Quiet Leaf

Quiet Leaf

My house is feeling weirdly un-chaotic these days…and not in a good way.
It became significantly quieter the moment our sweet Lola was no longer here and got even more silency yesterday with the departure of my big kid…we dropped her off for an orientation camping trip and came home to a house that feels now verrrrry empty.
I guess I never really realized how the craziness had become my normal…having now only 4 people under one roof seems blah and full of much less energy…I know we’ll get used to it and that our dear Tasha will visit and such but still…for now, it’s just sort of yuck.
On the ‘attmepting to be positive’ side of things, for the first time in a while, our home isn’t feeling too small.
Also, I’ve got so many thoughts about the now empty large bedroom and am itching to get started…there’s still the whole ‘no job’ and lack of fundage thing so plans will definitely be modified but there’s still fun to be had.
And speaking of projects/enjoyment, I spent this past weekend working on my Home Show up-cycle challenge…I’m now a total gold leafing expert and was pleasantly surprised by the whole thing…it’s actually not that hard…I’ve now got plans to gold leaf my brains out.
I promise after pictures of my little DIY soon.
For now, in the spirit of both leafing and quiet, I scanned Pinterest for some pretty things that seemed apropos…
This room for example…
Meredith Pardue paintings
…the delightful femininity of it all had me at hello.
This one too…
light blue walls with gold textiles
…it’s hard to go wrong with lucite and a gold brocade bed.
It’s also difficult to be judged poorly when you come up with this brilliance…
Gold Leaf Heels
…watch out closet high heels…my gold leafing brush is coming for you.
I’ll probably also leaf up something in Scarlett’s new room…maybe a table…
gold tray table
And PS, I adore that headboard and the wallpaper…speaking of the later, do you think you could gold leaf walls?
I supposed you could…
gold walls
Gold-leaf walls by Nancy Lorenz
…though let’s be real…that’s a bit cray-cray for a 6 year old.
Perhaps something a little more subtle…
Gold striped walls
…I think Jessica nailed it with her gold treatment.
Or maybe this sort of business could happen…
white + gold walls.

…and would work perfectly with the dressing room theme.

Hum…I’m sort of going off on a tangent here but my brain has suddenly gone a bit wild with leafing  ideas.

What about a stencil action…

lavender + gold painted walls

…though that sort of thing would take FOREVER.
This might be more manageable…
Gold leaf on the walls. Yes.
…and is very pretty.
…perhaps I’ll just stick with the original plan and get the damn wallpaper that I want.
In all likelihood, the room will probably be painted pink (since I have about 10 cans leftover from the kitchen) for now and once the $ sitch resolves, I’ll order up some paper.
Still…it’s fun to think about some creative projects and you know how I feel about gold.

  • Amanda Hill
    Posted at 09:32h, 27 August Reply

    I am working on a gold leaf project now too…it’s hard!

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 10:02h, 27 August Reply

    It is fun to dream…..and gold leafing is fun isn’t it??? It is hard not to gold leaf everything in site! And gosh, I am not looking forward to Wednesday, my hubs drives my baby girl off to school. At least yours is an hour or so away mine has to drive all day or fly. It will be so quiet….


  • Julie
    Posted at 10:40h, 27 August Reply

    oh goodness, I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like when our kids go away to school. must be such a surreal feeling at first. love, love, love the first photo, it will be an inspiration go to for our living room which is a far cry from being done. slowly but surely.

  • Nuha
    Posted at 10:56h, 27 August Reply

    aww Christine, maybe a new puppy is in order? hopefully all of this quietness will pay off with some nice gold leafing time. BTW, what if you gold leafed the two wooden cabinet pieces in the first picture of this post? http://bijouandboheme.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-big-roomagainand-guest-post.html

    I bet it’d look badass afterwards!

  • Raiana S @ lifeSTYLE
    Posted at 11:02h, 27 August Reply

    Completely off topic, but about your living room drapery – where did you get your hardware and rings? I can’t seem to find brass curtain rods and rings that aren’t super cheap looking or that don’t cost 5 million dollars.



  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 11:45h, 27 August Reply

    Oh my Gosh i cannot wait to see your gold leafing!!!

  • Brooke @ Inside-Out Design
    Posted at 11:47h, 27 August Reply

    Oh I LOVE the idea of gold leafing with a stencil….sounds like a big project, so I’d probably take the easy route and just get some gold paint…hmmmm. You’ve got my wheels spinning now! Oh and you’ve also got me wanting to gold leaf a pair of shoes- those heels are fab!

  • Jessica {The Aestate}
    Posted at 14:47h, 27 August Reply

    Thank you, Christine!! Aww and my beautiful Chloe Shard piece which I have been missing while it’s in storage…
    Oh, have you Danika’s squiggly gold walls? I think you will love them….


  • Lily
    Posted at 14:53h, 27 August Reply

    I adore all of the gold leafing !! Gorgeous !


  • Albertina
    Posted at 15:29h, 27 August Reply

    I love the gold stripes…like Jessica’s….I love how thin they are….and the angle….I love gold leafing, gold spraying….Half the things around here have gold somehow….

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 15:35h, 27 August Reply

    really? Easy? You must have the magic touch because I hated my life when I gold leafed my french chairs. Too many intricate details and curvy-ness!

  • alison g.
    Posted at 18:18h, 27 August Reply

    Oh, I don’t know…those gilded stripes on the diagonal would look fairly bada$$ on top of your gold painted walls.

  • Carolann
    Posted at 18:33h, 27 August Reply

    Re the unchaotic state, but not in a good way–I’m going through the same thing over here. One of our two dogs recently passed away and we don’t have kids…well no human kids ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s awfully quiet and still without dog wresting matches and bark-offs etc. I too have found myself in project mode. I guess it helps fill the void. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 19:34h, 27 August Reply

    I have a little ache in my heart for you, my dear girl! It really is hard to have that kind of calm, it’s an all too real reminder of the little holes that are in your heart right now )c: But if anything can distract, it’s some *GORGEOUS* projects and shiny things (c: Even if that’s not what you’re going with, I still love to drool over the inspiration gold walls. GAH! So drop dead gorgeous! Do you know when you should hear back about the job prospects? Waiting is sh*t for sure…

  • Nancy
    Posted at 09:28h, 28 August Reply

    Wow, something I haven’t gotten into yet. Tell us all about it please, and is it expensive to do?
    Those heels are MINE..gotta do that. Why not just spray paint the gold? tell me!

  • {Hi Sugarplum!}
    Posted at 10:26h, 28 August Reply

    I love all the gold! And those stencils are crazy cool! I don’t know if I have the patience…but it certainly pays off if you do!

  • How2home
    Posted at 13:17h, 28 August Reply

    So sorry to hear about Lola and I remember my mom had a hard time getting use to not having my sister and I at home anymore b/c we’re off to uni. But dont worry, it’ll get better,you’ll be occupied with so many projects and keeping yourself busy! I learned to really cherish the time when i get a chance to go home and visit my parents ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love these inspirations, they are all so pretty!

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