July 23, 2015

All Things Old And French

 Burlap Luxe French Home

A French farmhouse bedroom rural, rustic, or elegant
should always be characterized by simplicity;
whether the room is large or small.
Naturally the most important piece in the room
is the bed.

This is my room and the iron bed is re-built from
antique castings custom made in queen size from its
normal full size antique.
 Side table I built from an old saw horse, I only added a plank top and some salvaged wood from an old ladder for the apron 
trim. I have yet to tire of its look and rustic function.
 The tone on tone of aged whites allow each piece to
stand out, yet not take over in competing with
each other.

Noting in this room is polished, just pickled and
painted-pale and most interesting is nothing
is new.

 This iron bed has been several colours before its
white finish I gave it. Most important was to
scratch it up and scuff it to show off the crackle 
to it that makes it feel as old as the bed itself.

 Castings on an iron bed speak to me.
Salvage lighting fits right in.

 Frayed bed-skirt added all the rightness as soon as
I ripped off the hem.
 A perfect French chest of drawers, a thrift shop find I allowed to intrude in my cozy space after removing the
dark and washing it down in white with
a hint of grey.
 Peacefully dusted in whites and greys.

 My daughters room a preferred choice for her bedroom,
colours follow the rest of the house: greiges,
beiges, creams to whites, but also salvaged pieces
dusted with weathered distressing of age.

Rural romance of rustic French.
 Detailing in the distressed age.

 A mix of textiles adds all it needs to its
French language it speaks.
Vintage canvas, linens, and matelasse.
 Cotton lace crochet and leather prairie boots.

 A bed side marble top chest sits against the wall 
at the foot of her bed.

What goes on a French iron bed is as important as the
bed itself.
 The bed linens are a mix of new and old: keeping them
neutral helps to make this long narrow room feel
open and airy, with space and lightness to its
heavier touches.
 A weathered side table holds sweet notes in a wood box
piled with a journal and a book of poetry.
The empty mirror frame adds a touch of salvage to
its back drop space.

 A salvaged garden table with empty frames and
a chandelier: again everything French that
she loves.

Informal does not mean it can't be beautifully French.
Carefully chosen integral part of the plan that
draws on its relationship to all things old.

June 29, 2015

The Village Potter...A French Home

 All In The Details Of Collecting And
Creating Pottery.

 Plain and simple clay becomes my objects of desire.
 Spending time around clay creating plates I like to call
roadside pottery that feels authentic and natural to add
raw materials to my French country home.

The firing kiln temperature allows me to use them
 I love how they add traces of me being the village potter to
my home. Quirky and mismatched in shapes and size, 
rustic and romantic, the time-worn feeling brings
rural France to my home.
Inspired by Pottery

June 25, 2015

Rural French And Faded Old-World

 Burlap Luxe Home Faded And Washed

Linen and faded in old-world style; perfectly at home in
French country-style.

 Inspired by the palest of French living.
I have been sewing with faded worn looking linens.
 New to my etsy shop is the feather pillow slip covers envelope style
faded shams. They have the feeling of old world European linen flour sacks,
and I love the French cottage charm they add with being washed, and worn.

 Euro-sham in faded roses and stripped linen.

 Lumbar linen sham in the same print over stuffed with a feather insert.
It fights in no way with its pale backdrop.

 Rural French and faded with washed and worn old-world.

Reclaimed fabric's add so much to my faded French home that
I am keeping a set for myself, and the other set is listed in my
etsy shop here on my sidebar. Soon to be filled with more
  relaxed vintage, and hand-made, sewn by Dore (me) 
at Burlap Luxe.

Living rural French.

June 19, 2015

Living Close To Nature In My Art Designs

 Burlap Luxe Home And Art

Creating to move Heaven and Earth.
Coarsely created to move you soulfully in wonderment.

 My strong passion for creating what I see from day to day comes to light, inspired
by nature.
Using a collection of found objects such as, aviary or chicken wires, old discarded book pages,
egg cartons all in the mix of Cartapesta~Paper Mache art.
Evidence of my life long passion for wild birds and creating Frenchly around them, can
always be found somewhat creatively in my home studio.

 The start of Cartapesta paper mache.

 My latest art piece artist created
~by Dore Callaway 
of Burlap Luxe
 Hand Sculpted Bird Lands In Peacefulness.
~ By Dore
Sits perched at its place of roadside sanctuary.

"Oh bird of my soul fly away to the sanctuary of
your aviary of rest."
~ Dore 

 Nature finds itself in the likeness of a twig chandelier.
Nature from my garden.

 Pieces of gathered and collected nesting can be added in its aviary.
Feathers of wings, twigs of nesting, eggs of beauty, clip art of vintage bird book ephemera.

 Measures: 21" in height, 7" in width, 4" 3/8 in depth...
Wild Bird 5" in length
With a bit of tatter old cloth canvas for its nesting.

 Twig Chandelier,

My pockets are always filled with natures gatherings, its my inspiration.

 "I created beyond my limitations, looking
for the bird in my soul."
~ Dore

 In agreement with creating.
The soul of a birds roadside bird wing sanctuary, a sheltered rest.

 Creating with old decayed age.
painted with washed away weathering to its detail, revealing mottled pigments of old.

 All created with paper mache Cartapesta and wire form.
Not of mass market materials, but of pieces and scraps of paper and cardboard's.

 "Put a birdcage near a window so that the bird can see the sky?
its much better to look than not to,
even if it hurts."
~Klaus Kinski
Inspiration of natures life can be found about Burlap Luxe living home.

My latest piece here...Road-Side wild bird sanctuary a sheltered rest can be found
in my Burlap Luxe esty shop on my side bar.

All fine art and designs exclusive to Burlap Luxe
artist created by (me)
~ Dore Callaway

June 13, 2015

In Agreement With French Life...Worn Tired Beauty

 Burlap Luxe Home Living
In agreement with life.
 For there the heart can rest.

I am working at a calmer pace, creating pieces with French linens;
it will be around August when they appear in my etsy shop.

 The history of French designs lives within the spirit of why I create.
The love of fine pure and good linens inspire living with
the past.

 French linens, hemp's, vintage matalasse all speak the language of
worn tired beauty; and I love creating with tattered pieces
and all.

 I feel the nature of a French country cottage within me.
Creating with natural textiles relaxed, and carefree

(French life)
A prized possession created for my home...
"L'entente de la vie"
(In agreement with life)

Thank you dear sweet Vera, for creating this French silk beauty, 
a friend who knows me well. Here at...