Thursday, July 22, 2010

2011 Color Forecast- Part One

Have you been wanting to update your home decor? Do you have any rooms in need of a fresh paint color? Check this out. Not too long ago, Sherwin-Williams came out with their 2011 color forecast. They have divided the up and coming colors into four different color collections. Over the next few days we'll take a look at what are the colors that will shape and define home decor in the upcoming year. Today we will take a look at their first collection: Purely Refined. 
Purely Refined

Elegant, Tailored, Understated

True luxury doesn't shout its presence with glitz, glamour and bling. It whispers, revealing its pedigree through clean, classic lines, exquisite tailoring and handcrafted heirloom quality. Pared down is the new upscale, and its color palette demonstrates similar restraint, filled with understated neutrals, yet with nuances and undertones that interact in intriguing ways. Layering organic textures and subtle detailing add to the natural elegance of the timeless look.

Bracing Blue SW6242

Svelte Sage SW6164

Rice Paddy SW6414

Light French Gray SW0055

Queen Anne Lilac SW0021

Empire Gold SW0012

Peppercorn SW7674

Dutch Cocoa SW6032

Upward SW6239

Classic Light Buff SW0050

These colors mix well together and can be used to tie your whole home together and define your color scheme. Try a new wall color or use as a guide when shopping for fresh, updated home accessories. Tomorrow we will look at the sultry, exotic and primal Restless Nomad color palette.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Adding Asian Accents to Traditional Decor

If I had to define my ideal decorating style it would be updated traditional. I guess it is my Midwestern roots that shapes this love of traditional decor. I don't want a space that looks like my grandmother would live there though. I want my traditional look with an modern edge. I love to add a little Asian in a traditional room. Whether it is a furniture piece or an accessory, I love the unexpected that adding Asian accents brings.

I have a few great resources for Asian accents in the Phoenix area, but I wanted to highlight a few Asian beauties that everyone has access to. Gump's is a great resource for finding versatile Asian furniture and accessories. I love this cabinet and the teal color is wonderful. This would be great in an entry and even in a dining room to hold extra table linens, dinnerware, etc.

I love display cabinets and this cerulean display cabinet is really great. I love to make sure that there is some black in a room, but the blue interior really pops and would be a fabulous backdrop to your collections.
This red chinoiserie tray table makes the perfect side or end table. So elegant!
I love a versatile stool. This celadon stool can be used as an end table, garden stool and extra seating. It is small and easily stored if needed.
These Foo dogs say Asian, but the white color let's them fit into any decor.
These cherry blossom needlepoint pillows would look great on a traditional style sofa.
These Tang horses are a great accessory for your home and add subtle Asian flair to the space.
In the dining room, this bamboo chandelier would do the trick.
Last, but not least, I love this lotus noir dinnerware is hand painted with black lotus blossoms which are adapted from 17th-century Chinese art. It would be a great addition to any tablescape.
Do you like Asian accents? Could you fit some of these Asian pieces into your traditional decor? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Etsy Furniture Finds- Chairs

I love looking through Etsy just to see what catches my eye sometimes. Today I decided to look at some furniture finds for chairs. Here is what caught my fancy.
I just love everything about this chair appropriately titled My Favorite Chair by yiayias

What is there not to love about these refinished and reupholstered vintage cane chairs by Fabulous Mess . I love the fabric and they look so inviting. I'd like them both, thank you!
This little vintage slipper chair with its new Robert Allen fabric just make me happy to look at it. KL Upholstery did a great job with this beauty. This Esty shop has some other nice pieces to check out as well.

This looks so cozy that I just want to curl up in it and read a book. This chair by Vintage Chic Furniture was recovered in a vintage chenille bedspread and is the ultimate in country cottage chic!

If your taste begs for something more on the wild side, check out this pair of Victorian Conversation chairs by Inged done in this zebra print faux fur.

This is another chair that just makes me smile. I love this cherry red finished chair with its Thomas Paul for Duralee fabric. Rubbish Rehab certainly picked a fun and fabulous color combination.
Now you know what caught my eye on Etsy. I hope these chairs made you smile too!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

House Numbers Safety Project

Have you ever gone to a friend's house only to discover that it wasn't so easy to figure out which house was theirs? Many homeowners do not have their houses marked clearly with their house number. Even those house numbers that are easier to find during the day might not be so easily found at night. Have you ever thought what would happen in an emergency if an ambulance or the police had a hard time finding your house? We have house numbers on our home above our garage. However at night if the lights on either side of our garage are not on, these might not easily be seen. To make our home more easily identifiable, a former owner had painted the numbers on the curb. It wasn't looking so good these days though. So, I finally completed a safety and home improvement project that I have been meaning to do for quite a while. This is what our curb has looked like for quite some time.

We have companies that will paint your house numbers on your curb, but I thought that they charged too much for something that I could do myself and do prettier!

Here's what you will need to complete this project.
Blue Painters Tape
4" or Larger Number Stencils
Decorative Stencil of Your Choice
Can of White Spray Paint
Stencil Brushes (1 for each color)
Craft Paint in Desired Colors
Paper Towel (to off load paint from stencil brush)
Paper Plate (to hold craft paint)
Decorative Paint Brushes (if painting design and numbers by hand)

Here's the steps I took to do this simple safety project:
1. Wash your curb with a scrub brush and rinse. You won't believe the amount of dirt.
2. You can do this project one of two ways. Either buy the 4" number stencils at an office supply store or print up letters in the desired font and size on your computer and use transfer paper to transfer to curb and paint by hand. I went the stencil route since it is 110 degrees outside in Arizona and I wanted to get this done as quickly as possible.
3. If going the stencil route, tape the number stencils together and then tape the decorative part of the stencil to the left. You need this all together so you can figure out how big your square paper template needs to be. If you are painting by hand, print out your decorative design out on paper and tape together to figure the size you need.
4. After I had my decorative stencil and numbers laid out, I made a paper template from newspaper inserts and laid them out around the numbers and taped together with blue painters tape. Leave space on the inside for you tape the template to the curb. It was a little windy the day I did this. You will want to pick a calm day. I got a little over spray on one corner because of the wind. I will go back and clean this up another day.
5. Take your can of white spray paint and paint inside your paper template. This is what it will look like. Let dry to touch.

6. Lay your decorative stencil and number stencils down and tape using blue painters tape. Stencil using a dry brush stencil technique. It does not take a lot of paint on a stencil brush to get the job done. Your brush should have just enough paint on it so that when you pounce on a paper towel, you get a powdery effect. If you use too much paint, paint will seep under the stencil and look messy. Better do to a light coat of paint and build up your color rather than over do it. If you are using a pattern instead of stencils, transfer your design with transfer paper and paint by hand with decorative paint brushes. Here's what it looked like while I was stenciling.
7. Take the stencil off and admire your new curb. It's beautiful and could protect your family in an emergency!

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Themed Children's Furniture

When I had my business making children's hand painted furniture, I loved the creativity involved. Half the fun was trying out various color combinations and themes. I equally loved painting for girls and boys.

This was a little girl's vanity set I painted. I took the picture without the mirror in place.
I painted several headboard's for beds. Here is a colorful butterfly headboard.

Here was a patriotic headboard I created.

I loved painting this sweet little insect chest.

Here's a similar version done more to a boy's liking with old fashioned airplanes.

Have you painted any themed furniture pieces for your kid's room? I'd love to hear about them!

Linking to these parties:
Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
New Friend Fridays at Trendy Treehouse
Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous
I'm Lovin' It Trash to Treasure at Tidy Mom
Link Party at Simply Designing
Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Look at Me Party at It's Fun to Craft
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Plant A Punkin Seed Party at Punkin Seed Productions
It's A Hodgepodge Friday at It's A Hodgepodge Life
Friday Fun Finds at Kojo Designs
Fab Friday at Frugal & Fabulous Design
Check Me Out Saturday at A Vision to Remember
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Soiree at A Little Lovely
Sundae Scoop at I Heart Naptime
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
The DIY Club at Under the Table and Dreaming
DIY Project Parade at The DIY Show Off
Mad Skills Monday at Support Blog for Mom of BOYS!
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple
Just Something That I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Tickled Pink Blog Hop at 504 Main

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Modern, Industrial Chic

CB2 has released their new Fall catalog and I thought I would share with you a few favorites of mine. I love their industrial look which features neutrals with pops of color for pizazz. This industrial look works well for the younger set and those living in an edgier, urban setting or loft living. I love buying used furniture and accessories to stay green, but every now and then a thrifty, new purchase is okay. CB2 provides modern, urban style at a very nice price point.

I think these gender icon vases are very fun. Hang them on a bathroom door and add some flowers or greenery. Too fun!
This porcelain paper bag vase is a can't miss choice. It's great for flowers, but at $3.95 I can think of a lot of uses for this diminutive piece. On a desktop it would be a great pen or pencil holder. How would you use this? 
This playful George Washington is a limited edition print. If this funny money art is your thing, don't wait too long!

This Marimekko wall hanging offers a lot of bang for the buck. At 58" W x 45.5" H, this bold and colorful wall art is a great buy at $79.95.
I've always been a sucker for ombre and this rug is no exception. I love the soothing shades of blue and green. This large 5' x 8' rug can be used indoors or out and is a bargain buy at $299.

The funky factor in this rug is off the charts. This is rug graphic is a reproduction circa 1992 poster promoting Sunday night Latin/African rhythms at London's Club Red. This edgy and graphic red, black and cement colored accessory is made from hand tufted wool.

What a great floor lamp in a beautiful, glossy red!

These taxi pillows add a gritty urban vibe to a space.

These fun enameled spheres are great in a vase on your mantel or in a fun bowl on a coffee table.

These wilma dessert plates would be great for hanging on the wall as well as serving your culinary masterpieces.

Have a small dining space? This grellow (grey + yellow) table might be the perfect piece. It comes in white too.
Need a desk chair or zippy dining chair? This modern diner in a fun red/orange color has exposed tacks and is laminate over beechwood with exposed plywood edges.

Organic sheets for your bed with typographic sayings. Who could resist?

This saga credenza does double duty. It works as easily in your office as supply storage as it does in your dining room for dishes and such. Make that triple duty and you could use it for a media piece and set your flat screen television on top.

These are just a few of the fun, new pieces out for Fall. Take a look for yourself at what CB2 has to offer and let me know what you like.