Monday, November 30, 2009

Fantastic French Dresser Makeover

I will be the first to admit that French Provencial is not my favorite style. I still buy it to paint, because it does have certain beauty and feminine details that always look nice painted. I just prefer the m ore simple pieces. This dresser was one of the most ornate French style pieces I had ever seen, and I just didn't know what to do with it at first as that simple side of me was trying to figure out how to calm down the ornate details! Then I thought, to hell with it! I went through my paints and found this beautiful bayou blue, and decided to do a wood and turquoise combo. I stripped the top using furniture Stripper and Fromby's Refinisher to finish it off. I also went through several steel wool pads, rubber gloves, and I got a little woozy from the stripper. After that was done, I got to work priming the rest, painting and distressing, and finally antiquing. I only have a bad picture from before, but I wanted to show you the transformation. It has turned into quite a "notice me!" piece!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Feathers of Thanks

Earlier this month, my 4 year old, Sawyer, came home with a turkey he had made in school, bearing different colored feathers. Upon each feather was written something he had told his teacher he was thankful for. His feathers read, "my family, my grandparents, my 2 dogs, christmas, and dinosaurs." My 2 year old, Emmy, had a similar discussion in her classroom, and I almost cried when I saw that the one thing she was thankful for this year was me. I love being a parent this time of year, and seeing that I am teaching my children to be grateful for the many blessings in their lives. I told them today that I was thankful for the moments when they get along well and play together nicely, but that is only one of the feathers on my turkey this year. If i were to make a turkey with different colored feathers, I would run out of room!

This year, I give thanks for...

a husband who loves me unconditionally (even if he doesn't always like me!);

my wonderful children, who show me the world in a different, and usually happier light;

my parents, who have been the best role models I can imagine;

my health- I ran my first 5k today, with my 53 yr old mom, I might add!

a roof over my head, even if it is a little leaky at times;

a successful business, even in times of national economic strife;

friends, friends and friends!!! close friends, far away friends, playdate friends, gym friends, blogger friends.... all of you, i am thankful for;

most of all, i am thankful that a fabulous 2009 is coming to an end, and i am grateful to be surrounded by so many wonderful people as we head into a new decade together.

I wish you all a full belly, safe and happy travel, and a Thanksgiving that was filled with blessings and many memorable moments. Be well!

Friday, November 20, 2009

My New Sideboard

So I found this sideboard last weekend at Chartreuse & Co, and loved its lines, and the storage it offered, and it was a perfect fit for my space! Of course, I forgot to take the before picture, but here s the after! It is now all set up in my dining room, and I have added one little touch of Christmas in the "Winter Frolic" snowman.... I am just itching to get my other decorations out! Bring on the sparkle and shine! I need a little Christmas!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Deep Creek Weekend

Sometimes all you need is a fire, a glass of wine, and amazing natural surroundings. My husband and I went away this past weekend to Deep Creek, a beautiful ski/lake/mountain area of Western Maryland. And to make it even better, my parents took the kids for the weekend so Chris and I could relax. We spent Friday stopping by Chartreuse & Co ( to see all the beautiful things they had in store for Christmas. I also purchased a new (well, new to me!) sideboard for my dining room! Before and after pics will be coming as soon as I am finished! After stopping by Chartreuse, we made our way to downtown Frederick, MD and had lunch and shopped. I fell in love with a fabulous boutique called "The Muse" which sells hand-made and artisan goods. They had such wonderful items- I was able to purchase some unique Christmas gifts! After that we continued our drive to McHenry, Md, where we stayed. While in McHenry, we hiked, relaxed, drank wine, and just had a nice time being surrounded by such beauty and inspiration. While on our hike we saw some wild turkeys, a buck, and a woodpecker. The leaves had already all fallen out that way, but I was amazed at how much color was still to be found, and am drawing inspiration from that. If you ever have the chance to go, and you just need to find some peace, head to Deep Creek! We will be back!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Inspired by Nature

Lately, with the leaves falling, and the days growing shorter, I can feel winter approaching. For me, this is not a sad feeling as it can be for many. I love nothing more than to sit inside by a fire sipping hot cocoa or an Irish coffee, and looking outside at the snowy landscape. (Ok, so I am now in Maryland and this may be a stretch, but I gre up in New England so cut me some slack!). I love the silhouettes of the trees, the grays, whites, and browns of winter. This dresser is one that is inspired by those feelings and Winter's fast approach. It's snowy white background, bare twig pulls, and distressed edges all lend to the calming and cool effect. It is for sale now for $160 on our website. Check it out, and bring the feelings of Winter into your home for the Holidays!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's a Keeper!

Every once in a while I find a piece that I just have to have for my own house. I was so inspired by Holly from White Berry (see my last blog entry) that I decided to try out her style. I found this dresser- it was practically a giveaway! And low and behold, I was at my local hardare store buying paint last week, and they had a bin full of the pulls I used on clearance! Naturally I snatched them up knowing I would find a use for them. I sanded the dresser, primed it, painted it, distressed it, added the new hardware, and voila! I just love it! It is now in my dining room as I couldn't hide it away in a bedroom! Check out the before picture as well- sometimes old pieces just need a little love to shine again.