Thursday, April 19, 2012

Shop Series: Corona, craigslist, cream color

 My day started early~but this shot is the last shot of the day~! Now I am able to start hanging things up and playing with the composition of all the goodies for the shop. I have to say I am really enjoying it~
did you know that a Corona is a small version of a crown?  Its the ultimate french statement~having such a decorative element above your bed or your settee~I couldn't wait to hang it up on the wall and tie the damask linen panels from the inner ring...I have an old iron bed frame in my garden that I plan to bring to the shop, to create a little boudoir scene~but for now I stuck the frenchy chair in between the panels.
Its pretty~all vanilla-ish and tole roses going 
around in an arch...many ways to use these...
I wondered if I might hang one above each shop window 
and tie off the panels~quite french and dramatic I would think.
 But lets start at the beginning of my day~Mr. Maison Decor wanted to participate in the tribute to a murdered police chief in Greenland NH~this chief  was gunned down in a drug raid, after rescuing one of his own~he was fatally shot when he pulled an officer to safety.  Its wonderful how policeman from other counties and states will go to the funeral of a fallen brother to show respect to the family and officer killed in the line of duty.  There is a quiet noblity about that gesture~
I rarely see my hubs in his dress uniform (gloves not on here)~so I asked him
if he would come outside so I could photograph him...
He is the guy you want when you have a problem~
just like that police chief that gave his life for another.
 While hubs went off to pay his respects, 
I went back to Camille's house for another round of frenchy stuff.
 Camille called me and said she found "more stuff that you like"...
so  I went right over, loaded up the car and then headed for the shop~
 As I turned the corner, this is what I saw~
 Mike, the landlord, hard at work scrubbing the old oak door
 that is the entrance to the apartments
above and is a door right next to my shop~he also was cleaning the 
cement to remove staining around my #50 in brass letters 
set into the cement and cleaning the marble entryway floors.
 This is the product he was using~
 Ancient marble~ok, well 110 years old at least~I love how it looks.
 A straightforward grid of marble tiles in a 
well traveled entrance way has stood the test of time.
 Look at the oak wainscoting on this entry
 and right up the stairway it continues~
 Then Mike surprised me by showing off the two original lanterns
 to both entrances. He took down the one over the apartment 
door to refurbish it like the one that used to hang over my door, 
that he just finished restoring. We are going to get an electrician
 and have it re-installed to is rightful place~!
 While Mike was cleaning the cement and doorway I got to getting 
the Mora clock ready to paint in a custom order of cream and 
old white~this is the taupe finish it comes in, which is heavily distressed.
 I also arranged all 6 botanicals on the beadboard as 
there was a lot of interest in this pretty collection.
 Each depicts a different flora~
 And the frame is a chippy creamy beige and white with bits of gilding.
 The next fabulous landlord move was to reinstall
 this old fashioned screen door! Now I can have my front door 
open and no flies or bugs can come inside. Mike made this himself
 to fit my oversized door...he made it for the last tenant and right
 after he installed it, they asked him to take it back down, 
so I am glad it was still in the cellar so I could use it!
 I unpacked my treasures from Camille, 
which included some frenchy mirror for vanity tables~
 This one has antiqued mirror with roses circling it~
 I am loving using this space as a studio for painting 
the clocks and also the wings~
you can see a pair of angel wings on the saw horses~
I am making them old white and gilding them for that 
shabby paris look~not too rustic~just aged elegance...
 This is the mora in cream and old white~looking at the photo 
I will consult with the buyer and see if she would like me 
to put some cream inside the crown area, 
instead of just old white, before I ship~
Another long day but a day much enjoyed~I have an auction on Saturday,
 a bank report to write, a sign application to fill out and file,
 and on Sunday we are gonna lug one of those 
giant soap stone sinks up the shop!!! 
OMG~I can hardly wait!!


  1. Everything looks great--I love the Corona. Tell your husband he looks handsome in his dress uniform. It is so exciting to see this all happening--and I just can't believe how fast it seems like it is happening!

  2. Thanks for sharing the rest of those botanicals, Amy! They are just beautiful. I can't believe how far you've come! It looks like you are just about ready to open for business. Love how you dressed the corona and the chair is a nice place setter for now. I've been looking for ideas for mine online! : ) You found a real treasure trove in Camille ~ she really has some great stuff that just suits your new shop perfectly. Mr. MD looks very handsome in his dress uniform. That was a sad story about that Chief who was killed. I understand he was set to retire shortly, too.

  3. Love the corona and the panels. I so envy you getting to do this! What a wonderful time for you! Enjoy!

  4. Oh, Amy! I am just over the moon thrilled for you as I watch your shop morph into a thing of French beauty! I can't believe how generous and kind and helpful your landlord is! What a God-send!

    Your husband looks so regal and kind in his uniform. I didn't know you were married to a policeman. What an honorable career.

    I wish wish wish I lived closer so that I could help you in your shop. It looks like so much fun!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  5. My heart beats a little faster with each post ;->

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  6. I am so enjoying reading about your shop journey and cannot wait to see your Grand Opening Date...I am looking forward to seeing your wares in person! Your hard work is not only inspiring but definitely paying off in the way your beautiful shop is coming together.

  7. Hi Amy,
    I am so happy you chose to bring your readers along with you as you create a shop that will stand the test of time rather than just show us the end result. This is so much fun. You are transforming such a neglected space into a beautiful place customers will will adore.
    Give your husband an extra tight hug tonight. He is safe, alive and well.

  8. Handsome hubby, Amy! love that "corona". you're really coming along. and how great is your landlord? wow!

  9. There is just too much going on, i don't even know what to talk about first. Your husband is sooo handsome and stately and even sexy in his uniform. There is just something so touching to me about the ways these guys get in full dress and honor their fallen comrades... what a beautiful thing. Your landlord has been just wonderful too. I love that! What a great guy!
    The shop looks more amazing each day... holy moly... i can't wait to see the old sink installed, and the corona with the sweet linen draping is wonderful... i see the Amy touch everywhere, and it is just evolving into this charming frenchy fabulous place. Still loving that moira clock, and how lucky that your buyers even get your personal touch when you paint and customize them... wow!


  10. Amy!!!! all this a a great looking hubby tooo i can't take it!! susan

  11. I LOVE your blog and what a great post to include Mr. Maison Decor in your post.

  12. Thanks for taking the time to snap pics and share your day with us. It's so inspiring!

  13. wow...what progress you have made, is looking gorgeous....i love the mora clocks too...yours look beautiful!

  14. Amazing!!! Everything looks so beautiful...I am salivating over that frenchy mirror with the swag in the center! WOW!!!!!!!

  15. fabulous. its soooo going to be beautiful. amy all i can say is you are ONE LUCKY WOMAN.....all the way around:)

  16. I could live in your shop!!! It really is beautiful! You have done a great job! Do you know when you are going to officially open? I will be in town next month and would love to check out all the great stuff in person :)

  17. Hi Amy,
    Your husband looks really handsome all suited and booted it is just sad it is for the loss of a fellow policeman...respect for others is a beautiful thing and something a lot of the younger generation could do with learning.
    OMG!!! look at your shop! so,so beautiful and so exciting,your landlord is such a lovely guy isn't he? and wow the panelling and marble tiles are stunning.
    I love that you are painting furniture there too its my idea of heaven!
    Love to you xxx

  18. You are AMAZING!!!!!! Do you sleep? You are like the energizer bunny.....cannot believe all you have done in such a short time. Just incredible. I am loving everything so far.....looks like its going to be one heck of an amazing store. Sooo much fun to watch this happen:)

    PS Your husband looks so dapper in his must be proud!

  19. HI Whimsical Wonders~I plan to open in the second half of May or at least by June 1~please stop by in any case if you are visiting and call the shop phone at 781-324-0701 which will be hooked up soon! I couldn't reply directly as you have a no-reply comment status on your profile, as do most of the commenters...everybody should check to see that they can get a reply back by having their email address enabled to their profile to receive replies.

  20. You work at warp speed--I can't believe the progress you've made! Love the vignettes you have created. This is going to be one stunning store. You just may start a restoration revival on your street with your store renovation!

  21. Thank you for your kind comments Amy xxxx

    Check out this link.... Toleware to die for xxx

  22. I knew you would love it! :)

    I just unchecked something about email,not sure if that is what you meant?
    I will google it when i get home if not and get it it fixed,
    Have a lovely weekend xxx

  23. ps i LOVE your candle sticks,beautiful! x

  24. WOW Amy your shop looks fabulous and what a great landlord you have. The hubby looks very handsome in his dress uniform, great pics!

  25. Well ! I am just loving being part of your new venture and have to thank you for the regular updates. Your shop is already looking SOOoooo fantastic and will definitely be a huge street magnet for all who pass your window. I wish you great success and predict you will enjoy a long and prosperous retail business experience and your shop and shop front will become part of the local community in no time at all. You seam to have a wonderful landlord, not to mention a fantastic and brave husband. Mary

  26. Hi Amy,
    I can't believe how much you are getting done? Do you ever get to sleep? You must be very efficient and organized. The shop is looking amazing. I can't wait to see the changes each day. What a great landlord you have. Wish I lived closer and could get to your shop when it opens. Hopefully you will offer some items that you can ship to Canada.

  27. Sooo gorgeous! Love the touches of pink. I am living the dream with you. You lucked out on this wonderful location and the landlord.

    Yes, police officers, as well as firefighters, are a very special breed of people indeed. We owe them so much.

    Have a fantastic week-end Amy.

  28. I can"t wait to see everything in person next Wednesday! I am so excited!

  29. i look so forward to your posts! this is soooo exciting!

  30. So sorry to hear of the tragedy that took the chief's life--please pass that on to Mr. Maison Decor. Your shop is just too cute and your excitement is infectious. Good luck on all your endeavors--you're off to a great opening.

  31. I am thoroughly enjoying your work in progress. You know you're amazing right?? :)

  32. Wow! It's really looking like a shop now! Love that corona with the sheers on it. Great idea the way you displayed it.


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