Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Living Room Refresh Using Paint.

My Living Room Refresh Using Paint- design addict mom
     Painting is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to give your space a refresh. Right at the beginning of January, I decided to finally take the plunge and enter the dark side. Well, ok, I've dabbled on the dark side before with the guest bedroom refresh, but this time, I painted an entire room, not just an accent wall.

     I obsessed over painting this space a delicious dark blue or green for months, but kept changing my mind as I wasn't sure how I would like it, plus, it is very time consuming to paint this space with its tall ceilings. But I knew there was no escaping it once I started to dream about painting the room. By this time, I had already ruled out dark blue and knew it was going to be green, Benjamin Moore, Tarrytown Green to be exact. However, once the room was painted, I felt like I needed to paint the sliding doors on the bookshelf(originally a dark muted brown) to pop more against the green.

My Living Room Refresh Using Paint- design addict mom

 A before of the room with the bookcase. It has such a different vibe and feel now!  My initial thought was to paint those sliding doors on the bookshelf orange, but I talked myself out of it because I thought since orange is my favorite color that I should try something new. Well,

painted bookshelf
I did and it lasted only a day. I wasn't madly in love with the yellow and since I am such a passionate person, the yellow had to go.  So, I was back to having orange thoughts, but it couldn't be just any orange because I didn't want an orange that had too much yellow or too much black undertones.

Guest bedroom furniture pop against dark wall
     I remembered this orange candle that I've had for years and brought it to do a color match at my local Benjamin Moore store. That's when I was introduced to the ADVANCE® Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint.  ADVANCE offers the application and performance of traditional oil paint in a waterborne formula that cleans up with soap and water.  Once fully cured the painted surface becomes very hardy which meant the sliding doors on the bookshelf wouldn't get chipped easily. I bought a quart in a color called Jeweled Peach which  matched the candle beautifully. I also opted for a satin finish instead of high gloss.

My Living Room Refresh Using Paint- design addict mom

My Living Room Refresh Using Paint- design addict mom
I love the contrast between the pink(Benjamin Moore Pearly Pink) in the kitchen and the Tarrytown Green.

New paint color, Benjamin Moore Tarrytown Green in living room
It goes beautifully with Justina Blakeney Nana wallpaper too. 

My Living Room Refresh Using Paint- design addict mom


A sweet spot to read in living room
This is such a sweet spot to read. 

Well, there you have it! The day was a dark, rainy, and cloudy one when these pics were taken(which is why all the lights are on) but the colors still shine through. As usual, big thanks to Lea Hartman for capturing yet another one of my projects so beautifully despite the weather. 

Hotel Inspired in Copenhagen.


That gorgeous green chesterfield sofa steals the show in this living room.
I am drooling over that green Chesterfield sofa! 

Inspired by their hotel stays, this Copenhagen couple who loves to travel set out to recreate the hotel vibe in their own home.  They most certainly were successful in that endeavor...

Simple and modern

Optimize seating by adding a banquet in dining room

A banquet sitting area

Beautiful architectural details

Such a lovely space with beautiful details

A sleek and modern living room design

A quiet place to sit and read and maybe have a drink

Hotel Inspired in Copenhagen.

The black pops in this white kitchen

Everything in its place

A sophisticated bedroom with a soothing color palette.

Plant shrubs in hanging planter to add privacy to  patio

Place pretty pink flowers on your coffee table to enliven your space. Loving the pink and green color combo too.
Such pretty pink blooms and there's a peek of that delicious Chesterfield again

Beautiful isn't it? How is everyone?  This weekend promises high temps which means warmer weather! Yippee! I am counting down the days until Spring around here. xx


images: photographer Bridget Drejer via Bobedre
stylist: Stine Kirchheiner

Monday, February 13, 2017

6 Great Last Minute DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers.

6 Great Last Minute DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers.
If you don't know what to do for your child's teacher(s), this Valentine's Day, here are some fun quick and easy diy ideas. I did the one above last year for the boys' teachers and it was a hit. Such a cute idea! (via Brickyard Buffalo)

6 Great Last Minute DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers.
Isn't this sweet? (via Cake events blog)

6 Great Last Minute DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers.
Awww (via Darling Doodles)

6 Great Last Minute DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers.
It sure does! (via Happy Money Saver)

6 Great Last Minute DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers.

6 Great Last Minute DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers.
Aren't these amazing? (via Funky Polkadot Giraffe)

Do you have a fave? xx