Painting: Family Room Update

A few weeks ago, we had the main floor of our house painted.  What a difference new paint can make!!  I shared a few pictures of our newly painted entry (And I still have more pictures to share!)  But today, I’ll show you our family room.   The wall color is the same as the entry: Benjamin Moor Classic Gray.

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In case you forgot what the family room looked like, here is a before picture.

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And now, with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moor Classic Gray paint…..

 . . . t h e   a f t e r . . .

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I think the picture below is my favorite.  If you look at the before pictures, I had an old door propped here.  When we painted, I of course had to move things out of the room. When we pushed the couch back in place, I decided to move around the wall decor. This chalkboard found a new home here.

The cotton stem is from everyone’s favorite new HGTV show, Fixer Upper.  I ordered a bunch from Magnolia Homes and this stem was an extra one that didn’t fit in my vase…so it found a casual home on top of this frame!

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And here is a peek to the right of our sectional…

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I have an old cabinet that was always a challenge to open up. So I took the doors off! Now the cabinet is more functional, and I now have a fun  accessory to decorate with….old cabinet doors!

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I had a faded boxwood wreath in my garage that I hung from black and white striped ribbon.  It felt good to put the old wreath to use (instead of throwing it out).  And I love how it brightened up the doors!

OLD DOORS AND WREATH WITH RIBBON

Now, swinging over to the others side of the room sits Dan’s chair.  It’s the Hathaway Swivel Glider from Crate and Barrel. We special ordered it in a linen fabric about 18 months ago.  I think it blends nicely with the couch.

 CRATE AND BARREL SWIVEL CHAIR LINEN FABRIC AND WORLD MARKET STRIPE PILLOW

And recently, I picked up this lumbar pillow on a whim from World Market.  I hadn’t planned on putting it on this chair, but I love it there!

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There are still a few tweaks that we need to make to the room {like replacing the well loved area rug}. But for now, painting the room was the perfect update!

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Thanks for humoring me and looking through my many pictures today!

jen

Minted Artwork

Happy 2015, everyone!

Over the past few months, I’ve started slowly updating our master bedroom.  It’s been a LONG time coming!  Why is the master bedroom often the most ignored room in the house?  I will be posting some pictures of the bedroom on the blog soon.  I just hate putting the ‘before’ shots up because let’s face it, it’s not pretty. But I will be vulnerable and share the ugly truth….just not today.

Over the holidays, I ordered our Christmas cards from Minted and started looking through their art marketplace to decorate our bedroom wall.  They have an incredible amount of art! And at reasonable prices too!

There is everything from photography….

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…to abstract art…

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…to drawings and paintings…

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Did you know that Minted also has some really fun save the date cards? Dan and I are approaching our 18th anniversary in a few weeks.  Maybe I was just in a fog, but save the date cards weren’t much ‘a thing’ when we got married.  But they’re so handy now…and so fun to receive in the mail!

Here are a few of my favorite save the date cards from Minted….

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or this simple one….

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And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what Minted  has to offer!  Basically, if you have ANY paper needs, head over to minted.com! I’m sure they have what you need!

I plan to continue browsing minted.com’s art section for our master bedroom.  And I’ll be sure to blog about which pieces we choose!

jen

Client Project : Living Room Before and After

Yesterday I shared about a client project that I just completed.  Today I’m going to show you some before and after pictures! Let’s look at the inspiration for the room.

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Here are a few before pictures of the living room…..

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I recruited the help of my handy helper.  {Thankfully he doesn’t charge much!} I was happy that Dan had the day off because I put him to work unloading the car….and more importantly, ironing!

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Now the room has a fresh, now look. Let’s take a look at some after images of the room…

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We ended up keeping the leather chair, piano and little black bookshelf that were already in the room.

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It’s a smaller living room so baskets below the coffee table provide extra storage for the family.

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And the tray on top of the coffee table help corral the decorative objects and coasters, yet leave plenty of room for reading material as well.

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The pillows are made from Schumacher Hothouse Flowers.

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I love this fabric for so many reasons.  The soft blue color, the touch of black and the variety of the pattern. I had two pillows made but we were able to get a unique look by centering a different part of fabric on each pillow.

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This gallery wall will soon have family pictures in them that were taken on the beach vacation.

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I lightened up the look of the dark leather chair with a gray throw and cream pillow.

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Because I’m so in love with this room makeover, let’s take one last look at the before and after!

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What do you think!? Turned out great, don’t you think!?

jen

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Family Room Update {with our new Pottery Barn Sectional}

I mentioned a few months ago that we were getting some new furniture for our family room.  We purchased this sectional from the Pottery Barn in stone everyday suede.

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Here are a few pictures BEFORE the sectional arrived…

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Wall decor had to be moved.  And new lamps purchased to work with the new arrangement.

Let’s take a look at the room now!

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The sectional fills the space in this room nicely! And we finally all have space to stretch out!

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I’m still working on pillows for the room.  I’ll be sure to share pics when I get them figured out!

It’s safe to say that we are enjoying our new couch!  We waited a long time to make this purchase. And we’re so glad we finally did!

Come back in a few days for a peek at some of our Christmas decor!

jen

Monogrammed Wall Hanging Tutorial

I’m in the process of re-doing Emmie’s bedroom {and I recently blogged about the perfect {barely there} gray paint for her room}.  I was sad to take down some of her fun wall decor, like this DIY monogram wall hanging that I made!  I blogged about this quite a long time ago.  But I thought this was a great opportunity to share the tutorial with you yet again!

It looks like her monogram is painted directly on the wall….but it’s really a framed piece of art.

Here is a quick tutorial on this optical illusion.  You can create a framed monogram that looks like it’s part of your wall in just a few easy steps.

1. Select a frame. 

My frame was a champagne color, which wasn’t  the color I wanted for her room.  I spray painted the frame a chocolate color and used steel wool to lightly distress the frame, letting the gold undertones come through.

 2. Cut plywood to fit in frame.

Measure the opening of your frame from the back.  Cut a piece of plywood (or have Lowe’s cut it for you) that fits inside the frame, without the glass. Make sure that both the plywood AND the back of the frame fit in the opening.  This may require a thinner piece of plywood than expected.

3.  Spray the plywood with wall texture.

After reading the label on the can, spray your plywood with the suggested amount of texture. If you mess up, remember there is always the back side of the plywood! But honestly, I don’t think you can mess this step up.

4. Paint plywood.

After the wall texture dries, paint your plywood the same color as your wall.

5. Print out letters for monogram.

You can use vinyl letters for this step, or you can print them using your computer.  I don’t have Photoshop so I did mine the old school way….cut and paste!  Using a photo copier, I enlarged the letters to fit onto the wood.   Then I cut and taped them together, making sure it was spaced an appropriate amount.

6.  Trace letters onto plywood.

Place a piece of carbon paper behind your letters and begin tracing.  The carbon paper will leave an outline of the letters on the plywood.

7.  Paint letters.

Using an acrylic craft paint in a dark chocolate color, I painted the monogram.  This may take about 20 or 30 minutes, depending on how much of a perfectionist you are.  You may want to grab a diet coke and turn on some music or the tv while you work.

8. Put plywood back into frame.

Put the plywood in your frame and secure the back of the frame in place.  Then hang it up on your wall, sit back and enjoy!!

 

I love how it turned out and was so sad to take it down!  Maybe I’ll paint hers gray and hang it up in her newly decorated bedroom.

What do you think!?

jen

Piper’s Playground: Frame Wall

Earlier this week, I blogged about one of my clients,  Piper’s Plaground.  And today, I get to give you a quick glimpse at their progress.

In the toddler area of this indoor playground, the owners wanted to create a frame wall with empty, brightly painted frames in different sizes and shapes.

Here are a few inspiration photo’s…

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Let’s look at a before picture of Piper’s Playground very early on in the process…..

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Kim and Katie, the owners, purchased some great play equipment and couches for this particular area.  After some furniture placement and painting, the room looked like this….

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And here is the frame wall after….

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Do you want to create a similar look in your home?

1. start collecting frames of different shapes and sizes

2. remove glass and backs of frames

2. gather spray paint in a variety of colors that coordinate with your room {I selected 5 colors for this room}.

3. start spray painting

{Spray painting can be very tedious and time consuming.  Make sure you spray thin layers so the paint doesn’t run or drip.  Therefore several coats of paint may be necessary.}

Once you’re spray painting is complete, d-rings or other hardware may need to be attached to the backs of the frames. {Remember you just removed the backs of the frames, and that’s often where the hanging hardware is attached.}

When the frames were ready, I laid them on the floor to create a look that worked best with the wall.  Once I was satisfied with the layout, I started hanging them on the wall!

I created a much smaller version of the open frames in another room at Piper’s Playground as well.  The owners had a bird painting, but the wall needed a bit more.  So I bought eight frames and painted them colors that coordinated with the painting.

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It’s a more simple look but equally as fun!

Do you think this is a look that would work in your space?!

* * * For those that live in the greater Olympia area, Piper’s Playground opens up this Friday, January 18th, 2013!!! * * *

jen

Gallery Wall

Today I was able to help a friend hang some pictures in her house.  She has a narrow hallway leading to the bedrooms that she wanted to fill with different frames and wall decor.

I always use the floor below the wall as a blank canvas.  By laying the frames on the floor, I can move them around as if it’s a puzzle. Trying one layout. Moving a picture here or there until I come up with a display that flows and fits the wall.

For example, today I started with this this arrangement…

{photo disclaimer: I only had my iphone today hence the low quality photo’s.}

The layout wasn’t working for me, so  pictures were moved around and a small cross added…

  That didn’t work.  So after a bit more shuffling, I ended up here…

And we have a winner!

Before I start hanging pictures, I always take a quick picture.  This will help you remember the spacing and exact placement of the frames.  And you will have something to refer back to if needed once you begin hanging pictures.

I then measured the center point on the floor layout.  And I measured the center point on the wall…then started hanging wall decor.

And here is the finished product.  {The pictures are taken at an angle due to the narrow nature of the hallway.}

It looks great! No more empty hallway!!

Jen

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Redecorating for a New Client

This week I had the pleasure of heading to Seattle to help Jamie, a new client, with her family room.  Jamie and her family live in a fun, older home that has lots of charm.  She was overwhelmed with the placement of her furniture and the look of her shelves, so she invited me to help her out.  Nothing new was purchased for the transformation.  I just rearranged existing furniture and frames and created a shopping list for Jamie for filler items (such as end tables, a throw, and pillows to add some color to the couches…).  So the room isn’t complete yet…..but we sure made some progress.  Now let’s look at some pictures.

Lots of frames were displayed on the shelves…

And the narrow room made furniture placement a challenge.  The couches were facing each other, perpendicular to the fireplace and tv.

Before we started, I had Jamie walk me through her house so I could see if there was any home decor that we could ‘borrow’ from other rooms to decorate her shelves.  After I spotted some potential items,  I cleared off all of the shelves, creating a blank slate for decorating.

When the shelves were cleared,  I was able to easily assess the different sized pictures that I had to work with.  I created a gallery wall on the floor by arranging and rearranging the frames until I came up with a display that filled the wall space best.

 

By selecting which pictures would be hung on the walls, I then knew which ones were left to accessorize the shelves.  After raiding the kitchen for a few vases and cutting some fresh flowers from the front yard, I created simple vignette’s of frames, books and  vases.

Here are the new shelves…

The couches and lamps were moved too, giving the room better flow.  The love seat now faces the fireplace and tv….

And the longer couch is perpendicular to the fireplace, in front of the widows.

By moving the couches away from the shelves, it opened the corner up for another chair and side table.  For the time being (until a new chair and table are purchased), I put an extra dining room chair there as a place holder.

Jamie hopes to paint the room soon with a more basic color, like a light gray. And she will add in accent colors with pillows and throws to brighten up the brown leather furniture.

I feel like the walls and shelves clearly display what is important to them….family.  The room has a new, refreshing look – without having purchased a single thing! Doesn’t it look great?!

Let’s take one last look at the before and after…

Thank you, Jamie, for inviting me into your home to help out!

Jen

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