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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mary McDonalds 12 tips for å forbedre ditt interiør / Mary McDonald's 12 tips to improve your interior design

Mary McDonalds gjestehus fra februar-nummeret til Domino har vært lagt ut i mange blogger de siste dagene, og jeg tror vi alle er enige i at interiøret er fantastisk. Blant annet har MyNottingHill, Pink Wallpaper og Design 59 lagt ut bilder.

Mary har 12 tips på hvordan du kan forbedre interiøret ditt, og de synes jeg det er vel verdt å gjengi.

Mary McDonald's guest house, seen in the Feb issue of Domino has been posted in many blogs the past days, and I think we all agree that the decor is fantastic. Among others have MyNottingHill, Pink Wallpaper and Design 59 made posts about the decor.

Mary has 12 tips on how you can improve your decor, and I think they're well worth a post of their own.

1. Paint a sisal rug. Sick of your sisal? Has it gotten too dirty? Paint it. McDonald had hers painted with a bold blue and white pattern.

I was wondering where that wonderful rug was from. This is definitly being added to my DIY list. Wonder what kind of paint to use?

2. Improvise stripes. Don't be afraid to paint stripes one by one. That's what McDonald had done in her den, so that she could avoid a set pattern and pick the next color as she went.

3. Wallpaper the ceiling. A metallic paper reflects light and lends unexpected flair to a room with neutral walls.

I LOVE wallpapered ceilings! You can see my posts on the subject here, here and here.

4. Cover the chandelier cord. It's the little details that make a room feel really finished. Match your cord cover to the room's accessories to tie everything together.

5. Stencil the floors. McDonald used stencils to paint a slightly psychedelic zig zag on her bathroom floor. Varied widths create a sense of movement.

I would love to try this. Maybe one of out holiday homes for starters, and if I get a good result, we'll "attack" the house as well :)

6. Add architecture. Nailing molding to the walls can create architecture in an undistinguished space.

I think a lot of us have a thing for moldings. I definitly agree that it can change a room completely. You can see my posts about this subject here.

7. Create a canopy. An ordinary bed becomes the stately canopy bed of your dreams when you hang curtains around it and paint the ceiling above it.

8. Make an entryway majestic. McDonald had her ordinary front door embellished with a distinctive portico, which gave the entire front of the house a face lift.

9. Add color with curtains. A sophisticated room gets a subtle dose of color from a bright undercurtain peeking out from the draperies.

We've opted for duck egg / aquaish curtains in the dining room living room area, and I definitly like the "oomph" they give to the room. Will post a pic of these later.

10. Embellish your upholstery. Adding trim, like a classic Greek key, lends couches and pillows a tailored feel.

11. Go beyond artwork. A bedroom wall is customized with hand-painted silhouettes. The outré effect was created by projecting magazine photos onto the wall and painting them in.

12. Nothing has to be ugly. In the office, even filing cabinets get the McDonald treatment. Gluing on a blown-up copy of a favorite chinoiserie wallpaper lends a considered touch.

This looks really amazing. Is definitly worth trying!

A lot of her ideas are affordable and definitly possible to do yourself. These are great tips on how to give your room that special feeling. :)

Picture Courtesy of dominomag.com


Lauren said...

What great ideas!!! I DEFINITELY am going to try the wallpaper on my file cabinets asap!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Great tips. I love the zig-zag painted floor.

Plus I love the use of wallpaper on the ceiling. My husband thought I was nuts when I mentioned doing this a couple of months ago. Ah men!

J.Covington*Design said...

Excellent ideas and I love the stenciled floor in the last picture - just fabulous!

Pink Wallpaper said...

great ideas!! i really want to try to paint our sisal...i have no idea what kind of paint to use either....

Alkemie said...

I absolutely adore Mary McDonald!! Thank you for sharing :)

Karen O.

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