Saturday, July 31, 2010

My mantel goes french blue

My blue mantel after a coat of BM palladium blue..
it used to be white. 
I wanted a change to go with
 our new living room color scheme.
Nice but kind of one dimensional blah.
So I painted on some white glaze to soften it
And I ragged it off..
and then I did it to the gold leaf frame on the painting too!
And ended up with a dreamy soft blue mantle.
Of course I asked hubby to change my light fixtures
 to the frenchy antique iron and crystal ones I had
 been carrying around before my Mrs Maison Decor days..
and he agreed to my wishes!
And then of course I just had to change the accessories out...
 so up went my collection of aqua blue bottles and jars.
The whole room is getting a makeover,
 but you will have to wait for the reveal.
I adore the light fixtures.

Memories are what makes a family feel special and connected.

 I present my French blue mantel!

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Romantic Living Room Update

Recently I had the pleasure of updating
 a living room for a client.
 She loves the glamorous, romantic, french style.
This before  picture was taken after the painters 
had finished, so the cornices were still down.
What a difference adding to her window treatment made.

The existing cornice boards were already upholstered to match
 the chair and sofa in the living room. I added long silk panels with fringe.
Her walls were originally linen white, now a beautiful pinky beige.

Take a look at the finished room:

I specified a paint change to BM Bradstreet Beige
 and the ceiling in BM Sunset Pink.
There was a lot of pattern with the Aubusson style floral carpet 
and the floral pattern was everywhere you looked.
I wanted to soften that overload of pattern.

 I toned it down with solid silk panels in a melon pink
 with lush fringe in a beige and pink combination.
 I applied a pink and beige brush fringe
 to the top of the lambrequins (cornices with sides).
Each panel was held back by a burnished gold medallion.
Her furniture is in a whitewash oak which
 comes across as a peachy pink. 
The room has layers of beigey pinks
 that are quite elegant and romantic.
A favorite painting won at an auction in Paris 
now holds center stage over the mantel.
 It used to be on a side wall.
 I replaced a contemporary oversized painting
 that was too bold for the room.
A tole candelabra in aged green
 is the centerpiece on her marble coffee table.
The color of the silk drapes is repeated in the coffee table.
The living room adjoins the dining room 
separated by marbleized columns. 
This room is next on our list~stay tuned!
Small changes in paint colors and beefing up top treatments
 can give any room the face lift it needs to stay current!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Mosaic Inspiration!

You have to check out this blog featuring mosaics.  
I have never seen such beautiful mosaic work~ever!
This work is done by Penny.

Pretty Aqua Picnic Basket
Baby pink and blue table
Sweet side chair
  floral rose clock
This was featured in Romantic Homes Magazine!
 House Sign
A mosaic teacart~the detail is amazing.
What beautiful china she uses
 for her mosaic work.
A darling chalkboard
A transferware teapot in mosaic

Penny even does charming teapot chandeliers!
A chocolate pot chandy!
I can't help but notice
 the purple toile draperies!
Recently I checked out this book out of the library
 on how-to create mosaic.
I have been collecting my broken china for years,
and am planning to create something...
but what?
This table caught my eye,
 and now I have Penny's creations 
for inspiration as well.
This pearl mosaic lamp is fascinating!
So many things you can create with mosaic...
looking forward to creating my own piece someday.
Click below to go to Penny's studio
and see more of her fabulous mosaics.

Lavendar Hill Studios.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Marie Antoinette meets Maison Decor in new home office

The plan: 
Marie Antoinette meets
 Dreamy Cottage Girl

My office makeover results.

A drafting table I snagged out of the cellar 
got a coat of frenchy blue paint.
I matched the pretty bookcase I just bought at Rustique.
 The long wide drawer is great for holding plans and
 samples for the current jobs I am working on.
A black needlepoint rug and a 
frenchy leopard desk chair anchor the room.
Bins under the table hold workroom supplies.
The Rustique bookcase has embossed wallpaper on the back panel.
Lots of things that inspire me have found a place here.
My antique thimble collection, cut glass...
Silverplate creamer and pitcher hold my pencil collections.

A magnetic board holds sweet thank-you notes and attractive calling cards over the bookcase..

A cookbook stand holds a decorator book open to an article I find inspiring at the moment.
A thrift store picnic basket holds my spools of thread.
My thinking chair is in the corner~a mombasa mosquito net over a comfy chair.
My frenchy table with marble top sits next to 
the dragonfly upholstered chair.
My vintage trunk holds fabrics and pillows
 for upcoming jobs.

Frenchy blue paint washed over an old ladder
 holds my current job samples. 
Behind the scenes: ladder and table getting a paint job.

I ordered these decals online so
 I wouldn't forget who I was when blogging. 
The crown came from Hobby Lobby.
Tres Cool.
Amazingly enough,
everyone speaks with a french accent
 when they enter this room!
Pink and green toile draperies with tassel trim
 hang from iron rods and fleur~de~lis holdbacks.
Hubby hung my auction find chandelier. 
A ceiling medallion I just painted
 french blue that has yet to be installed. 
 I mixed some pink crystals in with the clear.
twinkle pinkle twinkle pinkle
This space was created to inspire me.
Little bits and pieces of lovely are everywhere.
 Filled with all the things I am attracted to, 
I love walking through the door to work!

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My office ended up being featured on
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