Home Trend : Stag Heads

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Stag heads have been a strong and steady trend in the last few years. Popping up in all types of decor, from modern to traditional, a stag head can find its place in everyone’s home. We have featured some of our favorite stag heads available at our shop in Whistler.

Try painting your wall or fireplace in a contrasting color to your stag head to make a big statement! How would you apply the stag head trend in your home?

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Inspiration images: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

DIY : Distressed Wedding Desk

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Distressed Wedding Desk

A friend of mine asked if anyone had a turquoise desk that she could use for her wedding for signing their vows, and I thought what a great project that I could give them for their wedding.

1st stop was the Whistler Rebuild it where you can find lots of treasures for a small amount! I had a choice of three desks and the winner was $25.It was well used and the drawers were decorated with felt pen & gum, but I knew with alittle cleaning and bonding primer, I could clean it up.

1. Cleaned all surfaces of the desk with a cleaner/degreaser, rinsed off with clean water & let dry.

2. Primed all surfaces with Benjamin Moore STIX Primer with a foam roller. STIX is a specialty primer that is perfect to use when you have no idea what coating is on an old piece of furniture. Stix ensures that the primer coat will bond to any surface. It is odourless and cleans up with soap and water.

3.Sprayed all insides of the drawers with high gloss white just to seal everything and make them wipeable. I discovered this great tool which is a spray trigger handle. Not only does it make spraying effortless, it was much easier to control the flow from the spray can. I will use this tool on every project now!

4 . Rolled out all outside surfaces with Benjamin Moore Aura Matte which was tinted to 2040-50 Hazy Blue, the brides choice of colour. Aura as a product has a primer in it, is easy to apply, low odour and when cured is extremely durable. I applied two coats to the outside of the desk.

5. Now comes the fun part! Distressing the desk. Distressing is the process of inflicting intentional damage to a new or newly painted piece of furniture. To make it authentic the distressing should be in places where the piece would naturally weather. To start I took a sanding sponge and sanded the edges of the drawers and desk. Then to create a few dents I used the edge of the paint can and a wire brush to create some scratches. You can use various tools to distress your furniture piece. It just depends on how damaged you want it to look. Some will string a combination of screw heads, bent nails, washers and spikes on a string and roll or flail it on all surfaces. Done properly, distressing can make a new piece look genuinely old.

6. Add a few drops of burnt umber tint into your paste wax. This creates the “antique” look. Apply the wax with a lintfree cloth to all surfaces and let dry. Buff wax with a clean cloth.

7.For the finishing touches I added crystal knobs and a piece of scrap wallpaper as a drawer liner.

It was a beautiful wedding , decorated by Whistler Wedding Planners and the desk was a big hit carrying on into the night as a cake display.

 

DIY Supplies needed:

Benjamin Moore’s STIX Bonding Primer

Benjamin Moore’s Aura Matte Paint- tinted to 2040-50 Hazy Blue

High Gloss White Spray

Spray Trigger Handle

Foam Roller Kit

2” Foam Brush

Sanding Sponge, Wire Brush, Distressing Tools

Paste Wax

Burnt Umber Tint

Rags

Glass crystal knobs

Decorative wallpaper

 

Colour Of The Month : Black 2132-10

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Benjamin Moore’s Black 2132-10 is our first Colour Of The Month of 2014! Benjamin Moore described this colour, which is part of the Colour Preview as “A collection of bold, saturated colours that brings spaces to life for those looking to illuminate their world with pure, extraordinary colour. Colour Preview offers a collection of 1,232 hues that excite and inspire with pure, deep, clear colours that create striking combinations.”

How would you add Black 2132-10 to your home?

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Inspiration Images: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Inspired By : Austin, TX

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‘Keep Austin Weird’ is the cities motto, which means anything different, artsy or eclectic is greatly welcomed. This capital city of Texas is unlike the rest of the state, filled with people from all over the world, Austin is a very unique city. To pull together an ‘Austin’ inspired home decor look began with the Texan inspired cow hide rug and the vintage exit sign for a rustic edge. The black wishbone chair and industrial light pendants add a modern touch when paired with the chrome, wood and black strap coffee table. To accessorize this home decor scheme with a little Austin kitsch, vintage trophies and a Boston Terrier silhouette felt pillow.

Try these Benjamin Moore colours: Red Stone 2009-10, Blue Spruce 1637 + Pelican Gray 1612.

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Inspiration Images from Tourism Austin.

Product Images: 1. Black wishbone chair, 2. Industrial brass pendant lights, 3. Vintage inspired ‘exit’ sign, 4. Chrome trophy decorations, 5. Boston Terrier silhouette felt pillow, 6. Wood, chrome and black strap coffee table, 7. Brown and white cowhide rug.

Happy 1 Year Anniversary!

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It’s the one year anniversary of Mountain Home Decor’s blog! Thank you SO much to all of our followers! We hope to bring you more inspirational design and decor posts for years to come. Check out our Pinterest @mtnhomedecor, Instagram @MountainHomeDecor, Twitter @MtnHomeDecor & Facebook @MountainHomeDecor!

Fashion Interior : Pastel Pretty

 

Fashion and home decor trends go hand-in-hand, whatever is popular on the runway will quickly become popular in home decor. The spring summer 2012 runways showcased various trends and pastels ruled the catwalks of many designers, from Chanel and Vera Wang to Versace and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Subtle use of pastels were featured by some, and other designers mixed two or three pastel tones in one outfit. This trend can easily be translated into a home decor scheme of any style.

Pastels are beautiful muted tones that can be mixed together or used against bolder colours such as jewel tones. This trend has a few necessary precautions, for instance you may not achieve a modern decor scheme if used on vintage furniture or by mixing pastel floral patterns – you may end up with ‘grandma’s house’ rather than pastel chic. A great way to avoid a dated look is to use modern pieces and mix in chrome or silver metal tones – be careful when using brass with this trend! Our jumping off point was this amazing pastel watercolour painting, and next we chose this modern steel grey velvet sofa with silver nail head detailing. Next was the linen pin-tucked occasional chair, also with silver nail head detailing and the chrome and glass cross coffee table to add another modern touch. The accessories are simple and understated, to give the painting and beautiful furniture pieces the spotlight, a glass base table lamp, woven throw pillow and pretty cherry blossoms to finish out the room.

What do you think of the fashion inspired ‘Pastel Pretty’ room? Would you use pastel colours in your home?

Recommended Benjamin Moore paint colours for ‘Pastel Pretty’ : 1674 Polar Sky, 1268 Cotton Candy, 2073-60 Pale Iris, 2023-60 Butter, 2033-60 Mantis Green, 122 Orange Sherbet.

Fashion Images: (left to right) 1. 3.1 Phillip Lim SS’12, 2. Chanel SS’12, 3. Givenchy SS’12, 4. Vera Wang SS’12, 5. Versace SS’12, 6. Ralph Lauren SS’12, 7. 3.1 Phillip Lim SS’12, 8. Chanel SS’12.

Product Images: All available at Mountain Home Decor in Whistler, BC. 1. Glass base lamp, 2. Pastel watercolour painting, 3. Woven throw pillow, 4. Cherry blossoms, 5. Steel grey velvet sofa with silver nail head detailing, 6. Chrome and glass cross leg coffee table, 7. Linen pintucked occasional chair with silver nail head detailing.