Archive for the 'Paint' Category

14
Sep
07

More on Neutrals with Color

More from September’s Elle Decor. Here is a better shot of Marjorie Gubelmann’s living room. I love the scale and finish of the hanging lantern.

Living room

And here is her dining room with its spectacular hand-painted Gracie wallpaper, proving neutral rooms are happy to live near big color walls. I find it hard to believe that I’ve never had a room this color green. I’ve always loved it.

Green dining room copy

Side note: In Bob Altman’s glamorously stuffy Gosford Park,
gosfordparkpic
a great source of design inspiration if you need it, the billiard room (the room pictured above is actually the drawing room in the film. I couldn’t find a still of the BR but you get the glamour point) is glazed the same color green as the wallpaper above. I think the billiard room is under-painted with yellow. Whatever the technique, the effect gives the space a sturdy glow. In Gubelmann’s dining room, the silver of the Venetian mirrors, the shimmering chandelier, and the small scale of the black bamboo chairs keep the room light and airy. I love it.

05
Jun
07

Master Bedroom Don’ts – Before Pictures

Okay, I found the “before” pictures of the master bedroom.
Bedroom Befores
  I promise I didn’t unmake the bed and turn the sofa over just to make the room look extra wrong.  We were in the process of moving the sofa out to give to a friend when I realized I needed to take the before photos. And John had just gotten back from Puerto Rico, so that’s why the suitcase is in the middle of the room.Bedroom Befores
Try not to judge the strong green (Porter Paints, Bayou Bronze) too harshly.  It is part of an incomplete design concept that would have incorporated a canopy for the bed and some other cool fabrics and lighting that probably would have made it work.  Lesson learned:  Know my limits.  Homemade canopies and vintage lighting that requires additional fabrication are out of my league at this stage of my life.  I just don’t have time for that many steps.       
The sofa, btw, was an early design decision mistake.  I bought it because it was comfortable—best nap couch ever!  I wasn’t crazy about the fabric, but thought I would just have it recovered.  Lesson learned: Don’t buy furniture new with alterations in mind unless you get to choose the fabric before it is delivered.

I find it hard to believe myself, but the shades above the bed are the same temporary ones we’ve had since we built the house FIVE YEARS AGO!   Whatever that says about my ability to see a project through, it speaks volumes about the quality of those temporary shades!  Impressive!

The bronze drapes don’t fit in the Palladian window.
Bedroom Befores
  They were also “temporarily” thrown up (again, five years ago) on a tension rod because I wasn’t sure what shades I wanted and the way the window fits into the dormer makes mounting a rod outside difficult.  The ugly globe light fixtures (2nd photo) were the cheapest thing I could find because I wanted more time to think about lighting than I had when the builder needed a decision from us.  So there you have it—a recipe for design disaster.  Be gentle.

The good news is that I bought new bedding on a very successful shopping venture to Target with Dave.  Pictures to come.  The new shades are ordered (delivery in two weeks).  I bought a great 5 x 8’ jute rug (currently under the bed, but I may move it) for $68.00 at Lowes. 

Oh, and John put the chandeliers on a sliding rheostat for me so now we have infinite lighting possibilities.  I’m a big believer in putting rheostats wherever I can have them.

01
Jun
07

Paint and Lighting is Up, Cleaning Tid Bits

Well, all the painting is done except for the detailing. After climbing over furniture to find a spot to sleep Tuesday and Wednesday, we actually slept in our room again last night. The redo isn’t done yet, but here is the wingback we had reupholstered (labor at T & H Upholstery in Indy – $260.00). I apologize for the crassness of posting prices, but I find the lack of readily available information about this kind of stuff kind of frustrating, so I’m putting it out there.

Reupholstered Wingback

I think the fabric (Calico Corners – 9 yards – $200.00 [discounted price]) Dave helped me pick looks pretty good with the paint color. You can see both here.

The redo has been a good op to clean things that I never would have otherwise (My tendency to ignore baseboards is one of the reasons this blog is called “Good Home” and not “Great Home”). When our next door neighbor Mindy heard we were going to hire professionals to clean our rugs she insisted that we let her bring her rug cleaner over and have a go at it.

So Wed. night while John and I painted one half of the room, she cleaned the carpet in the other. THEN she came back the next day to do the other half! She refuses to let us pay her. We’ll have to figure out another way to thank her because the carpet looks really good. Mindy rocks!

Screen Cleaning

To clean the screens on our windows we decided to put them in the shower and just hose them off with a little attachable sprayer that I got John from Restoration Hardware one year for Christmas (it was actually on his wish list). I’m thinking I may clean all of our screens this way in the future.

Here is one of the chandeliers.

Lighting

I think they are hanging a little low, which we can easily fix (going the other direction is a little harder). I’m going to see if I can talk John’s mom into sewing sleeves for the chains—either in champagne or wheat colored linen.

Lighting

My favorite thing so far is the paint color. It’s the only one besides the yellow in our living room that I’ve ever liked the minute it went on the wall. I usually have to get used to new colors even when I like them a lot. This blue is hard to photograph though.

Some potentially bad news. I know I promised before pics, but they may be lost. When my computer hard drive went a couple weeks back they may have been erased. I’ll know next week, I think. Keep your fingers crossed.

24
May
07

Bedroom Status Report 2

Looks like I have a deadline for finishing the bedroom. June 6. Our friend Scott is coming to town for a conference and he’ll need the guest suite, so it will need to be free of the furniture from our bedroom placed there temporarily while we work.

For the sake of scheduling ease (our lives are too complicated to work around someone else at the moment), we’ve decided to do the painting ourselves. Know that I will say at least fifty times as we are painting, “we totally should have hired someone.” John will ignore me, as he should in such cases.

BTW, I like Benjamin Moore paints (also Sherwin Williams, Porter and even Behr-I can’t afford Farrow and Ball), but something it took me awhile to realize is that not all paint stores are alike. Their mixing skills vary. So either get all of the paint you need on one trip or find a good paint store because if you run out, you may well end up bringing back a slightly different color or finish the second time.  That happened to me once, and it annoys me everytime I see the result in our kitchen.

We’ll be using:

Palladian Blue (HC-144 – Eggshell)
from Rollie Williams Paint Spot
5292 E 65th St
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 842-6772

Rollie’s is a Benjamin Moore dealer here in town that I’ve used before with good luck.

Dave, who is in the residential leasing biz, says a cleaning service could do wonders for our carpet and that we really don’t have to replace it. So that should save some trouble and a little money. If I can get him to provide the company’s name I’ll call them and post their info here as a resource for Indy folks.

John is on vacation next week, so we’ll hit the ground running with painting next Tuesday when we get back from Batesville.

I still need to:

Call and order paint
Measure for, then order matchstick blinds and window hardware
Pick up the reupholstered wingback
Take two other chairs to be reupholstered

Keep your fingers crossed and pray for John. As much as I try to be good, I get antsy in the middle of weeks long projects. And I can get kind of sullen towards the end when it seems like the details will never come together.

12
Apr
07

Bringin’ Peachy Back

Ditchley Park - Alexandre Serebriakoff watercolor

If you can’t remember being dragged to a bazillion peach colored weddings in the 80s, chances are the notion of using a little peach in the home here and there isn’t that offensive to you.

The problem with the use of peach, or teal, or even mauve in the 80s wasn’t the colors. Colors, all colors, are timeless. They’ve all been used before. They’ll all be used again to great effect. The problem was that they were everywhere. And ubiquity is an invitation to revolt. Peach was bound to fall out of favor.

But there’s no need for it to stay there. I pulled the image above, a Serebriakoff watercolor of a state room at Ditchley Park to show its use prior to being spewed all over late 20th century pseudo-Victorian, panty-festooned bed and breakfast decor.

Why Bother?

  • Peach and its cousins are sunny and very natural–think morning sun.
  • It’s handy in colder, grayer climates–peach can warm a room without overwhelming it.
  • It’s a more neutral color than you might think.
  • Tips

  • It looks handsome with cream trim and woodwork.
  • Peach actually plays well with others and will take on the energy of the colors around it. While it’s best to mix strong hues with it sparingly, don’t shy away from them. Nancy Lancaster entertained in the room above. The tea tables she brought in for them were painted a lacquered red! Sounds completely elegant to me.
  • I can’t think of a room where I wouldn’t try using it, though I have not found a good version for our bedroom yet.
  • Picking the right shade is tricky. If it gets too muddy, as Mark Hampton said, it will look like pancake makepup on your walls. Test a few quarts to find a shade good for you.
  • Any other tips for using it? Let me know if you are or are on your way to being brave to give it a try. I’m no expert on peach, but I doubt it will ever be as big as it was in the 80s (thank God!–nothing should be that everywhere).

    30
    Mar
    07

    Yellow Parlor

    Nancy Lancaster’s legendary yellow parlor in London.

    yellow parlor

    I love:

    This yellow.
    The silver accents.
    The mirror panels around the door.
    Hand painted pillows.
    Desk behind the sofa.
    Blue chairs peeking from behind the skirted table.
    The dirty water in the flower vase.

    (Photo from Martin Wood–Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style)

    14
    Mar
    07

    In The Bedroom

    …not our bedroom, though I sure wouldn’t mind lifting this one and tucking it into our house.

    A new coat of paint, which I would describe as a “moonglow” (Dave and Ken, what was the name and brand of the color again? I need to do a better job of giving sources) presented a good op to highlight Ken and Dave’s bedroom style.

    Dave and Ken Bedroom 1

    I asked Dave to talk about what he and Ken feel are qualities of a good bedroom:

    -Keep color easy on the eye. He limits his primary color choices to any shade between gold and brown, with the occasional pop of robins egg blue. (I would add that he uses creams to keep things from getting too heavy.)

    -“I like bedrooms that are living rooms with a bed in them.” They get bonus points if they can serve more than one puprose. Dave, an artist, often turns this room, which is actually their second bedroom, into his painting studio. I know, I don’t know how he keeps it clean either, but he does.

    -Keep it personal. Dave likes to go to sleep and wake up surrounded by pictures of his family and friends. They both feel there is never a wrong place in the house for reminders of family.

    -Texture is important. Obviously physical comfort is key in a bedroom. Limiting color allows Dave to focus more attention on the “look” of how things feel. There are no fewer than six different textures on the bed alone.

    Pillows

    The principles above can be found in their master bedroom as well.

    Dave and Ken Bedroom II

    Ken helped me style this photo (the poor lighting is all me). The first thing Ken did to ready the room, which was already cleaner and neater than ours ever is, was adjust the bears on the bed, “This one is kind of slouchy.” We took some photos without the bears, but since this is a personal blog and not a design magazine, I decided they should stay.