Large-Scale DIY Painting

It’s been nothing but taping and painting since I last saw you here!  I finally tackled the wood panels that Chris made for our dining room wall with candy-colored paints and a trusty level.  It’s mod, bright, and in-your-face–I love it!
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www.tphblog.comI love the play of the white chandelier, pillows, and chairs with the room–it’s like reverse silhouette.

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And,  I love the view of it from the kitchen.

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Chris did the hard part by making the panels for me out of 1/4″ plywood and trimmed in bullnose 1x2s.  He put a cleat on the back of each panel and the wall out of 1x3s that holds the panels securely.  Next I went to the paint store and picked out the possible palette for the painting.

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Once I knew my approximate colors, I color matched the paint cards with craft paint so I could play around with the colors on a small-scale mock up of the actual painting.

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I painted the composition on small (but not proportional) canvases to get the general idea of what I wanted to do.

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Then I jumped in and started painting, a slow and steady process of tape-paint-dry-repeat.IMG_6534

Those crisp edges are courtesy of the old paint trick of painting the tape your basecoat before painting your topcoat.  In the photo below I taped out the yellow to prepare for my next green layer, but before I added the green I sealed the edges of the tape with the yellow to prevent the green from seeping under the tape to the yellow layer below.  If any seepage occurred, it happened with the yellow onto the yellow.www.tphblog.com After I had my outer layers done, I moved the panels up to the dining room to finish the layers.  I wanted to see it come to life in the space and have the chance to see any changes I wanted to make ahead of time.IMG_6542Now I feel like we have a proper place to eat our quesadillas.

I’m off to the next project now–follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks.  Thank you for stopping by!

Flit and Flutter | A Butterfly

Wood cut-outs have a special place in my beating heart.  I’ve written about some I’ve made (or seen) before, and I have ventured my love of ribbon painting from canvas to wood in our guest bedroom–and I’m anxious to try more!

Then the need arose within me to make a butterfly cutout–no doubt inspired by Chassie Post’s butterfly room as seen in Domino years ago on that classic Schumacher wallpaper.

I gave a little peek on my Instagram of the butterfly in progress, but now it is finally done and flitting about the house to show you some ways in which you might need a butterfly at your home.  Like above the sofa, but don’t hang it crooked like me:
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Above a chest or console in an entry or hallway:
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Above your bed:

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Okay, the bedroom was a stretch–I just propped it on the bed because it wouldn’t fit anywhere.  I better not show this pic to my daughter or she may find it hard to sleep for fear of the giant lepidopteran snuggling in on her pillows and possibly devouring her.

This one may go live above the bed at the cottage:www.tphblog.comI think this butterfly needs to be aged and distressed a bit while my husband thinks it could be brighter.  But that’s the cool thing, butterfly art can be as various as there are flutterflies.  Don’t you think you need one?  Of all the colors and shapes and patterns, there’s one for you, darlin’!  Let me know if I can make you one!

Let’s Make Some Easy Art

Let’s just say some very wrong types of art can be done on these beveled edged canvases.  I’ve seen it.  However, I have ordered a 40″ round canvas from Dick Blick to hopefully make something the opposite of wrong (I received 20% off and free shipping).  To be precise, I just want to paint it one color (but I’m toying with a shadow line).  It’s like I’m deconstructing Lichtenstein to the very smallest element–I like this reference because of the dots I like to do in my own paintings.
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I envision it going here above the sideboard in the dining room, where I desperately want some color.  Maybe it will be too many circles on this wall, with the fire alarm taking the motif over the edge.  Maybe it won’t be enough circles.
www.tphblog.comHere are some looks from my inspiration files:

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I love the idea of breaking down painting to just shape and color–think, Ellsworth Kelly, who just died, or Frank Stella.  Brice Marden, Rothko, Rauschenberg, Barnett Newman all did some version.  Why not consider buying the largest canvas you want to part dollars for and paint it that one amazing color for your room?  Boom.  Done.  And you can get away with it thanks to these gutsy guys who knew straight up color and shape is worth something to try.

New Entry Hall Wallpaper

It’s trippy, a little crazy, it may be a labyrinth with no end; however…we love it!  Miles Redd’s Deconstructed Stripe in black by Schumacher set just the right scene in the front entry hall.
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I haven’t decorated the space yet, mainly because I feel like I don’t have the right pieces yet.  It is a bit difficult to photograph, but in person it has the delicate hand-drawn look I was after (and even contemplated doing myself, like a lunatic!).

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  I’ll hang the paintings soon when I gather the nerve to nail into the wallpaper. (This particular painting needs to be reworked anyway.)www.tphblog.comwww.tphblog.com

So these are just photos of the wallpaper layer and nothing else.  I feel like a blue cabinet or, eek, maybe red, or mint needs to fill the hall…I don’t know!
www.tphblog.comwww.tphblog.comI love seeing it peek through the kitchen doorway.https://www.instagram.com/angenigma/What I love about the wallpaper application is it is a traditional decorating element in a traditional entry hall done in an untraditional print.  I hope I can keep that dialogue going with the rest of the layers.  See you on in Instagram in the meantime!

Happy New Year and Stuff!

Uh, ahem, is this thing on?

The last time I saw you here it was the middle of 2015…and now it’s 2016!  Happy new year, everyone!  We have some catching up to do…

The kids and I resumed homeschool back in June 2015 for a year of travel and learning.  Well, we did both, but we only made it half a year.  Whomp, whomp.  The kids missed their friends too much in school.  They had already tasted the sweet elixir of traditional school for one year, and for me to pull them out of that arrangement to homeschool again, well, the transition back wasn’t as smooth.  Additional truth is, I had also tasted the delicious flavors of traditional school, that moment of freedom when Daddy drives off in the morning with a carload of kids and I wave serenely while my other hand cradles my coffee–yeah, that.  We had a great 6 months of homeschool–the travel was wonderful and the teaching was bearable.  A friend told me when I was feeling bad about quitting halfway, “Angela, you just wanted a bunch of fabulous trips.”  Ha, true.  And, I got three.

We started with an Eastern US trip–with stays in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine, New York City, Washington DC, and the bulk of our trip in Quebec City where we took French lessons for two weeks.

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We had a short trip to Florida to seek out manatees in the Crystal River.

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Our third trip was to the Western US, starting in San Francisco and ending up with a week in Utah hitting three national parks.  That was so much fun!

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It was such a great experience–I’m happy we tried it.  I’m just bummed because the second semester was going to be all our international travel and we’ll miss out on that.  But the kids are happy to be in school again.  And we can travel on their breaks in shorter bursts…we discovered that three weeks away from home was tough!  Soooooooo…yeah, I’m here again, figuring out what to pursue now that the kids will be in school for the duration.  It is a weird feeling since I have been birthing children and rearing and teaching them for the last 12 years.  It’s go time for me now and I’m a little scared, overwhelmed, excited.  No more crazy ideas to take me away from a career of sorts.  Probably.

Well, crazy ideas seem to be what we do best.  Last fall I was driving and thinking, “It’s been a while since we got ourselves into something nutty.”  And then that following weekend we came upon a foreclosure listing for a North Carolina historic inn.   Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 1.33.27 PM Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 1.35.04 PM

This is the kind of nutty I’m talking about, I thought.

Ultimately, nothing came of it, but it bears mentioning because there is a hunger in me to find my destiny and I thought, “oh my, this could be it!”  A good month was spent on researching inn ownership and management, many site visits, talks with the bank, and meetings with a builder.  We finally determined the property needed too much work and investment than we could commit.  And we pushed it away in peace that it was the right thing to do.

But of course, I found time around homeschool and learning about self-catering properties and hospitality software to put a design board together.  You know, just one evening to indulge in it–because once the heart goes in, it is hard to let it go.  Just one heart-filled evening to see what the wood and stone interiors might look like in colors of poplar leaves, forsythia, and rhododendron…

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So I’m not to be an innkeeper–right now anyway.  I have some ideas that I’ll try and see which one opens up wide for highway cruising.  Hopefully one will.  In the meantime, please remind me not to be sad about the ideas that fail.  It’s all part of the process, they tell me.  Also, in the meantime, I’m going to be hitting this “new” house hard (we’ve been here for two years already, “new” whatever).  Time to make some decisions.  And, I’m excited to be blogging about it again.  You’re still here, right?

Before I go, a few thank yous are in order:

Fieldstone Hill Design wrote a sweet post about our guest room.  Come back and see me, Dar!

Bliss at Home included me in her 5 Blogs I Love This Summer post…and then I stopped blogging for 7 months, sorry, Kristin!

There are TPH blurbs in these links from Apartment Therapy, House Beautiful, and Country Living.

And, thank you to Julia at Hooked on Houses for featuring our ranch house redo–we go WAY back, right, Julia?

And, speaking of our ranch redo, I found this ranch renovation on HGTV…I think they might have been inspired by our exterior redo!

Theirs:

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Ours:

www.tphblog.comIt’s my most pinned post–I’m happy so many people are inspired by the transformation!

And, one last thing!  Better Homes & Gardens came to photograph the cottage last fall for an upcoming DIY Magazine issue!  Oh, cottage, how we all love thee.IMG_4361Wallpaper is going up here next week!  Chris is doing this and that.  I’m painting walls…a new bed is on order…furniture is being designed…studio painting is planned…good things to come.  I’ll be back next week with some details.  Thank you so much for stopping by and not giving up on ye olde blog!  Until then, find me on Instagram.

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