Saturday, January 30, 2010

How To Paint Scallops On A Wall

Karla from  Its the little things that make a house a home   posted a tutorial on how to paint scallops on a wall.

It's such a great idea for a simple wall treatment. I used this very same method (with a plate) to make scallops for a window treatment. Another way of doing this is to make a template out of cardboard with a plate. Karla describes the process:

You will need:

a level (a long one),

a pencil (or something to mark on your walls),

a saucer (or a round object that fits the size that you want your scallops to be),

and painters tape


For further instructions on how to paint scallops on a wall.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sophisticated Toy Story Bedroom

Toy Story (by Disney-Pixar) was the inspiration for this sophisticated boys room. I'm loving the great orange and blue color combo. The paint color is Reflecting Pool 6486 by Sherwin Williams.
For more images of this fabulous HGTV Dream Home visit here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Polka Dot Fun: Kids Rooms!

So, how sweet is this polka dot room? Emily Clark from designed this "Polka Dots and Party Dresses" room for her little girl.  Darling!

What gave you the idea for the room? Anything special that inspired you?
I knew I wanted a white tufted headboard in the room and had originally painted all pale yellow walls.  I just wasn't getting the "pop" I wanted and knew I needed something bolder on the wall to make the headboard stand out.  I found a great local company that paints big designs on children's walls to look like wallpaper ( and fell in love with the pics on their site.  I then had the idea to take one small print (the polka dot pillow) and make it bigger than life.  I knew my painting skills were lacking when it came to perfect polka dots, so I used the white wall-pops (13" diameter) and strategically placed them in a pattern.
What is the wall paint color? Any do-it-yourself projects?
The hot-pink was a color that was they custom mixed for me at Benjamin Moore.  I just took the pillow fabric in and they matched it up.  The yellow paint is Lemon Parfait by Valspar.

The bedding was custom made by my aunt, who is a terrific seamstress!  I knew I wanted something classic (like the apple green damask) paired with punch (the hot pink).  I am a big fan of monograms and thought the black & white pillows gave a sophistication to the bedding.

Instead of a large piece of art, I found a dress form wall decal (to mimic the fabric on the window) on Etsy and asked the seller to make it life size (5 feet tall).  It's a small room so the wall sticker makes a big statement while still leaving the entry open.  Besides the headboard, which I ordered, the rest of the furniture is all a result of my bargain hunting.  I found the table at TJ Maxx on clearance for $20. I loved the look of the turned legs.  It was originally a light gold and I just spray painted it black.  I found the antique dresser on Craigslist and gave it a fresh coat of white paint and also sprayed the knobs black.  The two lamps were also great deals.  One came from a surplus store; another from a yard sale for $2.  I added a little pizazz to the shades w/ some ribbon and pom pom trim.

Please share any bedding, art, furniture finds? What's your favorite purchase?    Any interesting facts our readers would want to know?
One of my favorite pieces is the huge mirror over the dresser.  It was unfinished when I found it at a hotel surplus store for $20, but I thought the lines really complemented the turned legs of the bedside table.  I painted it the same pink as the wall.

The cornice board on the window was a group project for me, my aunt and my dad.  We had the board made, covered it in batting and I chose the black & white dress form fabric because it was girly and I wanted to bring some black into the room.  I eventually ended up using the remnant fabric from the cornice and the bedding to make fabric-covered boxes and mats for picture frames.

One funny tidbit about the room:  It's for my daughter who is three.  She wasn't home the night we put the polka dots on the wall (a tedious process of measuring and sticking just so!).  Since they can easily be peeled off, we decided to convince her that Mommy had painted all of them.  She wasn't allowed to touch the wall for a couple of days and kept asking if they were "dry" yet :)

Thanks Emily for sharing such a darling room with us!

More polka dot rooms and accessories....

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chandelier from here

polka dot art from here

bedding from here

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jewelry Giveaway: Lisa Leonard Designs - CLOSED!

One lucky winner will win a $75 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs. Lisa makes super-cute one-of-a-kind jewelry. She hammers each piece of silver by hand - most of the jewelry selections are customizable as well. Each piece made is a work of art—hand cut, hammered, polished, drilled and assembled with care. I especially like Lisa and her company because she is from San Luis Obispo - the town and area where I am originally from!

Lisa Leonard Designs is offering Design Dazzle readers 10% off their jewelry products. Coupon code is dazzle10 (expires Feb. 15, 2010).  


So many wonderful products to choose from! For a chance to win this Lisa Leonard gift certificate, please go to LisaLeonardDesigns and choose your favorite piece! Then come back here and leave a comment on this blog post about your favorite. Contest closes February 5th at 11:00 pm (PST).

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Monday, January 25, 2010

TV Entertainment Center Turned Play Kitchen!

How FABULOUS is this? I love the fact that it is a repurposed TV entertainment center. I've seen these entertainment centers sitting in front of homes on the curb with a sign that says, "FREE"!  Amy from Giggleberrry Creations received a fun surprise from her mom and dad - they made this adorable unit for Amy's daughters 2nd birthday.  How lovely!!
Here's the before....


Amy describes some of the process: "A hole was cut in the shelf where the TV once sat and a tap was added. The fridge and freezer were fitted for their doors. Then another coat of paint. Dad removed the entire back of the unit and replaced it as their were holes in the original back for the TV and DVD player cords. The microwave was added to the top corner of the TV space. Then another coat of paint. The microwave and over doors have dark perspex in them to add to the real look. A 'window' was added by placing a photo behind a piece of clear perspex with a frame around it and attaching it to the wall. Mum made curtains and matching tea towels. The stove top is a piece of timber with four coasters glued on it to act as hotplates the four knobs were added down the side of the stove top that all turn so Milla can 'really' cook. Dad even added little baskets to the inside of the fridge door soit looked just like a real fridge. Then with a printed out keypad added for the buttons on the microwave and a few hanging cooking utensils the amazing transformation was complete!!"

WOW!! I love the ingenuity and creativity. Thanks Amy for sharing such a wonderful project. For more photos and details of the repurposed play kitchen.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Winner - Gift Certificate Polka Dot Peacock Giveaway

Kristin from "And This Is Life" is the winner of the $100 gift certificate from Polka Dot Peacock. Congrats Kristin! Please contact me within 3 days to claim your prize.

Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway. And a big thank you to Polka Dot Peacock for the great giveaway!

Funky Kids Room

Enjoy these fun and funky rooms!
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Seeing Red: Kids Rooms!

If you love red, use it for walls, accessories, furniture, pillows or bedding, etc. - but of course not all at once. Choose neutral or complementary colors that work with red. I've included rooms in this post that have used the color red all different ways.
Image from Domino 2008 via here.

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Wall paint color: Habenro Chile - Sherwin Williams 7589
Window box seat color: Hot - Sherwin Williams 6843
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Indiana Jones Birthday Party... and More Party Ideas!!

The fabulous Donna of Party Wishes! came up with this Indiana Jones birthday party.

Donna describes the party: "After eating eyeball soup and other interesting delicacies, the guests search for coins in a vat of worms (spaghetti) blindfolded and they went through an obstacle course where the guests had to steal the skull statue, shoot the bad guy, crawl under a giant spider, swing across water and then out run a falling boulder and poison darts (straw wrappers shot by other guests). They finished their adventure by having cupcakes and ice cream."

This looks like way too much fun!!

 Whimsy & Wise created this fun "our little monkey is turning one" party


Loving these favor bags!

Pink and green party by Stacey of Elle Belle Baby

Adorable favors: lemonade mix in ball jars with tags and theme fabric

Priscila Barros of Little Miss Heirlooms, created this sweet vintage circus theme party. Priscila describes the party: "I did a "vintage" circus theme for my sons 4th birthday last August. It was loads of fun. I made the ticket booth out of a recycled refrigerator box, had a picture booth for the kids to take pictures at, a candy bar, popcorn cupcakes and my grandpa even did a magic show!" Check out the vintage circus party for more photos and fab ideas.

Garden party created by Christina of Twitterpated