Avoid this when using magnetic paint (plus photos of completed design)

The stencil installation was finished (yay!),
next was applying MAGNETIC PAINT to another WALL (with a huge lesson that I learned)! I came up with the idea of having a designated magnetic wall for fun crafts and cards when I saw my client’s Stephanie and Bill’s refrigerator covered with Kathryn, their toddler daughter’s pretty school crafts and photos. I wanted to give them a ‘clean sleek design’ for their kitchen so I relocated the school crafts + photos to a single wall, and added a map decal as a wall art. Here’s a before pic of the space and how the design was implemented (hint: wrestling match involved) . . . . Continue reading

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Stephanie & Bill’s elegant foyer design with cool wall stencil

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It’s that time again – time to take you onsite with me to one of my interior design projects, to the behind the scenes of the design steps that we implemented in a foyer – for my cool clients Stephanie and Bill and their daughter Kathryn. They wanted the entrance to make a statement (a cool, hip, unique, fun, with a dash of elegance type of statement!). Wall paper is great for statement walls, however, they can also be expensive. So the alternative that I recommended was: stenciling the walls!  We used a fun triangle design stencil painted in a soothing gray (with sprinkles of color – see photos below). Here’s my design game plan for an elegant foyer  . . . .

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6 STEPS FOR TURNING A boring MOUSE PAD INTO AN adorable CAT MOUSE PAD (in just 10 MINUTES!)

490 colorful fabric mouse pad Check out all the 6 steps I took to transform my very boring mouse pad into an adorable colorful cat shape mouse pad. Hint: I used fabric! Oh, did I mention I made it under 10 minutes? – well, not including the glue drying time + gathering of the materials, but still super easy to make. if you have a boring plain zzzz mouse pad than create your own design or get my free . . . Continue reading

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OLD T-SHIRT TURNED INTO AN AMERICAN FLAG tank top

fabric paint _ DIY american usa flag for july 4th Independence day_red white and blue Psst, yeah you! Ready for the weekend celebration of Independence Day? Check out how I created a USA flag tank top – made with no sewing, and upcycled from a t-shirt –  in 8 steps using 8 items. First thing to do is go shopping … in your home closets or dresser. I went to the men’s dept in my home – also known as – hubby’s dresser, to steal up-cycle one of his old white t-shirts (psst, this isn’t the first time I stole one of his t-shirts, see what I made here). . . .  Continue reading

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MULTI PURPOSE item TO TIGHTEN A LOOSE HAT

Hat_Velcro uses_ Size a hat - Ada Gonzalez - New York economical Interior Decorator stylist _ black flopping hat copy I love HATS and I love any-all-everything that makes life easier. You know, the quick solutions that save money and have us enjoy life even more. As much as I love my ever growing collection of hats, I kinda have to check the weather before I wear them bec if it’s windy my biceps end up getting a workout grabbing the hat’s edge before it flies away = life not easy. Continue reading

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5 STEPS FOR MAKING A HANGING BRANCH CLOTHING RACK

DIY clothing rod for baby clothes for easy access Today’s 5 steps for making a hanging branch clothing rack was inspired by my clients who are having a baby this month (yep, arooound the corner). Their nursery room is adorably small so I wanted to give them a gift that made their ‘new lives” as mommy and daddy easier. A (not-stuffed-in-the-closet) hanging rod not only makes it easy to display cute outfits, but it always makes ACCESSIBILITY awesomely convenient.
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HENA TAYEB’s DIY LOFT PLAYHOUSE IN HER BASEMENT

2_Hena - DIY playhouse penthouse Hena Tayeb is an Architectural and Travel Fine Art Photographer, wife and mom of two boys. With the help of her husband and father, and having her adorable boys as their inspiration, they created a top notch DIY loft playhouse in their basement with a … wait for it … ball pit zone. Awesome sauce, right!

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TOUR time! MALDIVES DHUNI KOLHU VACATION

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Here it is! The tour of our amazingly beautiful Maldives Dhuni Kolhu vacation / wedding anniversary trip (part 1!). I have lots of photos so to give you a full tour of the beautiful islands I’m creating separate posts. So grab your snorkel and fins and lets dive into some tropical fun photos.

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THE EASIEST BATHROOM STORAGE SOLUTION EVER | diy toothbrush holder

0_3M command hook for bathroom storage solutions Here’s the easiest bathroom storage saving solution ever – hang your toothbrush on your mirror cabinet door to save space inside the cabinet or on your countertop. Easy breezy, right!

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DIY SILK SCARF PAINTING CLASS (in NYC)

4_Ada gonzalez DIY painting silk scarf  with Rekha Krishnamurthi When textile designer Rekha Krishnamurthi told me she had a DIY silk scarf painting workshop in New York I immediately signed up. Play with paint? Tsst, of course I’m in! The class was yesterday, I took a few pictures to share with you. Continue reading

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