Friday, September 17, 2010

RED CHAIR Antiques owner has a sister, a sister with style too. Who knew?! With a to-die-for CUTE store in Portland,ME.

New store CRUSH of the month:
Blanche and Mimi Home in Portland, Maine    see it HERE

Blanche and Mimi - Deux Maison has a crush on you!

I mean how cute is this store?! I did not take photos in the store because the proprietor was not in.  However I snapped this from outside the door, just to tease you a little.


Speaking of Red Chair.... I almost DIED for this table when we went in the other day, 
but the measurement didn't work for me..... maybe one of you needs to buy it?!!!


Benjamin Moore Amherst Grey???!!!!

I have a funny room in the front of my house.  It was once coined the "Wii" room because that is all we did in there.  Since moving the Wii upstairs to the kid suite it is now coined the Piano room.  Darling hubby loves his 10+ year old leather chairs.  The design diva in me wants to craigslist them.  The loving wife knows that if I give him his one love the rest is all mine, so he can keep 'em.  It is not my ideal look but I am working with it.

That said here is the room before we moved in:

I did not choose the wall color the builder did.  We were just trying to live with it.

I have since purchased a set of french doors (craigslist find, $50, solid wood needed to have years of varnish stripped &  then painted to match the room trim - not a fun project, thanks).  Mantra to follow: pictures coming soon.

I also purchased a cheapo brass chandiler from craigslist for a whopping $10.

Had the idea to paint it to mimic the look of this LOVELY Martha Stewart milk glass lamp I saw in a local lighting store: on clearance it was $615, yikes!

$10 and a can of gloss white spray paint, + a $28 ceiling medallion from the hardware store and.....

TA-DA the look for under $45! Mantra #2: better pictures to follow soon.

I digress.  With the light up and all the dark brown furniture a girl could imagine (even if unhappily so) in the piano room, I decided it was time for a color change.  My inspiration came from the Restoration Hardware curtains already hung (which will be removed and replaced with sheer white roman shades after the painting is completed).  The curtains are a dark grey much like the Benjamin Moore Amherst Grey paint color.

Sample is purchased, and paint colors have been slapped on the wall.  My latest was the dark, enveloping shade Amherst Grey seen here:

It is actually coming across quite tame.  It is not tame, actually it is dark, scary dark!  I am afraid to take the plunge.  Between this and my desire to paint my kitchen cabinets black - when we go to sell our home people are going to be frightened?!  My partner in crime says, not a chance.  She thinks they will be inspired.
What do you think?

Some paint selections....can't decide.
The same colors different wall.

Brimfield finds 2010

We promised pictures of our Brimfield finds.  Since I am on a roll this day in mid September I figure I might as well upload pictures of a few of our Brimfield finds from 2010.  I either miss you terribly or it is the 5 shot latte I had earlier....maybe both?!

Cow Hide AKA "Mr.Moo"

Fabulous tobacco basket.

Some kind of animal skull AKA Bambi

A lovely chippy, shabby, junked up cabinet to set atop already found cabinet.  Oh yes we are that good our cabinets have cabinets!

That is all for Brimfield updates for today, since I am in sharing, I feel compelled to let you in on my newest project.  A project that may or may not be on the official to-do list so don't mention it to the

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Promises Promises

While I am on the blog I have to share some photos... Since both of our homes are new and we are both replenishing after ditching most of our belongings on the West coast before our relocations East we are shy about sharing photos of our "style".
I know, I know it is hard to get our sense of style (and believe me we are stylish gals) in words only.  I know we have also promised pictures to follow that have yet to follow.  Without further ado....

My cohort and I were having a debate today about her mirror selection.  In particular this fine little sweetie which hangs in the dining room (oooooh you should see her dining room!).... it is now referred to as Winter mirror.

Mr. Winter Mirror
Winter mirror has now replaced Summer mirror.

Love them both!!!

Mr.Summer Mirror

More loveliness from 1/2 of Deux Maison, lovely antique grain sacks (Brimfield Find!!!) turned pillow of course!

Now, if only we could stop the shop shop shopping long enough to get sew sew sewing!

Brimfield shopping to New Hampshire selling....You won't see these chics on an episode of Hoarders!

My darling neighbor/friend/business partner partook in the last Brimfield show of the season with her lovely friend who traveled all the way from San Francisco for the hunt.  I stayed home and worked on the bargain of the year - my $10 Craigslist Chandelier project (post to follow soon).

Needless to say we are off and running, instead of creating our home made wares to sell on etsy - at the moment we are collecting our previously loved items and setting up shop (temporarily for now as we test the waters to see how we like the other side of our addiction).

Needless to say if you are in New Hampshire or want a reason to come, we'd love to meet you.
You can find us this weekend at Crawley Falls Antiques' Fall Harvest Festival. Saturday September 18th 8:00 am until 3 ish!
Located at: 159 Crawley Falls Road, BrentwoodNH 03833
YAY us! Either way, I will give you some eye candy to enjoy and fawn over.