What to do with collections

Many of you have a bit of a “collecting ” in us… but what do you do with it?  Do you buy it and put it away or do you display it to share with your friends?

I would use the most favorite pieces of your special interest collection and put them as a group in a focal point of your home.  What I would not do is put a little here and a little there all over.  You want your display to look well thought out and not jumbled up.

In order to do this,  I would lay them out on the floor if you are choosing to hang on the walls and play with the grouping before hanging them. If you are just using a surface to display or a cabinet, of course you can also move those items much easier to get it just right so everything is well balanced and shown perfectly.

Here are a few photos to give you some ideas of pretty displays of collections.  If you have any questions please email sandra@sandrabunndesigns.com.

Great display of shell and related items

Great display of shell and related items

Bust display

Bust display

 

Grouping of colors and pieces

Grouping of colors and pieces

Cabinet display of collection with balance and viewing

Cabinet display of collection with balance and viewing

Awesome Plate display

Awesome Plate display

 

What I feel is a lot over done!

Over done mirror collection

Over done mirror collection

Not every inch of walls need to be filled

Not every inch of walls need to be filled

 

 

Treasures

Thrift store treasures…..are items that you see in a used furniture store, antique store, vintage store, garage sales or along the roadside.  If you see potential in the piece and have a use for it in your design….this makes it a treasure.   Sure the piece may need a bit of work but that is the fun part.

Finding an old chair which has the right frame and style….grab it!  Make your deal and have fun with it.  I am suggesting that you don’t just throw any old fabric on it and paint the frame yourself (only if you can do it perfectly), have it done properly.  Beautiful fabric and a professional upholstery re-do, voila, you have the perfect chair for your home.  The best thing too….is NO ONE else has this chair, it’s a one of a kind.

Just be patient and have a bit of a vision and you can do it.

Here are a few examples of some treasures re-wound.  If you have any questions, please email me at sandra@sandrabunndesigns.com or call me.

Thrift store find..new fabric and new antique silver leaf frame

Thrift store find..new fabric and new antique silver leaf frame

Free treasure so this had 2 cool fabrics added to body, arms and back with contrast welt

Free treasure so this had 3 cool fabrics added to body, arms and back with contrast welt

Reupholster what you already have to match other items in the room

Reupholster what you already have to match other items in the room

Spice up your existing furniture by adding a funky fabric with twist

Spice up your existing furniture by adding a funky fabric with twist

 

Pops of Color

Maybe you can’t imagine what colors to put together.  My suggestion that you do most of the room in neutrals or whites or grays and then add lighter or darker tones of that same neutral that you chose and then add that 1 crazy color.  Here are a few ideas.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at sandra@sandrabunndesigns.com or call at 561-254-5821.  Here are a few examples.

Pop Art and Pillows Pop Orange Pop Slime

Tropical Baby Nursery

Baby Nursery – what a great delight in a family’s life.  This adorable unborn child is already loved and the parents are so thrilled that they want to make everything beautiful and perfect for the arrival of the baby’s birth.

This is my newest grandson’s nursery.  The wait for this child to arrive was 15 years so of course this happened to be a huge event for my daughter and son-in-law…..well and of course myself and other family members

Since my daughter was raised in Florida, a tropical theme was her roots so even though she now lives out west in the desert, she still wanted to make it  a tropical dream…..and that we did.

When she knew it was a boy….the decorating began.  Everything was made by my workroom, SBD Workroom here in Florida as well as the tropical fabrics came from Florida and the seashell trim.  The sheers, the awning type cornice and the blackout roman shade were all done in Florida, wrapped and crated and sent to the new parents.  Everything was well thought out from design, to sleeping of this new baby and convenience for the parents to be able to attend him.  The pieces of artwork are originals painted by me, Sandra Bunn, especially for me new grandson and tropical theme.  The huge baby safety pin was purchased and then I added the baby’s name and hand painted each letter with a sea creature that also hangs from the pin.  This was absolutely fun and of course personal.

If you would like to have anything like this or another theme designed for you, please give me a call.

Tropical Baby Nursery

Tropical Baby Nursery

Baby Nursery with tropical theme

Baby Nursery with tropical theme

 

Tropical Water color original artwork by  Sandra Bunn

Tropical Water color original artwork by
Sandra Bunn

 

Nursery with tropical theme for boy or girl

Nursery with tropical theme for boy or girl

Dressing your Walls

Faux Finish, Trompe l’oeil, and Wallpaper are some ways to dress up your walls instead of just plain paint.  All of these give your home a more finished look and feel when you add to all the walls or maybe just an accent wall.

Faux Finish -  Personally, I would hire a professional to do any type of faux work.  “Sponge” in a DYI seminar is not pretty and it looks like it is unprofessional project.  Also, the product in which is used on the walls makes a huge difference.  Professionals have the proper product that they use to achieve the process for the faux finish.  There are many techniques. Here are a list of a few: 

Venetian Plaster (not from the big box stores), Limestone, Leather, Glaze, Sparkle,

Luster stone, Fresco, Metallic, Marble, Wood grain – Faux Bois,

Silver, gold and all the metals leaf (no photos shown)

There are many others….if you can express it to the professional, I am confident that they can come up with a sample to achieve what you had in mind.  Don’t worry, there are plenty of faux finishes for the contemporary palette too.  Any traditional faux can be adjusted to work completely for contemporary.

Trompe l’oeil – Fool of the Eye.  This is where you for sure hire a professional artist that specializes in artwork for the walls or ceiling.  Be sure to view their portfolio and places that were already done by them.

This can represent many things.  A particular scene or ambiance that you want to achieve in a particular room.  Old Masters, Old world, wine country, tropical….you name it.  Just think of your room as a big blank canvas!

Any room can have this done….even the smallest of rooms such as a powder room.

Wallpaper – Wallpaper is on it’s way back in!  Of course, I never quit using it but it sorta got away from the center of attention due to faux finishes and DYI programs on TV showing nothing but regular paint on the walls.  Wallpaper if you choose wisely can last a long time where you are not going to date yourself.  Using grasscloth or simple muted patterns can be a long time investment.  If you choose to have a big blast….then go for that loud fun pattern and change when you are tired of it.

Here are a few photos to give you some ideas.  All of these samples were from

Unlimited Painting in Lake Park, Fl.

Faux Bois

Faux Bois

Crocodile Leather

Crocodile Leather

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Marble

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Metallic Strei

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Limestone

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Venetian Plaster

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Venetian Plaster with Stencil

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Luster Stone

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Waxed Rough Venetian Plaster

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3 color Glaze

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Fresco

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Smaller Fresco

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Marble

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Sparkle

Installing New Flooring and Cabinets

Flooring and kitchen cabinets – which is 1st?

This subject is gonna make and break the situation when you want to re-do the kitchen cabinets and the flooring at different times.  I know this may not be a wonderful exciting subject to talk about, however, there are very important things that you need to consider.

Flooring should always go down 1st and under the kitchen cabinets.  This also applies to bathrooms too.  There are issues and consequences that will arise if this is not done in the proper order.

If you wish to do the floor 1st then you will have the heights of the counters compromised depending on the flooring you select.  Say your existing floor is ceramic floor which is laid with thin-set and is only maybe 3/8″ thick and the new flooring is 1/2-3/4″ thick.  Your counters then become lower because the floor is thicker and this also effects the toe-kick space.  If you wish to lay marble, travertine, or a large porcelain these products need to be laid in mud making this double in thickness….say maybe now the total thickness is 1 1/2″- 2″ Big difference to top of counter now.  If you are a tall person, you will really notice the height issue

It is also more difficult to change a floor after new cabinets are installed because the flooring has to be cut out around the cabinets and possibly taking a chance in gashing the cabinets when removing the old floor.

Hope you find this helpful and good luck with your project.   Any questions, please feel free to ask.

 

Holy Smoke

This window is difficult to treat and I have seen many of them.  They seem to be very popular in homes in the northeast.  I guess the architect did not want to have a large vacant wall so adding additional windows very high lets more light in however this is tough to handle for window treatments.  I have done this window and only treated the lower part of the window instead of trying to go for the arch of the window.  If you are on a budget then treating the lower part is perfect.  If you have a larger budget then a more glamorous treatment can be done maybe with long panels and swags but they need to be important enough to compete with this large scale window.

2 story window

2 story window

 

2 Story Arched Window treatment

2 Story Arched Window treatment

2 Story Window Treatment

2 Story Window Treatment