…favorite things friday: anthro pillows

I’ve never known Anthropologie to have so many pillows as they do this season! It’s very exciting and the price range varies. Here are some of my favorites.

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As you know, I gravitate towards anything turquoise.

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These delicate dots comes in lots of colors. So sweet!

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These letters are my very favorites. In fact, I am tempted to buy the whole alphabet! You could put one on a special chair or on a bed. Anthropologie also sells mugs that have letters. I never get bogged down finding letters that make sense, I just pick my favorite colors!

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Happy Friday!

 

…aubusson blue

I know you usually see me using very neutral colors, but I do love a rich blue. I have found that Aubusson can really read darker or lighter depending on the space it is put in. These were done for a client a few months ago.

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Aubusson is just a really interesting and special blue. If you want to work it into a room, add pillows or curtains with monochromatic blues. I think it these would be beautiful with some stark white pottery and/or a white lamp. Maybe some mercury glass.

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…blue egg brown nest Q&A’s

Hi Friends!

Here are your Q&A’s. Got questions? Email me at: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

I own a business with my daughter. I think we have many unique items and a friend that paints furniture that is totally awesome!!!  We have been in business for eleven years and have had some struggling times, but we’re still holding our own. Would like to get our one of a kind furniture out there for others to see.  What do you suggest?

I think the hunt is a major part of the business. Sometimes you can find amazing pieces at flea markets or estate sales and sometimes you just find junk. You need to always keep your eye open and build up an inventory. It’s definitely a process. Hang in there!

However, my one query before I pick up my paint brush is: do I paint the inside of the furniture?  Most of the pieces I have viewed have the drawers and wardrobe doors closed so it is difficult to tell how far to go.

I never paint the interior of dressers. I don’t believe they need it and I like to see the contrast of old and new. I usually DO paint the interior of buffets and secretaries until the client does not want it. I think it’s find to do a contrasting color.

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Where did you find your zebra rug? Who is the manufacturer, etc.  I am looking for one like that with grey stripes. And also, how much extra length do leave on your drapes?

My zebra rug is from Overstock! I get this question almost every day :) I always buy long when doing my curtains. I want them to pool at the floor and not look like high-water pants.

I love the armoire you painted with the inside painted in duck egg.You have a tutorial on weathered wood look. Did u use this technique on the armoire?

It is a similar look. I did this weathered wood look with ASCP and then covered it with MMS Milk Paint. I wanted a really distressed look. FYI – I may be selling this piece soon.

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Christen, I enjoyed the article about turning a drop cloth into a runner/tablecloth. After you paint the stripes with ASCP is there anything special you need to do to the fabric? Will it be washable and if so will it lose the blue color? 

Nope. I have washed the tablecloth several times and dried it. The paint remains the same.

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Can you tell me what colour blue paint you used on the shutters in your dining room please. If two do you use the darker shade first.

Yes, the first layer of paint was Florence. I then painted them Duck Egg, but did not paint all the crevices so it would stay looking old.

My question for you is about painting inside furniture, drawers, cabinets, etc. I’m also wondering about painting the underside of end tables or chairs (or any piece). I haven’t seen you talk about this topic. Can you give me some pointers?

I always paint the back of my pieces and the underneath of chairs (I used to not do this). I do not paint the underside of tables, however. We all know that they are old wood and it doesn’t need it.

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I am wondering if you ever show how you decorate your bathrooms? I would love to see how you decorate those areas of your home as I’m at a loss on how to decorate mine!

Sure, I can show you. It’s hard to get light in my powder room to get pictures, but I will try.

I have distressed a dresser with chalk paint. But now, I am loving the white washed look. Is it possible to take a piece that is distressed and turn it into a white washed finish look (using same color).

Sure, just use your white-washed technique over what you have already painted. I have done this before with shutters. Just water down your white paint.

I noticed all of the tables on your website had been sold and I can see why, they’re beautiful! If you could give me some info on if you’ll have more and when and perhaps some pricing I’d appreciate it!

You can always check on FB as I tend to post new pieces to refinish there first. I am not carrying a huge inventory right now because I am slammed refinishing pieces for clients.

I am manufacturing a line of chalk/mineral rich paint. I would like to ship you some of my paint and other supplies to hear your opinion? If you have any interest in trying it out please let me know?

Sure! I’d love to try your paint.

I love your blog and I have been wanted to start one myself for sometime.  I am ready to start but I am confused about web hosting and web design.  How did you know how to get yours up and running?  I’m looking for some advice:)

You can find free blog templates online. I use WordPress, which is really popular. Once you get going you may find that you need some technical assistance from a web designer, which you can also find online. You will find that these designers have varying prices for their designers and often times they need to “accept” your project and you will have to apply. I would suggest getting as far as you can on your own and testing it out. Then as you grow you can hire someone.

Do you recommend letting the clear wax dry before using the dark wax or do you do them consecutively with no dry time? I’ve seen it both ways on YouTube.  I’d like to paint my project and wax it clear and then go back and distress it, if I chose,  at another time.

I like to let my clear wax dry at least a day before apply dark wax. That’s my preference. You can certainly apply dark wax at a later date!

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…building a business: do what you know

I really, really do believe that we cannot reach our greatest potential if we are not being truly ourselves. That may mean that you are a bit wacky or a bit slow or a big awkward in groups or quiet or way too loud or wear too much make-up.

But, if you are doing You and harnessing You then I believe you can be truly successful on your path. I don’t need to be around people that are just like me. In fact, I enjoy people the most when they are being themselves – dressing the way they want, talking the way they want, having opinions that are their own. I love people that own themselves.

This goes for your business too. Do what you know. If you see someone out there that is successful at what they are doing it does not mean that you should do the same thing. It means you need to find out what your own path is. You will know it when you want to spend all your time doing it. You will know it when you are reaching farther and not worrying about the competition.

My very special example of this is about my oldest daughter, Greta. She is a girl after my own heart and sometimes I feel like I am interacting with a younger version of myself. I paint, write and meet with clients every week and she watches my every move. She knows that I don’t allow her to paint on clients pieces – we had that conversation a few years ago. So, instead she sought out something that she could do; something very clever that she was able to herself. She started looming on her pencils.

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For those of you that don’t have small children and therefore don’t know what Rainbow Looms are here’s a look:

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You take these little rubber circles and make braclets and necklaces on a loom. Greta decided that she wanted to make lots of them and needed more pencils. We went to CVS.

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They were turning out so well, we discussed selling them.

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I suggested 25 cents, but after she finished her fifth one she said to me, “Mom, these take a long time to make, I’d like to charge a dollar.” Boom. I didn’t even have to teach time-spent.

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Together we came up with the name Rainbow Writers and plan on selling them to all our friends, neighbors and cousins (Cousins, get your dollars out!)

I did not teach her a craft. I did not teach her to come up with a business plan or a value or a business name. It came from her very own rainbow-ish spirit. She is doing Greta and in turn doing it very well.

 

 

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