When Lance Jackson and David Ecton with Parker Kennedy Living saw this French mirror in their client's master bedroom, they knew it had to fill the expansive space above the fireplace and wood mantel. "We moved it because the ceilings were so high. I wanted it to be a statement piece in that room," says Jackson, co-founder of the Atlanta interior design firm. Both the mirror and the framed art, also from the homeowner's collection and previously elsewhere, are good examples of how to reuse existing items in interesting ways. Consider using an oversized dramatic mirror with a petite painting or photo.
Lighten up a heavy, closed-off kitchen by converting your ordinary cabinets to open shelving. The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “I have loved the open shelf concept,” Meek says. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware. The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.
Create your own giant acorns for extra large fall decorations this season. To create the body of your acorn you will need to find some wooden eggs shapes, or create your own with balloons and paper mache. Once you have the body you can decorate it by painting it, wrapping it with twine, or gilding it with gold leaf or glitter. Create your acorn cap by hot gluing natural elements around the top half of your acorn shape. We used acorn caps and layers of pinecone scales to create ours.
In a compact but mighty art strip in Mt. Pleasant village, the Artist Collective and Heart of Gold Gallery offer an opportunity to see what Charleston and beyond artists are up to, and perhaps pick up a painting or photo souvenir of your visit. Heart of Gold Gallery features contemporary photography from the Fifties to the present day. Owner Aaron Zych has a special love of music photography featuring greats from David Bowie to Johnny Cash but you are just as likely to see an exhibition devoted to surf photography as rock music in this eclectic art space.
HGTV's special Celebrity Holiday Homes gives Dee Snider, the lead singer of the popular heavy metal band Twisted Sister as well as radio personality and actor, a dose of holiday cheer by decorating his home for the holidays. This is a detail picture of the Christmas and Holiday decorations, decorative balls, lights, decorative branch, flowers and diy spray painting detail on the Christmas tree in the living room during HGTV's special Celebrity Holiday Homes with Dee Snider.
All flowers provided by Tower Flowers/Delaware Valley Flowers
Make whimsical tree toppers from foam spheres, card stock, glitter and paper straws. To create these, cut several straws in different lengths using scissors. Update a basic foam sphere by painting it a color which coordinates with the tree decor. To play with light, consider adding a layer of glitter over the paint for a sparkling effect. In order to attach the spheres to the tops of the trees, make connectors by shaping and cutting card stock into conicals, then pushing them up into the foam spheres. Next, randomly attach the straws to the spheres, then place the toppers on the trees.
This entry joyfully foreshadows what's in store for our journey through the Blehm family home. We're immediately introduced to the family's four central themes: a love of art, bold colors, custom solutions and the use of classic black and white. When the foundation is understated, as is this entry's wallpaper, it creates an opportunity to layer on the fun. Angela worked with a local carpenter to design the statement making red lacquered cabinet. The door style was inspired by Angela's favorite ceramic planter and is in perfect harmony with the iron pickets on the staircase to the left. It is clear the paintings and accessories were all intentionally chosen and placed. The relationships between shapes, finishes and even the primary colors create a beautifully balanced entry vignette
Kingston-born and Brooklyn-based, artist Paul Sue-Pat (http://paulsuepatartdesigns.com/) is a student of contrasts. His art moves between sculpture and painting, whimsical figures and strong abstract shapes, specific emotions and imaginative contexts. His home too is a class in the power of opposites. Here, trend-forward rooms defined by bright splashes of color sit beside (or beneath) spaces where restrained motifs speak more of the past than the future. And everywhere there is art. Art that Paul creates and art that he admires; pieces gifted from fellow creatives and pieces left over from his massive installations for public spaces and private galleries. The effect is magical, and each room, no matter how different, feels like somewhere that deserves further exploration.
If paint is peeling on the exterior of your house, sun and water can damage the wood underneath. Frank Lesh, owner of Home Sweet Home Inspection Company in Indian Head Park, Ill., recommends scraping down to bare wood, priming and allowing the primer to dry before applying new paint. “Paint at the right time of day, which is after the sun has faded away from the area you’re painting,” he says, “because sun evaporates the paint material too quickly.”
Peeling interior paint is an issue if it’s peeling off in rough squares, like an alligator’s skin. That’s a sign that lead-based paint is underneath, so if the area is large or if you have small children (who are very susceptible to damage from lead poisoning), consult a professional about removal.
Chances are you have some metal pieces in your home office and those pieces deserve a makeover. In addition to setting up a properly protected and ventilated space to work, you’ll want to do some prep on the surfaces you plan to paint, like remove the hardware or tape it off. Next, give the furniture a good scrub with an all-purpose cleaner and remove any rust with a fine grit sanding paper. Once the surface is clean and dust-free, prime it. Keep in mind some products are actually a primer + paint combination, so check this before you start. If you’re priming with a separate product, let it fully dry before you spray paint with color. Always use a light sweeping motion about 12 inches from the surface when painting. It’s better to do multiple light coats than one heavy coat that will cause drips. In other words, patience is key!
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."