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Looking for Real Faux May 16, 2008

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 These are some decorative painting inspirational finds from my recent trip to Savannah. 

Do you want walls that are interesting, rich with depth and texture? Do you desire something aged and time worn? Where do you begin?  Whether doing it yourself or hiring a decorative painter, identifying what you like is the best way to start. 

Look for real textures and colors that exist in the world around you.  Look at everything from sidewalks to ceilings.  Look in historic villages and towns.  Look at old and new structures.  Look at slate river bottoms and mossy green hillsides.

 Great inspirations are everywhere!  The mix of old world and new construction is my favorite combination. You don’t want everything worn and old, then it just looks worn and old.  The pairing of old and new, vintage and contemporary, are what make a timeless combination. 

Wouldn’t this aged crack and textured stone (shown below) add a fantastic richness to your decor?

Or a wall aged with an old graphic advertisement adjacent to your new cherry cabinets.

The cool colors of this garden frame the inviting warmth of these beautiful front entry doors. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day May 11, 2008

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 Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s day.

Today I thought I’d share a page out of my art journal. 

I love to create in my art journal.  It’s a place to draw, doodle, paint, collage, scribble, think, write… a place to create for ME.  I highly recommend this to everyone. 

How do you start? No one can explain better than Suzi.  Check out Suziblu on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRF4bsTToyk and then after that check out this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1U_DB4UFmk.  She’s hilarious and has many fun and inspirational multi media ideas.  Now go create and enjoy.

 

 

 

I’m not (usually) a fan of vinyl wall decals… May 3, 2008

 

(images from danielle thompson)Until I came across this incredibly cute application created by Danielle Thompson. It was featured on http://decor8.blogspot.com.  Every aspect of this room was so well designed and the use of vinyls is perfectly clever and appropriate!

She has a full description on how she created this masterpiece with several more pictures on her blog:

http://thompsonfamily.typepad.com/thompson_familylife/2008/02/new-home-decor.html

Another great application of this design would be to have these frames adorn the walls of a staircase that lead to the toy room.  Or, put them in the toy room and create an ever changing gallery of your children’s art!

Love it!

 

Some friends dropped by the other day… May 2, 2008

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These two stopped by the other day and visited with me for a while. They were actually curious about what I was doing!  Don’t they know it’s Turkey Season (or is it wabbit season)?

I’ve been getting things painted! Yeah! These serving trays are two of the smaller items that I will be putting on my soon to be open Etsy (http://etsy.com)  site.  I’m trying to keep the Etsy stuff small-ish for easy shipping. 

SHOPPING ALERT…

 

Before I get back to work, I wanted to show you these incredible pillows!!  They look pretty ordinary, I know.  The incredible part is that they were on clearance at Garden Ridge for $3!! They’re down… with zippered slip covers… for $3 and $4 American Dollars!! I had stacked my cart full, but think I’m going back for more (so leave some for me)…

 

Ava’s very French/Madeline Inspired, Nursery Furniture April 30, 2008

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As my anxious mommy-to-be client awaited the arrival of her sweet Ava, she brought me several pieces of furniture to paint.  With fabric swatches and paint colors she presented her vision for the nursery which was to be in a Madeline (like the book series) French theme.

Some pieces, like this little bookcase, were handed down from her grandparents.  It wasn’t by any means a fine piece of furniture. 

It was more like a utility piece that hung around the attic or basement for years. 

After scraping away contact paper applying some wood glue, nails and paint…

it turned into a happy little bookcase awaiting the great cardboard classics like Good Night Moon and I love You This Much.

The foot stool and rocker she found at consignment shops had hard old foam cushions that she worked on replacing and re-covering while I sanded, painted applied more pink polka dots.  I painted two time-worn brown stained dressers, that were her own when she was a girl.  A white antiqued finish gave them new life.

 

What she didn’t know, is that her friends wanted to surprise her with a baby shower gift that would coordinate with her collection.

They decided on having me paint this handy and useful portable stool. 

Doesn’t it look like a little frosted cake?

 

 

gathering and organizing April 26, 2008

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I’m gathering and organizing for summer sales.

I have several clip boards, chalkboards, note boards, magnetic… 

 A few storage pieces like this bench. Some trunks, painted vintage wood boxes and cans…

Some decorative pieces…

Three finished beds to sell.  Two of them are to sell as a matching set.

This is one of the two:

Children’s bed or play room art…

Organizing my studio, in preparation for at least two art/street fairs this summer and  I will be starting an Etsy site (http://etsy.com).

I have a lot of small items in my studio that are ready to go, but I need some larger items.  Waiting in line to be painted: 2 chiffarobes, dresser, armoire, library table.  vintage high chair, makeup/jewelry table, table and four chairs (I’m thinking of a game table design), architectural finds (carpentry first, then paint), chairs chairs chairs, canvas murals and a toy chest!

Hoping that by revealing my huge to do list, I will get these painted, posted and purchased.  I will be posting my  Etsy site as soon I get that going.

 

love your furniture April 21, 2008

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When I say the words “painted furniture” do you envision bright colors covering a chair with flowers, checks and polka dots?  Often, people do.  But, painted furniture can be many things.  From vibrant designs (polka dots and plaids) to subtle hints of time worn use. 

    

    

I painted these two pieces for a french inspired nursery.  Pink, brown and taupe toile fabric by the yards and yards required the furniture to be a subtle compliment to the room.  My client already owned these pieces.  She had used this armoire when she was a child.  I had also painted a gorgeous antique upholstered chair and side table for this room. 

I never did get around to taking pictures of those. (A really bad habit that I have had for years!  So many rooms and pieces of furniture that I have painted and not taken pictures of.  I’m usually so exhausted, I just want to clean my brushes and be done for the day! But this blogging is fixing that – I am taking pictures of everything.)

Painting all of the different styles of furniture with the same colors and designs brought everything together.  Instead of selling these old pieces they didn’t know what to do with, they re purposed them into a beautiful nursery.  And, these designs are so sophisticated (not child like) she will be able to use them for a very long time. 

You can search for a piece to purchase that you’d like to paint or have painted.  Or, you may already have something you love that just needs updating and style.  Painted furniture works in any room of your home and with any personal style. 

There’s a connection between a painted piece and the owner.  It’s more that just a piece of furniture, it’s a memory, it’s a gift, it’s a loved object with a history that you helped create.