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Black Ceilings

From the moment I saw the small cramped hallway in the house, I wanted to exaggerate those features.  The ceiling height can’t be more than 7 feet and it’s only about 3.5 feet wide.  I want to add vertical striped wallpaper (maybe grasscloth) to make the space appear taller and paint the ceiling black to make it disappear.  The ceiling height is so low why not make it extreme.  The other option is to paint the walls and the ceiling dark to make it less noticeable where the walls and ceiling meet (at such a low level).

Source: Domino Magazine

Source: Domino Magazine

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Source: Houzz

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Luxe West Hollywood Residence traditional-bathroom

I’m now getting cold feet about the whole thing.  Because there are so many things in the ceiling – lights, A/C vents, smoke detectors, etc. – I worry that it will be too many non-black things breaking up the black ceiling.  I’m also having a hard time identifying the right wallpaper but painters will be here next week and I really need to make a decision.  What say you?

Nursery Inspiration

As promised, I’ve completed an initial draft of the nursery design inspiration board and wanted to share.  The initial color idea for the room was fuchsia and tangerine with the emphasis on fuchsia and pops of tangerine to just break up the space.  Here are the inspiration pictures:

Eva B. Style: Pinterest Obsession- Baby Nursery Ideas * fuschia, marigold, teal, tangerine - fun pallette

via pinterest. I love how saturated the colors are and the feeling that the room evokes.

Suzie: Modern Declaration - Sweet orange & pink girl's nursery design with two tone walls paint ...

via pinterest.  Much calmer and serene but still punchy with color.

So that is the color scheme I chose and now I’m attempting to combine that with my love for the Petal Pusher Wallpaper mentioned earlier.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Design Board

The room is a large bedroom, clocking in around 18′ x 11′.  So there is a ton of space to use and (my understanding is that) babies don’t really need that much space. 🙂  So I’ve decided to turn the full-size guest bed that’s been living in the room into a daybed with built-in storage on the back wall.  The day bed will get the lovely fuchsia linen headboard (and sides) and the cabinetry will be white. The rest of the room consists of the traditional nursery furnishings.

I’ll share the process as I go along but I’m most excited about the wallpaper and the pink ceiling!  Just to give you an idea of how far we have to go…here is the room when we moved in:

Nursery - staged for the sale

Nursery – staged for the sale

Since then, the painted wallpaper has been removed, the walls and popcorn ceiling skim coated, and the floors are currently being installed.  By the end of the weekend, I hope that the floors will be finished, trim installed, and wallpaper ordered and scheduled to be installed.  Wish me luck!  If you wish to follow along, feel free to check out my Nursery board on Pinterest.

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Changes…and new Additions

William Morris QuoteSorry for the lack of posts lately.  While I’ve been blogging now for a little over 7 months, I’m starting to feel like I need to get more direction for the blog.  The intent of starting the blog was to support my interior design projects.  However, I’ve actually come to enjoy the process and sharing my thoughts with others. (This little blog has saved the hubby from having to listen to tons of random discussions about design.)  Anyway, as we’re all aware, projects move much slower than intended and I need to work on providing much more interesting and curated content.  I’m working on a few new collaborations and trying to figure out ways to improve the content and flow.  I hope to share some of this very soon but posting will be even more sporadic until I’ve figured it out.

Another reason that I’ve been slow in posting is because we’re making a final push to finish up the house renovation.  I haven’t shared much lately but we’re making significant progress and I hope to post progress pictures soon.  Our deadline to finish (or impetus to finish) has been pushed up because we’re expecting a new addition to the family in a mere 3 months!  It’s unexpected, surprising, and super damn scary.  I can’t even think about what happens when there is a new small person here so I’m focused on starting the nursery design.  I’m working on a design board to share later this week but let’s just say that some of this gorgeousness will be gracing the walls:

Oh Joy! Petal Pusher Wallpaper

Oh Joy! Petal Pusher Wallpaper

Wish me luck on ALL fronts 🙂

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The Ugly Truth: Wallpaper Removal Blows

I’m spending my Friday morning with a home inspector. Since there is nothing for me to do during this 1+ hour inspection, I decided to try to remove the wallpaper in the guest room.

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Not sure if you can tell but it’s textured wallpaper that has been painted. It was going to cost me between $500-1000 to have it removed or re-drywalled so I figured I’d go buy $25 worth of materials and give it a whirl.

15 minutes in:

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All hopes that it would peel off in full sheets are dashed. Still not sure what type of wallpaper it is.

30 minutes in:

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It’s coming off and definitely not one of the worst things I’ve ever done. I’ll keep pushing through until the inspector finishes and see how far I’ve come.

This much left to go:

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Wish me luck! Happy Friday!!