Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Framed Canvas Art, The Result

Good morning,

I recently posted about the art in a master bedroom here. I was trying to decide what color to frame a canvas shown in the mood board below.

The idea here was to make this canvas a little more edgy by framing it, but I couldn't decide what color.

Well.....we went with black! Take a look.

Now, this is just a sneak peek after all, we are missing the bed and the night stands and the rest of the bedding but that will be coming soon enough. Recognize this room at all? Well you should because it's mine! Yes, I'm changing the room AGAIN! I promise there is a method to this madness and I will share it with you when the room is further along with all the sources and details and inner workings of my crazy mind!

In the mean time I will give you a basic tutorial on framing this huge 36"x72" canvas. I sadly forgot pictures because I had our handy man Elvis do this for me. Elvis does EVERYTHING around here because Robert and I are full of all the ideas in the world, but desperately lack the handy bones in both our bodies.

DIY Framed Canvas:

What you would need for this project is:

-Some kind of molding leaving an extra 4" at both ends of length and width for the corner cuts. I used a raw wood 2"x2" wood. There is a huge variety sold at your local building supply store. I used this because it is a very beefy 2" thick canvas. and I wanted it to really show.
-Saw for the corners.

- Paint. I used a light gloss black spray paint.

-Glue or Nails/Nail Gun. My guy ended up simply nailing the wood to the canvas with 2 nails per side since the wood I bought was thick and heavy. If you have a thinner frame you could simply glue it with a silicone based glue which you could later remove if you wanted to. That was my plan A.

As per the steps, Elvis measured and cut the ends to form an angled corner cut. He then painted the wood with thin spray painted coats and then nailed them close to the corners through the canvas itself.


Now this is something that can be done professionally at your local framing store, but have you ever tried to have something framed??? It is not cheap AT ALL, and even with a coupon for a canvas this size I would have been in for it. It was well worth me spending a little $$ and having Elvis do this for us along with the list of everything else we had around here.

Now that this amazing monstrous piece of art is hung above our bed I can't help but think of an old blogger that I used to follow who sadly is no longer blogging called You Me and a Wiener. She posted this hilarious illustration when she hung a star burst mirror above her bed.

Here is what she laid awake at night thinking about.

I HEAR YOU GIRL!!! Except mine looks a little more like this.

Robert, "Babe, I'm so glad we hung this huge, heavy canvas right above our bed."
Me, "Yeaaaa, me to", in an ever so slightly uncertain voice.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Update: Paint Your Window Frames With Spray Paint!

Happy Friday!

Did you know that you can actually spray paint your window frames on the outside OR inside of your house?

This is a little too good to be true for me since we did a garage addition with new hurricane proof windows and bronze window panels, but haven't quite mustered up to replacing the rest of our windows. The result makes our nicely done addition look a little bit "off", and since it's a garage addition the last thing we wanted is for it to look any more "off" than it has to.

Let's take a look down memory lane with our house's transition from before until now and then I'll give you a quick and easy "How To" so that you can take this extended weekend and put some love on your very own update.

Here was our home when we started this journey.

There she was in all her yellow madness with her decorative trim, white garage and white windows. She had a pond/fountain just nice enough to serve as a frog mating pool, she had a teeny tiny drive way with a ton of useless grass, and she had a whole lot of fugly going on.

So things had to transition. Walls went up, block went in, concrete was poured and she lost her white garage, green grass and teeny tiny drive way....and gained a new master en-suite.

She was looking really nice and clean and modern even though the landscaping could be beefed up a bit. The only thing in this moment that really has always bothered me are the new window frames vs. the old white window frames (eye sore and a half!) Right now we don't have the budget to replace the rest of the windows so paint will have to do.
Off to Home Depot I went to find the best solution. I was told that this is the way to go.
Yup, this is spray paint my friends! It is Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic Spray Paint which paints wood  and plastic, and yes metal!
Are you ready for the easy part?
**Special Tip: The first step for us was to remove the checkered window frame that was inside of the window itself. It is outdated and unnecessary. ESPECIALLY in modern designs. If you have this and want to remove it you can easily do so by placing razor blade knife under the frame and pulling them off piece by piece. Scrape the excess glue and done! I've don't this on several projects and it really changes the look of the space. It's little work for a big bang style wise.

Here is your super easy step by step to spray painting your window frames:

-Tape newspaper all over the window and the surrounding wall with painters tape. Remember that spray paint has over spray. 
-Paint the sides of the window frame in light coats never holding the can too close to the frame which can cause dripping.
-Apply 2-3 coats letting it dry a few minutes in between each coat.
-Remove paper.

There are new drapes going in the addition soon, so I will post about that one soon which will also make the windows look more uniform from the outside of the house.
I am so relieved to have this little easy project out of the way. What a great way to polish up the outside of the house with little cost and effort.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend~

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Master Bedroom Sneak Peek, Framed Canvas Art

Hello again,

I am working on an amazing Master Bedroom currently, and it is going to be a fun reveal. The pieces are in play and I'm mainly waiting on the custom items to come in so I will share it as soon as I can.

Part of the process for this room has been finding the right balance between being modern and edgy but also staying warm and cozy. This is achieved through choosing the right pieces of leather and chrome mixed with sumptuous upholstery, turquoise textiles in Ikat prints and yummy gold metal accents which just adds a vintage feel no matter where it is placed. Sometimes it's the smallest details that can pull a room together.

Case in point is the LARGE AMAZING ART that I chose for this space. It is by artist Blakely Bering, and I am in love. She has a magical way of mixing mediums that almost look like true metal melting off the canvas with a polished gloss top coat. The blend and mix of colors are just perfection.

Take a look at one of her pieces in this stunning bedroom with pops of white, and magenta set against neutral walls. The art ties it all together and just makes the room perfect.

                                                    Source: Traci Connell Interiors

My dilemma here isn't the art or the artist that much I love. The problem is striking that right balance, and with the colors and textiles the room is leaning a bit "beachy" (dare I say?), which doesn't work for the idea of this space. I need THAT little detail which is going to come in the form of a frame to edge things up a bit.

Here is the original room board with THE art as it stands alone with no frame.

Stunning and large as it may be at a mere 72" long it seems like it is missing the frame, but what color? Black or Gold?



Does this seem like a minute detail? Let's take a look at how this affected other pieces and see if you still feel that way.

Now for the hard part, which color?!  Black or Gold????

By the way, this room reveal is for someone who you know VERY well....can you guess who?

More to come.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Project Reveal, Globally Inspired

It was brought to my attention (a few times now) that I have been slacking on posting to the blog. I believe it was put to me as "Hey I checked your blog the other day to see what you've been up to, and there was still the damn Christmas tree! Oh, and the post before that was a jack o lantern. Just sayin..."

Well, point taken and well said Viv!! It's time to make a concerted effort to post again and let you in on some of the workings here at Whitney Perez Interiors!!!

Here is the long over due final pics from my Globally Inspired project. I'm so thrilled with how this project turned out with the rich masculine under tones and organic globally inspired references.

Here are the "Before and After" pictures for my Globally Inspired bachelor pad.

Foyer Before: 

Foyer After:

Office Before:

Office After:


Dining Room Before:

 Dining Room After:

Dining Room To Office Before:

 Dining Room To Office After:


 Kitchen Before:

 Kitchen After:

Family Room Before:

Family Room After:


 Stairs Before:

Stairs After:

Upstairs Landing Before:

Upstairs Landing After:

Master Bedroom Before:

Master Bedroom After:

 Master Bathroom Before:

Master Bathroom After:

Daniella's Room After:

Adriana's Room After:

One of the greatest parts to designing spaces is that they are all different. I take someones wants and ideas and translate them in to their finished space so that it has a designed finish and yet is still very much them. I love when I get an off beat taste which pushes me stretch my own ideas and abilities to give them something that they could only imagine. I find these challenges exciting and creative as a designer, and this project is a great example of that!

I am looking forward to sharing more with you and moving forward with the newly styled
                                                              Cuban In My Coffee!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chistmas Tree Time, Making Your Own Best Tree Ever!

Good morning and Happy December!!

We are well in to the holiday season this year, and a big part of the season is the the Christmas tree. To me this is one of the things that I look forward to the absolute most. I change things up just a touch each year, and over the seasons I have been collecting different things to add to my collection allowing me to switch it up. This year I decided to make our tree devoid of color and go back to a white, black and silver tree.

I admittedly have quite "THE" Christmas tree each year, and though I don't mean to brag I can tell you that it has sparked some Christmas tree envy year after year. I have quite a few tree enthusiasts that have asked me how they can create their own designer tree so I figured I would share some love and give you a bit of a tutorial on how to make your own should your heart desire.

Let's start by taking a look at this year's tree.

This year I decided to remove the color from the tree and instead go with a very modern neutral pallet. I took out all the purple and red that I had last year just for something different. I only needed to buy a few new things such as the extra large silver and white ball ornaments which are a whopping 8-10" diameters. The rest of what's on the tree are things I already own and rotate in and out year by year.

Take a look at last year's tree with the colors we had.

Though the shades of plum and purple are stunning no color was to be had this year. 

Here is a close up of this year's tree so that you can see the difference.

Let's talk about how you can create your own designer Christmas tree with this handy little step by step, and some tricks that I use along the way.

The first step is to figure out your tree theme. Do you have specific colors that you are shooting for such as my white and silver tree? Do you want it to be covered with any one type of  theme such as the beach, or a Disney tree perhaps? Do you want an "organic" tree with burlap and wooded branches?

Establishing your tree theme will help you know what to buy when you are out or going through what you already have. My tree has a color theme, but not one specific type of item on the tree.

A rule of thumb when decorating your tree is to remember that "More is More"! You will always need more than what you thought you would. The joke in my family is that if I put one more thing on our tree it will topple over! The joke is on them though because I have my eye on some large glittery flowers at Z Gallery which are too expensive, but I'm waiting patiently for them to go on sale so that I can scoop them up, and by scoop them up I mean by about a dozen. I doubt these pretties will make the tree actually topple over, or so I hope.

It may sound excessive, but here are some of the numbers and items that we have on our tree:

- 2 extra large plastic bins of ornament balls in varying shades of white, silver and black from Wal Mart and Target from years ago. I have no idea how many this equates to, but it's allot!
- 10 new extra large 10" glittery ornament balls from Wal Mart this season.
- 22 crystal sprays from Z Gallery bought over the past 3 holiday seasons.
- 4 large feather sprays from Michael's Crafts bought years ago.
- 14 mercury glass leaves bought last year from Wal Mart last season.
- 28 white feather ball ornaments bought last season from Wal Mart.
- 3 varying sized disco balls under the tree, and I'm on the hunt for more!
- 2 round spools of wood garland from Michael's crafts bought years ago.
- 2 rolls of silver ribbon bought years ago at Michael's crafts.
- Many varying specialy ornaments, and by many I mean MANY bought and collected through the      years.
- Our neighbor's cat.
- The kitchen sink.
- Possibly a living child in there somewhere.
- Sometimes an elf on the shelf.

Bottom line is that there's a whole lotta stuff on that baby!

Now if you are thinking this is a costly venture, it can be, but with some money saving tips and an eye for what you're looking for you can save some money and also buy things little by little through the years. Here are some of the tips that work for me.

One of my hidden gems for Christmas decor is actually Wal Mart people! You don't like that place? Join the club, but I go every year just to see what they have. Have you seen the feather balls from West Elm out this season in the picture below???

West Elm sells them for $9.00 each (on sale now for $6.00). I bought mine last year from Wal Mart for only $2.99 each and I have 28 of them so you do the math.

It's important to know that their inventory changes every year, but I highly recommend going. This year I bought 10 of the white and silver extra large ball ornaments in 10" diameter for $5.00 each. They are huge and you don't need too many of them on the tree to make a statement. They completely upped my tree a notch.

Another money saver for great holiday decor is finding the sales. All of the stores have them because all of the stores need to move that inventory. I have 22 crystal sprays from Z Gallery which were originally $14.95 each which would have cost me about $329 for some crystal branches???? I think not! I bought 5 of them for full price about 5 years ago, and then another few about 2 years ago. Last year a good friend gave me a tip about their end of season sale for 75% off all holiday decor. Well, I scooped up about 15 of them and paid a fraction of the cost at 75-80% off you can't beat it. Believe me most every major retailer has their holiday decor sales so be on the look out.  Some other gem stores that I go to are Home Goods, JC Penny, and the Ace Hardware in Coral Gables which has a little boutique in it.

The point here is that yes it can cost you to buy everything all at once, but if you are a savvy shopper and buy a little bit each year you can build in to the tree of your dreams. I've been at this for about 7 years people.

The picture below shows you a good view of the crystal sprays and the extra large ball ornaments on our tree.

Don't forget underneath your tree. In the picture below you can see a close up of my tree skirt and the disco balls that I am collecting (and wanting more of) that are under our tree. The skirt is a faux fur throw that I bought at Target last year on the cheap. I love this idea which was given to me from a friend because it covers more ground than a typical skirt. How about those disco balls??!! I found the large one at a yard sale for only $20 bucks, and the other two on Craig's list for $25. I'm looking for more and hope to one day fill the entire bottom the the entire tree with these lovelies, but they can be expensive so I'm on the hunt for my own deals. Let me know if you have one laying around, I'll scoop that baby up (or you can just put it under your tree).

Now that you have all of your goodies to put on the tree, let's go step by step.

Step 1: Wrap ribbon all around the tree from the top of the tree to the bottom.
**Your Step 1 might be stringing the lights. I have a per-lit faux tree, and no I do not miss a real tree or its needles. I live in Florida and my real trees die very quickly, and with all the things I put on the tree the branches end up sunken on the floor. This is just my preference. 

Step 2: Hang all of your varying sized and or colored ball ornaments from the top to the bottom (and in the back). I didn't put the small at the top and the large at the bottom, I mix them up.

Step 3: Hang all of your specialty ornaments in any areas where there are holes.
** Tip, I add ornaments and balls on the inside branches as well. This gives depth to the tree, covers any sparse areas around the trunk especially in fake trees, and really makes a difference in the beauty of your tree. I highly recommend this.

Step 4: Add your extra large ball ornaments. I waited until now because you can really get a feel for how it looks and where they need to be placed once everything is up. You can move things if needed.

Step 5: Add your crystal sprays or flowers or twisted sticks tucking the stems deep in the tree so that only the prettiest parts show.

Step 6: Hang the star or angel at the top.

**Tip, I add to the back of my tree as well. It is visible from most every angle so I have to do this. I would hate to see a beautiful tree and then a big old bald spot in the back, wouldn't you?

Step 6: Pour a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate and let the season begin!

Here are some additional shots of our tree this year.

 Since we will be going out of town this Christmas I didn't go as all out on the holiday decorating as I normally would, but with a tree like this I don't have to! I love that this tree is a show stopper and I hope that some of these tips can help you to create your own show stopping tree this season!

P.S. I would love to see pictures if you do get inspired and want to show off a little bit, just sayin;)