This week’s Happy Home Tour has us at home with Julie Reinwald who blogs on Renaissance Mermaid. Isn’t that one of the most wonderful blog names you’ve ever seen? I happen to love anything mermaid and even have a pinterest board about them. Her tagline, “redesigning a home and a life” fits her perfectly.
Julie has loads of DIY projects and home design ideas on Renaissance Mermaid. Her style is on the elegant side with a touch of fun along with some really unique pieces. Julie finds a lot of treasures at yard sales and then makes them over to match her home decor.
I don’t remember exactly how I found Julie on Renaissance Mermaid, but I am so glad I did. I am on the hunt for dining room drapes so it may have had something to do with her dining room curtain before and after post that is an amazing transformation.
Welcome to At Home with Renaissance Mermaid starting with her wonderful spring wreath on the front door painted this refreshing color of green.
If you follow Julie it will not be hard to know she likes the color green.
A wonderful spring tablescape includes this bird house Julie painted that used to be a solid red. I have a lot of favorites of Julie’s and this is number one!
Renaissance Mermaid Before and After Front Door
The front door before stood the test of time and was the typical white for many years until one day….
while the cat was out to play. In this case the cat was the husband, Julie had painted the front door an emerald-green and then decided it needed to be this nice olive-green color. Husband never “said a word” and either he did not notice or has the wisdom not to make a comment. Ha! This is so endearing as husbands are like that aren’t they.
Just inside the front door is the stairway landing with a stylish oval mirror and a personal touch dog statue of a greyhound in honor of The Reinwald’s greyhound Mario.
Visitors are also greeted upon entering with these doorknob shadow boxes and keys. I love this ingenious front door decorating idea of doorknobs and keys.
RENAISSANCE MERMAID HEARTH ROOM
Just wow!. Julie studied home design and it shows. I am crazy about the round coffee table, windows above the fireplace and mixed patterns.
An original and elegant wall decor by Julie was made with Pheasant feathers, branches, and faux flower pods.
The most adorable spring mantle with twin wreaths, forsythia, a bunny and little white chick underglass.
Originality and elegance! The elegant chair here and seen below were re-upholstered by Julie. Her home is full of vignettes like the bird nest on the silver tray.
Dining room drapes before and the after below shows how hanging drapes from floor to ceiling makes an impact on how a room looks.
The dining room after. I am in awe of the mix of chair back styles and colors and how well they look together. Take a back seat House Beautiful!
Here’s Mario hanging out in luxury.
Julie found her new drapes at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I love the style of the rod that looks like an arrow.
The walls are hand stenciled by Julie. Her high fashion craft room has a fun secret….
and that is this pop art seat cushion hand painted by Julie.
Like I said she hunts down treasures at flea markets, garage sales and tag sales. The bathroom mirrors had a plaque in-between them. A bigger one found on a treasure hunt looks so much better than the smaller plaque.
I have to say Oh my gosh how much I love the fun cheetah rug.
SUNROOM BEFORE AND AFTER MAKEOVER
Before the floor in the sunroom or sun porch is red with Mario sleeping in a hysterical position.
Sunroom after. The floor is now green and looks amazing. The black rug is from Ballard Designs. Julie says “the black grounds the room and lends some drama to the space.”
The coffee table in the sunroom is an old door painted black DIY project. Clever how Julie attached plain stock legs purchased at Lowe’s and painted them black. Then the doorknob and table legs ends got a touch of glam gilded in gold.
I have a lot of Hosta and never thought of making a centerpiece out of Hosta.
A conversation piece is this mask that was plain wood before it got a gold makeover. The cabinet that holds photos aka faces now has an icon.
An antique chair with a carved face completes the look. Very cool how she tied all this together.
By now I know you’re probably thinking…but does Renaissance Mermaid have a mermaid?