Party room!

There is no doubt that the message this room conveys is “fun”!  It is a different spin on girly.


The chevron pattern of the pillows is reflected in the color band on the walls.


A little black chandelier gives some sparkle to the bold lines and complementary patterns.

A desk for studying and a patterned reading chair add to the interest and functionality of this visually stunning room.

Patterns like this are some of my favorite things to paint.  The possibilities are endless.

Which room in your house could use a little fun?




Repeating Patterns

I’m taking a break from “before and after” shots and “see what I did?” stuff to talk about what my eye is drawn to.

I recently took a photography class (I know, right?) to see if I could even begin to develop my photography skills before investing in a grown up camera (Nikon D90, hint, hint).  We walked around downtown Nashville and snapped away at whatever caught our interest.  I realized after reviewing my shots from the day that I was drawn to repeating patterns.  This is nothing new in the world of design but I wanted to share what I saw that day.

Row of Lights

Row of Awnings

Row of Musical Notes

These were not the only photos I took that day but there were so many of repeating patterns that I realized they struck a chord with me.  They create an interesting, mesmerizing, visual composition.

Row of Barstools

Rows of Balconies

Another Row of Lights

Row of Posters

In the world of decorating, I believe this is the allure of stencils, wallpaper, tile and all repeating elements that create visual interest.

Speaking of visual interest.

Visual Interest

Just had to throw this one in.  It is Nashville after all.

Thank you for indulging me.







Princess bathroom

This is a bathroom fit for a princess or two actually since it is shared by two sisters.  It is the epitome of sparkly and all things girly.

The walls are covered with a glitter glaze over a light gray base coat.

The cabinets are painted a metallic silver

I love the contrast of the antique vanity with all the sparkle.

A sweet chandelier adds to the glamour.

And a leopard’s print shower curtain gives the room some sass!

I love that the owner was willing to go all out for this bathroom.  It’s every little girl’s dream!

Have you done anything bold lately?

Upholstery painting

You may get tired of me saying that I will paint anything but this project falls into that category.

I originally bought this oversize chair to put in a teenage hangout space.  I got it for $25 on craigslist.  It wasn’t very pretty but made up for that in comfort and price.

kind of ugly

Plans changed and I no longer needed it for the teen hangout but didn’t want to get rid of it either.  However, it seriously did not fit into my current decor in any way and I cringed every time I looked at it next to my Benjamin Moore “Agave” colored walls.  The chair was only $25 so I didn’t really want to have it reupholstered and I liked the fringe and didn’t know if it could be saved through the reupholstery process.

I asked my friend, the internet, about it and you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn of the product “Simply Spray”  for changing the color of upholstery.  The fringe on the chair included a nice burgundy color that was available in the spray so I took the plunge and ordered some.

Here is the result:


Now this is a chair I can live with.

Here are the lessons I learned through this process that might help you decide if this is something you want to try.

  • This chair is corduroy which probably required more paint than a flat fabric would.
  • The paint cost more than the chair.
  • The fabric is still soft if you run your hand with the nap.  It feels stiff against the nap but that might be another corduroy issue.
  • It required 3 applications.  Probably another corduroy issue.
  • The color is staying fast and has held up to moderate use.
  • This would be great for stenciling.

I’m glad I was able to find a solution to keep the chair and I think Simply Spray is a good product if not a little pricey.  This is not a paid endorsement.  Just passing on my experience!

Maybe it will help you save a piece of furniture you love that needs a new color.