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Recent Glass Bead Project

Summer is heating things up in Houston. If you are one of the lucky ones, you are sitting out the heat in Colorado or hanging out by the pool. Well, we didn’t get to escape Houston, but we are working in air-conditioning, so that’s pretty good.

A client recently asked up to create an original design to put on the main wall of her master bedroom. She loved the look of glass beads. Was I thinking of shade or escaping the sun? I don’t know, but a tree came immediately to mind.

All the fabrics, drapes, bedding and artwork had already been selected; the client just wanted a little sparkle added to the room. We decided to create a beautiful glass bead cherry blossom tree. The color, radiant orchid, worked well with the bedding colors so that became our base. The flow of the branches and blossoms gave the room a more feminine feel without being gooey. The glass beads gave it that “bling“.

We loved the way it turned out but more importantly so did the client!

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6 Fun Decorative Painting Nursery Ideas

Inspirational Nursery Ideas

It’s finally summertime, and after a long and very cold winter it seems that many cuddly couples got a visit from the stork! So, whether your bundle of joy was planned or a great surprise, here are a few ideas we loved for fun baby room décor and wall designs.
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DIY for 4th of July

DIY July 4th project: American flag

DIY July 4th Project: American Flag

We love a good DIY, and for July 4th we found this great American flag wooden pallet. This little gem would be a great outdoor or indoor décor accent for the summer. Take a look at the Sassy Deals blog for a step-by-step walk through for this July 4th project.

We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Independence Day! We will be celebrating the holiday by closing on Friday the 4th and reopening July 14th. Happy Fourth, Everyone!

Sincerely,
Janie's Signature
Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF,
Master Artisan
janie@anythingbutplain.com

The Tortoise Finishes on Top!

Recently we met with Designer John Kidd to have him choose some of his favorite finishes to feature in an article in Luxe Magazine. While perusing our plethora of fine finishes he fell in love with a tortoise shell finish and asked us to create this look on a custom mirror for his clients home. We were thrilled to make it happen!
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3 Good Reads for this Summer

This Saturday, June 21st marks the official start of the summer season! It’s time to take a break and sit in the sun with our feet in the sand or maybe just dangle them in the pool. Everyone knows for a good time at the beach or pool you have to have a great read and fabulous drink. We can’t help with the drinks, but we do have 3 recommendations for a great read this summer. Read more…

4 Time Saving Tips for Painting Projects

It’s “DIY” Time

The sun is shining, school is out, and summer is finally here! I’m not sure if it’s just the change of wardrobe to bright, cool clothing, but summer always makes me want to start making changes around the house as well! Maybe you’re thinking of painting the powder room or cabinets… or you found a project on Pinterest that is too fun to pass up? Either way, summer seems to bring out the DIY side of our personalities. With that in mind, our team of artists has compiled their list of tips for painting that will save you time on your next painting project.

These are a few simple tips that our artists use every day to ensure all our projects are completed as neat and clean as possible.


Tips for Painting

1. Get off to a good start.
The surface you want to paint should be free from damage or imperfections, especially if your finish is going to be glossy or shiny. Many people make the mistake thinking the paint will hide the flaws in their sheetrock or wood, instead it just highlights the blemishes. So be sure to smooth out the surface you will paint before beginning. Remember, It’s also important that the surface be clean and primed before any painting begins.
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Faux Effects World Magazine Cover Feature

A Focus on Decorative Painting

We’re so thrilled to announce that we were recently featured in and on the cover of a magazine catering to our industry. Faux Effects World magazine is a nationally distributed magazine. It is the premiere magazine devoted solely to the decorative painting industry.

We are honored to share our award winning project with this publication. You may recognize a few of these photos from a previous magazine article in Houston Design Resource and our blog. We are featured on the cover and in and a great article that provides before and after photos of the home. This was a decorative painter’s dream job. Beth Lindsey Interior Design brought us in to do two rooms, but we ended up creating fabulous finishes for every wall, ceiling and cabinet in the house.

You can pick up your copy of Faux Effects World magazine at Barnes & Noble to see the transformation. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Sincerely,
Janie's Signature
Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF,
Master Artisan
janie@anythingbutplain.com

Cruising Into Summer

Houston Design Center Cruise Party

Janie with some of our friends of the trade.

Janie with some of our friends of the trade.

Last Wednesday we participated in the Houston Design Center Cruise Party. It’s a great event where all the showrooms chose a “Port of Call” and serve food and drinks in that theme. This year we were South Beach Miami! It was an easy choice for us since I grew up in Miami and love the sun and waves of Florida! Growing up near the water, I know everybody needs Read more…

A Throw Pillow Here, a Throw Pillow There

Like Most of You, We Love Accessories

Nothing perks up a room like a nice accent piece or a little bit of bling. If you have been searching through shelter magazines (House Beautiful, Veranda, etc.) you’ll notice around Springtime the throw pillows come out in a big way. If you have looked at that same old couch all winter, adding a little change of color or pattern may just be the addition you need to give a tired piece a little lift. Throw in a few pillows to do the job!

Hand-Painted Custom Throw Pillows

Audrey ShannonIf you are looking for a unique, one of a kind, hand-painted piece of artwork in the guise of a pillow, we suggest you check out a fabulous pillow company called AudreyJane (spoiler alert: we are a little biased). Last year during the preparation for our fall open house we decided to create some hand-painted pillows to complement our featured wall finishes. It was kind of a throw away (excuse the pun) idea that seemed to stick. Audrey Shannon our lead artist really delved deep into the project and created really awesome designs that were a hit at our party. We weren’t in the pillow business, but pretty soon people were asking what we could create for them. Well, now Audrey is off to the races with her own line of pillows. This has really become Audrey’s business and has taken a whole new life separate from the beautiful work we do daily.

A little about the feather filled works of art… All Audrey Jane pillows are hand-crafted in Houston, TX. Audrey hand paints all of her designs, and has throw pillows sewn locally. Valuing a designer quality, they stuff each unique pillow with a 50/50 down insert (also “karate choppable”). The current line of limited edition pillows are now all for sale on Etsy.

See some of her hand-painted custom designed pillows

Frieda's Brow - Hand Painted Designer Pillow with Poly Fill InsertDrizzle - Hand Painted Designer Pillow with 50/50 Down InsertOne of a Kind, Designer Hand Painted Pillow, 50/50 Down Feather Insert

We hope you’ll take the time to visit our Audrey Jane website and like us on Facebook!


We love supporting local artists. We hope you will too!

Sincerely,
Janie's Signature
Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF,
Master Artisan
janie@anythingbutplain.com

Map Themes – Around the World In One Room!

Vacation season is just around the corner!

Despite the cold snap that tried to spoil our springtime fun, summer is on its way and with it the travel bug. Of course, for every great adventure you need a good map! This week I could not get away from all the inspiration I found on Pinterest for ways to use map themes in home decor. They make a great statement piece and can tie into family history or grand memories from past travels.

What in the World?

These reused globe lamps were the first thing I noticed. What a clever way to re-purpose a globe that might otherwise be collecting dust in storage somewhere.

Lamps made from reused globes


I just love this twist on the oversized colorful world map for this kids room. The mix of patterns is wonderful and makes learning geography fun for the kiddos.

Colorful world map with patterns


And what could be better than this DIY gilded world map? This little gem makes great use of gold leaf, glimmering right into our hearts.

gilded world map themes


All these maps remind me of a highrise living room we did in New Orleans. We hand painted this world map mural and made a special designation at each city the family had visited in their travels.

Highrise living room with map


Who wouldn’t want this adorable USA map bookshelf! Not only does it makes a great piece of art but also very functional.

USA map bookshelf

Lastly, this collection of map art blew me away! All those tiny little dots are actually pieces of maps. Click on the photo to see the rest of the close ups that make up the large design. They are so intricately crafted, it’s simply stunning.

collection of map art

Want to see more maps and map art themes that inspire us, check out our pinterest board “Maps and More”.

Sincerely,
Janie's Signature
Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF,
Master Artisan
janie@anythingbutplain.com