Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Finds...Minted!

Hey Hey Notebook Readers! Happy Friday! Today I have Minted in mind! With life's milestones at every corner we often forget to celebrate them right! I am a huge fan of printed invitations and Minted  knows how to do it right! Check out some of their amazing products! 

Baby Elephant Baby Shower Invitations

Built on Love Baby Shower Invitations

Cheers! Baby Shower Invitations

Big Baby Name Birth Announcements

Lil Baby Love Valentine's Day Cards

Sweet Splash Birth Announcements

and don't forget about their grown up party invitations!

Watercolor Strokes Party Invitations

So head over to Minted and start planning your next shower, announcement, or party!


jump for joy

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Freakin So excited to Share!

So I am slightly obsessed with Sarah M. Dorsey's Blog and DIY projects! As Boy and I are in the middle of buying a house...her blog has given me inspiration to DIY the hell out of it! And not only will we save money but it will look fabulous! I just couldn't wait till Friday(where you will see her back here again) to share one of her tips! 

SO instead of spending an arm and a leg for an acrylic try she used a large clear plastic picture frame. GENIUS. She gives credit to Just a girl blog! Just love this idea. 

So I found a large 16" x 20" clear picture frame online for $14.99...Just a Girl used an 8" x 11" its whatever size surface you are placing it on! 

Get creative this week! Happy Wednesday People! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Splash around the Kitchen

So excited to work with clients who aren't afraid of color. A lot of my work, which I'm not complaining about, is to paint furniture neutral tones, but this client wants a splash of color throughout her kitchen and she is doing it through the chairs. 

here are the chairs! great bones to work with! 

well except this one which I will be fixing! But check out the inspiration photo she gave me to paint the chairs all different colors! Just love it! 

What colors would you paint your kitchen chairs? I'm thinking I'd go with navy, kelly green, white, gray, and orange! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up!

The weekend was filled with client consultations, work at the studio, birthday party at Union Market, and a whole lot of creative thinking! Oh and did I mention snow removal...

So happy to know a friend who runs a great snow removal business otherwise we would have been up a creek without a paddle at the studio since we live in the middle of a hill!

I sewed this 14" x 40" rectangular bolster pillow! Love the outcome! 

 I met with a client that has a bunch of pieces to be painted before March 1st for her mothers 80th birthday party at her it will be a fun project! Time to get working. Love her...check out the inspiration picture she showed me for this side table! 

It's always nice to have a client as into the rehab as you are! 

Fun times at Union Market downtown in NE Washington DC! So many fun vendors, restaurants, and bars. I got sloppy joe's for Boy and I for dinner at one place, then fresh cheddar and jalapeno rolls at another, and mac salad & Mac and cheese at another YUM! made for a great Sunday night dinner! 

Hope every one has a great week! I'm excited to show you some projects I'm working on this week!!! AHHHH let's just say prototype! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Finds...Lauren Liess!

First of all HAPPY FRIDAY. Second of all sorry I was SO lame this week and slacked like a lazy teenager on blogging. Boy and I have been crazy putting an offer in on a house! YAY so exciting! And the snow storm didn't help. But I did brainstorm all week on new fun and exciting ideas to create in the upcoming weeks at the studio so stay tuned!


This Friday Finds is an amazing interior and fabric designer....

Lauren Liess Interiors

We were featured last week together in a Washington Post article about local design studios that opened recently in the DC area. I am so happy to share her studio today and if you live locally or travel to DC stop by you will not be disappointed! 


Here are some of her portfolio pics...

Head over and check out her website and blog too!

Lauren Liess Interiors

Have a great weekend people! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Finds...Sunfire Girls!!!

This Friday I am leaning away from home decor or DIy and giving a shout out to a friend from high school who has started her own company...Sunfire Girls a kale chip company!!!

They are rocking new flavors like ancho chile and lime! So if you see this branding on your shelves pick it up!


Rock on women run businesses! 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bamboo Lattice Wallpaper...Don't mind if I do!

A client of mine found this picture on Pinterest over the weekend and asked me where to find something similar. I absolutely love the color and pattern so I automatically went hunting! Check out what I found! 


Love them all!!! Happy Almost Friday People! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Now I am pumped to share my new artwork! All it took was a two canvases, a little paint, tape, and brushes! So excited to sell these guys in the studio! 

started by layering different colors of paint with a wide tip brush

then started adding painters tape in a herringbone pattern

after placing the tape I brushed on a layer of light gray paint between the pieces of tape

once dry I began to peel it off to create....THIS!!!

Just love them! And if you want them they can be yours for $300 for the pair. Size: 22" x 28" Just email McNamara Design!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Go for the gold!

Hey Hey Notebook Readers! Hope everyone is having a good day! I am excited to get started painting this chair for a client in McClean, VA. The client wants the chair check out the two tones I gave her as a sample...metallic (top) or pure gold (bottom)...which one would you choose? 

After pics to come! We went with the pure gold! Slightly lighter and will add the perfect touch to her daughters room! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekend Wrap UP!

Morning this Monday Notebook Readers! How are you? Hope all is well! This past weekend was a blast! Check it out!

one of my besties, Jim, came into town! Great to see him and hang in DC at the apt! 

Boy and I got some grub at Crisp & Juicy...its the go to chicken place in Gaithersburg, MD...SO good! And they have fountain root beer! 

Trip to Michels! Paint heaven!

SO happy to meet this little bestie Anne Marie's baby girl! Just precious! 

So excited to see my Mom on Sunday and get the scoop on the Mart this past weekend in many new items and products for your home! Can't wait to see it all when I head to NYC in February for NY NOW! 

That's it people! Great way to start the week! Everyone have a great day! Off to a clients then the studio! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Finds...Jennifer Moreman!

Hey Notebook Readers!!! Happy Friday! 

I am always looking for new artists whether local or from Jennifer Moreman is. Her etsy store shows the varying artwork she has creative that are one of a can even have her custom make a piece! Just love her aesthetic! 

Table for Two Original 2, 24x48 Paintings by Jennifer Moreman

Original Painting 8x8 LOVE by Jennifer Moreman

Signed Print 8x8 Ole the Bull

Head over and checkout her website!!!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fix it up!

I just love finding old school desks...well after being a teacher for 10 years I'm drawn to them. I think they are a fun piece to add to a mudroom, playroom, or basement. I found this one in Western Maryland and knew once it was fixed up it would be fabulous. Now it needs a home! 

here it is was old and dusty. I rejuvenated the wood stain and painted the frame a kelly green! 

Happy Fixing Up! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gray is the new white

Hey hey People! We made it to the middle of the week! Today I'm writing about the sheer increase of furniture clients have been requesting to be painted gray...I went through a high gloss white kick for a bit but now people have really been requesting all different shades of gray. They compare it to restoration hardware finish...which I get. Check out these chairs I completed in a gray tone and added a new ivory canvas seat cushions. They turned out great and the client just loved them! 

LOVE THEM! If you need any furniture painted and love in the DC area please contact McNamara Design!!!