this rain gutter should have been painted the same color as the rain gutter below the eaves. hmph !!

What an eyesore :-(

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I purchased the reproduction architectural pillars seen below at Home Goods for $59.00 each . .what a find . .wish they were old.

Mi Casa Su Casa

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Monday, February 15, 2010


M elissa,  a very busy working mother,  decided it was time to move her tween daughter into her own grown-up bedroom.  Since the existing guest bedroom wasn’t being used much, she opted to use this room.  Although the room had good bones, it was a cold blank slate. (Did I mention this bedroom makeover is a surprise?)

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The existing wall color lacked the “wow” factor.



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The perfect spot for our new light fixture.



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  This striking prism-cut Lucite orb fixture was purchased at the Z Gallery and my client found the perfect ceiling medallion. Lighting is the most effective way to add ambience.



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I frown at itsy-bitsy,  teeny-weeny art work on large wall spans. It just doesn’t work. Can you imagine how it would look if we just hung one note board? Uum  :-( 

I designed this note board by joining six smaller boards together to create one larger for maximum IMPACT!!

A wonderful way of personalizing the space.


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 Melissa and I had many conversations prior to the makeover. I really pushed to convince this mother daughter team in the direction of a trendy tufted headboard . . .   Target 

The three dimensional flowers add a touch of whimsy.


I chose a mid-tone robust brown,   Dunn Edwards Colorado Trail. The reflective nightstand  and lamp next to the bed bring light into the space.



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The circle pattern of the light fixture is repeated on the drapery panels and ottoman.  Pretty nifty,  eh?


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Fun Roxy comforter set was a birthday gift for Kayla,  from her grandmother.


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Melissa is so llllloved, she had plenty of family and friends to help out with the tasks at hand!! I stuck around most of the day because I love and adore this wonderful family!



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This space was crying out for a happy ending.  So I gave it a dreamy makeover full of cool colors and tween fantasy.

You’ve come a long way baby… 



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Wishing you a cozy evening!




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Friday, February 12, 2010




I suppose that part of life is learning to adjust our mind set,  and embrace change . . . especially design changes! Some of you might not be devoted to the burlap look. But I’m becoming quite a fan of it! This last month at every available opportunity,  I’ve been designing with burlap. I hope the photos below will inspire you!



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gnash your choppers on this tasty deliciousness . . .


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love the frayed fringe . .



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This runner oversized runner would look phenomenal on a farm table.


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I used this vintage brown velvet ribbon with a shorter fringe edge for a more sophisticated look.


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I worked in a little fun photography too. :-)


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Did my thing again with this double thickness runner and selvedge ruffle.



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I will be adding new ideas that will inspire you to express your style.  Look for even more burlap designs soon.

Happy weekend !!


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