Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stealing from Jamie Meares

Yesterday, I posted about a very cool wall treatment painted by Jamie Meares for her shop, Furbish.  I loved it so much that I immediately stole her idea and painted my entry way.  Eeek!  I love it.  Here is the result:



Jamie, I don't know you, but I love your work and I hope you don't mind that I'm a bold faced design thief.  Imitation, they say, is the biggest compliment you can receive.  I also just found another cool example of the same wall treatment technique at Marcus Design

So here is how I did it:  I rummaged through my almost empty paint cans and mixed them up until I made a suitable gray.  Then I free-form painted the circles, not thinking too much about placement.  I wanted the circles to be like fat zen circles and less oblong.  I made sure, however not to make my circles too small.



Then, I added my entry table - an "As Is" item from Ikea.  I added some books, magazines, a little rattan folding stool and a doll chest I've had since I was nine years old.



Then I hung one of my own paintings above.



And ta da...  A totally transformed entry way!

42 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

I could hardly wait for this post to come up this morning. you rock, sista. and love that you did it in gray. BUT, the thing that makes the most impact? your art pieces over the wall treatment! donna

La Maison Boheme said...

Thank you Donna! I really love how it turned out and my birdie painting, which has been languishing over my side board in the dining room finally has a real home.

Appletree said...

wow! you are a talent! Love it.

Miranda said...

Your bird painting jumped out at me also! Gorgeous. So, it's official. You are a virtuoso painter of both fine art and interiors! The whole area looks lovely. Bravo.

Leah said...

i seriously thought your 1st pic was from a magazine! i looove it!

Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp said...

LOVE it! I might steal it from you. Very Amanda Talley!
xo xo

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

It turned out so great, Sarah! I love that you can get inspired and then just go and *DO* it! I always say that I'm going to these things, but never get up the guts...so I'm even worse than a design thief...I'm just a wanna-be design thief!!! The painting turned out amazing as well and looks so perfect on it's newly fabulous wall (c:

Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse said...

That looks so cool!! And I love your art work. You are so daring; I'm jealous. I need to be bolder.

Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

You place looks amazing, I love the painting, a really sweet idea.

JWC said...

It really does look amazing- good choice of paint colors- the black would have been a little harsh. Congratulations!

bluehydrangea said...

Fabulous!! I don't know what impresses me more, how great it looks or the fact that you have already done it!! I am just blown away. I like to think and stew on things and nothing ever gets done!! I would love to say I am going to do this today but it will be weeks, months..who knows when but I do love it.

Ann said...

Bravo!
It looks better than I ever dreamed!

Way cool!

Lacquered Life said...

Looks fantastic. What a great job! All of a sudden that wall makes an "as is" Ikea piece look like chic Danish midcentury. Fab.

baileyblush said...

So flippin' cool! That was speedy work too! I am pinning this for future reference when I have a home of my own!

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

This looks amazing!! It looks like something out of a magazine. When will you be in the DC area to do this at my place?!? :)

anita said...

So so good Sarah!
I can't believe how in such a short time you went from inspiration to done! and done incredibly!
(I've always loved the bird painting!!)

classic • casual • home said...

Oh my gosh YOU ARE GOOD! Love the bird painting and the wall treatment. Just need something live like flowers or a plant on the console and hello party! Thinking Champagne.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

wowza! reminds me of that kelly wearstler entry done in pink. looks fab!

La Maison Boheme said...

Yes - Flowers are definitely in order. And champagne too!

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

Amazing!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

You go, girl! I admire the guts it took to do this and it turned out fabulous.

white collar | green soul said...

looks great!
i am in love with that black painting though - is that one of yours as well or no?
it's very, very cool.
- agata.

La Maison Boheme said...

Yes Agata, the bird painting is mine. I painted it just before Charlie was born. XO Sarah

blue chickadee said...

Wow!!! I love it!!! The whole thing works!!!!

Dina @ Honey + Fitz said...

Seriously talk about getting right down to work! Great job...I love the result. Might have to share with my readers tomorrow if that's ok. I love how inspired you were!

L.Duncan said...

YOU ROCK and so does Jamie and her fabulous studio!!! Wonder if I could do this in my powder room?! Can I borrow some of your guts?!

alison@MLHP said...

NICE! I'm obsessed with that art-layered-over-art sort of look,too. So happy to see you run with it!

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

looks fab in the gray! and with that delicious blue door??! yes, please.

and i love your painting! it's just inspiration everywhere with you. ox

Tammy@InStitches said...

So impressed that you just whipped that out ! Love it.

MaryBe said...

I love yours even more that Jamie's! I agree that the black is a little harsh but love the gray. Love your painting too

Sarah said...

Uh, what?! You rock! This is really beautiful and more power to ya for doing it so quickly! I've always wanted to free hand paint some kind of pattern on some wall in our house, and this is totally inspiring me! Coming over here from Honey&Fitz, so glad I found your blog:)

Charlotta Ward said...

I am blown away. I totally LOVE this!!

You are so great for doing this, and the end result is perfect.

I adore the wall and I adore your paintings. In fact I LOVE your paintings! Acrylic on newspaper covered canvas? Please tell..

Happy weekend and Halloween wishes from Sweden.

x Charlotta

gendyson said...

the wall is amazing! but that painting is extraordinary I love it! the pair go so perfectly together, great job.

Becca said...

Love it!
Love-
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Cannot wait to see some more of your blog!

Meredith said...

Looks great but can you humour me? Your painting is hung too high and shouldn't be clear of the accessories below it but in fact come down behind them. Should be about 5" most off of your table.

The results will be even more fantastic I promise.

La Maison Boheme said...

Ha - Meredith... as soon as I took these photos, I thought the same thing and immediately lowered it about 4 inches.

VivaCindy said...

hello! i love how this turned out! your painting is so cool too! (i love birds)
would you mind passing on the name of the paint on your front door?? it looks like a perfect turquoise! thanks
cindy

SHERRY HART said...

KA BOOM.....it couldn't look any better!!!!! Genius...

Anonymous said...

Hi-your entryway looks great. I just want you to know that I think Jamie Meares copied my work to create her "original wallpaper" You gave credit to Jamie which makes doing your own version just fine in my opinion. I believe that as creative people we should say "inspired by" as you did. Jamie Meares was "inspired by" my work and never gave me credit. I've been a working professional artist for twelve years. Please check out my previous works section on my website to see the similarities. www.amandatalley.com. Your blog is great!

Annabelle said...

I really love this. Now I know how at least one of my walls is gonna look like in my future home.

I've bookmarked this post in my best-of-blogs-collection.(http://raumhaftleben.tumblr.com/)Unfortunately it's in german. Still wanna share your so beautiful work. :)

Happy Friday,

Annabelle

Mary-Lynn said...

LOVE your entryway! What paint did you use on your front door? The turquoise...

Sarah Greenman said...

The door color is a mix I made out of existing Behr paints I had on hand.