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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 | 1 comment

Heidi’s Blue Painted Piano

Heidi’s Blue Painted Piano

Would you have the nerve to paint your piano? Heidi did and to wonderful results. If you hang out at St. Elmo’s coffee pub in Del Ray, you may remember seeing a piano there a few years ago.  This is the very one. “I’ve always wanted a piano,” she says, “so when I saw a notice about a piano for sale in St. Elmo’s, I called right away and had a piano in my living room the day after.” She didn’t like the dark, brown wood though and thought she might like to paint it. After searching online and finding so many beautifully painted pianos — red, yellow, green, blue, and purple — there was no turning back. “They all looked so much better in color,” she recalls. For her piano, Heidi decided to use the same grey-glue shade of Benjamin Moore semi-gloss paint as she used on a secretary in the same room. The project took about three hours. She first sanded the wood and primed it before...

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Touring Kay’s Creative and Serene Home Office

Touring Kay’s Creative and Serene Home Office

We’ve glimpsed some of Kay Sidahmed’s 1940s renovated bungalow when we featured her unique, stylish, and clever use of wallpaper in her home.  Today, we’re touring Kay’s cheerful home office. A set of French doors in the living room leads into the bright, welcoming space just off the main living room. Kay runs her interior holistic design business, Oikasa, from her home office and the space embodies what Kay would bring to her clients — simplicity, uplifting colors, handmade and natural elements, and an organized and efficient use of space. In her office, we see several examples of Kay’s creative handiwork. As an elegant solution for keeping a clunky printer and other office appliances and cords out of plain sight, Kay hung these screen panels from The Container Store. In the bright afternoon sunlight, the pattern echoes on the walls. She painted this chair with chalk paint and reupholstered the seat with a bright, graphic print from IKEA. And in one corner, she covered two cork “mood boards” with a...

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 | 0 comments

The Colors of Yoga at Mind the Mat Studios

The Colors of Yoga at Mind the Mat Studios

I’ve found the interior design of yoga studios inspiring for the features I’ve noticed they have common: simplicity, use of natural materials, candles, an abundance of house plants, and Eastern symbolism, such as Buddhist or Hindu statues and altars. When Mind the Mat in Del Ray recently added two floors to their studio space, I was struck by their paint choices and the gorgeous mural. I wanted to know the names of the colors and their reasons for choosing the perfect shades to complement their yoga, pilates, and ballet class offerings. Co-owner Sara VanderGoot took me on a tour of the space one afternoon and shared the well-considered choices that she and co-owner Megan Brown made in consultation with Sara’s husband, Dan, a designer, photographer, and owner of Imageia, a Web design firm in Alexandria. Last year, they repainted the first floor studio, from a soft blue to Behr Honeydew Green, a shade they chose for its uplifting and stimulating characteristics. The change was at first a bit jarring to both the...

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 | 3 comments

Cynthia and Jason’s Colorful Colonial

Cynthia and Jason’s Colorful Colonial

Imagine house hunting for a new home and finding the perfect stately brick colonial you’ve always wanted. But when you walk through the front door, you find a color explosion inside — practically every hue on the color wheel painted on the walls. Does this scare you away? Or are you unfazed, knowing paint is a relatively easy fix and embrace the challenge? This is what Cynthia and Jason found when they purchased their new Del Ray home six months ago. Cynthia and Jason decided to live with the colors in their new home and take their time making changes. Katie and I recently stopped by to chat with Cynthia and brainstorm options for keeping and/or replacing some of the many colors they inherited from the previous homeowners. Let’s take a look. The living room is a perfect place to start since Cynthia and Jason actually want to keep the mandarin orange wall color (we love it too). The room, full of personality, homeyness, and charm, evokes their personality well. It...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 | 0 comments

DIY Kids: Creating a Paint-by-Number Art Wall

DIY Kids: Creating a Paint-by-Number Art Wall

I couldn’t help but imagine a painting within the perfect frame on the girls’ bedroom door. So, I decided to make a paint-by-number design that they would enjoy doing themselves. Since their shared room has a lot of bird accents, I looked for some bird illustrations as inspiration, settling on the amazing artwork of Charley Harper. I’m pretty good at free-hand copying and his images are often made up of simple shapes, so I drew two birds on plain paper in pencil to start. I made them the exact size I would end up drawing on the door. Then, I decided on the colors and wrote a key with numbers for each color. I wrote the numbers in each section of the design, and voila, I had two paint-by-number pictures ready to go. I then painted the background of the door with white mixed with a blue sample paint I still had – the famous Benjamin Moore Laguna Blue that Katie used in her living room (to much acclaim,...

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