Hour Tour: Melanie of Plum Cushion

Melanie is the lovely lady behind Plum Cushion (where all your designer pillow dreams come true). She has an amazing eye and I am thrilled to share photos of her gorgeous home with you today. Sources are listed below, but feel free to leave questions in the comment section.

Thanks, Melanie!!










Living room:
Wall color: Verdigris Mist, True Value
Sofa: 'South Beach', Schumacher
Green chair: vintage (hand me down, from mom - reupholstered)
Pink chairs: Gussy Chairs (Etsy)
Bench: hand me down from Hubby's Aunt & Uncle (I just reupholstered it in Kravet's "Passage" in aqua)
Cocktail Table and side tables: Craigslist, professionally lacquered
Console: Craigslist, I painted it Verdigris Mist (the wall color) but in high gloss
Secretary: Craigslist (massively-lucky find)
Framed art: marbled paper from Paper Mojo (I got the idea from LGN), "Blonde Girl in Gray" - original watercolor from Wm. Gangol, purchased on eBay
Draperies: custom, flamestitch fabric purchased on eBay




Bedroom sources:
Wallcovering: Waterhouse Wallhangings (purchased on eBay - and they still have it! )
Bedding: Pottery Barn 'tile print' in orange
Pillows: Chiang Mai Dragon (from Plum Cushion) ;-)
Pelmets: Made by hubby and me, following the instructions on LGN
Flower Mirror: GR Hedges




Bathroom:
Striped wall treatment, hand applied (wow was it a job!): All Behr paint. I may be able to scrape up the colors used but I don't have them all in my online file. (please comment if you need these)
Valance: Imperial Trellis






Kitchen:
Wall color: Midnight Dream, Behr
Table: Craigslist, professionally refinished
Chairs: Craigslist, painted
Rug: vintage, Turkish, purchased on eBay




Workroom:
Wall color: Valley Mist, Behr
Rug: West Elm
Painting: Original Oil (also a hand me down from my mom)

79 comments:

Design Blooms said...

Wow... truly enjoyed that tour, thank you so much for sharing her house with us!

Sadie + Stella said...

This house is truly to die for. I am just in complete awe. From the slate color in the kitchen, to that amazing jaw dropping rug. Oh my. And that fabric room! I could spend hours in there!

www.sadieandstella.blogspot.com

Miss Walker said...

This is such a gorgeous home! Thanks so much for sharing, loving your blog! Miss Walker xoxo

Red Door Home said...

Every room in Melanie's house is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Rene said...

What a treat! Absolutely dreamy!

Betsy said...

So so nice. Thank you.

Jennifer said...

Loving those bathroom stripes...and the pig on the table!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny - great house tour! Can you tell me something? Melanie's tables are "professionally lacquered". Who would I seek out to do that? I've always wondered about that. Thanks!
- Michele

Ms. Manor said...

Fabulous!

The Cozy Chateau said...

Great tour!! Everything is beautiful - LOVE the oil painting.

heather said...

No Way! I am the ebay seller that sold her the living room curtain fabric. I was so excited to see what they looked like that I had her send me a picture when they were finished. I loved them then, and was so excited to see them again this morning.

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

So Lovely!!!

lizziefitz said...

Fabulous home tour! I love the fabric swatch on last picture ( 2nd one from center blue and white) anyway to find out if background color is white or off white? Thanks.

sarah.wandering. said...

Gorgeous - love the colour in the kitchen - similar to my favourite colour from Behr Pencil Point - and the Turkish rug is devine!

Sarah said...

Every room is gorgeous but I especially love the kitchen with that fabulous rug and the beautiful countertop tile....

suzannem80 said...

GORGEOUS HOME!!! It is so girly and colorful! I love it! (And I'm jealous that your husband let you do it that way!) Thank you for sharing your pics!

Allison Egan said...

Oh my! I love it!!!! Especially the dusty apricot fabrics with the blue walls! and the toile wallpapered bedroom!!! fantastic colors!
xo
www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

Trista said...

I love seeing a house with so many shades of blue. My husband and i are searching for a house right now. The rental we're in is the most awful shade of builder beige. Is it bad that I'm already considering light blue for the bedroom, a brighter blue for the living room, blue accents for the kitchen and a teal for the bathroom? I don't even have a house yet!

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

So cute and charming! I love it :)

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Seriously loving the way she hung the fabric swatches in her workroom!

things that sparkle said...

Wow I am in awe. What a beautiful home.

Brandy said...

I L-O-V-E the accents of pale coral throughout! I think coral must be the granddaughter of The-Golden-Girls Peach! (did that even make sense?) Melanie's home makes me want to take a deep breath and relax. Beautiful!

Diane said...

Hi Jenny,

The house is beyond lovely and every last detail is just perfect! Lately I've been thinking, however, about how to compromise and create a home that is the perfect balance of feminine and masculine qualities. While I admire the style of the house in the post, I know it would never work for myself and my boyfriend. I thought maybe you could consider a post about how to create a space that would please both genders. Thanks!

Ashley said...

Jenny, thank you for sharing Melanie's home with us! Melanie, you have a spectacular home! Every room was such a delight to see!

Fran said...

I love Melanie's home. She has such great style. I love her kitchen - the dark walls paired with the oriental rug! Fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

Staci said...

Such a fun, refreshing and unique home. Thanks for sharing all the references. I love how everything is pulled together, what a beautiful home!

Lisa said...

Lovin' that rug in the kitchen and the kitchen in general. Whole house is gorgeous. Cool!

Kelli said...

Wow! Beautiful! It's nice to see someone else using Behr paint! We use it in our home and sometimes I feel like I'm a lone wolf.

alamodeMaven said...

Just lovely. The wall color in here living room is my dream color. Alas, my walls are a million miles high and I can't get the financial go ahead from my husband...I've desperately been trying to lighten my space to feel serene like hers...any suggestions anyone? http://www.alamodemaven.com/2011/03/living-room-evolution-work-in-progress.

The Mitchell Family said...

Where is that AWESOME light fixture in the bedroom from?!!

bryn alexandra interiors said...

fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Gorgeous home! The kitchen rug is amazing. I love all things Turkish!

Courtney said...

WOW WOW WOW! I love her house especially the hanging fabric.

Courtney

Bold and Beautiful said...

WOW! Thank you so much for sharing. Her home is so cheerful and beautiful and I love her workspace. I follow Melanie's Blog and I am currently working with her on a project for my living room. She is very kind and a joy to work with. Very talented as well!

xx
Shannon

Lisa said...

Melanie,
I LOVE your house. Your layout also presents some great solutions for some design dilemmas I have in my house. I was wondering how you wired the TV to go over the fireplace & where you put the components. Congrats on an amazing home.

Lisa

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

stunning, her kitchen wall color has left me speechless. It is amazing paired with her crisp white cabinets!

Kristy Lynne said...

absolutely gorgeous! where on earth can I get my hands on that flower mirror!?

please let me know! I am in love!

Kate {domestikatedlife} said...

What a gorgeous kitchen -- I love the dark paint inside the cabinets, and the rug. She did a great job!

kh said...

I love my Plum Cushion pillows! And her home is equally as lovely.

Anonymous said...

Is there any possibility of finding out where she got her beautiful white iron bed? I have been looking for a bed exactly like that!

steph anne said...

Gorgeous! I love the wall color in the first few pictures.

Amber Weinberg said...

I love how bright and cheery the whole house looks!

Babs Blog said...

GORGEOUS HOME! All if it is beautiful, but what I am dying over is that lamp. The brass one in the living room. The one that looks like it fell from heaven. It's probably the most awesome vintage find, but in case not, I'd love to know where it came from---it's divine!

Melanie said...

Thank you all for the flattering comments. We really love our little house and it's a pleasure to share it on LGN!

Here are a few answers to some of your questions:

@Anonymous re. lacquer - The guy who does all of my painting/lacquering/refinishing of furniture is a cabinet painter by trade. I've also heard that some auto body painters can do furniture. Hope that helps!

@lizziefitz - I'm not sure if you're talking about Chevron Print or Lansdale Bouquet. If you can convo me through Etsy I'd be happy to investigate for you.

@The Mitchell Family - eBay!!! Look for Bamboo or Tole chandelier. There's usually a ton of options. Happy hunting!

@Kristy Lynne - I purchased mine in a local showroom but you can find the Flower Mirror at Tonic Home. Here's a link:
http://www.tonichome.com/catalog.php?item=992&catid=2&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D2

@Anonymous re. the bed - It's the Ikea Leirvik!!! We had to have something visually light since the best place for the bed is in front of our window. This was a great solution, especially at $99!!

Amber Interiors said...

This is one pretty place....I just love how organized her life feels......

Andrea J said...

I really like this home; the dark kitchen and fantastic rug are my favorite bits. I've given it a go on painting my own furniture and have never been satisfied. Any advice on hiring painters? I'm assuming the pieces were sprayed, how do I find someone to do that? Thanks :)

Just Jaime said...

I love the workroom and the bathroom!

Kat said...

Thanks for the tour! Gorgeous!

Christy said...

I could move in any time! I love it!

And I especially love her use of that wallpaper!

Julip Made said...

Such a soothing color palette in the living room and way to work the imperial trellis! Thanks for sharing Jenny!

joyinlooking said...

Absolutely beautiful house! So girly and clean feeling. I especially love the kitchen.

amalisa said...

A beautiful home, indeed! Where did you find that pig? I'd love to purchase one for our home.

Anonymous said...

Do you have any advice for the Boho-Chic room? Eclectic, British Colonial looking?

lovenlattes said...

It's such a beautiful home and I love the use of color- however I can't get past the thought that everything seems just a little "too" perfect. It needs just a touch more messiness:) thanks for sharing!

Heidiopia said...

Thanks, Melanie! Quick question-- can you describe the finish on the secretary? I have a battered hand-me-down with gorgeous lines that I want to give new life to.
Beautiful home! Love your bold use of color throughout. :)
Heidi @ Show some Decor

Anonymous said...

Did you have the TV professionally mounted over the fireplace? Where did you 'hide' the cords and/or cable box? And do you burn wood in the fire? I've heard that mounting a TV near the chimney can ruin the TV...but it looks so clean!

Anonymous said...

Well, the whole house is amazing, but I love, love, love the kitchen most of all. I love it's updated vintage look and feel.

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Every inch of it so gorgeous...is it strange that I'm most jealous of her work room with all the fabulous fabrics??? (c:

Kim @ Life Analytical said...

Such a beautiful home! I especially love the navy wall color and everything about the living room. I think painting a piece of furniture in the same color as the wall paint but a different sheen is so interesting.

Andrea @ strawberry-chic said...

Everything is lovely! Great idea for fabric storage! Just wondering, how did you get those painted stripes on the bathroom wall so straight? Is that really just tape?

Angeline said...

The squirrel on the counter made me smile - beautiful, charming home! Thank you for sharing!

The Vintique Object said...

I adore that rug in the beautiful contrast kitchen. Perfection!

Jana said...

Melanie, do you remember which colorway you ordered from PaperMojo?

Thanks!!!

melanie said...

Sorry for the delay! A few more answers...

@Babs Blog - The brass lamp in the living room is indeed vintage (eBay for something insane, like $35). I know it's not the same but I just saw this beauty from High Street Market if you're looking for a brass lamp:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/71221037/modern-vintage-brass-table-lamp-with-a

@amalisa - "The Harry Allen Pig" is from Velocity Art and Design but there are many other retailers who sell them. They have metallic finishes too!

@Heidiopia - The secretary was already finished when I purchased it but I'm pretty sure it was painted silver then given a thin layer of stain to give it more of an antique look. Sorry that's vague! I hope it helps.

@Anonymous re. the tv - We did have it professionally mounted to the masonry. I'm not sure about the use of the fireplace (whether it's recommended or not) but we never have fires in the fireplace (I can't handle the mess) so it's a non-issue for us. The wiring for the components runs through our attic and comes out in the hall closet where the cable box and dvd player are located. We have a radio frequency remote so the closet door can remain closed and the remote controls still function perfectly.

@Andrea @ strawberry-chic - The bathroom wall was taped using a laser level (HUGE shout out to my girl Susie who helped me with this part of the project!). One of us held the laser while the other one taped. It was a little insane but the lines are straight as pins. The tape did a fairly good job but there was quite a bit of hand touch up done with a teeny-tiny paint brush. It was a big job but *I think* totally worth it.

@Jana - I purchased the turquoise, apricot and raspberry colorway. I couldn't be happier with them. Really gorgeous papers!

Thanks again for all of the sweet comments! I'll try to be faster with my responses today.
xx, Melanie

Janna McCalley said...

So, so pretty! Every room!

npd said...

what a gorgeous home! i love, love, love your pelmet boxes and have been dying to make them for my boys' room but their windows are 74" wide. do you have any recommendations for hanging them? i also live in a nyc apartment and have a bump out above the window that is (of course) made of cement...making it a bit more complicated as well. any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

nicole

Meghan said...

Love, Love the turkish rug!! in the kitchen and love the kitchen! I follow Melanie's blog and had been wondering where she found such a killer piece, and now I know!

Anslee & Jimmy said...

love! i do have one question: where could i find wire like what she has her fabric hanging from? thank you!!
anslee
ajjcook@gmail.com

Melanie said...

@npd - Could you utilize the bump out to help give you stability since it's so long? I would try fabricating the pelmets to the same depth as the bump out then hanging them with heavy duty velcro (one side attached to the pelmet the other to the cement bump out). Without seeing it I'm not sure if this is sound advice but that was my first thought. Good luck!

@Anslee & Jimmy - Ikea! I'm pretty sure it's meant to hang draperies (it's in that area of the store). My girlfriend got one and hangs her kids art from it. It's so nice since it has clips and you can switch stuff out easily. I hang my completed pillows there so they don't wrinkle.

Hyphen Interiors said...

Very pretty. Hadn't seen that house... really enjoyed it! Love the pops of pink in the living room.

JTay said...

Love, love, love this!

Rachael said...

How fun! Loved the tour. Always such an honor to have someone open their home like this.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

love it! such a vibrant home!

ret said...

i loooove those greek key mugs - where are they from?

Glitter and Pearls said...

Love that she painted the inside of the cabinets black as well!

xox Lexi
Glitter & Pearls

Evan Kopulos said...

I can not find the Verdigris Mist color at True Value did they stop making it? Do you know a color that is similar? Thank you!

Evan Kopulos said...

I tried looking for the Verdigris Mist paint color at True Value but am having NO luck, do you know if they discontinued if so do you know of a paint color that is similar to the Verdigris Mist paint color you used in your beautiful living room? Thank you!

KazC said...

When I saw Danika's Chiang Mai mural (http://gorgeousshinythings.blogspot.com/2011/05/paint-is-dry.html) on Georgeous Shiny Things (via Centsational Girl), I thought of you. :)

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