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Melanie Royals

The Art of Procrastination: Stencil Decoration Projects

Today being “tax day”, April 15th, they ran a story on the news last night pointing out that a full 25% of Americans put off filing until the last two weeks before the deadline. I’m guessing THOSE are the people who aren’t expecting refunds?! Anyhoo, it prompted me to come clean on a character trait I have that I am none to proud of: I am a serial procrastinator. This fact is all to evident in my own house (and lack of regular blog posts), where the wheels of decorating grind slowly and decorating projects get get pushed off for years. As in, MANY years. Gulp.

Stenciled walls_home office

It’s been 4 years now (she writes incredulously-where DID that time go??), since I wrote this post about redoing my home office. I actually dismantled the room shortly after writing that post, and it’s been living in “no man’s land” ever since.

Japanese stencils collage

Back then, I was SERIOUSLY into Japanese decoration. Actually I still am, but the problem is, I am seriously into lots of OTHER decorating themes as well. That seems to be the problem. I have been back and forth, up and down, and even sideways trying to settle my mind on something that I will want to live with-and so, I’ve done nothing. Brilliant, huh? Until now…

I have loosely settled on a boho/contempo/Moroccan/upcycled/glam theme. Actually, that’s not a theme at all and obviously my brain is still crankin. But while my brain takes its time getting it’s thoughts together, I have at least started something. I am decidedly NOT a linear thinker, and take an “organic” approach to design. What that really means is that I figure it out as I go along. The main thing is to GET STARTED, and I am starting with the floor.

Moroccan-Floor-Tile

On my trips to Morocco, I have always been drawn to the zigzag zellij tile patterns on the floors-usually done in black in white or green and white. I was also inspired by Maryam’s kitchen floor tiles. I love the dusty look of concrete tiles and SkimStone is the perfect medium to give me that.

Ikat-Floor-sample

So, I came up with this sample, and havc the floor all ready prepped with the creamy white layer of SkimStone. Note: to get here, I removed the existing carpet from the concrete slab and spent some time removing the excess glue and scrubbing the heck out of it to get it super clean.

Modello-Ikat-floor-stencil-

It’s going “down” this weekend, with the help of a custom-fit, Modello masking stencil, and here how it all lays out. It’s a smallish room (11′ square, more or less) and the stripes will definitely help to enlarge is visually. I will be adding an area rug at some point, but I really wanted a “neutral” but zingy (or should I say ziggy?) floor as a starting point.

Distressed-Cabinet

So then what? Well, after considering about 183 different options, I think I am going to do a dado, made from upcycled cabinet door parts. I am quite partial to the look of this furniture piece I saw on this “Get the Look” post on the Etsy blog. Again, it reminds me of Morocco, where they reuse EVERYthing. I will need to cobble together a mix of old pieces and new pieces that I just make “look” old. I have been dying to check out Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, and think this will be the perfect opportunity to do just that AND utilize a bunch of unfinished cabinet doors that I’ve had sitting around for years now ;).

eclectic-interior-design-ed0211-main1

And what else?? Well I currently plan to cover the rest of the walls with an off-white organic plaster, and am DYING to do the ceiling with this pink color as seen in the May issue of Elle Decor (it’s in Marrakech-where else?!). This will probably be done with Sydney Harbour’s Interno Lime Wash.

This is unsurprisingly turning into quite a project….let’s just get the floor done first…BTW, if you were one of those who put off doing your taxes till the last day, you’re in luck! The IRS is giving you till the end of the day Monday! So….you can put it off till after the weekend….

5 comments

  1. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE RESULTS!

    I GUESS YOUR ‘PROCASTINATION’ FALLS UNDER THE SAYING OF ‘THE SHOEMAKER WHO DOESN’T HAVE SHOES”!!

    BUT MELANIE, WITH ALL THE FABULOUSNESS YOU CREATE, I DON’T BLAME YOU FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO PICK!!

  2. Julie Stonehouse

    Ha, ha! Doing my taxes today!!! (procrastinating too…) Love the post.

  3. Love the whole idea. So eclectic. My favorite.

  4. OMG:
    1.) I remember the japaneese office to do post! and I cannot believe you never did it! hahaha
    2.) I was just looking at Anie Sloan site two weeks ago and ordered sone chalk paint from a USA
    supplier.
    3.) I filed an extention b/c I ALWAYS procrastinate on taxes
    4.) I got at least 6 books from Amazon on procrastination I never read, want them?
    5.) LUV the new office, I think you need a cabinet with morrocan stencils
    PS: thanks for your comment on my blog today. Certainly would be nice to have a source for that unfinished furniture!
    Cat

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