Friday, April 8, 2016

Happy Friday 
Painted Furniture!

I love the look of painted furniture! Even more I really appreciate when there is an opportunity to give an old piece of furniture an updated and fresh look.

I can imagine this in a young girls bedroom!  

When I found this  Drexel Heritage night stand.
I new it was the perfect piece for me to try my hand at painting. 

For this project I wanted to test some colors and techniques for an upcoming, much larger project for a client of mine.

I am using Amy Howard One Step 
I purchased mine from Ace Hardware

In Amy's tutorials she makes a point of pointing out that this is a one step process, not one coat.
Well, I ended up using three coats.  Sorry Amy, that is three steps in my mind.  
Amy also points out that you can just paint and your project will be complete if you choose.  Or, you can wax.  
I chose to use the Amy Howard Clear and Dark Antique wax  to finish my piece.  
So painting, sanding, applying waxes and buffing, all total it was about six steps.  That does not include prepping the piece before you get started.  

Here is the piece before I started and some pictures along the way.

After last coat of paint was applied before applying wax.

I hope you have enjoyed my project!
Happy Decorating!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Millwork Addition Part Two

Hello everyone!

Part Two of Millwork Addition

Custom Paneling, Crown Moulding, and Coffered ceilings set the stage for Amazing Circa Lighting Pendants and Thibaut Wallcoverings!  

Entry Hallway & Foyer 

Here is a picture of the hallway before.

 Originally painted drywall, the area above the hall that connects with the upper foyer, now has custom wood paneling that is integrated with new crown moulding, corbels, and coffered ceilings.  This entry went from basic to Beautiful!   I love the polished, finished feel this wood work gives the space.  

Happy Decorating
"Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination"

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Adding Custom Trim Work to Interior of Home

Happy New Year to everyone!

I ended 2014 in a whirlwind.  At Beautiful Spaces I ended on a really high note.  From start to finish we transformed a beautiful waterfront home into something truly spectacular.  I am officially in love with the process of adding traditional moulding to an existing home.  The transformation was magical to me.  
My clients were looking for something to add a finished, polished look to there home. They felt the builder had dropped the ball when it came to some of the interior finish work.   Maybe some additional crown moulding?   The builder they were in contact with was having trouble articulating his vision.  When they contacted me they were unsure of what was needed and were having great difficulty envisioning anything. 

The following is a journey from the original conversation with my clients to the finished spaces.  I learned a lot along the way, about how much of a difference adding beautiful moulding to a home can make, identifying trim and wood pieces, but mostly that transforming this space was also transforming me.  In many ways most things that I chose to take on concerning this project were all very new to me.  I was often second guessing my ability and frightened that maybe I had gotten in way over my head.  I was certain of one thing, my vision.  How I would achieve that would be discovered one step at a time.  One deep breath at a time. 
So, One Client, One Vision, One very nervous designer, and One very patient and skilled builder later.  I am happy to share the results of the fireplace and focal point of the Great Room.  

The Focal Point of the Great Room was in need of a makeover

 Design Concept Rendering By:  Cindy LeBlanc

Fireplace mantel and surround before photo

Custom Fireplace Mantel , Upper Mantel and Surround 
Design by: Cindy LeBlanc / Beautiful Spaces
Custom Millwork by:  Mike Ziemke Builders
Custom Window Treatments:  Cindy LeBlanc / Beautiful Spaces
Sconces: Barbara Barry for Circa Lighting

Happy Decorating!
"Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination"
I would be happy to schedule an appointment with you to help re-envision and fall back in love with your home


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Graphic Blue small ottoman

Second Ottoman Project   Perfecting new skills and adding some fun details!

 Hello!   Today I am sharing my second upholstery project!  This ottoman is much smaller in scale than the last one I did.  This is for a young woman's bedroom sitting area and will be by a futon.  I also added some nail head details.  I love how this turned out.  

Here are some pictures along the way.

 Up to this point the process is the same as the Floral Ottoman Project 

.    The only difference was that I adjusted the overall height as this ottoman needed to be lower.  

Nail Head Detail

Finished Ottoman

I hope you like it!
"Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination"
Happy Decorating

Floral Ottoman Upholstery Project

Projects and Learning new skills!

I have been wanting to learn some upholstering skills for a very long time.  Like many of you, I struggle with finding the time to learn a new skill.  I am so happy that I made the time and went out of my comfort zone.    It was well worth the effort and time.

I started out  small, an ottoman for a sitting area.  

Here are some pictures of the process

Building the Frame

Jute Webbing



Applying the first layer of the decorative fabric

Corners cut and folded 

Added the covered cording- Midway and along the bottom

Pattern Matching

All Done 
  I hope you like it!!!!

Happy Decorating
"Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination"

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday's Interior Hand Rendering! Dreamy Blue Great Room

This Friday I decided to pick up my hand rendering tools again and have a go at it. 
 Conceptualizing a design idea for a space is something I enjoy immensely.  Articulating that concept into a drawing that your client can see, and hopefully feel is imperative.  This part of the process, when done by hand is more challenging for me than coming up with the idea. I hope you enjoy this artistic translation of a recent design project of mine.  
It is still a work in progress.  
Today, I combined my hand work with some computer and photo shop tools.  I kind of like the way it turned out!     

Happy Decorating!
"Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination"

Monday, December 23, 2013

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!   

Silent Night

Silent night holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent n
ight holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia;
Christ the Savior, is born
Christ the Savior, is born
Silent night holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.