Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Update on Pink Chairs, and a New Chandelier

It's a little hard to photograph my dining room because my house is small and there are windows and doors every where you point the camera... you can find this chandelier without shades for $99.00 on ebay, it is actually crystal,... I'd really like a gorgeous french lead crystal chandy with rusted chains, but they cost $8,000.00 dollars, or you have to wait until you find one for a steal, and I was tired of waiting... and I LOVE this one, I never had a chandelier before, and i'd never not have one again!

I was experimenting with wrapping some tattered ribbon around the shades... I really like tattered ribbon, ....actually the "ribbon" is that silky part I ripped from an old wool blanket...

is it just me, or is it hard to photograph a chandelier?

my friend says the each little square on these cane backed chairs is hand tied, i thought that was interesting...

I painted this table a creamy white with left over paint...
I always have leftover paint

As you scroll down, you'll see the original wall color when we moved here. This was the next phase with the walls painted "canvas natural" by Ralph Lauren, The black dining table is from Target, I'm sure it's probably particle board, so I have no problem painting that!

This is the color of the dining room and kitchen when we moved in... I did kind of like the color, it was very warm, but no other color really worked with it, and Jennifer from http://theoldpaintedcottage.com/ suggested I paint the living room and dining room and kitchen all the same color so it would flow... she was right of course!

I took the mantel down, because it was off center, ( see the electric panel box there on the side?) and the chandy was off center and the table was off center... etc... I removed the meadow painting which I love... but it works fine in my bedroom.. then I stole a mirror from my bedroom and hung it in here to reflect the chandelier... I think i might have too many mirrors!, I have all the paintings i could ever want for walls, and I hang mirrors.... !

Here is the dining room with the new pink chairs. They are beautiful frenchy chairs and I really like them alot although I was looking for something a little bigger. I actually wanted some cane backed chairs I could paint white like the chairs in Ms. Mustard Seed's dining room which are amazing. You should go look at her blog, she's cool. I don't think I dare paint these white... dare I? hmmmmm... it's possible I need a daintier table to go with the chairs... GAAAAHHH! it's the ripple effect again! the whole process is never ending isn't it? ! Anyway, I included some photos of where I started, where I went with it, and where I ended up for now.....

uh oh, i just previewed this post, and it is loooooooooooong, I'm pretty sure i must be horribly boring, and my decorating skills aren't even in the same league as most of you guys...
oh well, ...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Painting - How it Starts, and Almost Finished

Here is a new painting i worked on this weekend between eating carbs and chocolate in every form imaginable, and dealing with the current nervous breakdown my kid is giving me ... you can see in a couple of photos how i rough out the painting which i did last weekend, and how it is today after darkening in the background. I actually copied another painting I had done just like this but all in pink... I wanted to try the same painting with a dark background... If you're interested in painting, I think you should try, you might surprise yourself. And if you have any questions about the process, I'd be happy to talk to you about it... I love talking about painting.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Another Luscious Pink Room, The Question is... Why Wouldn't You Paint Something This Color!

I love the rustic elements with the pink... and look how the browns and the blue grays and cream all go with the this coral pink! I find this color heavenly to look at...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pink in All It's Glory...

I had to share this gorgeous photo...
I wonder how many gagillion color swatches will I go through trying to find that paint color...

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Painting... Right off the Easel

I literally almost threw this painting in the trash last weekend. I had spent several hours on it, and it wasn't at all what i wanted, and i was concerned that it was turning into an "energy vampire" painting, which is one you work on and work on, and it's never right. I work full time, so my weekends are "it" for painting. Anyway, i stuck with it, ... barely... and I think it turned out kinda pretty!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Perfectly Beautiful Chairs...

Oh my goodness, i found four of the most perfectly beautiful chairs, well, actually i was using the law of attraction, and they found me. So noooowwww... i have to paint my dining room table, probably my whole house, find homes for my other chairs, redo the dining room and probably organize my sock drawer. Does that happen to anyone else, you change one thing, and there is the ripple effect that reverberates throughout your house, and then through the universe... I'll get on a roll, and somehow i'll end up cleaning out the fridge, because i changed the dining room chairs ... what is that?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Brilliant Blogger Ladies Help! and.... My Kitchen Walls aren't really Pond Scum Green It's Just The Lighting

Poor poor Mr. Fractured Fairy Tale, Look at the perfect hell I had planned for him tonight. Holding up a chandelier all over the house. Sooooooo... I know it's more traditional to hang the chandelier in the dining room, but... I'm kinda dying to put it in the kitchen, they're right across from each other, that counter you see in the photo divides the kitchen and the little dining area. The electrician is coming tomorrow right after work, and i really don't think he's gonna be to happy if i make him "hold it up for me one more time" ... where should i hang it?? I CAN'T DECIDE .... HELP!

Love This Pink House! I Want One!

I know i'm not the only one out there who would like to have a pink house.
It's so whimsical and pretty, like something in a fairy tale...
I'd probably go with something a little softer pink, but this is still so sweet.

Anyone Like Peonies?

I painted this last spring, and kept it for myself because I liked it. But, after a year, i just can't seem to find the just right place for it, so...if anyone is interested, it's up for grabs! I'll be taking it to my friends shop this weekend!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Silks and Lilies, Rumpled Sofa and A Luscious Blanket

The lighting is awful here because it is nighttime, but i wanted to share this luscious blankie... It's Rachel Ashwell at Target, and all sizes are $49.99. The color is yummy... I saw it on an antique bed in a very expensive Shabby Chic/Vintage/Antique store, and it looked too expensive to buy... if you like soft aqua blue you should check it out !

This is the way my sofa looks 90 percent of the time, all rumpled and fluffeled and messy...

Remember my silk flowers (a few posts back)... well here they are with a big batch of fragrant white lilies mixed in, you can take a big whiff from this bouquet and never know that it has silks in it... i think i am so brilliant and no one has ever thought of this idea but me... (oh brother...)