Powder Room Bling

I am always glad to meet clients who have inspired ideas about what they want to accomplish with a room. This  client knew that powder rooms are a good place to implement a little more pizzaz than one might put in a regular bathroom.

This powder room started out as a typical powder room.  The possibilities are endless with a blank canvas.

Blank Powder Room

Blank Powder Room

She had experimented with some different glazes on the walls.

Experimental Glaze

Experimental Glaze

But couldn’t find the look she wanted. In the end she decided on a classic stencil to go with the style of the wainscoting. We used a metallic/pearl glaze to fill in the stencil and I think it was absolutely the right decision.

Classic Stencil

Classic Stencil

This transformation goes to show that a little bit of trial and error goes a long way in finding the right finish for a room that is a blank canvas. However, she wasn’t finished with just stenciling the walls.

She decided that the ceiling was the perfect place to put silver leaf and I couldn’t agree more! The silver leaf picked up the sheen of the metallic/pearl glaze in the stencil and put some beautiful bling in this classic powder room.

Silver Leaf Ceiling

Silver Leaf Ceiling

Don’t be afraid to go a little fancy in a powder room. It can be a great place to try new and different finishes.

Dramatic Dining Room

I think it is interesting that our society in general is in constant search of the fountain of youth. But we value agedness in some of the things around us. We will even go to lengths to make things look old and worn to match our decor or give interest to a setting.  In this case it definitely paid off.

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Dramatic dining room

The new home owner decided to go with a dark trim in some key places; the dining room being one.

However, we took it a step farther and added some age to the embellishments here and there.

Aged medallion

Aged medallion

Not only the medallion but also the light fixture itself.

Dark light fixture

Dark light fixture

Painting a light fixture might not occur to most people but it was much easier than replacing it.

All of these elements started out in a light cream color.  Someday I’ll have the forethought to take before photos.

The effect is especially stunning on the columns leading into the dining room.

Aged column

Aged column

Aged column detail

Aged column detail

Another larger light fixture in the foyer sets the tone for this dark, dramatic effect.

Darkened chandelier

Darkened chandelier

That was fun to paint!

Chandelier closeup

Chandelier close up

These details give me goosebumps.  Yes, I am a design nerd.  I’m glad we’ve gotten that out in the open.

Once again, I am privileged and grateful to be a part of projects like this one.

Design by the lovely Heather Spriggs Thompson.

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?

Stripes!

Oh, how I love contrast!

I think stripes are the epitome of contrast.  Bold or subtle, they can add interest to any room.

This is one of my favorites.

Stripes!

This fun, young ladies room has many elements of contrast to it.

Zebra stripes!

But this is my favorite!

My favorite!

A 100 year old, antique bed next to all those stripes!  Talk about contrast.

Oh, and don’t forget to notice the sky blue ceiling.  It makes me happy.

And just a peak across the hall at baby brother’s room.

More stripes!

What a fun place!