Friday, October 28, 2011

French Store Front Mural

This was totally fun! 

I had the chance to turn an irregular bedroom wall with a closet door right in the middle of it into a uniquely painted accent wall.  This was painted for a young gal who wanted a French themed store front featuring a bakery and a bookstore. 

I added French titles to the books and tried to give the customer a delicious selection of treats.  

I plan to paint a separate plaque to mount of the door saying "Open" in French or include the store's name.  The paneled door made it tricky to paint clean lettering so I am going with the plaque idea.  

The homeowner also plans to add a fabric awning to hang over the door.  I think these will be important finishing touches.  

I also painted a lamp post and street sign and included the beloved family cat they recently had to part with.  

The stump holding books will be next to her love seat once the furniture is back into place.  

The girl also had a decorated wooden letter "C" hanging from a ribbon that they wanted to include.  So, I came up with adding a flying bird and they can add a nail so the "C" hangs from the bird's mouth.  I will have to post more pictures of this mural once the three dimensional touches are added.

And this is Izzy who kept me company all day (stuck paws in my water, sniffed my lunch, and played fetch with a toy down the hallway).

This idea of incorporating a mural around a doorway would look great in any room (not just for kids).  Think of your pantry door in your kitchen or a linen closet down the hall.  I can turn any blah wall into a fantastic wall!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Black and White Furniture

A classy look for any room, any decor, and any piece of furniture is black and white.  

Not only does the black hide the flaws of a well loved piece, it is striking and lends itself to the fun and flow of the white lines and shapes.  

Set a drawer off with a crystal knob and you are left with a piece you will love. 

So, go scrounge up that old piece of furniture you have, buy my book Mural Magic for painting prep and tips, and create this great look on your own!  Or contact me and I can help you out!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Closet Butterflies

Look at this great closet arrangement!  I love the built in dresser between the two doors.  This client moved into a house where she wanted to incorporate the colors and designs of her daughters' bedding with the existing window treatment.  She painted the room green and wanted to embellish the plain white closet doors.  

 Here is the bedding. Fun butterflies that will grow with the girls. Lots of greens, blues, and pink!

Here is the window treatment. More subtle blues, purples and yellows (The green wall looks brighter here than it really is).

So I used the color palette from each fabric to create some fun butterflies.

 And I personalized the room by adding the girls' names.

 Now, the room has a better blended design and the white closet doors are not as stark.  At my suggestion, the homeowner is now considering adding color to each dresser drawer.  Such a simple design to make the room look great!