I love all the luscious colors of our Christmas Ornaments this year.
Posted in Home, Uncategorized, tagged beau banc ottoman, bobeches, candlesticks, Chester, christmas decorations, christmas trees, clocks, glitter, home, home decor, hydrangea, inspiration, interior design, italian frames, Little Paris, NJ Craft Show, photography, schnadig ottoman, The Whistling Elk on September 5, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Getting ready for the Craft Show in Chester, NJ this weekend.
At The Whistling Elk - we always put a little Christmas out….a preview of what’s to come.
Of course we are stocked full of design ideas, home decor. Little Paris is all decked out too.
We have a large selection of great clocks right now…
Bobeches, candlesticks, little fleur de lis ornaments and golden crowns….
so many little treasures!
Here’s our clock wall!
this is my 22nd craft show weekend….wow!
I love glittery trees and jeweled frames…so we have plenty!
But we still have a lots of italian frames, little books and pretty flowers…something for everyone.
A beautiful new ottoman just showed up this morning…the trucker brought it in the pouring rain. That was fun!
It’s so cute with little french legs – ooh la la!
L O V E !!!
Posted in Home, Uncategorized, tagged Annie Sloan, antiques, architecture, chalk paint, color, decor, design, gilding wax, home decor, inspiration, interior design, Little Paris, oval table, paint, photography on July 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I fell in love with this little table while out searching for antiques….
Its not old - just cute with great character! It’s oval about 16 x 12 and was already painted with Annie Sloan Paris Grey. It also has a marble top – black with a little pink and grey.
As soon as i saw it i knew i was going to paint and gild it! It was just a matter of what color…
So naturally i did paint it – it wasnt even in the shop for 24 hours before it got a makeover!
So here “she” is wearing some Annie Sloan Henrietta over Paris Grey….and then rubbed with some silver gilding wax and some kings gold gilding wax.
Voila, so Little Paris!
Here’s some detail shots…who said you cant mix silver and gold accents????
It’s important to remember that you dont have to paint perfectly – when you are distressing it gives you a certain lattitude to be a little free…
I am so enjoying painting! I had forgotten how much fun it is and what a great creative outlet is can be.
Posted in Home, Uncategorized, tagged Annie Sloan, antiques, architecture, boiserie, chaulk paint, color, decor, decorative moldings, design, home, home decor, inspiration, interior design, Little Paris, mirror, paint, photography, room design, shabby chic on July 9, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
This little table had a dark wood top…it really had style with those cute legs so I decided to just paint the top with some Annie Sloan Pure White.
I left the legs the way they were – so here is the table with the Pure White on it.
I waxed it with the clear wax and then applied a little dark wax then distressed it.
Last i hit it with some of the gilding wax then distressed it some more…
Now it has a whole new life!
I also worked on this standing mirror…it had a lot of “design” potential!
One of the reasons i selected this piece to paint was because of the beautiful wood carved crown at the top…
and the way this mirror resembled a “boiserie” panel…
The way i envisioned painting this piece i knew that its architecture would be greatly enhanced by using two colors to create a contrast.
I knew that using an alternate color on the crown and on the inset panel would work beautifully
and that connecting them by hitting part of the molding with the contrast color would be very pleasing to the eye.
So, i decided to use Paris Grey and Pure White.
Here’s the crown with a little Paris Grey which i purposely slapped on so it didnt cover all the dark wood.
Later i put some Pure White sloppily over the Paris Grey – i didnt care about covering since i knew i would distress it heavily later.
Originally it was also part of my plan to highlight this piece with some gold wax accents.
However, a customer came into the shop
while i was working on it and asked me not to put the gold on until she saw it finished with just the white and grey…
she thought it might work for her just that way…so i will have to wait until tomorrow when she comes in to see whether it will go home with her sans gold wax..
Here it is BEFORE distressing…
I painted the body of the piece all Pure White then applied the Paris Grey over only the molding and on the inset.
I did that because i knew when i distressed it i would get the dark brown and the white thru the grey.
Here is the boiserie mirror after distressing…I am just dying to highlight it with gilding wax!
Here’s some close ups of the details of the newly antique mirror!
When i am painting i find myself working on a lot of projects at once…
if i have a can of paint open i generally use it on as many pieces as i can so i dont have to open/close the paint, clean the brush etc.
it may be that i am just lazy…. but i think its a good idea to use the paint on something else while the can is open…
so here’s a little mirror that i also worked on!
This distressed mirror was a brownish/cordovan kind of a color with some gold in the corners.
I just went ahead and coated the whole frame with Annie Sloan Pure White, Clear waxed it, distressed it and then
hit it with some of the gilding wax.
Here it is all done and ready for me to put in Little Paris so perfect for my shabby chic shop!
The Annie Sloan Chaulk Paint has been a pleasure to work with and i am loving
all the new decor created…a very good product for interior design!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Annie Sloan, benjamin moore paint, chair, chalk paint, color, design, gilding, home, inspiration, interior design, Little Paris, photography, room design, shabby chic on July 7, 2012 | 4 Comments »
I decided to experiment with the Annie Sloan paints…
so i bought some Paris Grey and some Clear Wax and have been painting everything in sight for the last couple of days…
out in front of The Whistling Elk in the courtyard.
This is actually a before shot….
The bottom legs/skirt etc has been coated with Annie Sloan “Paris Grey” while the top has an old coat of a beige tone benjamin moore paint on it.
Originally this table had a dark stain on it. It has been hanging around for a while and was pretty beat up.
When i selected it to experiment with i thought it might be fun because when distressed it would show the dark stain thru the beige…and the Paris Grey.
I also selected this table because it has nice detail for painting. The top has a raised pattern to it around the edges which
is separated from the center by two circular grooves which i plan to gild. And, the little finial
at the bottom of the leg stretchers is screaming out for gold…
So with my design plan in my head and the brush in my hand, the Annie Sloan paint went on easily and covered well…waxing was easy too.
After sanding the table and distressing it to the level i desired i painted a fleur de lis on top with some antique gold paint i had around
and also put the gold in the round grooves and on the outer edges of the table.
Then i waxed it again…
The next day I sanded it down again, distressing the gold paint and the fleur de lis.
I sanded some spots down to the very dark stain but decided i didnt like what i had so repainted/waxed some spots and re-distressed.
I actually really like the soft beige coming thru the Paris Grey.
I also decided not to distress to strongly overall as i liked the softness of the look. So, when i was satisfied with what i had i waxed it one last time. The next day i buffed it out.
I had these two upholstered chairs so i painted and distressed the chair legs to go with the table!
It was easy – paint, wax, sand/distress, wax….Voila!
So Very, Very Shabby Chic and perfect for Little Paris!!
here’s what the chair legs looked like before…
So the bottom line is that i am enjoying the whole process and having lots of fun with the Annie Sloan Paints!
Stay tuned because i hateto waste time so have been painting on other little projects which are coming along…
Wrapping paper makes great wallpaper collages….it’s fun to design a room around it!
We used it in Little Paris on an accent wall – it was easy to apply and easy to take down…..nice…
This paper comes in large sheets and i love the way all the colors work together!
You can frame these individually as posters….
a very inexpensive way to decorate your walls!
In fact, its more rare for us to sell these papers at The Whistling Elk as gift wrap than it is for wallpaper or posters!
This one is brand new….a combination of labels, stamps, postcards, and pictures….lovely!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged candles, color, crystals, decor, design, handcreme, home, home decor, inspiration, interior design, Little Paris, Lollia, perfume, photography, room design, scent, shabby chic, shea butter, The Whistling Elk on May 5, 2012 | 2 Comments »
At The Whistling Elk we take our scent seriously…no…seriously!
We LOVE LoLLia
And who wouldn’t…it fits with us perfectly…
the packaging is beautiful…
its brimming with quality ingredients – like Shea Butter
and it is deliciously scented!
We showcase our LoLLia products on an elegant Habersham Palais Dining Table
but it doesn’t matter where we put them – they still attract Attention…
The colors of the packaging are reminiscent of our Little Paris - very girly and shabby chic
with patterns, florals, crystals and soft colors.
LoLLia fits with our sense of interior design – it will beautify your room decor,
sit on any vanity and elevate it and maybe even provide the inspiration for a room do over with its color palette.
Our testers for the lotion are always crinkled up from being used and tested
and we like that!
These sad specimens are about to be retired…
But happily we’ve got more!
Posted in Home, tagged color, decor, design, Desk, dressing table, Elegant, furniture, furniture placement, home, inspiration, interior design, Little Paris, mirror, photography, room, room design, Sleek, The Whistling Elk, vanity on April 30, 2012 | 7 Comments »
This amazing piece of furniture arrived on Friday.
It came along with the sofa that i recently blogged about…you know the one i waited all day for…that was so late in arriving…
I was so excited about the sofa that I didn’t unpack the desk right away.
Yesterday we brought it up to the shop floor of The Whistling Elk and put it together. It’s gorgeous.
Top down…its a beautiful desk…
Raise the top and voila its an amazing vanity with a beveled mirror!
No real identity crisis here – just imaginative design.
The legs are metal with a silver finish that looks fabulous – sleek and elegant satin finish French legs. OOh la la!
The entire top is ivory with a patterned art finish in a soft gray which resembles wallpaper.
Originally I was thinking this piece would be placed somewhere in Little Paris as it looks very French and very sophisticated
but it’s going to look amazing anywhere in the shop or in your home for that matter!
When I purchased this piece of furniture I must have been in a hurry or something because i didn’t realize that the middle section of the top was hinged
and raised upward to reveal a beveled mirror…creating a vanity. I must be slipping…I did order it from a catalog picture — something that i RARELY do.
But all’s well when its a happy and beautiful surprise.
The name of this desk/vanity is Note to Self….how appropriate!
What a beautiful and clever design which will elevate the décor in any room.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged chair, cocktail table, color, custom cabinetry, decorative throw pillows, elegance, fabrics, furniture placement, hancock & moore, home, home decor, inspiration, interior design, Little Paris, mirrored cocktail table, photography, shabby chic, shabby chic sofa, sheer elegance, sofa, The Whistling Elk on April 22, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Friday we got a new sofa for The Whistling Elk shop floor!
Its very beautiful and comfortable and has that shabby chic appeal which means it also works for Little Paris.
It’s sheer elegance for your home!!
The main fabric is an off white and the decorative pillows have embroidered designs in icey blue.
It’s simple and elegant – just what i like for good interior design and will work in either a formal or informal room. Perfect!
I set it up in the back of the shop near the custom cabinetry and my favorite picture of an elegant lady – just love her.
The sofa is grouped with a gold chenille swivel chair from Hancock and Moore ….
I love the way the mirrored cocktail table reflects all the color around it. It adds a special elegance to the whole setting.
The sofa was worth waiting for….It was supposed to arrive around noon and instead showed up after 7:30 pm….
Sometimes in retail you have to have a very open schedule and be very, very patient!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged benjamin moore paint, design, fleur de lis, inspiration, Little Paris, paint, paint crystals, paris boudoir, photography, romantic room, room design, stencil, The Whistling Elk, wall design on April 18, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Here on my desk is my lastest project for a client. We are going to paint fleur de lis designs randomly on her office walls. I cut this Fleur de lis stencil when i painted the Paris Boudoir in Little Paris shop.
In order to give my client some choices for how the fleur de lis will look i first painted some copy paper with the wall color (2 coats)…
Then i stenciled the fleur le lis design over the paint three different ways. The first (above) is stenciled with just full strength modern masters 14k metallic gold paint.
For the 2nd sample of the wall design i mxed the 14k metallic gold with glaze to make it more transparent.
Lastly, I added some paint crystals to the 14kgold/glaze mixture (below). This gives the fleur de lis a glittery effect.
The glitter will catch the light and sparkle – its a faint effect so you actually wonder if you are really seeing it! Love it!
Voila ! Beautiful effect -so easy to do and painted randomly around the room makes a completely original wall design!
PS….I have little sparkles all over me (from the paint crystals)….its like fairy dust maybe it will bring me luck today at The Whistling Elk.