October 08, 2015

Patina Of A French Pale Season

Burlap Luxe 
I paint with an intensely personal affair
with a pale patina...
Making the most of a French seasonal 
 With days beginning to grey, no matter what
your celebration is, there is always beauty
to be had.

I am passionate about salvaged pieces, and
the patina of life I give them.

Yes, this chair once covered in dark stain has
taken on the paints and a pale age 
I've touched it with.
I never negotiate with a piece or
over think its finish, I just let it
speak to me.

I often will not replace the covered arm pads,
I love finishing its empty space with a
casual painted relaxed age;
making this French chair feel less formal.

 It's important that it feels authentic and not
forced in its finish and as worn as I can 
get it until it says, "I am finished."
 Salvage And patina
 Dried hydrangeas in their silvery grey greens  
is perhaps as fall as it may get.
 Nestled And Embraced.

Armoire finished in age by Dore Burlap Luxe
Almost hidden next to this large rural French armoire 
is a small drawer that I altered as a frame
of sorts.

A tranquil bird scene stirred up by
nature of twigs below.
Art By Dore Burlap Luxe
Vintage ephemera bird art washed in age.

"If I were a bird I would fly about seeking the
successive autumns"
~George Eliot

"October is a symphony of permanence and change"

Creating an atmosphere this season with 
salvage and patina.


Unknown said...

That chair, Dore, is amazing! You know how much I love the calmness of the way you paint and decorate. You are my inner me!

DD's Cottage said...

Love the soothing calm of your piece Dore!

Lisa said...

Oh, so much gorgeousness in these photos! Love it all! The bird drawer picture is just so charming and sweet! Love the chair and that armoire! I love the understated fall décor your home has. The simple touch of the dried hydrangea is perfect in your home. I want to relax in that space. xo

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Dear sweet Doré,
After a long hectic day and just now unwinding with a stroll in Blogland my hearts skips a beat when I see you have posted. Breathe in inspirational beauty and I exhale peaceful relaxation. Love the interplay of Tonal Black and White with your neutral palate of restful delight. I smiled when I saw the tiny little bird art you created hung next to the huge armoire you recreated in your signature whiteness distressed palate. So fun to see the playfulness of size placement in décor. Lovely post.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Super beautiful, Dore. How wonderful are the finishes you are able to create! The chair is aged to perfection. Love the cute framed bird
print, the quote is perfect for the season.

vintageandart said...

I love your blog...everything you touch turns to beautiful.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Dear Dore, I love looking through your photos, and I always have to come back to look again. I love what you did with the chair; French chairs are my favorite. I also love the wrought iron candlestick and the finish on it. Simply beautiful. xoxo Su

Méa Strauß said...

Dear Doré, the greys of autumn´s skyes were floating into your home.
Your wonderful bird in this frame, more like a shrine, written words in the background, is simply mervellous with a patina, I like sooo much.
You write on the blanc pages of the newe day with all your creativity, and so there will be no stillstand (do you use this word in English? I hope, you know, what I mean)
Let´s go on and on, let´s open the door to something else ;)
Hugs to you from your friend Méa

by meisje said...

Oh Dorè, I love your Blog!!! XOX, dear Meisje

Unknown said...

Such a sweet post Dore. I love the washed timeworn finish you achieve, and it fits in beautifully in your serene space. I'm with the bird-seeking the successive autumns. Love that!
Xo Sally

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The finish on the chair is so perfectly imperfect, Dore. You are a true artist.

Unknown said...

how amazing your chair!!!! and i love the bird!!!!
have a nice weekend

Victoria said...

I noticed that little bird right away, such a sweet little piece! The chair you refinished is gorgeous, that whole room looks amazing. It's simple but still cozy and welcoming. You have a magic touch Dore!

It's me said...

What a beautiful things you show us doré !!!.....lovely weekend love Ria x

Karena said...

Dear Dore, everywhere I look are signs of your soulful aesthetic. I love how the pieces you find and finish speak to you of their age and lives led!!

The Arts by Karena
Artist Lee Bowers

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Dore ..... I am drooling ....... it is all so ME !!!
I really love your bird picture and what a great idea { I think I might do one !! } XXXX

Gail Peterson said...

Hi Dore,
i do love the natural patina of the furniture, the hydrangeas are so pretty this time of year. I wish I knew how to preserve the color! We had a little drop in temp, but now hot again... I'm so ready for winter!
Enjoy this weekend to it's fullest

lynn cockrell said...

Sweet, Dore, it seems like forever since I've been able to visit you and others. Your post is beautiful, as usual. That painted armoire is absolutely beautiful and that little drawer with the bird print is wonderful. I hope all has been well with you. Our family, most especially my daughter and her children, but I am praying broken hearts will mend. It was so peaceful to read your lovely post this evening and see all the beauty in the photographs you posted. Much love to you!

Bente said...

Dear Dore. The chair is beautiful. I sit here and look at my chair (almost the same one, but not with that fantastic patina). Hmmm, a make over???? Your home is fantastic, my friend.
Sending a weekend hug your way.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Happy Saturday mon amie Doré,
i should be doing food prep because we are entertaining tonight - but needed to get a peaceful feeling and your blog leaves me with that.
Oh how I love the armoire you recreated ... Love it? I covet it!!! Smiling over the unexpected still, that very cool bird collage in the tiny drawer hung next to the huge armoire. You have captured the element of the unexpected, there is a lesson learned there. Ok back to slicing and dicing.
Sending love and kisses,

Kelly said...

Beautiful chair! You are a great furniture painter. Love the artwork you made out of s drawer too. So clever!

the gardener's cottage said...

you are so talented dore...and patient to get it all just right. your home is stunning! x

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

You have a talent for painting... love how your chair came out...

Debbie said...

Love the French chair, Dore'. The patina speaks to my soul.

therelishedroost said...

So calm it almost looks like back and white photography! so lovely! xo K

michele said...

Just stunning examples of what happens when loving hands revive and enhance pieces in need. Keep painting lovely and sharing the fruit of your labor so with us. Peace.

handmade by amalia said...

It is all so pretty. Big sigh. I'm also inspired to do a lot around the house to mark the changing seasons.

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

Always to tranquil and beautiful here, Dore. I LOVE the chair and the fact that your pieces speak to you once complete.

Thank you for your email over at my blog. I was also told be several Drs that a positive attitude makes a huge difference. Be happy my friend. Be well.

Much love,

Fiona, Lilyfield Life said...

All so beautiful

Pura Vida said...

the simplest of colors and treasures turned into the most beautiful vignettes. Always!

Botanic Bleu said...

The French chair is beautiful. You have inspired me to look for some drawers to re-do as little shadow boxes. Your beautiful calm neutrals are so relaxing.

Hope you are enjoying a little fall...



Looking at your so nice pictures and reading your so poetics words make me feel so quiet... Thank you so much for this relaxing moment in time.
xoxo from PARIS where autumn is rainy and windy

Rié Moratto said...

The French chair is divine, and perfect in its simplicity! Hydrangeas dried have always held my gaze... I have tried to dry them but to no avail. Your home is Lovely Serene Ethereal Peaceful - an evening soliloquy... xx Rié | Portobello Design Blog

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I've been missing out on so much, but I am so glad that I finally got to see this post! Exciting style here. So beautiful and soulful. Each image is wonderful, and so inspiring.

Rhonda said...

I have missed visiting my favorite blogs this month. We've had guest after guest visit us and I'm happy for it but I need to play catch up on life.

Love your decor style, you know that!!!