Monday, June 25, 2012

ZGallerie Again

It seems that lately my go to spot for coastal decor inspiration is ZGallerie.  I have been admiring their large faux clam shell and was lucky enough to receive it as a birthday present.

Extra Large Atlantis Clam Shell

I filled mine with shells, coral, and driftwood and placed it on the mirrored table in my sun room.

Take a closer look with these images.

I just love shells.  How about you?
Have you done some coastal inspired decor?  I'd love to hear about it.


If you missed my coastal mantel,  click here.

To see my ZGallerie octopus, click here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Family Room Mantel

Surprise, I'm working on changing the family room mantel.  I can't seem to be happy with it and am constantly re-working it.  I don't think I'll ever like it until I paint that wood.
 My starting point for this attempt will be these antique book plates that I'm going to frame.  Below are a few examples of them.  I love their nature theme and also that there are two images on each plate.  The colors are so vibrant and they were already matted. Yea!!

This is my new nature-inspired mantel.  I added turtle shells, a coral fan, and some prong horn antlers.  I also framed some more Trina Turk fabric, my attempt at modern art and a pop of color.  The only thing that remains from the previous mantel are the iron window grates.  I painted them citrine to match the draperies.  They provide a backdrop and fill the large space.

So what do you think?  I'm not thrilled with this mantel either.  You know how you just know when something works?  It's not working.  Back to the drawing board.  Suggestions friends?

"I believe in doing the thing you feel is right -
 if it looks right, it is right." Dorothy Draper



Monday, June 18, 2012

Some Quick Befores and Afters

I thought it might be fun to do a post about my Befores and Afters.
Enjoy the transformations.

This little cabinet. . . .

with some citrine paint became this. . . .

And this dated floral chair. . .

covered in a gray linen with some nail head, became this. . .

This funky yellow Mid Century Modern buffet. . . (I only have a photo of the door) with some black paint. . . .

. . .became this fabulous cabinet.

This very plain pine chest of drawers. . .

. . .was transformed into this modern striped chest.

These plain books. . .

. . .became shelf worthy when covered.

This simple side chair. . .

. . .turned out so pretty with a touch of chevron and nail head trim.

This dated Ethan Allen ottoman . . . . . .

....became a modern beauty with some Trina Turk fabric.  

This camel back chair with great bones but dated fabric. . . .

. . . became stylish with some Dwell Studio fabric.

This plain bench with damask fabric. . . .

. . . .took on a modern edge with orange paint and lattice fabric.

This vintage mahogany stool. . . . . . . .

. . . . . with some paint and a coffee sack became this conversation piece.

So, what do you think?  What have you transformed?
I love hearing your comments and getting to know you.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June Stylish Patina Barn Sale

It's time again for our monthly sale.  I'm really looking forward to this sale because two of my blogger friends, Sarah and Cassie, the owners of a fabulous shop called Persephone ,will be joining our group.  They already have an established business at Wild Rose and Company Marketplace.  We all are thrilled that they decided to make us their second location.

My talented friends, Sarah and Cassie.

Sarah writes the blog, Sarah AKA The Thriftress.  Cassie's blog is Primitive and Proper.
  Make sure you stop by and welcome them and of course see their fabulous booth " where vintage and awesome collide."

Here I go again, teasing and  tempting you with a sneak peek at my latest stuff.

You know I've been loving yellow.  I also crave campaign chests.  Well, here's the combination I love.  These are only two of the five matching campaign pieces I purchased.

Campaign chest and nightstand with a matching mirror.

More yellow on the vintage iron pendant light that Mr. AAV re-wired.  He even added a plug so you don't have to hire an electrician.  Check out the cloche with lemons too.

How much fun would this wicker rocker with a magazine pocket be on your front porch?  New cushion and back rest too.

I have a pair of these bentwood telephone operators' chairs.  They're made by the well known furniture maker Michael Thonet.   They'd be perfect as bar stools.

Who doesn't need to get organized and use these oak file drawers for an industrial look.

Antlers, Orbs, and Chicken Wire Cloches

Vintage Metallic Woven Shoes Resting on a Leopard Cushion
I love the green on this vintage box that holds an old sprinkler and a print block.

Antique Tole Tray

Vintage Books

Another Vintage Book with Marbleized Cover and Wire Rim Glasses in a Case

I covered an old stool with a coffee sack.  I'll also have coffee sacks for sale.

Ornate Silver Plate Tea Pot and a Telephone Wire Insulator

Bird House and Assorted Garden Items

Topiary, Vintage Planter, Decoupaged Plate, Cloche

More Drawers, Brass Magazine Holder with Music Theme, Old Door Knobs

Antique Plate Rack, Metal Architectural  Fragments, Framed Map

I couldn't resist purchasing these retro doll clothes.

Fur and Vinyl with Matching Purse
Suede Leopard Skirt, Vintage Jewels, Hand Held Mirror, and Vintage Box

Kilt and Matching Bag
So Retro
And of course I couldn't forget the 4th of July.  I assembled an assortment of red/white/blue books, flags, and vintage china.

Don't forget about the buffet table I made from an old door, a metal saw horse, and an antique glass door knob.

I hope to see all of you at the sale.


Stylish Patina Barn Sale
June 15,16, and 17

  4051 Stanford Ct, Frederick MD
- We are right off Rt. 15 {coming from Leesburg it's a right / coming from 270 it's a left} turn on to Mountville Rd.
- 1st left onto Winchester Blvd.
- Wind through the industrial park
- Turn right into the horse farm at Stanford Ct!  You'll see our sign at the end of the road.

*** Stanford Ct is a new road so most GPS's don't find it so use a phone mapping system or print directions from Google before you leave.