JULY'S YEAR OF CHANGE DESIGNER CHALLENGE: BANANA LEAF WALLPAPER!

This month's task posed to a handful of designers participating in the monthly Year of Change design challenge was pretty general: simply to spruce up a space at home in need of some attention.  
 
As with some of the previous months' challenges, I'm in the odd position of having recently sold my house, making me an interim apartment dweller while I plan and launch the renovation of my next home.  
 
So for this month, please indulge me while I bring you a pretty sweet "before and after" of a client's powder room.  I think you just might just like it enough that you'll forgive me for it not being officially (or unofficially) in my own home!
 
(And hang tight because believe me you're about to be bombarded with my up-close-and-personal design process as I renovate my next home, a beautiful 1923 Spanish bungalow in the Hollywood Hills.  Breaking ground just as soon as all our permits are in order.)
 
So ... here is a powder room project I did that I just love love love!
 
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Bam!  Proving that big changes at home don't necessarily require mammoth effort, I did exactly TWO things in this powder room.  Hung wallpaper (which is not at daunting as it may seem ... decent diy tutorials here and here), and added black mini shades to the wall sconces.  That's it.  But what an impact, right!?

Granted, this room already had a ton of beautiful architectural interest.  Hex tile floors, beadboard wainscoat, antique clawfoot tub, and really pretty, classy lighting.  So we were not at all in bad shape at the outset.  But then came that glorious palm frond wallpaper.  Can you even compare the impact of this room after the wallpaper to these drab before photos?  No.  You cannot.  There's no comparison.
 




ROSA BELTRAN DESIGN
ROSA BELTRAN DESIGN



ROSA BELTRAN DESIGN

So here's the lowdown on that wallpaper: 
 
-It's the classic, iconic "Martinique" banana palm pattern made famous in the Beverly Hills Hotel.  
-You can only buy it here.  
 
-It comes in a few different colorways but the "original" green I used is by far the most oft-repeated in interior design.

-Read up on it, plus check out a lookalike palm wallpaper that's quite a bit cheaper here!
 
Once more, just cuz it's purdy ...


Now go check out the other designers in this challenge and see what clever things they pulled off this month!
 




DIY STENCIL PAINTED FLOOR ROUND-UP (AKA FAUX CEMENT TILE)

Hello Lovelies!  Here's a follow-up to my last post about my obsession with cement encaustic tiles.  As I was writing that post I remembered a great stenciled floor reader DIY that my fave design blogger Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook posted a while back.  It was a pretty good approximation of the type of Moroccan-looking cement encaustic tile that I am so in love with at the moment!  




(You can see the full tutorial for this stenciled floor here.) 

That got me mining through Pinterest for other cement-tile-looking painted floor DIYs, and I turned up some beauties!  I love all this human ingenuity!

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So there you have it ... those are some pretty pretty floors.  Happy Monday!



INSPIRED BY CEMENT ENCAUSTIC TILE

Hello all!  We've been away on a little family vacation to my home state of New Mexico where we had a ball visiting family and friends and making the rounds to all my favorite places.  I can't wait to show you the photos ...  they don't call it the Land of Enchantment for nothin'!

Now it's back to work, and in addition to launching a client's kitchen remodel this week (which you'll soon be seeing plenty of), I'm also just beginning to turn my attention toward working out the design details of my own upcoming house renovation!  It's not all that often that I get to design for myself, so this is ultra exciting for me!  We're in the middle of drafting floor plans with our architect now, and in the Fall we will begin construction.

So this is what's consuming me right now: handmade cement encaustic tiles!  I'm obsessed with them.  Our house is a 1923 Spanish, and I love the idea of using some of these lovely, graphic, geometric floor tiles in our mudroom entry and in both bathrooms.  In the master bath I'm planning to use a clawfoot tub as well ... I love this combo!

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While cement tile comes in some fantastic colorful patterns that can make a serious statement, I find that for the tile in my home I'm most attracted to a neutral palette of blacks, ivories, greys, with possibly some accents in other muted colors ... I just want it to be a strong yet quiet canvas or backdrop for everything else I know I will be bring into the space in terms of art, fabrics, furniture, etc.  I also prefer the larger scale patterns to the smaller, more busy looking tile designs.

 (all images below via http://www.cementtileshop.com/)
















I'm off to order some samples.  Hope your week is off to a great start!

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