Delicious Dark Interiors

I'm a Cancerian. This is an astrological sign ruled by the moon, whose symbol is the crab. We're talking about a nocturnal, inky-depths, sea creature, here. And there is nothing I love more than a small, dark, cozy space to which I can retreat when the mood strikes. Sure, I have my extroverted moments as well, but sometimes I just need my own little cave.

Remember my former art studio? I painted the walls black. This was a very controversial thing to do, since it was an art studio. Art studios are traditionally bright, well-lit spaces. I've since moved my studio into a different room. But honestly, I'm missing my black walls and the cocoon-y feeling they evoked.

I've been looking again at the dark and broody interiors designed by Abigail Ahern. Her work is unapologetically dark in hue. Sometimes she goes all the way, painting the trim, the walls, the ceilings and anything that will stand still in dark shades of indigo, midnight, mulberry and coal. I'm a fan, to say the least. I think I might need to pull an Amy Winehouse and go 'back to black' in my studio. Check out the inspiring gallery of photos below.

















Black & White | Two-Tone Wall

Hello, dear readers.
I'm contemplating a two-toned black and white wall for an art studio.
Thoughts?
Cool?
Silly?
Dynamic?
Overwrought?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here are some examples:

















And another idea - color block at the top instead of the bottom.



Studio Tour | Misty Spencer

I'm not usually an envious person. Sure, there are things I see out in the world and think, "Wouldn't it be nice". But usually I can simply admire and move on. Then last week, I met designer and entrepreneur, Misty Spencer, at her home in Fort Worth, Texas for a Houzz.com photo shoot. (See my full Houzz tour HERE.) And oh my, oh my, the envy kicked in big time. Spencer's home studio is a dream. 

Misty, who recently launched Objects Living out of her home, believes that good looks can come at any price. She says, “You don’t have to have money to create a beautiful design. Design isn’t about brand names; it’s about having things around you that make you happy.”

One need look no farther than Spencer's own studio to see that she speaks the truth. Black walls, layered rugs, vintage pieces, books galore, pink accents, bling-y bits of gold - it's a gorgeous mix. The best part about working from home? Spencer's adorable four-year-old daughter, Stella, can get be mama's design assistant! Take a look... 




















Make sure you head over to Houzz.com to see the full tour of 
Misty's amazing Fort Worth Craftsman Bungalow. 



Find Misty elsewhere...




Black Cottage, White Trim

They do it all the time in Scandinavia and Vermont!  I love the look of a chalky black house trimmed in white.  And the best part? It matches any color door you fancy. If I had a cottage with this color scheme, I'd go with a mustard yellow door.


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Inspired: Black Walls

I spent four hours last night painting my studio and it's looking great!  I'm putting the finishing touches on the space today and tomorrow.  So until I have some photos to share, I thought I'd whet your appetite with some inspired spaces that showcase black walls.





















Paige Morse

The photos were all snagged HERE

Painting Day

I have a very large task ahead of me. Tonight, after the kids are in bed, I'm going to paint the walls of an 18x20" converted garage.  I'm in the process of transitioning this space from a rumpus room to a home office and art studio. I'll be sharing photos of the finished product very soon. Until then, here is the color I'm going with: Black Suede by Behr Paints. I'm using a flat finish for that lovely chalky look that will hide the many imperfections on the walls.








Here's a before shot of the space before I filled it with all my office stuff:





Right now the space looks like the loading zone in an alley behind Good Will. Seriously, my shit is everywhere! Here's a photo of the chaos as it stands this morning.  Luckily, I have a plan.




I'm so excited to restore some order to my life, shelve all of these books and set up shop. I need this space to serve as my office, my studio and also a space for future classes and art workshops. There is a lot of space to work with. Wish me luck tonight as I have a lot of work ahead of me!



How does the room feel?

I am not interested in recreating the look of the rooms below, but rather the feel of these rooms.  I'm in the process of tweaking some things in my home, one of which includes painting the walls of my living room. When I redecorate my own home, I usually only use what's already in the house. And if there is something I want to change up, then I can put an old item out on Craigslist in return for money towards the new item.  But for now, I'm brainstorming and this is the direction I'm heading in...

I want my living room to feel like the photo below:
elegant
bohemian
moody
comfortable
old world
layered
 


I want my studio office to feel like the photo below:
library-like
bright
creative
inviting
stimulating
layered
accessible
artsy

 


I want my master bedroom to feel like the photo below:
luxurious
natural
sexy
cozy
soft
simple
uncluttered
serene





Ferns and Shadows

It's supposed to be elevnty-billion degrees today in Dallas and I'm not looking forward to it. It's only June and I'm already crying uncle. Today I'm longing for a cool climate where ferns and other delicate plants can thrive. I moved to Dallas from Seattle and its moments like these when I wish I could return.

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Color Cleanse

Sometimes I get a little bogged down with my favorite colors and I can't see past them.  This is when a color cleanse is in order.  Just say no to myopic color hoarding and live a little! 

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Oh, and P.S.  For those of you who are on the weight loss path with me over at Smaller Sarah, I'm so excited because I lost 4 pounds this week!  I'm finally back on track after a crazy month of ice cream and pediatric surgery!

Black and White Tile Floors

I might never leave home if I had a bath tub like the one pictured below.  If this room were in my home, I'd extend that amazing black and white tile out into the entire house.  I don't think I've ever seen a tile shape quite like this.  Its stunning.

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I also love the tile used below in this ante-room.  Its perfect for a little sun room or indoor patio.  Again, I'd extend it into the rooms that flank each side.  Its so beautiful and I imagine, cool on the feet - just the thing for a hot spring and summer in Texas.

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Guest posting at Dirksen Dabbles

Today, I'm guest posting for Bethany over at Dirksen Dabbles as part of her P[art]nership series.  Please head on over to read my 5 easy steps for creating large scale art for your home.  Thank you, Bethany! My son, Walker, and I had lots of fun creating his newest masterpiece for this post!








To see how Walker and I created the painting below, click HERE.

Furry Beds

From the sound of this title, you might have thought I was going to post about dog beds.  Its a bit misleading, I guess.  I'm not a fan of fur, but I have a secret love of the fake stuff.   Look at these yummy fur-topped beds!  But P.S... don't do anything permanent with fur, its a fad that will pass.  Also, I know that there is Christmas stuff in the photo below, so just ignore it.

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Dark Walls

I'm always initially intimidated to go dark on my walls.  But then, when I finally do, I love it.  My two favorite rooms in my home are my black/blue dining room and my sable gray bedroom. 

via Design Labyrinth

Chris Court

via The Decorista

via Design Crisis

via Moon to Moon

via Interior Alchemy

via Little Green Notebook

via The Diversion Project

And just because this is too adorable not to share... here is a photo of Charlie sleeping in his sling yesterday afternoon.  Does it get any better than this?

Hans Blomquist

I know I've showcased photos by Hans Blomquist here and there, but I wanted to draw attention to his work specifically.  I love the shadowy, rustic quality of his art direction and styling.  He uses fantastic props and I always feel that the photo has a story to tell.