Posts Tagged ‘living room’

Beautiful Animal Art

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Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

I have been a renter for almost 8 years! And I have to confess that I kind of like the idea of decorating different homes every two years or so.

This new home that we are renting now is smaller than the last one we were living in, but we love that it is bright and it has big windows and smooth walls and ceilings. The walls are still empty, but I’m excited about filling them with special pieces of art and illustrations from friends from around the world.

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

My friend Ana Sofia Castañon sent me two of her pieces a few days ago. She told me these illustrations were inspired by her kids, which makes them even more special.

I know the perfect place for her pieces in my home, one is going to be above Jaxon’s dresser and the other one in a small charming nicho that is in this new home’s hall. I can’t wait to see them framed :)

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

Check out Ana Sofia Catañon’s website to find out more about her work. She is amazingly talented and I’m sure you are going to love her work as much as I do. More animal art prints here

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall

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A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

I’ve been seeing beautiful homes painted with dark walls all over the internet. I was captivated by the mysterious and interesting effect, and I really wanted to create something similar in my own living room.

Just after looking at Sherwin Williams color forecast colormix™ 2017, I got obsessed with a color named Deep Forest Brown SW 9175 from the holistic  palette and it’s coordinating colors. I searched for spaces painted with that color on Pinterest to have a better idea of how it would look, and I started to get excited because the spaces looked amazing!

One of the things I was most excited about picking a neutral dark shade, was that I knew it would work great as a base for colorful accessories. This intense brown would also let me play with many color palettes throughout the years with no problem. I also feet that brown was a perfect color for an eclectic home decor style. It compliments most furniture styles and finishes, and well, that’s kind of what I had at home, a mix of modern furniture with ethnic accessories.

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall. Before and After | Live Colorful

Just after I finished painting the first layer, I could see the transformation. It was so exciting.

MATERIAL:

  • 2 quarts of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Sheen: Matte. Color: Deep Forest Brown SW 9175
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover ½”
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth
  • 1 ½” Sherwin Williams Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush
  • Multi surface blue painter’s tape

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

STEPS:

  1. Prepare your surface to make sure it is clean, dry and sound. Tape off moldings, light switches, electrical connectors, and cover the floors and furniture with a plastic drop cloth.
  2. Let’s paint! I like to start painting the edges all around the wall with an angled brush. Then, I use the roller to cover the whole wall. When you go from a light color to a dark color or vice versa, you can apply a layer of multi-purpose latex primer to cover the base color. When going from a light to dark color, you can ask the store employees to tint the primer to make it darker. That will make the process easier, it will give you a smooth finish and better coverage. I applied two layers of the Deep Forest Brown SW 9175 and waited about 4 hours between coats.
  3. Clean up Time. Remove the painters tape as soon as you finish painting to avoid ripping away the paint. You can use a small brush to fix any mistakes.

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. Find the original article in Spanish here.

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO) + GIVEAWAY!

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Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

Curtains are a great way to add color and pattern to your home, and they are so easy to make!

When we moved, my baby was so little that I really didn’t want to work on many projects for the home, so I left the ugly gray-green curtains that were in the house when we moved for months. Until I started this fun collaboration with Digital Fabrics thanks to the recommendation a great friend, Jocelina Paixao from Pink Chocolate Break.

Digital Fabrics is an online fabric shop where you can design and print your own fabric. I have to say that my favorite part was their range of fabric that goes from chiffon, matte lycra, fleece, cotton linen, wattle and many other options for the fashion and home decor industry, and of course, the fact that you can create and print your own designs.

I knew that I wanted to make something for the home since I haven’t been able to find prints that I love. Inspired by that, I created LIVE COLORFUL collection with bright and happy prints that would look amazing for curtains, pillows, bean bags, upholstery, baskets and many other projects.

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

When the fabric arrived, I knew exactly what to make with it, new curtains!

Here is a video tutorial with the step by step to make simple DIY  curtains.

MATERIALS:

  • Approximately 2.5 meters of fabric. I used one of LIVE COLORFUL collection named “lemonade”. The fabric is waratah 100% polyester.
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

Easy DIY Curtains (VIDEO Tutorial) | Live Colorful

I also have something for you. I’m giving away 2 yards of this fun print below for your next DIY project. To enter the GIVEAWAY visit us on Instagram here, tag a friend and tell us, what would you like to make with this?

GOOD LUCK!

GIVEAWAY! Win two yards of this fabric design for your home decor projects! | Live Colorful