La Vie Parisienne Jewelry is my Personal Favorite

Truly, I just can’t get enough of it.

Especially the art deco earrings in the lower left box…oooh la la!

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La Vie Parisienne Jewelry at The Whistling Elk, Chester NJ

The Collection designs are rendered from the original molds that were created by artists of the celebrated jewelry period from 1900 through the 1930′s combining classic European findings and a selection of historical American pieces which are handset with brilliant Swarovski crystals.

O.K.  that is the company’s description of their work….I just say “It’s beautiful!”  “It’s my favorite”…”it looks amazing when you layer it”… “you just plain can’t have too much of it!”  So there!!!!

Oh, and it’s not too soon to be thinking about Mother’s Day!  Yup…Mothers Day and Jewelry are synonymous.

  and we are ready for Mom’s at The Whistling Elk with our usual complement of great home accessories and  lots of intriguing little gifts & spring flowers.

La Vie Parisienne Jewelry

Spring flowers, Jewelry, Lovely Art

Come see us soon!

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Decorating the Street

It’s so good to be able to showcase merchandise on Main Street Chester NJ again!

Home decor and furnishings

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Not to mention to be able to stand outside and smile in the sunshine!!!!

It’s a perfect shopping day!

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I’m Diggin Van Dyke Brown

I used the Van Dyke Brown Glaze today over Imagine and I’m diggin it!

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Paint Couture!™

While I was painting the pedestal the other day with IMAGINE  I painted up some paint sample sticks too.

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Paint Couture!™ Paint and Glaze on sample sticks

Today I glazed/painted them 10 different ways – I used a new philosophy when glazing these sticks…all the other ones I have done were glazed/removed pretty evenly.  This time I decided show different degrees of removing the glaze…all my paint students have different ideas of how much/little glaze they would remove…so these samples look uneven but I did it with purpose to show variety!

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Paint Couture!™ paints and glazes in Chester NJ

I also used 3 of the gilding waxes on some of my Paint Couture!™ samples.

So all the samples were painted with 2 coats of Imagine and part of the stick was finished with Matte Lacquer Couture!™.  (The glaze does not bite in as much over the lacquer and gives you more flexibility to work with the glaze.)

So from the left here is how I finished each stick:

In the first group photo above -

1. brilliant white & rich gold metallic paint/Blue Organza Gilding Wax

2. Brilliant White Paint/Green Moire and Silver Taffeta Gilding Wax

3. Verde Glaze

4. Black Chiffon Glaze

5. Zinc Glaze

and in the 2nd group photo:

6. Black Walnut Glaze

7. Champagne Glaze

8. Amber Honey Glaze

9. Lite Brown Sugar Glaze

10. Van Dyke Brown Glaze

So after making all the samples I decided to glaze the pedestal with the Black Chiffon.  The pedestal was an older piece and had a lot of marks and texture (which I kept because I liked the character) and I love the way the black chiffon kinda highlighted the “age” of the piece….so here is the finished pedestal with Imagine, Brilliant White, Rich Gold and Black Chiffon Glaze Couture!™.  (Also in the photo collage is a before the glaze photo).

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Still having fun!  Call and join one of our Paint Workshops!

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My Pedestal Has A New Friend

Now I have two beautiful pedestal tables!

I don’t know who I love more…here’s the new one…

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Pedestal Table at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ

Call me crazy but I have never been a fan of painting with a 14k gold-type color…I always gravitate toward the deeper, more brassy golds….

I deviated…oh-oh.

I painted with Paint Couture!™ Rich Gold Metallic.  Yup put it over Imagine and then hit it with some dry brush Brilliant White.

W.O.W.

I am going to glaze this pedestal…but right now I am enjoying what is going on with it as is!

I dunno though I still love this one…

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Easy Make Over

This adorable little pedestal/table got a make-over

this week at The Whistling Elk.

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Paint Couture!™ Painted Table at The Whistling Elk

In our Paint Workshops you will learn how easy it is to create beauty where there was none (or little) before!  Not kidding here!

This little pedestal table was painted white and in a very chipped condition…it was cute…I mean looking at it I knew that it had POSSIBILITIES…and that is the key! 

So with really very little effort on my part and my Paint Couture!™ products it’s lovely!  It looks rich and expensive!  (I want to take it home ;))

You don’t have to be a Do-It-Yourselfer to use this paint or to create a great piece.

Come to one of our Paint Workshops and see for yourself how easy it is!

Call and register for one of our next scheduled workshops:

Thursday, April 10th – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sunday, April 19th – 9 am – 12 pm

You will learn to paint, glaze, gild, stencil and emboss…also to distress so that you can create masterpieces with an aged European style finish!

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At The Whistling Elk you will find everything to make your house a home.  From furniture to home accents to personal items…everything with design and quality in mind.

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Mansion in May Tickets At The Whistling Elk

We will be selling tickets for the MANSION in MAY Designer Showhouse…

May 1 – May 31

Peapack-Gladstone, nj

open daily 10am – 3pm

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Talk About Tight Spaces…

I had a fabulous day today…I really love what I do and
now I can even say I am a bit of a contortionist!

My client had an armoire that was a nonedescript green and she wanted to jazz it up but she did not want to (couldn’t) move it.  So I gilded and glazed it in place…talk about  getting into tough positions in tight spaces…hahaha…I am smiling just thinking about those back legs…  Glad no one was there with a video camera…

Here’s the before picture…although as usual I started gilding before I took it!

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Armoire Before Glazing with Glaze Couture!™ Amber Honey

and here is the finished product!

Amber Honey Glaze Couture!™ was perfect for the job.

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The armoire is really pretty…

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Li’l Painted Wine Cabinet

Sweet Li’l  Wine Cabinet…its so cute…it could only be better if it were filled with an amazing and delicious array of wines…

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Wine Cabinet finished with Paint Couture!™

Painted Wine Cabinet

Paint Couture Painted Furniture

Love the rich color which is a blue glazed with Glaze Couture!™ VERDE and some distressed gold accents.

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A little inside Surprise!

Join one of our Paint Workshops at The Whistling Elk and learn how to paint something devine!

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Paint Your Own Masterpiece!

Several new mirrors have arrived at The Whistling Elk – The mirror pictured is one of my favorites and I set it up behind a little cabinet I was planning on painting. Sitting at my desk I can look out and appreciate the mirror – the chandelier reflected in it and now the little cabinet that I just finished painting.  Love this little vignette!

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Paint Couture Paint and Glaze at The Whistling Elk

The cabinet started out just a mousy brown and it is actually a new piece (not old) - I bought the piece with the specific intention to paint it.  I painted  a faded blue on the inside glazed it with champagne and stenciled some small  Fleur de Lis  randomly on the back panel.  (sorry didn’t photograph that)

I embossed the stencil so it stands out nicely and the zinc and brilliant white that I used on the piece make the stencil design shimmer.

Silver Star is dabbed on the hinges and on the teardrop door handles.  I took almost all the glaze off the top as I wanted it to look slightly different than the body of the piece.

It’s a lovely little French cabinet now!

French Cabinet stenciled and glazed

The Whistling Elk Paint Workshops – Learn to transform your furniture!

Our next paint workshop will be March 20th…that is also the first day of Spring!

I can hardly wait.  Sign up now and learn how to paint your own Masterpiece.

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La Vie est Belle!

New merchandise arrivals always make me happy!  La Vie est Belle!  At The Whistling Elk it seems that all the new shipments include a lot of bling.  I confess I am always into beautiful, sparkly bling! Just a little bit in a room adds a little something…We just received a lot of pretty crystal…there are candlesticks, vases, pitchers, salt & pepper shakers and salt cellars with little tiny (very cute) spoons! Even the new artwork has bling! There are tiny crystals embedded in the prints which add just the right element of ooh la la!

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Crystal Cream & Sugar and Salt Cellars

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There are four of these chic lamp prints all with embedded crystals.  Love the carved gold frames…and the bath print below is the most gorgeous shade of green…there are three prints in this collection.
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The “red” vase I just finished painting this morning even expresses some bling.  It has a certain richness – it was a nondescript cement color before I gave it a coat of red paint and followed up with some gold stenciling and a bit of Black Walnut Glaze Couture!™.  Now it is quite elegant! Ahh, La Vie est belle at The Whistling Elk!!!

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