…a question

I have my first question from one of my followers and thought I would post my answer. Hope you don’t mind, Jackie! Here is what she asked,

“Your stuff is beautiful! I have a desk I bought with my first published article 90 years ago and it is solid oak. I love the desk, hate the oak. I own several milk-painted pieces from France and love them. But how would I paint this desk which I’ve thought about so many times and given up because it would be too hard and end up crapping it up. You are so cute!!”

I feel like everything, even furniture is a trend. We can loving introduce a piece of furniture into our home, enjoy its company and be really excited about looking at it every day and a few years later we think that piece just doesn’t fit the look we want for our space. I personally think we should get to look at pretty things in our homes because it should be the one place that we get to decompress, hide, stow away from the crazy world outside it’s doors.

Jackie, I don’t think you could possibly “crap it up”. In fact, I have faith that you could do a fantastic job and rekindle your love for your oak desk. I would recommend you taking a peak at all the paint colors that Annie Sloan has in her collection. She is basically the creator of chalk paint and has come up with this wonderful product that makes it easy with a little patience and vision. She developed them in her home in the UK and now has store that carry them here where you can order 1 L pots from (aren’t the English so cute calling them pots?).

Some of my favorite colors so far…

french linen    country grey     paris grey

old white    coco        duck egg blue


Sounds like you like that French look, which I do too, so you might want to consider the French Linen or the Paris Grey. I have found that that Paris Grey is that more blue color so it’s what you prefer.

Here is a piece in the French Linen and one in the Paris Grey for you to compare:

French Linen    Paris Grey

It’s a subtle difference. Once you’ve determined color you need to determine how distressed you want it. You create this look with waxes. Clear and dark wax. And then the fun part of distressing the piece with steel wool.

I have to say, though, it all starts with a vision of what the piece COULD be. Many a time my husband has questioned my sanity when picking up a piece of old furniture for me! Patience, my love, patience.




Favorite Things Friday – Emi Jay

So, I thought it might be fun to start a weekly Friday posting of my favorite things. If Oprah can do it, I can too, right? We’ll see. I don’t take myself too seriously. These will just be things that I think are interesting and may or may not be home decor/furniture related. Like today for example.

Maybe you’ve heard of Emi Jay by this point. A few months ago I found these cute little hair ribbons at the counter in Anthropologie. I tried them for a few days and fell in love. I Googled Emi Jay and bought about 3 more packs. They come in all different colors and even seasonal packs. Check it out:


so cute, even breast cancer awareness ties!

I own one of these sweet hair bow ties, but have yet to try it. Look at this great color!

And she sells headbands too! Have fun shopping!



…before & after

check out some new pages in the before & after section.