I'm here to do a phantom post. I make no promises to come back soon. I feel like a bad boyfriend who falls off the face of the earth and then appears only when convenient. I had to pop in just to show y'all a little of what I've been up to in my absence from bloggerville.
When I gave birth to the little princess, almost four years ago, I did two impulsive things: 1. chopped my hair to sport an angled bob and 2. painted my dining room wall a dark chocolate brown. Word to the wise, new moms stay away from scissors and paint brushes.
At the time I thought that a dark accent wall would be a good...um accent. This accent wall was a good idea in theory. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It took me over three years to come to the realization that the dark brown wall was flat, it was lacking something. It needed texture and not the knock down drywall texture it already had.
I toyed around with the idea of painting tone on tone, flat/semi-gloss, thick horizontal stripes. I couldn't commit. Then I realized what I really wanted was the look of wall paper. I'm late to the Imperial Trellis bandwagon, but I luv it! The only problem? How does one wallpaper over textured walls? Oh and did I mention that Imperial Trellis wallpaper is $460 a roll and I would need about 10 rolls just for this wall. Jaw dropping I know.
Then I saw this. Stenciled Imperial Trellis. Brilliant. When I think of stenciled walls, what comes to mind is cheesy, grandma, and grape vines. Stenciling has come a long way and when I saw this DIY, I thought it was a daunting project. I was so sick of this boring brown wall that I just crazy enough to do it. It was a labor of love and I wanted to pop back in and show you the results. I even found similar fabric to make pillow covers for the chairs in the sitting area across from the dining room and valances for the oddly high dinning room windows.
When I finished the wall I ended up re-staining the dinning room table and captain's chairs. I also swapped out the the other four chairs with contrasting white french bistro chairs from Cost Plus. On the right side of the this pic is where I used to snap my outfit pics. Perhaps there will be more of that. No promises.
Close up of the pattern....
Even closer....don't look too hard, you'll see the flaws. I knew going in with the textured walls the outcome would not be perfect. I actually like the rawness of the finished product.
Pillow covers I had made for the club chairs. This fabric is hard to find, but you could catch a yard or two on etsy or ebay. The Hermes tray is a DIY. I had vinyl letters custom cut. It was one of the easiest projects I've ever done. The tray sits on an IKEA Rens sheepskin rug.
Another DIY project for the bar area. A floating wall shelf with wine glass rack, both from Lowes.
Ok, off to watch the premier of Rachel Zoe Project!!!