Paula from Salad in a Jar hired me in April for an on-line consultation to help with colours and decorating updates on her house. Two hours later, she had a plan and three months later, here is the fabulous result! This is what she said: "Thank-you again for helping me a few months ago. You gave me a lot of confidence which made the whole project a lot more fun! I'm thrilled with the end result."
You'll see a lot more than the red in her living room. If you love red, you might like her red kitchen before but the white is my favourite (of course).
I totally encouraged Paula to go for the black and white carpet. So much better than the wear and tear (above) your regular beige carpet will take.
Paula's comment was, "I feel like I'm in a fancy hotel every time I climb the stairs."
Getting rid of the gold fireplace was the best plan to make the room feel fresh. I suggested a black and white zebra rug, two upholstered chairs and some colour blocking pillows. Paula found this houndstooth carpet that she loved even more.
Too much red can be intense, now this room has just the right amount.
This was how Paula painted the fireplace, which wouldn't look so great if it was just a solid paint colour:
"I first painted the fireplace with white primer from Sherwin-Williams. Then I used Annie Sloan's French Linen — diluted some with water, and used a rag to swipe on and wipe off in a random faux-like manner. I did not seal it because nobody touches it or walks on it but I might someday. I don't want a shiny look like it was previously so I'm hesitating."
For the kitchen, she wanted to go from red to white! If you want some texture go for a bevelled subway tile backsplash!
SW Pure White (cabinets) and BM Tranquility (walls)
Guest Bedroom Before
During our call, this was the inspiration picture I found for her guest bedroom (above).
Guest Bedroom After
I love her room even more!
Here I suggested cream drapes to bring fresh to the master bedroom.
Paula did not want to re-do her entire bathroom, I thought her tile could have stayed because she had found such a great rug to cover most of it but she decided to replace it anyway.
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