May 18, 2012
The Driving Force In My Home
The driving force in my home is the inspiration of old. Whether I am remodeling or decorating a home in my interior design business or just transforming an out-dated piece into a piece inspired from a Paris flea market. I create with what beauty I see around me, then inspiring the piece with brush in hand soulfully.
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The work-force behind my art is looking towards a famous region renowned for their French furniture designs that reflect their rich history. Reducing and reusing old cast offs is a rich part of who I am, even as a designer. This 1980's country thrift find in much need of some new beauty came to be with an idea of adding "Joie De Vivre" (Joy of Living) with a relaxed elegance that creates romance like none other.
I will be showing the before and after, and the brave move to rid the out-dated lead glass lighted doors to creating aged mirroring in place of them.
This piece was a happy accident in a thrift shop finds waiting for me to give it a facelift, and now transformed with a new beauty for sale in my design shop. Take notice along with the removing of the out-dated to the buffet, and hutch I also changed the hardware to simple wood knobs, and metal drawer pulls along with adding a strip of wood that I had dinged, and dented with perfect distressing to the tops of all three doors. I felt this would add some body to the otherwise flat surface to each of the door faces, and it worked out nicely.
I wanted to capture a patina that felt as if the piece had been passed down for generations, one that tells its own history by taking out the dated and adding an aging technique of a lime wax process without wax, yet with my own twist to process giving it a white finish leaning towards a whitish-grey patina speaking pefect French. By adding the mirrors to the doors that I aged to look hauntingly beautiful this added useful storage cleverly hidden away.
From the inspiration of France I hand-painted and detailed this piece adding my own touch of history to it.
Une vision de toutes choses françaises (Having a vision of all things French)