Painting: Zinnia Stencils in Chicago

I painted these beautiful zinnia stencils for a client’s home in Chicago.  They are a great way to add a splash of color to a room, or any space (in this case, a hallway). I love how they all compliment the color of the walls so well, adding such variety and texture while still maintaining the classic vintage feel of a traditional Chicago home. They also draw your eye upward to the crown molding, columns and beautiful light fixture. Take a look at the pictures below and let me know what you think!

On a side note, if you are looking to freshen your home up for the new year or just looking for ideas on how to add splashes of color to your home, click on “Contact Us” and fill out the form with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject. We will add you to our mailing list and you can receive our upcoming winter newsletter featuring an article on exactly this topic! There will also be articles on caring for succulents and planning for year round interest for your landscape. We send them out only once every quarter, including articles that inspire with new ideas about home décor, painting, caring for your outdoor landscape and indoor plants, as well as a recipe every now and then.

zinnea hall stencil

zinnea hall stencil

zinnea hall stencil

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zinnea hall stencil

Going Green: Re-Purposing My Christmas Tree

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This year, I decided to go a little green and used the dress form that I used for my Succulent Lady to repurpose my Christmas tree. The results are stunning! I am excited to display this on my front porch. It still has warm, holiday aroma of a fir tree, so I kept it inside for a while but am now using it to bring new life to my wintery landscape. These beautiful photos were taken by my friend, Jim Meacci. Please take a moment to check out his website to see his impressive collection of work on “The Aestheticism of Living”.

  Tree Lady, Jim1

Tree Lady, Jim2

Pine Lady

Pine Lady

 

Tree Lady, Jim4

Tree Lady, Jim3

 

Painting: My Home

This past winter, I spent some of my down time updating and painting my own home with new colors and stenciling. I added a light yellow accent wall in my kitchen that really brightened up the space. I also repainted my dining room but kept the walls uniform so that my plants could be the focus that adds texture and color to the room. At the bottom of my stairs, I stenciled a few dandelions (to match the pattern of the chair covers I DIY-ed last year). Take a look at the pictures below and let me know what you think!

painting my home

painting my home

Every quarter, I send out an email newsletter containing tips, pictures and my own recommendations for your garden and home décor. This quarter, I have an article on 4 ways to add a splash of color to any room in your home along with others on landscaping and container plants. If you do not yet receive this, please send me an email or call and I’ll add you to our mailing list!

Painting: Fireplace Stencil & Winter Container

We painted this fireplace stencil for a client this past winter to add a splash of color and interest to her already beautiful room. It’s amazing what a little color and effort can do to enhance a room or make a feature, such as a fireplace, stand out. Take a look at the before and after pictures of this job – the pictures speak for themselves!

fireplace stencile before

fireplace stencil before

fireplace stencil

fireplace stencil

fireplace stencil

fireplace stencil

We also planted a small winter container for this client’s porch. It is a simple but beautiful way to bring a festive look to your home in the cold months.

winter container garden

4 Seasons Recommends: Succulents

Succulents are a wonderful plant for adding texture and color to a room, garden or any space. They come in wide varieties and are low maintenance, requiring little watering. During the winter, be sure to keep them in a room with a lot of sunlight as they prefer warm conditions.

I keep quite a few succulents in my home and garden as they provide a variety of texture and color that I simply love. I hope you enjoy the pictures of my little “collection” below and are maybe even inspired to bring a few into your own home.

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents

4 seasons recommends succulents