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!
You might think campaign furniture is trendy, but really, it has been around since at least the time of Julius Caesar. It is most often associated with British military officers in the 18th century, who frequently traveled with high quality portable furniture. It was designed to be easily transportable; therefore, a typical chest would break down into a few pieces. When the destination was reached, the furniture would be put together. Because officers of high position in Britain would just not be able to be without the luxuries of home on the road, campaign furniture was the perfect crossover of the luxuries of home and the practicality of travel. Inset handles, brass corners to protect from bumps, and typically made of a durable wood such as teak or mahogany, campaign furniture was a staple for many years.
With the arrival of the motor car, traveling with loads of cargo went out of vogue, and the demand for campaign furniture changed. However, it has never really gone out of style, and ebbs and flows in popularity. A resurgence of interest in this type of furniture occurred in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and there is most assuredly a revamped desire for campaign furniture in recent years. Kristen and I can hardly keep it for more than a few days when we list it, and it is harder and harder to find.
A variety of campaign hardware from dhshardware.com
Most often, you see campaign hardware gracing chests and desks and other case goods. These pieces look gorgeous painted in any color. Recently, I saw a piece that was left a gray, raw wood color, and it was perfection. My own living room houses a campaign chest, see the photo below. Maybe you wouldn’t think of putting a chest of drawers like this in a living room, but it has been soooo practical for us. It houses light bulbs, linens, and trays.
Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com
In the last few years, I have been seeing campaign hardware more and more in bathrooms and kitchens. I love brass so I think it looks terrific, and there is something so beautifully aged about the campaign hardware look.
What do you think of campaign hardware in a kitchen?
The Hunted Interior
The Hunted Interior
The Hunted Interior
House and Home
House and Home
Or in a bathroom?
Iconic Kelly Wearstler Bathroom
Van Rozeboom Interiors
La Dolce Vita
What are your thoughts? Would you like campaign hardware in your kitchen or bathroom? Do you have any elsewhere?
So happy to see everyone’s comments and emails yesterday on the Pent Dining Room. If I haven’t responded to you yet about specific colors or fabrics, give me 24 hours, and I will get all of the information to you!
Today we are taking a look at the Pent Living Room transformation, and it is a big one! This room originally was “The Land of the Misfit Furniture”. The couch was broken, the chairs had been very loved on by pets, and nothing really went together. Have you ever had a room in your home waiting to be loved on? I know I have one or two right now!
Aesthetics was pretty much the name of the game again here. The wall color did not change, and though the Pents would like to change out the carpet eventually, they wanted to wait on that. A major problem with this room was its low, dark feeling. It is a step-down which I really like, since it gives a sense of coziness, but it felt closed in, even with the windows. Quickly, I realized a big part of the problem was more beige molding. Everywhere. I knew the room would brighten dramatically with some bright white molding.
The fireplace is going to get some sort of makeover, but in the end, we tabled that project for now. The fan was something the clients really wanted to see changed.
This bookshelf is a bit traditional for their taste, but I knew we could update it with some paint, wallpaper on the backs of the shelves, and hardware.
Ah, meet Marge. (Something so funny and rather adorable about this couple is they name their furniture.) Marge belonged to the wife’s grandmother – the wife wanted to keep it, the husband loathed it. I had faith we could turn it into something awesome.
These lamps were a garage or an estate sale find, and they are humongous and awesome. A little lacquer, and I knew they could be special!
We needed all new upholstered furniture, and the Pents like to entertain, so I knew ample seating was important. Then of course, there was that little factor of marrying Domino and P.Diddy.
With all that in mind, I created this design board.
Of course, like every design board, we mulled over the ideas, and tweaked details. We ended up going more bold, and I have to say, I think the Pents did an amazing job of compromising, and being brave with color and pattern; therefore, they have a pretty spectacular result.
The big reveal!
The incredible chesterfield sofa was a Scout Design Studio find (if you are in the DFW area, you should go visit this incredible store open Monday though Saturday 10-5! Hint: this is where our Gypsy Soul finds are!), and we recovered it in this gorgeous peacock blue Sunbrella velvet. This fabric is cozy, rich in color, and virtually indestructible, so of course it was perfectly suited to a family with a baby and pets. The chrome nailheads are the ideal finishing touch. A major wow factor in the room, it is truly an amazing specimen.
The plinth-base loveseat was recovered with a charcoal grey and white Greek Key pattern found at Childress Fabrics in Dallas. How amazing is that yellow silk pillow? Would you believe that was what the husband wanted?! He is high style, I tell ya! The yellow silk was found at J&D Interior Fabrics – if you are in the DFW area, you should stop by, and ask for Patty. She is amazing and can help you with all of your fabric needs.
You can see a little of the fan we chose in the picture below. It is sleek and modern, and I love it! Best of all, it is a lot of bang for your buck. I even ordered one in white for my home – it is so hard to find a good fan! Fan found here.
I love the little corner in the back left of the room. The wife envisioned it as her little reading nook and enjoyed choosing the fabric for her little chair. Isn’t their baby adorable? Mirrored table is from Home Goods. Driftwood lamp seen here.
Didn’t the built-in turn out great? It’s amazing what paint and wallpaper can do!
My favorite part of the room, however, is this beautiful painting by my good friend and Gypsy Soul comrade, Kristen Dowd. If you are interested in her custom artwork, you may contact her here. Her work is stunning!
Old Marge didn’t turn out so bad either. I. love. lacquer. Something we discovered about Marge previously unknown is her old stereo parts work! A fun realization!
Lacquer went a long way with these lamps, too! We have replaced the shades since these pictures were taken, but the glossy white takes these eclectic lamps to a whole new level. Chrome and brass console from Gypsy Soul Interiors.
Here’s what the Pents had to say about their new rooms:
Previously our living/dining rooms felt hodge podge, unstyled, and the pets had taken over my furniture! The rooms were nice but not working well as we often enjoy entertaining and relaxing as a family. Now, we enjoy every inch of our living spaces, because they’re not only well styled but super functional without sacrificing either mate’s style. P. Diddy would be proud. Thank you, Grace!
It is such a good feeling for me to think of my clients enjoying their homes. Using them, living in them, and loving them. Growing their families in them. Thank you so much to the Pents for the opportunity to be a part of that!
**Special thanks to Kat Phillips, of TheGrayAttic.com, for the lovely images in this story.**