We all get inspired by things. Whether it's a flower or a tree or a feeling. Something always makes your creative juices flow. For me, it's found objects, colors, architectural pieces, artifacts and odd things of interest. Somehow, in my minds eye, I can create something profoundly interesting with those objects.
I have a passion for art, in many and any form. And as I've mentioned many times before, I love a good "story". Remember a while ago I talked about my day in the attic of one of my favorite stores. Well, below is one of my found treasures there. It was an old radio cabinet, stripped of its radio, just a shell but I felt it had more to tell me. So I sat with it for a while and waited for it to come to me.
Then, we recently received a shipment of fun and funky knobs that were screaming to be placed on an object of whimsy. Also, in our store and on my haunts, I'm always finding vintage Florentine pieces of art. Little pieces of art depicting an Italian scene - they're quite "in" right now.
As these pieces came in, ideas started to form. I find that things grouped together and layered provide interest to a piece or a room. Just like when we work with our customers in designing their bedrooms or other rooms in their homes, it's the layering of objects that provide these spaces with a sense of history...that tell a story.
That's how it was with this piece that inspired me. I found inspiration in a line of accessories that I love. Checkerboards and flowers and all kinds of whimsical, artful things. I "heard" my little radio cabinet coming to life. So below is my final, artful project. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is also inspiring, as her colors transform anything they touch. I opened up all pots of my paint and had a great time creating in my 'woman cave'.
Inspiration from Annie Sloan, an old cabinet and all my finds artfully placed transformed a dated, tired piece to one of whimsy and fun. I especially love my little knob on the front. Patsy, a friend and customer at my store who bought the piece, also loved the knob the most.
Checkerboard done in Graphite, Old White with a hint of Cream. The border was done in Aubusson Blue.
The brushes were flying on this one. I had every pot of paint open! How Fun!!!
Look at the incredible depth of colors that you can get from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
This treasure...this is a 200 year old artifact that was just talking to me. Of course, I had to feature it front and center. Look at that fun and funky knob!! Of course, I got a little carried away and gold-leafed the relief (from a kit at Michael's!). The antique dealer would have died but just look at it!! It looks fabulous!
|Look at the little surprise in the cabinet!|
|One last look....this sold within the hour, while we were staging it in the store.|
|Oh NOO, here it goes -- outside in our courtyard before pick-up from one of our FAVORITE customers. I'm going to miss it. But I know she's going to a good home and will be well loved!|
Stay tuned, we have so many projects and our minds are filled with inspiration. Wait to see what we do next!