Thursday, August 16, 2012

PINK

I'm working on a little design project for my sister in law.  For some reason in real life and on this blog I'm always very careful not to portray myself as a designer.  It seems uppity?  Presumptuous?  I actually studied Interior Design/Art History in college for several semesters before switching over to what I felt was a more "cerebral" field.

But you know what?  I always come back to design.  I love it.  I do it for fun.  I would do it for free.  I AM doing it for free.  And I would probably even do it for you FOR FREE right now, just for the joy of seeing a room transformed.  It's kind of a rush.  Email me if you'd like at modernhaus@gmail.com.

So this little project I'm working on is basically a zero-budget makeover, which is pretty much my forté. Paint, an $80 dresser from Craigslist, some vintage thrifted accessories, and these DIY dip dyed, faintly ombré drapes:


They are shown here in my dining room,  not their final destination.  My SIL is young, had requested a beachy vibe, and the room needed a lot of brightening up, so I decided on a totally-out-of-character shade of coral-pink.  And you know what?  I'm super into it now.



The dye color was actually "tulip red."  In my first attempt at dip-dyeing, I found that the dye color needs to be much darker than the color you want to end up with.  So although this had a dark red-fuschia-orange tone in the dye bath, once rinsed the color was more subtle and painterly.





Here you can see how intense the color was before I rinsed and dried the panels.




And if you missed it, here is my first attempt at dip dyeing.  Get the tutorial here!



{After I had worked out how to enlarge photos from Instagram, they went and changed the format.  Maybe to prevent publishing?  I don't know.  I'm working on it and will get these enlarged soon!}
  

8 comments:

  1. Well, if you're offering, I could use a great deal of help! Esp in my dining room, which is in need of a sprucing + a fab mid century-ish bar :) I think I may attempt your ombre curtains for my outdoor space. My sad Ikea ones are on their last legs.

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    1. I am offering! What color do you think you'll do the curtains?

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    2. I'm not in a rush but you're welcome over anytime to inspect the space and give me tips :)

      And for the curtains, I'm thinking canvas (is that a color? that kind of beigy Ikea standard one?) or white with the colored part being navy at its darkest.

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  2. The pink is hot!! I wouldn't have chosen that either but it looks so fresh and modern. Of course, your dipped curtains are gorgeous too, but I think your SIL will be super pleased.

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! So nice to hear from you! Yes, I actually ended up loving the pink with the dark walls...it made the pink seem edgy instead of childish? But alas my SIL did love them and now they're hanging in her room!

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  3. I'll take up that offer. We are in desperate need of design assistance over at Mid-Century Midwest! While I may be a decent picker, I'm completely incapable of arranging furniture, colors, etc in an attractive manner.

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    1. Send me photos of a room you want to work on and what has to stay/what can go! Argh, I do have the same problem in my own house-I think the curse of being a dealer/collector/seller is that you end up with the sort of "cast offs" and leftovers, not necessarily the things that work the best in your space? I also usually have ten too many chairs in every room ;(

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  4. Major shout out to my Sis for doing my room. Yes I am the lucky one she is referring too. Can't thank her enough for her help,time, & energy she put into helping me out.Thanks for your love and for being such an amazing person, XOXOXO. From the words of a youngin' YOUR DA BOMB!

    Love Always,
    Final Destination ;)

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