Friday, April 30, 2010

When One Door Closes...Another Opens

This fabulous Comet Pendant was selected to hang in my future design studio. If you've been reading this blog for any time the Mystery Design Project posts have shown clues for this project. I can now share that I have been working for the past few months on securing a space in the developing City Center of the community I live in, Villebois. However, with the current economic environment and so many factors that would only bore you to read, this dream is on hold. For now. I can be patient when required, and I look forward to making this dream come to life in the not too distant future.

Interestingly, the day I found out I would not be moving forward with the design studio I secured my first small writing contract from a very popular resource for design inspiration! So, how bad can life be? Once this writing project is published I'll let you know where to find it. Working on this assignment has been a complete blast, and hey, if anyone else would like to hire me for similar work...give me a call!!

Of course all of this leads to the question, where to hang the Comet Pendant until I open the studio. Do I put it back in the box? Let it continue to hang from the fixture above the piano, getting confused looks from guests? Or do I find another home for it.

Taking a tour around my home, the only place it made sense to hang the fixture was in this small hall off the family room. I like it here for a few reasons. This is a completely bland and forgotten little corner in the house. Also, I have been wanting to bring more color and a bit of whimsy into the adjacent family room and kitchen, and this is a good start.

To hang this fixture I used a Recessed Fixture Converter. I love this product! It allows you to quickly and inexpensively hang a light fixture where a recessed light is located.

As the recessed light hole is larger than the caps on most hanging fixtures a ceiling medallion is also needed. This would not be an issue if you were to hang a ceiling mount fixture.

To bring color into the hallway I decided to paint the medallion turquoise, a color similar to the fabric covering the slipper chair in the family room. (If you think this is a bad idea, read on.)

Next the recessed fixture was removed and replaced with a junction box using the conversion kit.

The medallion was then taped into place so that it wouldn't get in the way while the light fixture was installed.

After the pendant was hung I quickly inserted one bulb and ran out to flip the breaker switch in the garage, wondering...does the light work?!

Yes! And can you believe these outrageous shadows?

Then the rest of the bulbs were inserted. This took nearly as long as hanging the fixture!

Just one problem, the turquoise medallion. It was not working for me, at all. Just too much going on, creating a distraction.

So I pulled out the ladder, again, and repainted the medallion with a color to match the ceiling.

Much much better.

I love it hanging here...a wonderful inspiration for other little updates to come.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Painting A Compass Ceiling Medallion - Big Boy's Bedroom

At the risk of taking the Map & Explorer theme too far, painting a compass medallion above the ceiling fixture was the quickest and cheapest solution to a problem.

What problem? When I removed the original light fixture marks were left behind that the cap on the new fixture did not cover. I thought a quick touch up would be all that was required and I'd be on my way. But despite my using what I am virtually certain was a can of the original ceiling paint, a big shiny spot was the result. Oh brother. Realizing I'd never be able to match the paint and finish, which has been on the ceiling for over two years, I thought this project was a good idea.

So I Googled "map compass" and found this image. Good, I'm ready to go.

Using a large mixing bowl a circle was traced around the socket...this was the fastest method I could think of to use! Then I drew a second circle around the first and marked lines to indicate where N, E, S and W would be painted.

The smaller circle was painted Sherwin William's Macadamia, the wall color used in the room.

The second circle was painted Sherwin Williams Camelback, the color used to fill in the maps on the walls. Then using a small painters brush I began adding the details. I only had about an hour for this project and this worked to my benefit. I didn't have time to attempt perfection! The resulting rough lines fit the character of the room and the maps on the walls.

(And BTW, I am not a fan of the texture on these ceilings! Luckily I notice it more in these photos for the blog than in real life.)

I can't wait for Max to see it when he gets home from school! Incidentally, North was placed to reflect how the house sits, but afterwards I stepped back and saw a nice surprise. North on the compass is pointing towards Alaska and Canada, South towards Australia and New Zealand, East to Japan and West to the Americas. I have no idea how I got so lucky!

p.s. However, if I were to do this project again, (in case you'd like to try a similar project) I would instead place all the letters to radiate from the center rather than be oriented in one direction. This would allow the compass to read well from all the vantage points in the room.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oh, What To Wear?!

I will be attending a very special wedding in less than two weeks and I really want to find just the right outfit. I have nothing appropriate to wear hanging in my closet and I am finding it quite hard to make a decision on what to purchase.

Can you blame me? Ever since this event I have experienced great uncertainty when it comes to dressing up! But here is what has caught my eye...

Kate Spade's Jungle Dot Lucille Dress. Too adorable & too expensive!

Another darling Kate Spade number, the Summer Striped Jullian Dress. But besides pushing the budget, something strongly tells me someone at the wedding will be wearing this. I don't need to go there...again.

This ensemble from JCrew would be more my style, but are separates too casual, paired with a delicate little sweater? Tell me, please.

Oh, I am at a complete's a good thing I no longer work in fashion!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Good Night, Sweet Dreams...

After stories and a "good night",
I returned a bit later to check in on Max.

I just had to get a few photos, can you believe this face?
Oh, Sweet Dreams...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ah, That's Better!

The chairs have been moved down the hall, back into Max's room. That's better. I was seriously starting to wonder about my choices for the chair...but now that they are in the right setting I like the direction, a lot.

(If you are wondering why the chairs were in Isabella's room in the first place, read here.)

With this I can get back to work on other items!

The (Hybrid) Slipcover Project - Part 3 of ?

This is where I last left the slipcover project. The chairs are still sitting in Isabella's room, but they need to be moved back to the Big Boy's Bedroom, stat. Isabella is starting to think these are an addition to her room. Also, I need to see them in the room that they are intended for, to ensure decisions for the chairs are made with that room in mind!

This project has evolved into a hybrid between making slipcovers and having the chairs reupholstered. Only a few minutes into draping the fabric on the chairs I realized I wanted a more tailored look than slipcovers would provide, so shifted my approach.

This past Saturday I found a two hour block of time to resume working on the chairs. Okay, move fast girl! First the fabric was pulled underneath the chairs and attached around the sides and backs.

Then the same was done along the chair fronts.

Next were the corners. Once I approached finishing them in a way similar to how I would wrap a present it became clear what to about that?! I can only hope any real upholsterers are not reading.

After the fabric was attached along the bottom of the chairs it was time for the fun stuff, adding ribbon and nail head trim.

The remaining pieces of the puzzle are to sort out how to finish the arm fronts and how to cover the seat cushions. Once those steps are complete I can decide whether or not to add additional trim detailing. Progress is being made and next...the chairs are making their way back down the hall to Max's room!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

An Interview At Pepper Design Blog

I was delighted to be featured at Pepper Design Blog yesterday.

I was recently introduced to Morgan's blog and I have enjoyed reading her new posts as well as browsing through pasts entries. This blog is packed with wonderful information and inspiration, all impressively organized under:

I hope you enjoy the interview and being introduced to this blog,
if you haven't already!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Still In Love With The Master Bath Redesign

It has been nearly a year and a half since I completed the Master Bath Redesign, and it is still a room that brings me complete joy and satisfaction when I step into it. There is nothing I would change, for now, and I love seeing this example of how you don't have to spend a fortune to give a room a striking transformation.

What do I love most? The gold accents. In the lighting, mirrors and accessories...all highlighted against the dark blue walls.

Yesterday the sun came out, inspiring me to open the shades. The sunlight lit up the room in such a beautiful way that I had to reach for the camera. These photos show the rich colors of the room in a way my previous photos of the bath have not, so I just had to share! I hope you enjoy...Janell