THE ART OF HAND MARBLED FLOORS

In a recent post I mentioned wanting to do something creative this past weekend, although at the time I wasn’t quite sure what that was. If you follow along on Twitter then you already know that I ended up spending some time this past weekend marbling paper. I have always been intrigued with the ancient art of marbling and have always wanted to learn the process. The beautiful free flowing swirls of color have always captivated me. It was my first attempt and with no “real” supplies on hand, I learned that you can create marbled paper using nail polish. Yes,  you read that right…nail polish. And with nail polish you can marble just about any surface. I gave it a shot and was pleasently surprised at the results considering that I was able to create something unique with very basic supplies. Not knowing if the nail polish version would be a success or complete failure, I decided to start small and make a series of gift tags. If you want to see my gift you can check them here and here.

After my poor man’s attempt at marbling I am seriously thinking about taking a marbling workshop on a future trip to Italy to learn the “real process”.  I admire the marbling process; it is such a beautiful craft and I would like to learn the traditional method. 

The day after I finished my marbling experiment project, I started doing research for a few upcoming blog posts. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that I stumbled upon the website of Snedker Studio, a design studio based in Copenhagen owned by Pernille Snedker Hansen. Pernille is a talented artist that has translated the art of marbling into wood. I’m sure you will agree that Pernille’s designs are spectacular. 

PATTERN: WAVE

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 pattern: Green arch

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I strongly recommend that you take a look at the video below to see Pernille’s process of marbling wood in motion. You know someone is a master at their craft when they make it look so simple.

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 5 – PLAYING WITH PAINT

One of my decorating philosophies is to first try and use or re-purpose items I already own. That may mean moving a piece from one room to another, switching out fabric, altering a piece or painting a piece. Sometimes a small tweak with new paint or fabric is all it takes to breathe new life into an object and transform it into something new, fresh and relevant. I approached the One Room Challenge no differently.

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After taking inventory of the items I had in the space before the makeover, I realized I could actually reuse many of them once they had a makeover. With a can of spray paint in hand I realized that a quick, easy makeover is all that was needed to transform them to fit their new environment. These unrelated pieces now feel unified by their fresh coat of white paint. You will have to check back next week to see how they actually get incorporated into my new space. The picture at the right is a little teaser of what is to come. I was able to reuse a pair of lamps I had in the room and painted a mirror I already had.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.   –William Morris

 

The picture below shows a mirror transformation in progress. A black frame convex mirror gets an easy update with a fresh coat of glossy white paint. I got a little side-tracked and forgot to take a “before” shot. Trust me on this one…it came out great. It will be hung directly over the mirror shown above and surrounded by the jeweled artwork I made for this room.

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Mirror makeovers in progress!

PAINTING A MIRROR ONE ROOM CHALLENGE REVIVING CHARM

This is the mirror shown in the first picture. It was a great find at an estate sale a few years ago. A couple of coats of oil based paint provides the glossy lacquer look I was hoping to achieve. Don’t look too closely at the reflection in the mirror…those are all boxes of items being moved back into the room.

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I sure hope this little box will find its way back home on my desk.

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I purchased this small glass catch-all tray to hold business cards on my desk. A portion of the price tag sticker still remains as evidence that this tray has never been used. Painting the underside of the tray  creates a frosted look and transforms this piece into something I can’t wait to use.

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There is no project too small. I could have easily purchased a new desktop easel but I decided to use what I had and saved a couple of bucks in the process. This will hold a small piece of original artwork I recently purchased to display on my desk.

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE OFFICE CRAFT ROOM REVIVING CHARM PAINT

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade… I purchased this small picture frame at Goodwill for $1.99 about a year ago with the intent of giving it a makeover. I broke the glass this week after completing the project but realized I can use just the frame as a way to rotate a set of limited edition small scaled art pieces I purchased at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston this past Fall. I actually like it more for this purpose so I guess it was a happy accident.

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING CRAFT ROOM OFFICE STUDIO REVIVING CHARM CALLING IT HOME

I have always wanted an hourglass…I’m not sure why. This tiny hourglass was purchased at an estate sale for $1.00. I always planned on painting it but wasn’t sure of what color until now.

We are down the wire, my friends. It is crunch time. I somehow managed to do all the heavy lifting (not literally) in the last week but I feel great about the progress I made.

WEEKLY RECAP:

  • Painted various accessories and mirrors.
  • Dropped off my new/old desk chair at the refinishing/upholstery shop for a makeover.
  • Installed new receptacle outlet to plug in a pair of lamps that were moved from one side of the room to the other.
  • Framed some new artwork.
  • Purchased all supplies needed to make a custom 4 foot by 4’-10” linen covered bulletin board.
  • Most importantly, we successfully managed to pull out the wood for the bulletin board that was wedged into the back of our SUV without damage or injury (to us or the wood). Hallelujah!
  • Finished labeling all storage drawers.
  • Started organizing and began styling.
  • I’m sure there is something I am forgetting…it’s all a blur.

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Next week I reveal my finished room. In the meantime, make sure to check out the other One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers, other guest participants, and Linda’s blog. Have a great weekend. I will be busy trying to put the finishing touches on my room.

All pictures (except the first and last) were shot using my iPhone.

WEEK 2-ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: PAINT AND INSPIRATION

Last week I announced that I would be participating in the One Room Challenge. My goal for the Week 2 was to create a blank canvas by clearing out the room and painting the walls. This is probably the most stressful part of the challenge for me because selecting paint colors is not on my top ten (or top 100) list of things to do. A great plan means nothing if you don’t get the foundation right. If your foundation isn’t right something will always looks a little “off”.

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Before: Marking my territory on the existing grey walls.

I will admit to leading a double life (executive by day; blogger and creator by night). I have a full-time job so evenings and weekends are the only time to get things done. Over this past weekend I was able to prime and get the first coat of paint on the walls. The second coat of paint will have to wait because I will be out of town in San Diego this upcoming weekend. Being out of commission for one weekend puts a little added pressure to get things done but luckily I planned the trip before the start of the challenge and adjusted my schedule accordingly. However, I had planned to actually finish painting the walls during week 1 so my calendar will need some additional adjustments since that didn’t happen. No stress, right??!!

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  –Arthur Ashe

 

I did a lot of research to find a lovely, sophisticated shade of blushy, pale pink. Yes, lots of research on paint, of all things. If you follow me on Twitter then you already know that I consulted my House Beautiful paint guide (as I do before each paint job) to help select the perfect paint. This is a resource I have had for years. It was money well spent.

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I decided on “Intimate White” by Sherwin Williams. It doesn’t look like much on the paint strip but even with one coat on the walls, it really came alive. I can’t wait for the second coat to go up. I can already tell that it is a beautiful hue that will make a huge impact on space and create a wonderful backdrop for things yet to come. I haven’t done any interior photography with my “real” camera in a while and with so much going on I was really too tired to bust it out for a few practice shots. These photos don’t do the color justice (granted they are iPhone pictures) so this is as good as it is going to get for today…

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE REVIVING CHARM WEEK 2

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With week one down, I now have a new blank canvas to (almost) work from. The soft romantic feminine vibe I am trying to achieve is slowly coming alive. My Sweet Seaside Studio makeover is finally happening! Thanks, Linda for hosting the challenge as it was the perfect motivation to get me started!


Other news to report:

  • With a stroke of luck, I found a desk chair. I need to make arrangements to pick it up.
  • The room accessories I ordered have arrived. Each day has felt like Christmas!

key items to be accomplished:

  • Finish painting.
  • Order area rug.
  • Hang light fixture.
  • Install one new receptacle outlet.
  • Buy fabric for office chair and have  chair reupholstered.
  • Buy supplies to make a bulletin board.
  • Order window coverings (I’m sure the neighbor’s will appreciate this one!)
  • Frame artwork.
  • Spray paint accessories.
  • Other….(because I am sure I am forgetting something!)

Meanwhile, I have admired a few other office spaces I thought I would share. After all, sharing is caring…

REVIVING CHARM OFFICE MAKEOVER ONE ROOM CHALLENGE

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Source: Pink Peonies

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Source: Linnnk.com

That’s it for this week. Thanks for following along!   XOXO, V.

Also be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers, other guest participants, and Linda’s blog.

HOW A SINGLE PICTURE CAN DICTATE DESIGN

I made a vow to myself that after the holiday season I would redo my office. It is currently painted Sherwin William’s “Intellectual Grey”. And when people ask what color it is I always tell them I feel just a little bit smarter spending time in this space.  However, the paint had barely dried before I began to think of repainting.  (Is that a typical day in the life of a designer?) I was vacillating between navy or the perfect shade of coral pink. Specifically, a sophisticated coral hue; one that you might find on the inside of a seashell. Definitely nothing juvenile. 

I have to give credit to the talented designer Anthony Baratta for posting this picture from the Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas on his Instagram. All it took was one glance at this picture for me to make a decision. Now excuse me while I go pull out stacks of paint samples in search of the perfect shade of coral pink…