Monday, November 24, 2014

Palace Doors~Make your own!

After visiting Versailles I came home quite inspired.  
This is a room in Marie Antoinette's casual palace, the Petit Trianon. 
As you can see its more formal than how most of us live, 
but if you could take away one decorating idea, 
I think it would be the molding.
Look past all the gilding and brocade and you will see 
the most beautiful moldings on walls and doors and fireplace surrounds. 
The moldings in the small country palace were painted in muted colors
 with the raised relief in white.  This inspired me to want to build my
 own palace door as a wall decoration.  Why not?
 Large artwork is hard to find, 
and I like the idea of hanging a door on a big wall, 
or propping it up as a display piece as it makes a great backdrop
for that empty corner of the room.  
I had a few old doors in the shop and last week Gina and I transformed
 it into a Palace Door using Efex appliques and Chalk Paint. 
 Check it out!
 This is a finished shot of the bottom of the door. 
This shows how the Efex appliques look after we attached them
to the door. 
 Another view looking at the bottom of the door.
 The door was an old white door,
we did not prep or repaint, we used the white base
as our starting point.  Gina and I played
around with the Efex in different combinations.
You can use scissors to trim the pieces to fit perfectly.
 After coming up with something we thought
would look good, we painted the Efex with Pure White
Chalk Paint so it would match the door color.
I don't have pics of that part. We added some
texture using crackle, but that is an optional step.
The Palace Doors in Versaille were really
not very crusty looking!  I just like things a little
bit more rustic, so we added some texture with
a crackle medium. Then we applied a custom mix
of Paris Grey and Pure White over the entire door.
 Its pretty amazing how you can transform something using these Efex.
This is my mantle, and it is done in a traditional, not rustic style.
It is a Benjamin Moore paint over the entire thing, in a white semi-gloss.
See the options you have to create different looks?
 We love our Palace Door and will be offering a workshop in January
at Maison Decor to anyone who wants to haul in a door and create this look.
You can choose from our inventory of Efex and create the door of your dreams.
 If you want to make your own Palace Door using Efex
check out our online shop featuring these amazing latex appliques.
We will be spending Wednesday through Friday with our families
this week for Thanksgiving preparation and celebration.
However we will be there Tuesday if you need to grab a hostess gift
or some paint!  And on Saturday we will return with a store wide
sale as it is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!  For the first time ever
we will have almost everything in the shop on sale, including Chalk Paint!
See you then!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Incredible Painted Finishes! Segreto Style!

I like to think I know a thing or two about painted finishes...I
 have been working on them for years now and am
 always turned on by a nice looking paint job! 
 Some of the nicest finishes are the ones that don't hit your 
over the head, but instead lure you in closer, asking for a second
 glance or the brush of your hand across the loveliness.  
In this category, the painter standing at the 
top of the heap is Leslie Sinclair. 
 She started a decorative painting business 
which is now recognized as the best of the best, 
and lucky for us, she has captured her work in book form.  
Luscious thick glossy pages holding beautiful images 
of real homes by real designers with her amazing painted finishes. 
The book cover alone is a knockout, isn't it? 
 Look at those cabinet doors!  Such fabulousness!
So who is this book for? Its not just for someone like me who 
is totally into painted finishes, not at all. 
Its for people who love beautiful homes, 
great design and tips and ideas on how to copy
 some of these same looks in your homes.
Hundreds of amazing looking homes, all shared in 
these lovely glossy pages.  I adore this huge book! 
 Beautiful kitchens....
 From country style to elegant and posh....
 rustically elegant dining rooms...
 stunning yet approachable.... 
 Over the top glamorous French style...
 Old world manor style....
 with decorating inspiration for all of your rooms!
 So take a trip through some of the most beautiful homes you have ever seen,
and learn how they came to look so amazing at the hand of Segreto.
You will see before and afters and learn what techniques were used 
in each of the rooms.  Leslie shares so much in these pages, it was 
so interesting to read an in depth description and not just a little blurb.
 She divides the homes into their style classifications
 and then the tour begins for each of the homes showcased.
 You will fall in love with this elegant and inspirational book!
I would order one for myself for Christmas, but I already have it 
upon request to write this review as I just adored her first book!
So pull a Secret Santa and order one for yourself :-)
Leslie shares paint colors and paint techniques for those of us interested,
and every page has full blown images of the most current design trends going.
Lots of stenciled walls, tinted plaster walls, cabinetry and furniture 
painted finishes~all of them more gorgeous than the next.
 This large beautiful design book has an interesting story
 that you may not know, and its that Leslie published it herself! 
 So it is a true labor of love, by a small business 
woman who had a vision for sharing her incredible work. 
 I love this part of the behind the 
scenes story, how she just decided to finance and publish it 
and hoped it would appeal to 
readers.  So you will only find it for sale in independent decor shops, 
antique shops and other small businesses who love Leslie's work
 as much as I do.  You won't find it in book shops or the big box stores, 
because it was published by an independent~Leslie!
 Leslie has it available online for purchase with ten dollars shipping, 
which is a good deal, because it is huge and heavy.
So open up the door and the pages to a world filled with beauty.  
Trust me, you will be glad you did. This is one book you
 will love keeping on your coffee table to grab for 
leisurely and pleasurable reading many times over!

To purchase Segreto Style from Leslie's website click here 
She has it on Amazon too, click here
Know that when you do purchase you are 
shopping small from independent businesses 
like Leslie and mine this holiday season.
And thank you for that!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Workshops!

Pinch me! 
I am taking a day to myself to go to a Holiday Workshop
offered by designer/stylist/photographer Matthew Mead!
I saw a notice posted on Facebook from this fab style guy
who was opening up his studio to do intimate workshops.
How exciting!
The workshops will be holiday decor classes with Matthew
and his wife Jenny.  Wreath making, centerpieces and adorable
one of a kind dioramas are on the menu!
 There are several workshops to choose from~
I am attending on December 6th and will be making
a wreath similar to the one shown above.  
Very Williamsburg-esque, don't you think? 
 I love the idea of naturals in holiday decor,
and am excited to produce a wreath like this one.
 Oh, and if you have seen the December issue 
of Better Homes and Gardens, this cover
was produced and styled by Matthew! 
 This is the diorama offered in one of the workshops.
You get to put in elements of your own choosing, 
but how amazing is this?  You can create
one to take home, 
and Matthew will even photograph your work. 
 He is a professional photographer
and his images are iconic.  
This diorama was created by one of the ladies 
that attended last weekend's workshop,
and was photographed by Matthew Mead.  Its a forever keepsake. 
 I would make several of these and hang them in tiers from
 my kitchen window as a charming winter/holiday decoration.  
 You can also choose to make a holiday centerpiece. 
 Matthew demonstrated how to create
this arrangement for the students last week.  
Its elegant and natural and simply gorgeous!
 To get more inspiration if you cannot attend one 
of his amazing workshops, check out this images.
Plenty of natural greens and simple touches can 
give your home a look of style and elegance at Christmas.  
How can one get tired of this?
 More simple yet beautiful ways to decorate~stacked compotes 
or cake trays with apples, pears, pomegranates and
 tiny floral arrangements in white and green all spell Holiday Magic!!
 This purple vignette would be 
perfect for my dining room! 
I need a small tabletop tree and some glass balls in purple. 
How easy and yet so sophisticated!
For many its the red and the green that are their go to colors.
 When you use natural elements like nuts and florals and 
simple greenery you can get a beautiful look with
 a timeless feel for your holiday decor.
So think "natural" and get the Matthew Mead look
this holiday season.  If you are lucky like me you 
can sign up for a workshop and get hands on design
training with the master himself!  He cooks up little
savory treats and does demos and trades stories all the 
while you get to create your own masterpiece!
I am the one usually teaching the workshops, so this
is going to be such a treat for me.  Hope you can join me
or Matthew in one of his holiday workshops.
You know if I hear of a good thing, I am going to 
share it! So here is your holiday fun idea:
look at the list and pick the one that works for you
and get in the holiday mood!!
If anyone wants to ride up with me for the 
December 6th workshop I have two spots in my
car if you need a lift!
Just send me an email at
and we can coordinate.

For more Matthew Mead inspiration, 
check out his Facebook page here and his blog here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Antique Purple Turkey Platter!

For years I have been on the hunt for a purple transferware
Turkey platter.  I collect that color transferware and over
the years I have been finding various pieces at Brimfield,
auctions, eBay as well as buying from Nancy Roberts.
Nancy has the biggest collection of transferware for sale
in the world!  She kept me in mind and when she found 
this large purple Royal Staffordshire platter she sent me 
a message.  Was I interested?  You bet!
It set off a chain reaction where I did the entire dining room over!
Last time I posted I showed off my dining room, and it looked like this.
 I decided I wanted to hang more of my purple collection on the walls in this room.
So out went the gold mirror and the blue opaline chandelier. The bright aqua blue didn't
look right with the strong purple colors.  Enter my fabulous empire basket chandelier!
I bought this at auction over a year ago, and its just been hanging in my shop with a 
Not for Sale tag.  The clear crystal chandelier would look nice with the purple.
So out with the mirror and blue chandy, and in 
with plates and the French chandelier!
We switched the table position too to 
accommodate something else.
The French settee I picked up from designer Matthew Mead!
We used it at Justin and Madison's wedding, 
but it was intended to end up somewhere 
in our house. It was either going to be in the dining room, 
or as a fancy piano bench in the living room.
I dry brushed Old White Chalk Paint across the cane as
it was too dark for my liking. No wax, just the paint,
and it was dry in a nano second and ready to put in position.
This is how the room looks today. 
               I still have to do a few more things,
but the essentials are in place and I feel like I have a new room!
Don't you love changing things up once in a while?
 I even got a little crafty and 
potted a faux lavender we sell in our shop
into one of these teacups.
After I bought the turkey platter, I got a message from a FB
friend telling me she had a set of her mother's Wedgewood
china in purple and white and was I interested....
of course I was! I now have two sets of 8 in different patterns,
but enough purple and white transferware to host a big dinner.
Sometimes one new thing can be a catalyst for an entire room
to be switched around.  Today Mr. Maison Decor will be 
hanging up the blue opaline chandelier in another room.
We also are trying to take our family Christmas card photo 
and get all the dogs in it with us this time round.
Hope you have a nice Sunday!
To shop at Nancy's Daily Dish and hunt down
your own turkey platter, click here.
 For more history on Turkey Platters this is 
a very interesting post on the background.
You will even spy my own turkey platter!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

My living room and dining room

 I haven't photographed our living room and dining room
recently, so I thought you might like to see it.
 Some seasonal decorations are up for the fall and Thanksgiving.
I like to put wreaths on my mirrors.  I found some wonderful wreaths
at HomeGoods.  They are not just for front doors you know!
This mini-pumpkin wreath is so cute
and its in natural colors that work well
with my living room palette.
I hung tiny wreaths on the curtain holdbacks too.
HomeGoods also had some other things I grabbed
like this burlap and lurex runner and the wheat shaft in a 
decoupaged pot.  My vintage dinnerware collection
includes white with gold rimmed dishes and glasses.
 The old gilt rococo mirror in the dining room has a wreath on it too.
 We will be adding a leaf or two to the table for dinner.
But for now this is how we use it on a daily basis.
 Tobey always sneaks into the frame, I do not know how he does it, 
but he will just appear out of no where when he hears me taking pics.
I hang the wreaths on the mirrors by tying a ribbon
on the wreath loop and then hang it over the 
top of the mirror.  We sell this awesome skinny
velvet ribbon in the shop and its perfect for doing this,
as well as using on ornaments.
 Its simple and its a great way to make the room feel like its fall.
I have a few more decorating ideas in the dining room
that I hope to get done before turkey day.
How are you doing on that front?

Note: This post is partially sponsored by HomeGoods as part of my participation in their designer program on Pinterest.  Check out our Happy by Design board for tips and tricks from interior designers.
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