Thursday, March 17, 2011

{q & a: the golden touch}

Remember this room? It belongs to the fabulously talented Catherine Golden who won Domino's decorating contest over more than 1000 entries! Catherine is a full-time lawyer by day, and a creative DIYer by night who now writes the blog, 'The Golden Touch,' where she shares her current home projects, inspirations, and has such a wonderful way with words. Golden used her crafty and artistic talents in this winning room; the stenciling, furniture re-finishing, upholstering, and more are all her own labours of love. Here is a peek at what her bedroom looked like before she went to work on it:

And now:

I was lucky enough to get the chance to catch up with Catherine and ask her a few questions about how life has been since winning the Dominio contest.

What changed for you after winning Domino’s Decorating contest?

Well it was the 15 minutes of fame idea. Lots of recognition and the local papers did write ups and blogs etc. I was shocked, absolutely shocked I was even a finalist in the contest. I had barely thought of the contest because I was in a long trial down in LA and the case settled on a Friday. I had a voice mail message from a number I did not recognize. I was so tired, burnt out, and had way too many cocktails in the bar and blew off the VM message. The next morning, I was checking personal email and contacting friends etc and then remembered they were going to announce the winner that week. So I emailed Domino and causally asked if they had figured out the winner yet and the online editor immediately wrote back and said I had won and it was by a large majority of votes. THAT was the VM message I still had not listened to! I just started screaming! So I was elated for weeks. I was respected for this type of work. But then it is over, people move very quickly which is fine. But I had a bit of a hard time. I compared everything I tried to do the "winning" room. I got over it.

Which projects in the winning room are you most proud of?

I was so excited about doing this room. I had waited so long and knew pretty much knew what I wanted to do. And every aspect was a different project which I loved doing. I was just proud that I had completed the whole thing and that my vision manifested itself as I had imagined. I think the stencilling on the bed, fireplace wall and closet doors (3 separate areas of the room) really pull it together. The bed was a very dark four poster and I sawed off the posts and re-did the entire finish. I re-did the vanity, the French chair, and entirely built and installed the fireplace surround by myself. That was a real accomplishment.

One of the things I was most proud of is the stencilled wall behind the fireplace. You can see that the flowers and vines have a "shadow." This is called a "drop shadow" and is achieved by stencilling the same design in 2 colors and the first color is slight offset from the second. The wall is very beautiful and people are always so surprised by it.

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic, bold and colorful (ie. the fushia pink in the bedroom is an example) but within a realistic budget. No one has the money to do rooms you see in magazines. Although gorgeous and inspiring, it is not reality. I recently read about a room redo where the woman said she could "just take off the new trim on her curtains if she didn't like it" but it was Scalamandre, $150 bucks a yard! Are you kidding? I just did posts on two entryways which reflect my style but these are very budget conscious as was my bedroom. Don't get me wrong, I would DIE to use a big budget. Early Domino, Blueprint and those BHG publications were/are budget conscious. I believe you can have a gorgeous, exciting room with any budget.

Which designers do you admire most?

Jamie Drake, Diamond Baratta and Sarah Richardson.

What is your next design venture?

I am working on a number of one-off projects which include a desk area, a china hutch redo, chair redo. Also a small apartment. I am working on making my own stencils for fabric and using the fabric for upholstering case-goods. You know I was an art history major, could live in a museum for days. I think this is where I learned composition and detail.  

And here is the fabulous before & after of her recent makeover of her desk area, go here to see more:

Believe it or not, Catherine painted, lime-washed and stenciled this trellis pattern in her entry. She sure knows how to work with color!

A huge thank you to you Catherine for being so generous with your time! Be sure to check out Catherine's blog for more of her projects.

Monday, March 14, 2011

{house tour: the zhush}

I always love a good house tour. But what I love even more is a view into the fantastic homes of fellow bloggers! This amazing home belongs to the super sweet and fabulous Sue De Chiara of The Zhush. Better yet, the pictures you see here {photographed by John Bessler, designed by Lauren Muse} are featured in the March issue of Conneticut Cottages and Gardens! Congrats to Sue!! And what a stunning home it is ...

Still swooning right?? I know, me too. Be sure to pop over to her blog, Sue promises to share a few behind the scenes pics from the photoshoot with us soon. And while you are visiting check out her fabulous online retail shop, Zhush, she carries the prettiest home and fashion accessories!

Friday, March 11, 2011

{dress the designer}

I was thrilled when my lovely and uber talented friend Karla of Kerrisdale Design Inc asked me to participate in her new series, Dress the Designer. A chance to virtually dress one of my favorite designers?? Yes please!

Karla's work is most recently featured in the March issue of Style at Home, be sure to check it out here! And go here to see the outfits I put together for what ever Karla's busy schedule may throw at her :) A sneak peek:


Monday, March 7, 2011

{10 fabulous blogger diy's}

I've scoured the blogosphere and collected some of my favorite DIY's, several of which I would love to try my hand at! Here they are:

3 Amazing Upholstered Headboards:

I'd love to attempt an upholstered headboard, or actually two! There are so many wonderful DIY's out there, I found a how-to video from House & Home that seems especially helpful that you can watch here. I envision two single beds in our guest bedroom to give a sort of 'hotel chic' look:

Brooke from All Things Thrifty created a master piece in her master bedroom with this beautiful headboard, she perfectly upholstered every panel individually!

My talented friend Barbara over at Hodge:Podge has mastered the art of diamond tufting, her gorgeous raspberry silk headboard was featured on HGTV online!

Janell of Isabella & Max Rooms created a stunner, a headboard wall with a fabulous nailhead trim, yum!

3 Fabulous Stenciled Walls:

I love the idea of creating a stencil and applying it to get a custom 'wallpaper' look, but without the expensive commitment! As long as you have a serious dose of patience, this looks like an incredible project. How gorgeous is the wall stencil Janell from Isabella & Max Rooms created:

Kate from Centsational Girl's master bedroom got a lovely shimmering trellis pattern {oh, and PS. she also made the upholstered headboard! Gorgeous!}:

This may be the most patience-requiring project I have ever seen; and Imperial Trellis wall done on the blog Hello Gorgeous, how amazing is this? It literally looks like the real-deal, and I love the shimmer effect of the pearlized paint:

4 IKEA Dressers Get New Life:

I'm happy with how my Rast dressers turned out, and I've found so many other re-invented IKEA pieces that are seriously drool-worthy. If you haven't already seen Aubrey & Lindsay's take on the Rast dresser, you've been missing out!

Barbara at Hodge:Podge turned this dresser into a glam piece with a little silver-leafing and some crystal knobs:

This next dresser by Bri of Me, You and a Wiener made me do a double {ok maybe triple} take! Although not a Rast, this larger IKEA dresser went from drab to fab with trim details in a greek key motif {dying over the gold and turquoise combo too!}:

I adore it and I'd love to try this, it reminds me of a night table I have long coveted from one of Christina Murphy's bedroom projects:

Seriously, isn't it amazing to see how unique these four takes on plain jane IKEA dressers are? Just goes to show how creative you can be and how many different looks can result by either silver-leafing, stenciling, staining, or adding trim!

How amazingly talented is the blog-world?? I feel like I have so much to learn ... a big thanks to all of these talented people for continuing to inspire me! So many projects, so little time. Did I miss any DIY's that you drool over and want to give a try?

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