Jan Jumpstart Judge: Page Marchese Norman from Martha Stewart

published Feb 5, 2008
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Name: Page Marchese Norman
Title: Editorial Director of Decorating, Martha Stewart Omnimedia
Location: Brooklyn Heights, NY

Introducing our third January Jumpstart Judge from the former state of Blueprint, style director, Page Marchese Norman. She’ll be helping to award our six Ebay prizes to the deserving DIY-ers who braved the possible perils of home projects with us this month on AT. Click below for her DIY secret resource and biggest inspiration…


My Secret Resource:

www.greatstuffbypaul.com – A great source for antique country and primitive accessories and decorative pieces from around the world. Affordable finds that you can add your personal touch to.

Biggest DIY Inspiration:

If you have radiators or pipes running through your home, why not celebrate them rather than trying to hide them! By highlighting the pipe and radiator below, we added a modern, quirky and graphic twist to an apartment with very sophisticated traditional details. The mix of the two styles gives a very European feel in that you’ve elevated details that you would otherwise try to hide.

We did this project for a paint story we were producing. We used Shane’s apartment as a location. See the before shot where everything is white. We actually took the radiator cover off. We chose to paint the walls and woodwork a very sophisticated palette of deep grey-greens. We then painted the pipe and radiator a shocking yellow. Again, the mix of sophisticated and bold creates an incredible result.

Many experts say it is fine to use regular oil based paint when painting pipes or radiators, but we found a great product called Benjamin Moore Iron Clad-Alkyd Low Luster Metal & Wood Enamel which is a rust inhibitor and primer in one that can be tinted to almost any color. It can be used as an all in one product or just as a base coat. We used it as a base coat and then painted over with Blast Off Yellow-DC1C-10-4 which is a Disney Color from Behr. Available at homedepot.com

The wall color is Cottage Shutter-MS 332 by Martha Stewart Colors available at lowes.com. The wainscotting and woodwork is Dragonfly-AF-510 by Affinity Benjamin Moore available at benjaminmoore.com

The Belgian Landscape Oil Painting is from one of our favorite shops in NYC called John Derian, johnderian.com

More January Jumpstart info:

  • Bluelines front page
  • CHI January Jumpstart Judge: Heather Blaha
  • Rebecca Robertson Pasanella from Martha Stewart
  • Sarah Humphreys from Martha Stewart
  • SF January Jumpstart Judge: Danielle Henderson