Tuesday, September 15, 2009

French Accent

For a bit of French accent, whimsy and fun in the passage way.............. I love antique skeleton keys. These are only paper images stuck down with Blu-Tack-- a putty-like pressure sensitive adhesive which can be taken off whenever I like to, until I'm ready to commit them to something more permanent. I like the bulletin board look and the details on the wood.The French words say: "Pray without ceasing" taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:17, one of the shortest verses in the Bible.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Silhouettes and more

I love silhouettes of all kinds, I hand-painted these on these wooden boards.
I forgot to get the Before photos, there were roses painted on them when I bought them,
I didn't like the roses, but the details on the wood were good.
So I painted all over them with Coffee Cake by Taubmans and then rubbed a Folk Art Acrylic (Nutmeg) on with my fingers, before painting the silhouettes with Black Acrylic.
Both my hutch and buffet have been distressed, I love the results.
 Also added these keys and hung them on the door knobs, love the look.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Laundry Shelf

This shelf is in our laundry room. It's functional, and yet decorative. It changes all the time.Introducing Louise Odier, the pink strongly perfumed Old Rose. It's my very first rose this Spring, while the rest of the roses are not ready yet. I hadn't been out in the back garden due to the continuous wet weather these few days. Today the sun came out and I found Louise had been out for a few days, sitting quietly on its branch, waiting to be picked!I asked my French friend what a laundry room is called in French, she told me there's no such word; because they don't have a seperate room for laundry in France. Why the numbers 3 and 5, you might ask, well, I don't know, they just look nice together, I suppose. Our laundry walls are painted Greenlandic by Taubmans, a soft mint green (looks darker in the photos) - a good colour to perk me up while doing the not so exciting chores.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Lampshade Metamorphosis

My lampshade in the living room has been going through a bit of a metamorphosis through the years. When it was first given to me, it was this hideous bright orange papery thing with gold trims which didn't fit with my decor at all no matter where I placed it. So as soon as it came home, I quickly tore off the orange papery material and hung a piece of lace on its frame temporarily until I worked out how to go about re-covering it. Unfortunately I don't have photos of it being bright orange. I accepted it knowing fully I would re-cover it, I saw that it had good bones. I ended up getting a new frame for it though, as I wasn't completely happy with the old one. This was the first proper re-covering I did............ Then came time for a change, I put a piece of material on to temporarily cover it to see how it looked............ Then this............ also not to stay for too long.............. Now, it looks like this below............. Do you like it? The fabric looks cream in the photo, but it's more of a sandy colour in real life, it also has these grainy textured look up close. You can also see in this picture I painted some of the other things grey, I like the effect, hopefully will have some pictures to show you the fuller view later. Thanks for your visit, my dear friends, hope you enjoyed it; have a great weekend! The stand is painted an off-white colour now, it was like this before.........