Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Painting Wood Paneling and Trim

Now, I know this post might not be popular with some of you. I know there are the die hards out there who think you should never under any circumstances paint wood paneling. And I respect that buuuuut........ I just don't agree with it. I'm working with a client right now who has a room full of wood - floors, walls, cabinetry, trim, windows, and doors. And it is just too much. It makes a very large room look small and dark. So we've discussed painting all the paneling a shade of white, and then to add interest and a little fun to the room, painting the doors/windows/trim a shade of green. I'm very excited about it and think it will look sooooooo good when it's done! Here are some photos of examples just so you can see what I'm talking about. 

{Source: Apartment Therapy via Pure Style Home}

{Via Country Living}

Love the color palette...the painted gray doors and windows are fabulous
{Via Cote de Texas}

And here is a little sketch I did of my client's living/dining room just to block out the colors for the room. I think it's going to look great!

P.S. While looking for good images for my post I came across this post from Young House Love ~ 
"How to Paint Wood Paneling" . Check it out for step-by-step instructions on how to tackle this type of project.  

P.P.S And for a hilarious take on why men always seem to be against painting wood, check out this post ~ "Why Men Fear Painting Wood" by The Decorologist - it cracked me up. Because it really is so true!! 
(All my designer friends can testify to this, I think we have all had a least one of these clients)


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Scenes from Charleston: Part Two

We just got back from a week long trip to Charleston, South Carolina - one of my favorite places in the world. My husband and I moved there after college (he was my boyfriend back then) and lived there for almost 5 years. We made lots of memories, great friends, and then eventually got married in this beautiful city, before (sadly) moving on to another town for a fellowship opportunity. And then eventually moving back home to Jackson after having our first baby. We love being near both sets of grandparents, but I tell you, my heart belongs to Charleston and after a while I feel like I need to go back. So we decided to pack up the children and head out to the edge of America! We stayed in the most precious beach house ever on Folly Beach and made some trips into the city for afternoon strolls and delicious food.

If you've never been to this city, you should really go. It's so charming.


Scenes from Charleston: Part One {window boxes}

Charlestonians know how to rock a window box like no other city I've seen.

And in the spring time, the best time to visit in my opinion, Charleston is so incredibly fragrant. Confederate jasmine blooms on every gate and wall. 

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