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Pantone Colors for Fall
I always take a look at what colors are popular for the next season and try and incorporate them into my designs at home.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for accessories to sell on Joyus that will get your house ready for Fall, with these colors so that we can stay on trend. 
By the way, it is my favorite time of year because it means the holidays are around the corner!

Pantone Colors for Fall

I always take a look at what colors are popular for the next season and try and incorporate them into my designs at home.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for accessories to sell on Joyus that will get your house ready for Fall, with these colors so that we can stay on trend. 

By the way, it is my favorite time of year because it means the holidays are around the corner!

DIY Camping Chair
As the weather warms, I’m less and less inclined to eat meals inside. In fact, I want to do everything I possibly can outside! This inevitably means that we’ll be entertaining outside more, and no one wants to sit on a raggedy, ripped-up uncomfortable patio chair. These canvas fold-out chairs are inexpensive, classic, and easy to set up and stow away … and they are, literally, blank canvasses for design. Here’s a faux bois finish I did recently, and not only did it turn out but it was also super easy.Tools you’ll need:
1. The chairs —a basic folding camping chair with the canvas back and seat.  When you are tired of this design you can slip off the canvas and put on another set to decorate.  



 2. Wood Grainer Tool — This can be found at most paint stores; I bought mine at local Seattle paint store Dalys for about $5.00 3. Gold Matte Medium — This general purpose, easily pourable medium is useful for extending colors, decreasing gloss and increasing film integrity; basically, it’s a magic in a jar. It works great as a base or primer; a fantastic replacement for gesso, indeed. You can typically find it in art supply stores. 4. Acrylic Paint — I mixed this with my matte medium, which lightened the paint’s color for that distressed finish I was going for.  5. Paint Brush — A medium to large brush will probably be the most convenient for this project. I used an interior paint brush, but your typical “artist’s brush” will be sufficient as well.

The process… 1. Tape down your canvas. This will keep it in place and give you a nice, clean border to work with. 

 2. Brush the canvas with a coat of your Matte Medium and allow to dry for 20-30 minutes; you now have a sturdy surface for your faux bois!

 3. Once the first coat is dry, mix your acrylic color with some Matte Medium in a plate or tray. Going along the left edge, brush on a coat of the colored mixture about the width of your grainer tool. Then, drag the grainer from top to bottom of the colored streak, rocking the tool back and forth to create the wood grain effect. If you’re unhappy with your “grain”, no frets! Just brush over it with your paint brush and try again! Repeat the process until you’ve covered your panel in lovely wood-grained panels. 

 NOTE: If you feel your paint mixture is too thick, feel free to add a bit of water to dilute it; also, it definitely helps to practice on art canvas to get a feel for how the material interacts with the paints and materials. 4. Un-tape and let dry on a flat surface for 20-30 minutes. 5. Once dry, assemble chair as told in the chair’s instructions. Sit back, relax in one of your new chairs and admire how beautiful the other one looks!

DIY Camping Chair

As the weather warms, I’m less and less inclined to eat meals inside. In fact, I want to do everything I possibly can outside! This inevitably means that we’ll be entertaining outside more, and no one wants to sit on a raggedy, ripped-up uncomfortable patio chair.

These canvas fold-out chairs are inexpensive, classic, and easy to set up and stow away … and they are, literally, blank canvasses for design. Here’s a faux bois finish I did recently, and not only did it turn out but it was also super easy.


Tools you’ll need:

1. The chairs —a basic folding camping chair with the canvas back and seat.  When you are tired of this design you can slip off the canvas and put on another set to decorate.  
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2. Wood Grainer Tool — This can be found at most paint stores; I bought mine at local Seattle paint store Dalys for about $5.00

3. Gold Matte Medium — This general purpose, easily pourable medium is useful for extending colors, decreasing gloss and increasing film integrity; basically, it’s a magic in a jar. It works great as a base or primer; a fantastic replacement for gesso, indeed. You can typically find it in art supply stores.

4. Acrylic Paint — I mixed this with my matte medium, which lightened the paint’s color for that distressed finish I was going for.

5. Paint Brush — A medium to large brush will probably be the most convenient for this project. I used an interior paint brush, but your typical “artist’s brush” will be sufficient as well.

supplies



The process…

1. Tape down your canvas. This will keep it in place and give you a nice, clean border to work with.

taped down blank canvas


2. Brush the canvas with a coat of your Matte Medium and allow to dry for 20-30 minutes; you now have a sturdy surface for your faux bois!

first coat grey


3. Once the first coat is dry, mix your acrylic color with some Matte Medium in a plate or tray. Going along the left edge, brush on a coat of the colored mixture about the width of your grainer tool. Then, drag the grainer from top to bottom of the colored streak, rocking the tool back and forth to create the wood grain effect. If you’re unhappy with your “grain”, no frets! Just brush over it with your paint brush and try again! Repeat the process until you’ve covered your panel in lovely wood-grained panels.

finish back


NOTE: If you feel your paint mixture is too thick, feel free to add a bit of water to dilute it; also, it definitely helps to practice on art canvas to get a feel for how the material interacts with the paints and materials.

4. Un-tape and let dry on a flat surface for 20-30 minutes.

5. Once dry, assemble chair as told in the chair’s instructions. Sit back, relax in one of your new chairs and admire how beautiful the other one looks!

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Outdoor Entertaining

It’s Summer, and frankly that means a lot of outdoor entertaining for me.  My essentials: an ice bucket, a fun tray to serve my cocktails, and a place to hold my flatware and napkins so they don’t blow away in the strong San Francisco breeze. I’m also loving the freshness of the nautical theme of Navy Blue, Apple Green, and Pale Blue. 

The flatware caddy is handy outside, or on a buffet indoors, I even like to keep it on the kitchen counter as another way to store flatware and napkins. 

I have a few trays at home - I’m also searching for a variety that I want to offer on Joyus.  A tray can be used for so many things, and with this “cocktail” tray if you place things on top of it it’s easy to use in other areas of your house too. 

  • coffee table tray for magazines and books
  • adorn with flowers in vases and candles as a centerpiece during your next dinner party
  • vanity accessory for holding all your beauty products

Happy Summer - and here’s to a relaxing Summer Soiree!

My interview with Jonathan Adler

I had the honor of interviewing one of my favorite designers, Jonathan Adler.  His contemporary design, infused with humor, is something I do my best to infuse into projects I work on too.  He designed The Parker Hotel in Palm Springs too and I am dying to go check it out.  I’m hoping one day we will be able to work with him on Joyus, on a special offer or an exclusive. Hint, hint Jonathan. ;)  In this interview I ask him about his guilty pleasures, and what he would do if he weren’t a designer.  Check it out!  

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

Recently I realized that I have been working so hard for so long that I keep saying I want to do this, I want to do that.  Well, finally I am doing it!  I have decided to jump into another creative outlet - acrylic painting. 

I walked into class and let the instructor that I was terrified because I had never painted before.  She reassured me that this class is just about learning technique.  I remembered my first television segment - I felt like a fish out of water.  I used that experience and dove into the class. 

I loved the feel of the room - like famous painters had been there making a mess and creating their masterpieces.  Here is my easel…

Doesn’t it look like I’m a master already and there isn’t even anything on my canvas.  Why do I share this with you?  Well, I have learned that life is much more than our work and although I love my creative outlet here at Joyus - I’ve learned that stretching my creativity only makes me a better designer.  I am learning to see the world from another angle, and I hope you start to see that in the items I am curating here for you. 

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