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Painted Floors. Part 2.

In Design on June 28, 2011 at 8:13 PM

A reader recently asked me about where to get the stencils for this look:

The answer: I have no idea.

I too wanted to use this look in a client’s kitchen, and so I made them myself using Photoshop.

First I pulled the two separate shapes out of the photo above and then distorted, stretched, and re-drew them in order to get them flat and 2 dimensional. Then I resized them to work with the scale of the kitchen. Printed them out on a large format printer at Kinkos, and then transferred them onto YUPO and cut out the shapes with an Xacto blade (quite a few actually) . YUPO is a fantastic plastic like paper that I like to make paintings on, and is also fabulous for using as a stencil. I only painted one and then my super fabulous and daring client painted the rest herself!  Here are some quick pics -more when the rest of the kitchen is in – which will  feature a beautiful orange Blue Star Range by the way…


A Global Art Project.

In See on March 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM

What I did this weekend.

In Design, See on March 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

After running all over town all week to pick up the necessary supplies, I was able to pin down my other half  (talented wood working designer husband) to help me piece together a frame for the soon to open Heartland Cafe in West Seattle.

As you may or may not know I have been working with the owners to develop the concept and design. And while I have not had full control, I have been able to get my way with a couple of things.  One being the “Ode To Mother” framing of an antique apron to be displayed as one half of the “American Gothic-esque” wall.  Budgets being what they are at the end of a project – I knew that the 1000.00 price tag of framing this large beauty was not going to cut it. And I knew that I would be soooo sad if this didn’t make it on the wall.  So I DIY’d it with some crown molding, gold leaf wax, coffee soaked burlap, gold headed pins and the essential help of the man. Thank You Thank You!

I would also like to state that the recent book reviewed in the NY Times about the homes of designers actually only details the lives of those designers living on Fantasy Island. My house on the other hand is a wreck – and what you don’t see in this picture – besides my cute little kiddo – is the havoc of the kitchen (which is U-G-L-Y), the 10 new windows waiting to be installed (Yes, that will our project next weekend) leaning against the wall in the living room, the under served and unfinished bathroom project (deemed “yucky” by a recent sleepover guest), and a child’s room that looks like it could be featured on the next episode of the Hoarders. Someday however, I do plan on moving to Fantasy Island.

A room of his own for Shanty Jr.

In Design, See on July 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM




metroshed modern shed cabana 9x13 20 lg


My husband (let’s call him Shanty Jr.) loves sheds. Growing up on a farm, he must have been around his fair share, and the appeal now grows stronger on a daily basis. Perhaps it is the need for one’s private rubber room, or the need to build something substantial in a short period of time that provides a lasting glow of satisfaction. Regardless, I support him on this venture as I know that it will be a beautiful structure in the end and so present these sheds as inspiration. I really like the first one that spins toward the sun.

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