August 17, 2012

Frayed And Tattered And Built

A Royal Inspiration, Union Jack is all the talk. After visiting inspiring friends I had to join in and make one of my own. Taking time to sew and create will add a sense of calm, and a peaceful passion for the creative artist in you. I was not only inspired, I was driven to create one of my own, frayed and tattered, white and grey.

Our home is of mild tones, white, natural, and grey, it made sense that my Union Jack would be exactly those tones. I taught myself to sew after sewing lessons in school home ec class. My Mother always made clothes for my siblings and me when we were little, sitting and watching it's no wonder it's in my blood. I would make bits and pieces, and in later years started sewing up a house filled with moppy-ness and fluff.

Britain's Union Jack scene is this years inspirational look, we will be seeing a lot more of Jack on everything from clothing to furniture to our favorite textiles. By changing things around in my daughter Hannah's room and adding a Union Jack pillow case sham with a plump feather insert it made it feel like a new room.

While enjoying our Union Jack tea cookies from London England I was also busy creating a much needed nightstand for Hannah's room. One that toned down the elegant pieces by adding rustic elegance in distressed white.

I wanted a piece to convey that it was brought in from the yard, shed style, and the designer in me wanted one to be original but seeking out to find one this size I knew would be next to impossible. I started to design and build one out of salvaged 2x4's and oak ply for the top planked style and making sure the wood used was in a damaged less than perfect state increasing a rustic French farmhouse feel. 30" in Height 22" in Length 13" in Width. An old lamp of sorts will light this corner up perfectly.

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Inspiring: From sewing needle's to building tools.


Anonymous said...

Love it all Dore, that pillow is fabulous!!
Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

Pura Vida said...

Union Jack is going to be in my house some way some how...I just love this room and those grey stripes are just the right touch!

Rita said...

Gorgeous Union Jack pillow! love the colors.

Suz said...

The bed is beautiful-you do such beautiful work. It's art. Where did you get those cookies?

Anonymous said...

I love the pillow you have created! Perfect in every way and the room seems to be full at the seams of sweet dreams =) The cookies look lovely, Xo, Ashley

Roberta said...

hmmm...yes, where did you get those cookies?:)) Love the pillow and the details of it Dore! It's gorgeous on the bed. I just love the simple design of it and made some place mats a while back. Stop by and see the curtains I made...xo

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Hello My darling! Glad you joined in on the fun and what a fabulous job you did too.Love your style always and forever~Cheers Kim

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your pillow!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Love the frayed strips on the pillow, Dore, totally original! I didn't realize you also made furniture, it's such a great piece!

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

Rule Brittannia Dore! this looks so good. The bedside table is just perfect.

Ticking and Toile said...

The pillow & nightstand look amazing! That is the cutest union jack pillow I've seen yet! :)

Verbena nested treasures said...

Love the way your union jack turned out Dore!!! Who is Jack anyway? xoxo Laura

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Good evening Dore,
What a beautiful pillow you have created. I love the iron bed, and the nightstand you built
(you amaze me) for dear Hannah is stunning! Your home is a true reflection of your inner beauty.

It warms my heart that Hannah enjoys my art also.. Please thank her for me, will you? I forgot to mention on your last post.
Enjoy your evening Dore.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love the tattered look of the pillow, Dore. Oh, I love everything. Visiting is always a soothing treat.

Karena said...

Dore you are so inspirational. I adore you new pillow as well as the end table and night stand. You have such a wonderful eye for detail.

Art by Karena
2012 Artist Series featuring Harrison Howard

helen tilston said...

Hello Dore

The room is absolutely beautiful. The bed, pillow and nightstand all in complete harmony.

Have a glorious weekend

Helen xx

Tina said...

what a great bed!

Unknown said...

dear dore...everything you create exudes a"calm"......serenely beautiful....soulfully lovely. "merci"

Victoria said...

That pillow is gorgeous Dore!!! I love the simplicity of it. Your daughter's room look like so peaceful and lovely, I love her bed frame! Did you seriously make that little night stand yourself? Wow, I wish I could just whip stuff up like that!!!

The Porcelain Rose said...

I love it!
Always enjoy my visits here.
Thank you for inspiring us.

Gracefully Vintage said...

Love the color tones. Your home Im sure is Just Amazing..LOVE the pillow.. Beautiful post..Karryann

La Brocanteuse said...

Just absolute gorgeous Dore, Love your take on the Union Jack. Hannah's room is so lovely serene, just like your blog and all you share...calm and inspiring. That is why I love to visit to you, Colette xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MY DEAR ONE! I am glad I got the email to visit; I have been IN AND OUT of my house for days and I did not have a chance to catch up with my dear bloggers like YOU.....Oh how I am loving this inspiration here!!!! You know that I AM totally inspired by you and that book I won. I started by making some angels' wings with hangers (via NINA) but have not found the right fabric to cover the wiring. It will be gray or white, no doubt. But my next paper creation will be along these lines......HOW ARE YOU? You are busy creating here and I am loving it.

Come visit my blog post when you can dear one.

Mille bises ma chère! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear dear friend,

I love when you come to visit my site because I know you understand the joy of a gray world, the longing to make beauty out of almost NOTHING....and yes, I am so inspired by every thing that YOU DO. I love my gray and white studio, and I must work in the next two weeks on a post showing my space. I am still so unsure of my photography so I am afraid to show it in fear it will bore people!!!!!! I simply cannot capture with the lens what I see in my eyes and heart. I envy photographers who can do that!

Off now to create a quote/poem for a card and my next blog post. ENJOY MY DEAR and this music is so hauntingly FABULOUS! Anita

Seawashed said...

It is lovely. The softness of the white with tattered grey is gorgeous. I believe you will receive many requests for these.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Yours is one of the loveliest I've seen Dore ~ love the color palette!
I must pin this to my wish list!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Love the colors you choose for your pillow. Love the rustic goodness of it.


LizlovesVintage said...

Hi Dore,
I hope all is well with you and the Family :) Loving the pillow you have created. Great color combo and who doesn't like the british flag. Perfect! I'm going to sit and enjoy your posts and catch up my sweets. I'm alittle behind.
xxx Liz

Travel With Lulu said...

Just lovely! I love your new take on the Union Jack :)

helen tilston said...

Hello Dore

Congratulations - I am delighted to inform you that you are the winner of

In Search of a Soul by Raymond Moriyana

Please contact me and I will get it to your in the mail quickly.


MrsLittleJeans said...

Congratulations have incredibly beautiful daughters and blog :)