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Some Recent Projects

You might have thought I was being a total slacker this summer what with all my gallivanting – and you would be kind of right – but there has been some work during my #summeroffun. Here’s a peek at some of my recent edesign projects…..

This is a moodboard for a bedroom that had a kilim rug the client wanted to use:

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With the rug as the jumping off point, I put together a fairly neutral board with lots of white and the colors of the rug as accents.

This moodboard was for a very large living room:

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The house was traditional with great architectural features I wanted to highlight and the client wanted a coastal vibe. This was how I meshed the two objectives.

And if you were on FB or Twitter, you know that we spent the past several days settling my parents into their new house. It was crazy busy so no time for photos but I did manage one snapshot as we were leaving:

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I’m officially their favorite child. (I’m also their only child but still.)

There’s also a lot going on at FTRB HQ – isn’t there always? More on that next week!

Room Service Atlanta Project Reveal

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It always feels so good to finish any project but it’s even more true when it’s for a good cause. Giving back is not something I feel I get to do enough in the design world so I’m really happy that I was able to participate again with Room Service Atlanta this year. I didn’t have time to properly shoot it before leaving town but I figured you’d rather see how the room turned out now with iPhone photos than wait until later with real ones. So here we go…..

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If you missed it, you can see what the room looked like before here. The floral sofa was the jumping off point for my design. Then I brought in bright paint, furniture and accessories to compliment it. Thank you, Glidden, for coming to our aid! I used Swan White on the walls and Pumpkin Patch for the trim and doors.

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My bamboo table was the perfect size piece for this corner so I gave it another makeover – this time in bright yellow. The wall hanging is of ginko leaves whose shape I’ve always loved. (Everything is from a vintage or thrift store except for a few pieces described below.)

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A huge thanks goes out to Mitchell Gold here in Atlanta who generously donated this console, the red lamp and the white mirrored top coffee table.

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You knew there was going to be an art wall, right? All the art is from my stash except for that one small dark piece with the yellow flowers. That was from UMCH’s own thrift store. They hold a flea market three times a year and it’s major. (If you’re in the area, check out their website to find out the dates for future markets.)

That’s where I also found this yellow faux bamboo floor lamp. It was as if it was just waiting for me to come pick it up for this room. I was so excited to find it, I think I let out a little yelp when I saw it. I just added a simple white shade.

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For the ceiling light, I used a black Ikea chandelier that I had bought for another project over a year ago but didn’t end up using. I think it was called Molnig but I don’t see it on their website anymore. I just painted the body white and the candle covers yellow and used round bulbs. But here’s where it gets interesting….. I installed it myself! Badass, right? (Thankfully there was a very nice contractor on site who had me take the right precautions so any potential disasters were averted!)

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I guess I didn’t get a good shot of those chairs I painted with screen painting ink but here is one of them.

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Lastly, being me, I sort of incorporated a travel theme with the rest of the accessories. Books about faraway places, National Geographic magazines and art depicting spots in France and London….. all to encourage exploration.

In addition to Mitchell Gold and Glidden, I have to thank my friends – Elle Scrase for her help in painting this room and being such fun company doing it and Terry Kearns, who graciously transported the couch for me across town! I’m eternally grateful to you both!

Once all the other designers post their rooms, I’ll be sure to do a roundup. The transformations are amazing!

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Room Service Sneak Peek

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I finished installing my room for Room Service late yesterday! Hooray!

I took a few iPhone pics and will get those uploaded to show you next week. But now I have to pack and get ready for Buenos Aires!  It’s been an exhausting week so I’m more than ready for a little vacation.  Have a good weekend, everyone and I’ll speak to you from BA next week!

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Room Service Project Update

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Good morning, everyone, how was your weekend? I spent the entire weekend painting my room for Room Service – it took two full days – and oh my god, I am beat! But the room looks great and is all ready for installation this week. A huge thanks goes out to Glidden for donating the paint and to my friend Elle who was a warrior painter and great company for the two days. This is my current moodboard for the room. That’s my floral sofa that I’m donating which seemed a perfect fit for a lounge in a girls’ cottage and to further my goal of making the room bright and cheerful.

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So the project will be completed this week and I’m happy with the way it’s coming together except for one thing. Apparently I’m the worst fundraiser ever because I’ve raised no money for this project. It probably has to do with me being totally sheepish about it because I absolutely hate asking for money. But it’s crunch time and this is a great cause so here goes…..Just to recap, this is a room at the United Methodist Children’s Home which houses young men and women who are trying to make their way to self-sufficiency. If you would like to make a donation to help pay for this makeover, please click on the “Donate” button you see at the top right corner of the blog under the FTRB logo. Thank you!

It’s going to be a crazy busy (and fun) week. If you want to follow my progress, I’ll be on Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) and Twitter (@FromTheRightBnk).

 

Painting Fabric with Screen Printing Ink

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. That can be the only explanation for me taking on a DIY project.

You see, I’m working with no budget for my Room Service shelter project at the United Methodist Children’s Home (literally $0) so I’m doing as much as I can with things I already have. As I mentioned, I’m going for a sunroom-like feel (that’s an inspiration photo above) so I knew I wanted to bring in some wicker. I’ve had a set of these wicker chairs in my inventory which are perfect for this project except for the cushion colors.

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Well, cushions are easy enough to recover, right? Normally, yes but not in this case. For some some reason these cushions were attached by screws and glued all the way around (not by me). In other words, removing them was going to be a nightmare.

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Taking them to the upholsterer was out of the question because of the $0 budget. So then my only option was to try and paint the fabric. I got online and read all about it and read that screen printing ink was better wearing than fabric paint. So then I read a bunch of reviews for screen printing ink and everyone seemed to agree Speedball was the best brand.

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I ordered a jar from Amazon and went to work. First I taped off the frame:

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I then tried applying the paint straight out of the tub using a foam brush:

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It’s pretty thick and was hard to get an even coat so then I tried watering it down a tiny bit just to get a layer down. I thought that would make it easier to apply additional coats over it and it did.

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I then went back and applied several coats full strength. Unlike with normal paint, you should apply any additional coats within a few minutes before it’s completely dry.

I also abandoned the foam brush at this point and used a roller because the brush left too many marks. The roller worked so much better. For areas the roller couldn’t reach like around the back and around the piping, I used a small art brush.

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I let it dry overnight and here’s how they turned out:

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Since I was going from dark to light, it took several coats but I imagine if you were going from like to like colors, it would only take one or two. (I chose white because I’m going to have a lot of other colors in the room.)

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I could have even used another coat but I kind of liked a little of the pattern still showing through as it gave it some depth. This paint goes a long way. I used about 2/3 of the 8 oz. jar for the four chairs.

So overall, a pretty painless project – even for me.

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*The shelter project will be completed over the next month so I’ll be taking donations through then. If you’d like to contribute to this very worthy cause, please click on the “Donate” button you see at the top right hand corner under the FTRB logo. Thank you!