FOIL foil/ noun
noun: foil; plural noun: foils
a person or thing that contrasts with and so emphasizes and enhances the qualities of another.
"the earthy taste of grilled vegetables is a perfect foil for the tart bite of creamy goat cheese"
synonyms: contrast, complement, antithesis, relief
"Abbott was the perfect foil to Costello"
French Provincial furniture is one of those styles that's instantly recognizable. Their curves and delicate hardware make them feel eternally vintage and feminine. Sometimes I'll paint them in a more modern shade to spice things up, but for this piece I went with a timeless combination. I mixed a few shades of Annie Sloan chalk paint to create this cool, light gray. Depending on how the light hits it, it also reads in shades of a faint blue. I love when furniture changes color in the light. It's in a constant state of evolution, adapting to its surroundings ever so gracefully. When I paint something in a seemingly traditional color, I like to go in the other direction when it comes to styling it. If I have a piece with so many delicate curves, I like to counter those curves with modern and linear objects. Much in the same way "Abbot was the perfect foil to Costello," French Provincial can be the perfect foil for modern style. Creating that contrast in your style gives a space this underlying sense of balance that's subtle and palpable, if barely so. It brings this sense of relief to the eye you might not have picked up on. I love working in subtleties and I think it shows with this shoot.
For this vignette, my jumping off point was a take on modern botanicals: a cactus print from Society 6 [a fantastic resource for affordable art], a small abstract done by my aunt, a larger impressionist style piece [also painted by my talented aunt!], my Rifle Paper Co. calendar [because it's Rifle and the colors and that quote, my God Emily Dickinson you've got it right!], a couple plants I'd just potted in modern concrete planters, a few stacked vintage books [because who would I be if there weren't vintage books in there?!] my number one ride or die lamp [never change Target, never change], a little piece of pottery from an unknown source [but I do think it's from the Philippines], and finally my Archie's Press Atlanta map. Layering all these objects together; stacking them, hanging them, leaning them, arranging them just so, it's a bit of an art in of itself. Sometimes I get so lost in the styling, I end up losing my natural light [golden hour, why are you so brief?], and have to postpone photographing for the following day. The next time you're looking to add a little style to your space, consider pairing your classics with your moderns or vice versa. Play with the ages, and you'll come out with an eclectic, effortless style all your own.
PS- anyone else here seriously craving goat cheese after reading the definition for foil? Just me? Ok cool cool :)