Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where I Am Today: Vibrant Designs

Vibrant Designs
Hi all!  I am excited to be a guest today over at Julie's blog, Vibrant Designs. Julie is one heck of a seamstress (which I am not!) but she also has some furniture projects in the works. I am over there sharing a few of my favorite before and afters, and a couple other pieces. Hop on over and say "hi"! And thanks again, Julie!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Piece of Work Wednesday Furniture Link Party NUmber 29!

This is the last Tuesday that I will be putting this up so early, as it is the last Tuesday I am subbing a Tuesdday evening class at the gym.  My coworker is back from surgery next week!  Anyhow, I have a china cabinet to share this week- it's been a while since I have done a piece this big, and it has a bittersweet story.  Ellen brought me this china cabinet that her grandmother passed on to her.

It's beautiful, but it wasn't Ellen's style; she preferred softer and more shabby chic.  Ellen brought over her china that would be going in the cabinet and we decided to give it a warm white distressed look with a soft green on the inside.  I showed her my own cabinets, and we chose Sherwin Williams Alabaster with Minwax Golden Oak stain for the exterior, and Benjamin Moore's Lily Pad for the inside.  It was a lot of work, but I finally finished it!  I emailed Ellen to let her know, and I planned on taking a nice picture of it outside just before we loaded it into her truck. (And because my husband said to me after we brought it into the house from sanding, "This cabinet will be staying right there until they pick it up".  Um, yes, it was a bit challenging for us to get it down the stairs of our home.)  Anyhow, it took Ellen a couple days to get back to me which was unusual.   She told me her grandmother had been ill and passed away.  I told her not to worry, and to take her time and take care of her family.  This piece now is going to have so much more meaning to Ellen, so I am honored to have painted it for her, and glad that she will have so many nice memories when she looks at it.  Anyhow, these pictures are from my basement workspace, because as the man said, it's not moving!

I can't wait for Ellen to see it! So what have you been working on?

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Bedroom Inspiration, Part Deux

OK, so Friday I shared with you some images of bedrooms all using gray, white, and an accent color.  Tangerine was my favorite!  I still love it, but I showed my blog post to Chris, and he hated it.  Not even mildly disliked.  Hated and could not possibly live with.  Tangerine- no longer an option.  Or the yellow as he felt almost as strongly about that.  So I laid in my bed Friday night with a glass of wine (red wine and white duvet, but somehow I managed...) and pouted came up with plan b.  I reached for my wine glass, which sat on my nightstand, and I caught a glimpse of my favorite print.
Do you see what I see?  A white background, gray text (in the "and"), and a gorgeous dusty aqua with a punch of citron.  At that moment, inspiration hit me!  Or maybe it was a slight buzz, but either way it made me happy.  So that is going to be the color scheme.  I was actually at the paint store today, believe it or not, and picked up some swatches.  Oh yeah, baby.
Tranquil blue and golden delicions are singing to me!  And Golden Delicious just so happens to be my favorite apple.  No joke, so it was meant to be.  And then, my next stop was this little thrift shop in town where I found this aqua/teal pillow for $5.
And I am already digging the punch of color it is adding to the room.
I also like that the doily style of it mimics the curtain patterns.  And I have made some other plans about the bed.  I mentioned doing an upholstered headboard, but then had another idea.  More to come on that later. :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Primitive & Proper Pad: Bridget's Old Towne Severna Park Home

Bridget has been a client of mine for a long time now!  Recently I have shown you a couple of pieces I have custom painted for her, and when I went to her home I realized just how much of my "stuff" she had!  And even more so, I was blown away with how beautiful her home was.  She has done all the decorating herself, and her husband has done much of the handiwork, such as refinishing their lovely dark wood floors.  She allowed me into her home today so I could give you all a tour.  Be prepared- there are tons of pictures in this post, but it is all worth seeing!  I told Bridget I think we should get Country Living or Better Homes & Gardens to shoot her home- don't you think?

Here is the front of the house- isn't it beautiful?
 The rockers and swing both have fun punches of color with green cushions.
 In the entry of the home is the first piece Bridget ever bought from me, so I think it is appropriately placed!

 Off the entry is the formal living room, which features a beautiful original fireplace and mantle surround. And I am in love with that lamp and shade in the corner of the room!

 The formal living room leads to one of my favorite rooms of the home, the formal dining room.  The wallpaper is amazing.  The French sideboard with chalkboard panels is another piece I did.

 The dining room leads into a butlers pantry, where the cabinets are painted the prettiest dusty blue/gray/green color.  And the backsplash is amazing!
 And that leads us to the beautiful kitchen.  This area of the home, the kitchen, family room, are all open plan and a more recent addition to the home.  These areas feature the a beautiful soft blue on the walls.
 Bridget did this little armoire herself!  It's a gorgeous shade of line green which ties in beautifull to her couch and the frames resting on the armoire.
 This is the breakfast area of the kitchen, with the table and chairs I painted for her.
 ooh, and I almost forgot to show you the beautiful backsplash!
 and gorgeous countertops!
 And another beautiful room- the family room!  There is that coral table I did recently for Bridget!  And how awesome is the coffee table?

 The couch was a recent Christmas gift Bridget and her husband gave each other, purchased from Russell & MacKenna whose flagship store is here in Severna Park.

 Gorgeous built-ins!
 And I just love this cute little sign!  For those that don't know, our town is situated on the Severn River and most neighborhoods have beach access.  My neighborhood has a couple beaches as well as a crabbing pier.
 The guest room is located on the main floor as well, and features this mirrored coffee table I did a year or so ago.
 The whole room is dreamy, creamy, and perfect for guests.  Bridget's parents frequently visit, so this is often their quarters.
 The view from the bottom of the stairs...
 Also downstairs in a quiet little corner is Bridget's office.  She is currently working on a big project at work, so the room is in working order, she wanted me to let you know. ;)  But I had to show you thse bold green walls- so fun!  I could definitely be energized and productive in that room.
 And the downstairs bathroom is a beautiful bold shade of pink... so glamorous!
 And here, at the top of the stairs is where my most recent finished product for Bridget landed.  I think it looks perfect there!  The shot got slightly overexposed, so the color appears softer in the picture.

 Down the hall leading to the girls rooms, fun artwork!

 Lila's room is fun and girly with beachy accents.  I painted this dresser for Lila's room.

 As well as the little nightstand.  And I think the octopus pillow is the cutest thing ever!  It's the perfect touch to that bed!  Bridget told me they are still deciding what to do about a bed, as Lila, who is almost 4, has told her parents she wants 2 beds in her room.

 The girls' rooms are connected by a shared bathroom, and Georgia's room is on the other side.  Georgia has bunkbeds with fun colorful bedding, and the same soft pink walls.
 Bridget painted this dresser a long time ago for Georgia.  Isn't it adorable?

 And the joint bathroom is so fun and so girly!  It's perfect for the two princesses!

 I didn't do this little piece, but it's so cute, I had to share it!
And as with most of us, we save our master bedrooms as the last projects- why is that?  So Bridget's master bedroom is not quite where she wants it to be.   But what did I tell you?  Is it not the most beautiful, soft, and colorful home?  Thank you so much, Bridget, for allowing us a peak into your gorgeous home!
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