DIY Ombre trend: 3 favorite ombre furniture pieces

The ombre furniture trend is something that I have covered here in the past. I have been commissioned to paint a number of pieces in ombre. Everything from dressers to vintage desks can have potential. I look for pieces in good vintage condition that have more than 4 drawers. I like this look for guest rooms and kids spaces, anywhere you want that statement piece or pop of color.

Today, I would like to share with you my 3 favorite ombre furniture pieces that I have painted over the years. As I experimented with this technique, 2 dressers and 1 nightstand ended up being my favorites.

Ombre Dresser in Guava

For the dresser below, I used the color Guava by Benjamin Moore. For the full tutorial, please see all the steps here.

Ombre Nightstand in Blue Lagoon

Later, I resurfaced an ombre nightstand and it came out wonderfully. As you know, I love all shades of turquoise and blue. This project took an afternoon, maybe 2-3 hours, and was an easy way to update an older wooden piece.

For this nightstand tutorial, please see the full directions here.

Modern Dresser in Naples Blue

Additionally, I used a similar palette from Benjamin Moore to update this modern dresser with ombre paint. It sold right away! For this modern dresser painted below, I went one shade darker by painting the bottom drawer Naples Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Here is a guide to the paint names for the drawer colors listed below:

  • Drawer #1: Peacock Blue + Simply White by BM
  • Drawer #2: Peacock Blue by BM
  • Drawer #3: Naples Blue + Simply White by BM
  • Drawer #4: Naples Blue by BM

Are you considering updating a piece that you currently own with paint? Some of my favorite ombre combinations include, grays, blues and corals shades. I also love this serape ombre that I pinned to my ombre inspiration board here!

If you try this at home, I would love to hear about your project and the outcome. Please share your thoughts and comments below.

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Art Studio Inspiration

Surprise! I am posting this on a Friday, although I regularly post here every Monday. I wanted you to see the mood and inspiration board behind my upcoming design studio redo project. I have been planning to update my art studio for some time now. In fact, its has been evolving and changing over the years, but there are always tons of art supplies and tons of products being made, so it was hard for me to find the time for an update.

I knew that I really needed to do it this Summer before I hosted my Shibori workshop class because I was expecting a group of 10 people and I wanted the space to be more functional and streamlined place for them to create.

Also, I am a big believer in decluttering as an artist to let go of old projects and create a space for new more meaningful projects to arise. Apparently, a good time to bring creative projects like this to fruition is during the full moon, so the fact that the studio redo just happened to coincide with the full moon in July, appealed to my mystical side as well…more on that later. 

First, I created studio space pin board on Pinterest where I currently collect photos of ideas that appeal to me for a studio space. If you would like to join this board and pic high quality studio pictures along with me please message me on Pinterest and I will add you to the board.

Art Studio Mood Board

I am drawn to the light and bright palette of the photos above, I also had some similar pieces in my studio. My built-in cabinetry is almost identical to the vertical corner storage in the photo on the left. Also, I have a long custom butcher block work table, that I use to build my products. These photos capture some of the current pieces in my studio and the overall coastal modern feeling that I wanted to create. As a product designer, I prefer a mostly white workspace because it is a clean slate, much like the walls of an art gallery. The white paint allows me to focus on the products that I design. ​

Art Studio Inspiration

Art Studio Inspiration originally appeared on A Day In the Life blog, please see the product board with options 1 or 2 and let me know which one you like the best!

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Shibori Workshop Event

Last Sunday, I hosted our first Summer Workshop in a series and it was a great success! Our small group of participants created a collection of beautiful and original textiles for their homes. I provided 2 tea towels and guests brought in additional items to dye.

The 3 hour workshop began with a short lesson on Shibori folding techniques and culminated in a creative burst of energy!

(left) photo by Amelia Tabullo photography, (right) photo by Hilary L Hahn via Instagram

Lucky for us, the creative Sunday afternoon was memorable and inspiring.  Read more on A Day in the Life to see the event pics, learn more about the process and everyone’s stunning results!
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Artist Round-up: Palm Springs

One place that I go to for design inspiration is Palm Springs, CA and the desert surrounding it. There is something magical about the expansiveness, colors, and natural landscape that appeals to many. Visual artists over the years have built their art practices out in the desert.

Over on A Day in the Life, I will share some of my 5 favorite artists + one blogger, who live in the desert, inspire or creatively captures those desert vibes for me.  From Los Angeles to the Palm Springs area, you can make it out there in just under 2 hours.

Read more about my 5 favorite artists here.

Happy Monday!

 

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Summer Shibori Workshop Update

I am hosting my first ever Shibori Textile Workshop July, 9th via my current blog, A Day in the Life.

You can learn the ancient Art of Shibori and create 2 modern and bohemian tea towels for your home.

This textile workshop will teach and explore ancient art of Japanese Shibori. You will be able to experiment with various folds, tie and dye techniques to create unique fabrics colored a deep blue Indigo hue.

*Workshop size is limited to 8 individuals to allow ample time to create.

Here are the details on how to enroll now~

  • Indigo Shibori Workshop
  • West Los Angeles Studio
  • July 9th, 2-5 p.m.
  • All materials included.

Tell a friend!
Questions? email art@hilarylhahn.com

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Color Wheel Art with kids!

Today, I’m sharing a basic color wheel project that I have done many times with kids. When I make art with young kids, I use the color wheel as a topic for discovery.

After, introducing children to the Color Wheel, I like to host a “color hunt” in the center of the room. I allow them to fill color coded egg cartons, using a collection of “found” kid-friendly objects. I love how the collage of colorful objects looks on black illustration board too. Every time, I do this lesson some of the materials I use changes…some objects such as buttons and puzzle pieces that can be recycled and found around the house. One thing, that I have used every single time was colored pasta and colored drinking straws cut small. First, I ask young artists to search for the primary colors during the color hunt. Next, I asked them to search for secondary colors and sort in the carton. I made my cartons out of Mochi containers, which required eating Mochi:) Then, I painted them with acrylic paint so it would stick. Tempera or poster paint on an egg carton would work too!

Color wheel Collage

Here are some of the materials I use for this project below:

  • Foam shapes
  • Colored pasta
  • Buttons
  • Feathers
  • Craft glue, these mini sized bottles are great for small hands, although they are used up fast, if they clog or dry out, I feel less wasteful b/c they typically last just a few projects.
  • Pom-poms, something soft or metallic looks good.
  • Black card stock or thicker

There are so many household materials that are good for collage. You can get creative and use anything in a primary or secondary color that you want to repurpose.

Here are a few of the artworks below.

color wheel

If any of you do try out this project with kids. I would love to hear about it. How did it go? Did your kids enjoy it? any variations that you tried and any final product pics? Please share!

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5 Winter Project Ideas + Follow Me

Today, I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you. I have been working on a new artist site and blog all season. It will be my new home base where I will share my daily inspiration and projects that you can try based on work that is evolving from my studio. I would love for you to consider finding me there.

For now, I would like to share, 5 of my favorite Winter Art projects that are handmade and craft-based. I plan give many handmade gifts this year, and these are my top 5 favorites.

  1. DIY Winter Succulents– You can see a DIY of this workshop over on my blog today.

    A trio of succulents make thoughtful gifts.

    A trio of succulents make thoughtful gifts.

  2. Desgin your own wreath or mini-wreath, my latest post!
  3. Block print your own gift wrap, I would love to try this beautiful tutorial. It feels even more satisfying to give when you have all your gifts in pretty colors and handmade paper.

    blockprinting11

    photo via Honestly Wtf

  4. Design your own snow-globe (with kids), still one of the most adorable vintage snow globe DiY projects out there. I found all the supplies for this at my local home garden store.
  5. DIY your own holiday photo cardsI share cards from year’s past and how I work with a Minted online to create keepsakes for our family the past few years.

    vaidphotoinspiration

    photo via Hilary L Hahn

Blogging here has helped me to grow immensely as an individual artist and product designer. I am thankful for those of you who have followed along over the years. I plan to continue to post project ideas here from time to time, but you can what my studio life emerge and grow here.

I hope you will come along for the ride!

Hilary

 

 

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