Mar 30, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
This 16x21 terrace is a place where Miles can entertain friends and family. I love the teal color palette he chose for this area- that is definitely what grabbed my attention first. I also adore the small mirrored table- not used to seeing those outside but it looks fantastic! He also placed mirrors in the trellis to make the space appear larger. Overall, its glam factor is a 10 on my scale!
B- Bristles- Paint brushes with natural bristles are meant for oil based paints. Those with synthetic bristles are for water based or latex paints.
C- Color- I know the trend these days is to do everything neutral, but don’t be scared to paint your house a fun bright color…also consider paint colors that enhance your physical features- if you have red hair, you should consider painting in blues, greens, purples, or teals- you definitely need to look fab in your own home!
D- Dry- Let your paint dry- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to put my accessories back after painting because I was so excited to see how it would look, only to discover the paint was not fully dry and I ended up ruining a perfectly good vase on my fireplace!
E- Environmentally friendly- Sherwin Williams, for example, offers a paint with no V.O.C.’s (volatile organic compounds) called Harmony Interior Latex paint.
F- Flow- when you are selecting paint colors for your home (especially if you have an open floor plan) be sure to consider each individual room and how the rooms relate to one another. You want everything to kind of flow into each other and coordinate so your house looks unified.
G- Gloss finish- I prefer to use high gloss paints on doors and trim- they are shiny and a lot easier to clean!
H- Hardware- remove all hardware before you paint- that includes cabinet knobs, hinges, door knobs, light switch plates, outlet covers and light fixtures...what you will remove depends on the room of course!
I- Inexpensive- I always tell people that paint is the most inexpensive way to completely transform your home. Every home could do with a new paint job every once in a while
J- Java- a dark brown paint color that is really chic right now!
K- Kitchen- this area as well as your bathroom are exposed to water, steam, and heavy use, so I would suggest a semi gloss paint in these areas
L- Light- Before you paint, be sure to examine your color swatches on the wall in the daytime and at night…trust me, paint changes when exposed to different lighting conditions!
M- Mood- Decide on the mood of your house/room early on- this will help you decide on a color palette. Do you want the room to be cheerful, calm, exciting or intimate?
N- Neutrals- You’d be surprised but sometimes neutral paint is the hardest color to decide on! Trim is usually white or off white and believe me, this can take the longest time to pick out- there are so many whites out there, it will drive you crazy. Be patient and test out these colors before you paint- trim accents can really make a room so make sure you choose wisely!
O- Order- make sure you always paint rooms in this order: ceiling, walls, trim, cabinet, doors
P- Primer- Most paint jobs look better if you use a primer or base coat first- especially for darker colors. You can have the primer tinted to the color of your surface paint so you can avoid having to do a second coat!
Q- Quart- Use this size to sample paint on your walls before committing to a gallon
R- Razor blades- scrape leftover dripped paint off glass or tile with a razor blade
S- Sherwin Williams- has recently come out with a lot more colors and is now more like Benjamin Moore- I love their new historical palettes and around the world paint colors
T- Trim and taping off- If you are painting yourself, trim should be painted with a steady hand…also remember to tape off the walls in your room using painters blue tape- it’s really time saving in the end!
U- Ultra modern- in these minimal spaces, a snow white color can look very nice. Otherwise, I like to stick with more color or a tinted off white in transitional/traditional spaces because bright white can end up looking very sterile
V- V.O.C.’s- you want paint with low or no V.O.C.’s!
W- Wrap- Wrap your brushes in plastic wrap and seal in a plastic bag when you are taking a break so they won’t dry out. Brush expenses can really add up if you aren’t careful...
X- “Xtra” leftover paint- be sure to save and store in small jars for future touchups!
Y- Yellow- this is another color that is making a big comeback for Spring!
Z- Zebra- I love this trendy fabric right now- it provides a neutral base of black and white print on a rug, pillow, or upholstery, so that you can paint your walls ANY color and it will look great with it!
This nursery is indeed gorgeous but will Max and Emme really ever remember their first room or care if their cribs were enveloped in the finest linens? I mean honestly!
I guess for newborns that were given custom made fur wraps by Dolce and Gabbana, nothing is too much or too glam for these kiddos! Can't wait to see her next baby's room!
Mar 23, 2008
So us at Material Girls, mind you, decided to forgo the cutesy floral, Valentine, celebrity, nursery, Audrey Hepburn, Hollywood Glam posts that we’ve been writing about for the past few months and get down to business to satisfy some of our male readers out there (trust me it was very hard to let go of our inclination to talk about mirrored furniture and pink décor!) But whoever you are, I apologize and feel your pain. I know it has probably been difficult to read about what we think is “so cute”, “so fabulous” and “so chic”!
Hence the idea of this post was born and is dedicated to all you males out there who are having a hard time finding your “look”. We know you’ve been yearning for more masculine ideas for your home. Enjoy!
I loved this room the first time I saw it in Elle Decor- rustic elements mixed in with a few sleek metallic pieces really makes this room interesting! I love how they mounted the flat screen tv on a single pole and am also drawn to the few added pops of color throughout the otherwise neutral setting.
One word- fabulous. This apartment belongs to the architect Carlos Aparicio and was featured in Elle Decor. Do you remember this one? Pretty hard to forget! Never feel like you have to give in to the "rules"- why not put a daybed in your Living Room? No one is stopping you! What an inventive seating arrangement! A palette like this is good if you would rather have your home feeling light and airy as opposed to dark and intimate.
This calming Living Room from Met Home is very of the moment! All of those silver and gray tones mixed in with icy blue pillows looks like pure serenity. I especially love the sketchy look of the artwork (a Kirill Chelushkin drawing). This room is very understated- nothing too flashy but the velvet and silk fabric throughout gives this room appeal and a feeling of luxury.
This room to me is a little bit more fun and amusing than the others. A great decorating idea I got from this room is to put billiard balls in a small decorative bowl on your coffee table and voila- instant color! Owner of this home is Jeffrey Povero. He also designed this sofa you see here and the rug (inspired by David Hicks). Remember: never shy away from creativity- Jeffrey even used drapes made from gray flannel suit fabric! You can't get more masculine and original than that! Also adding antiques to your room will really give it character and a bit of history (his coffee table was given to him by his grandmother)...so sweet!
If you haven't seen the new Domino yet, you need to pick it up! It features Drew Barrymore's company, Flower Films and their new office! Here is her manager/publicist Chris Miller in his private office. I adore the chrome accented rosewood desk he has! Chris defines his room as "warm, cozy, sleek and understated." That's always a good start when designing a room- first pick a few words that describe how you want your new space to feel and then your ideas will start flowing!
A very minimal look, this kitchen exudes simplicity and modernism to the core! You don't need much in a room like this- black, white, and some bursts of color will do the trick!
The mirror posts are really self-serving because I am on a mission to find the perfect mirror for above my current sofa. I want a versatile mirror that would look great framed by my sconces I picked up at the Guild Shop.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces...
Mar 21, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Pillows from Gumps- pure wool woven by Nepalese artists- available in green or orange!
Z Gallerie finds- I love the colors in this dupioni silk pillow!
Jayson Home and Garden produced these lookers- I love how understated and mod these are! Your couch will be the most stylish in town with this year's hottest new color...gray!
William Sonoma Home introduced these into their Spring '08 Collection. Absolutely love the brown and white combo- so fresh and so tropical! Makes me wish I was on Spring Break!
Modern floral from West Elm- young and simple looking, I see these in a mid 20 year old's condo or loft.
Tracy Porter designed these- you know how I love pink and green! The pattern here is very eye catching. All of the intricate detail that went into this larger 22"x22" pillow makes it more understandable why the price on this one is a bit steep! ($284 per pillow)
I always seem to find something great at Target. This brown Victoria Hagan embroidered pillow for only $29.99 is well worth it!
With St. Patty's day having been this week, I am still in the Irish spirit. How could you not love these artichoke green and brown pillows- the leaves almost look like little shamrocks! Adorable!
These girly pillows from Anthropologie would look lovely in a woman's bedroom on a white loveseat or chair!
I actually know a few people who have this pink pillow shown here from Pottery barn (one of which is my sister!) Even just this little punch of color thrown in with a few other zebra pillows makes her solid neutral sofa come to life! Now on sale!
Mar 16, 2008
Whiteport was founded by Jennifer McCabe in 2007 featuring a stylish white palette of home decor, gifts, and accessories. Now living in Australia, Jennifer felt that the white complements the extensive Australian landscape quite well. Jennifer quotes- "Our products look equally good in a city loft apartment or a sprawling beach house. White products are simple, timeless, and complement any color scheme."
White Butler's Tray
Wychmere Candle Holders
White Orleans Vase
Brewster Serving Tray