Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shop Series: Paint, Pretty, and Pearl Street

 Today was an early start, I wanted to paint the entire right side of the shop.
I almost forgot I was a blogger ...
 I had already finished the bead board when
I remembered to take a pic. 
 It used to be the color of foundation makeup~
the worst color in the world in my opinion~
and on top is dark caramel.
Goodbye....brown and caramel and peach
I am subscribing to the theory that it will be pale yet interesting....
so its all being painted in French Canvas,
 which is a grey but might appear white
compared to the caramel color you are looking at.
 Oh yeah, and then I decided the "gilded" columns
 had to be white too~and I was sooo 
happy I started rolling them out~
they looked fabulous white!! 
 Then I posed for some self photo shots, and its hard 
not to look anything but goofy or self absorbed!
 Ok, I give up~but can you see I can fit in my smaller jeans?!! 
Yes the perks of driving yourself into the ground 
and being true to your lo-carb diet. 
That's my little kitchenette behind me~
 While the columns were fun to paint, 
this is the part I call UGLY PAINTING...
you have to paint over wires and ugly things
 just to make it look half decent...
and it works! So paint things out to make them disappear! 
 This section was particularly ugly~
I removed a bunch of clipboard thingies...I HATED that
burgundy accent stripe on the wood...I wanted it gone.
 I keep books with images that inspire me propped open~I just love this room.
 And this one is pretty too~all have painted white wood floors.
 If you like the painted floor idea, you'll get tons of ideas from this book.
 My brother Brian showed up in the afternoon to help his big sister~
I made asked him to do the high parts!  
He is a teacher and he has school vacation this week!
 And looky here~gorgeous right!?! 
White columns and beams.....ahh!
 While Brian was finishing up I was unpacking new inventory
 and my favorite thing was this set of 6 botanicals.
 I had to throw a few of them up on the wall~

 They are so pretty, and they have chippy gilded frames and good price points.
 I started stocking the armoires with pillows and drapery panels in taupe toile!
I have to say, this is the BEST part of being a shop owner~
 Have you seen this old church pew I bought for the shop? 
These  french fleur pillows look amazing on it.
 Out for a minute, and then back into the cabinet~
Its 5 o'clock and Brian has to hurry and finish up as he 
is headed to watch the Boston Red Sox~
he might come back on Saturday and do some more work..(!)
 And I found myself having steak tips and salad again with a glass of wine~
although this might be the first time I ever ate dinner alone at a restaurant!
But it felt fine~I brought home some for hubby who had a full day himself.
This Pearl Street Station restaurant might just be my "Cheers".
I will be working on my sign application~
I really have a grand plan for the facade~!!
Hopefully it will get the green light~until next time, 
I want you all to know, I feel the support and encouragement , 
and I really appreciate it!


  1. WOW! Hope you enjoy painting. Your shop is going to look fabulous.
    Love those botanical prints.
    Bet they go fast.
    I know the anxiousness you are feeling.
    We opened a store 20 years ago.
    Antiques and Collectables.

  2. Looking fabulous! LOVE those prints and the pillows and the linens and the wall color and the floor and...I'll stop!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  3. I can't wait to see what you are cooking up for the outside. You've had yet another very busy day. I bet yo are sore from all that painting. So nice that your brother helped. Seems the only speed you have is fast. This is moving right along.

  4. Those botanical prints are gorgeous, Amy! It really has made a big difference with the new paint job.

  5. Amy, I can't believe how quickly everything is coming together! You are on a MISSION, girl! It's funny how it doesn't seem like "work" when it's something we love! All the best to you.

  6. Amy- You have made SUCH headway. I can't believe how far you have come in such a short time. Everything is looking so crisp and clean and almost ready for "dressing". I hope your bro comes back to help you on Saturday. It does make it move along faster when you have help. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get a ton done.

    I am one of those weird people that does NOT mind going to a restaurant and eating alone....but it is nice to have company, too.

    Can't wait to see your exterior signage. xo Diana

  7. You must be on cloud nine! You might be extra busy right now, but you are having the time of your life!~Hugs, Patti

  8. I am LOVING everything so far! Your hardwork shows. The walls look great. I have that same book and it is full of great inspiration. Love those botanical pictures. Do you plan to sell online at all too? That sure would be nice for us that live in a different state and REALLY like what you sell!!

  9. I can't believe what a difference it made painting those columns! The whole place has opened up... You're gonna open your own shop, can you believe that! I check my sidebar constantly for updates, this is fun as anything to watch...


  10. Amy your shop is going to be beyond amazing!! I hope we will be able to keep buying some of your treasures online!

  11. Everything is looking great--including your dinner!

  12. Oh is going to be FAB-U-LOUS!! But I KNEW it would be! Amazing!!

    Will it be possible to buy stuff and you ship it?? I want stuff!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  13. Sent you an email with a question! Marcy :)

  14. It's looking so beautiful. ahhh the power of a fresh coat of paint! It's so much fun being right there with you in the process. If I lived close, I'd be there helping you, I LOVE to paint!! And hurray for low-carb diets, I'm doing it too!

  15. So excited for you!!! It's looking great so far, and I know you'll make it totally fabulous in no time!

  16. When I wake up in the morning and there is no blog post I feel very sad like I'm missing a chat with a good friend! So I'm thrilled at the pace you are keeping up with your blogging, too! It all looks wonderful, congrats at how it is coming along! And how great that Brian is helping out, too.

  17. Love the paint, and the botanicals. Yes, hard work is one of the best ways to drop a few pounds, and you've been working hard. Don't forget to get rest though.

  18. I just wanted to let you know I am having so much fun watching you put your shop together...It is going to be SOOOO fabulous. Thank you for taking the time everyday to keep us up dated, I know it is extra work, but living vicariously...Priceless!


  19. Hi Amy~~ I am so happy for you. Your space looks amazing. I wish I lived close by. I love all the pics of your process and hey if you can lose 10 lbs doing this.... good for you:))) Looking forward to seeing more:)

  20. Looking so good my dear!!! Love the pillows and bench and yes..they look great together. I see us enjoying steak tips..salad and wine in our future....BUCKET LIST!!

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  21. Amy you shop is lookin real good!! I LOVE those botanicals and pretty pillows!

  22. Wow, it's coming together so nicely. Your store is just filled with character, and you will have it looking amazing in no time. Can't wait to see the finished product!! Best wishes with your new endeavors!

  23. As a white lover, I'm all in for your shop's "whitening up"! It's already SO much prettier! Can't wait to see its daily transformation. Do tell, did your business loan app go well? Really loving the posts about the shop :-)

  24. cant wait to read your blog every night to see the new transitions. coming along nicely. columns look great! so does the steak tips.... yummy! cant wait to see your store sign. you have some very nice things coming in, and its going to look so beautiful. your book is a good book. i love it. one of my many refs. well, until tomorrow night. breathe........ s

  25. looking fantastic....can't wait to see the finished shop...and the sign on the exterior...oh, and the gorgeous things that you will be bringing in to sell...and did i tell you that it is looking fantastic?,,,well, it is!

  26. Oh, Amy! It's going to ve Great -- no, I take that back -- it's already to Great and on it's way to Grandious!!!!love that you're sharing your vision with us.

  27. Amy you look hot in your skinny jeans,way to go!
    Oh i am so happy you have posted,i come here every morning to see if there is a new post,ok i am ordering that book as most of my lib rary has Maison Decor books in it from your reviews,so i know this will be a good one,also we are painting all the floors at the cottage so i guess its a must buy.
    Wow in the last picture were everything is white it really looks beautiful you have done such a great job,love the stock you have started putting out,Amy this is so exciting to read honestly i am loving it,you write it like we all there with you.
    I can not wait to see the facade,from the sketch you made it is swoon worthy.
    Lots of love to you xxx

  28. That's great that your brother came to help you. I had to laugh at the I made I mean I asked him to do it. Shoot I could never make my younger (bigger..he's 6'2) do anything. lol

    The building your store is beautiful. Your store is going to look perfect in that corner. I'm so excited for you!!!

  29. Did I miss it? When is the grand opening?

  30. Dear "Norm", or "Cliffy"...I can't believe the difference paint makes sometimes, it looks like a different building!! Awesome job Amy!!

  31. The white columns look amazing! Love, love, love the botanical prints. Please consider putting the prints on your shop page; I'd snap them up in a minute!

  32. The shop is looking amazing!! Can't wait for you to open. Keep eating those steak tips, it seem to be the thing that's keeping you going. I am going to have to stop over at that restaurant as well when I'm up there.
    Mansfield, MA

  33. What a difference the paint makes... it is looking great.


  34. Wow Amy! You really have a new lease on life. New shop and a new skinnier you! Go girl! I'm so proud and happy for you. Fun to watch the progress.

  35. OMG, Amy, I am SO excited for you! Your space is looking fabulous with the changes you are making. Love those columns, by the way. Can't wait to see your shop with your merchandise in place.


    P.S. The figure is looking really good, sister. :)

  36. What an exciting project. I have always dreamt of owning my own little store and filling it will all the things I love. Your store is loaded with such charm and it looks like you are having a lot of fun. Good luck.

  37. Amy,
    You are making progress fast!Love the paint on the walls and floor.This is so much fun to watch all the progress.Thank you for sharing.Can't wait to see what is next.

  38. Hi Amy,
    I'm loving watching your progress and you are moving right along!
    I love those prints and the pillows. The church pew is perfect for the pillows.


  39. Lookin' good sista!! Now you have me thinking about revamping my whole shop, this is very inspiring!!

  40. I can already tell it's going to be the most beautiful and amazing shop! I am living vicariously through you right now. Can't wait to see what you do next.

    Have a lovely and fruitful weekend!


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