I’m putting together a whole-house color palette for a young couple. What do you think so far?
It’s so gratifying when a project finally moves from the design phase into the execution phase! The first rooms for my current project — a house in Brighton — are starting to take shape. Here’s a peek at the master bedroom and walk-in closet.
There is more work to be done, but I’m so excited about my progress I had to share! This suite was dark, cluttered, and traditional, anchored by an oversized sleigh bed in espresso leather. Lightening up the walls, selecting a new bed upholstered in linen, and shifting the furniture layout, give the bedroom a clean, elegant, modern air that reflects the style of the young family who lives here.
And the closet, previously outfitted with shelving and rods from a big box store, was so wrong for my client’s needs it was literally falling apart. I partnered with Closet Solutions in Somerville to turn this walk-in closet into a gorgeous, functional dressing room with touches of Hollywood glam. Isn’t the zebra rug FABULOUS?!
More to come as this project continues to take shape! Follow me on Pinterest for a preview of my ideas.
I started putting up my family gallery wall today! I love seeing framed family pictures in a home, though I’ve heard advice recommending the contrary. Whether in small groupings here and there, or gathered en masse on a single wall, nothing makes a house feel like home like seeing family photographs. Personally, I am a fan of the eclectic, mismatched look.
My family wall is in my stairway. It’s the only large wall in my house, and it’s still not as large as I’d like it to be. Here’s where I’m at right now.
Some frames still need pictures, but I put them up anyway. It’s so difficult to get the layout right without seeing the real thing in place. And, I really needed to get them off the floor of my office!
How do you display family pictures in your home?
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I can create organization systems, but they have to be maintained. It takes a village, people. Here’s a prime example.
After last Saturday’s blizzard here in Boston, it looked like this:
Accept the chaos, and know in your heart that all that crap has a home.
My husband and I have a slightly klepto tendency to collect bits and pieces from the places we’ve visited: sea glass from the Jersey shore, coral from a beach in Mexico, stones from a river in Vermont, sticks from the forest floor in Northern California. I never unpacked our bits and pieces when we moved into our house 5 years ago, because knew I needed the perfect piece to display them. So our poor little box of bits sat on a shelf in our laundry room.
Last fall, I found printing type drawers from a dealer at SOWA Vintage Market in Boston. They were in great condition — no cracks, stains, or mold — so I picked up two, thinking I’d keep one and hold onto the other for future client. And buying two gave me a little negotiating edge to get a better price.
Thanks to Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, I put this project on my list of things to get done this month. First, I wiped it clean with a damp cloth, and used a Q-tip to get into the corners of all those compartments. Some of the residual black ink came up, but I didn’t go crazy trying to get it pristine. Then I rubbed the wood with a few layers of danish oil to deepen the color and give it a slight sheen. I installed a cleat-style bracket on the back to hang it on the wall, which also helps keep it level.
This vignette in a corner of my living room brings a warmth and character to the space that had been missing. Displaying your personal collections can help make a house feel like a home. Don’t worry if they “go” with your décor — they go with you, and that’s what makes it work. Just find the right way to display them.
Here are a few pieces I’ve had my eye on:
I’m finally done with the main wall mural for the Play Studio, and feel like showing off! Remember my inspiration piece?
I simplified the design and shopped around online for birch tree wall decals. I found my final choice on Etsy, which came with a hundred butterflies to flit and flutter around the walls. The addition of butterflies was a happy discovery, because I really wanted to keep it fun and light, as fitting for a play room.
Now, I generally don’t do decorative painting myself, but I had a vision for this project that I wasn’t totally comfortable with delegating. I’ve never gotten this cozy with wall decals before, but I feel like an expert now! I will also tell you, it takes a lot longer to get those puppies up there than you might think. The painting and wall decals took about 10 hours all together.
Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I’ll be much more comfortable spec’ing large scale wall decals in my projects. Just in case I find myself putting them up again
The decal set is from the Etsy shop A Baby Wall, and you can choose from over a dozen colors for the trees, branches, and butterflies. I had a fabulous experience ordering from her, and will probably do so again.
Oh yeah, and here’s how the climbing wall turned out:
I love it all! What do you think?
How do you feel about Pantone‘s pick for Color Of The Year?
Personally, I’ve never been huge fan of green — I don’t think I look good wearing it. I did paint a bathroom a spring green once. I also spec’d an army green for a boys room. And I do adore lime and aqua together.
There’s no denying that this is GREEN. Here’s what I found as the closest Benjamin Moore paint color:
I’m warming up to it. Pure glam when combined with peacock blue, gold, plum… As an accent color in a mostly grey room…Or glossy emerald cabinetry in an white and black kitchen…. Maybe emerald isn’t so bad. After all, I think I would look STUNNING wearing this.