This wallpaper was a game/room changer! A boring space was transformed with great texture when that went up. The rustic table and the tray and indigo African textiles we framed, give it a relaxed feel but the damask curtains make us a little Southern. African textiles and mud cloth from the flea market made great art and we made pillows in the leather chairs in the living room out of it too! These custom, casual and bohemian touches made all the difference!
Twenty six floors above the Las Vegas strip, these homeowners were interested in a space that is relaxing and rejuvenating after a long day, so designers incorporated elements of Zen and relaxation to give the couple a spa feel to their master suite. Color rich textiles and multifaceted textures cover every surface in this master retreat. Heavy weight window coverings help to keep out light and noise. The tēte-á-tēte sofa is covered in high style jade iridescent fabric and is accented with silk and velvet throw pillows. A globally sourced custom mural originating from Thailand was made into a headboard, while metallic grass cloth wallpaper accents the space.
Ginnie Leeming of Hello Little Home found creative, money-saving ways to create her layered neutral decor. That tablecloth? An inexpensive drop cloth cut to fit her table. Those texture-rich placemats? “The placemats were created from a large piece of burlap that was intended for gardening. I cut out rectangles, then pulled strands of burlap off the edges to form a simple fringe,” Leeming says. A golden-wrapped box topped with a buffalo-plaid ribbon adds a bright pop at each place setting.
Shiplap gives a fresh spin on a farmhouse-style bathroom, like this one by design firm Cloth & Kind. These walls use 1-by-8 primed spruce, but you can use almost any species, and the thinner the wood, the cheaper per board, says Tyler Davis, owner of Athens Building Co. To further trim costs, he suggests cutting thin ⅛-inch sheets of finished plywood into strips and hanging them on the wall. Although those transoms were added, he says you can purchase fixed sidelights or transoms from a builder surplus store, or better yet from an old house or charity thrift shop, and add hinges and a chain to make them operable.
Peppermint offers a healing touch for many ailments—sunburn, headache or muscle pain. To release mint’s medicinal properties, crush leaves first using a mortar and pestle or blender. For headaches and muscle cramps, make a paste of crushed leaves and water, place between pieces of cheesecloth (or other thin cloth), and apply to skin at the site of pain. For a tension headache, apply the poultice to the base of your neck. For sunburn, mix crushed leaves with cool water, strain, and spritz the water onto the burn. Menthol in peppermint feels cooling to the skin.
Reduce body temperature by wiping skin down with apple cider vinegar diluted in water (adjust the ratio as needed up to 50 percent water and ACV). Apply the water-ACV blend to arms, legs and torso to bring down fevers fast. ACV also helps cool sunburns. Apply ACV with a cool cloth to red skin, or fill a lukewarm bath with 1 cup ACV and ¼ cup coconut oil for a cooling soak.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps neutralize the formic acid in bee venom (that’s what causes the stinging, burning sensation). Simply soak the stung body part in ACV, or soak a cloth with ACV and place it over the sting. Repeat every 15 minutes as necessary. With honey bee stings, remember to remove the stinger before applying ACV. Grab ACV for treating all kinds of bug bites beyond bee stings, as well as poison ivy rash. ACV helps relieve swelling and reduce itching thanks to potassium it contains.
Start with a 120-grit pad on your sander; if it doesn’t get through the grayed surface of the wood immediately, change to 80. 80 grit will sand off a lot of material, so err on the safer side and start with 120. Make sure to sand with the grain as best you can. Once you have finished sanding all surfaces, wipe the piece clean with a damp cloth to get all of the dust off.
To be safe, test your stain on an area that isn’t visible on the furniture to make sure it’s the color you really want. Then apply the stain all over with an old (but clean) T-shirt or cloth. Wear latex gloves so you don’t stain your skin. Be generous with the stain, just whipping away the excess when you’ve covered the whole area. Depending on how long the item has been outside, it may drink up that stain and require a second coat. Let it dry for an hour or so before deciding on a second coat.
Although many homeowners invest the majority of their home design budgets into their kitchens, it's the area of Chris' condo where he spent the least. By working with the brown and black tones of his existing granite countertops, he used color to give the otherwise basic, modern kitchen a personalized look. Glossy-black penny round tiles bought for $8 per square foot were used on all wall surfaces to add architectural interest and sheen. To help the pantry door visually recede, he had it painted the same shade of black as the tiles. Since the adjacent living room is wrapped in a black-brown grass cloth with a metallic backing, he carried the look over to the bar area to tie the two spaces together. All together, Chris' kitchen decor came to $1400.
Also called landscape fabric or weed cloth, this type of mulch is usually woven polypropylene fabric. It suppresses weeds while allowing water and air to pass. It’s often used under inorganic mulches, such as stone or landscape glass, but also under shredded hardwood bark to help extend its lifespan. Landscape fabric comes in different grades; the label should state how long it will last. This is a commercial grade fabric that’s woven and needle punched with a 20-year warranty. The colored lines are 12 inches apart, which helps with spacing plants, especially in vegetable gardens.
One of my favorite people and repeat clients came to me with a brimming-with-potential-blank-slate of a room that she wanted to use as her creative workspace. We wanted a feature wall inspired by graffiti. After some brainstorming, my client decided that the focal points of the mural would be a singular fist and kente cloth, signifying power, empowerment, and culture. To set off the mural, we painted the adjacent walls a dark slate gray. Color cues were taken from the mural and carry its energy around the room. We worked with Joybird to create a custom, rich, Kelly Green couch to provide her with a space to read and rest. The teal rug compliments the green and blue tones in the mural and brings the color into the center of the space.
For Kerrick, this home is filled with memories. As a child, when it was a second home for him, and this entryway would be the first thing he’d see coming into the house and the last thing he’d encounter as he left. Now, with TaLaya’s help, the couple has brought new life to the small space. Light gray paint gives the entry an airy and relaxing feel, while a floating credenza adds storage as well as style. The entryway also serves as the starting point for the home’s love affair with African fabrics and patterns, a story told several times throughout the house. The drapes and rug are both designed in the Malian bogolanfini or mud cloth tradition, while the planter displays an ikat pattern similar to those seen in Indonesia or along the Ivory Coast.
In order to give your child the perfect clown makeup for Halloween, use a makeup sponge and brush to apply white makeup to just the eyes and nose. Feather the makeup around the outside edges of the face so it fades softly. Use a makeup brush and blue face paint to draw a half circle over one eye following the brow line. Blend the blue and white. Do the same thing to half of the other eye, using red face paint. Next, add yellow face paint to the rest of the eyebrow and the upper lid. Blend slightly. Use a black eyeliner pencil to make a half circle above the child's natural eyebrow, then a line that follows the natural brow. Use a craft brush with red paint to make three small circles on one cheek. On the opposite cheek, draw a large circle with pink face paint. To make a clown mouth, first use red lip liner to line just outside the lips, then fill in. Extend the lines out from the edge of the natural lips and add little circles at the end. Outline lips with black liquid eyeliner. As a final accent, draw some lines just below the lower eyelid. Naturally curly hair (or a wig) is ready to clown around and just needs a nose. Oversized clothes or a clown costume finishes this big-top look.
When looking to update existing cabinet door fronts without major costs, keep in mind that glossy black and glossy white paint instantly modernize almost any style door front, resulting in a much newer look. In order to properly refinish old cabinet door fronts, first, remove them from the casing, marking the back of each door front and the inside of the cabinet with painter's tape marked with coordinating numbers. Next, remove the existing finish with fine-grit sandpaper and wipe away dust with a damp cloth. Add an even coat of primer to the front and back of each door front as well as the fascia of the cabinet casing. Lastly, use a professional-grade, two- or three-inch angled brush to apply two coats of a high-gloss latex paint, as well as a clear coat of polyurethane. Keep the space well-ventilated for 24 to 48 hours to allow fumes to subside.
One of my favorite people and repeat clients came to me with a brimming-with-potential-blank-slate of a room that she wanted to use as her creative work space. We wanted a feature wall inspired by graffiti. After some brainstorming, my client decided that the focal points of the mural would be a singular fist and kente cloth, signifying power, empowerment, and culture.
To set off the mural, we painted the adjacent walls a dark slate gray. Color cues were taken from the mural and carry it’s energy around the room. We worked with Joybird to create a custom, rich, Kelly Green couch to provide her with a space to read and rest. The teal rug compliments the green and blue tones in the mural and brings the color into the center of the space.
This work space demanded lots of creative, attractive storage. We had the pegboard custom built for the space so she has plenty of space to keep her tools within easy reach. The bold orange of the pegboard and the colorful TV stand (located just right of the desk) mirror the movement and energy of the mural without competing with it, creating a sense of color symmetry in the room.
From mud cloth to indigo and colorful wax prints, textiles featuring traditional African patterns, or inspired by them are finding a place in trendy, modern spaces all over the globe. Designers, artisans and creatives alike are finding that textiles obtained by way of the African continent, from countries such as Mali, Uganda, and Nigeria, offer strong graphic and geometric design along with vibrant, striking color stories. In spaces with a contemporary look, these designs are stylish and impactful while adding a global touch to the decor. Actor and designer, Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce) has taken notice of the power of African prints and created his own home furnishings line that incorporates them. ENITAN Vintage (http://www.enitanvintage.com/) offers storied pieces, where vintage and antique European seating is reimagined through Akinnagbe’s extensive collection of African textiles. “I wanted to preserve many of these pieces where I could, using influences from the Continent that also transcend space and time,” remarks Akinnagbe about pieces like this Victorian settee that’s upholstered in a fuchsia African Dutch Wax Print fabric.