Project Ecoart

June 10, 2008 - Leave a Response

                                                                          

Please visit my new blog http://projectecoart.blogspot.com

I am blogging about how creative eco art and fashion can be if you tap into your inner artist ( and activist ).

 

My new favorite living room

May 5, 2008 - Leave a Response

Need I say more? True upscale bohemian vibe. PERFECT for Malibu!

This pic is from the April issu of Domino magazine.

It’s been a while…

April 4, 2008 - Leave a Response

Life has been hectic since launching revolutionmalibu.tv! We have been so successful that we were named as one of the “Top 20 Eco chic designers and retailers”! Very exciting!!!

So decorating has taken a back seat to deconstructed recycled t’s and such. Check out the blog at Revolution Malibu:

http://revolutionmalibu.wordpress.com

Lot’s of updates there and I will be starting the decorating process again soon here since summer is right around the corner 🙂

Finally on to the drapes…

September 23, 2007 - Leave a Response

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While this kitchen has been a ridiculously looooooong project especially because of the teenage drama this sumeer and desperately trying to finish the revolutionmalibu.com site, I am happy to say that i am finally on to the drapes. Earlier in the year when I began this project I had the fortune of aquiring some old photos of Lynn Von Kersting’s work that was not included in her book. I love the book but it really didn’t give a lot of kitchen inspiration. So when I received the pics from one of the editors at House Beautiful I was thrilled.

I am using a very pale butter yellow ( almost cream ) color for the walls and I think I am going to have to use a little less red given the french blue island I now have. Not too many florals either. A balance between subtle florals, a little leopard ( that leads into the living room ) and some french blue checks.

New living room pic…luscious!

August 22, 2007 - Leave a Response

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LOVE LOVE LOVING this set-up. The pillows on the couch are a perfect mix. I plan on doing a soft butter color on the walls instead of the pink since I have a beautiful Miro lithograph of my father’s that has a mix of all of these colors-just not the pink ( besides my husband has not given me any grief so far and I would like to keep it that way ).

My chandelier lamp compliments the one here only bigger and my bohemian touch will be my asian tables instead of these morroccan chairs. The velvet tufted ottoman in the center is a neat idea that I am still pondering. I think I might tackle that project only with dark wood legs. What do you all think?

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I dig the garden stools to and I will have to figure out how to incorporate them…. Off to the gym. Tommorrow maybe a run downtown to match fabric for the pillows. I will let you guys in on my finds!

OK so it’s been a while…

August 22, 2007 - Leave a Response

Is the kitchen done? Not quite, but in spite of all the teenage drama this summer, and the 24 hr  plus days with building shoprevolutionmalibu.com, it’s getting there. The molding took a back seat to a new stucco perimeter wall being built and a new electric front driveway gate. What a difference a gated property makes. Not only in appraisal value but in appearance. From middle class to upscale IMMEDIATELY. So amazing. Below is my progress. Don’t be critical….There’s more to come…

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Still waiting for the crown molding to go up…

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Base molding not nailed in yet…

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A few knobs the hubby hasn’t put up yet…

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Regular updates coming plus the new inspiration for the living room from this month’s Domino. Not far from the old pic but a little more elegant.

It’s been an exhausting week…

June 21, 2007 - One Response

Driving kids to and from school ( the “beast” as we call it, a 2001 lifted Ford Excursion broke down this week and it was the primary teen vehicle), getting the website pages done for the new revolutionmalibu.com ( opening June 29 and will be released to the media July 9th ) blah, blah, blah…

Here are some updates on the kitchen that should’ve been done two weeks ago but family gets in the way ( including a husband with the flu all last week and he is NOT a good sick person ).

My hands are raw from the sanded finish I am doing on the cabinets. I started in the beginning just wiping on a stain, but after experimenting, I like this finish better. The Ralph Lauren “stain” is not really like the real stuff, so I switched that too.

My partner in Eco Faux is Melissa and she turned me on to an acrylic that is used to mix with faux finishes and I love the matte finish it gives to the cabinets. So now I will never have the polyurethane issue again. It’s always great finding out what others have used and it worked out. No smell, it’s great stuff.

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Do you love the medallions? I do. So glad I saw the pic that gave me the idea. When these guys are finally done, crown molding and all, they will look incredibly custom.

Onward and upward…Dave is bringing home the veneer for the back of the upper cabinets. At first he didn’t think it would matter but I told him since he was busting my chops to make sure the finish looks “expensive”, we need to finish the cabinets correctly.

So I can finish the upper cabinets this week. THANK GAWD!!!!!

Update on the barstools…

June 16, 2007 - Leave a Response

Finally found the right palm tree. Yeah!!! Now I am really happy with my formerly VERY 80’s barstools… I also found two others with what will be beautiful peacocks that will be detailed by my buddy and business partner Melissa. Can’t wait for her to finish those!

I received my Modellos yesterday and I’m very excited to get the kitchen completely finished so I can do the concrete in the bathrooms! Go to designamour.com to see all the beautiful possibilities!

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French Fun!

June 13, 2007 - Leave a Response

So I went to Indigo Seas yesterday to buy Lynn von Kersting’s book, came home and decided to alter the color scheme- like adding lots more color. The combinations in her book are very mediterranean because of her travels to Capri and all over the world. Her colors in some areas are a little to India ( Fuschia and chartreuse ) to my taste so we’ll stay away from that and stick to the reds, greens, blues, gold, yellow and the sea tones etc… which leads me to today’s task. While I wait on the rest of the cabinets to be hung I decided to start on the new stools I got…Incredible deal, solid oak and three for $40! They had the look and the feel I wanted and I know I can find the rest ( I need at least 6, maybe 8 total ). Now I am looking to my best buddy for a good idea as far as decoupage in the middle. These stools are going to look like high end French Bar stools and I think roses are too predictable and not really my style.

The beginning of my new French Bar stools…

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I definitely have my work cut out for me…literally!

June 12, 2007 - Leave a Response

Dave brought hhome the right drill bit and got rid of those horrible looking bolts on the the top. Today he’s going to pick up a piece of walnut to plug the holes.

Below the island is another story. The bolts that support will have to stay because of the weight of the butcher block so I will have to rough up the bolts, prime and finish them to look like huge dowels that match the island. Thank god for KILZ primer, I think I should start buying stock!!!

I removed the last bit of hardware with the intentions of getting to the rest of the island done tomorrow and the next day. Dave is going to punch in the little nails on the new trim and I am going to fill them and paint. I found some great stools that I am going to do red and blue ( a crackle and sand finish ). So today I am going to my favorite store Indigo Seas to check out the color palette she has going on and shop.

 AND THEN THER’S THE REST OF THE STORY…here’s a little sampling of what lies ahead for me:

THE  CHEESY PRODUCER’S  CONCRETE BATHROOMS!

I must say, he did put in nice appliances, showers and toilets. It’s the rest that escapes me completely. I have definitely a lot of work ahead of me faux finishing the concrete in both the guest bath and master bath. Above is the guest bath. While I am okay with the sink stand in and of itself, I will replace the top with granite, and the sink HAS to go ( the faucet with it ). It can’t decide between egyptian or Las Vegas…which style is it? Fire the person who designed that and the faucet!!! How about the space ship on the wall. Nice contradictory in style right? He did that all over the house. Hence the walls sconces in the bedroom that were replaced with the verdigris faux finish ones from Home Depot . ( I still have to replace the crystals with real vintage ones and antique the mirror behind the bulbs .) So the sink I am thinking old copper and the faucet too. The concrete walls I am going to try and convince my husband that the Modello designs at designamour.com is the right way to go. He doesn’t like busy but these designs are incredible! Plus we have already been appraised at the highest value on the interior so anything we do needs to be cost effective because this is cosmetic and won’t add value to our home.

Las Vegas or Egyptian? Which one????

Here are picks of the master bath. A looooooot of concrete. The shower is a double head and the concrete surrounds the whole bathroom…even where the toilet is!

Jacuzzi in master bath…

Pedestal sinks. There are two of these.

Master shower, There is another shower head opposite. BIG area to faux finish. Then after all of this is done, I have a two bedroom “apartment”  ( the house is a four bedroom three bath, but the kids are on the lower level and have a kitchen, living room and separate entrance  which I highly reccomend for families with teens- it would save A LOT  of marriages) where the teenagers are that needs to done. There is concrete in their bath too 😦