Monday, February 25, 2013

This or That? (and a Humble Request)

Can you tell what's different in these living room mock ups?

I know, that was an easy one. What can I say? It is Monday and we can all use easy on a Monday. I'm in the process of debating rugs for our formal living room. Right now, the colorful one is winning this internal war, but I'm curious to hear what you think.

And in some very exciting news, Hazardous Design was nominated (for the second year in a row!) as a Best Remodeling Blogger in the JDR Annual Industry Blogger Awards.

I'd love you forever if you click on the badge above (or here) and voted for us! THANK YOU!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I Want White Walls

I don't know about you but whenever I see a house with a dark painted exterior I assume the interior is just as dark. Being someone who lives in a dark gray house, I plan to go out of my way to ensure that doesn't end up being the case here.
So it is no surprise then that 99% of the inspiration pictures I've collected have white
Melanie Turner Interiors
McGill Design Group

House Beautiful
Evan Joseph
NY Times
Bravo TV
Notice how many of these rooms also have pretty architectural molding. It really makes white walls more interesting, no? Chris if you are reading this, better get your protractor ready 'cause mama wants some fancy molding.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Blank Canvas

As we wrap up the final details on our hallway and foyer, I'm already looking ahead to our next project, the formal living room. Formal living rooms sometimes get a bad rap for being rooms that noone ever uses, but ours is my favorite room in the house. It is where you'll find me enjoying a cup of coffee on a weekend morning or where I'm likely to doze off for an afternoon nap.

Although you'd never be able to tell from the photos I took when we did our inspection walkthrough of the house, the natural light is quite wonderful in this room.

This room has already come a long way since then.
Most recently we stripped the wallpaper,
 And removed the crown molding (which wasn't original and not installed very well).
In December, the plasters installed a new ceiling and skimmed the walls.

 Now I've got a blank canvas. What to do? What to do?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Math I Can Do

Coffee table with brass legs
Ikea KLUBBO coffee table
photo by Bijou and Boheme

Iron empire chandelier
photo by Melanie Acevedo

Refreshed Vinyl 
vinyl chair
spray painted sofa by Johnny in a Dress

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Masterpiece

I had some free time over the weekend being snowed in and all, so I took advantage of it.
I bought a gilded frame at an antique shop for $25 last fall.  It just needed someone to love it, rescue it, and nurse it back to health.
It only took me 6 months, but I eventually did just that with a little rub n buff.
Your welcome, Frame.

But it was missing something. Oh yes, some artwork.

Now some people buy bread, milk, and eggs in preparation for a nor'easter, I made sure I had art supplies on hand.
I had no idea what I was going to paint on the canvas but I knew I wanted it to be turquoise. I think turquoise and gold look very pretty together.
In the end, I didn't paint anything at all. I kind of just mixed the paint and spread it all around on the canvas. I added some black streaks for good measure. I decided I liked it so I left it alone. Then I signed it to make it look like someone who knew what they were doing painted it.

I know. I'm not fooling anyone.
I hung it on the wall in a bare and blah spot in our bedroom. 

I call it "Nemo". 

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Looks like we're going to be stuck here a while...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another Post About Hallways

Are you sick of hearing about my hallway yet? If not, then please continue on.

Since reading this post, my mother has started a campaign to talk me out of choosing leopard for my stair and hallway runner ("Your house will look like a Vegas nightclub, Carrie!"). But I disagree. I think it can be rather tasteful and fabulous. Not to mention its stain disguising powers. I've never seen a dirty leopard, have you?
Jennifer Eisenstadt Design
So I brought home some samples from my local carpet showroom.

But the practical side of me is afraid I'll get tired of leopard before my wallet will allow me to replace it. So I am also looking at "safer" options. 

Wool sisal could be kind of fun if paired with an interesting border, like this one from the 2012 Hamptons Designer Show House. 
Habitually Chic
I found something pretty close at the carpet showroom.

The good news is that I've narrowed it down to these two options. The bad news is that I'm officially undecided between the two. The carpet showroom is sending out a designer to measure on Friday. Hopefully, she'll help me select one over the other.

Until then, I'm curious to hear where you stand... Spots or not?

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Grand Entrance: Foyer and Hallway Reveal

Ta Da!
I have to say, this project took longer than I anticipated. In fact, it still isn't quite done (as indicated by the exposed heating element), but it is finished enough to show off some before and afters.

Here's what the front entry looked like when we first moved in. Not exactly what I'd call a warm welcome.
Same view today.
The sconces are from Barn Light Electric and the mirror is an antique find that I spray painted Rustoleum's "Safety Red".  Loyal followers will remember the table I picked up from the Salvation Army. I had planned to cut it in half and use it under the mirror, but it doesn't line up right with the molding so we decided not to use it. That's okay. I like the hallway without it. 

Here's another look at the staircase before. Remember that vinyl wallpaper? Gross.
And now. 
We stripped the stairs and bannister then stained them dark dark dark! I hear that's all the rage these days. Chris did a fantastic job hanging all that picture molding.

Upstairs, it used to look like granny lived here. 
But not anymore.
It looks clean and bright with white spindles and fresh paint on the walls. The upstairs hallway still needs to be decorated, but I haven't quite decided what to do up here. It will be a project for another time.

Writing this post is eye opening for me. When you live with something for so long, you kind of grow immune to how bad it looks. The old view from the top of the stairs.
 Today. Let there be light!

Mirror shot.

 Boy, am I glad that's over!
Time to put my feet up and least for a few more weeks. You know I've already got another project brewing...
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