31 Days of Character Building

This year, I have committed to the 31 day linky party hosted by The Inspired Room and The Nester.  If you are crazy (like me), and have a topic that you are passionate about, please join us.  

My topic for the entire month of October will be:  Building Character.  I will be sharing 31 simple ways to bring character to your home.  

I look forward seeing all of you every day this October!

Before and After: Dining Room Makeover Video

I often get emails asking me, "What exactly is an Online Design Consultation"?  The answer to that question varies.  My Design Plans vary from an entire room re-design to updating/re-arranging a space depending on the needs of the specific client. 

Here is an example of an Online Design Consultation that I provided for Sarah's Traditional Dining Room. Sarah contacted me for suggestions on updating her dining room using the furnishings she already had.  She wasn't looking for a big change, just a fresh look.

Check out what she did in her dining room following the consultation:

(click on the frame to view the video larger)

My goal is to help "Real People" create a home that is stylish, functional, practical and unique.  My plans are personalized to the clients abilities/skills (project tolerance), budget (large or small), and lifestyle. 

Who's ready to get started?
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Glossy Black Finish Vs. Rubbed Black Finish (And a Tutorial)

Recently, I shared my technique for the perfect PB worn black paint finish in this video tutorial.  

The PB worn hand rubbed finish is beautiful and timeless. However, depending on the piece and the design of the room sometimes I recommend a glossy black paint finish. Like this:

  I use the glossy black technique for furniture transformations in formal spaces and on pieces with curves 
(such as French Provincial furniture). 

It's basically the same as the aforementioned technique using glossy paint without the distressing step.  A sponge brush/roller works best to avoid brush strokes.  
Glossy paint is not your friend if the piece has a lot of imperfections.

My "Go To" black paint is Martha's "Silhouette".

These two pieces were on their way to the curb before they ended up in my "furniture studio".  My client was ready for a new look and they no longer fit into her decor.  In a last minute decision, she sent them to me for the glossy black treatment.

Here they are After:

She was so happy with her last minute decision to transform the pieces.  
I, on the other hand, wanted to keep them.  Has that ever happened to you?  Have you ever fallen in love with a project you worked on for someone else, and mourned the loss after you were finished with it?  

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