I'm currently in the process of combining my house blog with frills so that I can keep everything in one place. I hope you don't mind an occasional decor style related post...
I wanted to document the progress on our formal living room. It's the living room off the kitchen with a fireplace, built-in shelves, and biiiiiiiiggggggg windows. This is definitely my favorite room in the house and it's perfect for entertaining (which is why it's the most "complete" room in the house).
I wanted to try stenciling the fireplace wall with a fun navy color, but I was in a rush to host holiday events so I decided on simple stripes that I could just tape off and roll over.
We went through over two rolls of green frogtape just lining the wall floor-to-ceiling!
I didn't get a good picture of just the taped wall, but you can see it in the side of this picture:
We precisely measured where each piece of tape should land, but they somehow remained warped, strip-by-strip : ( Since it's just tape, we decided to risk it and go on with our plan.
Instead of navy paint, we just used some leftover Greenblack (by Sherwin Williams) that we used on our exterior trim.
I spent two days painting three coats of white over the shelves and around the fireplace. I not only succeeded at painting all those corners with minimal bloopers on the black, but I also managed to memorize the whole Adele album.
[Pats self on back].
We decided (at least for now) to keep the exposed brick. We already painted over our brick outside, and we think the brick in this living room keeps it a little more casual.
I found this ceramic cow skull at Value Village for $20. I never spend $20 on one item while thrifting (unless it's furniture) but I knew this was a here today, gone tomorrow type thing and I had to get it.
Gunner liked it too:
Here he is sniffing the french horn I got for Christmas decor:
Here is the completed room once the Christmas decor was up:
As you can see, you have to look hard to see the warped-ness of the lines. It's really easy to see when you walk up close and look up the wall, but who does that?!
If you're considering doing such narrow stripes, I'd suggest using more subtle colors. Black and white shows EVERYTHING.
Also, I realized that I don't have any pictures of that right side of the living room! This is a pic from the week we moved in, but it's the same furniture arrangement. Picture less sun and black walls--still a lot of beige.
Thanks for reading, even though it's not fashion-related!