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Going for Green: Stenciling for Green Spaces

Recently, I was asked by House Beautiful to participate in a blogger’s feature on inspiring green spaces from the pages of House Beautiful magazine. The assignment:  Share how a “green” space has inspired you in your designs, work, or blog posts.

House Beautiful

Well, there is SO much to be inspired by in the pages of House Beautiful and on their website, but I chose the image above that I had blogged about before here. I have to say I was VERY  flattered to be asked and now even more so that the feature is up and I see the other bloggers that were included. There is quite a nice collection of images and insights from the bloggers who chose them…

green wallpaper decor8

Holly Becker,  who blogs at the Gr8 blog decor8 picked this powder room with a fresh graphic floral wallpaper. Its amazing how a pattern like this can visually expand a small room, isn’t it?

House Beautiful

Maria Killam, a color expert and blogger at mariakillam.com, chose this lovely living room that  ran on the cover of the October 2010 issue. I can see why! I love the mix of ethnic prints and modern art. Plus, the light in this room amazing….

Gingham ceiling

Matt Armendariz, food photographer and blogger at mattbites.com, chose this gorgeous kitchen with a green gingham ceiling. He says, “If I had my dream come true, it’d be this kitchen, featuring the happiest of bright greens in shades of pea and emerald.”

I too love gingham ceiling stenciling. I once worked with avery daring  designer who upholstered her very large beamed ceiling with a tiny green gingham. It was amazing! She also had me stencil gingham on cabinets, doorways, and furniture….among other things. You can see some examples here.

Are you craving more green? You can see all 10 House Beautiful “green” pics here.


  1. Move over Matt! I want your kitchen… Melanie, I loved your original post on sea glass and the inspiration. Fantastic to see it (and you!) featured on House Beautiful. Oh, and thank you for all the great links!

  2. I really love that ceiling pattern!

  3. Congrats Melanie!
    Love your cuban picture and your “sea-glass” post.
    C’est MAGNIFIQUE !!

  4. Hey Melanie…

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to thank me for highlighting your stencil collections. That was an easy blog post for me because I am such a lover of your designs!

    Congrats on being asked by House Beautiful to cover what green design inspires you. I loved the photo you chose. I collect sea glass as well. It’s hit and miss here on Long Island but every once in awhile I hit on a treasure trove. I love all the colors of this “litter.”

    I am going to go to Holly Becker’s blog class in NYC next month (March 3 and 4). Hopefully I will learn more and more about how to make my blog more successful. Maybe someday House Beautiful will ask me to comment!!

    Thanks again for your thank you…and for being such an inspiration to me over the years!


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