With one room to go, the Shades of Green project is almost done! What was supposed to begin as a one room project quickly turned into a three room combo. It has taken some time, but I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Here is where it stands today (minus the items that have been gathered for the final room).
This decorating process is such an ever evolving thing. The point that the rooms start at versus how they actually turn out in the end is like night and day...Well, maybe not as drastic as night and day, but still quite different. Whether due to client desires, magically changing measurements, or a simple "I found something better" occurrence, rooms always take on a plan of their own.
Here's a look at the mid-way process for the "Shades of Green House", after a few revisions based on actual furniture purchases, items we decided to keep/toss, etc.
Things have changed even more since these pics were generated, but that's how this decorating game goes.
The "Shades of Green" house is still a work in progress but its coming along nicely. Three rooms have gotten new paint and a few new and refinished furnishings. We're now in the accessories phase and nearing the finish line.
I can't wait to reveal the finished rooms, but for now here's a teeny look at how things have changed.
In addition to new grey, white, and aqua wall paint, an old bookshelf and dresser got a few coats of fresh primer and paint (in white of course, because, um, it's ME).
Hi There! Just popping in for a long overdue post on one of the projects I've been working on lately...The "Shades of Green" house. This one is a multi-room makeover which has so far resulted in new paint for the TV Room & Living Room, a chunky new media storage piece, and a new sofa. I've only captured the TV Room on camera though so let's start there.
Here's the before...
And here is how things looked a few weeks ago...
All cleaned up with a new greyish white wall paint, a lovely shade of aqua on the ceiling, and a gorgeous vintage buffet that will now be home to the TV amongst other things.
So I got to thinking...if I had free rein and an unlimited budget, what would my ideal Spa space look like? Then of course I couldn't make a stern decision on certain elements so I just did multiple versions. Here's one:
A few weeks back I received a virtual design request for a commercial massage therapy space that could meet the client's criteria of being affordable and easily assembled while being calming with elements of warmth for customers. The stipulations were that the wall color was to be pre-determined by someone other than me and nothing was to be drilled/nailed into the walls. Here's how it turned out:
The room itself is quite compact with no ceiling or windows. My first thought was to bring texture to both the walls and the floor as cold feet just didn't seem very spa-like to me. Since there were to be no holes in the walls it took a bit of brain power
to figure out how to hang drapery without drilling while still providing
enough support to keep them up (on a budget). Of course once tension
rods popped into my head I felt like a complete idiot for not thinking
of them sooner, but whatevs. Better late than never.
As for the rug, I needed something that was patterned and large enough to cover a significant amount of space with a small enough price tag to fit something besides a rug into the room. After tossing around several options I ended right back at the very first one I fell in love with.
Though my usual m.o. is to go with all white everything and add color later, the client stressed warmth. Enter my version of that request in the form of (not attached to the wall) wood shelving and the client's request of wicker seating.
Add a few lovely scenic prints, bingo bango, and a cozy cost effective room we have.
For many years I held on to the idea of decorating a space for my Gramma but never quite got around to voicing it. I thought it'd be neat to give her an updated space in her home that would modernize what she already had and make the gal feel a bit special. Unfortunately the idea never went any further than my brain, but it is never too late to dream of what could've been.
On Sunday, May 25, 2014 I lost one of the most influential, genuine, and loving women that I have and will ever know. She was my rock when all I could gather were pebbles. My humor when all I could muster were tears. And as much of a sounding board for me and I was for her.
I can't think of anyone who could make me feel as important as her when all I did was simply walk in the room. "The Lord must have known I needed to talk to you" she'd say. She was in her 90's, but for some reason she valued the opinion of this 20-something who she sternly called her "Little Lost Lambie" if I didn't call/visit enough.
She was hot before hot was appropriate. Warm to most all she met. And cold to the idea that "if it ain't one damn thing it's two" as her Father taught her.
I love and have loved that Woman more than I can seem to find the tears to express. My Gramma. My absolutely perfectly spiced Gramma.
I started the process of redecorating my dining room at the end of February. My first task was to make new art for the room using an XL dumpster-find frame and the back of the art that was previously contained in it.
I finished the art and went to photograph it only to find that the photos that resulted were horrific. I tried the next day...still bad. Then the next day...even worse. And eventually baby tasks and life in general put the photos, the dining room makeover, and the blog on hold.
I'm pretty sure the problem is (mostly) the picture frame's glass. However, since I had such a hard time getting the glass back in after finishing the painting, I refuse to take it back out just to get a good photo. So these pics will have to do.
I used leftover latex paints in turquoise, pink, gold, white and mint for both the art and the frame itself. I also added a bit of yellow watercolor paint since it was the only yellow I had on hand.
It is actually much more pastel toned than the pictures show, but again this is the best I could do.
Continuing on my quest for organizational peace of mind...I recently had to come to grips with an ugly little fact about myself. I might have inherited a teeny magazine hoarding trait. Never mind that it has been long contained in one corner of my home. I was still creating much too much clutter with a stack of papers that I hadn't bothered to look at since the year that I stacked them there. So off I went to take control of my corner(s) again.
The corner pictured is actually from my bedroom which was filled with books I probably won't finish reading anytime soon, but the real (un-pictured) corner was in my living room accompanied by a different stack of books and a different magazine rack. Unfortunately I didn't think about photographing it before I started clearing the crud so you'll have to take my word for it that things were worse than what it pictured. Like random fabric scraps and old instruction manuals had also found there way over there worse.
So I stole some moments to peek through the mags for any powerful decorating/cleaning solutions I could find before tossing them and then I tossed them. The result...
I finally have a compact off-the-floor space to hold the pairs of shoes that find themselves blocking the entryway of my home, and a separate one for the shoes in my bedroom that I try on when looking for something to wear and then toss in the corner when they don't work.
Bravo for free use-what-you've-got solutions. Now if I could only figure out how to clean my dusty floors in these pictures...
After acquiring a new self-imposed mission to make the abundance of storage in my home actually work for me instead of against me, I magically ran across this little dilemma solver that had been staring me in the face for far too long...Use the non-functioning nail supply storage container (that I've since replaced) as a functioning baby supply storage container.
Of course I cleaned it thoroughly before adding baby feeding items to it.
Hey look, I even found a use for those many receiving blankets. Turns out they work great as drying towels for dripping baby supplies.
And now there is a place for everything and everything in its place. Yay!