March 21, 2012

The Love Of Age...L'amour de l'âge

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This piece is crafted by the furniture company (Baker Milling Road) High Point North Carolina. A charming two drawer chest with a pull out serving table family acquired model home townhouse piece over forty years ago. I inherited the piece when my mother decided to make a major design style change and fortunate for me it has hung around in my life for the last 28 years. With a minor repair to a drawer rung and taking it from a dark stain finish to then add a lightness to its darkness this French empire chest has become a new piece for me to love all over again turning this piece like any other into a piece like no other.



I wanted this piece and paint finish white with a paler hint of gray to reflect a worn-out look as if someone loved this piece a little too much, well used and over looked to its value.

My design goal is to create a collected and salvaged well-worn peacefulness to every piece that touches my hands. Taking an old vintage piece beautifully built to last gives your home a sense of history grounding it to the present with a new old paint finish. Each piece painted so they can be a good influence on each other yet letting each piece inspire exclusively. I want each piece I paint to feel as if it had been this way forever putting soul into each creative piece gracefully adding second chances…Layering old with new for perfect compliments.

34 comments:

Victoria said...

That is such a beautiful piece of furniture Dore! You did a wonderful job on it, I just love the little pull out serving table!

FleaingFrance & French Shopping Tours said...

Love the lines of the table....just beautiful.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love the lines, and your beautiful aged finish. I always love visiting, Dore.

Christel said...

Hi Dore! Sorry it has been awhile since I visited..so much going on here...not worth revisiting for the most part. Now, on to this beautiful piece! What a wonderful gift, and now, treasure you have breathed new life into! Such a gorgeous piece! Impressive. xoxo Christel

Petite Michelle Louise said...

your beautiful soul shines through in every piece you put paint and brush upon. enchanting....sigh...

luci wallis said...

What a beautiful blog you have so glad I stumbled upon it. Beautiful dresser~
Bristol

oliveandwhite said...

Oh Dore, this is a beautiful piece. I always love coming by because your pieces and your posts are so delicate and peaceful. Beautifully done, my friend.

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi Dore~~ Stunning work as usual:) Love all that you so.
Hope you are having a great week
~Cheryl

McCarthy Designs said...

Your finish on the furniture looks lovely Dore, you always create beauty. xx

PURA VIDA said...

A beautiful meaningful piece that just keeps getting better

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Dore,
I always get a two for one when I visit. A gorgeous and inspiring post as well as beautiful prose, too. Fabulous what you've done with the table! I think the color is perfect and it's extra special because it's a family treasure that you made your own. I just love it!
Big hugs,
Patti
We'd love to have you share it at the link party, too.

Rusty Hinge said...

Dore, you are so talented! Every time I come over, I see it displayed in another creation! This piece is beautiful!
Maria
www.rustyhinge.blogspot.com

d e l i g h t said...

Beautiful piece of furniture! You have done a marvelous job with it!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

and you do it so well. I have never seen any furniture like yours. I fall in love with every piece. Your photos are better than any I see in magazines.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma chère Doré, I am very late in coming, but I will take that fabulous chair and sit for a while!!! Oh how lovely is your world! I tried taking pictures of my wonderful chair, but I am going to wait to share any pics until after I paint my room and the wooden French doors. I want this LOOK that you have!

How are you? BUSY?

ENJOY the coming of spring my dearest Doré! Anita

designchic said...

What a beautiful job. Adore the way you finished it!

awal.ny said...

Dore you do such a nice job painting, very European.

SueAnn said...

What a beautiful piece...love it
Hugs
SueAnn

Zuzu said...

This is such a beautiful piece, Dore! The pull out serving table is perfect!
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful spring!
Hugs,
Zuzu

A Cottage Muse said...

I love the story of this piece Dore!
A beautiful heirloom to cherish and be passed along some day!

LizlovesVintage said...

Hi Dore,
This piece is wonderful. I especially like the pullout! By, the way... I LOVE your playlist. I'm making some yogi tea and I'll be back to play it again.
Have a great weekend sweets,
xxx Liz

Laurie Blaswich said...

Dearest Dore,
You mother's precious influence demonstrated to you, how to follow you heart and intuition as an artist.

This chest with so much family history is truly STUNNING!!! It's truly the most charming I've ever encountered!

Thank you for sharing your vision.

Fondly,
Laurie xo

La Brocanteuse said...

I have said it before, and I say it now, and will probably still say it alot...how I wish we were close enough in distance to allow you to bring some of your serene beauty to my home...
and I have a little preview of what you have been waiting for..a update on Pauline's white house. thought of you while doing the shoot there Friday..still sorting through the images and need to go back for more, but will share soon! Colette x

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore
I would love to sit and watch as you transorm these pieces of furniture into a work of art.. Your workmanship is, well, nothing short of masterful... I know how much work, love and your soul goes into each piece.. It shows... I really love the lines on this particular piece..
Enjoy your evening,
Blessings,
Penny

Tiff said...

What a stunning piece! It looks revitalised and totally perfect in your home! It has a wonderful family story too which makes it all the more special!!! Have a beautiful week! X

jocelyn said...

I am so enamoured of your dreamy white sensibility that I'm featuring your blog as a link on my blog. Thanks for all the inspiration. jc

VERBENA.... NESTED TREASURES said...

Hi Dore stopped by to send some love your way...hope all is good in your neck of the woods...I know you are working hard..beautiful piece xo Laura

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Sandra van Doorn said...

beautiful piece, and i love that chair and cushion too! they all go so well together.

Anita said...

Lovely blog.
http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Dore!

Been a while and had to stop over and as usual, I am always so inspired by your eye and talent. I am always wondering where you find such great goodies! I love the paint job and you have the PERFECT touch - not easy to do either!

Thanks for sharing so much - very inspiring and I need some lately :-))
Big, big hug
Elizabeth

Fishtail Cottage said...

Love this piece! Your blog is always so inpiring...i'm redoing my sons room into a guest room and challenging myself with your words of wisdom! xoox, tracie

Emiliaaa said...

Wow, i just looooove this ! ♥ and also your blog, its very inspiring !

luci wallis said...

Amazing... it turned out beautiful!
Bristol