Monday, April 30, 2012

Gallery for your home

I was hired to create a gallery wall recently using old family photos. The client wanted to use old barn wood frames that I white washed. Here are some of the before and after pictures. I used a random pattern to space the frames allowing it to be more eclectic and not traditional.

laying out the frames prior to hanging gives you an opportunity to play around with the gallery layout

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Finds...repurposed items!

I love the idea of repurposing items to create impact, add texture, and put your space apart from others!

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shutters for an accent wall

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wood pallets as a focal wall

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repurposed rulers to surround a mirror...this made me think you could use yard sticks as a chair rail around a room!

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old magazine clipping for a wallpapered accent wall

Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle! Happy DIYing!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

IKAT rehab

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LOVE this rehabbed piece..from the colors to the details in the design to the gold pulls! This is inspiration for me! Love the Ikat freestyle painted doors!

Check out some ring pulls I found for under $10!

Bosetti Marella 100195.03 Vintage Distressed Antique Brass Pulls Cabin

Richelieu America 920233BB Medium Burnished Brass Ring Pull

Deltana FRP175 Flush Ring Pull; 13/4" x 13/8"; Solid Brass FRP175U15A Antique Nickel

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

String it together!

I have been seeing string art pop up everywhere...I love the 2-D effect and it is such a simple DIY project! I saw this image and thought how fun it would be to create your address plack with some neon fishing string that could sustain the elements!

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check out some more string art...get creative!

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endless possibilities!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lookin for some stencils!

I am gearing up to paint some furniture to place on sale and I want to use a new stencil on this mini amour 

which stencil do you like best?

Sienna Beautiful Quatrefoil Four Leafs Clover  Moroccan inspired Modern  Designer allover Pattern Stencil for Walls Decor better than Vinyl

Bold Contemporary Geometric Interlock Clean Look Modern 2 Designer Allover Pattern Stencil for Walls Decor better than Vinyl

Beautiful Morocco inspired Modern 2 Designer Pattern Stencil for Walls Decor better than Vinyl

not only is this stencil going to be used on this mini armoir but I think I'm going to rock it as an accent wall in my bedroom! The stencils are large which cuts back on some of the work but it is still a very timely process..its all worth it for the end result!

If you want an accent wall in your house and live in the DC, MD, VA area contact McNamara Design

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shut Up Target!

So Target has stepped up there game when it comes to inexpensive but very pretty lampshades!!! Check em out...go target!

Flocked Lamp Shade - Yellow (Large).Opens in a new window

Lamp Shade-Printed  - Large.Opens in a new window

Mix-and-Match Lamp Shade - Trimmed Shade - White (Large).Opens in a new window

Mix-and-Match Lamp Shade - Chevron Lamp Shade - Gold (Large).Opens in a new window

Mix-and-Match Lamp Shade - Large.Opens in a new window

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Finds...My New Project!

One of my clients just refered me to her sister and I'm excited to get my creative juices flowing with this dining set! I'm thinking black, gold and white...

black table base with gold accents on trim and a crisp white table top

white base with gold touches and a black table top...but I may keep it white

glossy black finish with black and white strip fabric

these are my initial thoughts for these pieces...I may find some funky black fabric for the chairs to mix it up a bit...more pics to come!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

$1,115 or $20

I saw this art installation on OKL originally marked at $1,115 down to $599...let me tell you you can make this creation for under $20.

Zig Zag Wall Panels Set

Materials needed:

-half of sheet of plywood
-a circular saw(to cut the wood into three pieces...but you can have someone at your local big box store to cut the wood for you!)
-painters tape
-can of white spray paint(to lightly spray the first pass on the plywood)
-small roller(to apply the yellow paint)
-quart of yellow paint


1. Cut plywood into three pieces
2. lightly spray the front of the plywood with the white paint
3. tape the wood in a zig zag or chevron pattern
4. roll on yellow paint
5. remove tape
6. enjoy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Creating a Frame!

I posted last week about these barn wood frames I found off Etsy for a client wanting to create a gallery wall. They were a natural wood but I sprayed them a light pass of white. They turned out great but the frames did not have any of the hardware's a step by step to finishing a frame!

here is the white washed frame

the finished back

have the correct size glass cut

cut out your picture

(My client had all these old photographs of her family that she wanted to re size in black and white...I went up to Kinko's and copied them to the correct size...I copied all the pictures for under $5)

center the frame bracket

nail in the bracket

place cardboard behind the photo

I used glazier points to hold the glass, picture, and cardboard

(glazier points only cost $2 for about 50)

using a putty knife I pushed the glazier points into the side of the picture frame

hang and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bench It!

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I can't wait to move into a house and have the space to have a formal dining room for entertainment. I've always liked the dining room chair look with an added bench for seating. Here's a couple I'm obsessed with! The upholstered kitchen island bench seat is a phenomenal idea to add character to the heart of your home!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Updated Ottoman

I'm super excited to get my new purchase! This X legged ottoman from target is going to be a new highlight...the plan is to paint the legs white and cover the cushion with some updated geometric patterned fabric!

here the fabric I'm thinking...more pics to come!

Dwell Studio Bella Porte Twilight

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Finds...simple solutions

I love the use of drum shades over ugly light fixtures...its easy and looks great! Think about repurposing an old shade!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

A little white wash

I recently was hired to complete a gallery wall of these amazing handmade wooden frames I found off Etsy. The guy makes them out of old barn wood and does a really nice job. They came with their natural finish, which I like but these frames needed a little white wash...check out the before and after. I love both to tell you the truth!

Which one do you guys like?

Every girl loves a sale!

Check out OKL they have some great sales this week that I have been eying...thrifty thursday Notebook readers!

4x6 Scalloped Orange Enamel Frame

Custom Lucite Catchall, Navy Ikat

Sorbet Silk Box, Lime Green


Happy Shopping!