May 23, 2013

Pieces That Speak To Me

Burlap Luxe, Home living room

Inspiring darker shades of white.
The chest was a dark piece that beckoned to be finished in a darker shade of white.
I stripped off its darkness to paint a new future for it. The sideboard chest was a local thrift find for twenty two dollars, I knew I had a treasured find.
Maker; Century furniture.
It's now a soothing piece that adds soul to my gathered and collected home.

Thank you Kim, White Whispers To You for the beautiful gifting of the French paperback books that rest on my chest of greyness.

An Ethan Allen, French chair was given to me from a developer that I design his model homes. His wife, a friend, no longer liked it, nor the pink and blue fabric. I stripped it down and painted it in shades that blended to then upholster it in natural linen. Take notice of the arm where arm pads would have been, I loved the contour of its naked~arm and decided to leave it as is nail holes and all.

Thanking my dear friend Kim Kelly, from Bella Rustica who shares my passion for linen. Kim gifted me some of her beautiful textiles where I have been sewing up tattered linen dinning napkins. Nothing says relaxed dinning like tattered French linens.

Adding beauty to pieces that speak to me, nothing is meant to be perfect but, it is.


BellaRustica said...

Items and people can be perfect and inspiring in their imperfections. This reminds me of a book I am reading a book now entitled Beautiful Souls about every-day people who are "saying No, breaking ranks, and heeding the voice of conscience in dark times."

Parliamo presto bella amica,

awal.ny said...

Dore I love the chair. I too have a couple just like it that I did not put padding on the arms. The old French chairs have such good bones. Have a wonderful weekend. Alaina

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ahhhhh....yes, YES...OUI!

I just woke up to find your lovely comment ma chère, and thank you for visiting! I am glad to hear that you are feeling better! We are having more pollen accumulate here, so my eyes and nose are starting to react to the high pollen count! But I will remain enthusiastic about our beautiful spring. Here is how I have added our beloved whites into my OUTDOOR décor: I now have nothing but white flowers in my pots in the back garden, and what a DIFFERENCE that makes! I have a lush garden of boxwood hedges that now are flanked by white/gray slabs of stepping stones. That coupled with only white flowers gives me that LOOK...OUR look!

Now for your décoration de la maison....super. MAGNIFIQUE! To think that you take an ordinary thrift store find and give it such "history" and French whispers, is a joy to see. Everything looks as if I would want in my home and I am actually getting, little by little.

The details as well really add. The linens, the chairs that have the chippy paint....TOUT est si sublime.

Ahhhhh....I can't get enough of the simple white plates, the unadorned linens, and the old wood. It just evokes peace. May your home always be filled with this peace mon amie bien aimée!


Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

ALL of your pieces speak to me! Your home is so beautiful, I love to look at your photos.


It's me said...

I love it all Dore.....beautiful !!...lovely

Suz said...

Gorgeous loveliness. The sofa and chair are perfection.

Rita said...

So much beauty Dore.
everything in your home speaks to my sould. your new chair is so amazing and it blends so well with the gorgeous pieces you have in your living room.

Bente said...

The chair is beautiful, as everything in your home. Love it all.

Have a great weekend


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your entire home speaks to me, Dore. I love every shade, dark, or light.

Anne said...

Your room is absolutely beautiful!Your pieces speak to me too!You have amazing style and taste I am always inspired when I visit.Have a lovely weekend!

Vera said...

Oh my Dore, such inspiring beauty. But gotta say if I didn't live on the opposite coast I'd sneak in and add a leopard pillow on your sofa and wait for your reaction ;^) OK perhaps shocked expression!

Your gathering of collected pieces from the past mix beautifully in the present and wink at the future of found possibility.

Your simplistic elegant style makes us rethink and edit our homes. Thank you for your gorgeous artistic expressions.


Although I still believe leopard to be a neutral, wink, wink my peaceful, soulful inspiring blog friend.

pballard said...

I love your couch. How do you keep it so clean. Have a great Memorial Weekend!

Kate said...

Breath taking and so beautiful!!! I never tire of your beauty and inspiration.I think of you always and cherish your friendship!Thank you for always having such love and support for all of us women who share in this passion. You are such a beautiful soul! Have a blessed weekend with your loved ones.

Much love to you my friend

Laura said...

Dore, what truly beautiful pieces, and the chair is just divine! Beautiful peaceful post! Have a wonderful day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma chère amie!

I hope you are feeling much better now! We here are facing the worst pollen count of the season, this weekend and I can already feel it coming upon me! I so hope you are better.

I hope that next year, as I did decide to continue these parties, that you will be able to participate. It was truly so much fun, and this group of bloggers really put so much enthusiasm into not just their posts, but in the fun of visiting each other. Enjoy the weekend my dear, and get well soon. Anita

PS...I have some lovely silver flatware just like what you show above, that my parents got on their wedding day, over 56 years ago. I think I need to display some of it just as you show here. It has that perfect patina on it!!

Junkchiccottage said...

Your style is gorgeous. I always love the inspiration you share with us. I love that chair so pretty.

Rhonda said...

Oh, that chair, I mean, I love everything but that chair. Sigh.

Completely satisfied now, having seen you images and how you can turn a thrift find into a beautiful addition to any setting.

Wonderful inspiration.

Christel said...

Dear Dore, once again your photos are awe inspiring. Such a beautiful home. The pieces that speak to you, scream excellence to many of us! Be well, with love and peace, Christel

Cindy said...

It's all just beautiful. You have such an eye... I love that you left the arms of the chair bare, and the finish on the wood is just exquisite. I'm redoing some chairs with arms like that, and i was thinking the fabric on the arms is just gonna get nasty. And now you've given me the idea to leave them bare... but i would never have thought of that myself! So thanks brilliant lady!


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hello sweet Dore...I love this room and the layers of love you add to it!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore,
You are such an inspiration to me.
I love everything you create, arrange or touch.. So very comforting and peaceful..

Vintage Home said...

Oh my your room is so calms me...and inspires me!
Love your redoing recreating!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Love the place number at the table setting!!

Your living room looks so inviting!!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh my Sweet Friend always so breath taking and always so peaceful over here.

I am so pleased you like your lil french treasured books.I see Kim's are a lil popular in your circle.I too love sweet tattered french linen.Yes Please!

Thanks for always checking in with me, your as sweet as sweet gets,

Much love and blessings to you, Kim xoxo