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Everything Old is New Again!

Everything Old is New Again!

Several months ago, a darling client came to me to do a few updates. It happens, you know! She had an entire office full of traditional office furniture with all the necessary file storage, function and visual display options needed for the home office she and her executive husband share. But it looked dated and average, at best, in the pecan stain finish we found it in.

A fresh coat of paint to the room was the beginning. Sherwin Williams Wordly Gray brought things current and was the perfect backdrop for the Amy Howard Paint (we carry a complete line of colors) we used to reinvent all of the casegood pieces in the room!

You will find both classes on how to reinvent your own pieces, or our service of a professional to come to your home and do it for you through the retail store, Black-eyed Susan. We call this service Black-eyed Susan Painted Style! My trained and skilled staff member, Betsy Both, went on site for this office project and in a matter of days, we had the room restored, reinvented, and ready for my magic touch to place the final details. It’s a complete change!

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My client’s husband is a big fan and collector of vintage vinyls. His collection is extensive and this is where I took my inspiration from to begin to put the personality into this room. You’ll see below the beginning of the a small bookcase, painted in a two-tone finish to spotlight generational photos, vintage books and the vinyl record jackets I selected.

I don’t mind telling you, I would love to adopt that hairdo Madonna is sporting!

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Below is the finished bookcase. Note the smaller 45’s stacked pancake style on one shelf and one hanging above the two jackets to give just the right scale in height. My client’s husband was thrilled that his prized collection was used! It seemed the perfect way to personalize this office and add a unique theme to the room.

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I used large plate hangers for these covers, selecting some favorites by taking color, interest and drama in consideration. (It helped that I’m a big James Taylor fan!) Tiny potted succulents, leather bound books and several personal sculptural pieces completed the work space.

Not shown is the current, stylishly hip and comfortable leather office chair, executive desk and new draperies in a gray and chartreuse ikat pattern. If you watch my Instagram account, I’ll post a photo of these elements soon!

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A small lateral file was one of the pieces included in the painting project. I added a stylish and manly oil rubbed bronze lamp, several accessories and a darling baby photo of a now grown son to keep things personal and tender. I had the traditional frame painted in our Amy Howard Paint as well, to bring it into the here and now of the new room.

Perfect.

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The re-invention of this home office was strikingly dramatic! It’s amazing what a few days of labor and this Amy Howard Paint can do. Come see for yourself and join us for a class to learn your own techniques for making changes in your own home. Everything old is new again!

A new look in Avalon

A new look in Avalon

Who would have thought that a lightweight turtleneck and leather vest would be the perfect wear for a day at the beautiful Jersey shoreline of Avalon mid April?!! The highway was snow covered much of the way. Good grief!

Cold winds and blustery weather did not deter the delivery of two room of furniture for the complete makeover of our long time clients, Pat and Kathy Beach. Both Pat and Kathy were excellent assistants and Kelly, the Black-eyed Susan retail manager was my right hand today. The day was rewarding and the end result delightful!

The project began months ago with a new plan with included an entire change of palette for the main floor. We selected the wall colors, new fabrics and patterns-an entire new look! Walt got busy transforming the rooms with deep navy and orange walls and ceilings last fall. Since then, the rooms have been waiting this day of delivery and we were not disappointed at the end of the day!

 

Cutest rug ever! Global Views, a wow vendor with plenty of style! We re purposed the coffee table and smaller accent tables with a favorite paint color. Chevron patterned chairs and this oh so Susan chevron navy and white vessel just make me smile!

Cutest rug ever! Global Views, a wow vendor with plenty of style! We re purposed the coffee table and smaller accent tables with a favorite paint color. Chevron patterned chairs and this oh so Susan chevron navy and white vessel just make me smile!

 

Now this is what I call a stylish recliner. Orange. Oh. Yes. Comfort. Oh. Yes.

Now this is what I call a stylish recliner. Orange. Oh. Yes. Comfort. Oh. Yes.

 

Coffee table magic. Succulents, tiny wood cuts, moss...what more could one want?!

Coffee table magic. Succulents, tiny wood cuts, moss…what more could one want?!

 

Take a close look at these coolest ever chairs! Delish. And they are super comfortable too!

Take a close look at these coolest ever chairs! Delish. And they are super comfortable too!

 

The plan all along was to replace this navy Corian countertop, but after the addition of pure joy (orange vases!) and these framed navy sea beauties, we are all on the fence. It all seems to make sense now!

The plan all along was to replace this navy Corian countertop, but after the addition of pure joy (orange vases!) and these framed navy sea beauties, we are all on the fence. It all seems to make sense now!

 

Those of you who are followers know that I always admonish painted ceilings. Here is proof positive of painted walls and ceilings in semi gloss, no less! Again, that rug is just fabulous! (Take note of the pillows with fish motif!) Orange pillow accents to come...

Those of you who are followers know that I always admonish painted ceilings. Here is proof positive of painted walls and ceilings in semi gloss, no less! Again, that rug is just fabulous! (Take note of the pillows with fish motif!) Orange pillow accents to come…

 

A broad view of our cute room! Can I just say that recliner is the perfect union of style and comfort?! It's a keeper.

A broad view of our cute room! Can I just say that recliner is the perfect union of style and comfort?! It’s a keeper.

 

Now let's turn to Pat's office. Reverse the colors for the family room...now, orange walls, navy rug! This graphic flat weave grounds the room with punctuated pattern. And look at this art! Oh. My. This room would draw anyone in to sit down to pay a few bills!

Now let’s turn to Pat’s office. Reverse the colors for the family room…now, orange walls, navy rug! This graphic flat weave grounds the room with punctuated pattern. And look at this art! Oh. My. This room would draw anyone in to sit down to pay a few bills!

 

In case you are ready for a comfortable place to read or a long chat with a friend, here are a pair of delightful zebra linen chairs! Warm Stone adds that bit of warmth to the room and just look at the perfectly colored wall clock! (Although I was a bit surprised at the time of day!)

In case you are ready for a comfortable place to read or a long chat with a friend, here are a pair of delightful zebra linen chairs! Warm Stone adds that bit of warmth to the room and just look at the perfectly colored wall clock! (Although I was a bit surprised at the time of day!)

 

Definitely a room to love. Who wouldn't want to go to work here everyday?!

Definitely a room to love. Who wouldn’t want to go to work here everyday?!

 

We took this existing display cabinet and painted it our impact color with the warm stone interior. I had this manzanita branches delivered yesterday from my wholesale florist and Patti (queen of the Black-eyed Susan stockroom) cheerfully painted them white for me! I had the vision of mostly white objects to fill the interior. The manzanita branches really made for the perfect look! White vases, succulents and miniature frames complete the look. Great re-purpose! I recommend it!

We took this existing display cabinet and painted it our impact color with the warm stone interior. I had this manzanita branches delivered yesterday from my wholesale florist and Patti (queen of the Black-eyed Susan stockroom) cheerfully painted them white for me! I had the vision of mostly white objects to fill the interior. The manzanita branches really made for the perfect look! White vases, succulents and miniature frames complete the look. Great re-purpose! I recommend it!

 

This is the top of the display cabinet. I really didn't relish selling this favorite mirror...somehow, I always imagined it at my house! Our covered books, more white vessels and Kathy's shore bird + a small white globe make an interesting vingette. I. Love. This.

This is the top of the display cabinet. I really didn’t relish selling this favorite mirror…somehow, I always imagined it at my house! Our covered books, more white vessels and Kathy’s shore bird + a small white globe make an interesting vingette. I. Love. This.

 

Step into the house in this foyer. Kathy had the tennis rack vessel painted orange (!) and I suggested painting the treads and banister in a high gloss black! So perfect.This collection of tennis rackets are Kathy's since she was a young girl! How perfect.  The homeowner, Pat, stepped in to be my painter's assistant and he did this himself!   As long as I have known Pat, he can't resist getting his hands in the work. He is a man of industry and don't try to hold him back!

Step into the house in this foyer. Kathy had the tennis rack vessel painted orange (!) and I suggested painting the treads and banister in a high gloss black! So perfect.This collection of tennis rackets are Kathy’s since she was a young girl! How perfect. The homeowner, Pat, stepped in to be my painter’s assistant and he did this himself! As long as I have known Pat, he can’t resist getting his hands in the work. He is a man of industry and don’t try to hold him back!

The day was a complete success. Color, pattern, style. New Look. Good friends. Good help. What more could a designer ask for? Perfect day. Perfect client. Thanks, Kathy and Pat.

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