March 29, 2011

I'm no Picasso....

But I love to paint. Even if this "painting" refers to simple up and down (or small crisscrossed w's) strokes over a living room wall. Yep, we are definitely not talking cubism or post-impressionism folks, we are talking basic geometric blocks of color. However, even those can look quite dapper in the right setting:)

Case in point, as I had mentioned in this post the living room was due for some small upgrades for Spring. After a couple of weeks of painting and re-painting because, um, I changed my mind, which happens quite frequently  (this whole process will be explained in a future post:),  I finally got the living room in Chateau C'est La Vie to where it made me smile with satsifaction!  All but one wall that was begging for some new art work. Being a budget-decorator, I wanted to add some custom artwork spending the least bit of money possible. So that is when I remembered that I had found some old white painting canvases, still in their package  in a corner of our garage. Here they are ready to be tampered with:

I decided that I would make these into a custom-art work project using left-over paint from the living room for a cost-free art solution. It was very simple. Here is the processs with pictures:

Using painter's tape and a level, I sectioned off the areas I wanted to paint using alternating widths on the canvases. 

Then using the left-over paint from the painting projects in my living room, I painted the tape sections and then removed the painter's tape before it dried. The lines were not perfectly straight, but that is the effect I wanted to create. I wanted something to look more free-formed and blend into the canvas almost like a horizon. I went back in and corrected a few areas with my brush and then let them dry.

And here is the end result, I love the way it coordinates with the colors in this space and the fact that it is unique, custom artwork for free!

By the way, here is a sneak peak of my gorgeous new Chandelier, Lucy.

And since I'm in the mood for sneak peaks. Here are a few more, like my gorgeous new mirrored side table, Gwen, because she's Glamorous like that;)

Truly in -love, with both... And both Lucy and Gwen were purchased on sale, at an amazing discount price, love the look of luxury on a budget;)

Full reveal and many more updates of the changes I've made in our little Chateau coming very soon. I'll leave you with one more that I'm sure fellow shoe-lovers will like.  After being in hiding inside clear shoe boxes in a dark closet, I decided my pretties would feel so much better on display, as art themselves. Love the pop of beautiful color they provide to that side of our master:

 Many more projects in the work, including some exciting wedding event designs, master bedroom,  kitchen and dining room transformations  and much, much more. Stay tuned  Mon Amis...


  1. Ugh. Gorgeous as always! your home is soooo beautiful! and what a creative and cool way to create art! love it! I might try this in my own place:)

  2. Beth PhillpeMarch 29, 2011

    seriously gorgeous! love it!

  3. Lovely blog! Can't wait for the full reveal!
    Thanks so much for hopping by! I'm gladly following you back! I'll be back to visit often!

  4. Thank you all ladies! Welcome Nancy! Glad for returing the follow:)

  5. I am following you back and I love your amazing photos. I also love your closet is full of running shoes. I will have to blow the dust off of my sexy high heels....I know they are there somewhere:)

  6. I love it!-- thanks for the follow, I am following back

  7. thank you ladies! Belly Charms, ooh would love to see them:)