Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I want that Bohemian vibe


~My shop~
I've been craving a little funky color and style~and to me
that means heading off in a Bohemian direction.
One definition of "Bohemian" from the internet:
                                       "Movement of artist and poets in late 19th century                                                            
France, especially in Paris. Bohemians believed in living outside of the   bourgeois (conventional, middle class) mainstream culture."
So heading outside the mainstream for me means going ahead with my latest impulses,
which are peachy pinks, florals, gold, gold, and more gold and funky accessories. 
It has to be vintage and when all that comes together its a winner in my book!
A Florentine style table was a recent auction purchase and is now for sale at the shop~it inspired a little setting I created in the front window that included some vintage metal things.  I bought a set of 6 metal and porcelain Italian decorative wall sculptures from  my picker Rebecca....not sure what to call them, and I wasn't sure if they were cool or weird or what.  But something about them made me want them~it was the pale peach colored handmade porcelain flowers.  I thought they  would look cool climbing up the wall like a big vine...but first I needed to paint a backdrop for them.
 For a long time I have been wanting to paint more walls with Chalk Paint.  
I poured some Scandinavian Pink and some Antoinette into a paint tray,
 then added a blob each of Pure White and French Linen....
got a paint brush and started painting.
 I painted in big stroked and then I spritz it down with a 
spray bottle and rag it all around for a nice soft effect.
It came out pretty nice and the flower vines looked storybook climbing up the wall.
After the wall was finished a shop neighbor stopped in with a desk I 
bought from her~she is closing her hair dressing shop and she wanted
 to know if I was interested in her decoupage desk.  The desk was also 
one of those things I wasn't sure about when I first saw it...I wasn't going
 to repaint over the decoupage~did I think it had a chance 
of appealing to my buyers? I decided it did~its funky and french
 and fits the Bohemian style nicely. 
Certainly some cool girl will want this very different desk!  
 Its got some great style but all the feet are tired and have seen better days~
I'll touch them up with black paint and they will hardly be noticeable! 
The price will be right and this desk will have a new home soon I predict.

Paired with a gold chair its the perfect Bohemain writing table~
I'm feeling colorful and lively and in a go with the flow mood~
How are you feeling lately?  I still love the neutral palette
but think the store will be having touches of Bohemian style
to inspire me as I work through Annie Sloan's paint palette.
This Saturday I am hosting a Workbook workshop.  We will be making
color wheels and building color palettes and then doing plenty of clip art
and inspirational design work in our Workbooks, which comes with the class
admission price of $85~so sign up if you have two hours this Saturday and
get your inspiration down on paper in your own Workbook journal.
A page from my Workbook shows the colorway of 
peachy pink that has been on my brain lately.
Its definitely peachier than pink...and I haven't liked Peach for a long
time...funny how a color can come around again. 
Lots of new ideas and things we will be doing at Maison Decor
and I will be sharing it all right here with you.


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