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This month's color of Desire: Jade

This month's color of Desire: Jade - Icon-Baby
EASY DIY OPTION
TRANSFORM A VINTAGE CHAIR INTO A SHOW STOPPER 
BY UPHOLSTERING IT IN A VIBRANT GREEN WOOL MOHAIR OR VELVET. 

1.   DIY INSPIRATION: The Delphine Chair| FROM Jayson Home
2.   DIY INSPIRATION: In the manner of Jean Royere. A pair of egg chairs covered in green mohair.
3.   DIY INSPIRATION: Italien 1950 pair of chairs.


This month's color of desire: JADE

This month's color of Desire - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog
1. DIY - Vintage upholstered bench with natural timber legs and Jade upholstery.
2. DIY INSPIRATION: Vintage Chinoiserie bench in Jade from Jason Home
3.  DIY INSPIRATION: Chinoiserie inspired Vintage sofa from Jason Home 

Top Tips: How to decorate with Green Shades

Merle Lynn is wearing a sparkling silver headscarf, Margriet December 1966
Eva Zeisel Zsolnay Fig Vase  - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog
ICON-BABY BLOG - COLOR INSPIRATION 
via kindesign.com  - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog

Top Tips: How to decorate with Emerald Green

Grace Kelly in a green evening gown - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
Karla Davison - Watercolor wall covering, Drake - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
via abigailahern.wordpress.com - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
"fish school II" - Georgia and Joseph Pozycinski Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
Christie's 20th century Decorative Art - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
via Les Puces de Saint Ouen - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.

Emeralds

Emeralds  - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
Brass / turquoise cabinet by Kam Tin, 1980  - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog
Brass and turquoise cabinet by Kam Tin, c.1980 - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
Malachite Trompe L’oeil Wallpaper by Rinkewall Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
ALDO TURA Parchment table bar - 1960 - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
ALDO TURA Parchment table bar - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog
ALDO TURA Parchment nesting tables - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.

This Month's color of Desire - Green

Audrey Hepburn - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
Billy Baldwin apartment - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.

Living room with lacquered green walls, 

Coromandel screen and green upholstery. 
Billy Baldwin's own apartment, 1947.

Marilyn in a green shirt - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
 Malachite wall paper polished brass and black - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
Hutton & Wilkinson Design - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
1961 - Teal Green doors, Mid-century house in Minnesota - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
The best style lessons on how to decorate with green! - Icon-Baby, the interior design blog.
1. Dioptase Specimen - Raw in Aqua Teal / Blue Green. 
2. Josef Albers (1888-1976), Homage to the Square - "Saturated"
3. ‘Luck be a lady’ lamp at Atchison Home HERE 
4.  Hudson Sofa with matt brass accents HERE
5. Verner Panton Paire de panneaux pour Mira X – 1969 HERE
6.  Andy Martin’s polyester resin blocks for seating and more. HERE
7. Console with golden brass base and agate top plate at Kam Tin HERE

A GANGSTER'S PARADISE

Al Capone’s stunning former Miami Beach mansion

Al Capone’s stunning former Miami Beach mansion is back on the market for the second time in less than a year. This time with a price tag of $8.45 million.

The gangster Al Capone with his family in Florida after he got out of prison. 
Al Capone’s stunning former Miami Beach mansion






























The 36,000-square-foot oceanfront island property is where the notorious mobster is said to have plotted the 1929 St. Valentine’s day massacre, where he lived after his release from Alcatraz a decade later and where he “dropped dead” in one of its upstairs bathrooms. Capone bought the property for just $40,000 in 1928 — about $544,928 by today’s standards.
Al Capone’s stunning former Miami Beach mansion















Despite the history of the home, the seven-bedroom mansion has amazing breezy features like a two-story cabana house, a private sandy beach and a breathtaking 60 feet aqua-colored pool.
Al Capone’s stunning former Miami Beach mansion
Al Capone’s stunning former Miami Beach mansion

DIY TREASURE /// MARBLING TECHNIQUE


Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - Marbling  
Icon-Baby /// DIY Treasure - Before
Icon-Baby /// DIY Treasure - The Idea
Faux Marbling & Faux Gemstone Painting Marble gives that look of elegance and luxury to your home. Real marble or gemstone covered items are quite an expensive purchase and difficult to find. So why not paint some faux gemstone? It still looks classy and is a fun DIY project. This technique may be one of the lengthier and difficult one …. but the results are a real 'wow.' It needs some testing to get it right and I suggest you try it out before you start on the final surfaces.
Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY- Marbling - The Result
Insider Tip: The trick to get your faux gemstone technique to look real is to imitate the veining in your chosen gemstone. That means you'll want to study some decorative gemstone items and see how nature did it. The other aspect is getting the right color combinations. I used gold and black because I had still some left overs from a previous project and wanted to try out the technique. Make sure that you choose a light color for the base and a darker one for the marble pattern. Again, find some pictures of marble to decide which color patterns you like best. 

What You'll Need
Low-tack masking tape - Paint roller - Plastic drop cloth - A smooth sponge sander - A base coat (darker) - A top coat (lighter)
A hard and compact cardboard (a lot of it…) - Gloss Clear Interior Varnish

1 ///    Prep workspace and yourselves. This work can get quite messy!
2 ///    Sand all surfaces with a Sanding Power tool or by hand with fine sandpaper. 3///    Fill in all damaged areas with a ‘Multi-Fill’ paste for timber and let it dry overnight. Go over these surfaces with a very smooth sponge sander. Remove all dust.
Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY- Marbling - Preparation
















4///    Tape off areas of your project in order to get smooth lines. 
5///    Apply your base coat all over your project (I used Porter's Alchemy Liquid Gold) and let it dry. Go over it with a very smooth sponge sander. Remove all dust. 

Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - Marbling - Layer one 

















6///    Mitering - In real life, gemstones are usually used on small items, not on large walls. Real gem stone veneer will usually be spliced together in a mitered design.  To get the look of mitering, simply tape or masking off every other piece with masking tape. 
Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY- Marbling - Segments

Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - Marbling Technique






















7///    Find cardboard that is not too soft. Tear it in small handy pieces and make sure that the torn edge is uneven. 
8///   Paint the second layer for one section only in a darker color of your choice (I used Eggshell Acrylic in Black). 

Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - Marbling - Second Layer














9///    You have to work fast. Take the cardboard piece and swipe over the still wet paint just strong enough to create uneven lines that mimic your chosen gemstone look. Use a new cardboard piece for each stroke. 

Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - Marbling Technique















Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - Marbling Technique


















10///    Finish those sections, allowing drying overnight, and then doing the opposite pieces the next day. 
11///    Go over it with a very smooth sponge sander. Remove all dust. 
12///    I wanted to have a high gloss look and finished the night stands with 2 layers of Watson Gloss Clear Varnish.
13///    The black hardware was cleaned with Brasso Metal Polish rubbed on with medium strength Siva steelwool and polished with a cotton rag. 

Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - The Hardware 















Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - The Hardware Transformation






























Voila, that's it. 

Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - Marbling Technique 
Icon-Baby, the interior design Blog /// DIY Treasure - Marbling Technique 


Top Tips: HOW TO MAKE COLD WHITE MINIMALIST INTERIORS WORK

Entrance hall by Steven Volpe Design - San Francisco, California
NOTE: A SPLASH OF GOLD AND THE TULIPS DO THE TRICK.
Contemporary dining room by Pamplemousse Design, NY 
NOTE:  POLISHED STEEL - COLD WHITE MARBLE. THE GREEN FLOWERS IN THE GLASS VASE ARE A STYLIST TRICK TO WARM UP AN OTHERWISE CLINICAL AND COLD INTERIOR MOOD. THE WARMER WHITE ACCENTS OF THE UPHOLSTERED BENCH AND CHAIRS TOGETHER WITH THE GREAT VIEW OF THE GARDEN MAKE IT JUST WORK.
Modern hallway by Magni Design, Beverly Hills, California
NOTE:   THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A MINIMALIST WHITE INTERIOR GOING CLINICAL. DON'T YOU FEEL AS IF YOU ARE AT A LUXURIOUS DENTIST OFFICE?
Vintage dress by Vionnet
Simple white drapes - silver - polished steel - whites
NOTE: THE WARM LIGHT SOURCE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
Faceted mirror as artwork

NOTE:  THE FLOWERS, THE GOLD ACCENT TABLE AND THE CREAM LAMPSHADES SAVE THIS ROOM FROM BEING ONE - DIMENSIONAL. MY OPINION - FROSTY, BUT OK IN A HOT CLIMATE.

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