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Hi friends!

Did a little photo shoot for some friends….

One of the photos that I burned to their CD will be selected for their Christmas card.

YOU GUYS!  I had NO idea you were such hams!  Merry Merry

Hello, this is my final post on the office of Dr. Ronald Snyder, or

Ronald K. Snyder. 1050 Gilmore Ave. Suite B. Richland, WA 99352 .

I painted this bench bottle green and also dyed the seat cushion.

My handyman husband also added the water photography in the foyer.  Basically as soon as the paint was dry I had him hanging shelves too!

There he is!  What a guy.

Little shelves.

And here are the big shelves.  And you can see the stripes.

I made these two pieces of artwork.  The captian is painted paper on grasscloth and the other is a wallpaper remnant with a water photo I took, a postcard my friend Veronica bought me (and I shared), and a Trader Joe’s Chocolate bar wrapper affixeds with washi tape!

I really thought about giving the captain a pipe in his mouth but then I thought about it being a kids’ space…plus isn’t pipe smoke bad for your teeth?  I dunno…

I gave you my favorite postcard, Ron.  It’s called the Vashon by Marshall L. Johnson.

I have to say, I am still not sure how Ron found the space to carve out this wonderful room.  And the idea to add the kid-height door was a stroke of genius!  Kids love things their size.  Good job, Ron and Ron’s contractor.

Genius, I tell you.

The blocks the magnetic toy on the small shelf, as well as the toy boat are from Aunt Franny’s Toy Store.  Thank you Frances for working with us on getting our order and finding used options when you could.

This table you keep seeing was scored on Craigslist.  It can store two of the striped bins, side by side.

Indoor outdoor rug from Ballard Designs

What’s that you say?  You haven’t seen a picture of the room

In addition to this room, Ron asked us to tie the theme in to the adjacent waiting room.  (It is on the other side of the wall with the short doorway).

A Sandy toy for guests checking in or out…or…for Sandy.  

I think she got the joke before I did.

Nice little lamp from….Goodwill!

The bridge was already in the waiting room and Ron pointed out that we added ‘water under the bridge.’  Again, he got the pun before we did.  Or maybe I am a subconscious punster.

tying in the theme

V is for Victory!

Thank you Ron for a chance to outfit the space you so carefully carved out.  Thanks to Sherry and Sandy for being my point people.

All this talk of the water is making me want to find a beach somewhere.  I think Captain Ron is thinking about his boat….

I made as stencil.  Here I’m practicing it on my window.

There is great comfort and satisfaction that come from having chosen exactly the right color.  That is not to say, I chose the ONLY right color.  But the color is right.  When you look at a room, you have to honor what is there if you don’t plan on changing this.  This deep turquoise-y green plays well with its warm counterpart, the orangey oak in the trim and doors.  It also happens to be chalkboard paint, which comes in quarts so yes, it took nearly two full quarts to do this one wall.

These hooks were a real lifesaver, so a shout-out goes here to Sherry who works in the office.

All of a sudden this wall screamed:  I need stripes!!  I had a feeling such a fancy would strike, so I came prepared with Frog Tape.  It is fun to take a weakness like this loss of square footage turn it into a strength:  a cozy reading nook and an extra chance to have large impact in a small space.

And…hoist the canopy!  Remember those knots from earlier?  And the hooks? This is where they come in.

Hello there!  It all started with a conversation with Ron Snyder.  He asked me, can you paint a mural for our new pediatric playroom?  Sure…can I decorate the room, too?  Then came a quick visit to the actual space for photos.  Then a visit for measuring and talking.  Then came a ton of Pinterest posts.  I am not one of those Pinterest-ruins-my-life people.  Pinterest is a powerful tool.  Think of a bulletin board with hyperlinks.  Cool!  Then came a tangible moodboard, and some swatches of grasscloth and other blues and greens, a quick printout of a photo I took, etc.  I took this tangible copy with me to the office to show the staff my thoughts.  I tried not to schedule too many meetings since I usually charge per hour and I like to keep things efficient.  At this point I would like to add an observation.  People hear “hire a decorator” and get intimidated.  A decorator can get a lot done in an hour.  I know that our church hired one just to decide what color to paint a main accent wall.  DONE.  Anyway, Ron and I did some quick messaging back and forth to handle the quick questions.  For example, he chose the theme, Shore Thing, in a quick Facebook message.  Done!

I am very sorry to leave you hanging.  I need to do this post in parts.  We are having some major drama at my house!!!  Stay tuned!  The rope knot definitely comes in later.  I’m posting it now because the picture is so bright and cheery. Unlike……right…now.

More soon!


BEFORE above, and moodboard below.

Hello!  Just makin’ a mood board for a decorating project!  As time progresses the board will become more and more full of actual items to actually kit out this room.  More later…


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And just for fun, do you see the similarities in the beach colors and the keyboard colors?  Fun.  Christian Chaize

We have a friend who did some sewing for me in exchange for a painting lesson for her husband.  I don’t like to share names without permission but I’m excited by all of the results!

Reversible pillows:

Paintings (and no, the top ones, not framed, just resting on paper and drying):

   Check out these babies, which are now drying.  The larger one  (16×20) is waiting some final touches and the smaller one measures about 5×7 and served as a rough draft.  We were about ready to call it a day (really about 2.5 hours) when I referred back to the small painting and realized that the wet-on-wet application of the orange tinges to the clouds was pretty killer. The big painting needed the same treatment. The idea behind the smaller painting is that it gives you just these sorts of inspirations, and it also gives you a sense of confidence and accomplishment for tackling the bigger piece.  Or, conversely, a small painting can be done after a large painting to see if you can streamline and post-process all your accomplishments.  Nice work, you-know-who-you-are!


Anthro does it again:  If they’re not putting colors together that I thought would clash-0-matic, then they’re putting together vignettes that you would think would totally bomb.  Frayed, off center fabric?  It works so well because the warm-cool colors offset each other, especially against that white backdrop.  Then they added more texture, depth and interest with the weathered frames (and one gilded one, an old standby trick for even more added interest) , and you have a total winner.


Which is quite often!  Happy Weekend!

Or, so as not to confuse the issue, oil painting of an orange.  From my thankful for oranges picture, here.

A cute little laddie, deep in thought!  And I included a picture of my paint ‘test sheet.’

Haha!  I like to amuse myself, when not with puns, with just cosmically nerdy phrases.  “Pigs in Spaaaaaace” from the Muppets works for me, too.  Anyway.  My point.  See the similarities in color between the paintings and the mood board?  Proof that gathering inspiration works.  The ideas permeate my mind, remix and reemerge, all because of a silly moodboard.  My advice for anyone trying to come up with a cohesive vision for a project is make sure NOT to skip this step!

I am reminded of a quote I came across the other day:  “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character;  sow a character reap a destiny.”  -Stephen Covey.  That’s where the DESTINY part comes in.    I see this little corner of my life called ‘artwork’ and I notice how in the small and grand scale of life, the vision is just as important as the work that goes into making the vision a reality.

Also, if  ‘you make what you see’ is as true as ‘you are what you think,’ maybe I should lay off the J.Crew catalog, huh?