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Paint chip walls!

I love Pinterest. And yes I fully agree it is like electronic hoarding! But I equate it more to building a giant book of inspiration. Back in college, before Pinterest, I had to cut out a bunch of magazine pictures as I searched for inspiration for my Senior project. I then proceeded to organize them and paste them into a sketch book. It was hugely beneficial because it made me realize the things I am drawn to in Interior Design. I made all kinds of notes on those pages, marking what I liked about each. It was a lot of fun and I still have that sketchbook. I could easily part with my project boards and papers, but not that. I’ll keep that forever.

Anyways, I spent my daily time on Pinterest today and ran into a picture that I absolutely LOVED! I love interior paint and I really love when people get creative with paint chips. Those Sherwin Williams commercials I could watch over an over again! In fact, I love paint so much that I once made a lamp shade out of paint sticks! It’s still hanging above my dining table.

So I wanted to feature this picture and say that I totally want to try this sometime! My mind is already buzzing with different ideas that stem from this picture.

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It’s just so beautifully colorful! I love it!

If you think I should create some kind of artwork based on this, leave a comment! Maybe I’ll give it to you when I’m done 😉

Keep watchin’!

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September Project: Light Fixtures Galore

Alright, I’ll be honest. I kinda sorta forgot about the “one project per month” thing that I had planned to do. I guess I got preoccupied with life. BUT, to make up for it, I got into a rather crafty mood over the weekend and completed two projects I was meaning to do.

The first was to recover a lamp that I have in my living room. I did not like the shade and it didn’t really go well. So instead of getting a new shade (which I couldn’t anyways because its crafted for that lamp), I decided to attach some fabric over it so it would coordinate better. Well I can tell you right now that I don’t work with fabric very well, not in this way. And as usual I don’t think things all the way through. Like how the pattern of my fabric was directional so I couldn’t just wrap it up and call it done. I had to carefully lay it out, and with the pyramid shape, it left a lot of overlap. Still, I think it turned out ok in the end, as long as you don’t get up close and look at it. I used mostly hot glue to attach it because I didn’t really have any other way. Below you’ll see before and after.

Next, I finally got around to constructing a new pendant shade out of paint sticks. And since I have a lot of natural wood in my kitchen, I decided not to paint them this time and let the fabric behind it stand out. And yes, I used the same fabric because I had enough left over to do so. I think this project was much more successful than the first. I guess since it was the second time around, I thought about it a little more. Still, humorously I miscalculated how wide it would be after it was assembled, so I had to go get a couple more pieces of wood the next day to construct the piece that would allow it to hang. Frustrating, but not a bit deal. I really love how it turned out though. Much better than the first one I think. And it allows more light through, so thats a bonus to. So at least one of my two projects turned out exactly like i wanted.

Total cost to do both of these projects: $7 for the fabric, $2 for the edging ribbon, Paint Sticks: free, $6 for supporting square Dowel Rods. So the grand total was under $20. Awesome! Made for a good productive Saturday.

My fall decorations are up! Anyone else excited for some cooler weather? I know I am!


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Paint Stick Pendant Shade: Part 2

This is more of an “in addition to” post. So if you haven’t read about my intro to this concept click here!

Anyways, I finished the first attempt at a paint stick pendant light this week and while it is a decent first try; I think I can do better. I think the bright colors don’t help any either. But as for how it casts light, it’s not bad. I’m glad I drilled the holes in it.

Here’s how I did it: 1) Drilled a hole in the top for the light/cord. 2) painted the sticks separately (first white, then the color to maintain the true color of the paint)…3) Glued the paint sticks to the paper mache box. 4) drilled holes for a twinkle effect.

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So when I finished, I wasn’t as impressed as I thought. And as I was sitting there looking at it, and the lid left over from the box, I started thinking of other ways to do it. So there’s a few pictures and a sketch of some other ideas in that slideshow. I may build another one, especially since a nice guy at home depot gave me 30 paint sticks when I told him what I was attempting to do.

Note for future paint stick building enthusiasts: the ones from home depot are much better quality.

Please leave your feedback on my first attempt. Thanks!


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Paint Stick Pendant Shade

Once again, I reveal my obsession with light and light fixtures because today’s idea is another one of these.

I once saw on the Nate Berkus show (I think) a way to construct a simple outdoor walkway light from paint stir sticks and a pipe/tube clamp. I always have a few paint sticks lying around so this idea has always been in the back of my mind.

Well, in studying pipe clamps a little closer, I became less fond of using one for this idea. So lately I’ve been trying to come up with a similar concept. I have seen in my research, that others have painted and attached paint sticks to basic lampshades and hang it as a pendent light. Or even deconstruct a chandelier in some fashion and attach paint sticks.

But, I wanted to do it a little differently and try to use something that wasn’t already intended to be a light fixture. Eventually, I found a paper-mâché box at hobby lobby that would make it easy to attach paint sticks. It was a simple solution. Below you’ll find some sketches that helped me figure out how I wanted to put this together and how I wanted to fashion it decoratively.

I really wanted to make it so that light would shine up, down, and out of small punctures or openings in the sides for maximum luminosity, but figuring out how to construct it in that way with only a limited number of ideas and resources was becoming frustrating. So for now I may simply settle for cutting a hole in the bottom of the box that is small enough to allow my plug in pendant cord through and allow the constructed shade to simply rest as the base of the bulb casing.

Basically, it’s simple, it uses the concept of the original idea, and inexpensive. I plan to construct it for this month’s project so be on the look-out for the project completion post!

Happy Tuesday!


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Outdoor Lounge Spaces

Ok, one of the things I really want in my future house is an outdoor lounge space. I’m a couch potato, I love lounge furniture. But I also like being outside and would probably be outside more if I had a lounge space to enjoy it in. Or I could get off my lazy but and just go outside more, haha.

Anyways, I thought about this space that I aspire to have as I came across two pictures today. The first is from Dwell Magazine, one of my favorite design magazines.

From Dwell Magazine

Here’s the link for the full article and other pictures: http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/a-fresh-angle.html?slide=1&c=y&paused=true

Though I prefer a screened in area myself because of the bugs, this is a beautiful open space. And lets face it, they saved a bunch on flooring by using the natural, God-given grass. I also am fan of the light fixtures and of course the lounge seating. Its a very simple space that doesn’t take away from the surroundings but seems to expand on them.

I also found this, which is a simple DIY way to add a resort-like feel to your existing back yard space.

From Sunset.com: A DIY way of bringing a breezy feel to your outdoor space

Here’s the link for the article: http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/hot-to-build-outdoor-lounge-cabana-00400000043336/

I just wanted to share this too because of it’s DIYness and because I also like the airiness that fabric can add to a space. I kind of wonder if this is in a desert part of the country because there is no grass, but it could also just be in a well landscaped back yard.

Do you have an awesome outdoor space?

 


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Bottles Light Fixture

This is one of my personal favorites. A random spark of genius even. If it has been done before I haven’t seen it.

Inspiration

Every idea has a story or source of inspiration behind it and I plan to share that with every idea, especially the original ones. This light fixture idea was inspired by the movie The Princess and the Frog, the recently released classically animated Disney Movie. There is a musical scene in Mama Odie’s tree house where she has hung millions of colored bottles from the branches. As the sun hits them, its paints the world in beautifully brilliant colors. And that’s when the idea hit me. How awesome would this be to recreate in a room as a light fixture?! Plus, I have sort of a fetish for colored and oddly shaped bottles, and glass.

The Sketch

My original design featured in a dining room.

Some construction ideas and notes based on my original idea.

With this idea floating in my head, I quickly sketched it out and even drew it into a room. Then, as I was preparing to share this today, I thought about a practical way to construct it and sketched that out as well. After all, I may want to make this someday and have it hang in my dining room or foyer. So there’s another little sketch featured that is close up and more detailed.

Construction

My first idea was to have the light bulbs rest inside the bottles. Its still an option but because bottles are not always very large, this would limit the size of the bulbs to little skinny ones that don’t give off much light. So instead I designed and ceiling mounted structure that would have 5 small recessed lights that were directed at the bottles, arranged in a circle to cover all sides. In theory this should 1. Create enough light to illuminate a dining area or foyer and 2. Should reflect the color of the bottles in all directions. That’s the theory anyways. The structure holding the lights would be made of metal and would be deep enough to hold the can lights and hide the wiring. It would also be what the bottles would hang from, making it all one simple fixture. The bottles would hang from a strong clear wire to give the appearance that the bottles are floating. I also think that hanging the bottles at different heights make it more interesting, as well as varying shapes and, of course, color.

Unfortunately, I do not foresee this idea becoming a reality anytime soon. Not unless I suddenly become friends with an electrician. Of course, I have a wonderful grandfather who could probably construct this. So maybe someday.

Thoughts? Recommendations for Improvement? Offers to build, with the artist (me) referenced as the designer and a cut of the profits?

On a serious note, this is in fact an original design by me. If you wish to use it in any way, shape, or form, please ask me first. If you have the capabilities of constructing it and would like to, I would love to work with you.

Thanks for reading!