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Clean and Simple Can Be Beautiful: White and Walnut Mid Century Dresser

This piece was the last one I painted just before taking a solid month off of work.  YES A MONTH! I now realize how long that was, and the thought scares me a little, but I'm so thankful for that time I gave myself. I spent the bulk of it with family and friends, traveling to the Philippines, Singapore and Texas. Getting myself back to the reality of work and day to day life has been a struggle, but I've had that painting itch for some time now, and the photos of this beautiful, classic mid century dresser reminded me how clean and simple furniture and styling brings ease to my mind and inspires me to create more.

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When I'm stuck in a rut, whatever kind it may be: writing rut, cooking rut, socializing with humans rut [that's can be a thing from time to time for me!], all I need to do is remind myself to keep it simple and take small steps towards getting back into the swing of things. Maybe it's just filling out a Q&A about life quiz to rejig my brain, maybe it's just putting together one of my favorite breakfasts like avocado toast with scrambled eggs and a new addition of chipotle chili sauce...mmm [that was this morning!]. Or maybe it's just spending some one on one time with a friend on the porch, drinking wine or a cup of coffee and watching the world pass us by.  It's incredible how little moments like this can reinvigorate me, revitalize me and remind me about my love for all the passions in my life.  

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Painting is the one passion that most clearly connects my personal interests with my professional ones. Yesterday to get myself out of my painting rut [though I suppose it was less of a rut and more of a vacation, but no matter!] I decided to repaint a pair of side tables I was given. I'd already painted this pair, but decided they needed a new color to better suit their home in my Airbnb. Once those are photographed and ready to go, I'll share them here, but for now, I wanted to gush about this mid century beauty.  

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Mid Century is the one place where I don't tend to overcomplicate things. I find their form and structure so beautiful in their original state that I hate to fuddle with it too much.  Sometimes I'll get creative with my color choices, but this time I took mid century to its purest form. I stuck with a few coats of Annie Sloan's Old White on the frame of this piece. I love using white with modern pieces because it creates the perfect blank slate for whatever design choices I'd like to make. 

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I'm a person who changes the style of my home depending on how I'm feeling that week [or sometimes that day!], and I find using small objects and wall art to inject color is my favorite method of design.  Keeping this piece so simple is what makes it feel timeless. I could style this piece in so many ways, my brain perks up just thinking about it!

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For this shoot, I was so frazzled about leaving for the Philippines, I kept the styling basic and modern. I love taking a piece of art and pulling a few colors from it to incorporate into the design vignette. For me, it's the easiest way to create a really pulled together style. This series reminds me how important it is to edit, and keep things minimal sometimes. It brings an ease to my mind that I can't get enough of. This simple series of photos is inspiring me to get out there, find some new pieces to work on and pick up the paint brush. Check out this piece and others I've got for sale in my shop

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Subtle Color Combinations I Love: Annie Sloan's Lem Lem and English Yellow

If/when I receive a piece of furniture for free, I absolutely insist on experimenting with color and painting techniques! This was a piece I was kindly gifted by friends/clients of mine, and so I knew I wanted to play with color here. I'd never tried Annie Sloan's latest color, Lem Lem, a soft green shade [a portion of the profits of this shade go toward Oxfam, so reason enough alone to try this color out!].

Console tables like this are perfect for playing with color. By design, they're an accent piece in a room, so going with a color a bit outside of your norm is perfectly okay, if not encouraged! [at least from this lover of color!]. This particular console was a challenge to paint due to the bamboo inspired spindle legs, which were so tightly spaced, it made painting them quite the endeavor. Rather than trying to create a perfectly smooth finish, I opted for a slightly distressed look, and blended a couple shades to create a varied effect.  The result ended up being surprisingly close to actual reeds of bamboo!

For the base shade [the more yellowy of the two] I went with a mixture of English Yellow and Lem Lem, with slightly more Lem Lem mixed in.  I then made a wash combining Lem Lem, English Yellow and just a hint of Florence [a deeper green/turquoise shade] for some depth.  I painted the wash on, wiping it off in quick succession with a clean rag.  As I applied this technique a couple times over, the piece naturally distressed, revealing the beautiful original wood tone. To allow the more yellow base to peek through, I used a medium coarse sand paper to gently remove the green wash. I didn't do this everywhere, since I'm more partial to a variance in color throughout any piece of furniture. The result was subtle and quite beautiful!

This console feels both modern [with the bright pop of color] and vintage [with the distressed wash effect] and I really just love the quiet play of color happening here. Today's photos are a little different from my norm! I took my standard wide shots, but the true beauty of this piece is in the delicate color variations only viewed up close. I painted this in a solid shade at first. [and there's truly nothing wrong with keeping a painted piece simple and solid!] Though it looked beautiful as it was, I just knew I needed to play with color a bit more, because why not? And I'm so glad I did! This piece is now for sale in my shop!

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Designing My Airbnb using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Hi friends! Quick post today- I'm supposed to be painting [started on this gorgeous console yesterday], but it's looking like I've come down with something [fingers crossed it's not the flu- I did get my shot!], so I'm stuck on the couch, wrapped up in blankets. While I rest up, I wanted to share some photos of a space that's very special to me, my Airbnb! It's a 'tiny house' bungalow in my backyard I completed about a year and a half ago. I used my go to paint line, Annie Sloan chalk paint on the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, as well as the sliding barn door. As I work on new pieces of furniture, I'll rotate some of my painted work into the space to keep it fresh and new.  I took these photos quite recently and thought I'd share a few here.  They feature quite a few Annie Sloan paint colors. I loved incorporating bright pops of color in the space and I hope you do too! For more photos, head to my other website, STATESOFREVERIE.COM or check out my Airbnb listing if you're ever wanting a bright, modern space to stay in on your next trip to Atlanta, Georgia! You can also find some of the pieces in my Airbnb for sale in my shop!

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Paint with Bright Colors: Pink French Provincial Dresser with a Blush Wash

I haven't painted a French Provincial piece in a while, and when this one came along the other week, I decided it was time to take this classic silhouette and bring it to life with a bright, vibrant shade.  I worked with three Annie Sloan chalk paint colors to achieve this look. First I added a bit of Burgundy to Old White to get an extra bold pink. I then took Antoinette, the light blush pink shade I used on my previous pair of nightstands and created a wash. A couple tablespoons of paint plus a approximately a quarter cup of water was all I needed for this piece [and still had more left over!]. The wash takes a bit of practice and a quick hand. For this piece, I brushed the wash on, left it for only a few seconds and wiped it off with a rag. I love using washes. They give the surface of furniture movement and a softness that's hard to achieve with simply paint and distressing. I love how each piece I use this technique with has a unique finish. This piece didn't have a wood grain, and yet the wash gave it a texture that's just beautiful in person. This dresser is now available in my shop! Contact me if you're interested in this piece or have another project I can help you with.


Paint Colors I Love: Annie Sloan's Blush Pink Antoinette

It took me until the very end of 2017 to pick up this color, and I can't for the life of me understand why that is! I've loved blush pink tones all year long, using it as an accent color throughout my own home. The ubiquitous 'millennial pink' shade flooded all aspects of style and design, and yet I hesitated to use it on my painted furniture.  I was waiting for the right piece to test Annie Sloan's light blush pink, Antoinette, on and when I found this pair of nightstands, I knew it was time. 

The nightstands have a beautiful Hollywood Regency vibe to them, quite delicate with their bamboo detailing and feminine lines. The nightstands were battered by a previous and quite terrible paint job, so they needed some TLC before I'd begun painting. As always, Annie Sloan's chalk paint did a phenomenal job of covering up all manner of sin on this pair, and instantly revitalized these nightstands!  I kept the drawer pulls in their painted white and it contrasts subtly against the faint pink. I finished them with a light sanding and clear wax and I think they turned out so lovely!

I find this shade incredibly versatile and imagine it will work with all sorts of design styles [traditional, rustic, farmhouse, modern]. What I'm waiting and hoping for is the right mid century piece to try Antoinette on, but for now I'll have to settle on admiring this pair of nightstands for now! I'll have them for sale soon in my shop, so keep an eye out for them or any other pieces you're on the hunt for!