Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Layman's Guide to Wall Striping (and So Much More)

Hi Everyone! I've been very busy lately working like crazy. I've made a post to my other blog Gold Standard Finishes LLC on striped looks for a home that I thought you might enjoy. Here's one of my favorite photos from this post.

I just love this beautiful kitchen with this drop dead gorgeous striping. This photo features the work of Tobi Fairley who is one of my favorite interior designers. Since my paint company does decorative finishes in addition to regular house painting, be sure to either follow my blog on or like us on Facebook to learn about our new painting posts!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Commercial Office Design

I was so thrilled to be asked to decorate my friend Tom's office. Tom is a great guy and my insurance broker too. His office is a nice space, but it definitely needed a woman's touch. I'm not completely done with the space yet, but in just a short time with a very modest amount of money I was able to warm up the lobby and give it some personality.

Here's a few befores of this very plain space. I loved the slate reception counters. I wanted to work off of the soft greens in the slate and the soft greens and golds in the waiting room chairs. One thing is for sure though, the brown wall had to go. It darkened the space and was depressing to look at.

So the brown walls were painted by our painting company, Gold Standard Finishes LLC. Art work and furniture was added too. I even added a little character to the plain jane handicapped accessible bathroom. A cabinet for bathroom necessities, a few pieces of art, and a seashell potpourri to add a scent.

I wish the color on the reception wall came across in the photo as it is in real life. It is a soft sage green color by Glidden called Courtyard Stone. Next on my list for Tom's lobby is a custom sign with their logo for the reception wall. I will probably need to buy one more piece of art for the area to the left of the reception desk. The nice thing about these changes is the fact the except for repainting the brown walls, everything purchased can be taken with them to a new location if they should choose not to renew their suite lease when it is up.

I will work on creating more personal spaces for the agents private offices too, but for now I am pleased with the progress made on a budget. Hey, if you live in Arizona consider contacting H Group Insurance. They have personally save me soooo much money on my home and auto insurance!