Question + Answer with Nina McCarthy

As part of a fun interview held with Nina McCarthy of A Beautiful Room, LLC – located within the walls of Exeter Paint, I give you a sneak peek at some Q+A with the Norwegian-American interior decorator herself.

Full story to be featured later – keep an eye out for the links, readers! 

Question: How did you end up at Exeter Paint? 
Nina: All these years I’ve been working out of my house. I talked to Nicole and told her this is what I’m thinking and she said, “Well, why don’t you just work out of here? I’d love to have you here. You can help with color consultations, clients coming in . . .”

For the last 10 years it’s just been escalating and escalating. Now I’m here, working out of this space and I’m crazy busy.

The key thing is that I have networked myself with all these different people. I’m building relationships with these different people. We give each other jobs. I feel like every single person I’ve met along the way has helped me to get where I am today.

And you learn to trust yourself. I also worked two jobs for the longest time. I’ve been waiting on tables for 25 years more or less. But now I just do this fulltime.

Question: When did you make the plunge to fulltime Interior Decorator?
Nina: One year ago. I made a decision one night saying “if I’m going to make this work, it’s do or die. I’m going to just give this 110%” And when I didn’t have that extra income to fall back on you just go with it . .

When you’re good at something, don’t worry about the money, the money will come. But you can’t spread yourself too thin. And that’s what I was doing. I was constantly working at the restaurant and doing this (interior decorating) during the day and it was crazy. And I didn’t give this as much attention as it needed. I knew I had it all along.

Question: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Nina: The look on my clients faces when I’m done. Absolutely by far.  Janice Page – ABC Family project – I didn’t even know her that well, I just visited her house a couple of times and saw what they had and she gave me a budget. So I just went out, went shopping and instead of painting their walls, I just put everything together. Reuse and recycle. If I can just tweak it, I’ll do that. If I can spray paint it, I’ll do that. And I remember she came home after I was done and she like, “oh my god you are so great!” with big hugs.

So yes, definitely, that’s the most rewarding. Their approval, their outburst, and excitement about their new space. Because this is their home, and when you go into someone’s home you have to tread very carefully and be very respectful.

Question: Favorite magazine / website on design?
Nina: New England Design, Viranda, and Architectural Digest

Question: If money were no limit, what would you design?
Nina: A boarding school. A place landmark. On the ocean. A school for troubled kids or something like that. I could take from all my expertise and really make it a comfortable space for them. With bright colors and fun design. And probably within that school have a room where I can teach them about textures and colors because its all about touch and feel.

More from Interior Decorator, Nina McCarthy, to be posted soon. For more information, visit Nina in person at Exeter Paint on 75 Portsmouth Ave, Exeter, NH; Facebook @ A Beautiful Room, LLC; and her website www.abeautifulroominteriors.com 

DIY Projects | Chalk Paint + Pots

A fun DIY project this Fall season can also help you reuse and recycle old flower pots that you may have tucked away!

No matter the size of your old flower pots (or flower boxes!) – adding some fresh Uniquely Exquisite Tintable Chalk Paint from Exeter Paint can help give your garden or front steps that extra sparkle this fall!

Simply follow our step-by-step guide on how to create these beautiful accents for your home! 

1) Stop into Exeter Paint or Exeter Paint West to pick up your own container of Uniquely Exquisite Tintable Chalk Paint. Choose ANY color from our swatches and one of our friendly staff will mix it up for you. Also buy top gloss 

2) Find those reusable + recyclable pots or flower boxes to give new life to! If they’re not sitting around in your garage, pop around town looking for some bargains at Garage Sales or Antique Stores! You’re sure to find a gem sooner or later to give some new love and life.

3) Open, stir, and paint your pots! When applying Chalk paint, you’ll see visible brush strokes, but it’ll dry pretty smoothly. Apply several thin coats to get your desired look.

4) Use a clear wax for a velvetty, matte finish on your new pots! But if you’re looking for a more glossy glow, apply a satin or gloss finish which can also be found in either of our Exeter Paint stores.

5) Display your new pots in your garden or on your front steps! Take photos and share with us on Exeter Paint + Exeter Paint West Facebook Page for chances to be entered into our next monthly promo-giveaway! Plus, we can always use some inspiration from our readers.

What will be your fall DIY Chalk Paint project?
Share with us in the comments below! We love inspiration.

*Photos by NIna McCarthy at A Beautiful Room, LLC.
Featured in her latest interior + exterior design project.

 

Glow In the Dark | Ideas We Love

New to Exeter Paint + Exeter Paint West = Glow In the Dark Spray Paints 

Whether it’s a fun wall design for your child’s bedroom o20140916_164755r for halloween decoration, the new glow in the dark spray paint can be used in various DIY projects this fall!

Some ideas we love at Exeter Paint include DIY project:

1) Design in a child’s room | You know the feeling of looking up at the star sprinkled sky at night? Now how cool would it be to fall asleep under those stars within your bedroom or have them in your playroom to gaze at in the dark with your friends? With the Glow In the Dark paint you can give your kids (or you!) these fantastic wall designs. Check out GoodHomeDesign.com for their creative ideas!

2) Glowing Jars| For any occassion you feel could use a little glow! Check out these beautiful DIY ideas from TheGoldJellyBean.Com  – They take you through a step-by-step process on how to make these jars!

3) HALLOWEEN! Get ready for Halloween this year with some glow in the dark ghost balloons as seen on JustImagine.com! Just spray paint some balloon, blow them up, and add some scary faces and mwahahahahaha . . . Happy Halloween! 

Playing With Fabrics | Seacoast Vibes

Do you live near the ocean or just want to capture that feeling of the seaside in your home?

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Call Exeter Paint to make an appointment with in-house, interior designer Nina McCarthy from A Beautiful Room, LLC. She can help you mix and match playful fabrics and paints using our large selection of colors provided by California Paints and Benjamin Moore.

Don’t just stick to the ordinary. Mix it up and let us help you!

Follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date posts and project ideas from Exeter Paint & Exeter Paint West! You can be entered to participate in many of our monthly promo-deal-giveaways . . .
Don’t miss out.

Fabrics used in-house: Greenhouse Fabrics & Carole Fabrics

Free Gallon Paint | Promo Giveaway!

Free Gallon of Interior California Eggshell Wall*

New to Exeter Paint & Exeter Paint West Disney Frozen Removable Wall decals, Boston Red Sox Paint & Wallpaper, and Uniquely Exquisite Chalk Paint . Perfect for boys and girls room . . .
. . . or the Man Cave.

*Like Exeter Paint & Exeter Paint West on Facebook and share the link on your wall in order to qualify to enter a FREE gallon of Interior California Eggshell Wall on September 17, 2014!  
ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT!  DON’T MISS OUT!

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A Beautiful Room, LLC | Before & After Session

Introducing in-house interior designer, Nina McCarthy & her company: A Beautiful Room, LLC. 

New to the blog we’ll be adding posts featuring Before & After photos of previous projects Nina has completed, along with recommendations of her beautifully done renovations and designs.

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*You can find a link to her website and more information about Nina on the menu bar above. 

Wallcovering | Adding Extra Pizzazz to a Room!

wall_roommate Whether it’s for a child’s room, the kitchen or your own bedroom – wallcoverings can help spice up the room in a playful, glamorous, or subtle way.

Like choosing a paint color, choosing your new wallcovering or wall decals can be an overwhelming process with so many options available. With the help of one of our friendly staff or in-house interior designer, we can help you dream up the newest design additions to your walls!

Look at some inspiration from our partners websites below, get dreamin’ and come into the store today!

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At Exeter Paint & Exeter Paint West we carry York Wallcoverings, Thibaut, and RoomMates: Peel & Stick Décor. Click on photos above to view product information on store website.