Friday, December 16, 2011

Painting your Walls Gray

It seems that gray is the new white when it comes to decorating. I wanted to give you some advise when using gray on your walls. I love to work with gray paint because it works with so many coordinating colors while still remaining neutral.

When using gray paint, I would suggest using a flat finish, not a semi gloss because it can sometimes look too industrial if there is too much of a shine.

Another trick of the trade is bringing in a lot of different kinds of light sources such as table lamps, ceiling fixtures, and sconces. These fixtures give your space warmth and versatility because of all the lighting options.

I like to use pops of color with gray, especially with accessories that you can change out throughout the year.

Thing about using a wallpaper instead of paint for a textured look.
Bathroom with paisley wallpaper

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Saints Ladies Luncheon

Chet Pourciau Design created a gift basket for the 2011 Saints Ladies Luncheon. Included in the basket is our Chet Pourciau Design signature candle, K. Hall bar soap, Barr Co bubble bath, Hill House Naturals linen room spray, Hill House Naturals potpourri, Mitchell Gaudet fluer de lis ornaments, guest soap, and a gold book.
All of these items make wonderful gifts for the holiday season. So stop by the showroom to take a look at all of our giftable items.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Instructions for Light Bulb Ornaments

Good morning everyone!

I had some requests on how to make the light bulb ornaments that I have been showing on my Upcycled Christmas Decorations Tour. This is how they are made:

  1. Paint any burnt out light bulb with acrylic paint and glitter glue. Look at clip art for some simple designs that you can free hand.
  2. Let the paint dry. Glitter glue can take a few hours to dry hard. 
  3. Use a strong glue (from any hardware store) to adhere a ribbon to hang your new ornament. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Black and Silver Christmas

Do you want a chic and modern way to decorate this holiday season? Use black, white and silver to create a modern and unexpected color scheme.

If you don't want to go too modern, you can also use unconventional colors for a modern twist. See images below for examples:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This Year's Christmas Tree Trends

Vintage inspired 

Household inspired ornaments

White Trees

Silver Trees

Reflective ornaments 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Merriment on Magazine

We had such an amazing time at the Christmas party, I wanted to thank everyone who came. If you were busy last night, don't forget that it's Merriment on Magazine today from 10am-7pm. Come join us!

I also wanted to share some photos from the party

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Just Got a LITTLE Merrier

YOU are invited to the annual Chet Pourciau Design Christmas party! We hope to see you there!

A New Look for a Faux Christmas Tree

Did you just buy an inexpensive faux Christmas tree or have one stored in the attic? This is what you will need to give it a whole new look:
  1. A faux tree
  2. Snow in a can
  3. A well ventilated space 

Unpack your Christmas tree and bend each branch individually to make it look fuller.Take the tree outside or in a well ventilated space. Shake the can of snow you bought and spray the tree down in long, even strokes. Keep the can 12"-18" away from tree when spraying, make sure you do not spray the snow too thick. Let dry for about half an hour and carefully carry the tree inside. Decorate however you would like. 

Hot Winter Outerwear

Today on my fashion segment for WVUE Fox 8 I talked about the hottest trends in winter outerwear. I featured two local stores on my segment today Style Lab for Men: New Orleans located at 3326 Magazine St. and Tomato 3318 Magazine St. If you were not able to watch the segment the video will be up soon or please read some tips I have for looking your best this winter.

  • Pack on the layers!!! Layering gives an outfit more dimension and also is important for unexpected changes in temperature. Try pairing a layered look with a tailored pair of dark denim for a great outfit that translates well from day to evening.
  • Military inspired outerwear. Military inspired outerwear is one of the most fashion forward trend right now.
  • Faux fur. The quality and production of faux furs are getting much better and most times it is very difficult to distinguish between faux and real fur. So opt for faux!
  • Leather Jackets. Leather jackets have never gone out of style but we are seeing more updated and fresh silhouettes on the runway. 
  • Cable Knit. Classic cable knit but updated. Cable knit has never gone out of style but this year we are seeing cable knit updated in to more modern designs.



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WATCH ME on WVUE Fox 8 today @ 12:35

The first day of winter 2011 is December 22 but that has not stopped temperatures from dropping. With the change in temperatures it is time to bring a change to your outerwear for the season. Watch ME on WVUE FOX 8 News today @ 12:35 when I will talk about the hottest outerwear for men and women. I will be showing looks from Style Lab for Men: New Orleans and Tomato.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Upcycled Furniture

I wanted to share some photos I found online of upcycled furniture. These are such fun designs.

cardboard furniture design
Cardboard box table

Recycled Pen Chandalier
Old pen chandelier 

Detailing with bottle caps

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Lunch

The Chet Pouciau Design Family went out to lunch at Commander's Palace this afternoon. We are all filled to the brim now!

Nadia Ramadan, Chet Pourciau, Brandon Cheramie, Justin Joseph

Light Bulb Christmas Tree and Wreath

Thank you to those of you who have been emailing me about the show today. I wanted to post the instructions on how to make the light bulb Christmas trees and wreath that you saw on the show today. The method of making the trees and wreath are the same, we just used different kinds of light bulbs.

What you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Old light bulbs
  • Glue that can be used with glass
  • Old ribbon

1. Cut out a cardboard circle template.

 2. Lay out the light bulbs in a circle using the template as a guide for accuracy.

3. Drip glue where light bulbs meet. I used more glue on the bottom tiers to make sure the tree and wreath were stable.

4. Keep building new layers, using less light bulbs each time.


Chet on WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, LA: Holiday Decorating Ideas

Chet Pourciau Holiday Tour

Chet Pourciau is pleased to announce the kick off of Chet's Holiday Tour! Chet is touring Louisiana today through the holidays to share his upcycling tips with television viewers.

This morning Chet visited WAFB 9 News in Baton Rouge. I have shared some photos form the set.

Thank you WAFB 9!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Origami Christmas Ornaments

Click on the link to get the instructions on how to make these cute flower balls. After you learn to make the individual flowers, tape them all together to make a ball. Don't forget to tape in a ribbon to hang them from!

Upcycled Christmas Decorations

Catch me on FOX 8 at 8:15 tomorrow morning, I am going to be live at City Park for Celebration in the Oaks. The segment will be about upcycling Christmas decorations, using common household items like plastic water bottles; used light bulbs and old magazines.

The photos are a sneak preview of what I will be showing you what to make.