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Monthly Archives: May 2012
One great part of being an interior designer is the on-going friendships I develop with some of my clients. We continue to share tips, finds, information and more, with each other.
April, an amazing school teacher and mom asked me to help her locate Country French style furniture that’s so popular now. It so happens that she recently discovered a new thrift store on the way to her son’s school. She found a beat-up, filthy dresser; it was a disgusting mess but she knew it had good bones, beautiful elegant lines, and very attractive legs! At only $45.00, how much of a mistake could it be?
She emailed me with a photo of this hideous “diamond in the rough”, as she saw it, wanting me to give her ideas about how, if at all, it could be made to go with her Country French décor. I had ideas, alright! And I sent her to www.stylishpatina.com where could find links to a lot of information about transforming Flea Market finds into shabby chic… using chalk paint One tried and true “system” for this comes from a lady named Annie Sloan, in the UK.
April got smart! and got DIY-ing! Armed with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and waxes, appropriate brushes, and a few other supplies, she went to work. Cleaning and smoothing are almost always needed first. They say that the paint doesn’t require any sanding or primer, but, if the piece isn’t smooth to start with, you can’t expect the paint to make it so.
April sanded the top, but didn’t sand or prime the body before adding Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Taking the dresser apart for cleaning, April found a bit more than expected…. ( did I mention it was beat-up, old and filthy? ). In the back interior corner… there were two, very dead, dried-up mice. Gosh! you just never know! They were kinda’ pitiful and, for some reason that I will never understand (but LOVE) , April felt the need to name them Rose and Jack, in memoriam of the lovers from the movie Titanic… I guess, in this version of the story, both of them die!
Cleaned, vacuumed and definitely disinfected – the dresser was ready for it’s re-do. A bit of sanding, mostly just on the top, left it smooth-as-a-you-know-what. She decided on a two-tone look and striped and stained the top. Again, the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint instructions insist that no prep is necessary, so she painted Annie Sloan’s “Paris Grey” painted on the body, then gold paint detailing on the drawers. Then distressed it, before waxing. Just look at the amazing result! From Mouse Tomb to gorgeous, on-trend, expensive-looking furniture!
I just love the whole idea of snatching furniture back from the brink of despair and destruction and giving it a new life. It’s good for the wallet, it’s even good for the planet because it is re-using and keeping things out of landfills. Faux painting treatments are not beyond your capabilities. Trust me on this. Anyway, if you go for looks like “distressed” and “shabby chic” then they are perfect… just being imperfect! It’s a great creative activity for people who aren’t great at intricate detail and pains-taking projects. They are supposed to look a hundred years old! How can you go wrong with that kind of an out? And there is a whole world of brushes, glazes, grainers, sponges and all sorts of interesting tricks to help you… if you need guidance, give me a call and I’ll steer you in the right direction.
Wow. Wow! This looks like something I’d pick up at a furniture Market. It’s Perfect!
April is also working on an armoire and headboard, she promises to send us updates that I will post here.
Okay folks, ready to learn how to use chalk paint to give your furniture the ever-so-popular shabby chic look? Mark your calendar for this Saturday May 26th! We will be holding a FREE demo at West Potomac Interiors (next door to Shabby Chic) in Alexandria from 1-2:30 to show you how to use it – there will even be paint available for purchase!
See you there!
1517 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22301
What do you do when you have a very large, totally empty living room that is oddly shaped and requires a custom rug ?
Why, you call WestBay, of course.
And, after Ginger (me) has taken it all in-stride and broke not a bead of sweat about this, seemingly, daunting assignment…. what does SHE do?
Why, she turns to the remarkable firm of Patterson and Flynn… THE go-to company for custom made rugs.
Here is the rug used in the picture above-
So this is how I found myself slogging through a gloomy day in DC, hopelessly lost due to inSANE detours and closures, frantically trying to get myself to the Washington Design Center.
In the middle of… let’s call it “a minor breach in Traffic Etiquette”, I was approached by a Traffic Control lady (kinda’ like being sent to the Principal’s office, but if the Principal were storming up to your car). I felt sure I was about to get chewed out… but NO!
suddenly the clouds parted,
the choir sang,
and the Traffic Lady appeared as an angel!
She was nice and helpful and gave me perfect directions, and the whole attitude of the day changed because of her…
Thank You, Ms. Nice Traffic Lady!
That little miracle, coupled with a quick spin thru Starbuck’s for some Liquid Positivity and a cake pop…. breakfast of Heroes! and I was ready to meet my client at the Washington Design Center to explore options and set a game plan.
Once at the Patterson Flynn Showroom in the Design Center, Madeleine and Marc, the showroom managers, were absolutely wonderful – never pushy. Marc was a joy to work and chat with. Madeleine is talented and up-to-date on the latest trends. We handed her our color scheme and she was on-point with every rug sample she showed us.
Just like Magic, they will send our choices off to NY where their artists will work with us on color and design. In about four weeks they will create and send us a preliminary sample. And once we approve it, our custom rug will be here in 12 weeks. Yay! So this was the beginning of creating a custom-made rug – stay tuned for further developments!
A beautiful quality rug is serious investment, one that can last for generations. They hold their value and even appreciate with time.
Happy rug shopping!
Are your window treatments totally working for you?
The factor that is most over-looked about window treatments is functionality. The right, or the wrong window treatment can totally alter your world – for the better or for the worse.
Sun control is major… morning sun glaring in your face can, literally, make it impossible for you to get anything done in the kitchen, or whichever room. But you do want to enjoy the view of the plants and sky, right?
Sheers do the trick; and there are wonderful sheers with patterns available. On the other hand, utilizing natural light can even favorably impact your electrical bill. Having sheers, curtains or drapes that smoothly and easily slide on the rod – is actually important!
Don’t forget that it’s fine to curtain only the tops – or only the bottoms of a window. This can address a privacy issue, but leave you the view.
Now, when hanging please PLEASE don’t hang like #1 here…
This is very important folks:)
Window treatments are like the clothing of your room; they really set the stage, and there are so many options to choose from. Actually, almost too many…. give me a call …. snap and email me a few pictures and I can get you in the right direction quickly and easily.