Thursday, February 27, 2014
There are quite a few upholstered benches on the market, specifically the Harper Banquette from World Market and the Tribeca Banquette from Ballard Designs. But they're either too small, too bulky, or too expensive. I wanted a bench that would fill the entire corner but not take up too much space (contradictory I know).
Here are my inspiration photos.
Tufts!!! Am I crazy or what?
You can find the links to the above pictures here.
And this is where I'm at right now.
I'll post a tutorial and source list next week. Lots to share.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I decided to print some of my masterpieces out and hang them on the wall. The real question was, would they look as good or real once printed? I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised.
I bought some good quality 90lb watercolor paper (not too thick that it wouldn't go through the printer). I cut the paper down to 8x10 to fit. I then printed it out using the photo on fine paper setting figuring this would give the best color.
There are quite a number of different settings that you can choose on the app. It took quite a few minutes to figure out which look I liked best. Some of the settings give more of a photo look which isn't what I was going for. The bottom two pictures are using this setting, and if you notice, they look almost too realistic from far away.
I like the effect best in the picture above. Not too realistic.
I just stuck it up there in the picture above, because there was a nail hole. But I think a series of them going down the stairway might look quite nice.
Or maybe one large one next to the plant? I wonder how much Kinkos would charge to print off a big one, and whether it would look pixelated?
But what I think would look really cool would be if you could somehow pause the process of painting mid way through and get something a little more abstract. It's hard to explain, but if you use the app you'll see what I mean. The pictures below are screen shots I took before the paintings were complete.
Here's a breakdown of how much my three pictures cost:
Waterlogue app $2.99
Watercolor paper $4.99 for 15 sheets.
3 basic black frames with mats $6.99 each.
Is it weird that I have pictures of my house in my house? Yeah, probably. I did try the app on pictures of my kids, but it just made them look creepy. I think I'll keep playing with it and see what else I can come up with; maybe vacation pictures will be more appropriate.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
More marble, this time on a sleek console that wouldn't look out of place on a Mad Men set.
I was really impressed by this glass pendant. It's large enough that it can be used alone over an informal dining table and has a lovely glow when lit.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I had to do a double take though. Me, actually win something? Then I thought that maybe they give this to everyone? But no, I checked, it really is legit. So thank you Houzz for the badge and recognition, and thank you friends for supporting me!