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Repurposing some old furniture I acquired with a fresh coat of paint.
Mark
October 4, 2012 in Before & After
I don't have a picture of what the furniture looked like before, but all the pieces were stained very dark and covered in dark florals. I painted all the pieces and recovered them, added throw cusions and now I just love how they look. I even found an old brass chandelier that is in the picture and sprayed it a cream colour. Repurposing old furniture was extremely cost effective and fun!
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Bravo! Excellent job! Looks very high end indeed.
October 4, 2012 at 9:39am      Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Thanks Cynthia so much for your kind words. Mark
October 4, 2012 at 10:09am   
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jubee88
This is so pretty.....I'm trying to think about what to do with my study... love how soft this is.
October 4, 2012 at 10:15am      Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Thanks jubee88 !
October 4, 2012 at 11:18am   
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mjmil
Very pretty.
October 27, 2012 at 8:50pm        Thanked by Mark
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houssaon
Very nice. Next time take pictures of the before for your portfolio!
October 27, 2012 at 8:52pm        Thanked by Mark
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sumoo
Beautiful, love it
October 28, 2012 at 4:45am        Thanked by Mark
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Katrina Nolan
Wow ! Love the roses.
October 28, 2012 at 6:35pm        Thanked by Mark
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Amy Burke
OMG! Delightful indeed. I'm not a big big tea drinker but I feel compelled to dress in gown and have a cup of tea. I mean that in the most postitve way of course :)
October 28, 2012 at 7:28pm        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Thanks ladies, I appreciate the really nice feedback. I love design and if anyone is interested I give design tips on facebook. Mark Rowlinson
October 29, 2012 at 4:22am   
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
Who are you? Amazing work and I will definitely catch your tips on occasion!
October 29, 2012 at 2:19pm        Thanked by Mark
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mln7754
Just gorgeous! You really have some talent. Any chance you live in the Bay Area?
October 29, 2012 at 6:08pm        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Thanks min7754, I live in a small city in Canada.
October 30, 2012 at 2:07am   
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Mark
Try dressing up your chairs by adding a skirt to the bottom. This can be a permanent covering or a slipcover. Either way it makes a chair look more substantial and would make beautiful diningroom chairs or an extra chair for a bedroom or livingroom. Sometimes having too many pieces of furniture with bare legs in a room can be too much. Sometimes showing too much leg is not a good thing :)
October 30, 2012 at 2:41am     
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Mark
In a small area off the kitchen we made a sitting room. To open up the small space we made a faux window. The three panels were once a dividing screen with fabric. We replaced the fabric with mirrors and added columns on each side and added an arched pediment on top and there you have it a large faux window !
October 30, 2012 at 2:48am     
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gymnaststar
Awesome! This is one of the prettiest rooms I have ever seen!
October 30, 2012 at 3:14am        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Thanks gymnaststar
October 30, 2012 at 3:35am     
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photogirlla
Really,really, pretty. Why are there so many talented designers in Canada? Why aren't you people down in San Diego!;)
November 5, 2012 at 1:02am        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
haha...must be something in our drinking water :) Thanks photogirlla!
November 5, 2012 at 4:08am     
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mpoulsom
fantastic job mark!
November 29, 2012 at 2:42pm        Thanked by Mark
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marcysquad
You definitely need your own show on HGTV. I can see it now, Candace Olsen getting jealous of all your designing talents!!!!
December 1, 2012 at 4:19am     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Love it, well done!!!
December 1, 2012 at 5:13am        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Thanks marcysquad I really appreciate your faith in my design talent.
December 1, 2012 at 10:04am   
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suzyhomemaker
This is absolutely stunning!!! I love everything you have done. You are very talented!
January 21, 2013 at 6:09pm        Thanked by Mark
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Nancy Hehmann
It is such an elegant room! Love it!
January 22, 2013 at 5:14am        Thanked by Mark
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Marilyn Wilkie
I love your decorative moldings. Looks like Paris!!
January 22, 2013 at 5:18am        Thanked by Mark
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Gabberts Design Studio
Very elegant room! I would love to relax with a cup of tea in there!
January 22, 2013 at 5:20am        Thanked by Mark
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renatamachnik
Gorgeous and chic....
January 22, 2013 at 5:48am        Thanked by Mark
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Natalie
Love this... Soooo romantic. :) Excellent!!!
January 22, 2013 at 6:12am        Thanked by Mark
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
B e a u t i f u l !!!!!!
January 22, 2013 at 6:19am        Thanked by Mark
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Staged for Perfection
Looks fabulous! You must not have dogs or kids!
January 22, 2013 at 6:22am        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Thanks for all the lovely compliments. I appreciate them all ! Sincerely Mark
January 27, 2013 at 4:41am   
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elvasue
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!! Are the mirrored "windows" hard to keep clean? How are they attached to the wall?
January 27, 2013 at 8:58am        Thanked by Mark
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Remya Warrior Designs
Stunning, I love your design sense. Loved the faux window idea. Mark, I have to look you up on facebook for your design tips!!!
January 27, 2013 at 9:07am        Thanked by Mark
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elvasue
Mark, What color are the walls? I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DID!
January 27, 2013 at 9:15am        Thanked by Mark
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robertasadek
This is my perfect room. Good job.
January 28, 2013 at 5:30am        Thanked by Mark
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MAlps
what a cozy niche!
January 28, 2013 at 5:32am        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Thanks elvasue! The mirrors are not to much work to keep clean, they stay clean for quite along time.The colour of the walls are "innosence" by Behr from Home Depot. They are a very pale cream.
January 28, 2013 at 3:19pm   
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Mark
Thanks elvasue, Remya Warrior Designs,
robertasadek and MAlps.! I appreciate your feedback . Sincerely Mark
January 28, 2013 at 3:23pm   
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Mark
I just finished my bathroom and I just love the colour of the walls. It is called "Pale Honey" also by Behr from Home Depot. Here some pictures. I designed the large Mirror over the vanity, also to look like a large window, it really opened up what was a small space.
January 28, 2013 at 3:33pm     
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Bathroom
January 28, 2013 at 3:36pm     
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Bathroom
January 28, 2013 at 3:36pm   
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Bathroom
January 28, 2013 at 3:38pm   
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Mark
I also think that if you have to put up shower curtains as I did in my bathroom I always think it is a good idea to bring them as close to the ceiling as possible and to the floor because it really does add height. I do this with all my curtain treatments in my home. Illusions are the best tricks in design and if you don't have high ceilings, make them look as high as you can.
January 28, 2013 at 3:46pm   
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elvasue
Will you be my interior decorator? I LOVE everything you do!!!!! Again, I love everything about this bath! The mirror is AWESOME and the curtains and chandelier!!!! YOU ROCK!
Betty from New Orleans
January 28, 2013 at 4:10pm        Thanked by Mark
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elvasue
How did you design the mirror??? You have a carpenter cut out your design? I'd LOVE a mirror like that!!!!!!! Betty from New Orleans :-D
January 28, 2013 at 4:35pm        Thanked by Mark
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mln7754
Wow, Mark! Another amazing project. Love your style and still wish you lived in the Bay Area, California! I'd be your best friend/customer! :-)
January 28, 2013 at 5:28pm        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
Hello Betty ! If I was not so far away I would love to design your home. I actually did a life size template of the lattice part pf the mirror to make sure it was exactly how I wanted it to look., then took it to my carpenter and told him to frame it with trim and the columns you see down to sides. The mirror itself is put on first then just like a picture frame the wood casing ( lattice and columns are put over top. You see more and more new houses putting up smaller framed mirrors in the bathroom now and taking down larger mirrors. I think that is just silly, a larger mirror can look fabulous and creates more depth to a room, when designed properly.
January 29, 2013 at 12:55am   
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Mark
Thanks mln7754 ! If I lived in the Bay area I'd love to decorate your home and of course new friends are always nice.:)
January 29, 2013 at 12:58am   
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elvasue
I agree wih you about the large mirror - IF it has a beautiful wood casing like yours and I agree about the curtains being as high as you can go in a bath - IF they are beautiful curtains like yours and cover the curtain rod like yours. I look though 100's of pictures of "designer rooms" and maybe find 3 or 4 that I like. I truly LOVE every little thing that you do and the whole effect is just FABULOUS! How can I see you on Facebook? I asked to be your friend. Betty Kennedy :-)
January 29, 2013 at 6:17am        Thanked by Mark
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Mark
I am humbled that you like what I design and decorate Betty, and I just added you to facebook.
January 29, 2013 at 9:17am   
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