January 27, 2014

Shopping.......a birthright

Ever hear the term 'Nominative Determinism?' Nor had I, but I should have as I am living it. Here are two clues;
                      William Wordsworth............18th c poet
                      Usain Bolt........................world champion sprinter

In other words; your birth surname determines your career. My birth name? Debra Byers,  shopping is my passion and my business. I can walk and shop at markets for a week on end, never tiring and pinching myself that it is a piece of my business. Having been busy this month satisfying the aforementioned, here is a look at some of my European finds.

First up, just a few of the antiques found while in the UK last October
Fighting fiercely at auction, this little piggy came home with me. A hand carved early 19thc. advert for a London Butcher. Personality galore, think she should be named Charlotte as there is a copper tag embedded in the wood 'e.e.'

The quality of these images should note an apology, professional-like photography obviously
 eludes me.
c. 1880's traveling trunk belonging to Viscountess Frankfort of Dewlish House in Dorchester, Dorset. This was her silver trunk while traveling.

Door turned trumeau with a vintage plaster I added
Found this shade to be interesting, what do you think?
A trend noted in Atlanta is stripping the wood bare which then highlights the intricacy of the details. This lovely grandmother clock will receive a glowing finish of wax mixed with tinted mica powder
Adore the lines of this 1930's era table, perfect as a console or sofa table. An added benefit is the center opening/pop-up leaf to easily turn this into a dining table. The French seem to have perfected this feature that I have noted from coffee tables to dining tables.
Cabinet from Provence with the original turquoise interior, perfectly aged. 
The series of hearts above are French pastry tins nicely rusted and ideally suited to assembling them into any configuration
In and sold immediately, hand carved panels
Loved this example of bleached wood. A Louis XIV styled table with numerous flourishes and carvings. Perfectly staged with the contemporary lucite chair
The master behind this look is friend, Madame Murielle, who scours her homeland.
Original paint, demi-lunes from Sweden. OK, this is not new to the shop......but needs a good home. Interested, contact me, we will make it happen
                  Every room can accommodate a pair of sconces, as a plug-in or direct wired

      Enjoy your Hunt!

January 5, 2014

Paper 53

Hello, how is everyone faring?

Do you too feel like the holidays are long behind us? While I relish a return to normalcy, it has been slow going in this house as the dreaded flu bug has me down for the count. My goodness, cannot remember feeling so under the weather. Get that shot! Sure, easy to say that now..........

Before Christmas a video came across my computer and I was hooked. The app 'paper 53' led me down a slippery slope of creative delirium.
The app is free, but..........
Now I needed the stylus.
Pencil / Think With Your Hands from FiftyThree on Vimeo.

Next I discovered this app and stylus required an iPad with retina display. So then followed an iPad Air. Many dollars later I am thrilled and having so much fun, worth it!
Now I am not an artist, as you will see, but one can only improve with practice.
ahem.......this is supposed to be a rustic, very rustic wooden table

Even skies are easy
These papers can easily be transformed, with the click of a button, into virtual books, printed and mailed right to you, viola! Are the wheels turning?

 Sending wishes for a new year filled with blessings and loads of creativity!

Now, if this weather improves, (think massive snow and wind chills headed towards -45 below)
I can get down south where the winter markets are about to get underway!

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