Monday, January 30, 2012

coco chalkpaint project sneak peek and plans for the bunk room.

A little over a week ago I finished another chalkpaint project. You can find the first one here. Our crib was looking a bit beat up, can you blame it after 3 boys. I figure it has at least another year and a half left with us {if no other babies come along}, and the way it was looking didn't go with my design plan for the bunk room. I decided it would look better painted AS's Coco. Here is a sneak peek of it.

It's actually a lot darker than the pictures show but because of the light this room gets and the fact that the crib is in front of the only window I can't really get an exact picture of the color. Once I finish this little corner of the room I'll share the entire after with you. {it used to be white, you can see it here, and was beat up with many teeth marks from our oldest when it was his. I painted it and distressed it lightly to hide any new scuff marks that will eventually come to it}.

My plans to finish the room contain these:

A little Jack and a pop of red in it,

And I'm still debating on the kind of big boy bedding the crib will be dressed with when it's made into the toddler bed. It's between some classic ticking stripe in either the blue or a chocolate:

Source: via Meg on Pinterest

Or a simple cream colored quilt with a brown blanket at the foot of the bed {which we already own} similar to this look:

Or the brown and cream star bedding from PB,

You can see the bedding here, that the big boys have on their beds already and I love it so the littlest's big boy bedding has to coordinate with it.

Some curtains are still on the waiting list, and I would like to create a fun decorative mobile for over the crib {or course it wouldn't be in his reach and hung high enough so he can't destroy it}. I would love a rug but not sure if that will come this house or wait until later on.

Stay tuned to see how it all turns out, hopefully it will be sooner rather than later!


Saturday, January 28, 2012


So you may notice something new lingering above. Not only is there a new header but after thinking long and hard for some time now I've decided to rename the blog. Winder and Main is a name I came up with that reflects the two places I grew up, Windermere, Fl, and summers in New England. I often find that most of my room designs contain a little bit of southern and new England influences in them. As of now I'm not too sure what changing the URL address will do so you can still find me at I don't know if changing it will still direct all of you to my site and give you updates in reader. Does anyone know if you're a follower and I change the address if you will still get updates or will it not read the blog anymore? I would like to change it to but afraid to do so for that reason.

Anyway, I'm also going to be adding an additional page up there with information about decorating services. I'm not completely done with it yet but hopefully by the end of the weekend it will be up and running.

And so it's not a post without any pictures here are some pretty entryways, you know because I'm welcoming you to Winder and Main...

Welcome to Winder and Main! I hope you enjoy your stay and come back often!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

a farmhouse living room in the city.

Today's shade of blue is robin's egg blue. That soft, green tinted blue that is often used in beach cottage designs. However in this design my client wanted a farmhouse look. While they currently live in the city they dream of living in the country, so in my design I wanted to bring the country to them.

They have an old home with great architectural details you don't see in new homes today. Their fireplace is the main focal point of the room so as art I thought a photo or painting of a countryside barn would be the perfect beginnings to their farmhouse in the city. It also would be where I would pull the colors from. Lots of texture through fabrics as well as some metal/industrial accessories will bring the cozy feel she wants for the room. She plans on doing a lot of DIY work for the room so I'm excited to hear about how her projects come out. I'll keep you updated as we make progress!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

a Sex and the City inspired blue bedroom.

I mentioned in an earlier post a couple weeks ago that my sister and her new hubby just put a contract on a house they are building from the ground up. Anyway before the contract was finalized we began talking about decorating it. The first room we discussed was the master bedroom. She mentioned that she loved Carrie's bedroom in the Sex and the City 2 movie. I went on to find pictures of it. The thing she loved most was the color on the wall. Sort of a peacock/ electric blue color.

Knowing my sister, and her new hubby, I knew that having that bold of a color on the walls for them would get old very soon. They're more neutral people with a pop of color here and there, but still soothing. Here is the design board I came up with for their master bedroom.

{again it's blurry, sorry}. I opted for a more soothing grey blue color on the walls, with the peacock blue on the headboard. Then we discussed putting in a four poster bed instead since she always wanted one so we're thinking that will come in to play instead and we'll use the peacock blue on an accent chair somewhere in the room. Carrie's bedroom had mismatched nightstands. I gave them mismatched nightstands as well, one a little feminine and the other a little more masculine. The other mismatched items in the room are lamps, and a collage wall of different frames filled with black and white photos from their wedding. Some new art and a few throw pillows will finish it off. While she loved the blue in Carrie's apartment, I knew the style was a bit too modern for her so I toned it down to give it a more modern cottage feel, a design she is more drawn to in inspiration photos and discussion. Again I'll keep you updated with the design, even though it won't be finished until sometime this summer, after the house is built, I can't wait to see it! {This is also a warning for lots of posts and discussions about their house progress and the finishes and details that are picked out for them and the house.}

See you tomorrow with another shade of blue and style to go along with it.


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

an elegant french cottage living room design.

Lately all the rooms I've been designing have incorporated blue in them, not because I want to add blue to every room I design, but because every person has asked for blue in their design. However everyone's blue they request happens to be different from the next one as well as the style and feel they want in their room. I thought I'd share a different one each day this week so you can the shades of blue and what style they help express in each design.

One of the designs I've been working on lately is for an elegant french cottage looking living room. My client mentioned she loves blue and white pottery so I used that as my inspiration.

{I tried making the board a bit bigger but now it's making it look a little blurry, sorry}. We are using mostly neutral pieces to help lighten and brighten the space with pops of blue throughout.

We've talked about adding some Bosporus in the brick colorway, to the room also.

The room has a really pretty fireplace with built in "window seating" on either side. As of right now there is only one window but there is talk of adding another window to the opposite side eventually. Some pretty blue fabric will be used for cushions on the bench and will be the main pop of cobalt blue in the living room area. A collage wall with family photos will flank the wall opposite of the fireplace in a variety of collected frames. She may even put her husband to work creating a piece of art for over the mantle, he built their tv cabinet and it's gorgeous!

I was so excited to design this room and can't wait to see it begin it's transformation! I'll keep you updated with it's changes!


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Monday, January 23, 2012

starting the week off with a giveaway.

There's a giveaway going on over at Jenna's for one of my Bloomie Necklaces in whichever color you choose if you're the lucky winner.

It's the perfect accessory for spring this year. Go on over and visit Jenna at Everyday Clever to see how you could win one!

I'll be back later to let you know about what's on the schedule for this week and a sneak peak at the crib I painted in AS Coco, I'm so happy with how it turned out!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

my first chalkpaint experience.

As I mentioned here, I received a very fun package in the mail the other day. I decided there were 3 pieces of furniture I wanted to paint and my black drop leaf table was one of them. This was my first experience with chalk paint, I'll give you my opinion of it at the bottom. For now here is what the table now looks like. I used old white with very little dark wax mixed with a lot of clear wax to seal it, then I sanded it like crazy for the distressed look.

Don't look too close or you'll notice my two toned slipcover. I'm in the process of making a slipcover for our small sofa and have the main body done, now I just need to finish the seat cushions. I also want to do something with that lampshade, maybe cover it in a fun colorful floral? And on the sofa is one of my Christmas presents.

Since I neglected to share any pictures from my sister's wedding back in October here is one she and her new hubby gifted us for Christmas of our family of 5. The boys wore vintage looking newsies outfits {you know from the musical}. It took place on a golf course so it was the perfect outfit for them. They were the hit of the wedding, sorry Carlie and Matt you know it's true!

And one of the first pins I ever pinned on Pinterest was of a painting technique using a rubberband around the can so you can wipe your brush on it instead of the can therefore leaving the can clean. Well I finally had a chance to use it... It worked wonderful! And I recommend it for your next painting project if you don't already do it. The little you do see on the rim was from me resting my brusk on top for breaks.

Ok so for my opinion on chalk paint. For a full coverage without any distressing I don't think it works well. That was what I wanted for this table but realized it just wasn't going to work. I then went the complete opposite and wanted a heavy distressed look for it, similar to my dresser here. For that the paint works really well. I think it gave it a much more natural and chippier look than regular paint. I think I'm definitely a wax girl now also instead of a poly girl for the finishing touch.

And there you have it, my first FINISHED project of 2012, I have others in the works that hopefully I will be able to post about soon.


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freckled laundry

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

Join  us Saturdays at for the weekend wrap up     party!

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Furniture Feature Fridays



Transformation Thursday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The Lettered Cottage



Monday, January 16, 2012

botanical prints/plates.

Maybe it's the chasing of spring but I'm really into botanical prints as art. I've been looking for some sort of art for over our sofa and I think this option just may win out.

Here are some of my favorites from Pinterest.

I would choose to display them in a large collage, we have vaulted ceilings so there's a lot of space to fill in.

Even just one large over a dresser set up with a vignette looks amazing.

I did a quick search and found prints like all of these above on Etsy, and Ebay. You can use botanical calendars for art too. You could also stalk you local thrift store for a vintage botanical book with plenty of colorful plates in them. They are the perfect accessory in a room for this spring {and a little earlier to help chase away the winter blues}.

If you have any other sources for vintage botanical plates I'd love to hear it, I'm kind of hooked now!