Thursday, July 23, 2015

Why I Design and Progress at my Downingtown Project

When I receive an update photo from a client, I know at that very moment that THIS, THIS is why I design. I design to make a space more special for the client. I design to bring their vision to life. And I design to share their joy when they see that space evolve and transform into one that they love and never thought that they'd be able to create on their own. THAT is what makes my job as a designer so special.


I knew that once the window treatments got installed that those would be a turning point for this space and they were, but then I received this photo from my client. I couldn't believe the amount of progress we had made by also adding in the new console and framed photos from a honeymoon trip to Italy. The personal touches are what make this space uniquely theirs.

We've been waiting on two chairs to get delivered and that should hopefully be happening today. And we'll also be adding some additional accessories to that great new console. Once that happens then things will start wrapping up and I hope to get this space photographed to show it off properly.

Happy Thursday my friends!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How I Updated My Gallery Wall {In Progress}

This gallery wall hangs in our Living Room. It's a work in progress but it's a wall that we see every single day and this particular frame that you see on the right in the photo below has been driving me crazy.


Would it drive you crazy or am I just being crazy? Call me crazy but the rest of the wall has framed white photos as well. Now there is nothing wrong with the wood frame, but the color is just a bit off in my opinion. It doesn't blend well with the other frames as you can see in the photo above. And I love the photo inside of the frame (Capital Teas in Annapolis - I took the photo when we were there 6 years ago).

The crazy thought crossed my mind of just spray painting it and be done with it. But then I was thinking about how much I really liked the simplicity of the frame above it (my super inexpensive frame from A.C. Moore).

So I got out a few supplies that I already had on hand: painter's tape, paint, and scissors.


My first step was taping off the inset so that I could paint the edge black. I taped carefully and then painted away using black acrylic paint (I used about 4 coats). Once the black was dry, I taped off the edge, removed the glass and the photo and spray painted the rest of the frame white.


Ah, so much better don't you think? I'm very pleased with the result. It's exactly what I had pictured in my head. And bonus points for being super easy, quick, and FREE.

Just for kicks, here is a before and after:


I love the new look - really pleased with the result. Not only was it a quick and easy update, but now the look is so much more cohesive. We have plans to paint the walls at some point, but for now my gallery wall is resting quite happily here on this wall.  I also plan to add more photos to the grid at some point as well. The key to a gallery wall is letting it evolve and building it with photos, art, and items that you love. The right combination is bound to bring you many smiles and happy thoughts.