September 29, 2010

Beauty In The Imperfections

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Creating clam spaces for a simple way of living, finding beauty in the imperfections that comes with age and history. A buffet to love, it came to me in poor shape with dark stain and overly lacquered high gloss finish. With over looking the splits in the buffet top, doors and drawers not wanting to close properly, most would only see this piece less then desirable. Of course seeing the light in it, I started to strip, sand, repairing, priming, and painting with an aged white finish to it. Finding great pieces in any shape and painting them in shades of whites make an even better impression if the background is calm, and peaceful.

Using this piece in a creative way against an entry way wall will leave a lasting impression on those who enter, and those who leave.

"I rather like battered pieces that have a bit of history." Adding old pieces that have been loved a little to much, and choosing pieces because they inspire your home. Not just antiques, but pieces that have been rescued, and then breathing new life into them. Objects up-cycled from salvaged pieces that make them desirable, rather then new trendy pieces will speak in volumes to any room. Recycling furniture and found objects will always give your home an air of individuality.

There are no rules in designing with flea market, thrift shop, and estate tag sale finds. The only rule I will pass on is to be inspired by it, bringing beautiful things back to life, and the piece will love you for it.

September 25, 2010

A Sparrow Took A Piece Of Twig

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That little bird has chosen his shelter. Above it are the stars and the
deep heaven of worlds. Yet he is rocking himself to sleep without
caring for tomorrow's lodging, calmly clinging to his little twig,
and leaving God to think for him.
- Martin Luther

What is joy? It is a bird That we all want to catch.
It is the same bird That we all love to see flying
- Sri Chinmoy

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
and never stops at all.
- Emily Dickenson

If I were a bird, I'd sing a song
And fly about the whole day long
And when the night comes, go to rest,
Up in my cozy little nest.
- Jackie Silberg

The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind.
- Carly Simon

"Inspiring you all to take a leap and build your wings on the way down"
(Celebrate Daring) - Doré
(This sign is listed in my peaceful etsy.) As well as a thank you to my daughter Hannah for allowing me to post the sign on her bed, "Sing And Fly my little bird"

September 13, 2010

She...Painted Poetry

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Hand painted poetry by "Me" Dore' Callaway. The art of a rooms poetry is in a relaxed peaceful place, setting poetry in motion.

These old vintage European serving trays were filled with just the right amount of poetry. When I spotted the four of them hanging on there serving tray stand in a favorite antique mall, I was taken back with art excitement. I knew I had to have them, and I knew they had to go home with me. This was a treasured find I could embrace, taking the legs off then setting off to paint a peaceful piece of art with added poetry.

Looking for new inspiration alway's involves a euro chic flea market brocante find. Perhaps a perfect find at one of my local thrift-stores, or a old cast off from a dear friend who is just not inspired by it. I am always thankful being gifted such treasures that I will find some sort of poetry in it.

With an original aged brass handle to hang from a decorative hook on a wall of choice. Soulfully washed muted palette of whites, grays, and perfectly imperfect distressed burlap creams to gold flex's that only paint techniques and aging can give it. I don't alway's feel you need to use dramatic color's to define your space, I just love creating with piece's that don't compete with other elements to much.

This future heirloom piece will be added to my peaceful "etsy"

September 02, 2010

I'm Featured In Romantic Homes Magazine

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The word is out, and yes I am featured in "Romantic Homes" magazine. I am honored to have been asked to be in the October 2010 issue Setting your sites, what a great month this is. How did this happen to me?... When I was approached by Romantic Homes magazine editor's asking if they could feature my Burlap Luxe, I was so excited, beyond excitement. While LOUDLY thinking in my head, "are you sure you have the right Burlap Luxe, the right Dore' Callaway" If not, I'm claiming it!!

This is the most color I have had on my Burlap Luxe blog site to date. It took being featured in Romantic Homes to bring color to my Burlap Luxe, enjoying simple delights set before me. I woke to read comments from all you beautiful bloggers, and truly without you I would not be here. To my surprise I was reading my first alert as to being featured in Romantic Homes from Debra at her... What a surprise, because I had not even seen it yet, and could not wait to! Debra is a beautiful blogger, please go visit her passion. I also want to thank all you soulful bloggers, for holding my hand through this wonderful journey.

Continuing to bring inspiration to a simple life, moved by Romantic Homes magazines culture in flea market design style, art and literature. Thank-You Romantic Homes!