This is what you can do in 9 days and twelve hours of work! The deadline was tight, so I had to shop locally, which is limiting, but made the best of it and accomplished the goals of the space. The main requests for the room were to be functional, comfortable and colorful.
The office space is in an old brick building with new paint, floor covering & built in’s.
This office was the last to undergo any attention, so the funds were tight. Seating was important and I was able to find an affordable set. The color of the seating went really well with the room and the neutral cushions gave me a neutral palette to work with.
The bookcases just needed some rearranging of books and added a few other small personal touches, such as candles, plants and small vase and photos.
A sweet work of art, given to Lisa as a gift was hung above the loveseat. The art against the bricks is the first thing you see when walking to the office, but your eye immediately goes down to the blue throw that is draped perfectly between the colorful pillows.
The old desk was replaced with a sleek simple desk. The key to having an inviting office is the placement of the furniture. Floating the desk at an angle gave enough room for office supplies behind and opened up the rest of the room for a comfortable sitting area.
A pop of color is just what the room needed to tie everything together! Since the chairs are neutral everything around them could be very colorful. Teal and yellow are also found in the pillows on the loveseat and of course the books. The artwork is done by a local Dover artist, Caryn of “Creative Spirit Art Studio“.
Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga~
I’m picky about what I’ll display in my home or clients homes. I do like rooms to feel personal and decided my mantle needed our last name initial. This DIY was pretty simple and recommend you making your own.
Supplies you need: Burlap, paint, pencil, font type, glue, and frame
The process: Find the frame you’ll be using first. Make sure it fits well on your mantel and I recommend using a glassless frame. If you use a frame with glass then glue your fabric on the glass.
Measure the area inside of the frame. Cut your fabric to size. No worries if you’re off a bit, as I was then just grabbed some trim I had and glued that layer on to cover my mistakes. You can use any kind of plain fabric. I like added texture, so went for burlap.
Find the font you want to use. There are so many fonts out there. Check out tootledoo designs, as they are amazing! You can write anything you want, a full monogram, entire last name, or just an initial. You may want to enlarge one of the fonts and copy it, make a stencil and trace on your fabric, or freehand it using pencil.
Once you’ve drawn your letter, go ahead and use a smaller brush to apply paint (any kind works) on the outline of the letter. Then fill in the entire letter with paint.
After the paint drys decide if your letter needs anything else. You may want to outline the letter in another color, or glitter…think about what makes sense with your style. Go ahead and use clear glue on the surface of your frame. Affix your fabric and let dry. Add any additional trim on the inside of your frame.
There is nothing more magical to me than seeing All White. When I look outside after a fresh snowfall. I admire an all white outfit and even more so an entire room in white. Here are my all White picks. . . . oh so fun!
Picking the right paint color for a room isn’t as simple as you think it should be. I’ve learned that a great paint color can enhance and transform your room into your happy place. On the other hand, a bad paint color can just offend and almost repulse you the moment you enter the room. Here are my tips on picking out the perfect paint color.
1. Think about the feeling you’d like to have in your room. Cool and calm, bright and energetic, soft and cozy, romantic, etc. To assist you with this, check out decor magazines and collect photos of what you are drawn to.
2. Decide if you need to work with existing furnishings or are you willing to change them out. If you do need to work with a sofa or rug, best to use a color that will compliment these furnishings.
Now you are ready to pick up several paint swatches from the hardware store. Bring them home and see how they feel in your room. If you have other rooms butting up to the room, made sure the colors you like would enhance the other rooms as well. I know it’s hard, but don’t give up now. If these colors aren’t great, try again till you find a few that you think will work.
3. Get the colors that you like (a few) made up into paint samples that you can try on your walls. Pick up the cheap spongy brushes per can of paint.
4. Take one color and carefully apply it on the wall in a few places. One near natural sunlight, any build-ins or existing furnishings, near any other room colors and your flooring. You may need to apply a couple of layers of paint to get the full color effect. Take your second color and apply it next to or above your first color. Keep doing this until you have all your colors applied.
5. After your paint completely dries look at the colors around the room to see if one stands out for you. Now you may find that you are drawn to one color but know it needs to be brighter or darker, etc. Don’t settle, go back to the store with that paint swatch and see other colors that are close. *Tip- some hardware stores, mostly the small independently owned stores will have color fans that they’ll loan you to take home.
6. If you’ve found your color, or think you have make sure to check it out on your wall during different times of the day as the color will change as the light changes. Also, see how it looks at night with your own lighting.
7. Once you’ve spent a couple days trying out the paints and looking at how they feel in your room, you may have found the perfect wall color. If so, make sure you buy your paint in the right finish. Remember the finish will also change the look of the paint, especially Glossy. I recommend going with an Eggshell finish. Here is more information on paint finishes.
I know this seems like a lot to do to find your paint color, but this process really helps to not impulsively buy the wrong paint color. I’ve done it before and if I can give you one tip…if you start painting and you say to yourself, “oohhh not feeling it…STOP painting”! This will save you time. If you follow my process, it will cost you some money upfront to buy samples, but it’s much cheaper than buying that gallon of paint that you’re gambling with…take your time and find the right color as you are the one who is going to be living with it for awhile. Remember painting a room is the cheapest and easiest way to enhance any room, just make sure you’re enhancing it the right way.
I love a home that has a lot of layers and accessories. The best way to achieve this is to use various collectables, art, books, pictures, flowers, candles and vaces. I find the areas in a room I’m drawn to feel like they were layered at different times and items were accumulated over the years of the owners’ life. The best way to ‘fake’ it is to buy items from unexpected places, such as tag sales, thrift stores, flea markets, auction houses, on line and don’t forget to revisit your own items hiding in that attic. Most people like two colors, but I find more the better. I’m drawn to an eclectic arrangement of unexpected items, textures and colors. Which ever you enjoy, a couple colors or several, try different looks and items in your space as you never know what will happen, you just might like it!
I love how neutral these accessories are in light grays and cream and work perfectly with this beautiful blue color shown in the handmade art and books.
Mostly white & lime with splashes of color. The twigs brings nature into this traditional space.
Layers of vintage items add so much interest to this space.
I love how these accessories pop on the dark colored shelving.
Whites and creams shine when layered together and pop with a dark background!
I love the balance between functional and decorative accessories grouped together.
White on white is so chic and so in control!
When it comes to your own home decor do you add flair here and there or play it entirely safe? What I enjoy about these spaces is how much fun and unique the decor is. I don’t feel you have to decorate an entire house funky but various layers of texture, pattern and color in one area of a house can be just as interesting.
This neutral pallet is is stunning, but with the large globe lighting~ cool!
Neutral designs are happening with taupe and gray everywhere, even in my own home! What I love about using these two colors is that they are so calming, classic, old world, a bit of traditional meets modern and oh so neutral! Here are some of my favorite gray and taupe designs.
Farrow & Ball