Thursday, September 23, 2010

"We're gonna paint it WHITE!"

Okay,,,not WHITE per se,,,but "Heirloom White."  This is what I tried to conveyed to my son today......while he was sanding/stripping and he looked at me somewhat exasperated and said, "Mom, you DO realize if we PAINT this stuff, it loses it's value." 

This is NOT the first time I've heard this. And, if you like something kind of White/Chipppy, painted, rusty, well, you get a BIT defensive.....and I tried to explain it to my son, really, I did.....We LIKE it kind of destressed/light, altered! If we wanted a darned STAINED OAK piece,,,or dark Pine, or mahoganey,,,,well, we just would have gone out and bought it THAT WAY!

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I've got to admit, living in the great old Pacific Northwest, where we get more dark/drab/grey and YES WET days,,,,,I started buying BRIGHT furniture at a VERY early age.......My first furniture looked like it belonged in Miami,,,,,,,truly. Yellow Rattan with White and Green cushions.........and I mean a WHOLE room of it! Trust me when I say, I bought this at the most upscale furnishing's store at the time! And,,well, yes, it was GARISH, and BRIGHT,,,,,,but in retrospect, I think I was KIND of on track!

The Scandanahoovians and the Swiss have done it for decades! It makes SENSE! You have a lot of grey, wet, dark days and having LIGHT in your home is just appropro......

So,,,,eventually the Rattan went away,,,,I lived with Antiques for several years.....Light Oak (Gag)  and the likes.....and it felt contrived and harsh, even in this OLD house,,,,,it wasn't ME.

I found my comfort zone with the enlightenment, if you will, of the whole Shabby Chic explosion. But, I also found a love of Color, textures, metallics, and nostalgia.  This is my comfort zone. I LOVE adding the European pieces.  A bit of Dark, a bit of BLACK.

I guess, I just decorate for ME now........no rules, no agenda. If I find a color I love,,,,I use it!

So? Getting ready for Ruffles and Rust,,,,,,,and if that weren't the case, but some OTHER show...I'd STILL lean towards the Anitique,,,,,Creamy Whites- I love 'em and it just makes sense!.....Now to Convince my SON?

Enjoy your weekend! I'll be working at Joyworks and I trust we'll be BUSY! We have been Hopping as of late,,,,,,Like the OLD days! It appears, word is OUT that Joyworks is THE place to shop for clothes, accessories and home decor......or people have decided that it IS important to support smaller/local businesses,,,,,,,,because if you DO NOT,,,,,,,you will lose them! Working on our 31st year! Go TEAM! and I work with the best!

Hugs, love and a Bus on the Cheek!
Shell


7 comments:

  1. I'm with you Shell! My husband just doesn't get it. I love white baseboards.
    Enjoy your Friday,
    KarenSue

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  2. I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND, SO WHY IS IT SO HARD FOR OTHERS TOO, I LOVE LIGHT BRIGHT COLORS, ITS SO MUCH MORE REFRESHING :) SO I'M ALSO WITH YOU :)
    AND ALL THOSE PIECES ARE MAGNIFICENT!!!
    XOX~MARI

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  3. Yeah, my husband doesn't get it either, Karen!
    I know it may lessen the value, but if it's a piece you will not be auctioning soon, why not make it fit your needs so you LOVE it?? :) Can't wait to see how everything turns out, Shell! (sorry for my absence! I have missed you!)

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  4. I LOVE white!! MY boys say I would paint them white if they stood still long enough!! Although over the last year I have shopped at Joyworks only twice, I have been happily spending money there for 25 years!! A GREAT shop!

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  5. I love bright too - although I only have one off white piece - a small table - in the livingroom right now. But next time I get a new sofa and chair they will absolutely be lighter and then I'll probably paint my armoire - which you wouldn't like because it's natural pine LOLOLOL

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  6. I was at JoyWorks last night with my Mama - was hoping to see you there. We then headed over to Faded Elegance's Anniversary party, it was a fun night. My mom got one of your cute new bracelets and we were swooning over all the cute new fall clothes. There's a SUPER cute white, hooded little jacket for $55 that I am DYING for! I'm gonna save a little $$ and have to come buy it from you! ;-)
    Have a fabulous weekend - it's gorgeous - yay!

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  7. I have just installed iStripper, so I can watch the hottest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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