Sunday, January 29, 2012

Trend: MORE Painted Wood Floors!

Painted wood floors are a fun and easy way to add interest to any room. The texture of the grain combined with uniform color and large-scale patterns can completely transform a space. 

Check out these great examples!

Still loving this one...:)

What do YOU think?
Have you ever painted a wood floor?

Thoughts, comments, tips?


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Design Inspiration: Housewife Glamour

Marcia Cross’s chocolate-and-aqua-velvet-encased trailer on the set of Desperate Housewives at Universal Studios:

There's nothing "desperate" about this!
Article by:  Traditional Home
Soft blue mixes with chocolate brown to create a rich, serene between-takes retreat. Wrapped luxuriously in shades of warm brown velvet and pale blue—plush espresso-colored carpet, cocoa-colored sea-grass wall covering, soft blue upholstery, fresh bursts of crisp white trim—the trailer is a study in how to shut out the bright lights and big demands of the outside world and make one feel like, well, a star.

Designer David Brian Sanders, a former talent agent, is no stranger to Hollywood life. “My only design requirements,” he says, “were to use her favorite colors and make the space as private as possible.” The dazzling touches—mirrored surfaces and exquisite yet child-friendly accessories—were the surprise elements that Sanders chose from a favorite shop, Grace Home Furnishings, in Los Angeles. “I wanted her to feel like a star,” the designer muses. “I wanted her to feel beautiful and glamorous, and I wanted to create a nest-like environment with special pieces and soft textures—velvets, silks, and satins. It’s really the combination of those elements that creates the Old Hollywood look.”

Get This Look:
Chair (“Dining Chair’’ #7841, $2,296, by Thomas Pheasant): Baker, 800/592-2537,
Desk (“Montauk Writing Desk,’’ $2,800); daybed (“Sutton Place,’’ $6,800); daybed fabric (teal velvet); pillow (“Posey,’’ by Ankasa); box pillow ($95); drapery trim (teal velvet); porcelain cup and saucer; aqua coffee tables; tray tables; silver coffee service and tray; scented candles; wall sconces: Grace Home Furnishings, 310/476-7176.
Drapery and wall panel (“Heart’s Journey’’/Shadow): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777,, trade only.

Lamp (“Robin’s Egg Lamp’’): Lamp Works Inc., 847/295-7600, trade only. Available for $360, through Grace Home Furnishings, 310/476-7176.
Photograph: Edmund Barr
Text by Darra Baker
Produced with Jenny Bradley

We LOVE it, Marcia! Keep doing what you're doing!