Loving Out Loud: Bold Color…..

It comes as no surprise that I like color on my furniture.  My living room has turquoise chairs, my guest room has a suzani covered chair and my music room ….well that is just chocked full of color.  So it wasn’t shocking that over the last few weeks I have been drawn to furniture with bold saturated colors, in particular purples and pinks.  I think it has to do with my visit to the Z Gallerie show room last month.  When you entered the show room, you were greeted by their Pierre sofa covered  in a beautiful and rich velvet in the most intense shade of aubergine I have seen. 

It was beautiful.  I was giddy.  I proceeded to molest the sofa in front of their executive staff.  It was  special and magical moment for all involved.   In any case, here are my top three favorite uses of bold color on furniture so far……

Clockwise: Pierre Sofa, Z Gallerie; The Duchess Chair, Society Social; Junior Templeton Chair, Jonathan Adler.

I am envisioning the Pierre Sofa paired with pink chairs for a bit of “sorority girl glam” – imagine Legally Blonde meets good taste.  The Duchess chairs from Society Social bring a touch of history while the Junior Templeton from Jonathan Adler adds a nice modern punch. 

Throw in a wall painted in the lightest shade of robin egg’s blue or a lavender and you have a the makings for a room that is bold but not in your face.

Okay, I am off to finish AutoCAD homework and to continue to bask in the glow of all this bold color.  So tell me, are you hankering for any bold hues this time of year?

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Piet Mondrian Inspired Nursery Artwork

If you can’t tell, I have “baby nursery” on the brain in a big way.  I am in the home stretch of putting together a nursery for a client’s  baby girl.  The nursery design created is definitely not for the child (or Mom) who is afraid of color – turquoise, white and splashes of yellow and navy blue dominate the color palate.  It is a bold room that fits the bold personality of the clients.  When it came to artwork, the same sense of boldness had to hold true.  Under no certain terms did the client want pictures of teddy bears, Disney princesses or “cute” for cute sake. Under no certain terms did the client want pictures of teddy bears, Disney princesses or “cute” for cute sake.  That was fine with me since I find many of the items manufactured as “children’s art” to be a bit off-putting and really not that enjoyable to look at on a regular basis.

The client had several art pieces that she wanted incorporated into the room but that still left me with 3 blank walls in the room to fill.  The client’s pieces revolve around the concept of folk art.  I needed a foil to the largest of the pieces — something that was visually strong in shape and color but still appropriate for a child’s room.  I knew that I wanted to work a quote into the room in a way that didn’t use a wall stencil or canvas.  However, it wasn’t until I ran across a painting by the artist Piet Mondrian that my concept for my DIY art  project came together.

Mondrian’s artwork has a linear quality that plays with depth through the use of color and lines.  This is one of my favorite pieces:

 

Mondrian's Composition in Red, Blue & Yellow

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It seemed like the perfect foil for the folk art already in the room and the perfect back drop for a quote.  I played around with the format of the piece this week until I found a composition I liked:

Armed with a concept and a plan, I set out on making it into reality.  All  it took was 2 different Ikea frames (9 in total), 1 bag of alphabet magnets and 5 different colors of spray paint.  The spray painting took the longest since I wanted a deep saturated color which meant many layers of spray paint to achieve a smooth and shiny finish. However, even with the loss of some brain cells and certain lung cancer later in life, the final result is something I am beyond thrilled with and excited to get into the room…..

Up next is putting together the pieces of the fabric artwork for the other wall.  Pictures to come soon!

Pantry Reveal

The Partner finally came back from his vacation in Puerto Rico and while I am quite happy he is home safe and sound, I am secretly relieved that he brought back the “good camera” in one piece.  Now armed with a camera that would not give you all the illusion that I have painted my kitchen lilac……

 

My pantry.......for some reason, the walls are coming out lilac (which they are not)

 

I still don’t understand why my old point-n-shoot makes my kitchen look like a room in Prince’s house.  In any case, here is the freshly painted pantry….

The color I finally selected was Plumage from the Martha Stewart paint collection at Home Depot.  I tried several different paint colors but none of them quite hit the balance of intense color without being “bright”.  I was quite pleased with the color but have to admit that the paint was a tad thin in my opinion.  Has anyone else had this issue?

After painting the back of the shelves and letting them dry overnight, I had fun rearranging all my glassware back on the shelves along with some other treasures I  had kept hidden in my cabinets.

The white and blue opaline glassware is my favorite.  I am addicted to eBay because of these pieces, but they are so expensive when they come up.  Fortunately, the pieces I have acquired were amazing deals.  If anyone knows of an online dealer who has four more of the sherry glasses, let me know!

Okay, one more shot before we leave…..

I have said it before and I will say it again, I am amazed by what a little paint can do……