I spent a large part of labor day weekend painting stripes on my kids’ bathroom walls. Why stripes? Well, they are fun, they are different and they are fairly easy to do. The hardest part of the project was the taping. I used the blue painters tape delicate version and that worked out wonderfully. When I ran out I used the regular painters tape and that was a disaster. It pulled some of the paint off which requires me to go back in and touch up.
I started by deciding how many stripes I wanted in the space and dividing the ceiling height by that number. That gave me the height of each horizontal stripe. I measured carefully and started by marking the wall at several intervals in order to be able to tape off evenly. That was proving difficult so when I got to the other side I decided to actually draw the lines in pencil and follow those with the tape. That was a lot easier.
I started with the green stripes. I used Benjamin Moore’s Green Acres in Aura Bath and Spa for the green stripe. After two coats I removed the tape immediately.
A few days later, after re-taping, I came back and did the contrasting stripe and bathroom ceiling in Benjamin Moore’s Seahorse, also in Aura Bath and Spa.
A few well appointed accessories pull it all together in a very fun, kid friendly way. The colorful shower curtain (where I pulled all of the accent colors from) adds pattern and color to the room. A contrasting blue alphabet canvas print reminds us that its a kid’s bathroom and pulls out another accent color from the shower curtain. A totally contrasting coral towel, also a color from the curtain) adds a third splash of fun.
Here are the before and afters:
In this project we created a very clean, modern, neutral yet fun and interesting living room and dining room for a fantastic young family in Falls Church. When we had our initial consultation the clients asked for a great space to entertain during large family gatherings. They wanted plenty of seating in both the living room and the dining room. They wanted a space that was up to date, but not too wild or in your face. Subtly clean and chic is what we gave them.
My favorite part is the draperies. We used a linen blend fabric that has these great sewn in folds to it. They give the design texture while keeping it neutral. We didn’t have room for two panels next to the fireplace so we swagged back one panel per window for added interest. The fabric is sheer and we kept it unlined to allow natural light. We added simple roller shades in a soft textured off white fabric for function as well as added style.
The sofas were created by separating sectional pieces. We used the Beckham Sectional by Bassett Furniture Industries in a soft grey, easy to keep clean fabric. A round cocktail table, the Berkeley Cocktail Table, also by Bassett mimics the round wood mirror on the fireplace.
The paint scheme is simple. We added a soft taupe/grey to the walls and a lighter version of the color on the fireplace to highlight its unique shape.
In the dining room, we went a little darker with the wall color for drama. The table seats 8 comfortably. We kept the homeowner’s existing chandelier. A large china acts as additional storage and display. Some branch shaped candle sconces added softness and texture to the space. The highlight is the silk draperies with a pant leg break on the floor.
The rug is by West Elm. The table and china are part of the Redin Park Collection by Bassett. The chairs are custom upholstered, also by Bassett. The draperies are our design.
We started working on my son’s big boy bedroom this past month as a gift to him for his 3rd birthday. He’s obsessed with all things superhero. We purchased a wall decal of a cityscape from Wall Star Graphics (http://www.etsy.com/people/WallStarGraphics?utm_source=convo&utm_medium=trans_email&utm_campaign=convo_html) a great resource we found on Etsy (also a great resource for unique art and accessories). The sticker was easy to apply and should come off easily when my son decides its dinosaurs or baseball he likes). We added Batman, Spiderman and Superman Roommates wall stickers to make it look as if they are coming into the city to do their super hero thing. Three floating shelves act as display space for some of his figurines and will also cap off an upholstered headboard we are designing and will install to make the bed look like a daybed. The bed is the 2×2 platform bed from West Elm.
On the other side we created a collage of framed vintage comics (some which were my husband’s when he was a kid). We also framed three record albums that were also my husband’s and add a great pop of color.
The long awaited almost final results of the fun and funky family room we completed for a great family in Chantilly is here. For this design we used color, lots of bright, fun colors, a lot of functional and user friendly storage and durable fabrics that will outlast the six year old twins that will enjoy this space the most. We created spaces for her, for him and for them. The final photos are still not in but here is a great snippet of the room in its final stages of the project. Would love to get your thoughts. We will publish photos of the great built in cafe area we did for her as well as more panoramic views of the room shortly.