Tag Archives: Interior Design

Trend watch: reverse stenciling

I’m always hunting for ideas and inspiration. And since I have a garage full of furniture to reinvent, I went hunting today! Reverse stenciling is trending, and I really do love the look of bare wood peeking through a painted piece. If you look through my home, you’d probably be surprised to know that most of my furniture is pure, unpainted wood. I think wood naturally warms up a space, especially when using a cool color scheme. When painting or updating my furniture, I love to keep a little of the old, while at the same time breathe new life into it. Take a look at these reverse stenciling techniques that inspire me!

source: http://www.designsponge.com/2009/03/before-after-kc-and-saras-table.html

source: http://www.designsponge.com/2009/03/before-after-kc-and-saras-table.html

source: http://akreativeknack.blogspot.com/search/label/Furniture%20makeover

source: http://akreativeknack.blogspot.com/search/label/Furniture%20makeover

source: http://oh-clementine.com/blog/?p=294

source: http://oh-clementine.com/blog/?p=294

source: http://www.dreamgreendiy.com/2013/02/11/a-modern-mid-century-makeover-via-royal-design-studio/

source: http://www.dreamgreendiy.com/2013/02/11/a-modern-mid-century-makeover-via-royal-design-studio/

source: http://www.roommatesdecor.com/blog/post/2013/05/08/Cherry-Blossom-Wall-Decals-Stencil.aspx

source: http://www.roommatesdecor.com/blog/post/2013/05/08/Cherry-Blossom-Wall-Decals-Stencil.aspx

source: http://www.flor.com/blog/reverse-stencil-dresser/

source: http://www.flor.com/blog/reverse-stencil-dresser/

Lots of love,
Mary

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The art of NYC

My very first trip to New York City was a blast! Central Park is so much bigger than what I thought it would be — it’s kind of like a beautiful forest in the middle of the city! Although the lights and tall buildings are to be expected, it’s still amazing to see it all in person! And mostly, I was taken back by the details. Such beautiful architecture, color, and texture in the strangest of places. Enjoy these photos as I tried to capture the essence of what is New York City — in the details.

Under a bridge in Central Park

Under a bridge in Central Park

New York City subway - Penn Station

New York City subway – Penn Station

Dedication bench in Central Park

Dedication bench in Central Park

Somewhere off 5th Ave - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

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Somewhere off Broadway – NYC

Central Park fountain - NYC

Central Park fountain – NYC

Apartment Entrance - NYC

Apartment Entrance – NYC

Subway entrance off 5th Ave. - NYC

Subway entrance off 5th Ave. – NYC

Bryant Park - NYC

Bryant Park – NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

Bryant Park - NYC

Bryant Park – NYC

Strawberry Fields in Central Park - NYC

Strawberry Fields in Central Park – NYC

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5th Ave – NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave. - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

Lots of love,
Mary

Grey is the new Brown.

Is it Grey or Gray? The great debate continues… I choose “Grey” as for no other reason than because I think it looks cooler. Ha!

Grey is so very 2013! What’s more hip than Grey?

It’s fresh, contemporary, and brightens up any room! Here are a few more of my FAV grey spaces.

My favorite interior wall color these days would have to be Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart. It’s the perfect hallway neutral color that adds that fresh grey look, but still provides warmth with brown undertones. LOVE!
33d130ae-3690-49fb-9b4c-7a2a7e1dae15_300Lots of love,
Mary

Caspian Blue

Today was a fun day! Movies. Forts. Snuggles. Baking. Blogging. More Snuggles. And all the in-between. Sometimes a mom’s life is a whirlwind. I couldn’t tell you what all I did today… but it was a lot! I did take a few moments to snap some photos of a project I did for baby Jude’s room – A painted dresser/changing table. This was my very first experiment with High-Gloss paint!

I introduce, Caspian:
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonCaspian is a Vintage Henredon Dresser that I picked up for a steal at one of my local thrift spots! The quality of this piece is remarkable and it was in excellent shape, save some deep scratches on the top of the dresser.
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThis piece is one of the few things I’ve painted where the original wood is so beautiful. <Don’t shoot me!> Trust me, I had a very hard time deciding. To paint… or not to paint, That is always the question. Once I decided that it was going into Jude’s room, I had my heart set on a bright teal high-gloss finish! There will be others to show restraint with.
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThe color is “Intense Teal” by Behr. I chose their Hi-Gloss Enamel for a super durable shiny finish. To help it adhere, I began with a coat of Glidden Gripper Grey. Gripper is an amazing primer that will literally stick to anything without flaking…even glass!
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThe choice to paint the hardware was an afterthought but really completes the look. Although this piece has a classical style, the paint has really transformed the look to more of a sleek modern or transitional feel. Perfect for my baby boy!
Corbinbluedresser4Photo bombed by a little cutie in the corner! My baby Gabby likes to be in front of the camera. (I wish you could see the smile on my face because this little one melts my heart to pieces!)

Sidenote: Nope, I’m not ignoring the fact that this dresser is standing in front of an AMAZING wood wall that I haven’t told you about yet! Thought I’d give you a little sneak peek. Truth is, it isn’t finished yet. I’m a little stumped on how to finish the wood. So maybe you guys can help a girl out!

Should I…
A. Keep the natural unfinished wood look?
B. Use Teak oil for a natural slightly darker finish?
C. Finish with a honey toned stain (Which would coordinate with the crib)?

Lots of love,
Mary

Top 5 most common design mistakes

I get these types of questions all the time! The plan was to post my top 10, but 5 proved to be packed with lots of information that’s sure to get your wheels spinning! So let’s dive right in, shall we?
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#1. Mounting draperies too low. I’ll start out by saying that “it’s not your fault.” This is a design industry problem. Most stores only stock a standard 84″ drapery length. This is slowly changing, but still a big issue! Take a look at the below sketch. The #1 tip I tell people is to mount your drapes from floor to ceiling! This one tip will make such a huge difference in your home and will make your space look 10 times larger! Most high-end companies stock these lengths, but for a less expensive option IKEA is my go-to. They stock many options up to 120″ in length, and for a low price.

source: http://thedecorologist.com/the-one-thing-you-must-change-in-your-home

source: http://thedecorologist.com/the-one-thing-you-must-change-in-your-home

#2. Tchotchkes — too much stuff on your bookshelf or table! A space filled with 10+ small objects can look cluttered and disorganized. If you would like to display small items, try pairing one or two things with a large statement piece. It will better showcase what you’re trying to display. Notice the variation of height in the below photo. This helps to add interest and is pleasing to the eye. Don’t be afraid of LARGE decorative items. They provide for a cleaner, more high-end look!

source: http://www.lillianaugust.com/project/home-staging

source: http://www.lillianaugust.com/project/home-staging

#3. Small picture on a large wall. Unless you’re going for the ultra-modern art gallery look, stay away from this common mistake. Don’t be afraid of the large mirror or artwork. I usually choose the largest option when faced with an artwork size dilemma. A great way to use your smaller photos is to group them together to create a gallery wall look. Like this example:

source: http://gardenberger.blogspot.com/p/home-tour.html

source: http://gardenberger.blogspot.com/p/home-tour.html

#4. Fear of color. You should never be afraid of anything when designing a space! Choose what you love! I’m not saying that you have to use bright colors. I, for one, prefer a neutral, grey-toned pallet with color accents that can easily be switched out — such as pillows or flowers. But if you love the look of a red wall…go for it! It’s your space, and it’s just paint! :)

source: http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/dramatic-red-rooms-63094#slide-1

source: http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/dramatic-red-rooms-63094#slide-1

#5. Poor lighting. Proper lighting can transform a space from drab to fab! To adequately light a space, you need to think about lighting all levels of your room. Most rooms have a center ceiling fixture, which just isn’t enough. Think about adding canned lighting and/or track lighting to accent artwork on a feature wall. In addition, you’ll want to choose lamps or task lights for more specific directional light. A proper combination of all of the above will help you achieve that model-home look as seen in magazines.

source: http://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/arch-showcase/files/2012/03/Bjerg-y.72.jpg

source: http://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/arch-showcase/files/2012/03/Bjerg-y.72.jpg

Lots of love,
Mary

Interior Design – Are you stuck?

Since I started this blog, a little over a year ago, I’ve gotten numerous inquiries and requests regarding interior design services. I’ve had to turn folks down because I just haven’t had the time to offer a complete service through execution. After some thought, I’ve decided that what I can do is offer a consultation service.

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source: http://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/transitional/living-rooms/2337/index.html#/id-7832/room-living-rooms/designer-4294964450

Would you like your home to look like the photos you see in a magazine? Where the lighting is perfect, the colors flow, and the furniture placement just seems to work? But you don’t know where to start, right?

Or maybe you’d like to work with what you have, on a minimal budget, but you need a little help with furniture placement, color selection, etc.

I have two package options available:

Design Consultation Package A – $100
A one hour consultation in your home answering questions, helping with color selection, etc. This package is available to customize to your needs. This could be design advice for one room or tips through your entire home. We can move furniture and work with what you already have in your home, or I can assist and answer questions regarding a complete design plan including color selection, furniture, lighting, drapery, etc.

Design Consultation Package B – $175
A one hour consultation in your home with complete design plan portfolio for one room. During this service we will sit down and first identify your ideal design style, wants, and needs for the specific room that you choose. We will talk about a complete plan from floor to ceiling including everything from paint selection, fabric options, window coverings, furniture choice and placement, rugs, lighting, etc. Within one week of your consultation, I will provide you with a portfolio complete with floorplan, paint color samples and photos so that you have everything you need to execute your design.

If you’re interested in one of these consultation packages, send me an email (link on sidebar), and I will be happy to schedule an appointment time or answer any questions you may have. I’m located in the East Valley of the Metro Phoenix area, andĀ  am unable to travel outside of this general location. Services are available in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, and Queen Creek. Please inquire if you have any questions at all!

Lots of love,
Mary