October 16, 2011

To { inspire } and be { inspired }

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My Iron bed custom designed with a patina that accomplishes an aged old life.

Collective soul; to inspire and be inspired.
Old pieces hold a certain charm that new pieces can't compete with. Decorating with simple pieces and found objects that hold the presence of history in them allows them to make conversation with the room rather then its own story of mass production.

Keeping it simple and relaxed with removing some of the clutter and oh so pale with a fresh coat of paint.

I don't like a lot of colour, thoughts of the way I view my home is letting the pieces blend in making a quiet impression while each room connect to another, even as the rooms take on new pieces I can relax sensing the rooms love it to.

Stacking empty picture frames from yard sales or tag sales lightens the feeling in how artistically carefree one lives and these frames add to my home and my soulful artistic heart adding peace and a vision for what I imagine painted in them.

My soul glorifies and my spirit rejoices.

Via "Dore" Burlap Luxe
Made out of my salvaged chair spindles that were piled in a corner of a cobwebbed corner of my working scraps. Who knew such winter beauty of peace could be created and embellished with bits and pieces thought to have no use. This is a piece soon to be featured in my peaceful etsy shop.

I focus my creative finds on pleasing my home, this inspiring box plans to live a new future in my peaceful pale home where you can hear its small voice inspiring.

1. via Internet 2-10 via Burlap Luxe
Keeping it pale and oh so interesting.


Anna at the Doll House said...

Such calm and peaceful interiors - letting your beautiful furniture and accessories become the centre of attention. You have a gorgeous home.


Suzanne said...

Could your blog be any more restful, both to read and to look at? I don't think so:) Your creativity is such an amazing gift, thank you for sharing it with us.

Monica said...

Purtroppo anche con google traduttore non ho capito tutto... ma il tuo blog mi piace sempre da impazzire e "inspire" è una delle parole che più amo!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


It has been a while since I have seen you!

DEAREST, I have a new email. My old one was converted to Google Apps and I lost ALL MY CONTACTS! Here is my new one:


Is that first picture of the birdcages, is that in your home??????? WHAT ROOM IS THAT? I LOVE IT!

Like you, I do NOT LIKE A LOT OF COLOR! IT makes me NERVOUS and not relaxed!! Especially red! How is everything?

Please email me when you can. Sending you much love ma chère Doré!!! Anita

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A Shabby Moment in Time said...

I adore that cross made of spindles. So shabby beautiful! Your whole post if full of inspiration. Thanks for giving us a glimpse~
Blessings & hugs,

michelle said...

Dore, the cross is so beautiful! You know how to give life to anything, give it a voice and a story to tell. Your home is so peaceful and beautiful an comforting.
Have a wonderful week dear friend.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

To keep a pale room from being blah it needs texture and you have done that masterfully! Everything is so very calm, peaceful and abundantly beautiful!

summersoul said...

I love the cross Dore!!! What a great post! I love the pale grey paint color you used. And I could not agree more about old vs new pieces. I feel that the former ground my home in some sort of past and history.

have a great day

Unknown said...

...your personal space is as a fairytale i am entranced by...even as a bird, to be a house guest in your peaceful place, would be delight:)

love, Love, LOVE the spindle cross!
xo, Rosemary

Jennifer Leible said...

Love these photos!! Sooo inspiring! Do you have any tutorials or tips for creating the rustic white finish on the wood? I'm trying to do something similar myself but I'm nervous!!

Anonymous said...

I can feel my eyes rest as I come upon your peaceful site. I love it, thank you!

Unknown said...

I am always inspried by your posts! I love the first picture with all the bird cages it just looks so serine and your room is so peaceful.

Fishtail Cottage said...

love everything about your room...especially adoring the bird cages hanging from the ceiling! did you ever replicate the one that hangs on the wall you posted (awhile back)? That leaning ladder is amazing and i am in love with the cross in the box w/the birdie nest....did you make that cross? once again, your work is beautiful! hugs to you! xoxo, tracie

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS!!!! Oh Dore, your photos and home always inspire me!!! I have the same colors in my home and it is so peaceful and quiet!
Wishing you a beautiful week.

Christel said...

Oh Dore, such a beautiful home. I love your iron bed! You always bring my soul to such heights when I visit. Awe inspiring serenity..my term for your places, and everything you create! Beautiful Dore! Have a wonderful week. your friend, and fan, xoxoxo Christel

French Basketeer.com said...

Dore, your home is so beautiful, imbued with such a sense of calm...love all the images~

Revi said...

I think I might try to paint my black iron bed like yours...
I love visiting your home.

Faded Charm said...

There is something about all your photos of your home that are so peaceful to me. Almost dreamlike.

The first photo is very inspiring and actually something I've been wanting to add to my booth as soon as I get a couple more.


Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

I love your design philosophy and its application to your home. Charming and peaceful.

Deborah said...

So peaceful and so lovely Dore.

Deborah xo

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love it all!! Xoxoxo ~Ashley

Seawashed said...

Oh Dore I don't know how I missed this post. Your bed is pure beauty. Your peaceful home is a calm sanctuary that tugs at my heart...always. How creative you are to make a cross from the old chair spindles. Lovely. I came over to tell you about Lisa Hannigan(my favorite)new CD is out called Passenger. I found a Youtube clip that I have added to my mixpod...the last song. I know you will like it, she sings of a lil bird. ox

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Simply Gorgeous! Hello my darling hope all is well.So sorry for being MIA for so long.I am missing a calmer life these days.I have my wall hanging up and think of you every time I look at.Just love it! I am thinking I need a piece for my Beach Cottage as well.Best to you always~Cheers Kim xox

Beach House Living said...

Soft and relaxed as always. Love it!

Unknown said...

Espectacular, precioso. No hay adjetivos para decir lo que siento al ver estas fotos. Me ha encantado, no puedo dejar de mirarlas. Un saludito. Paloma.

Suz said...

The last photo of the beautiful detail of the chair is my favorite.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh how totally beautiful, Dore! and I love that cross...simply gorgeous and inspirational, my friend.
P.S. Th surgery is Friday.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Thanks for letting me visit Dore and enjoy your beautiful home and creations ~ I feel inspired now...and happy!
Take care,

Heaven's Walk said...

Each of your photos always tell a story from your heart, Dore. What a special and talented friend you are! :) Your bedroom looks like something right out of a JDA magazine. Peaceful, restful, calm and serene. What color did you paint your bedroom? It's just beautiful. ♥

xoxo laurie

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh Dore, everything is so beautiful! My favorite is the birdcages. I love the way you have displayed them. Your bedroom is a haven. No wonder you can create so in such a calm and peaceful place. Beautiful!

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

You have a lovely sense of style....very soothing to the eye.
The cross is very beautiful and I will anxiously await its arrival in your ETSY shop (soon, I hope??).
You have a beautiful blog...

Lisa Moran
Bilancia Designs

designchic said...

Your room is so beautiful...serene and relaxing. Just love the soft colors ~

Maria Vicente said...

Beautiful. You are right in neutral colors and clear, always looks good and gives a serene air to the houses. Gsto much.

excuse the English.

Pamela Bates said...

Dore, so happy to have found you via your comments on Savvy City Farmer regarding chalk paint. I could read about your grandfather all day!!! How lucky you were to have such a talented man in your life.

blossoms vintage chic said...

Dearest Dore,
Your home is simply lovely...everything you have shared is beautifully put together. You have a wonderful eye and I am truly inspired!
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
P.S. Love the collection of birdcages...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma chère amie,

It is always refreshing to see your comments come my way dear one. I hope that you are feeling better, that you are able to work and do what you love, and that soon you will be INSPIRED to work on the projects that pull at your heart. Your kind words on my post just fill me with joy. I was off from my stressful job yesterday and today, I am off again, to prepare things for my Etsy shop!!!! Let's see how this works! But I did talk to a local business woman yesterday who is interested in my art for her shop!!!!!!!!

Now off to work on my drawings. JE T'EMBRASSE TENDREMENT! Anita

Jodie | Velour said...

hi! i found you through a comment you left on savvycityfarmer. i was wondering if you wouldn't mind explaining the technique you mentioned there -- adding plaster to paint. how is this done? what type of plaster? what type of paint? what amount of each? and also, do you have links to projects where you used this technique? thank you so much for your help! i love painting furniture and learning new techniques -- especially new techniques that make my pieces look old. thanks again! jydardeau at yahoo dot com

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Love your posts as always! The bird cages are my favorite...I love how you hang them up...are they in a studio? And congrats on winning a subscription of Where Women Create! I just announced it on my blog...email me with you address so I can get it to the publishers and they can get your subscription started. Your work is just incredible and always inspiring. I always want to pick up my paint brush after I visit your site.

Wishing you all the best and a big hug
Elizabeth ;-)

Kellie Collis said...

These are wonderful! Love the rustic touch! Have a beautiful week ahead, Kellie xx

Unknown said...

So beautiful. beautiful. beautiful.

Finally White said...

Hi Dore,

thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog, I feel very honoured!!! I'm totally flashed from your beautiful pictures! You made my day!!!


High Street Cottage said...

Pale, Inspiring, Breathtaking:)
Hope you'll stop by my blog for a fun giveaway, the prize is 100 postcards printed with any photo or any way you fancy. hugs, tami

Maria said...

these are wonderful and so beautiful¡¡
I love very much all:, the color ,furnitures,accesories..the room is ..so relaxing¡


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


YOU VISITED MY ETSY?????? I have GOT to get my new printer started so I can make more prints!!!!! OH THANK YOU for adding me to your circle! I MUST RUN OVER TO ETSY TO SEE that activity and got to your shop and add you...this is soooooo fun!!!!!!!!!!! And yes, our theatres will be splendid, and Christel will be so wonderful at it!!!!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I don't know how I missed this post Dore. Your home is so beautiful and serene. I love the pale colors and the texture. The cross you made is just lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.

Atelier de Campagne said...

Wonderful detail on the iron bed. very peaceful your bedroom.
Have a nice weekend ,

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

I am Inspired & see the Inspiration, what Lovely Treasures.... I would love those old Bird Cages, each with a Bright colored Parrotlet~ then it would be Perfect!

d e l i g h t said...

What a lovely and delightful way to start my Monday morning with this beautiful post! I love your thoughts, ideas and the peacefulness and sophistication of your home! I so agree with your thoughts about old pieces having charm that new pieces can't compete with! Have a beautiful day as you have given me!

Anonymous said...

I have no idea how I missed this post, but I found it today and it is lovely. Soft and beautiful.

Karena said...

Dore I cam back to take another look at your creations!! I must do a feature of your works of art soon!

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AntiqueChase said...

I'm your newest follower... found you from The PoloHouse... I'm in So Cal too. Come by and say hi!!