Monday, April 22, 2013

d.i.why not? bright yellow gallery wall

So, not only am I completely obsessed with black and white these days.  I am also loving yellow.  And the brighter yellow the better...   You may already know this from my painted yellow starburst rug project. Anyhow,  I was working on a client's house and we had this boring hallway with a bad light fixture.
 
Yep, not cute at all.  And this couple is way cooler than the original light fixture that once lived in this hall. It came with the house when they bought it.    So, of course that ugly old light had to go and we had to jazz up their hallway.  We replaced the light with this one by Jaime Young from Lamps Plus.

They wanted a gallery wall filled with photos and art that celebrated people and places they loved but black or brown frames were not right for the narrow space.  We wanted to keep the light, sunny, airy feel that already lives in their house.  And, something that would contrast and compliment the groovy tile that was just installed in their kitchen (I am obsessed with that tile).  So, I suggested yellow.  And they said they loved the idea...
And I am really glad they did because, while it took me what felt like a zillion hours to paint these frames, the final result is pretty cool.  The reddish/orange frame in the middle was painted the exact color of a bit in the new tile in the kitchen.  That frame houses a treasured family photo.

All of the frames used are part of the signature line available at Aaron Bros.  And the great thing about these frames is that most of them came with a white matte and were purchased during their annual 1 cent frame sale which saved a ton of money...

So, all you need for this project is patience, a can or two of spray paint (I used Sun Yellow Gloss by Rustoleum), white colored Signature wall frames (go with a light colored frame if you are painting a light and bright color for best results), some painters tape and a place to get to work.  Note that I found during the process that I had better results when I didn't sand or prime prior to painting these.  And very short spurts of spraying, not too close to the frame is best. All of the frames needed 2 coats of paint.

A great way to welcome spring, don't you think?

For those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and you can read about the start of my journey as an interior design intern here and if you didn't already know... I created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the formerly almost 40 year old intern

Friday, April 12, 2013

dreaming of the open road...


Recently I was introduced to some new friends and they seem pretty awesome... and I am in awe of an amazing journey they are currently experiencing.  Ummmm so, I haven't actually met these new friends.   Well, not in the traditional in person sense anyway.

We were introduced by a gal in my metalsmithing class... she told me about some friends of hers who decided to hop in their Volkswagon Westfalia van, leave LA for a bit, and travel throughout Central and South America.  As far as I know they don't have a specific end date in mind.  They are 6 months into their journey right now.  And they have been writing about their trip on their site Our Open Road and posting some amazing photos along the way... Oh, and they are having the occasional 24 Hour Bazaar, selling free trade wares from local artisans in whatever village they happen upon at the time (with a 24 hour limit in place adding some urgency to getting your order in), to help fund their fab trip.  My metalsmithing friend knows that I love to travel and I love to shop, and I love finding cool things from far away places.  And these guys bring it all together.

So, meet my new pals - Adam, Emily and their adorable daughter Colette.  If Ford models is looking to sign a family of really good looking hipster outdoor adventurers, this one should be at the top of their list.  My vacation photos are always featuring my never ending bad-vacation-hair days and travel grime and these guys are camping in their van, in the middle of nowhere,  almost every single night yet somehow they always look cool in every single photo they post. Not exaggerating! I swear.  Check it out for yourself.  Another reason I am in awe. 


So, I have been following their adventures starting with crossing the border into Mexico, and traveling further and further into Central and South America.  Seeing all the cool places they are parking that fab VW van, I am itching to meet up with them and join in all the fun!  Somehow it seems so much more romantic than my childhood family vacations driving to a national park, staying in the pop up camper with my parents, and bickering with my sisters.

 These guys are parked in a nice spot with a view of the Andes one week...
Driving past more beautiful scenery ...
 Stopping amongst some palm trees (note the cute kid in the makeshift tub)...
 On the beach another week...
 Frolicking in the surf after a long day of being immersed in local culture...

Seeing spectacular sunsets...
 Pausing to enjoy the occasional rainbow.

Still smiling, even when they hit a bump in the road and are sidelined for a smidge.  Because, frankly, they are well aware that life is pretty good!   Yeah, there may be the occasional mechanical problems and bug bites but they take it all in stride.
Ahhh, I am so doing my own version of this in the future!

Emily is a fashion designer, working on a cookbook during this trip and Adam is an artist (the awesome piece above is by him).  And I am sure little Colette has many great things awaiting her.  How could she not, growing up experiencing something so cool?

Yep, these are some cool new friends to have.  Oh, and I have kinda sorta met them via emails that consisted of my gushing about how great their site is, how genius their idea of a 24 Hour Bazaar is (honestly, I wish I would have thought of it first!), and asking for permission to use their pics in a blog post. All photos used in this post are copyright Our Open Road and used with their permission.

I was tempted to keep them to myself because I don't really want competition snapping up fab items in their next 24 Hour Bazaar but then I decided what the heck?  If you want to check out their adventures go here.

For those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and you can read about the start of my journey as an interior design intern here and if you didn't already know... I created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the formerly almost 40 year old intern




Wednesday, April 3, 2013

sidewalk talk




Any of you that have been reading along for a bit may have noticed my growing obsession with bold black and white prints.  Of course the crazy black and white striped painted rug project really celebrated that obsession.  And I have a Pinterest board dedicated to my love of black and white as a combo...

I stopped in Portugal right after my recent trip to Greece and quickly became obsessed with their pavements.  Sidewalks - to simple Americans like me.  But the Portuguese people take pavements/ sidewalks to a whole new level and I instantly fell in love! They call their fab cobblestone pavements Calcadas (note, there is supposed to be a squiggle below the middle C but I can't figure out how to add it on this American keyboard....) and were created by hand by individually laying pieces of limestone cut into tiny blocks and placed into these amazing designs (by hand!!).   Streets are lined with them as are the many squares throughout the cities.   It all started in 1849 with the groovy wave design above.  It lives in Lisbon in a place called Rossio Square. 1849 people!?!?  It looks so fab and modern I would have thought it was created in the middle of this century at least! 

I couldn't help myself and took a lot of photos.  A lot.   In between eating many Pasteis De Nata (the most heavenly dessert on the planet) ... I averaged about 6 of those treats a day (sadly, not exaggerating and still hitting the gym daily to work them off).  Anyhow, thought you might like to ooh and aahh over these groovy designs too.  Below are some of my faves.











 I still have to sort out my bathroom walls and am feeling inspired by that wave design!


Oh, and lots of former Portuguese colonies have created their own pavements as well.  My friend Rob snapped the above photo while he was in Brazil last month.  So fab!

For those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and you can read about the start of my journey as an interior design intern here and if you didn't already know... I created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the formerly almost 40 year old intern