Favorite Room #1 ... Barbara Ostrom

Happy Friday!  I was so energized on Monday and Tuesday ...
I am feeling the need for the end of the week!

The Kips Bay Showhouse was a ShowStopper!  I love what the Designers did here.

For my Show and Tell ... I am going to start with one of my Favorites!

So, yesterday ... I showed you this ... 

One thing that struck me more than anything.  I deal with many lower ceilings.  In New England, older houses generally have lower ceilings.  Nothing about the aesthetic, it is all about keeping warm in Winter.  

This room had low ceilings ... and with this Gold Treatment it seemed as if the ceiling was in the clouds.  
Okay ... I am on board!!

Also, I have been telling you all about the COLOR!!  And this ... is Neutral.  So I can feel the love for both, okay?  And this one was one of my faves!!

But while neutral ... notice .... 

The Gold/Glam

The Patterns.

The Gold Again.

Plus the FretWork of the Windows.

Gold, Herringbone.
TV inserted in a Frame.  Because it is a REAL room!

Beautiful Gilt Sconces.

Off the side of the room is this little Office Nook.
Complete with Pistachios. 
Who Wouldn't like to work HERE??

Just enough clutter to make me happy!

Built-ins to make it Warm.

Take a look at these Window Treatments. 
No finial on the right hand side.  Architecture doesn't always allow space for a Finial.  Even in Showhouses you have to work with Reality.

I don't mind it ... Do You??

The Scale of the Fabric on the Windows is a STATEMENT!!

Not certain if you can see this Before very well ... 

While on this Tour, we discovered that this space had been previously used to house the owner's Art.  No one Lived Here.

I want to be a piece of Art.  So I can live here!!

Gilt and Lucite.  YES!

Zebra Rug ... Bringing the Punch.

Gilt Gold Ceiling On Patterned SeaGrass Rug.

Hi and Low.  Texturally speaking.  Bring it On!

Please allow me to introduce you to The Designer of this Room ... 
Barbara Ostrom 
The Ceiling Treatment was what drew me in ... then I discovered MORE!
I love what she did in this room.  Starting with the ceiling.  So I looked her up.  
And here's what I found ... 

She might have a Penchant for Ceilings.  Oh yeah, Bring it on Sister!!

More Goodness on her website. Check her out!

Hope you are gearing up for a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  Enjoy!

Making the World Prettier.  One Room at a  Time!



Gloss, Gloss, Baby ...

"Ice is back with my brand new invention 
Something grabs a hold of me tightly 
Then I flow that a harpoon daily and nightly 
Will it ever stop? 
Yo, I don't know 
Turn off the lights and I'll glow"

Ice, Ice, Baby ... Words by Vanilla Ice.

And I am all about the ICE!! 

I promise I have rooms to show you ... Thanks to Kravet I got to visit AND take photos of the Kips Bay Showhouse.

BUT the Impact I want to share today ...
It's all about the SHINE!

Please forgive the photos ... these are all from My I-Phone.  
But I think you can get the PICTURE!!

High Gloss Walls and Ceilings ... they are the Name of the Game Baby!!

This Art ... on Plexiglass ... LIT what could have been a "normal" hallway UP!

 And just to throw another lyric your way ...

"Honey I know, I know, I know times are changing. 

It's time we all reach out for something new, 
That means you too. 
You say you want a leader, 
But you can't seem to make up your mind. 
I think you better close it, 
And let me guide you to the purple rain."
... Prince

And the Purple Rain Came Down ... and I am on Board!

Hard to tell with my I-phone ... but the ceiling below is a GLORIOUS soft lavender/gray GLOSS.

All That Shimmers IS Gold today!

Ceiling Treatment to beat all others.

I was stopped in my tracks.  Seriously, I couldn't MOVE.  I want to still be there.  THIS needs to be coming to a ceiling near me SOON!

More Dark Seductive GLOSSY ceiling Paint.

Just when I was almost convincing myself to embrace the NEUTRAL.
No More ... I have been Set Free!!

Watch out ... the Gloss Paint is coming out and nothing Neutral is Safe!

Do YOU Gloss?  I'd highly suggest it!

Making the World Prettier.  One Room at A Time!



A Little Glimmer!

I think I am having One Room Challenge Withdrawals!!  For those that weren't following, for the past six weeks,15 of us bloggers were in a challenge to get One Room Done!  Well ... we completed that last week ... you can click on the One Room Challenge Button on the right to start from the beginning or go here.

So ... I feel the need to show you what else I have been working on.

Rookie Mistake Number One!  I didn't take before photos ... the room just kind of evolved!  I was working with my client on painting her kitchen area ... and it just seemed natural to carry the paint right into the dining room ... then we started REALLY looking at the dining room ... I got ahead of myself and then found us in the middle of everything with no before photos!!

The room was yellow ... a chair rail ... and a beautiful table and chairs (will show you when the room is COMPLETE!) 

Here's what is happening right now:

The Dining Room is not big but we wanted it to have a Big Impact.  We chose Benjamin Moore Metallic Paint - Bronze for the ceiling.  We wanted to echo the bronze/gold stencil in the wallpaper but not have it too shiny.  Three coats over the painted ceiling we started with.  The Depth and The Sheen are gorgeous.  You look up and feel drawn in ... not stopped by the lower ceiling.  

Close up of the Lee Jofa Wallpaper ... grass cloth with a gold stencil ... stunning!

Lamps that mimic the pattern on the walls ... and the Crowing Jewel, Metallic Ceiling.

You can see that our drapes are not up yet ... they are coming ... and you will be able to see them in the next Big Reveal.  I have a hard time keeping a secret.  We also have some fabulous Brimfield finds ... remember these

Well, they have a new home in this dining room and you are going to be blown away!!