Do you have one? A big wall? A big dilemma? So did my mom. This design idea came to me seven years ago when she and her husband made the decision to redecorate his former bachelor pad and give it the feminine element it was longing for. The two story wall in their great room was screaming for attention. So, this is what I came up with and it still looks stellar today: Can you see it? My mom wanted a soft wine colored background to work with her finishes. With a wall that large, seven years ago, most people defaulted to a "faux finish". We went with 4'x4' squares that alternate directions acheived by glaze brushing in 2 directions. See the detail in this photo:
The painting contractor painted the base coat. He then taped 4'x4' sections. After that, he painted every other section with a wide brush using one shade lighter and a glaze. He brushed every other section horizontally/vertically creating a subtle checkerboard pattern on this enormous wall. After seven years it stills looks great.

Sibella Court. She is genius. Someday I hope to visit her shop. She is an inspiration and contributor to Anthropolgie. Her online shop is up and running. I love the idea of these glitter starfish for spring and summer.

It's official. The Master Bathroom is done. After 6 years of living with the 4x4 cream and mauve/pink tiles it's done. It took 2 1/2 months and a lot of decisions, but the results are perfect.

In the first 3 photos you can see how we lightened up the whole space and gave it a tranquil quality. Porcelain tiles masquerading as travertine set the warm tone for the room and the stacked stone border around the tub added a texture we love. Under the tub is a Walker Zanger tile that imitates leather.

BEFORE (yikes!)

So, Benjamin Moore has been one of my favorite paint brands since I started designing. This year's color is nothing short of gorgeous.
Vintage Wine (2116-20). See for yourself and tell me where you'll be using it.
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