Jan
20

Custom Color Matching with Sherwin-Williams

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When I moved into my new space this past September it was painted the universal house staging color of buttercream. While a lot of people might be okay with that – it’s a neutral, isn’t offensive, etc – it may as well have been neon green to me. It was the very first thing I knew I had to tackle to make this place feel like home.

 

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I’ve always had dreams of an entirely white and bright home. One that radiates light and would be the perfect gallery-like backdrop for the myriad of art I possess and love. After obsessing over paint chips I came to the conclusion that a ready-made color wasn’t going to be the answer, so I teamed up with Sherwin-Williams to do a custom color match.

 

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I pried a piece of shoe board off in a doorway and headed over to my local Sherwin-Williams to get their expert opinion and advice. The assistant manager, Jared, gave me a few different color match options after scanning the piece of already painted wood. The two of us spent about fifteen minutes tweaking things until I was 100% happy with the shade. I opted for the darkest to create a small contrast between the walls and 10-inch molding that’s present in the whole house.

 

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I went with Sherwin-WilliamsEmerald line because I’ve used it several times in the past and love the coverage and low odor. Jared also made sure I knew exactly which brushes would be best for the different areas of detail, as well as extension rollers that would help 5-foot-two-inch me reach the top of the 10-foot ceilings. After about thirty minutes I left with the confidence and know-how to tackle this project – did I mention that I’m painting the entire house this shade? Because yeah. The whole enchilada. The end result was a shade of not-white-grey/not-grey-white.

 

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One long weekend and four helping hands later the first floor, staircase, and half of the second floor was done! I’ll be knocking the other two bedrooms and finished attic off the list as soon as it warms up a bit this spring. I’m thrilled with the result so far and guests who have seen the before and after love the look, too.

(See the entire first floor – living room, dining room, and kitchen.)

Photos: Quelcy Kogel

Product and consultation provided by Sherwin-Williams. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

Jan
20

Ilya Shkipin

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Ilya Shkipin has a unique and mildly spooky illustration style, which I’m almost always drawn to. In this case it seems to be the result of exaggerating some characteristics while making a mess (in a good way) of others.

 

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Jan
19

10 January DIYs

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Jan
19

Jennis Li Cheng Tien

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Glowing watercolor paintings… wait, pump the brakes. Jennis Li Cheng Tien‘s Have a Nice Day series is digital. Images found online are transformed into radiant neon works of art with the help of some manipulation. Computers are magic. (See more here.)

 

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Jan
16

Happy Weekend

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01/ Gorgeous silk scarves that were dyed with… bacteria.
02/ Allison Wade has turned bad breakup texts into art.
03/ 2015 New Year’s resolutions illustrated by Linzie Hunter.
04/ Sebastian Errazuriz‘s Times Square installation triggers contagious yawning.
05/ Helen Green drew every hairstyle of David Bowie’s from 1964 to 2014.
06/ Photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte captured an acrobat dancing in a cloud of powder for an ad.
07/ Twenty-four pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog.
08/ Check out these “invisible” bedroom murals that come to life under ultraviolet light.
09/ Paintings are digitally manipulated in these otherworldy landscapes by Mahmoud Jouini.
10/ Ship your enemies glitter. For real.

This week on Design Crush:
Take our 2015 Reader Survey, then leave your email address to be entered to win a little something.
Dreamy and ethereal mixed works from Oriol Angrill Jordà.
Edgy black and white illustrations by Kaye Blegvad.
So curious about how Gramovox’s Bluetooth Gramophone sounds!
Framing up a few straggling prints with Frambridge‘s amazing online service.
Have you checked out my 365-day project for the year, #365lyrics?
I want to fill my kitchen with Jude Allman’s stoneware pottery.
Moscow Mules 10 ways to help me reach my goal of perfecting this cocktail.

Jan
15

Moscow Mules 10 Ways

One of my only goals for the new year is to perfect a kickass Moscow mule, the classic is new(ish) to me and it’s quickly become one of my favorite cocktails. They just go down so smooth and the shiny copper mugs make drinking one all the more fun. I’ll keep you all posted with my progress, but for now here are ten variations that I’d love to try while doing my own (ahem) research and here are some of the best ginger beers to use.

 

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Jan
15

Jude Allman Stoneware Pottery

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When it comes to kitchenwares I’m definitely drawn towards simple yet heavy duty pottery. These hand-thrown food-safe glazed jugs, bowls, and other homewares by Jude Allman all exhibit a modern rustic influence that could fit in nearly any household. I love the clean lines and simple aesthetic that each piece has about it.

 

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Pouring Bowl // Jug // Handthrown Plate // Small White Stoneware Plate

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Jan
14

#365lyrics

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Before I introduce you to this year’s 365-day project, I just want to take a moment and thank you all for embracing last year’s #365quotes project and making it so rewarding. I never could have anticipated the response I received and I’m crossing my fingers that you’ll all roll with the punches and embrace #365lyrics just as much. That’s right, this year’s days are going to be filled with meaningful lyrics that resonate – whether that’s a punch in the gut, an eye-opening string of words, or a huge belly laugh. You can join in by following @designcrush on Instagram if you’re not already, and feel free to leave your favorite lyrics in the comments here or there.

 

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Jan
14

Framebridge

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I have a confession to make. I’m a legitimate print hoarder.

I’d guess I own around forty pieces of varying shapes and sizes, but only about half are actually framed. As someone who likes to change up the art in her home frequently this presents a little bit of a problem, and if you visit you’ll often find pieces hung by metal clips/pants hanger/washi tape.

 

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Because I’m such a portrasti-framer (Can that please be a thing?) I’ve become very excited about affordable online framing. And one in particular, Framebridge. Basically you visit their site, then input the size of your piece and choose a frame style and a mat if you’d like one. Framebridge calculates the cost and then gives you the option of receiving a tube or flat mailing supplies or using your own. They email you the free shipping label to print and affix and you’re set. You can also send them a file you wish to have printed and framed.

 

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A few weeks later your art shows up back at your house and ready to hang! I’ve used a similar service in the past that I was not nearly as impressed with. Framebridge‘s attention to detail and protective packaging had me smiling from ear to ear. Each frame comes with a bracket and nail to assure an all-around quality experience (and eliminates the need to dig through your own things to track one down).

 

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These are two screen printed posters by Jordan Grace Owens that I’ve owned for just over a year, previously victims of the aforementioned pant hanger treatment. I chose a simple thin natural wood frame – the Marin – for both pieces so as not to detract from the art, and I also opted for no mat. The end result is just what I envisioned, two pops of color to welcome guests into my home in the entryway.

 

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Try Framebridge for yourself before January 29th and receive 15% off any order with the code DESIGNCRUSH!

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Jan
13

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone

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I’m forever on the lookout for the next audio technology, and the latest of the late is from Gramovox. Check out the Bluetooth Gramophone, inspired by 1920s horn speakers. Talk about the merging of vintage and modern aesthetics – wowza! I’d love to see if its sound is as beautiful as its presence.

 

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