Big Wall Update

January 21, 2015

Last week I posted about an eDesign client who had an issue with a big wall in her living room that she was having issues with decorating.  I gave her three options and I was thrilled when she informed me that she was going to go with option #3.

Wall Gallery Option 3

A few weeks later, she Instagramed a picture of her working on her project.  Since she is a DIY’er, she decided to try her hand at making the pallet wood art herself.

DIY Pallet Wood Art

I have to admit, I was totally impressed!

Remember the wall before…

BEFORE: Big Living Room Wall …and now!

Big Wall with Color Blocked Paint and Pallet Art

She was kind enough to send me a snapshot of the finished product.  I am so happy that she was able to do this project with just a little inspiration.

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I recently had a eDesign client that had a small dilemma in her living room.  She had pretty much everything already figured out in her living room, but there was one part of the space that was causing her issues.  The vaulted ceiling room had a BIG wall that needed attention.  She had tried several different things, but nothing was working.  The furnishings in sitting in front of this wall was a seating arrangement consisting of two ivory arm chairs and a small end table in between.

BIG Living Room Wall

Dealing with large vertical spaces like this can be challenging.  One large piece of art may not always be the answer.  Hanging items on a large wall may not be the total solution either.  My first suggestion was to add potted plants a little higher than the backs of her chairs to both sides and a floor lamp to the right side of this seating arrangement.  This will add visual weight to this side of the room and take away so much visible wall.

Wanting to give her some options with both different styles and varying price points, I came up with three wall gallery ideas for her to choose from.


Hang a round jute rug on the wall with a round mirror mounted on the center of the rug.  Then add a little width with sconces holding flowers flanking the sides.  An arc lamp gives intimacy and is in a place where it will not be in the way.

Wall Gallery Option 1

Round Jute Rug: West Elm (similar)  |  Round Mirror: Target  |  Sconces: Pier 1 Imports (similar)  |  Faux Flowers: West Elm  |  Arc Floor Lamp: World Market  |  Lamp Shade: World Market


 A true art gallery with a series of watercolor paintings bringing out the accent color in the room.  A driftwood floor lamp gives an earthy edge in contrast to the bright white frames and mats.

Wall Gallery Option 2

White Frames with Mats: Target  |  Ombre Watercolor Art: Outside In Art Studio via Etsy  |  Driftwood Floor Lamp: World Market  |  Lamp Shade:  World Market


A painted color block detail with notched corners with wall pallet art and a metal tripod floor lamp.  With the paint color similar to the chair fabric, it will add interest without being overpowering.  A mix of rustic and modern play a part between the art and lamp.

Wall Gallery Option 3

Dandelion Wood Pallet Art: Rustic Tree House via Etsy  |  Tripod Floor Lamp: Target (similar)

So, which did she choose?  I will be posting a follow up a little later next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Heywood Wakefield Dream

August 18, 2014

Heywood Wakefield Dream
Heywood Wakefield Dream by janeane-pittman featuring india home decor
I am not sure how it happens, but I seem to always go in spurts of writing blog posts constantly to them being far and few between.  Well, my lack of writing has not been due to not having anything to say, but rather I have been super busy.  After a long day of souring the county for items for my shop yesterday, I got a call saying that my mother was admitted to the hospital.  Thankfully she is in good spirits as I visited with her and my dad last evening, but it sure reeked havoc on my sleep last night.  I am completely exhausted, but I know that God will see me though.

Now onto the design stuff with a client project I am working on.  I have titled the room the Heywood Wakefield Dream.  The above concept board features midcentury modern style with a modern twist.  The colors are so bright and vibrant, just the way I like it.  I just completed refinishing two tables for this nostalgic room that you may have seen on my Instagram.

Heywood Wakefield Tables

I have to give kudos to ebay vendor needful_useful_things for the reproduction wheat refinishing stain for vintage Haywood Wakefield.  His instructions were impeccable and the product, well, amazing.  Now as soon as I showed this picture to my client, she sprung the news on me that she had another Heywood Wakefield table that was buried under a day bed that she wanted to have me refinish.


Well, that is it for today and I can’t wait to keep you posted on this rooms progress.  Also, a big thanks to the staff at West Elm South Coast Plaza for helping me out with the sofa and chair order.  Check out my Polyvore set to get any of the details.
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The Benefits of Purchasing Secondhand
The Benefits of Purchasing Secondhand by janeane-pittman
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at Sparrow’s Nest Consignment to share the benefits of purchasing secondhand.  Secondhand encompasses everything from vintage and antiques to modern pieces that people are wanting to sell.  Most of the time when I am looking for items for clients designs, I love to look for vintage pieces that will fit their personality and style, so I am focusing more on vintage in this post.  I do however always encourage seeking out gently used modern pieces as well.
Janeane Pittman Speaking on the Benefits of Purchasing Secondhand
1. Character
Probably one of the biggest benefits to purchasing secondhand is character.  You just cannot deny the feel that a vintage adds instant character to a room.  These are pieces that you just can’t find in modern retail stores.  They are the furniture and accessories that add the wow factor.  To make this work you want to choose a focus.  Select a primary style…traditional, modern, transitional and then layer in vintage.  Don’t let them overpower the room.  Modern chairs paired with a farmhouse table highlights the piece without making it feel like you live literally, well, in a farmhouse.  Creating visual tension is what every successful design should do.
Modern Vintage Dining Room
2. You will not get a Cookie-Cutter Look
The second benefit to purchasing secondhand is that you are not going to get a cookie cutter look.  You want a look that is uniquely yours and one that does not look like page 29 of the Restoration Hardware catalog.  You also don’t want to have your home look like everyone else’s on the block.  When looking for secondhand and vintage pieces you are going to find items that are not widely available so that gives you a chance to curate a look that feels collected, not “Oh, I’ll take the set”.  To get a look that does not feel disjointed from your modern pieces look at the details.  Look for a wood tone that is similar to a table you already own.  Find a leg shape that resembles a chair in your living room and finishes that are the same as current styles.
3. Quality pieces at a lower price point
Don’t be afraid to look for a name on a piece and educate yourself on furnishing brands you like.  Now, this in no way means that shopping secondhand is going to be cheap; it means that those quality pieces that may have been out of reach are now doable.  Now, if you find something you love, but you are not sure how it will work in your home: think of a way to merchandise it.  Create an unexpected place for it such as a vintage mirror in a remodeled modern bath.  Make it a purposeful focal point rather than an afterthought.
Modern Vintage Living Room
4. It Forces you to be Creative
Turning pieces into something other than what they were originally intended is a sure fire way to bring personalization and edge to your design.  An industrial drawer cabinet can be used as a console table or a stack of suitcases can become a nightstand.  Accessories are also a wonderful way to bridge the relationship from modern to vintage such as antique jars lined on sleek floating shelves or a collection of modern frames on a rustic wood table.  Also, think about paint.  There are so many pieces that can have an instant face-lift with a coat of paint and can then easily fit into your home.  Look at the lines of a piece and determine if that is the look you love.  Look past the finish it currently has and visualize it in your dream color.  Monotony is no fun, and mixing it up a bit gives you an opportunity to combine old and new styles seamlessly.
Modern Vintage Bedroom
5. It Opens Up your World to Meeting People
Lastly, a wonderful benefit to purchasing secondhand is that it opens up your world to meeting people.  Every time you come into a shop like Sparrow’s Nest, it is a different experience than going to a retail environment.  You get to meet interesting people and hear stories about the pieces that they are selling.  For those of you who purchase on Craigslist know the many interesting people you come into contact with.
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