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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Designing Woman at Sweet Clover Cottage

Have I shared that next to the Sweet Clover Barn is a building we call the Cottage?
 This charming structure was actually the original milk barn,
and yes our barn is the original dairy barn,
 and yes our spaces in the barn were once home to dairy cows.  
We really do sell our vintage wares in our perfectly styled stalls.

 Traer Loves' transformation of her space for this weekend's sale is a perfect example. 

Each month, one of the vendors has an opportunity to put his/her design stamp onto the cottage.   This month is no exception.  My talented fellow vendor, Eddie of Óxido, is adding her unique look to the space.
 She's been shopping with the cottage in mind and has some real finds for the space.
 In addition to her treasures, she'll be incorporating furniture and accessories from the Sweet Clover vendors.
It will be a lovely mix from us all.

THE BEFORE
Since Eddie and I decided that we both are a little boho, a little frenchy, and a lot funky,
 she asked me join her and add some accessories to her design. 
 I am the bottomless pit of accessories you know.

Here's a sneaky peek at Eddie's styled cottage.



























Just so you know, not only is Eddie styling the cottage, but she's also:
 a guest designer at the Design House,
setting a second location at The Cottage in Leesburg,
a vendor at The Old Lucketts Store Spring Market,
AND she's a professional photographer/owner of Jalapeño Photography.

Whew!!!!! Did I say she's doing all of this in less than a month?
Besides being talented, she's totally unflappable and will do it all in her fabulous unique style.



Please join us for our monthly sale:
(You really need to see our shop in person.)

April 25,26,27  10-5
4051 Stanford Ct
Frederick, MD


Sweet Clover's April Sale Album with 100 photos here.


To see what I'll have in my "stall" go here.



Kathy









Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Spring

Recently I received a footed planter imprinted with dragonflies
and tucked inside the container were some soil-filled pots. 
 The lovely gift came with a promise of Spring flowers. 
This past week the bulbs surprised me each day as they took turns blooming.











Promise kept.




I don't think I've ever been more ready for warm weather and the blooms it brings.


Kathy


A super big thank you to my book club friends for such a beautiful gift.



I'll be taking a blog break during Spring Break to spend some time with family,
 friends, and the warm weather.

Happy Spring








Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Updating a Ballard Design Writing Desk

How do you feel about painting natural wood furniture?  I know that for some of you it's a no no, but I felt this natural wood desk from Ballard Design could benefit from a coat of paint.  

Updated Writing Desk

There were some curvy carved details that I accentuated with some Annie Sloan gilding wax. 

 I've been experimenting with the wax and was happy with my first project so 
I decided to give it try on the desk.


Gilding Wax in Carved Detail on the Side of  the Desk


More accented details on the front of the desk.

More Gilding Wax Details

I'd never tried the gilding wax on metal before so I decided to try it on the dark brown hardware.  
I love the result. 


Hardware with Gilding Wax


When I first saw dipped legs on furniture I have to say that I was not a fan.  I guess the repeated exposure has changed my opinion.  The Queen Anne legs on this piece were a perfect candidate for dipping. 
 I just taped off at the top and rubbed the wax below.

Dipped Legs

I had a fabulous Italian caned back chair to pair with the desk.  I decided to leave it natural.
Check out the lovely rosette carving.


Carved and Caned Back Italian Chair


What do you think about pairing a natural wood chair with a painted piece?


Painted Desk and Natural Chair

I added some books with plays by Shakespeare.  I think the vintage bookends nicely pick up the brown in the chair.  The off white chair seat ties in with the desk color.

Collection of  Shakespeare's Plays on the Desk



So, to paint or not to paint, that is the question.
Sorry, couldn't help myself.


Kathy


Here's the desk before painting.




To see another piece I updated with paint and gilding wax go here.













Thursday, April 3, 2014

How to Fill an Empty Frame

I've become a fan of empty frames.  They are art in themselves and often outline some very impressive and creative collections.  I've shared some of my favorites here, here and here before, but I keep finding more that I love just as much and wanted to share again.

 Here are some of my favorite ways to fill an empty frame.

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I had to share this even though it's the back side of paintings.


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How do you fill your frames?


Kathy







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