stripes, stripes baby

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I’m still decorating our apartment. No, we didn’t move in nearly six months ago. A girl needs to take her time. Especially when that girl works…a lot. So cut me some slack.

I wanted to do something fun in what we affectionately call “the little room”. I went back and forth between using Tempaper, or a super dark color, or a light color. But when I saw this on Court + Hudson, I knew exactly what we would do.


Not just any stripes. No, no. Gold stripes.

When I told my boyfriend the fate of the little room via text, the conversation unfolded as follows:
         Me: I want to paint the little room first.
         BF: Oh really?
         Me: Yes, gold stripes.
         BF: Gold stripes? Have you ever painted before?
         Me: What do you think? (Clearly the answer is no. I have supervised a number of painting
                 projects which counts for painting, no?)
        BF: This sounds like something I should be involved in.
        Me: Whatever.

Friday we went to the Depot (read Home Depot) and got all the essentials. I used Martha Stewart’s precious metals in Tigers Eye. Mostly because I liked the color but partially because I like the song by Survivor.

Saturday we taped. With nearly 10′ ceilings, the boyfriend made 11 3/8″ stripes and taped them. I watched and made sure they were straight. I also held the tape. I’m obviously very handy.

And after a few hours we had lots of tape.

Yes, those cords are there for good. Yes, they piss me off. That is what happens when you need to run cable from your front door to your bedroom. Deal with it.

And on the 7th day, they painted.

{isn’t it lovely?}

Line by line, corner by corner we painted the five walls of the room. We still have bits to touch up but I’ve been informed that “in construction, nothing is perfect”.

{swiffer me timbers}

What do you think? I love it. We’re getting a new couch and I’m not nearly done yet but at least I can scratch “paint stripes on walls” off the list.

My Dad said “Wow, he must really love you, he did a good job!”

Thanks, Dad.


  1. ShaneléFebruary 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    OBSESSED!!! First of all, your apartment is freaking huge. Second of all, the color is the perfect gold! I can’t wait to see once it all comes together!!!


  2. LottieFebruary 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I love the stripes–but then I am slightly niased as when we eventually own our own flat I want stripes everywhere!

  3. Kate JulianFebruary 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    SO COOL.

  4. whitneyFebruary 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    you made it seem like the room was teeny. this is not teeny.

    and the bf is right. nothing in construction is perfect. usually you just find a way for it to APPEAR perfect.


  5. AlexandriaFebruary 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hot damn this looks good. I’m so glad it turned out so well. Now you’ve got me wanting to paint…

  6. Nicole MarieFebruary 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    wowo i can’t even imagine how much time and energy that took! but it looks awesome!

  7. Ashley {styleash}February 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Amazing. I don’t know if I would be so daring- but it turned out beautifully.

  8. LR {SIX TWELVE PLACE}February 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    First of all, looks great!!! I love it! Second of all, I’m with your dad- he must really love you. My boyfriend would not have done that, and if he did, there would have been lots of curse words involved. Can’t wait to see the finished room!

  9. City Girl ChicagoFebruary 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I love it! And yes, I’m with the rest ~ your boy is a KEEPER.

  10. Alex ButtsFebruary 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Looks freaking fantastic! I don’t think I could ever put tape in a straight line on a wall and what you guys did looks so profeshhh!

  11. TaylorFebruary 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    HE MUST!!!!! THOSE LOOK AMAZING!!!!!! I want to move and redecorate and come visit you and and and…damn I’m needy this morning and it ain’t even my time! HA (How old do I sound!lord, taylor!)

  12. BiancaFebruary 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Love it!!! Looks fantastic. I would never have the patience.

  13. ZoeFebruary 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    LOVE the stripes! Make me think I could possible pull it off and i think you can know count this as a painting project, you directed.

  14. LandiFebruary 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hi! Just found your blog this morning… I’m in love! These bold strips look fantastic! Love the MS color you chose! The spacing looks professional! BTW you’re so lucky to have 10′ ceiling :)

  15. Jillian NicoleFebruary 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Love, love, love!!! Am completely obsessed with this room now and cannot wait to see the whole thing finished!:)

  16. {Emily} Simply SouthernFebruary 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    so SO very beautiful!!!!

  17. UnknownFebruary 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I’m commenting on your blog – who am i??

  18. Grace - Stripes and SequinsFebruary 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Oh my gosh Christin! It looks SO good. The gold + white stripes are beyond amazing. I wish Stefan would let me do this to one of our rooms!

  19. shaekenFebruary 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    LOVE the gold, and the stripes, and the gold stripes. Come paint my place?

  20. Alex {Things That Sparkle}February 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    OMG it looks amazingggggg!!!!! Cannot wait to see the whole room done.

  21. Meagan MurtaghFebruary 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    wow, im in awe! how long did that take you? it looks amazing!

  22. krissy janeFebruary 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Holy awesomeness. I diiiig it!

  23. Carly {a simple affair}February 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    First and foremost, he wins BF of the year award. WOW. For sure keep him around. Mine at least will hang pictures for me while I down a bottle of wine. That’s a real blast for him. I digress, THESE ARE FABULOUS! So so jealous of your gold + white stripped room. How happy are you when you walk in every day?!

  24. meg.February 21, 2012 at 5:27 am

    A gold striped room? Speaks to my mother effing soul. Love it.

  25. Hollie AnnFebruary 22, 2012 at 4:28 am

    it looks great!!!! i would never attempt this bc I can’t draw a traight line or cut one worth shit.

    so yeah, guess he really loves you!

  26. Anna ElderFebruary 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    this is perfection!

  27. bykristineFebruary 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    amazing! Love gold. Yes, he really must love you!

  28. Lara {simply irresistible}February 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I LOVE THIS!!!! Wow wow wow. If I ever tried to do this.. there would be gold paint everywhere and nothing resembling a stripe.

  29. Becca - (extra)ordinary wondersFebruary 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Love the stripes!! I hear you on taking your time decorating- we moved into our place in August and are still working on it. That’s what happens when you work a lot :) Can’t wait to see more.

  30. Jamie E. AnthonyFebruary 24, 2012 at 12:21 am

    i think you just gave me an idea for how to paint my bedroom! your apartment walls look amazing!

  31. Sarah TuckerFebruary 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    this is the most fabulous thing ever. in the history of rooms.

  32. ReneeFebruary 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I think this is pretty much amazing! Love it!

  33. Anna (A Newfound Treasure)March 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I love it… it looks incredible!!

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