Wednesday, November 28, 2012

An Average Day at Maison Decor

 There is no way to know what a day will hold for me
 when I walk through the shop door~
and yesterday was the perfect example....I was in the back room
 trying to get at some bills and some shipping orders from the online shop
 and answering emails when a customer walked in~she had a snazzy hat 
on and a pink tweed coat and had an arsenal of samples.  
The beautiful wallpaper was hers~and I loved it as soon as  I saw it! 
It was a water colory classical floral on a 
pale aqua background with all of my favorite pastels.  
 Sandra and I got along famously as we seemed to share a love 
of the same stuff~she found me through a round about 
way via the web~she wasn't an Annie Sloan shopper...
she was a Shabby Frenchy kind of girl who was enamored 
of my little shop...as a matter of fact I had seen her with her nose pressed 
to the windows the day before when we were closed,
 but I was in such a rush to get into Boston with a shipment on my day 
off that when I went out to see if she wanted to come in for a peek she was gone~
 Sandra liked the pretty handpainted antique bed~
She seemed enamored of the latest piece I had finished too.
After some brainstorming and color talk, sharing mutual favorite websites
she vanished like Cinderella with a promise to be in touch.
 Today she called and after taking the time to digest 
all things Maison Decor she put in her order.
1. French Blue Sideboard with the Mirror that was hung above it~
And one French Gilded sofa in Antoinette~! 
Yes I had finally decided to part with my signature sofa
as it takes up precious store space....
so you won't be seeing this much longer.

 It was a pretty addition that set the tone, 
but I must use the space for more function than just form...
Hey~this pretty little tree~...it came from Costco in a red plastic bucket.
I used spray on adhesive and wrapped a French script fabric scrap around it
and voila~instant french rustic chic~!

 Hey, this is another very cool trick for at home 
or if you have a shop...do you want a great little sound system? 
Plop your iPhone with Pandora playing into a
 metal paint bucket like this from Lowes.
You will be amazed at how marvelous the music sounds!~!!! 
Its fantastic! Try it!
 I am all jacked up about the new Annie Sloan WORKBOOK. 
Its just very cool~so I have a dedicated area to create with it 
and inspire my shoppers when they pop in. 
This neat little cabinet is done in Antoinette and Graphite
and I drew an inspiration sketch for the design in the WORKBOOK~
 I am also getting ready for 
back to back Sunday  Workshops! 
This coming Sunday is my Fifty Shades of Gray 
with one opening left.  All of my workshops have been sellouts 
as soon as they get posted so if you are considering taking a class, 
sign up promptly! I am sold out for December and January and 
will be scheduling February in December.  
Note: I had one spot open up today for my Dec 9th INTRO class~
signup online or call the shop to book it!!
I did just list a WORKBOOK workshop which 
is a two hour class for $85 which includes the WORKBOOK. 
 You can see more details at the online shop 
and click on Instruction/Workshops.
 I will be getting out 4 custom painted Mora clocks 
within the next week too~these are 
big sellers in my shop and make wonderful gifts.  
They are online too~
 Also a photo shoot around this French bed 
I bought this summer at Brimfield is happening
soon featuring Annie Sloan's fabrics~
then headed into Romantic Homes magazine!!
 A new addition to our extended family is this little charmer~Sylvia!  
Justin got a new dog with his GF Madison~she is a Schnoodle 
(mix of Poodle and Schnauser) and Justin said she is like
 having a real live Teddy Bear~! I can't wait to meet her!!
 Of course there is always the painting that is going on at Maison Decor~
both in Boston and Malden.  Justin and I take on custom work
 and we paint pieces for the shop~he has a talent that
 I intend to share further on this blog...he's not just a shopkeeper!! 
 Setting the scene for the Fifty Shades of Grey~
if this class is a hit it will be offered again in February.
Do you want to learn about color mixing and 
extending the range of colors to give yourself oodles of options?
Do you want to incorporate cool finishes with metallics and pearl? 
 Then this is the class for you!
I'll be in the thick of the paint this Sunday with my students~
helping them create their  next masterpiece!
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