Tag Archives: Restoration Hardware

Art Deco Accent Wall

10 Sep

Before stumbling upon Catherine Martin’s Metropolis wallpaper, I was completely against accent walls. I always thought they kept your eyes from moving around a room, usually to rest on a color that was too bold for my personal taste.

Apparently, when you go against your firmly held design beliefs, the best things can happen. Exhibit A:

Living Room Art Deco Wallpaper

The Gatsby inspired wallpaper would be far too busy for a room the size of my living room, and too dark for a room so well lit. Not to mention too expensive for my current budget. Boy, do I love it!

Dominique Paolini's Art Deco Living Room

This is the first project for which I hired a professional. You guys, I went on vacation and came back to skim coated walls. I went to work the following day, and came back to wallpapered walls. Heaven, I tell you: paradise.

Slowly, life is being breathed into my vision. This home is mine?!

Thanks for Reading,

♥ Dominique

P.S. If you’re new around here or need a refresher on what the room looked like before, click here.

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Living Room Updates

5 Sep

Pinch me.

The culmination of gifts, saving, and waiting arrived at my front door on Friday.

The anticipation has been overwhelming (overwhelming: a word that always makes me think about Ten Things I Hate About You).

My living room has never been featured in full on the blog. You’ve seen a few angles when I posted about our console and can see how far it has come when you look at our couches, and maybe you even sneaked a peak at Christmas, but otherwise has been intentionally left a mystery. Below is what it looked like most of the year I’ve lived in Austin:

Living Room Leather Set

Over the past couple of months our living room has undergone numerous changes. We swapped our lack tables for a thrifted and gorgeous glass-topped brass coffee table. The mirrored console made the move from the upstairs hall downstairs and the scissor arm lamps moved up to the guest bedroom.  We got rid of the oversized leather chair that matched the couch. And finally…

Neutral Living Room

I am the very excited owner of two porters chairs! (Also known as balloon chairs, hooded chairs, and Versailles chairs.)

I always swoon when I see images of these chairs or when I have see them at Bergdorf Goodman or Tillman’s Roadhouse (where we celebrated our rehearsal dinner), and now I own a pair! I can swoon every time I sit in my very own living room.

Head over to the Home Tour page to see the rest of the room!

Thanks for reading,

♥ Dominique

A Pop of Color Goes a Long Way

24 Jan

Some of the best decorating decisions are the ones that scare you a little bit at first, the ones that are bold and daring. For instance, painting the bathroom black. Or, painting a giant monogram the brightest blue you can find.

I would consider myself a slow decorator. I start with a few things I love. I wait for a vision. Then I gather, v e r y s l o w l y. I will likely never be the blogger that writes posts like “5 easy ways to spruce up your living room this weekend.” I am becoming okay with my process. No, my home wasn’t perfectly decorated months after I moved in. It still isn’t. Yes, my black bathroom looks exactly the way it did in the photos I took so many months ago, with the addition of a few brass candlesticks, but Dallas Shaw breathed life into my vision the moment she revealed her dining room. I saw the photos and got that feeling you get when someone puts words to something you couldn’t quite figure out how to express. Vision, people, is key.

My bedroom also looks the same as it did when I painted it a few months ago, even though I have a can of high gloss paint and a faux bois finishing kit waiting to grace my nightstands. Well, it did look the same, until I made one small change. Remember how I said I wanted to bring in a bright blue, to make it a little less masculine? I took step one and added a small amount. And here it is:

Navy Bright Blue Bedroom www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Maybe for a person drawn to the neutral palette of Parisian apartments, it is more than a small amount of color… Just as a quick reminder, here is what it looked like before:

Master_Bedroom_After_Gusto_and_Grace

And way before:

Master_Bedroom_Before_Gusto_and_Grace

Next week, look for a Valentine’s DIY and another baby shower.

Thanks for reading,

Dominique

Chair-ity Project

29 Jun

I hate my boyfriends dining room set. I don’t even think hate is a strong enough word. I tell him how ugly it is at least once a week. Last weekend his parent’s moved and bestowed upon him a small antique dining set. Much to my chagrin, he initially brushed off the offer saying he didn’t like chairs any better than his current ones.  After picking my jaw up off the floor, I said “He’ll take ’em!” The fact of the matter is that the chairs from the antique set have a very 80’s hunter, burgundy and gold striped fabric on them. It by no means compliments the dark wood. I might even agree with him. They aren’t much, if any, better looking than the chairs that sit in his dining room now. BUT, the beauty of them lies in their potential, which I recruited my handy and talented mom to help me bring out.

This is what he currently has:

Here is the before:

Not cute, right? But when I look at them I envision linen covered cushions and I can’t help but get excited. Think: Restoration Hardware meets antique boutique. Stay tuned for the after!

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