Color Feature: Black

Color Feature:  Black

Hello! I hope you’ve had a great week!  This was one of those busy weeks for me where pending DIY projects had to be put on hold (Life, how dare you).:-) But this coming week is looking good for me to be able to install some wood trim in the the hallway.  Hooray! I’m still debating between two different kinds of wood treatments (normal chair rail wainscoting OR long board and batten boxes).  We’ll see which wins out! The photo above shows how my 2-story foyer looks all painted up in Benjamin Moore Simply White.   Painting it was an adventure but I’m sure loving the change!!  The arrow indicates where I’ll be doing the wood trimming this week. Today I thought it would be fun to talk about a color that I don’t speak of very much–Black. Black is classic.  It is always in style in some shape or form.  To me black exudes feelings of strength, boldness, sophistication, and dependability (and of  course gloominess when it is the only color in the room).…

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Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year

Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year

Pantone is a corporation which dictates the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer worldwide. Traditionally Pantone determines one color for the upcoming year that they believe will trend in graphics, fashion, and home decor.  However, this year for the first time ever they chose two!  The 2016 color(s) of the year were recently announced to be (drum roll please),  “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity”.   I was lucky enough to have Randal Weeks, founding designer of Aidan Gray, a leading brand in home furnishings, weigh in on Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the year!   Provident Home Design: This is the first time that Pantone has chosen two colors to be the Pantone color of the year.  Do you get the idea that they have to be paired together to achieve the look they describe as “Balance” or can you just use the pink or just the blue and still get the look?    Randal Weeks: As a designer, I would never see myself recommending the use of these two colors together. Though their tonality…

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Free Abstract Art Printables (and Week 5 ORC Update)

Free Abstract Art Printables (and Week 5 ORC Update)

For those who are new to the blog I’ve spent the past 5 weeks remodeling our basement rec room/playroom as a participant of the One Room Challenge. I can’t believe we only have one week left!!  So far I’ve painted the walls, repurposed some diaper boxes, built a wall storage system, shiplapped a wall, reupholstered an ottoman, created some “I love you” wall art, and made 2 large pillows. This week was another busy week.  First, we hired someone to fix the electrical problem we had downstairs and to install 6 cans lights in addition to the florescent tube lighting we already have (yay, for more light in the basement!!!) After that was completed a friend and I installed 4 wide beadboard panels onto the ceiling.  I still need to patch holes and do A LOT of trim work and painting to make it look beautiful but beautiful the ceiling will look!!   The hanging chairs I mentioned ordering in the last post arrived and they are now hung (the kids are already enjoying them…and I may or…

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Easiest Ottoman Slipcover Ever (and ORC Week 4 Update)

Easiest Ottoman Slipcover Ever (and ORC Week 4 Update)

Hello!  How was your week?  It’s been busy here.  I have some littles who are excited out of their mind for Halloween.  Tonight is their trick or treat night and I still have a little bit left to pull together for their costumes (this year we have a skeleton, army soldier, tinkerbell, and a puppy). This week I’ve been plugging away on the basement playroom makeover and have been able to get a few projects completed. First, I made this cute, large “I love you” wall art (tutorial to come) inspired by an “I love you” sign I spotted on Pottery Barn Kids. I also ordered some “hanging chairs” for the room for only $24.99 each.  There was a time in my childhood (I think I was around 10) where my older sister and I would use graph paper to design our dream rooms.  I remember mine had steps in it so that the room had different levels and it always had a swing.:-) via Ebay Although this is by no means a swing (the wall will be right behind…

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Easy Dresser Makeover + Progress in the Bedroom

Easy Dresser Makeover + Progress in the Bedroom

Hello! Today I want share an easy way to makeover an outdated dresser. Distressed furniture continues to be a popular trend which is good for us because it makes re-doing a dresser even that much easier! Here is the dresser that inspired this furniture makeover. via Pottery Barn Side Note:  And if you like the mirror above the dresser I have a knockoff version that happens to be featured on the Better Homes and Gardens website (insert excited, nerdy squeal).  You can view it, HERE. 🙂 And back to the dresser notice how a warm wood tone shows through on the legs of the dresser.  If you are able to look even closer you will see that wood peeks through slightly on the drawer fronts as well. I have been helping my friend re-do her master bedroom.  This past week we focused on the wall across from her bed that needed redecorating. Although the piece of furniture she had was unique and pretty it wasn’t very functional for holding clothes and I felt a horizontal dresser…

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Makings of a Stylish Man Cave

Makings of a Stylish Man Cave

Before my husband and I bought our current home we were planning on building our dream home (we had even picked out every single exciting detail with the builder).  When life took another direction we were both pretty disappointed (explanation found HERE). Hoping to lift my husband’s spirits and in a moment of weakness and sheer delirium I told him that the room off of the kitchen which would be our media room could be his man cave and that he would have free reigns to decorate how he would like. After we got settled into our current home I immediately got started DIY-ing–embellishing fireplaces, ripping down wallpaper, painting bannisters, etc and had forgotten all about my moment of delirium. After a few months of ignoring the forest green wall paint in the media room (media room sounds so much better than TV room) I was finally ready to start thinking about paint colors and décor for the room. One night as my husband noticed me scoping out the room and playing with paint samples he casually reminded me that I had said…

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No-Fail Abstract Painting Tutorial

No-Fail Abstract Painting Tutorial

Hello! If you’ve been following this blog for awhile you may know that I kinda love abstract paintings.:-) There is something beautiful about them, so unassuming, so raw. I love how they aren’t trying to be perfect, they just are. I was on a date with my hubby one rare school night evening recently and as we drove on the highway I couldn’t help but take a picture (with my phone) of this beautiful sunset in our path. As I marveled at it I thought to myself that really reminds me of an abstract painting and then I realized, of course, it’s God’s abstract painting! Maybe that’s why I love abstract paintings so much? I know I also love them because they are so easy to create and aren’t very expensive to do (they are very expensive to buy though). I wanted to let you know that I am over at Remodelaholic today sharing a no fail, 5 step tutorial on creating your own abstract painting. I use the painting I recently did for my living room…

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A Powder Bathroom Makeover for Lolly

A Powder Bathroom Makeover for Lolly

Hello!  I excited to share my friend Lolly’s powder bathroom makeover today.  We started working on it a few weeks ago with the attempts to make it a bit more up-to-date and stylish. Lolly gave me free reigns on the designing front which was fun and she did all the hard work DIY-ing.  I definitely got the long end the stick.:-) So here are the Before and Afters: Before- Looking straight in from the hall After Before After Before After Big change, right?  So what did we do? First thing Lolly did was paint her bathroom walls Valspar Decadent.  I would describe Valspar Decadent as a cream with gray undertones.  We knew painting the walls a lighter color would be important in helping the tight space feel more spacious. Next Lolly moved her towel bar from the back wall to the side wall as it made more sense to have it closer to the sink.  But before re-installing we gave it a new chrome metallic sheen with the same spray paint used on the DIY mirror.     Then Lolly painted her cabinets Behr Liquid Mercury which definitely…

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Easy DIY Glass Mosaic Wall Art

Easy DIY Glass Mosaic Wall Art

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great start to your week!  I’ve been busy this week helping my friend, Lolly, makeover her powder bathroom.  I am thrilled with how it is coming along! Here is a sneak peek of the tile that is going up in her bathroom from sink to ceiling.  We will be placing a DIY mirror over it and I can’t wait to share the transformation (hopefully next week)! Does the tile from her bathroom look vaguely familiar to you?  If you’ve been following my living room makeover then it may… Have you ever fallen in love with a 12×12 sheet of mosaic tile? I have. There is something beautiful about stone and glass tiles that makes me want to find ways to put it all over my house.:-)   via Houzz via Houzz via Houzz This must be one of the reasons I was inspired to use it in my living room makeover as wall art. AND the fact that I found a stack of clearance mosaic tiles that I love at Home Depot for only $1.83…

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