August 15, 2014

Dwelling With French Iron

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"Every house where love abides, and friendship is a guest,
is surely home, for there the heart can rest."
~Henry Van Dyke

Iron candelabra rustic with the right amount of grandeur.

"Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest."

My daughter Hannah's room

"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself."
~ Maya Angelou

July 25, 2014

French Countryside Living "Objets"

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Living with French countryside objects that were made for another function often
decorate my French country home.

One of the two latest finds and these two French baskets were perfectly suited
for my rural style.

French Floral Basket

The pruning sheers are 60 plus years old, I love that my grandmother passed them
onto me!

The Garden

Birds are needed somewhere in the garden.

French Countryside Picnic Basket

It has aquired a patina of age to its elegance of rustic use.

I adore every bit of its French romance

It adds poetry to my French heart.
I am having an affair of the heart with my two French baskets that add
all the engaging charm of French countryside living.

It sits as arranged with a special connection to the things I love.

I treat my home to the rual pleasures of French countryside living.

July 17, 2014

Rustically White

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Details can make a difference.
This mirror was antique gold and silver, I wanted to add more age to an
antique mirror that would create a sense of calm by adding rusticity to its

A decidedly new look of old, by painting and distressing it in white.

Details can make a difference.

I knew the outcome all along, it was to be white with authentic aging to it.
I saw this mirror in contrasting shades of white, greys, and
naturally aged.

Giving it a timeworn look nourishes my home with purposeful soul.

A less cared for effortless beauty in all things rustically white.

July 11, 2014

French Romance, Promise, Ceremony, Designs

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I posted my latest cabinet that I married rustically with a Century Furniture Co. Side table
buffet in my last post that felt like it found its place in my home office severing as storage.
I was not sure it felt right so the last couple of days while finishing up some art piece's
I began to study a kitchen wall and this is what came of it.

This is the piece that entertained use in my home office as storage in my last post.
While finishing up some art pieces I was studing this wall in my kitchen, and decided
that this piece was hidden in my office and not looked at enough; you know what I mean?
It was a piece I could not take my eyes off of to its final design and paint finish
I gave it.

The buffet, side board was salvaged from a local thrift shop, I paided $22.00
for, and it was in bad scratched up shape, yet sturdy with European country lines;
and what a deal for a piece that came from Century Furniture Co. High Point
North Carolina, the largest industry in trade showing of fine furniture.
The top Cabinet was married to this buffet 2 years later when I found this!
I took out the glass shelving and added aged alder planks splits and all. I
then added raw plywood beadboard backing to another piece of 1/4"
plywood for strength; adding shelving support runs under the shelving incase
I ever wanted to hang it as part of my kitchen cabinets, rustic and inspiring.
The cabinet cost me $30.00. Alder wood and plywood another $31.00
For $83.00 this is what now inspires my kitchen wall.

I am still finding the right pieces to fill the cabinet with.
Yet I do know that the plates will stay because they fit so well in place.

I ordered the plates for a  sweet friend and blogger;
Laura Venosa...
Verbena Nested

Laura's French pottery plates made with the finest of clays are so loved in our home.
Look at there ir.reg.u.lar not even or balance in shape or arrangement.
I asked her to custom make me some plain in colour and,
as out of shape as she could. Are they just not the most charming plates with so much
French charm?

I love pieces that have multiple personalities, taking on a look for
what ever room you place them in.

Burlap Luxe art piece, created by me! Dore Callaway.

This corner of my kitchen looks onto the buffet/sideboard and cabinet.
I am loving all the added cabinets in this room adding surround sound to it.

New to my etsy BurlapLuxe etsy shop is...
My newest of three new paintings that can be found now for sale.



"Romance in France"
Paper French vintage ephemera art back ground and vintage crusty lace, all
painted with plaster technique to the back ground and laces I am known for.
Painting the "Flowers Of Light" Brush dipped in paint with a soulful connection.


June 25, 2014

Restored Rural Romance. "I Took My Time."

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Painted by Dore Callaway (Me)

A restored antique Century furniture chest I acquired from a local thrift shop.
I stripped it down to it's rawness so I could see the beauty it is. I loved the
lines, and its centuries-old charm. The top cabinet is married to the side-
board chest.

The less then generous fit with the cabinet leaves space on each end to
catch rustic's that land.

I added new hardware glass knobs aged with crusty homemade plaster paint.
Knobs (Lowes)

The Cabinet

The cabinet is a seperate piece purchased from another local thrift for $30.00
It belonged to another piece, and it being seperated was my good fortune.
The cabinet had glass shelving, and I added aged wood shelves;
 the backing was flimsy so I added bead board backing to a piece of plywood 
that would allow me to hang someday if desired.

I painted the cabinet to blend seamlessly with the side-board chest I painted
2 years ago; giving it a lime washed finish.

I am so pleased with the mixing of two seperate antiques pieces inspiring one
rural rustic piece.

It now sits in my home studio office where my art and designs take place.
I love the accumulation of things it can hold, and the life I gave these two
old castoffs.

I added a bit of black paint washed into the wood grain giving it an old
world finish; it adds to its aged feel and look.

A rubbed off finish to the wear of its paint finish.
Even the hardware received a bit of paint aging.

I love entering this room that inspires the art and designs I create.