Glamours Wall Treatment

How to take your walls from builder beige to designer dazzling!

What you will need:

The paint colors specified is what’s shown in the photo, but feel free to use your own color scheme.

* Valspar’s Metallic paint in Aged Brass (shown) this is a two-step process. Other metallic’s may come as a single application like Ralph Lauren’s, but is now sold in boutique stores look on on-line for more details.

* Sherwin Williams in Haze in a Flat finish (show)

* 3 different sizes of blue painters tape: 2”, 1.5”, and 1”

* Painter’s treys

* Rollers if you’re doing this on a texture surface you will have bleeding and will need to go back with a clean angel edged brush to clean up the bleeding by hand.

1. Apply coast of Valspar base cost and let dry per directions typically 4 hours or until dry.

2. Next apply the gold Valspar Metallic: Aged Brass coat all over the base coat. Let this dry at least over night before adding the tape.

Note: The top coat is the second coat of the metallic and the bottom is the first cost of the base.

3. Now it’s time to get creative with your design. Start with the largest tape width first 2”, then go with the second largest 1.5”, and finish with the smallest one last 1”. It’s good to have a concept in mind or stand back in between tape applications to see how your design is coming out. At this point you can edit your design as needed.

4. Once you have completed your design now you need to apply the Sherwin Williams: Haze color all over the entire wall tape included! If you need to apply a second coat now is the time to do so. Before you pull the tape off.

5. Once the blue has been applied and still a little wet gently pull the tape slowly off. Starting with the smallest one first 1”, medium 1.5” second and the largest last 2”. See… there is a reason for my madness. I know because I learned the hard way!

6. If your walls are flat then you can stand back and look in amazement and dance for joy! However, if you have textured walls like most us.  You will need to go back with an angled brush and clean up the bleeding by hand. I was so excited at the way it turned out I was still busting a move anyway!

This design took me a weekend to do, and cost me around $170 in materials. This decorative paint treatment was inspired by a china pattern that took my walls from builder beige to designer dazzling and has packs a real “WOW” factor! A little goes a long way.

Need a little more help?  Watch me explain it in on television in the second segment of Daytime @ Nine KABB, San Antonio. Link: KABB Fox San Antonio :: Daytime @ Nine – S.A. Magazine: Do It Yourself Home Decor

If this is to daring for you here are some other of my personal favorite decorative treatments below.

Geometric Patterns: See paint images for more info.

* Gingham Wall: I’m getting ready to do this for a client we (Interiors by Design the design studio I’m currently contracting at) are working with in nursery next weekend

* Harlequin Patterns: I did this in my family room in our first home with help of my father, thanks dad.

* Stripes horizontal or vertical, and graduated: I have done this again through the years for client’s and myself it’s always a graphic statement that stays fresh.

* Chevrons: Again a very classic pattern that can be really eye-catching in a large-scale in hallway or in a guest bathroom.

Notes from the designer’s desk: Other tips for selecting paint

* When picking a paint color. Go BIG! Paint a good 8’” x 10” sample on all 4 walls in the room you plan on painting. Label them and watch them trough out the day in different light.  Anytime you’re doing this on white or any other color the new colors will look very stark. This why my clients have such a hard time selecting more saturated or darker colors.

* With the “open floor plans” it can be hard selecting a color palette. You have to consider how you want your home to feel: calm serene, energizing, warm and cozy etc. Then, pick a pallet that reflects that feeling and think of how you want the colors to upfold from on room to the other. It never hurts to get a professional’s opinion and pay for a design consultation. A couple hundred bucks can save you a lot time and money in the end, remember we do this for living! Check ASID and IIDA for local designers in your area.

* Don’t forget the ceiling, it’s the 5th wall!


The New Take on Plate Art

A lot of exciting things have happen in the last few weeks. I was recently interviewed by a local magazine here in San Antonio Texas. They asked to take photos of some my work. As an emerging interior design professional this is very BIG!!! For the first time I will be published. They wanted to feature my formal dining room that I organically pulled together over some months, but there where some minor details that still needed to addressed. I had this blank spot in the one corner that I need to fill. I found some plates from a local import store that had great detail on the edges. However, a designer can never leave well enough alone and I wanted to personalize my space with initials. The overall concept for my dining room is an etherial garden with touches of modern glamor and I wanted to go “old school” with the initials on the tree.

Here is what I started with.

Here is what I used

Got the classic Helvetica font stencil and went to work

Note: I used the oil base Sharpie metallic marker thinking I was going to get more of a graffiti  look for my heart, but it didn’t work out so well on the porcelain surface. Instead, I made a stencil out of leftover cardstock I had for the heart and used the spray paint. Then roughed up the edges with a wet sponge so the paint looked worn. I was not going for it to look clean and “perfect”.

Then, once I decided where I wanted them on the plates I taped them off and covered everywhere else I did not want paint

Lastly, I added the self adhesive plate hangers found at my local hobby store in the custom framing department. Then, I had my husband help me hang them late the night before the photo shoot with while drinking my favorite glass of red wine Hall 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.

I know what your thinking what about the rest of the room?  The issue is not out yet and I am on pins and needles for the photo’s so I will just share what I took the day of the shoot.

Now this is no new trick. Plate’s on display have been used for interiors for quite some time mostly in traditional settings. I believe doing this in the spray paint and even going with my original thought of the “graffiti look” brings this concept into the modern-day. If you would like to try  this here are my suggestions. Keep the plate’s all one color, or if you have mixed collection paint them all one color to match your décor, and only do 3 an accent color for jolt. Also, play with painters tape for fun patterns. Just think of the larger overall scheme beforehand. Happy creating and I would love to see what you come up with so send your pictures!

I would like to “thank” my good friend Brandon a designer who referred me to the magazine for the article in the first place. You are truly an engaging spirit and I wish you all the best in you endeavors. Also, I would like to thank Rebecca, Veronica and Phillip at the magazine for such a great experience.


How to make modern silhouette art

In my design school days I often used silhouette art as inspiration for my projects. I was drawn to its graphic detailed quality that held it’s nostalgic charm. Silhouette art was introduced sometime between the 17th and 18th century in the Victorian Era. I have found through some research that it began in Europe and eventually became exceedingly popular in the 18th century in America, where artist were employed as a way to capture dignified portraits of American aristocrats, politicians, and common folk alike.

As a mother I thought I would love to have one of these for my self. However, as a designer I thought how can I make it work for my home? I needed to update this Victorian Granny into the Hip Modern Mother that I am. Plus, I also don’t have a lot of time as working mom and wanted something I could do in a day or so. By the way, once I got all my materials in order this project took me about an hour!

First I want to show you some examples of this traditional artistry. While it may be an oldie it is still very much a goodie!

Then: Antiques found on-line:

Now: The Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica

Designer: Kelly Wearstler

The Hip Modern Way of making Silhouette Art

First, with your point and shoot camera take a profile picture of your subject. It’s best to do this up against a blank wall.  If you wanted to take this into to Photoshop and could do a really cool digital version. I’m just more of a traditionalist and like to work with my hands. Plus, let’s face it I’m not all that great with Photoshop.

Once you have selected your frame measure it in order to get an idea of the size enlargement you will need.  I found this oval frame at a nearby hobby store and knew it would be perfect! I asked the copy center to make a 16 x 20 size photo enlargement on in black and white on regular bond paper. Ask for regular bond so they don’t over charge you.

My next stop was back to the hobby store where I need to select the two colors of artist paper for the silhouette. This is where you can get creative and choose whatever color combination you would like to use. I selected one that would work well on the wall I knew I was going to place it on. Remember you don’t have to stick to the standard black and white. Think color, or even a patterned background would work! That is what make’s this more up to date I think. * Please note the paper used for this was colored on both sides!

Now, take some double-sided tape and place your photo copy on tope of the artist paper you choose for the silhouette. You should have two layers of paper at this point. The photo on top and the artist paper for the silhouette on the bottom.

Begin cutting along the outline of your subject and be sure to get as detailed as you want.

Remove the copy

Place it, attach it with more tape or you may glue it.

And Done!

The fool-proof way to hang pictures

In the last few years I have had some clients ask me about the best way to hang art work. Heck, I’ve even had one client hire to go over her house and do exactly what I am about to tell you.

I have noticed that some of the television shows make it seem so easy by telling you to lay out your composition on the floor first, and then put up on the wall. But, what they don’t tell you is that you will lose you spacing by moving the frame from one place to another and wind up with a mess.

What I have found that works best is using templates. While this can be a bit time-consuming it is a fool-proof way of getting the look you want without having a few unwanted holes and pencil everywhere by trying to “eyeball it”.

Note: the example images are from my personal clients who I have helped with on-line guidance from me Pink Door Designs

1. First, use wrapping paper (be use to use the non-print side so you can visualize you concept better) or butcher paper is best.

2. Trace and cut out the frames and be sure that you number them so they don’t get mixed up. At this point you should mark approximately how far down the nail should be on the front of the template.

3. Now, begin to lay out your arrangement directly on the wall the way you would like. This is the benefit of doing it this way because, now you can rearrange the composition as much as you like before making any holes in the wall. Also, since you have them numbered you can consider which one is which and place them by content. Think of arranging them by color complements or relation.

4. Once you have your final lay out you can hammer the nails through the paper. Remove the paper and begin to place the art work where they belong and admire how PERFECT they look once your done.

Optional:  Add bumpers to the bottom corners of the frame. These will “grab” the wall, eliminating any skid or scratch marks, while keeping the frame itself level — side to side and top to bottom.

Need some more inspiration? Here are some of my favorite arrangements from various sources via the web

Lastly does this seem like to much trouble for you? You can actually buy them as a kit here are a few links


The Perfect Picture Wall Company:

Arron Brothers: