30 April 2009

one more special paint

Ok, I missed this one the first time around on RustOleum's website... glow in the dark paint!! Try this for kid's rooms or holiday decor. Paint light switches to find your way around your home at night. Very fun :)

29 April 2009

special paints & primers

Today I went to get an oil change in my car and as I waited, I noticed a copy of Better Homes & Gardens in the waiting room. I was relieved to find this among the pile of auto and celebrity gossip magazines! As I waited, I flipped through pages of crafty ideas for Easter... obviously the April issue. However, a product jumped out at me that I had never been introduced to before... magnetic primer! We've all seen chalkboard paint, right? But what about magnetic primer?! What a brilliant idea! This primer is available from RustOleum and can be applied under any latex paint. You can apply it to walls and even to wood or metal surfaces (indoor use only) and turn that surface into a convenient place to stick notes, photographs, children's artwork, etc. And the best part is, it's just primer so you can paint over it with any color you choose.

Create spaces to display your child's artwork

Or make a collage of your favorite posters or prints... all without leaving holes in the wall! Change out the items you display as often as you wish. Hang 'to do' lists in your office or shopping lists in your kitchen. The possibilities are endless! And once you take down whatever you hang, your walls look like an ordinary painted wall.

Chalkboard paint is great too. It's fun for kids in their bedroom or playroom and allows them to have their own space to be creative (instead of taking on your walls with markers or crayons!)

You don't always have to paint an entire wall or a perfect square or rectangle with chalkboard paint either. Get creative! I love this example of the chalkboard paint being used to paint the silhouette of a tree and moon and still gives the kids a place to create their own art.

Also think about using the magnetic primer and then painting over it with chalkboard paint! You then have a surface you can draw on and post things to... double duty!

Not crazy about the black surface of chalkboard paint? Check out this chalkboard paint that can be tinted to other colors!

And remember... chalkboard paint isn't just for kids! RustOleum offers a brush-on version as well as a spray-on version so it can be applied to a variety of surfaces and used in interesting ways that appeal to adults too.

28 April 2009

bold colors & fun patterns

I'm loving bold colors & patterns for spring. I've been browsing some of my favorite fabric sources and have come across quite a selection of fun prints. Here are some of my favorites!

If you're too afraid to use these fabrics to upholster an entire piece of furniture, try buying a couple of yards and making accent pillows. Or you can make inexpensive art with fabrics like these by simply covering a piece of plywood and stapling the fabric around the wood on the backside. Hang it on your walls for a bold, graphic statement piece! Fabulous!!

27 April 2009

omni hotel, fort worth

Living in downtown Fort Worth has allowed me to watch the construction of the Omni Hotel from the ground up. It's an amazing building and even though it has been open for a few months, this past weekend was my first time to step inside. My boyfriend and his parents came in town for a visit so I took a peek at the lobby and at their room when we dropped them off to check in. I loved the decor! contemporary elegance with a Texas twist

12/27/08 Hotel still under construction

3/3/09 Sunset reflecting off of the glass

Lobby and Reception area
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Lobby fireplace
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Guest room with king bed
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The Omni offers hotel accommodations as well as luxury condos for sale. Check it out!

24 April 2009

sunburst mirrors

I'm a sucker for sunburst mirrors. Wood and metal... here are some great options!

Global Views Sunburst Mirror in gold & nickel

Global Views Mini Sunburst Mirror in gold & nickel

Global Views Wooden Starburst Mirror & Industrial Wooden Mirror

Global Views White Enameled Sunburst Mirror, Small & Large

(*Please Note: Global Views can be purchased through the design trade only. If you are interested in one of these mirrors, please email me at CassandraReneeInteriors@gmail.com and I will be more than happy to provide you with dimensions and a price quote, or answer any questions you may have)

Pottery Barn Sunburst Mirror (final sale $79.99)

Target Gold Sunburst Mirror ($69.99)

23 April 2009

architecture of nyc

I took my first trip to NYC this past weekend to visit a friend. I had a great time but it was definitely a whirlwind of sites and activities crammed into a short 2 1/2 days. Not only do I love interiors, but architecture is another of my great loves. I am fascinated by buildings and bridges and being in NYC, I was surrounded by interesting things at every turn! I've decided to share a few of my favorite pictures... I was the tourist that couldn't stop looking up and couldn't put the camera away! :)

Queensborough Bridge

Rockefeller Center

View from the top of the Rock, looking towards the Empire State Building

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Bowery Savings Bank

I'm not sure what building this is because we zoomed past it while in a cab... someone can probably help me identify..? I love it!

Again, not sure of the name of this building. It's located next to Ground Zero. The art deco eagle caught my eye

Trinity Church

American Indian Museum

Castle Clinton, Battery Park

The Brooklyn Bridge

It's official :) Can't wait to go back!