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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

This is it.... and a Room Rx

Hi there! It's been a while, I know, over a year. Even though I haven't been blogging, I have been busy with Cathy Wall Designs LLC projects as well as getting a few things freshened up in my own home. After my hiatus, I have decided that I will no longer be blogging. As much as I have loved the camaraderie, the sharing and the feedback, I found that properly done, keeping up with the blog was too time consuming and was feeling the effort zapping my creativity for my Cathy Wall Designs LLC work. 

Over the years, this blog has been a great means of showcasing my work, ideas and thoughts on design related things and so I will keep it as a reference for current and future clients and friends. I would love to stay in touch with all of you so going forward, the best way to stay current and see what I am up to is to follow me on Houzz, or Facebook, or Instagram or Pinterest

Now, for the promised Room Rx, my son's bedroom. His room was done when we moved into our home 9 years ago and was not only looking a bit tired, but did not suit an almost 17 year old. Since he was away for the spring semester at Conserve School, the time was right to get the job done and surprise him for his homecoming.

The project began with zero budget except for a couple of cans of paint for the walls and ceiling. My idea was to use up all of the "stuff" lurking around my house, like the plaid throw, (my inspiration) some old lamps, a stool and a few cans of left over paint.

 I can't say I did not buy a thing though as I found a pair of Nate Berkus curtains on sale at Target for $15 which became the box spring cover, euro sham and seat cushion for the desk chair. I also needed a new duvet cover so when I saw this one from Ikea, I grabbed it. While at Ikea I found these rugs and bought 4 which later became the valence and the stool cover.

I cut up the rugs and hand stitched them together for the valence. It took forever and my hand hurt like heck when I was done, but for about $12 I am pleased with the result.

The chair was a purchase from several years ago which had been waiting for a make-over. I tried doing it on the super cheap by researching and attempting to "paint" the upholstery. I even posted my efforts on Instagram. It was an epic fail. Despite watering down the paint and using fabric  medium, the cushions were stiff and rough as sandpaper, not good for a comfy reading chair.

So I bit the bullet and had it re-upholstered. I love it.
(the lampshade was sprayed with chalkboard paint and I added the design with chalk)

A thrift store oil painting, a favorite saying and a wash of paint became a hip piece of art.
A tea towel and a zigzag embroidery stitch made for a good looking lumbar pillow. And no... not one zipper was put in any pillow I sewed. Envelope closures all the way for this DIY-ADD girl.

Here is where it all began....

My son was thrilled with the changes and spends lots of time studying and hanging out in his room. And I might add that it hasn't looked this good since these photos were taken 
(props to Katie Wall Photography for them.)  Ahhhhhh, teenagers!

Thank you for all of your support over the past few years my friends!!!!


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I know.... it's been a while

My plate has been full, and my focus has been on things such as...

scheming on dorm decor, 

crafting dorm art

then moving my girl off to college for the first time 
and getting her room pulled together so it feels happy and homey. 

Also on my docket,
updating a sun room for a repeat client.

Designing built-ins and a fresh look for this family room.

Working on a variety of projects for this charming home.

 And creating design plans for some other delightful clients.

Oh.... and then there is the knitting that I have recently become quite fond of
thanks to a lovely and patient friend....

That is why I hope you will forgive my absence from the blog-o-sphere.
For now I am on blog hiatus while I decide what the best and most fulfilling use of my time is.
In the meantime, I will be attempting to use Facebook and Instagram better in order to keep you up to date on my work and other happenings, so I don't plan to disappear completely!


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chairish Challenge

Are you familiar with Chairish?

A treasure trove of unique, high quality, pre-loved home furnishings and decor.
Chairish is a great on-line resource for buying or selling such pieces and the site is easy to navigate. Searches can be done by the piece, style or city, further narrowed by price, maker, 
color and shipping options.

There are so many interesting offerings, I could loose track of time wandering the Chairish website!

A challenge was presented to me by Chairish of choosing an accent chair and creating a bold, 
bright room around it.
This pair of quirky vintage Broyhill chairs in lime green caught my fancy...

In searching and discovering Chairish, I also found this fabulous rug, perfect for the look I was envisioning.

Nothing is more fun than designing a room where the sky is the limit and budget is no issue. 
My aim was a neutral, yet textural background 
with a high voltage dose of color delivered with the chairs, the rug and a glorious piece of art.

The rug inspired a collected, global feel, achieved with interesting textiles like the Hmong homespun pillows and the Moroccan Wedding poufs.
A simple, classic sofa, a few other Mid-Century pieces and 
this room came together as I had hoped.

For sources, check out my Pinterest board, Global Bright

What do you think? 
Go check out Chairish 
and leave a comment 
telling me what accent chairs you would choose 
to create a bright, colorful space!


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Project Downsize: sneak peek

Some time ago I shared my plans for helping my in-laws with their move in Project Downsize
Today I thought I would give you a progress update on the main living area. 
Now mind you, we are not finished in here, there are still many details needing some tweaking, 
but I thought you would enjoy seeing where things stand.

Remember where we began?

Therese and I (aka: The Committee) landed on move in day and helped direct the movers as well as began to place and install furniture, window treatments, art and accessories.


I even had time for a little DIY...
recovering a couple of chair seats!

I am so pleased with the happy combination of patterns and colors. And to think, a pair of chairs upholstered years ago and hardly showing signs of wear, were the starting point for the color story.

Thank goodness for the fab, well priced Pottery Barn rug, which was the first find
and the gorgeous window treatment fabric which created a focal point from the front door
and further inspired the choices throughout the rest of the home.

Last time I spoke with my father-in-law, 
he told me that he liked the new place more and more with each passing day.
Considering they spent 40 years in their former home, I can't tell you how happy that makes me!

On the do to list?
+ Of course some pillows from Therese Marie Designs
+ A DIY upholstered footstool+ Paint for the media piece which was custom made by my BIL
+ A new coffee table
+ Custom photos for the 2 large, empty frames over the media piece

So, after my next visit to see my MIL & FIL, 
I promise to take more photos and reveal the finished room.
In the meantime, it's fun to see the progress isn't it?!!


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Second chance chairs: a few before and afters

Who doesn't love a cute chair? They add interest to a room, can be inexpensive if bought 2nd hand and if you have a vision, can be transformed with a little bit of paint, fabric and elbow grease.

I have shared many chair transformations here on the blog like this, this and this
I even have a board on Pinterest where I collect beautiful chair makeovers, 
so I suppose it's safe to say I have a bit of a chair fetish!

Today I have a whole new crop of chair makeovers. The first couple I am sharing are my own chairs and were done in collaboration with my friend Ann, of Siena & Spoke, who recently added creative painting projects to her interior painting business. 

I gave Ann some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Olive and free reign on this guy....

She did a wonderful dry brush technique and gave it a new look.
I can't believe I waited all these years to have this chair painted,
I am delighted with the transformation.

I got these chairs for $7 each at a local thrift store. Ann painted everything with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, including the faux vinyl upholstery and gave them a coat of wax.
I designed the pattern on the chair back and despite my DIY-ADD, we painted those together.
Until I come up with a plan for where to use these guys and what to re-upholster them in,
I love them on my sunporch!

Ann also did this piece for me
If you are local to the Madison, WI area and have a sad, tired piece of furniture looking for a facelift, give Ann a call. 
You can find her business, Siena & Spoke, as well as her portfolio on Houzz and Facebook
Her tag line "repurposing with paint {furniture, walls and beyond} says it all!

This next chair is the product of my client's DIY and Ebay skills and a collaboration with my wonderful upholsterer.
Her neighbor was ready to put these guys to the curb, my client saw potential....

She painted the frame a lovely gold, found this amazing python fabric on Ebay for a song
and sent them off to be re done....
I. Die. 
Plus, I am so proud of my client for going it on her own to update these chairs. We talked about many options and in the end, finding this amazing fabric set the project in motion.

Remember this chair from my Bold & Blue family room project?
 I showed you an update here

Now check this baby out in her new home with her kitchy pillow, slipcovered ottoman and beautifully refinished table....

 So fun!

Do you have a chair fetish like me? If so what have you done to transform yours?


Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?  I would love to work with you to help your room "feel better."  
Contact me for more information about my design services.
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