Go Fish :: Wallpaper

So the war of the wallpaper continues, and I want something fishy in Project:: Master-bath. Unfortunately, the only place Mr. B. wants to see fish is on his plate- southern fried, poached or smoked. Which is a huge problem. I dream of seeing fish swimming around our bathroom walls “aquarium style.” When did my obsession begin with fish wallpaper? Well it all began a few years ago at the Kips Bay Showhouse, the study had the most delicious wall-covering from Cole & Sons, and although all the rooms were stunning, I don’t think anyone in the group of bloggers I was touring with that wasn’t positively infatuated with the Fornasetti paper . It was bold and dramatic, and that’s just what I’m craving at this point in my life. Sadly, it may come down to a flip of a coin or serious negotiation. Mr. B. can watch football for the rest of the year (and I won’t say a word) if he agrees to the wallpaper of my dreams. Afterward, I plan on spending a lot of time in the bath soaking away the hours (and floating gloating in the sweet smells of victory) in my new standalone Kohler tub. The tub is fabulous, in fact my plumber said it was one of the “finest” he’s ever seen- further validating my decision. I can only pat myself on the back for making a choice, Kohler gets the credit for creating beauty in my bathroom. Project: : Master bath is moving forward once again and so is my motivation to get fish wallpaper.

Why am I in such a hurry? We have a Christmas Party coming up, and it’s possible that there could be about 50 people inside Casa B.- you can follow our home improvements on Instagram www.instagram.com/theaceofspaceblog under #projectbigbash. A party is just what I need to force Mr. B. into action. He will be as busy as a “Christmas Elf” painting the back of the bookcases, striping my office, installing new lighting, putting up crown moulding (only one room) and hanging some pictures. The latter of which I could actually do myself, but I have been banned from attaching/hanging anything onto the wall. It has a lot to do with a small mirror and the fact that I put it up using Velcro. In my defense, it was only supposed to be a temporary fix (it looked fabulous in the pictures). A lesson learned.

Hopefully I win the ongoing battle for a no-holds barred wallpaper, otherwise it’s going to be very quiet at Casa B., minus the sounds of football…


 via The New York Times

The room designed by Jack Levy at Kips Bay Show-house. This is the room that started my aquatic obsession. It was simply breath-taking in person…


 via Cole & Son (www.walnutwallpaper.com)

My favorite wallpaper in another colorway.


 via Katie Ridder

This would be a very close second…


 Koromo Eclipse Wallpaper

This is bold and dramatic…and perfect for a powder room.


 via osbourneandlittle.com

Stylized Koi fish abound…


 via barnebygates.com

“Coral” is a more traditional take on aquatic life…


de Gournay (www.degournay.com)

I’m positively infatuated with this wallpaper, sadly it’s not in the budget (yet). If you haven’t visited the website for de Gournay you must, it’s falls somewhere between a historical wallpaper archive and a virtual candy store for connoisseurs of fine wall-coverings…

I’ll keep you updated on the final decision and of course we’ll be doing “The Big Reveal” before the end of the year…

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The Details :: Moldings & Millwork

It was one of those weeks…I broke my iPhone, our cleaning lady shattered my favorite mirror (that was part of a wall grouping perfected over the years), Mr. B. and the Fashionista baked cookies (I’m trying to get in a pair of jeans from last year, and count the cookies as a very bad thing), and George Clooney got married (even if you don’t think you care lets face it you do). Luckily it’s Monday, and I like to think I’m starting off with a clean slate. So let’s go back to last week, I had a company ask to photograph one room in our home, using some of their products (which are drop dead & fabulous) causing a chain reaction of panic. Because, it’s not finished yet. The room functions as everything except it’s intended purpose which is a guest room. So yesterday I sat on the bed (okay laid on it and took a nap), and contemplated what I could do to make it just a little better. For one thing, I dislike white crown molding, but we have it throughout the house. It’s a safe choice, but in a year of living dangerously, I want something with more impact. When I was working with clients, I had a lot of fun with mouldings. Sometimes I had them painted the same color as the walls (even if they were Indigo Blue and I still dream about that particular room), once had them painted with a Chevron pattern for a young girls room, and on another occasion had the mouldings gilded to match one of the predominant colors in the wallpaper. So then I wondered, what to do with the stark white molding in the guest room? Who came up with the rule that moldings always had to be white? Because in my design book, they don’t. Well I still haven’t decided what to do as dawn breaks on Monday, but while I was sitting on the deck at Casa B. yesterday watching geese land on Greens Pond, I looked at all the possibilities on my iPad Mini (what’s a new iPhone without a coordinating iPad?). In fact, I was shamed into the purchase when the salesperson loudly announced that I had one of the first ones ever made, and made a snarky comment about whether or not it was internet compatible. So I bought a new one, and I’ll say it’s pretty cute with a sassy pink and coral cover.

While I was surfing the net with my new “Mini,” I didn’t quite find what I was looking for, but I did find enough proof to show Mr. B. that people (other than me) actually paint their crown mouldings a different color, and that it wasn’t another of my schemes to pull him away from the TV and football. Yes, unless a large section of the population does it, he won’t budge. I am sadly lacking in the DIY department, including painting anything (including millwork), so I am sadly at his mercy. I thought I would share some pictures that I thought were great examples on how to make your crown mouldings just a little more interesting..





 Source/ cococozy.com

Paint it all with the same hue of paint, and change it up with different sheen’s, it makes for a bold choice.


 Designer/ Phoebe Howard

I am positively obsessed with black mouldings, and Atlanta’s own Phoebe Howard does it so well.


Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Contrasting patterns all made cohesive by using similar colour tones. Of course, black crown mouldings…



An eclectic interior benefits from contrasting mouldings…


 via elledecor.com

I love blue, can you tell? The crown moulding in this boy’s uses a contrasting blue crown moulding to actuate the colour palette.


 Source: glamourhouse.com

This hallway is defined by black lines, and the black crown moulding gives the illusion of  lower ceilings serving to make this space a little less austere.

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Source: Luxe Magazine

A little grey, a little glam…


 Designer/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

From a dining room I did for a former client…the wallpaper is from walnutwallpaper.com, and is called Celestial Dragon. The mouldings were handpainted a gilt finish.  The client was all about high drama…

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HGTV Urban Oasis 2014:: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the tour with Lindsay Pumpa, HGTV Urban Oasis Interior Designer. Lindsay is a delight, not only was she hand-picked as the Urban Oasis designer, but she has a portfolio of work that is truly stellar (www.lpumpadesigns.com). Based out of Florida she has been the lead on the last three houses. She is engaging, talented and funny. Which was just what I needed after getting caught in a torrential downpour that was taking place outside this sanctuary. While she looked picture perfect, I looked like I had stuck my hand inside one of the Jonathan Adler light fixtures, and the electrical shock went straight to the top of my head. So you’ll notice that there are pictures of me with Lindsay suspiciously missing. I’ll be taking a rain-check on any photo opportunities.

Part 2 is all about the back of the residence, the one that is accessed by walking down a long hallway accentuated by bold horizontal stripes running down its length. An added treat was the custom artwork painted by various Atlanta talent lining the walls. The lucky winner will have their own personal art gallery of sorts housed inside this haven of luxury. Our next stop was the Master-bedroom whose walls are bathed in the richest tones of plum. This space reflected Lindsay’s love of a neutral foundation and layers of sumptuous texture, paired with modern furnishings and sculptural accents. Of course, what Master wouldn’t be complete without a fully equipped wet-bar perfect for cocktails or breakfast in bed all while enjoying the million dollar views. Quiet niches for relaxing, a leather wrapped bed to envelop you in modern comfort or a soothing colour palette all define a room that is designed for luxury living. Off the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with state of the art fixtures, a Kohler (www.Kohler.com) shower with automated controls, and a soaking tub (also Kohler) overlooking the vibrant city of Atlanta. I do want to give honourable mention to the state of the art toilet, which was not only a full functioning bidet, but also had lights, a music stream and remote controls. A man’s dream commode wouldn’t you say? From here Lindsay and I made our way to the guest room, the first thing I noticed was the stunning sculptural light from AllModern, and the geometric pattern painted on the wall that skillfully mirrored the pattern of the rug. The painter was genius because it is a unique and eye-catching focal point (if only I knew his name I would totally share). This room is playfully wrapped in sophisticated neutrals and bold pattern, defining city chic. The Oasis was designed to ensure that the lucky winner is indulged and pampered. Like most who have entered, I am hoping that I will be the lucky winner enjoying this residence of sumptuous living complete with signature amenities of the five-star Mandarin Oriental. Yes, I even made sure to get to know the doormen, after all they’ll be seeing me a lot in the future. A girl has to dream, and it might as well be big, right? I want to thank the HGTV Design Team of Lindsay Pumpa, Jack Thommason and Gary McCormick and Kristin Alm from Scripps Networks for being such gracious hosts. Also, special thanks to AllModern (www.AllModern.com), one of the sponsors who provided all the stunning furnishings and accents that you’ll see here. And lastly don’t forget to enter for a chance to win- visit HGTV.com/urbanoasis. The giveaway runs through October 10th. P.S. If I don’t win and one of my readers happens to be the “lucky one”, can I at least get invited over for champagne and caviar?

Here is a video I produced highlighting the tour, and more pictures for your viewing pleasure completely uninterrupted and without any of my snazzy graphics…I’ll be adding a bunch of photos to Pinterest later today with tons more images…

For a video tour of the residence click the arrow above…


 Photo courtesy/ HGTV.com

I didn’t get a good shot of the entire Master-bedroom so I borrowed an image from HGTV. From the plum coloured walls to the millionaire views this space is designed for your enjoyment and relaxation..


Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

Luxe seating covered in plush lambswool, this space is all about luxury from the luxurious fabrics to the fully equipped wet-bar.


Photo courtesy/ Vicki Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

The masterbath was huge and stunning. The tan and cream colour palette was the foundation for the basket-weave floor tile and the completely automated steam shower.


Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

A standalone tub, perfect for soaking the day away…


Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

Punchy geometric patterns from the floor to the wall…


 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

One of my favorite features the Foscarini Allegro Ritmico suspension light with a cool price tag of $5,063. from AllModern.


 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick- The Ace of Space Blog

Quite a line-up from the horizontal stripes to the stunning pendant lights…

I hope you enjoyed the tour, the pictures simply do not convey how beautiful this residence was…but if you win I suppose you’ll be able to see for yourself.

I’ll be posting more pictures this weekend on a Pinterest Board here: http://www.pinterest.com/bolickinteriors/hgtvs-urban-oasis-2014/

Check back on Monday to find out about our project with Kohler, it’s going to be gorgeous! Of course we are so excited to be partnering with this leader in the kitchen and bath industry.

Until then,