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November 30, 2010

Artistic Floors Made Easy

Filed under: floors — Tags: , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 5:05 pm

If you are considering renovating your flooring, but find that the best looking flooring materials are out of your budget, look no further. Painted floors give the biggest bang for your buck no matter what your decor taste is. Being economical is definitely it’s biggest advantage, but painted floors are do it yourself friendly (which is pretty rare when it comes to flooring.) If you have an artist in the family or in the neighborhood, you can really create some show stopping work. People are often concerned with the durability of paint and if it can withstand the abuse that all of our homes receive with simple day to day activities. If you have ever been to a basketball game or gymnasium, then you have seen the painted court lines. Those floors withstand aggressive athletes and other performances. If a gym floor can withstand, then your floor can too. Basically any flooring surface, excluding carpet, can be painted. Because it is so simple and cost effective, you could refresh you floor look once a year if you wanted to.

The process is very simple:

- Clean your flooring surface with soap and water.

- If there is any gloss or wax coating – sand off and vacuum up sanding dust.

- Use an oil based primer to prep your floors – you can start painting as soon as the primer instructs.

High gloss oil based paints would the best. The key to the long lasting durability is a few coats of non-yelling urethane. After that your floor is you palate! Painting is a way to experiment with all those bold colors and patterns that you love. If you don’t like the way it looks – paint it again. Below are some really fantastic painted floors and there are more all over the Internet to get inspiration from.

Yeah – you are going to need some help with something like this

Simple and white

The gloss give this space a sophisticated fun kind of look

The classic checker board floor

No caption necessary

Use stencilling for the patterns that are a little too advanced to draw by hand


No need to get crazy – simply use paint to change the tone of your wood floor

The perfect touch!

Hope this was helpful! Have a great day and please share your flooring photos with us!

November 29, 2010

Grasscloth Come Back

Filed under: Bedroom,wall color,walls — Tags: , , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 8:01 am

Once popular in the seventies and eighties, grasscloth has recently made a come back within the past five years. Grasscloth is a wall covering made of woven plant fibers. The product is fantastic because if a person is not comfortable with wallpaper, but still wants a textural quality to the wall, grasscloth is the perfect solution. Worried that grass cloth might not fit your home decor? Think again – there are hundreds of color and style options that range from modern to traditional, and every where in between. Grasscloth can bestamped on with a pattern, or have metallic threads woven right into the surface. You can choose from a variety of colors and match the color to a sample depending on the vendor. The unique thing about grasscloth is that is has a natural quality with its texture, and you can decide on the next level to add in with the color and style. They way that the grasscloth is applied also adds another design dimension to the product. It can be applied in strips or in squares. In the Casa Blanca project, I took grasscloth squares and laid them horizontally and vertically in a grid. The result was a flowing visual wave that was subtle against the rest of the space, but still eye catching. In that same house I used a fading technique in the dining room that is reminiscent of ombre hair coloring. The spaces are right next to each other in completely different colors and yet do not clash with one another. Who thought grasscloth could be Hollywood regency? Below are some great examples of interiors that use grasscloth as well some samples of grasscloth products currently on the market. Have commitment issues? Temporarily tack grasscloth up in squares – the paper is heavy enough to lay flat and can be easily removed later on.

The fading in the paper adds more depth

A classical damask made contemporary


Clean. Simple. Gorgeous.

Feeling blue? Not in this space!

A traditional twist

Distressed AND metallic? Yes please

Very textural and yet still works with this classically modern bedroom

Have these fabulous products convinced you yet? The only problem will be trying to pick just one!

I hope everyone have a fabulous Thanksgiving. This week will be jam packed with entries so stay tuned!

November 25, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — jherzlinger @ 1:48 pm

We wish all of our followers a very happy holiday and get ready for great posts next week! We will be putting up four!

November 15, 2010

Welcome to the Jungle!

Filed under: floors — Tags: , , , , — jherzlinger @ 5:57 pm

Even though animal print made a big come back two seasons ago, zebra rugs are something that seem to never go out of style. It is also interesting that zebra rugs do not seem to be associated with only one style. Although commonly seen in classical modern Jonathan Adler style interiors, you can find a zebra rug in almost any style home. So what is it about a zebra rug that seems to be timeless? I love zebra rugs and I personally think it is the graphic nature of the zebra print that make it so popular. The print is so cohesive with organic lines that seem to merge perfectly, and yet it is a print that is made by nature and completely random at the same time. While cheetah print and snake skin print are commonly seen, but zebra print is more widely used because of its classical black and white contrast that can go ANYWHERE. The shape of a zebra rug, whether real or not, seems to be an appealing solution because it breaks up the repetition of a flooring material, but doesn’t necessarily cover it like an area rug does. The fact that zebra print is frequently used in the fashion industry keeps it alive in the interiors world. While the mass production and cheap reprinting of zebra can make a space look tacky, consider using a quality zebra rug in a space where you feel like something is just missing.

The rug still pops against the the dark floor

It still feel right in this all white interior

Sophisticated fun


Thank you Jonny

Two zebra rugs too much? NEVER!

Have a great start to the week!

November 12, 2010

Bookcases – The Way They Transform our Homes

Filed under: Bookcases — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 2:45 pm

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.  ~Charles W. Eliot

Everyone knows how pleasing it is to curl up on a cloudy date with a cup of tea and good book in the winter. There is something about books that is rejuvenating because we are brought out of the constants of our lives and into a world of something new and exciting. From coffee table books to our favorites with bent spines to the books we bought and still intend to read some day – they are quiet teachers that we love to collect. Books do more than support our brains and well being – they add comfort to our homes. They always say you can tell a lot about a person by the books that he or she reads, and that is very true. The homes is really a place to showcase the books that so wonderfully represent us. The best  way to properly display a book is on a bookshelf. The misconception about bookshelves is that they can only be located in a library or office. That is certainly not true! Why hide away your little bits of knowledge – books are meant to seen and shared with others. My breakfast room has a bookshelf in it and people love it! It is full of books but also little treasures that are important to me that I like seeing every day. Keep that in mind when you decide to add a bookcase or revamp your existing. A bookcase is a display of things you love – don’t just fill it with books – fill it with memories!

Bookshelves, as you know, can be stationary or built in, and came be done is a variety of materials and finishes. A built in piece can make more of a statement, but stationary shelves are more accessible. If you decide to buy a book case, make sure it is the right thing for the size and style of your space. If you have a modern home don’t just go with a modern bookshelf. Measure the area it will fit in. Be aware of the heights of different furnishing pieces in your rooms and see if there is a height line that you can stay consistant with. Putting one next to a window? Consider buying two and flanking the window. And remember, you can always repaint, refinish or revamp any bookshelf that you that just doesn’t work with your home. Below are some examples of different ways that people have used bookcase – hopefully you can find some inspiration.

If you want your books to match a particular color scheme, re-wrap the covers with colored scrapbook papers.

Great detail shot of some little knick knacks that compliments books on a bookshelf.

OCD? That’s okay it still looks fabulous

I have always loved this idea of hanging art on the front of the bookcases. And remember – you can lay books horizontally as well as vertically.

Remember the post of accent walls? This is a PERFECT example of a unique accent wall.

Modern and crazy – I love it!

Simple, gorgeous.

Don’t have any books? (You should probably go buy some) But you can always to use a bookshelf to show off other things that are important to you, like your favorite dishware.

I hope everyone is enjoying Jamie Herzlinger’s design blog and happy Friday! I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend. See you back on Monday.

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