New York-based realist painter Dina Brodsky paints stunningly small landscapes and cityscapes often inspired by her travels via bicycle. The classically-trained artist features an astounding degree of detail in her works.
The artwork nestled in the tiny wall niche next to the bed was chosen not just for its coordinating colors and geometric patterns, but also for its perfect size and shape. Local Truckee, Calif. painter Carole Sesko, who also did the artwork in the adjacent guest bathroom, created this piece using acrylic paint and mixed media.
Don’t be scared. The secret to success is using a black with a tinge of blue, so the darkness has depth. An expanse of it is easier to pull off on built-ins or behind open shelves, where you can layer white objects and plants to break up the color. This is Black Blue by Farrow & Ball, or try Dark Night by Sherwin-Williams.
Leanne loves to incorporate natural elements into all of her designs, so the stone wall was a no-brainer. To achieve the light stone look that she desired without blowing the budget, Leanne and Steve decided to grout wash the stone wall. "I feel I might have invented a new technique," Leanne said. "For budget, we couldn't get a beautiful white stone, but we could smear some grout over it."