September 21, 2012

Can't-Resist Creating Beauty

                                                                     Via Net  
 "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
~William Morris

Burlap Luxe is a compulsive business not like local furniture stores, it's the hunt for history or creating it. My latest creations designed and built by me (Dore) These new pieces have added the right kind of rightness to my shop space where rustic does not stand in the way of beauty. Pictured here is my latest French dinning table and a coffee table as well as two side tables one of my older pieces that I featured in an older posting built for my daughter Hannah's room and her need for rustic beauty.

In the course of my designing and paint treatments I have eliminated colour and what I was left with was the pale of what sits between black and white leaving one with the choice of greys, and shades of whites that soulfully live with us. I make sure that what I use in a piece is gathered and collected of salvaged giving each piece an after life.
I live with pieces that bring something to the life of a home, every piece has a story, and I hear, and see the story in each piece even before it tells me it's own version.
 If a piece does not find you, then build it sturdy, and solid.

48 comments:

Cindy said...

Your shop is enchanting, as are your words. I adore that you create new life out of throw aways, and then make them beautiful and useful. I love that you listen to the pieces you make as you create them. It all shows in your charming shop. Even the cages on the wall, look like art...

Cindy

Ashley said...

Hello dearest Dore! First off, your shop looks so rich in beauty and history, something I feel should go hand in hand more times than not and it appears you capture that 'feeling' wonderfully...On another note, thank you for your kind words on my pregnancy and I would love to hear some ideas on baby names, I have been searching for names that honor my heritage, not saying that it is an absolute must, but would be nice, my other three children favor their Dad's heritage :) I am Irish, Norwegian, German and Cherokee, but I cannot seem to find an American-Indian name that I like....Anyhow, let me know if you come up with some special names =) Xo, Ashley

Anne Marie said...

a great look and a great philosophy Dore...hope you have been well

jocelyn said...

Beautiful music .... beautiful furniture ..... more like a beautiful dream ....

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You create beauty so well, Dore. Your space has such soul. Love your designs.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Dore, you are so talented--and your shop items are completely breathtaking!!!
((((hugs))) from me,
Cindy

La Dolfina said...

Hi Dore,
Like the women before me said... Your shop is absolutely enchanting. You really know how to bring out the best in everything you do my friend.
Kisses to both you and Hannah

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love your luxe rustic look in furniture! I'd love to visit your wonderful space!

La Brocanteuse said...

Dear Dore, how I wish I could close my eyes and make a wish..that will come true. It will be to stand there surrounded by your calm, sincere energy, all the love that you bestowe on every project. Well done and only the best to you and Hannah
Colette- Afrique du Sud XX

Rita said...

Your pieces are so beautiful Dore. You are such an artist: you turn ordinary things into pure beauty.
have a great Saturday
rita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

BONJOUR MA BELLE!

This is the first time, I believe, that I have ever seen your shop and ALL or most of your masterpieces together! This is exciting and I am thrilled to know you are thriving.

I can see that you choose only the sturdiest of pieces and then transform them.....it is hard to resist creating something, isn't it?

BRAVO MY DEAR, you have created beauty. Anita

Elizabeth Maxson said...

This is a perfect combination of what I have come to call "Refined Rustic." It has a great texture, without being harsh. It has personality, without being "too much." It has a softness and stillness, without it being bland. And it all makes me want to reach out and touch it. I just love it and no wonder others do too!

Thanks for sharing such great talent.

Love
and big hugs
Elizabeth

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore,
Your shop is just what I imagined.
A place of calm, amazing workmanship and beauty..
Your pieces look wonderful when displayed in one space.. It is just breathtaking! You have even taken attention to the walls. I love it!
fondly,
Penny

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Beautiful. You are amazing!

HWIT BLOGG said...

What a beautiful shop! I would love to visit you...
Lovely pictures with so much inspiration!
Take care!
Titti

SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful photos of your shop. Have to visit soon.

Beach House Living said...

Stunning dining set, I like all the chairs especially.

Tattered Tiques said...

Beautiful things! You are a talented lady. Would love to visit your little shop some day!
Julie

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My heart is singing.. Thank you for the beautiful words you left for me.. I am thrilled that you and Hannah have found a place in your heart for little Joy, who was needle felted with your gift of beautiful wool... A new lamb for new memories, and yes, maybe one day to pass on.. Would'nt that be wonderful...
My heartfelt thanks for your generosity and kindness. Your gift of wool will allow me to do what I love.. Create and I hope spread a little happiness.
Bisous!
Penny

LizlovesVintage said...

Your latest creations are just fab. I see a great assortment of furniture there. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!
Have a great Sunday :)
xxx Liz

Wally B said...

I can just see a large game terrine in the middle of that table, surrounded by ripe figs. What a setting to break bread.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Doré, can you imagine the ideas EN FRANÇAIS, that we could come up with for paper theatre ideas??? I am going to be working on my next week's blog post featuring my latest pieces, but with a little twist....I hope it comes out the way I envision it....

YES! I REMEMBER THOSE PAPER CHAINS! I like to think that my love for this simple yet versatile material started when ALL WE HAD around the house WAS paper bags...no money for much else in terms of art supplies. To this day, my sensibilities come from a sense of frugality but I think that many an artist can make something beautiful from almost nothing.....create, CREATE MON AMIE and thank you SO MUCH for coming today! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

P.S., I just bought the most adorable item from Penny.....it has a bit of YOU woven into it....I cannot wait to get it! Anita

Heaven's Walk said...

Dore ~ I think that this is the first time I've seen inside of your shop. How incredibly beautiful! It just speaks YOU all through it! You have styled it to perfection and your vignettes are stunning. I showed my husband your farmhouse table and asked him to make one for me. Would you share with me how you made yours? :) Hugs to you, my talented friend!

xoxo laure

freckled laundry said...

Lovely space. The new pieces echo your style so beautifully. I am in love with both the farm table & coffee table. I agree with you about building sturdy what you cannot find. Thinking of you.

love,
Jami

chateau chic said...

Your shop is, in itself, a work of art! Absolutely beautiful.
Mary Alice

Victoria said...

Your shop looks amazing Dore! I wish I could snap my fingers and be in there to do some shopping:) You work magic with pieces of wood!

I saw something on Pinterest, that if you rub apple cider vinegar on a new piece of wood, with steel wool, it will give it an aged look. I painted my dining table base pale grey so I may try this for the top!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I am so excited to peek in your space Dore! You are so inspiring ~ your creations are just wonderful!

Christel said...

oh Dore, such wonderful pieces! I can almost smell the wild flowers along the French countryside! I can taste the cheese, and the wine..you have transported me once again. I love all of the imperfections you bring to the forefront, making each piece absolutely perfect! have a great week, xoxox Christel

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hello Dore,
Everything you create is beautiful. Dreamy and perfect here!

Have a wonderful week.
xoxo

Zuzu said...

I'm in love. How I wish I could pop over to see everything up close!!!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Such a lovely space you have created here! I admire your handiwork. Thanks so much for your nice comment, and especially for mentioning Cathouse, and Room With A View! I'll look for those shops next time I visit the area.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi again! I just had to tell you I have a couple posts coming from my trip to Bountiful! It's a mind blow. Everything you say about it is more than true! Thanks again so much!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

How beautiful...
It is wonderful to see there is life for cast-offs that will be functional once again!
Susan

French Basketeer.com said...

It's all beautiful, of course! I would like to move right in!

Jeane M. said...

Such lovely inspirations in here. Swooned by that dinning table arrangement. Got my eye on your next posts.

Lilla Blanka said...

Sweetest Dore,

I love these photos..! Your shop is amazing <3

Lots of Scandinavian hugs
Mia

Mrs. Sutton said...

Absolutely stunning! I love everything that I can see here Dore, and I truly wish that ALL of those pieces would come and find me - lol!
What I adore about your blog Dore, is that not only are the images beyond divine, but the addition of such beautiful music means that a linger on and on in a trance like state of contented dreaminess. The mood you evoke it SO tranquil, and thank you for your insightful comments - they are always so inspiring and thought provoking!
Best wishes,
Paula xxx

Harbor Homestead & Co said...

Great display photos. Thank you for the perfect inspiration for a sideboard I am refinishing this weekend in muted, weathered gray tones.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Such talent - the passion for your work is evident in your creations and shop. Furniture with history is my preferred choice when decorating a house. Bisous

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious Doré,

HOW WONDERFUL to see your comment last night; I am barely getting back to my responses now, for I have spent the morning down in my basement creating a lifesize mannequin for my very first show here in Minneapolis. It will be a ballet tutu in GRAY with lots of feathery paper for the tutu. It is wonderful.

Your kind friendship is always uplifting and I so appreciate every word you share. What fantastic work are you working on now? ENJOY YOURSELF MY DEAR! Anita

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Hi Dore~
Such a delight to "visit" your shop!
It speaks so beautifully of who you are just like your home. Happy Weekend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Chère amie,

Come by my post to see a little gray in my post when you can! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma chère amie!

Merci pour être venue chez moi voir un petit peu de la couleur que nous tous aimons.....

Oui, un petit coup d'oeil chez moi. Je dois apprendre utiliser ma nouvelle appareil photo!!!

Je te souhaite une bonne journée; moi, je vais être remplaçante aujourd'hui dans une école...pas française, mais quand même, je vais travailler!

BISOUS, Anita

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita,
Ont de beaux jours devant Vous.
meilleur cognac de Câlins et de baisers
xoxo
Doré

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Et je te souhaite une bonne et merveilleuse journée ma belle! Anita

......Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

your designs will be a big success, you are on to something!

Deborah said...

Oh my, my my!
Just breath-taking Dore!
I'm wishing myself there right now..lol

Deborah xoxo