Color!

I recently painted this desk.

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Colorful desk

Yes, I did this on purpose you may want to ask and it was fun!

It was inspired by a piece I saw at a client’s house pictured here.

Client's furniture

Client’s furniture

Side view

Side view

If this style of furniture has a name, I don’t know what it is.  Inadvertent design?  Accidental decor? Regardless of its origin, I happen to love it!

The desk I painted was not painstakingly planned and thought out.  Shocking, I know but I used what I had on hand.

Speaking of accidental art, I snapped this picture of the leg of my work pants because I liked the composition.  It inspired me because it was not deliberate. Laugh if you must but I do not discriminate on where I find inspiration!

Tresa's masterpiece

Tresa’s masterpiece

I saw this piece at a store and determined this may be a growing trend.

Trendy furniture

Trendy furniture

In my world, I like to believe that these pieces were either put together from leftover materials or have some interesting and harrowing history instead of being manufactured in a factory.

So that is what I choose to believe about this picture currently being circulated on Pinterest and tumblr.  Its colors are vibrant and captivating and could tell an adventurous story.

Captivating colors

Captivating colors

What do you think? Beguiling or garish?

Polka dots and Poetry

Repurposing furniture is currently where it’s at. This little cutie wasn’t nearly as memorable when it was plain white.

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Pink polka dot dresser

Measles?  Maybe. Whimsical?  Definitely!  It goes with the fun that is this little girl’s princess, fairy tale room.

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Whimsical furniture

And it reminds me of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins:

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things— 
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; 
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; 
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; 
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; 
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. 
All things counter, original, spare, strange; 
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) 
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; 
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise Him.

Thank you for indulging my foray away from paint and into poetry for a moment.

There are sure to be other bunny trails in the future. Stay tuned.

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?

Cabinet do over, make over, redo reveal!

I was fortunate to be involved in this lovely cabinet project that I posted about earlier.

Remember these?

Sorry to make you wait for the “afters”.  I hope no one has lost sleep in anticipation.

No more waiting.  Here is the amazing outcome!

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after

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after

Feel free to post your “oohs” and “aahs” in the comments and call Atmospheres if your cabinets need a makeover!

Design by the lovely Heather Spriggs Thompson.