As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we have a long living room. When you walk in from the entryway, you turn to the right, and there it is. Stretching out in front of you. I was noticing before I changed the wall paint color, and I was working on a ceiling color, that there is a lot of ceiling to be seen in this room. It kept jumping out at me, and let’s face it, my ceiling is snoozeville. So the wheels began turning, and my hubby came up with the idea to add molding to make it more interesting. Yes, he is a stud.
Of course, I had to gather some inspiration images, and though there are some fancier shapes and designs in here, I think the photos with simple crown molding added to the ceiling are really striking. See for yourself…
Love the design of this one, very Greek key-esque. I actually may consider this pattern for my girls room.
The ceiling is black in there like the picture below, so I think the white trim would really pop.
Here’s where we start getting fancy, folks! All of these images were taken from this post on shelterness.com (there are several more inspiration photos on this site), which sadly did not have any image sources.
Grab your favorite molding, your trusty ladder, a miter saw, a nail gun, and some paint, and get to work making your ceilings beautiful! Who’s on board?
I love ribbon trim. On just about anything. However, I especially love it on sofas and loveseats. It just adds that extra sense of “I’m special!” A white sofa is instantly transformed with a touch of grosgrain in your favorite hue.
By the way, grosgrain is pronounced gro-grain. I want you to be in-the-know! You’re welcome.
I am crazy over this green velvet number. I think a green velvet sofa is in my future.
Classic black and white is lovely, too.
I really like the pattern of this trim.
A simple band around the bottom can add extra interest to an otherwise plain sofa.
This designer’s living room especially made me smile. I found three different versions of it. Hmmm…reminds me of someone I know. Glad I’m not the only one with a “rearrange the living room” problem!
I have to tell you, if I had a sofa that was a little older and maybe on its way out, I would totally grab some Fabri-tac and some grosgrain (I would prefer at least two inch, maybe three) in a shade that coordinated with my room, and go to town. You would have to be careful about the corners, but I definitely think it is doable. I am a firm believer in making little changes in a room you are not happy about. Little improvements here and there can really give you a new appreciation of a space you don’t have the money to make over. My husband and I used to have cardboard boxes for coffee tables! I would simply change out the fabric or paper on them as I so desired. It really helped distract me from the awful saggy couch we had and brightened the room!
Of course, ideally, one would have an upholsterer perform this task, but I do think it would be a fairly simple DIY with some planning and patience.
What do you think of ribbon trim on upholstery? Love it or leave it?
P.S. If you need a good laugh today, you should head over to this post on Emily Henderson’s blog (you may recognize her from HGTV where she hosts her own show, “Secrets from a Stylist”), and read her BFF (also on the show) Orlando Soria’s male perspective on Alt. Hilarious!
from left to right: Gabrielle Blair (blogs at DesignMom.com), Emily Henderson (HGTV’s Secrets from a Stylist, blogs at StylebyEmilyHenderson.com), me, Jenny Komenda (blogs at LittleGreenNotebook.blogspot.com)
I would be interested to know how many of you would have known instantly what the above paintings were if you had not read the title of this post – just curious on what the age range is on knowledge of this type of “Everyday Rembrandt”.
Have you seen “Paint By Number” paintings before? If you frequent thrift stores, resale shops, flea markets, or estate sales, chances are good you have come into contact with this type of craft. Or maybe your Mom was a PBN connoisseur? Or your grandmother? Hugely popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the first Paint By Number kit was revealed at the New York Toy Show in 1951. Though sales were slow in the beginning, by 1954, over twelve million kits had been sold.
I find them fascinating for a few reasons. First of all, it was time consuming to paint all of those little sections. You can almost tell how “into it” some people felt – if they patiently colored each section or breezed through just to get it done. My favorite is when you find ones that are signed like original pieces of art. I love it! I would probably sign them too after painting in all of those tiny number sections.
And actually, I just bought this little beauty on Ebay for the gallery wall in my girls room.
In fact, there is such an interest and (dare I say, a cult-like following?) in collecting these pieces, there is now an online Paint By Number Museum. (air quotes around “museum”) If you have one of these, you can find out if it is a valuable one or not by entering the information on the site. Truth be told, there are a bajillion of these out there (you can get them anywhere from $5-$40 from what I have seen) so there are not many that are worth much. But who knows? You may have one of the really early models!
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You’re in for a treat today! Aren’t room transformations THE BEST?!!
If you have been reading the blog for awhile, you have already seen two rooms come together in the Gebhardt home – the formal living and the casual living. Since Sabrina is a beautiful photographer, she needed an office that would be colorful and happy and inspiring. But because this room would do double duty for guests, it needed to be accommodating and inviting, too. Of course, I was happy to help! (repeat clients are my biggest compliment!)
Sabrina deemed this room “her hot mess”, and it was full of hodge podge furniture and…stuff. (after moving two years ago, I still have a space – or two – like this, sigh)
Here are some before pics.
The room could use some love, but the dog is cute, right?
Sabrina bought the desk super cheap off of CraigsList when they got into their new-to-them 1920’s home; mainly out of desperation for a workspace amidst the chaos of moving. We pondered getting something different but ended up with a “is that the same desk?!” transformation.
Because this was essentially Sabrina’s space when guests were not in town, I was given permission to “girl it up” if I felt so inclined. Carefully listening to my clients is very important to me, so I made sure I fulfilled her requirements of “pretty”, “lots of color”, and “functional”. Of course, I needed a jumping off point, some inspiration, and I knew immediately what it was.
Designers Guild, Orangerie Rose Fabric
Ah, the ever-spectacular Designers Guild “Orangerie Rose” pattern. I have loved this watercolor-y floral fabric for years. It runs about $150 USD a yard so it was merely a dream. Until…I snatched up four yards on Ebay for around $200. I was so excited! I saved it for just the right client, and I knew when I saw the room, and pondered Sabrina’s color story for the space, that she would love it. Therefore, with this fabric in mind, I designed the room, and presented Sabrina with this design board.
We started from scratch with this room except for the french provincial side tables, a brass swing arm floor lamp, a mission style bench, and an old Ethan Allen wing chair. Sabrina did a lot of the legwork on this room herself, taking the board and running with it, but I really enjoyed working out all of the details with her and styling the room. So without further adieu,
Welcome to the Gebhardt Guest Room/Office.
I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite viewpoints of the space. You get a little sneak peak from the hallway, and I think one just feels drawn into the room.
The gorgeous campaign dresser is a Scout Design Studio find, and we painted it in Rustoleum’s Safety Red, a high gloss orangey-red hue.
It turned out pretty killer. One of Sabrina’s main storage requests was somewhere to put all of her kraft paper boxes she uses for presentation of her client’s photos. This long but narrow depth dresser fit the bill perfectly. Brass hardware like this slays me.
We styled it with books, sentimental wine corks, and some pretty water and glasses for guests to feel right at home.
Besides the fabric, my favorite feature of the room is this interchangeable art/photography wall. Using vintage frames Sabrina already owned, plus a few purchased from a local salvage store, we fashioned this interesting collection by nailing large metal binder clips into the center of each frame. It will be so easy to alter the photos and artwork as desired.
The vintage bamboo pair of chairs are one of Kristen’s Gypsy Soul Interiors finds, and we had the seats upholstered in the Orangerie fabric. They. are. stunning. The green and white flocked trellis pillow is from Etsy.
Sabrina says this is her favorite photo of the space, and I love it, too.
The vintage round ottoman was a CraigsList purchase.
Since the bed was in front of the pretty windows, I didn’t want to cover too much sunshine. Therefore, I searched for an iron bed until I found this one (from Pottery Barn) at an estate sale for $150. We sprayed it in Rustoleum’s John Deere Green. (I’m loving that little cutie’s pjs in this photo!)
This little princess likes the bed, too. How precious is her little dolly sleeping next to her?!
The bench at the end of the bed looked like this before.
Using some not-being-used-by-me-anymore World Market gray velvet curtains I had edged in white linen, we had it reupholstered and tufted. How very Maria VonTrapp, ha!
The beautiful Orangerie fabric was used for long pillows for the bed and a bolster for the bench. Yellow silk fabric was used for piping.
Are you loving the rug as much as I am?! There is nothing like an old rug to bring a wonderful sense of age and character to a space. Found on Ebay from this seller whom I have used many a time – I highly recommend him! (I can hardly look at his rugs without wanting at least twelve!)
We used one of Sabrina’s french end tables she already had on one side of the bed, and placed this grasscloth one (another Gypsy Soul Interiors find) on the other side.
The lampshades were edged in pretty trim.
Sabrina had previously purchased this curvy shaped Ethan Allen chair for a great price off of CraigsList, and we had it reupholstered in this crisscross gray fabric (“Hector” from Cutting Corners). The pillow is another Etsy find. The curtains are linen from Ikea, edged in a yellow Greek key trim.
For printer and office supply storage, this bamboo shelving unit was purchased off of CraigsList. I love to make useful items display nicely.
Light, bright, and beautiful, just what Sabrina wanted! She sent me these thoughts about her new room, and it made me so happy!
Oh Grace. I cannot even describe how perfect my office space is. It is my new favorite room in the house. And I am so glad that it is because I spend so much time in there! Even my daughter says, “Mommy, I love your new work room”.
Before we started, this space was a complete hot mess. It was the office. The guest room. The unorganized catch-all. It was ugly, stressful and the most unproductive and unwelcoming room in our home. I spend 3-5 hours a day in my office and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I wanted to love the space. I wanted guests to love the space. I wanted to get organized. I wanted to feel good about walking into the office and not an overwhelming sense of dread.
When we started the project, I told you that I wanted color and inspiration but that it also needed to have a calming effect so that our guests would feel comfortable too. I basically gave you free reign on a lot of things and your ideas blew me away again. This room is so perfectly me in every way. I love every single thing about the space. The color. The patterns. The texture. The organization. The coziness. The drama. All of it. And most of all I love that you were able to wrap it all up into one perfect space.
Again, thank you so much for your vision and patience and creating such a wonderful space for our family to enjoy.
It is truly my pleasure to create spaces that are loved and lived in. A big thank you to Sabrina and family!!
What is your favorite feature of this room?
If I can pull it together this weekend, I should have some of the “troubled spaces” up next week!