January 12, 2012

Authentic With A Sense Of Soul

"Click on photos to enlarge rustic detail"
My rustic 100 year old find

I love the fragile look of salvaged pieces and embracing what beauty they bring to a home created with pieces that make a big impression on me, it's how I imagine it. I was excited to get these wardrobe doors home with me that were sadly hanging onto dear life from a cabinet beyond repair. With a little sanding to them and the given wash of grey added the right kind of rightness to the patina of a darker shade of white adding a massive dose of what makes it beautiful.

When I recycle and upcycle I have a policy that nothing is off limits and everything salvaged is meant to be used for something authentic with a sense of soul.

I live by one of my favorite quotes:
"By only owning things you know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
~William Morris

Living a salvaged down-to-earth style with a lived in look resulted in looking artfully at what one can create, with having an easy relationship with an imagination.


Unknown said...

Stunning i love it :)

Katie from lillyandboo

Sueann said...

So beautiful!! Love those doors!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Doré my dear,

I love those words my Morton. How true, how very true. I think something can also be useful if it gives us CONSTANT PLEASURE as well, and that its usefulness is not just practical. But keeping things AUTHENTIC and to a minimum is what I love!

THANK YOU AGAIN for your kind and generous comments and mostly, FRIENDSHIP that MATTERS THE MOST!!!!!! Off to school I go; I woke up so late!! BISOUS! Anita

Anonymous said...

Breathing beauty into something long forgotten. Sigh. Love it all, Dore!
Happy weekend to you & yours,

Saun said...

Beautiful love the quote too

Vintage Gal said...

Love those doors ~ they are just beautiful. I firmly believe that quote as well ;-)

designchic said...

The aged beauty of these pieces is perfection...love the doors. Happy Friday ~

Karena said...

Dore you have such an eye for special pieces! I love to see how you add them to you home and they meld perfectly! Beautiful!


Art by Karena

Unknown said...

Thankyou for following my blog means alot yo me xx

Katie from lillyand boo

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

LOve this piece and the finish. I have an old china cabinet that I have been wanting to change the finish on for years. I love the gray wash that you used on this piece. What did you use?? It would be perfect for my china cabinet.
Thanks so much~
Fresh Vanilla For C

summersoul said...

I love the chair especially. I am about to redo the side table in my living room. I want to use a grey but haven't chose the shade yet. thanks for the inspiration


Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

A fabulous quote by which to live. I love your selection of items and your design philosophy - great inspiration. Bon weekend

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Loves those doors and love that quote! And I think I need to steal that tarnished tray as well. What a dreamy place to live....thanks for sharing your talent. I just love, love, love your place. :-)

Big hug

Razmataz said...

I love your vignettes. I especially love that dresser. Is that a new or old piece..it's quite lovely..perfect in fact.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So beautiful Dore, so "you"!!

Victoria said...

That is such a beautiful piece! And I love the quote too:) I think I'm going to take a peek in your Etsy shop and see what you have for sale!

Alexandra said...

Just found your blog...beautiful images...and your daughter is a stunner! Wow!

Christel said...

funny how a whisper can sometimes scream. These are so understated, yet rise to be noticed. Such a great find Dore, food for my soul. Love them. Hope you are having a great week, I have been running around like a crazy woman..nothing new, just more than I wanted, or needed right now. Coming here to visit you, soothes what ails me. XOXOX Fairy Blessing my friend, Christel

Apple Blossom Barn said...

What a beautiful post, my favourite is your chair,
love you blog.


chateau chic said...

Love using old doors in decorating!
Mary Alice

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh I so love things that have been loved before too with history behind them.

La Brocanteuse said...

You HAVE captured the soul of these pieces Dore..like all you lay you fingers on. Colxx

Velvet and Linen said...

I love your cupboard doors! Actually I love everything here on Burlap Luxe. I'm sure that is no surprise to you.
We certainly do share an appreciation for pieces with beautiful age and patina.
I am adding you to my blog roll.
I hope we can stay in touch. Oh, and you are in S. California! Would love to meet!
xo xo

Unknown said...

Just as beautiful and soulful as you!

Pamela said...

As usual very lovely Dore!!

Hope your Christmas was wonderful and all the best to you in this new year!!!
Pamela xo

Heaven's Walk said...

You have such a beautiful way with the written word, Dore -- and everything you touch with your paintbrush is just magical. :)

xoxo laurie

Brianne said...

Gorgeous post. How wonderful to find the soul in things that are not part of the breathing, sentient world. However, furniture, has lived with so much life and has given so much pleasure throughout so many lifetimes and that gives an aura to a piece. Don't you think? I think you do, because you give back that polish to each aura in each piece you find. I have some pieces that I truly hope someone like you finds in years after I am gone and loves back to life, bringing back into it the aura I breathed. Peace to you and your beautiful daughters in the New Year. Brianne

Evi said...

what a pretty piece. I love your blog!

Jalon Burton said...

I am your newest follower! Just stumbled across your blog and fell in LOVE (hard) so glad I found you and will certainly be back!
Great job... have a wonderful weekend.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Warm greetings Dore
Your imagination and creativity are such an inspiration.. Love the guote and the antique doors... You create such beauty.