Showing posts with label interiors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interiors. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This Year's Christmas Mantlescape

This year I combined a touch of rustic browns with the more modern silver pieces and utilized our family initial as the centerpiece. Adding small white lights in combination with the large 'snowball' lights throughout the garland gives it an extra touch and helps the silvers/metallics sparkle just slightly.

I could have went without the silver arrangement but those were a lucky find this year, so I had to use them! Aren't they fabulous?!?!

The owl on the right side is new this year, also. You can't see it here, but the light from the garland shines through it creating a cool texture. 

PS. Is it mantel scape or mantlescape? Who knows... Regardless, it makes me happy decorating my mantle each holiday and especially at Christmas!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Custom Uppercase Living For An Office Breakroom

There seems to be a lot of interest in a custom design that I had done for an office break room. If you would like to order the same thing, I have created a 'recipe' which can be modified however you wish. If you just want to order this exact size, color, fonts, etc. simply login to my UL website and click on the Custom Design Tool. There should be a 'shared' design on the left sidebar that you can click and order.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Decorating A Dollhouse: A Mommy-Daughter Date Night

Last night was the night to decorate my daughter's dollhouse. I actually picked this up at an estate sale unfinished and vowed that we would paint it and spice it up a bit! Her and Grandma painted the outside and last night was our night to finish the inside together.

We've been mixing paints lately and learning color combinations so I usually have her start with just the primaries and white and black. Naturally she went for red and white and exclaimed that the inside shall be pink! (Of course it should!) So, she was in charge of the paint job. Then she announced that I should finish the decorating and surprise her while she took a bath. (Note: bath time is not enough time to 'finish' a dollhouse!)

But I was able to get a quick decorating job done. ;-) When bath time was over, she came to see what I had done. She gasped, "So cool!" So I guess I did ok.

Here is the start of our project and the progress we've made so far. The additions made during bath-time were scrapbook paper and modge podge. We may just add some curtains tonight!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Latest Painting

This was another donation piece for a Burlington, ND woman who is battling lymphoma. It was placed on silent auction. I wonder who bought it?!?!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Latest Painting

Out of frustration and disappointment comes beauty.... I literally was feeling both of these things when I told my hubby, "I have to go paint!" It was a wonderful release and I was very proud of what came out of it.

This piece is the largest one I've done (besides HOPE HEALS) and is measured at 4ft x 5ft.

Titled "You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray"

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My First Experience With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Lesson Learned

Of  course I forgot to take a picture of the lower cabinets before I started, but this is what they look like.
All I've heard about is how fabulous Annie Sloan chalk paint is! Well, after my first project (and it was a biggie) I can honestly say that I am not all. I've upcycled many pieces, I've painted numerous things, including a fridge, and I've used anywhere from acrylic to latex to spray paint. I've pretty much loved every result. Not so much with ASCP.

First off, I had to travel to Fargo to get the stuff. The lady at the store was very friendly and helpful but she did assure me it was not returnable! I explained how I wanted white cabinets. They have sleek fronts, so I didn't want an antique look (which usually works better with some sort of groove in the cabinetry for the darker stain to sit), but rather more of a clean modern look. She suggested a cream color, but again, I didn't want them to look too 'country' and I needed some contrast from my butcher block counters.

I was told that I didn't have to sand them at all, and from what I have been reading from others, this is the case. I was told to use their special brush. Normally, I would apt for a small foam roller to avoid brush strokes, but she said that I didn't need a roller and found the brush I needed.

I purchased two small pints of white, a clear wax and one brush. $200. Ouch! But I thought, well, it's worth it to avoid the hassle.

After the first try, I should have just given up, but I knew it was such a pain to wait until I went back to Fargo and she also said I couldn't return it anyway. (even though the paint did not do what was promised)

First off, the texture seemed too thick and was clumping and dragging. The brush strokes were awful. So, I tried to thin it. I also added water to the brush. This helped, but I knew it would take at least another coat. So, I went back to 'normal' consistency. It took three coats!! And it probably could have used a couple more. Not only was it not covering properly, but I had brown stains bleeding through.(and yes, I cleaned them beforehand) At this point, I thought, well maybe the clear wax will help.

I applied the clear wax after I roughed up the edges. At this point, I figured the only thing I could do was to distress them to try and make this work. (so much for not having antique looking cabinets) I planned on keeping my old cabinet handles, which are a copper color, so by distressing the edges it at least pulled the whole look together a little more.

At least now my copper-ish hardware shows up better.
Here is what the edges look like after sanding them. Even though I didn't want a distressed look, it actually does look better with the hardware this way.

After applying the wax, it seemed to show through even more AND it seemed to make the stains appear even more so. UGH!!

Here is a good example of how different it looks where wax was applied. (ignore the trim piece)

Originally, I had intended on painting the bottom cabinets white and the top cabinets a darker color so my exposed white dishes would pop. At this point, I'm just too tired to even care anymore. I have streak-filled bottom cabinets that basically look dirty up close and I have no idea what I will do with the top cabinets. Dad said, "You should have just primed them and stuck with Sherwin Williams cabinet paint." Yes, dad...lesson learned.

Overall, at least things are a bit brighter in my kitchen...just don't look too close!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Office Decor

Here is a great little slideshow (click on the link below) featuring some of the accessorizing and decorating I did for Ackerman-Estvold Engineering and Management Consulting. If you recall from this post, I blended a mix of modern with heirlooms from the founder of the family company.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Mantel

I skipped the FA LA LA and went for some sparkle this year on the mantel. It looks so pretty lit up at night. This year we had to switch around the deer stocking hangers because as my son pointed out, he's a boy, so he needs the one with antlers! So observant, that one...

I switched out the yellow block B in the middle of the wreath for this one, a softer blue that fills the space better. (thin wooden letter from Hobby Lobby covered with scrapbook paper)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Built In Laundry Storage

Ok, now I have to brag. Check out the AWESOME built-in laundry storage that my dad just made for our laundry room. Now that dad is retired and has a new home (nothing to remodel there) I get to put his skills to work for the many (((many))) projects we have in our home. It's a win, keeps him busy and I get to cross things off my list and get added bonuses like this custom solution!

The most fun part for me is getting to brainstorm with my dad. I show him stuff on Pinterest, we analyze my space and come up with different ideas. I draw things out, we brainstorm some more and he tells me what logically can and can't be done. He can always visualize things like I can and fortunately, he knows how to deliver when it comes to almost any project.

There is actually a method to our madness with this storage space. My hubby and I bought our house with an unfinished old basement. There was a funny space left between the laundry room and the bathroom. We both saw it as a complete waste of space and thought there must be something we can do to make it more usable. Because of pipes and drains, it wasn't justifiable to knock out the wall on either side so dad knocked out a portion and filled the 'dead space' with these cubbies, all while leaving access to the plumbing surrounding it on the backside.

So, now I have four slots to put my laundry baskets and we will add a rod to hang clothes in the top portion. And it's darn cute.

Way to go, dad!! And thank you. :-)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Creating An Art Studio

I'm so happy that I am FINALLY making a space for myself to create, paint, craft and do whatever I please!! This is also an opportunity for me to incorporate and display some of my finds and hand-me-downs that I've collected throughout the years. Vintage Chic! I'll post some of my favorite accessories and give you a taste of some old, new and re-purposed things.

Now, my 'studio' isn't fancy or Pinterest worthy. It's simply a space where I can create a mess and it won't matter. Perhaps someday I will have sheet rocked and painted walls, along with a highly organized and finished room, but what fun is that? I would be afraid to sling my paint across the room! I'm hoping the gray cement floor will soon be covered in color...lots of colors!

Here's a peek inside my little creative oasis.

Lovely lamp shade from Lowes.

Painted some old shelves that I can slide my canvases into and stack misc. supplies and then covered the side with this adorable patterned wrapping paper.

My awesome vintage clock from my adapted Grandma Julia!

Old buttons and boxes via a garage sale and my grandma's sewing stash.

My tools....(old coke crate turned into a shelf in the background)

My new letters from a funky new vintage shop in town.

A sale shower curtain ($5 at Target) makes a nice 'wall' and adds some fun to a drab wall. An ode to my graphics background!

Metal wall decor I got at Pier1 years (and years) ago. Love the metal...

Modge Podge. Enough said.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Simple Wall Decor for Modern Spaces

Here is another piece from the interiors of Ackerman-Estvold Engineering. By taking floor or hall mirrors and turning them horizontally, you can really make a statement. In order to fill this space, we stacked three of the stainless framed hall mirrors from Target. I think it worked really well in the space and added a little element of surprise.

The one thing I always try to do is think about products and how they can be used differently from their original intent. Get creative with things. Turn them sideways, upside down, paint them...the sky is the limit! In this case, the lines and materials were cohesive with the rest of the space, but we just needed to use them differently. Also, don't forget about scale. If we simply would have put one mirror on it's side, it definitely wouldn't have had the impact of three, filling the space both vertically and horizontally.