May 31, 2015

A Sense Of Soul And Being...Lived With And Loved

 Burlap Luxe Home
A sense of being.
Throughout my home you will feel a soft patina of 
romancing the lack of colour.Yet antiqued with
 finishes that capture a language of the
 French country side with linens and
reclaimed woods washed in time.
 For years now I have avoided floral art pieces,
"I love experimenting with color," yet it had
to have a powerful age to it. I wanted the canvas 
floral paintings to feel as if they had been around
a couple of hundred years, and this one had
my heart racing at first glance.
 "It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see."
~Henry David Thoreau

 Comfort of aged.
Around the edges of some of the roses it appears to be painted in
a burlap gold, yet not the case it's where paint has pealed and
chipped away. In the center of a rose is a tattered frayed
spot that made me love this piece that much more.

Antique appraiser is what this piece needs, I was told its best over
200 years old and you can see the rolling and rippling of the 
cloth it has been painted on like an old museum piece.
The back ground is painted in dark charcoal grey, and lighter
 French grey 
 My latest floral canvas find, painted on antique
linen was framed until I removed the frame curious
to see who the artist of this soulful piece
was signed by.

 Age is apparent, and I love it for that
very reason.

 Nailed and tattered with grace and Beauty.

 Inspiration 'I get my design ideas from
what speaks to me softly and soulfully'

A natural jumbled effort in mixing of the old.
French vintage zinc floral cans, and  
galvanize add that French rural country
 to the aged elegance of things wonderfully  
effected in a room without competing
 for attention with one another.
 Chippy Iron speaks to me.

Salvaged from a garden post also speaks to a room
without competing with its softer edges.

"When one tugs at a single
thing in nature, he finds it attached
to the rest of the world."
~John muir 


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Oh that rose painting is a treasure for sure! It has just the perfect patina and looks wonderful propped up against all the other lovely things in your home!

Bohemian said...

That Rose Painting is Magnificent and I Love it for many of the same reasons that you do. Unframed Antique Art is my Favorite to display, just propped around like that so that you can change it often. Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Dore,
I believe this painting found you.. Everything about it expresses your feelings and love of art.. It is a quiet peaceful world you live in, and create.
Sending you love and blessings,

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a find, Dore! I love this beautiful painting. Your neutral palette allows it to speak! Awesome.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Propped without its frame it gracefully adds beauty without any competition to your whites and natural palate. There is an elegance and softness because of its age that embraces emotionally. Nice find, or perhaps it truly found you.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Dore, your new vignette is stunningly beautiful! I love the painting you found and its placement in front of the aged door is divine. It makes me want to paint something. xoxo Su

Méa Strauß said...

Doré, to remove this frame was such a gorgeous thing to do!! YOU are an artist, ohooo, you have the imagination to think diefferent, your eyes see to what COULD be.
And your salvaged pieces, they are so beautiful... here you won´t find these...
So hugs to you, I am starting my week now, have a bright day, Your friend Méa

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

That vintage painting....I currently acquired such a piece with a pastoral scene - sheep grazing. The patina is a rich gray and brown with a hint of blue for the sky, and the frameless beauty hangs right over an antique French iron étagère with my copper pots. Sheer joy. Enjoy your day, Doré!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

It is a beautiful painting Dore. The colours are muted yet the roses have such depth, tantalizing the mind to envision the garden that once inspired them to be painted. A treasure for sure and a lovely addition to the room.
I hope you are well and enjoying the season.
Susan x

It's me said...

Love the roses Painting doré ....beautiful....have a wobderful week love Ria...x!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

First thing that crossed my mind? Color! Color in Doré's home!!! It's a lovely piece, and really fits in beautifully, all the better for not having a frame!

the gardener's cottage said...

such a beautiful painting dora. it looks wonderful in your pretty home. xo

Karena Albert said...

Dore a most beautiful find, the painting is so glorious in its aged and patinad finish; from many years waiting for you to come along and acquire it! Miss seeing you!

I have a table to refinish for my daughter, waiting for a bit of warmer weather to do this project outside!

The Arts by Karena

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh my...that little corner is so lovely...I would not be able to leave the house if I had a spot like that.The painting is very romantic..i love it all!

La Contessa said...

You do know JOHN MUIR's house is close to mine!
I adore chippy old iron and have an urn EXACTLY like yours!
Your new find is can tell from the nails it is old!The roses add so much to your white ambience!YOu did not say but I assume you found this in a thrift shop??GOOD JOB for saving it and giving it a new LIFE!

chateau chic said...

Your painting is absolutely fabulous, Dore! Yes, it's the wonderful aging of the canvas that makes it stand apart. It belongs in your French home full of all things worn and loved and natural!
Mary Alice

Blondie's Journal said...

Your painting is a treasure indeed. I think it looks lovely without the frame-

Jane x

Sally Somervill said...

Your home is so elegant and beautiful. I love how you layered your floral painting and weathered door. The colors are lovely together. Love your style!
xo Sally

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your old rose painting just exudes mystery. So beautiful in your soft surroundings.

DD's Cottage said...

I love your tattered and soft floral painting and I am with you about loving things with age to them. As always you have a soothing and peaceful feel to your home and decorating.

Bente said...

Oh, what a gorgeous painting. So perfect in your home. I just love it.
Hugs from here

Lisa said...

What a lovely find, Dore! When I first saw a new blog and then saw that faded splash of color, it took my breath away for a moment! It stands out so softly against all the whites and grays and patinas that surrounds it! I love it without the frame so you see the sides and the beauty that it has. I also love the chipped off paint to reveal the golden color underneath. It's just perfect! I hope I can find something like that one day or it finds me like yours did! Love all the salvage pieces you have found especially that urn! Hugs!

Fishtail Cottage said...

love that floral piece... everything looks so pretty! love you! oxox, tracie

Pura Vida said...

It couldn't be more perfect for your lovely home. Just right in all ways. It reminds me of my sister

handmade by amalia said...

I so enjoyed the gentle beauty of your home. What a wonderful place in which to relax and recharge.

Little Farmstead said...

Your home truly captures the comfort of time-washed, sun-faded beauty. Each time you share images of your home, I'm transported to a rural home in France, with simplicity, character and appreciation for pieces that have their own story to tell. Your new floral painting - - il est magnifique! :) Xo ~julie

Victoria said...

Wow, that painting was well worth the wait and it fits perfectly in your beautiful home! Just gorgeous! I think it was definitely waiting for you to find it:)

We just got back from a week in So Cal! So different there, it's hard to believe we've been gone for 3 years now! Hope you have a lovely week my friend:)

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

That is such a gorgeous, romantic painting! Definitely the real deal - beautiful patina. By the way, I love floral still-life paintings - like having garden blooms year round. Now I'm curious about the frame, Dore. Happy June!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Sweet Dore...thanks for inviting me in today to visit and relax in the beauty you created!! That painting is just stunning and looks perfect in your corner!
Happy June to you!

Rhonda said...

Bonjour Dore! It is always so inspiring to visit your blog. It feels like a French home and that makes me so happy. I hope your days are filled with love and beauty, as you provide us. xxx Rhonda

Christel said...

Dearest Dore, The canvas could no doubt tell many stories. The apparent age only gives it more purpose in my eyes. It's beauty in the subject, the worn roses, beacon to be admired. What a fitting place for a new found old treasure. It looks perfect in it's new space, as everything in your home does. XOXOX Christel

michele said...

Happy June, dore. Your painting is so special and destined to inspire your work! Peace of the faded roses to you.

Ana said...

Oh my goodness Dore,
The rose painting is absolutely beautiful. Such a wonderful find. There are some people, I've come to found out, (as hard as it may be to believe), that don't appreciate the beauty or can't see the beauty in old patinas, chippy paint or aged and weathered pieces... I most definetly agree with Hery David Thoreau :-) Beautiful pics.


Botanic Bleu said...

The unframed painting works so well with your neutral palette. Zinc, weathered wood architectural pieces, urns, wire baskets... all are beautiful. Did I miss the painter's name?


Gail Peterson said...

Happy June Doré,
The delicate florals are a pretty addition to your home for summer. Faded and vintage inspired art is a favorite of mine too. I was very into floral fabrics too at one time, looking around I have l nothing floral except a linen chase lounge slip cover!

Lovely to see you posting again...
Enjoy this beautiful early summer.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Bonjour! Thank you for coming to visit my newest post. Though I'll be posting only once a month, I need to know that space is available to me, but more importantly, a place of community to create.

Love those vintage oils, and frameless, especially! And Carmel is waiting for us.

Suz said...

Gorgeous find and one that would get my attention and I would purchase. I have purchased vintage water colors and oils and have
them about in my home.

La Petite Gallery said...

Fell in love with that rose painting.
Like that style.
Happy Sunday,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That painting is fabulous. I love the old worn ones. When they are nailed on the sides like that they are usually old. The new ones are stapled. That is beautiful in your home adding just the right amount of color.

La Petite Gallery said...

Thanks for the comment. My Daughter grew up with horses.
A horse whisperer huh? Does he look like Robert Redford,
I'm on my way over. Haha
America waited 37 years for this win. What a wonder horse.

joanny said...

Incredibly gorgeous painting, If it is an original it probably dates back to the early 1900's Victorian era! New or old you have there a stunning and very collectible painting of old roses,
Nicely displayed vignette ..
Enjoy & cherish it... Joanny

Kelly said...

I love that old oil painting! I like florals like that with muted colors and unframed. I think they add a nice touch to your room.

Cindy Hattersley said...

Dore I adhere to every inch of this post. I can't ever imagine living in a home where everything is new, mass produced, and untouched. I have never tired of my antiques. I don't mind adding something new now and then but I want to live in a house with a soul