Sunday Spring Art

When I lived in LA and worked for an interior designer I remember the incredible art collections that some clients had and would drool at their galleries.  Of course I was jealous and on a strict budget I figured I might dabble in trying to create my own abstract art.  I had no idea how to paint, what kind of paint to get or for that matter been in a true art store my entire life.  So, I turned to my friend Allie who taught me a thing or two about painting and went to town on Sunday afternoon.

Abstract Spring Art on Canvas - Custom - www.middleredefined.com

Abstract Spring Art on Canvas – Custom – http://www.middleredefined.com/caption

Being a complete rookie I decided to go with acrylics instead of oils.  Earlier that day I had taken a walk along the gorgeous strand of Hermosa Beach and was inspired by spring flowers blooming.

Now over the years the colors in this painting have evolved – in its most recent edition I decided this painting needed to sit in our master bedroom above the vintage royal blue settee so I chose to add in turquoises, chartreuse, navy and hints of hot pink.  I know those colors may sound add but I think it did the trick.

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Spring Art in Master Bedroom above Vintage Settee

Spring Art in Master Bedroom above Vintage Settee

As you can see, the neutral background really helps balance this piece out and every morning this painting makes me smile.  Perhaps because I know it is an original (done by yours truly) and maybe because many visitors have commented on how much they like it.  Of course I would love to have some killer art pieces done by true professionals someday soon but I think I will hang on to my very own custom art that I painted for a very long time.  I think it might always have a place in my collection.

Sunday Spring Art - Custom

Sunday Spring Art – Custom

Powder Room Pizazz

The powder room is a space in your home where you can have A LOT of fun – take risks – and in this case perhaps make your guest dizzy in the design.  I wanted to do something bold in the powder room, incorporate a pop of color and perhaps drive the mister crazy on a Saturday night (or two) with taping, painting, taping, painting, well, you get the process.

First, paint the walls the color that you want the lines of the herringbone print.  In this case it was simple white.  Start taping the vertical lines a foot a part.

Powder Room - DIY Painting Project

Powder Room – DIY Painting Project

Next – the tricky part of measuring out the necessary angles for the tape to create the herringbone print.  Keep in mind, you can use this same method on many different scales.  If you want a larger scale of herringbone make the vertical lines farther a part and same goes with the diagonal lines.

Powder Room - DIY - Herringbone Paint Project

Powder Room – DIY – Herringbone Paint Project

I would like to pretend that this takes 20 minutes or so…try 4 hours or so and can’t all be accomplished on one night.  The massive taping job we did do on one night and we may had a bottle of wine (or two) during this process so the time flew by – or I may have blocked it out of my memory.

Powder Room - DIY - Herringbone Painting Project - applying paint

Powder Room – DIY – Herringbone Painting Project – applying paint

Add your first color of paint – for this project I wanted the pattern to be bold so I chose the herringbone print to be the statement and chose a neutral hue to tone down the print.  Many people ask me why we didn’t just wallpaper – well for one, paint is much more inexpensive than wallpaper and in a month or two when I want to change things up I can simply paint over this – whereas removing wallpaper would have been a more larger burden of removing.

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Powder Room – Herringbone Painting DIY – http://www.middleredefined.com/caption

The next step was to add the second color -which was very similar in hue but it has a metallic sheen to it which I love.  (Sorry it is hard to tell from this pic – this was pre-having-an-awesome-camera-to-take-pictures).

Now time for the pop of color and some fun decorate details…

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Powder Room - Decorative Items - Pop of Color

Powder Room – Decorative Items – Pop of Color

Powder Room - New Hardware

Powder Room - Wall Art - Live What You Love

Powder Room – Wall Art – Live What You Love

Powder Room - Candle Display

Powder Room – Candle Display

And you have yourself a fun, funky and hopefully unforgettable powder room to enjoy…and perhaps make your guests a bit dizzy in dynamic design.

Be Our Guest

The coveted guest room…we are grateful enough, well until baby number three is here (yes, boy number three is on it’s way!), to have a guest room for a couple more months.  I view the guest room as a room where you can take chances, have some fun with design but where you want to create a soft, warm space for your guests to make them feel welcomed and not forgotten.  And of course, all on a budget!

With the custom DIY artwork project on one wall, I put the mister to work on my grand plan to have a custom upholstered headboard.  I snagged some great clearance fabric for 9.99/yd, the mister went to “the depot” and built a very sturdy base and 564 staples later we had a headboard. This headboard is massive.  It is comfy, sturdy and sometimes I wish I had it in our master bedroom.

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Next up, the bedside tables that don’t match and I love them for that.  This black little number is one I snagged at an antique store in Lawrence for $29 dollars!

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The other side is a garage sale find – it is a Baker piece folks – complete score as I got the pair for $75.  The other side table is in Liam’s “big boy room”.

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Notice the tables are different heights but to even the lamps out I added some decorative books to make up the difference.

Dress up the lighting with some glitz and glamour with a sparkly chandelier.

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Guest Room - Chandelier - www.middleredefined.com Guest Room – Chandelier – http://www.middleredefined.com/caption

This chandelier was actually a gift from one of my friends – yes, she actually gave me this puppy!  So chalk that one up to good friends and free fabulous lighting – major necessities in life!

Add some more pretty details around the room…including these little beauties that I traded out for the traditional wooden knobs.  Amazing what a little knob can do to dress up and add to a simple little dresser.  All for less than $30!  I HIGHLY recommend this little change to an old or worn out dresser.  Try it, you will be amazed what a new knob or handle can do for your dresser.

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Beautifully covered book and who doesn’t need a candle or two?!

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Custom painted tray from recent summer trip to Maui – for guests to rest jewelry.  If you can name the fish you get a prize…

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A soft roman shade to match paint trim and an unconventional way of hanging wall art and this room is complete…at least for now, until this space has to be turned in to boy room number three.  I might just try and incorporate the chandelier into the design somehow…

Wall Art – Easy as 1, 2,…9?!

Problem – Large wall in my guest bedroom and don’t want to spend a ton of money on the wall art.

Requirement – The wall art has to be big enough to make a statement on its own – so one piece of wall art wouldn’t work.  I also wanted something unique and meaningful.

Solution – Luckily the mister and I took our honeymoon to the fabulous city of Paris, France.  I snagged this clearance linen fabric in the color tone of the room…

FOR 6.99 / YARD!!!

I then grabbed a coupon to Hobby Lobby and snagged some solid black square frames and grabbed my scissors and went to work…

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And ONE…TWO…

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NINE square cuts later and inserted in to frames…

Hang and you are done.  Total cost of project – under $40!

Stay tuned for more pictures on this project and the guest bedroom – featuring a DIY upholstered headboard.

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