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Owen’s Imagination Nursery

In light of our special family news, I have invited the stylish and artful Michelle, who you may remember from her house tour last year to do a special guest post today. 

Even before my sweet baby boy Owen was born, I knew how I wanted to design his room. You see, I’ve always been a fan of bold pops of black and white. I’d say it was my guilty pleasure, except it’s so wonderful, there’ nothing to feel guilty about. It’s clean and classic, but never goes out of style. Plus, because it’s gender neutral, I knew it would be perfect whether we had a girl or a boy.

And so Owen’s room has a beautiful black-and-white theme with mixing-and-matching patterns, with a single pop of yellow to add a bit of quirkiness, which fits really spectacularly with the modern, clean-lined furniture. Some prefer colored walls for their new bundle of joy, but I chose to keep the walls white. It has a maturing feel; one that is perfect for him as a newborn but can grow with him as he gets older, and his baby room becomes a big boy room.

Also the bare walls really make the colors of his new toys and books pop! So much fun!

As he enters the world of discovering the joys of patterns, Owen loves looking at the black raindrop decals and homemade hot air balloon mobile that hangs above and beside his crib. It creates lots of those baby smiles that melt my heart all day long! The hot air balloon is a self-made custom version of an art project I teach in my classes. The kids love it, and so do I.

One thing I’ve come to realize – I never knew how much time I would spend on the floor before becoming a new mommy. Owen and I play on the floor a lot and do tummy time on the black and white striped rug and black and grey FLOR carpet tiles. They not only add to the color theme, but provide a soft place for us to play.

The artwork in Owen’s room is special because it’s all original pieces by me, his mommy! That includes the paintings and the hot air balloon mobile. Starting in college, I focused my art to be ideal for children. This is where I began my themed watercolor illustrations of animal family-themes. Each piece has a family of animals doing an act of bonding whether it be peacocks learning how to ride a bike or sea monkeys learning how to scuba dive.

The painting above the changing table was a gift to my hubby before we got pregnant of what I envisioned our home would look like when we had a family. The colors are gentle, and the theme really adds great warmth and a sense of family to the room.

Creating children’s art has always been my creative outlet. It was so fun to design and even more satisfying seeing it all displayed in my son’s space. It tells a story. I want my son to discover his creativity and find himself. I wanted to create this space, where he use his imagination and dream big.

This gives me an opportunity to not only lay a good foundation of color and pattern discovery, but also pass the torch, so that what inspired mommy may also inspire Owen.

Thank you, Michelle~ for sharing your story and inspiring us and for all the maternity guidance along the way…stay tuned for a peak at our family news this Friday! 

 

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Black and White Guest Room Preview

Over the past month, it has been super fun working with my client Paul on his amazing house in Burbank. Right now, we are focused on making a comfortable and cool guest room for his many worldly guests. Here is a sneak peak of the inspiration and finds along the way.

The actual headboard that we have chosen is a wingback made from a soft gray linen.

We are going to be adding pops of brass hardware, which lend an air of Hollywood glamour.

The nightstands are similar to the ones in the pictured in black, but they are vintage finds!!! I think the lightness of the base on this makes them perfect for his space.

(Please ignore the truck grill;)

We are having them lacquered in black. See all the pics from the Santa Monica Flea Market outing on my Instagram.

I love this black and white art collection that I found via Pinterest. Although, it may be a bit more modern than what we are going for, I think the prints and frames are perfect.

More black and white good ness… I really just can’t get over how great the white bedding, charcoal gray wall, and  the crystal clear lamps look with natural wood. I just love the simplicity.

To see more of my Pinterest finds for this client click here.

Well, I hope you have plans for an amazing weekend! I will be at the Patchwork Festival, this Sunday in Long Beach, please swing by for a visit if you are in the area. (Details here)

 

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Lighting Installation + Styling

The holidays are fast approaching and I have many exciting projects to share:

A DIY of this chair (restyled below) over at the awesome Canadian blog the Purple Fig. I created this step by step how to.

I also like this photo for something else…maybe a new banner…hint, hint;)

The past weekend was chock full of installations and ultimate satisfaction. I worked on the final lighting install of tranquil spacious bedroom. Adding a chandelier in the center of the room created a focal point and brightened the space.

In addition to this, we swapped out the Robert Abbey lamps above for cool 1920s style torpedo sconces. I still love the Rbert Abbey lamp base, but the shade needed to give off more light or be changed. The new sconces provide directional light for reading.

You can see more detailed view of this Residential Transformation that I have been working on all year.

Next, if you can believe it, I worked on yet another install this weekend. We completed the modern reception desk installation on Saturday. We got creative by reusing an existing piece of IKEA furniture and gave it an upgrade by customizing a facade for it. I’m liking the white for now, but I could also see it painted in gray in a few months.

Which color do you vote for the Reception Desk?

Happy Wednesday!

 

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Black and White Frames

This winter, I will be using a lot of black and white to accent my space. I think these two classic colors are easy to mix and if you love modernism then they often provide that clean classic sentiment.

Here is another work in progress, a white frame soon-to-be pin board for my storefront.

Curious how it looked before?

I really like the contrast that the burnished gold had before. I may dab in warm silver metallic paint into the crevices of the white frame,

For this pinboard, I use a large French style museum frame with ornate floral carvings. It was originally in white.

My client preferred it in black to better match the dark wood where it will be used in her kitchen. I’m curious which color to you prefer?

I think I like the white on the dark wall, but imagine the black will look sharp in a tiled kitchen, with walnut wood.

I have some exciting posts planned for next week~looking forward to the weekend, anyone? I really want to see Anna Karenina…who’s with me?

What are you conjuring up this weekend?

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Celebrating Black and White

With the holidays fast approaching, I stitched these black and white cloth napkins with some fabric remnants from the black and white chairs that I reupholstered.

Have you begun to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday? Will you do any decorating?

I have been working hard on an article for a new Canadian blogazine called The Purple Fig.(I will let you know as soon as it launches.) I am super enthused to share the step by step tutorial for this before and after chair upholstery.

Here is a sneak peak at how the chairs looked before I got a hold of them. I think you will agree they looked kind of crazy. The paint was either chippy in spots or goopy in others.

Stay tuned for the update on how they will be transformed. I have another BEAUTY out in  the workshop today that I am going to begin sanding. Typing fast because I seriously can’t wait!

Have a fab weekend. See you Monday, when I post pictures of the new project!

Hilary

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Before and After: White Credenza

Surprise! I have been working on this piece for the longest time. I didn’t love the old finish on this all wood credenza. I found it visually heavy to look at and the top was in a less than perfect condition.

Initially, I had considered leaving some of the wood finish in tact, but gradually decided to commit to an heirloom white and black piece. I am finally finished and very pleased with the results.

Happy Friday~I hope you’re gonna have some fun tonight!

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Trevor’s zig zag wall

This weekend, I took on a meticulous project stenciling a wall for a friend shooting a creative commercial. I began by searching the web for zigzag inspiration.

I love this zigzag pattern in gray and white and if I were doing an interior…I’d probably select something like this with more soothing angles and muted colors. I like how they chose a small wall in order to pack a bold punch!

For his commercial though, we had something different in mind. The shoot will use an optical illusion, a 2 way mirror, and another mirror to maximize the impact of the zigzag wall’s effect. First, I drew it all out by hand using a 60 degree triangle. Here it is below, after I taped off the pattern.

The next morning, I returned and trimmed and painted the entire wall black.

I have to admit that peeling off all that tape was the most fun!

The best part is that after the shoot I am going to show you how he will style his headboard and nightstand in the room….trust me it is going to be interesting!

Needless to say, my weekend vanished into these obsessively painted lines…and I’m happy with the end result.

how about yours…Did you do anything fun?

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