Oct 30, 2017

~ stenciled butler's pantry

Although this project turned out to be more complex than originally planned, I could not be happier about the way it looks! Andy Moore thought at a quick glance, that he could stencil a design in my Butler's Pantry in a day or two. I was thrilled. The wallpaper I was considering was a fortune, and the colors weren't quite right. I showed it to Andy when he was here working on another project, and he thought surely he could give me this same look with stenciling, and do it quickly, saving me time and money by scrapping the wallpaper. 

Let me quickly clarify that although I frequently call Andy Moore my painter, it is not an accurate description. Talented artist/perfectionist is more appropriate, and in this particular instance, mathematician would also be a good choice. The tight corners in this small space were more difficult than expected, and required extensive hand painting. One or two days turned into a week. I felt terrible! Except OMG you guys, I love it so much.

Here's a peek at how gorgeous...

I adore the muted sage green color with the gold center.

Here are the Galbraith & Paul wallpaper samples. The green is too blue, and the tan is not green enough...

Andy cut the stencil, applied two colors - the sage green and the gold - and then hand painted the four white "u" shapes around the center. 

Here is the first stencil shape and color. The color reads grey in some of these photos, but it is a warm green that was custom matched to my drapery fabric.

Here you can see the addition of the gold center and a few with the white "u" shape...

Here are some before photos of the space from an old post. You can see the Butler's Pantry through the arched doorway to the left of the fireplace. I tried to cover up the boring walls and add some color with botanical prints.

I hoped the pattern on the walls would make that arched shape stand out. (Notice the statue in the corner here... I will reference later.)

For years, we lived with these plain walls, and it didn't occur to me to wallpaper or paint. But all of a sudden, I became obsessed with making this small space more special. I really wanted to do a light fixture as well, but the Payer of the Bills said absolutely no to that idea. I pick my battles. 

And here are some updated photos with the stenciling! You can see the blue ceiling in the office... That's another very slow project I am working on.

The statue is missing because it fell over. It isn't ruined, but needs to be re-attached. I have been living with the statue corpse on my living room floor for months. It's on the to-do list. (Insert rolling my eyes so hard emoji)

I couldn't be happier with this outcome. Although we didn't predict the extra days it would take, I am forever grateful to Andy for making sure this, and every project, is finished perfectly. I really appreciate the professionalism and follow through. After I posted a story of the stenciling in progress on Instagram, someone messaged me wanting to know where I got my stencil. She was shocked when I told her my "painter" made the stencil for this project. I feel lucky to have access to such a talented artist! 

Andy Moore Custom Art Services: 402.321.1634 (Omaha, NE)

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Oct 26, 2017

~ around the house

A few things to catch up on...

I finally hung this blue and white platter in the back hall.. I mentioned it way back when I was doing my laundry room. It hung in there for a while, and also in my kitchen over the stove. 

(this is the old laundry room, new laundry room is HERE)

It's a fun surprise to walk in from the garage and see this! It is especially nice considering it sat on my dining room table waiting to be hung for the past 6 months. I'm not sure why it took me so long to follow through with this plan, but it is finally done.

Love it!

Kalanchoes are still totally doing the trick for me in several locations... I especially love them in the fall. 

Love the orange in the green confit pot...

The blue and white Aerin pot shown below, in the kitchen, used to be in the dining room, where the green confit pot is. I love moving containers around the house. They feel new in a different space. I adore the dark orange alstroemeria with the blue!

Here you can see the aptware platter that replaced the blue and white one I hung in the hallway! 

For those of you waiting for a family room update, it's coming soon! The new drapery are hung (shown here) and the new furniture is arriving in the next couple weeks. Will post asap!

More kalanchoe...

Also? We are stenciling the Butler's Pantry! I am very excited about this project. The design was inspired by a Galbraith & Paul wallpaper. The colors weren't quite right on the wallpaper, so we customized the colors, and Andy Moore is stenciling the design! This is the very beginning of the process, and I will report back when finished. Check my Instagram stories for updates! 

I stopped by by my SIL's house the other day, and about died over these hydrangea. You guys, she picked them FROM HER YARD... 

Ok, that's all for now.. I will be anxiously awaiting the family room furniture delivery!

Hope you are having a wonderful fall! 🍁🍁

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Oct 23, 2017

~ shine bright like a diamond

If bling is your thing, you will most certainly fall in love with Kurt Pio. 

I am not typically attracted to bedazzled decor per se, but I think these are pretty cool! Can you imagine in a New York or Chicago apartment?

This vignette from the Kips Bay Showhouse, designed by Kirsten Kelli, really gives you an idea of how spectacular one of these gems can be in an interior...  Photo from @jakeclickclack

Handsome devil, isn't he?

Pio paints other things, but the diamond series is my fav... You can check out some of his other work here.

I am not much of a drinker, but his Champagne Bottle Series is pretty wonderful...

For questions, please contact the artist directly using the contact sheet in this link..


Photos are from various websites containing images of Pio's work: Here, here, here, and here.

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