Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prepping for the Party

Oh goodness! Only one more day until I'll be at the Opening Night Party of the Winter Antiques Show!! I've been to the Winter Antiques Show somewhere around five times now- always a treat as the art and antiques are the very best in the world, and that is not hyperbole. It's the pinnacle of the entire antiquing year. I've even been to the Opening Night Party three times- though I was there working, on the selling side, not the attending side. This is the first time EVER I've gotten to actually attend the party and thoroughly take it all in! I'm beyond excited! Look at all these exclamation points!!!!!
         Two weeks ago I bought a dress at Nordstrom for the party - which is fancy/cocktail- but it never sat right with me. I can't quite put my finger on what's wrong with the dress, just not quite what I wanted. So then I bought a second dress from Nordstrom, ordered it online, and it was HILARIOUS when it arrived. You know what Shirley Temple wears when she's singing 'Good Ship Lollipop'? It's that dress, but in blue. Whoops.

         Last night, in desperation I went to TJMaxx thinking maybe I could find something there. They had about four dresses total, and all were awful. Finally, as a last ditch hope I wandered into the Goodwill. JACKPOT. I found the perfect dress. It's green, my favorite color, it fits like a dream, it's fun and playful and fancy but not too fancy, and I think I can wear it for other occasions too, AND it was $6. Which, the Nordstrom dresses were $146 and $96 respectively, I'll be returning them both tonight. Not only did I find the perfect dress for the Opening Night Party, I found another perfect dress to wear for the lecture I'm giving at the end of April in Ohio. Score!!

          None of this is surprising. Of course I'm more comfortable is a budget friendly secondhand dress. To thine own self be true, eh?

           I bought the shoes I'm wearing to the party at DSW last week for $8.50. They were marked down 80%. The necklace is vintage costume jewelry, a $1 flea market find that looks so smashing with the dress, and the bag, well I'm still trying to decide whether to bring a gold bag I found at the goodwill years ago and never used, or a vintage clutch that's a flea market find- both were $5 when I bought them.

            So that means I'll be schmoozing with movie stars, academics, and Manhattan's elite in an outfit that cost a grand total of $20.50. That's how we do it!

          Probably no one will be looking at me, or my outfit, or how killer I look in said outfit (I've been hitting the gym and living on cereal and irritation for weeeeeeeks). Everyone will be looking at the amazing antiques that pack every single booth of this singularly incredible show.
My dear friend David Schorsch, who puts together a spectacular booth for the show every year, has been posting teaser pictures on his Facebook page, and they're making me batty with anticipation!

          If you want to follow along with the fun tomorrow- I'll be live tweeting the entire experience from the train ride to the city, to trying to figure out how to do my makeup so I don't look like a gutter troll, to all the spectacular objects at the show, and the drinks, and the yummy foods, and all the famous people I meet. My twitter is here ---->

          When I get home on Saturday I'll also be putting together a blog post chock full of photos of all the gorgeous antiques I spot while touring the show!

If you're anywhere in the Northeast, or don't mind a bit of travel- The Winter Antiques Show runs from Friday Jan. 20th through Sunday Jan. 29th at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. It's a wonderful and worthy way to spend a winter day!
Check out their website here for more details!

This is what I'm wearing tomorrow night!!

plan B vintage flea market find clutch. 

Taken from inside my changing room at the goodwill- I'm all about these easy colorful dresses!

Some of the amazing teaser close-ups my friend David Schorsch has been sharing in the lead up to tomorrow night's Opening Night Party at the Winter Antiques Show
You can see more of his amazing objects here!
And finally- to whet your appetite (and mine!) here are some of the incredible antiques I saw at last year's Winter Antiques Show!

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Vintage Federal Mahogany China Cabinet in Gray and Linen

I've done a few pieces in this palette over the years, and I've done a few of these sweet vintage Federal china cabinets as well, but I've never been able to get a proper picture, either of this color scheme, or of this style of cabinet. FINALLY I'm pleased with the pictures of this one. Yay!!!!
      The cabinet was brought to me by some new clients who live in a stunning house in town. They're filling their home with antiques, which is about the most exciting thing ever! They scored this stunner from an antique shop down near the shore, and I can hardly blame them for snapping it up.
It's So. Elegant.
        They admired a piece I finished for another client a few months back, so we went with the same colors, a soft true gray, a linen interior, and light distressing to highlight the architecture of the piece. I staged it with big bunches of pink mums because I'm all the way ready for Spring!
         I'm going to post the before and after on my Facebook page even though I know this is going to be one of those pieces that gets the nut jobs all riled up and squawking "I can't believe you painted that!!", but that's ok, I rather relish shutting down the trolls :-)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Color is Where It's At

Let's stop painting all our walls white. Let's stop filling all those white rooms with white 'shabby chic' furniture, or worse, junk from ikea. Let's stop buying monochromatic mass produced art posters and fake chippy paint black and white signs that say "Live! Laugh! Love!".
        I believe in you. I believe in your ability to fill your home with amazing, unique, challenging objects that speak to all the colors in your soul. And I'm here to help. Always pleased to push the limits, to paint a piece of furniture in a color that makes your guests do a double take, and makes your great aunt Hettie fret over the unbridled boldness of your style.
        Make 2017 the year you live more colorfully.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Lovely Little Things

I work on a lot of big pieces of furniture; massive hutches, giant suites of bedroom furniture, armoires that could fit three of me standing side by side. I like the big pieces, they have a lot of impact. They're more challenging, but also more satisfying when finally completed. That being said, it's nice to take a break from the giants of the furniture world from time to time. This set of three little tables was just such a pleasant break. 
           I finished all three custom for the same client. The Federal side table and rolling cart both came from Carl the Furniture guy, and the client brought me the shelf to refinish. We went with a deep Navy, one of my favorite custom shades - Essex Blue- for the bin shelf and table, and a deep dramatic teal for the rolling cart. I was so inspired by the color palette that I painted a silly ocean-y acrylic on canvas on Thursday night, with the express purpose of using it to stage when I photographed the set. I added pieces of vintage and antique glass from my personal collection to further highlight the coastal cool colors!
          Now I'm off to the ReStore to pick up yet more furniture (though good gravy my workshop is already packed)!!. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Black Furniture for Friday the 13th

It's Friday the 13th, and (I think?) it's also a full moon tonight? I'm simply too lazy to google that right now, so we're gonna go with it. Did you have an unlucky day? Have any hulking madmen in ski masks terrorized your neighborhood? Nah, me either.
             Today was actually a terrific day. My best friend Jess came over and we hashed out our plans for the new youtube thing that we're about to launch. YES YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT!! It's gonna be amaze-balls, so stick around for that. We went to the ReStore where I scored three terrific pieces of furniture for terrific prices, then I putzed around my workshop finishing up some projects while Jess kept me company. Now finally I'm curled up on the sofa in the family room, squashed between two sleeping border collies, sipping wine, and writing this post.
           I've got a jam packed workday tomorrow, so I'm trying to just relax and take it easy tonight.
In honor of a thus far non-spooky, non unlucky Friday the 13th, here's black furniture, because, I dunno, somehow that tenuously ties to bad luck and stuff, right? I'm stretching here. New furniture to show you tomorrow though!!