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Transitional and modern decor has been so appealing to me because, this decor has the ability to generate a stunning energy that’s all its own. Transitional style can range from influences as varied as country, Asian, Cosmopolitan-formal, industrial and retro. My college Denise Maurer has influenced my attitude toward this style of decorating, this is her mantra, her designs are always clean and crisp, and pulling every look together is one overriding theme: the liberating quality of open airy spaces, allowing fresh style to be on full view.

A large round mirror suspended low like a rising sun, the use of pattern to conjour up a decadent design, grey tones turning fabrics into something sensuous. Without question these rooms are sleek and light filled, the feel is gloriously spacious.

urban country

The tall, strong lines of this Shaker inspired bed take on drama in dark expresso wood and the addition of the canopy rails brings balance to the bed and the room, The mirrored nightstand is a contemporary counterpoint to the Shaker-style bed bridging that transition. Framed by the bed, the swing arm sconces become a focal point in this room.

Cosmopolitan View

Delightfully sophisticated that’s the view,  start to finish. This look speaks to anyone who takes pleasure in being enveloped in a tailored, formal glamour. The geometric mirrors mingling with transitional contemporary  pieces make this space urbane, cosmopolitan, contemporary and exciting. Pairing formal and contemporary pieces is the start to this glamorous look,  mirrors add glitz, the art deco inspired chairs mixing with the neoclassical curvaceous lines in the fireplace layer this room and put it simply, over the top.

This is definitely a different turn in design for me, but one I embrace whole heartedly. I have always immersed myself in eclectic furnishings and design, but I seem to be stream lining my own taste to a more casual but elegant style. Now if I can just find the time to transform my home to where my heart already resides, I will achieve my own goal of a stylishly elegant yet comfortable home.

As always stay tuned for more Adventures in Style Land!!

XOXO

M

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If you really want something special and unique in your home than decorative painting is the way to go. In many Designer showhouses you’ll find the work of talented artists that use decorative painting techniques.

The origin of decorative paint is unknown, it has been seen as far back as cave paintings. The greatest influence has been the early Christian or church art, frescoes that were first found in roman catacombs. Folk art then started and decorative painting began to have a revival in the 1940’s and 50’s. It has also been popular in countries like Scandinavia, particularly Sweden, has a rich history of painted interiors and furniture. In England and France, the country tradition was less strong but, it is from here that some of the finest works in the classical tradition emerged.. Chinoiserie lacquer work, gilding, hand painting and faux finishes on walls and furniture all carried out in grand country houses and châteaux.

Chinoiserie

Here is a step by step process of a Grand Damask Pattern I did in a clients 2 story foyer.

This space originally started with a Waverly Wall Paper that was a colorful paisley pattern with blues, greens, pinks, and yellows. Quite bold and the home owner loved it for many years but remodeling her kitchen and updating the family room off the foyer, called for something more elegant with a transitional twist.

We decided to do a Stencil with a metallic layered damask and this was the start of our adventure:

Upper Foyer Landing, first layer BM af-305 Ylang Ylang

Supplies needed for this finish are:

Base Coat: Ben Moore Ylang Ylang AF-305

Ben Moore Metropolitan AF-690

Ben Moore Cotswald AF-150

Premixed Joint Compound

Modern Masters Metallic Paint: Silver (add an 10% Extender)

Lamp Black Acrylic

Faux Effects Aquacreme/Mastercreme

Faux Creme Colors Van Dyke Brown and Dark Brown

Tools: Japanese Trowel, Stencil brushes (large), chip brush and spray bottle

  1. Create 2 separate mixes of 1 to 1 ratio of paint and premixed joint compound using Ben Moore Aura Cotswald AF-150 and Metropolitian AF-690.
  2. Trowel Paint colors Randomly, with a vertical pattern, don’t overload your trowel with mixture.

Step 3: Joint compound mixed with Aura Cotswald AF150 and Metropolitan AF690 Second Layer

3.   Trowel second layer, using both colors again and working wet on wet. Use a spray bottle of water to spray surface, then apply causing mixture to drip lightly. Let dry.

4.  Stencil Grand Damask Motif randomly over the surface first with Modern Masters Silver.

Production Stencil, 2nd floor foyer, modern masters Silver metallic

5. Stencil additional Grand Damask motifs with Lamp Black, adding silver again over black here and there.

Adding Lamp Black with touch of silver, over Stairway, Whew!!

6. Thin the Metropolitan Joint Compound mixture 1 to 1 with water, using a chip brush apply this in  vertical drips from the top of the wall. Do this by loading the brush well and pressing it hard onto the surface to release the paint mixture. Allow to dry.

7. Mix Aquacreme glaze at a rate of 1 cup Aquacreme to 2 teaspoons each Vandyke and dark brown creme colors. Thin this with 1 to 1 water and apply in drips from top of wall to bottom with a large chip brush. Allow to dry slightly and spray with water, using the chip brush and additional glaze on spray water here and there to keep glaze open and make it drip more.

The glaze and van dyke brown mixed with dark brown push the stencil back and create a great strie on the walls giving an aged look to the walls.

The finished Foyer was Spectacular!! It had an aged appearance with a modern feel. Loved the look, and transformation! Just another adventure in Styleland, hope you enjoyed this one!

Stay tuned as always,

XOXO

M

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Expressing yourself with things you love is what makes your home your retreat. An escape to a place that brings happiness, where you come to gather with family. As summer comes to a close, we begin our retreat indoors. Taking a new look at our home, we start to think of things to edit aesthetically. Simplicity is what we are moving towards, time to declutter! We are looking for the serenity that means “home”.  In spring, we do “spring cleaning” after our winter solstice, we do” fall cleaning” and when we return indoors after our summer soiree we do exactly the same, we look at life’s transitions that often warrant taking stock, so we begin to edit getting rid of excess baggage. What we end up with are our favorite things.

Autumn to winter, winter to spring,

Spring into Summer, summer into fall…

So rolls the changing year, and so we change:

Motion so swift, we know not that we move.

by Dinah Mullock Craik

Since ancient times, September is viewed as the beginning of a new year, a time for reflection and resolution. I love antiques, but this year I feel the need for change in my own abode!!! I would like to become more transitional than traditional. Feeling the need to lighten the load! A palette of neutrals and cool pastels… linens, canvas, sisal is my soothing antidote. I will keep my antiques, I love the chips, cracks and crumbles of the pieces I’ve collected, but I will declutter and lighten the pallet in my home, adding some transitional pieces that will make a change.  I’ll leave with some inspiration that has helped me move towards creating my retreat and transforming my home…

As always stay tuned…

XOXO

M

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Bedroom Verona

Dressing up windows has never been easier. Anything goes. Home centers have a multitude of rods and poles designed to achieve a custom look for any style window!

Windows come in all sizes, and there’s a drapery or shade for every situation. Long draperies generally create a formal effect, while short curtains or shades look more casual. Curtains can create an illusion, altering the look of the window dimensions.

Before

To create an illusion there are a couple of things we can do, widen the window and make the window taller. With this layered treatment we did just that! Creating a sleek and sophisticated layered treatment!

Romans and Panels hung close to the ceiling and at the sides

of the window.

The features and functions of window treatments are many! The create a sense of style, visual interest, softness and warmth. They also are used for light control, privacy, exterior noise control and interior noise reduction. As I mentioned above, illusion create balance between windows or add height to low windows. Another use for window treatments is to camouflage to hide architectural flaws, or oscure a bad view.

I love layered treatments such as custom Flag valance panels,

Flag Valance Panels

I love the options you have, whether it be romans or roller shades, cornices or pelmets layering is in!!

Jackie Von Toble has a blog that I love, she has written one of the best design directories for window treatments, here is a link to her blog Jackie Blue Home. Window Treatments are a great addition to your home, my facination with fabric and design has just begun, so…

As always stay tuned for more adventures in styleland!!!

XOXO

M

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