Monday, August 18, 2008

Room Design: Audrey's Big Girl Room

Audrey's "Big Girl Room" is finally put together and she is so excited about it! We'll see if she actually sleeps in her big girl bed, which is a queen, because we had the mattresses and the space in the room, so why not? I found this headboard in our local want ads listing for $20! I think it is so great! I hauled it home and we painted it a red lacquer to match the armoire (Rust-Oleum --my favorite for low effort high impact painting!).

Not a lot has changed since her crib was here. I found more of the fabrics used in her crib bedding (I love them!) and made the duvet cover, shams, bed skirt and polka dot pillow cases. I can't believe I didn't think of buying more fabric originally since the chair is covered to match so I felt really luck to still find it.

I found the bedside bookcase on, surprisingly. I think it's great for the space and balances the wide bed. Plus there is plenty of room for bedtime stories.

This rug is from Anthropologie. I was so happy to find it. I know you are supposed to start a room with the floor, including rug, but it was one of the last things I decided on and it was difficult to find something to work with the other patterns. I lucked out. Plus it's a soft wool--great for little bare feet.

This side table isn't new but I thought it deserved a close up. I love it. Found it at The Company Store when I was doing Audrey's nursery. It was white and my husband painted it red. He did the professional job on it with lots of steel wool sanding so it's a great finish. I love the curviness. It was a fun foil to the Jenny Lind crib Audrey used.

This built in closet is all new and it is a dream! I am so excited about it. Previously this space was a couple hinged doors and one clothing rod--not at all a good use of space. Now we have 36" deep drawers for clothes and toys, and I have double hung closet space. I decided to add the cubbies above rather than have a top shelf inside the closet or hang the rods too high to reach. I think it's nice to have a little display area and will work well as bookshelves when Audrey is older.

This little collection of things includes my matroyshka, which my parents brought me from Romania when I was 5 or 6, an antique teapot that was my mothers, and this funny glass bunny I found in a card store of all places--good colors for the room.

My parents bought these Hans Christian Andersen prints in Denmark when we were living in Germany and they were always hung somewhere in our home. I like giving them a spot in Audrey's room and they've proved useful for bedtime--she has me sing songs about them, which I can never remember the same way twice, but she just corrects me.
This lamp base is from Urban Outfitters and I finally found a shade to fit at Pottery Barn Kids. I added the pom pom trim.

And this is my "Barberini Bee" from a series I painted in college. I did them with blue and beige backgrounds too, and those are hanging in my sister's home. I saw this bee as a bas relief on the base of a sculpture during my Italy art history trip and loved it. I still love the form. Sometime I'll do some more.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Painting: Utah Landscape

I have always loved this particular view off I-15 north of Salt Lake City. I painted it once in highschool and thought I'd try it again. I did it the first time all with palette knife, which was really fun and I like the result--very textural. But I thought it would be interesting to try it again and try and get the values more accurate.

It turned out decently I think. I actually liked it in better in the beginning when I quickly laid in the composition and colors, but all-in-all I think it's working pretty well.

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