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Living and Dining Room Refreshed

My client’s next project to tackle was the living and dining rooms.  The  quickest and easiest way to impact a room is by adding color to the walls.   The photo below is before the walls were painted.

I love the instant impact paint can have on a room.  It’s budget friendly and done in just a day or two.  The room looks warmer and more inviting.  A sleeker new fan was installed, a mirror was hung over the sofa and throw pillows were added to the couch.  I found a catchall basket that is under the cocktail table for the kid’s laptops and other miscellaneous items to keep the room free from clutter.

The wood furniture was hand crafted by my client’s father.

I found these lamps at an Antique show and created new lampshades to soften the look and add some visual interest on the mantle.

An arm chair and side table were added to create additional seating and to help define the living room from the dining room.   I had both pieces in my garage, waiting to be customized.

The dining room furniture was from my client’s mother.

This table was originally in the entryway but was too small for the area.  A daughter brought this handmade mirror home from France.  I am going to take a family portrait plus a photo of the girls to fill these frames when the weather becomes warmer.

The first change in the dining room was to reupholster the dining room chairs from a burgundy fabric to a multi-colored one, which pulls in the colors from both the living room and kitchen.

Pillows and placemats were made  with the seat fabric.

Another new piece of art, which hangs next to the hutch.

The client’s china and crystal items were used to create a more visually interesting display in the hutch as well as on the buffet.

My client picked out the dining room chandelier.

This is probably my favorite new piece of artwork, hangs prominently between the living room and kitchen.

The entryway was painted a light gray with a rug added to add color and depth.  This view is from the entryway into the living room.

The french provincial chair while it isn’t identical to the kitchen table set, it can be added when needed.  Otherwise it’s a great place to sit down and put on shoes.

The table was another piece I had in my garage.  It is a better size for the entryway and was painted a sage green color to match both the kitchen chair fabric and the rug.

The mirror was also in my garage.   A glass lamp and other items were added to the table for light and visual interest.

I was disappointed when this project was finished.  My clients are truly lovely people who I enjoy very much and it was great to work with them on making design changes to their living and dining rooms, entryway and kitchen.

Art Deco Buffet ~ Finalized

A friend from book club called to tell me about this fabulous art deco buffet that she knew I would love.  And she was right ~ what a great piece!

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I was eager to paint it but was surprised when I struggled to decide on a color scheme.  I first tried Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green but decided it was too bright even when I glazed it.

Next I painted the two drawers in American FolkArt Imperial Red Chalk Paint and glazed one of them.    But didn’t like either.  Golly.  Here’s a great piece of furniture and neither color scheme did it justice.

I started over by researching art deco color schemes and fell in love with glossy black paint with gilded gold for the embellishments and red as an accent color.


I loved the red accent color, which is fairly prominent in art deco design schemes, but a friend suggested I try a more subdued accent color.

staged front

I painted a knob and cabinet door with metallic silver paint to visualize this potential color scheme.  Dilemma!  I liked both the red and at the silver.

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I pondered and decided to go with the metallic silver, although I knew there wasn’t a right or wrong answer.

straight on

The day I finished this piece, a client had come to purchase a dresser for his business and purchased the Art Deco piece too, declaring it perfect as a bar for his home.

cabinet door close up

It’s a difficult piece to part with but it does look great as a bar since my client was kind enough to send a photo.


Art Deco – A Work in Progress

A friend called me to tell me about a buffet she saw that had my name all over it.  I was thrilled to have this Art Deco buffet to tackle.

She has great lines and details, just the type of piece I love to paint and glaze.  But that’s not what I did … rather I embraced the Art Deco style.

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I decided to channel my inner “Flapper” and go with a roaring 30’s nightclub feel with black semi-gloss, gold and red.

Art Deco Front

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