Client DIY: How to Gold Leaf a Fireplace

So I have this friend slash client (not the other way around) and sometimes I dream up little fantasies about what the world should look like.  And then I tell them to her.  And then she buys the materials off the intranets and makes them happen… Take it away, Moe!

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I got you on camera!  You on candid camera now!  You ain’t know ‘dat.  Bet you didn’t think you’d see me around here today.  Well here I am!  I saw a little Instagram home tour of Eddie Ross’s place and I just HAD to share.  Feast…

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Up for Air

Not really.  A moment to reflect may have been a better post title, but it’s cheesy.  I am booked for weeks and feeling blessed.  But while enjoying all of the new clients I am meeting, I have forgotten to blog about all the fun.  I’m sorry.  I’ll try to be better?

Yesterday, I trekked down to Columbia to meet Meagan Warren at her new family home.  It was so lovely and we had a fabulous time sharing ideas and making a plan for how to move forward.  We covered a lot of ground.  Here’s a recap:

We considered a round entry table in her foyer…

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Pondered a pink dining room…

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Drew up a library-esque breakfast nook…

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Decided on BM Dragon’s Breath for [half of] the kitchen cabinets…

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Contemplated a hunter green bedroom…

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And decided on a green velvet sofa for the living room…

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All in all, it was a pretty productive day.  I can’t wait for this project to unfold and come together.

Craving Conservatory

I don’t know if it’s the weather or a recent consultation, but I just can’t seem to stop thinking about romantic English style conservatories…

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Mother’s Day Makeover

It’s nothin’ big but I’ve been dying to paint the steps and front door for weeks and we just haven’t had a day to carve out and do it.  So this past weekend I got a little instant gratification with a front stoop face lift.  Here’s the before…

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I found some tope-a-rees (topiaries) at Lowe’s for $39 and I snatched ‘em up.  I then bought your standard terra cotta pots (I prefer them above all else because of their clean lines and classic shape).  I also bought some Valspar outdoor spray paint.  A can of black and a can of white with which I sprayed stripes (duh) on the pots.  Here’s the after…

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Our mailbox was formerly gold and at the last minute, I pulled it off the wall and sprayed it with some Liquitex coral whiz and then a coat of clear oil based to protect it from running.  It was kind of an after thought, but now I think I’m going to do coral on the front door.  I’m painting the landing and steps BM Hunter Green…

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And then I am thinking perhaps BM Coral Gables on the front door…

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And new sconces of course.  This is proving a bit more difficult of a task.  I know very few sources for outdoor lighting.  Right now, anything verdigris would be perfection as far as I’m concerned.  Like two of these beauties from Urban Electric

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They’re not in my price range right now, but I think the shape and style is perfection.  I’ll keep looking.  In the meantime, I always welcome your thoughts and opinions.  And as always, thanks for stopping by.

My Town: Harrison Blackford

I spotted these paintings the other day and was immediately struck by the colors.  I then thought to myself “Harrison Blackford is the most badass name I have eva heard.”  And then I asked for a business card and once again was overwhelmed with amazing…

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This upstate has the decorative art scene here on lockdown and I certainly have my sights set on a Blackford original of my own…

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Project Favorites

I am feeling pretty special to have such awesome clients with such interesting and eclectic tastes.  I wanted to share some of my favorite products I am using in the spaces I’m working on right meow!

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Rumor has it that this Moroccan inspired pendant creates the most beautiful speckled glow.  Then there’s the Antelope carpet.  It’s not just dreamy to look at, but it’s amazing underfoot.  The golden tones and exotic animal print say luxury but the feel says it’s okay to lay your cheek against me.  The pagoda mirror is currently making all my chinoiserie dreams come true. And the de Gournay look alike for a dramatic powder room has me green with envy.  Last, the little table that could.  I did some research and found that Wisteria once carried it for around $399?  I can’t be sure.  I found it at HomeGoods for $130. Hashtag: winning.

Penny // Thoughts

My thoughts are incoherent at best right now, but there are a few things in particular that are worth sharing…

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I’m scoping wedding planner Meagan Warren‘s portfolio for project inspiration.  My first visit to her new home is fast approaching and I’m so excited about this one, you guys.

 

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I’ve also been peeking at some Billy Reid goodness for a potential retail project here in Greenville.  Fingers crossed.  This could be fun.

 

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I can’t stop thinking about these coral stair tops courtesy of Tom Scheerer.  Mmm good.

 

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Lastly, I think I need this print by Jessica Bruah.  It’s precisely what the doctor ordered for above my sofa in the living room.