Here in North Carolina, winter can be a new experience every time you wake up. So heading over to the Chartreuse barn sale is perfect rain, snow or shine. Find this cool classy barn in Thomasville, NC, in a gorgeous setting in the country – but not too far out.
From the 2-year-old me, and the artsy me, Happy Thanksgiving!
I am ever grateful to my family, friends, clients, blog readers, paint and project lovers, students, printers, Color Inspiration Notebook retailers and readers, and companion kitties for a fast, fabulous, 2 years in business. You all allow me to do what I love so much.
All the best, and cheers to you,
Many of you know that I used to co-own a shop called Feather Your Nest with friends here in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was operated in conjunction with my former faux finishing studio, Faux Design Studio.
Of course, owning a shop means shopping the High Point Furniture Market.
One vendor I discovered years ago with my designer friend Sandra Barron was Blue Ocean Traders. Owner Jason Mulvene has made his company a top source for vintage American, European, Asian, Egyptian, and Indian furniture and accessories. For my store, I found items that coordinated well with the painted furniture and finds we offered. In my finishing studio, I bought furniture and accessories for the décor and ambiance, and often visitors twisted my arm to sell them.
Now that I am a consultant for DIY paint products and a blogger, I still love Blue Ocean Traders for photography props and a client here and there.
Nobody, but nobody puts on a Halloween party like my friends Sandra, Kim, Sophie and their husbands!
They plan, scheme, cook like fiends, decorate devilishly and dress up in creative, creepy costumes. And they out-do themselves time and time again.
This evening soiree was a sit-down “Witches Stew” for 30 ghosts and goblins.
Check out some of the evening’s characters, the grub and the dastardly decor…
Do you love modern furniture? I do. Love the sleek lines and inventive designs. Modern style fits in everywhere, if you love to mix like I do. I recently discovered the Modani line of modern furniture – their stores are found in large metro areas and their website is to die for.
Modani modern furniture recently noticed my rogue design style here on MyPatchOfBlueSky.com and I responded with this post. Since I tend to break lots of rules I decided to tackle Modani’s Rules To Break Number 3 – stick to one pattern per room. Continue reading
It’s no secret – I love the unusual, whether it’s discovered here in the US at a flea market, or unearthed in a tiny but fabulous shop or roadside stop in Europe and Africa.
The Blue Sky Shop is a mini online resource for you to shop my finds in France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, the US and soon, East Africa! In all price ranges, from a Katana Paris leather backpack to pretty and inexpensive necklaces from Spain and Italy. Not to be missed – fabric from Bali bought in Morocco!
Only a few items will be featured at one time, so return often and share with friends who love unique treasures!
I had to do it. I had to bust out of my office. Most days I am happy as a clam in my little nest – an office and studio filled with plants, inspiration and a kitty who manages it all. Today I had the wiggles that I could not squelch. One. Minute. Longer.
Recently, several of my Art Ladies friends journeyed north to Tazewell, Virginia, to spend a lovely, relaxing weekend with member and master glass artist Nancy Brooks of Sleepin’ Dog. In my pre-trip post I mentioned our typical agenda, but we never really know what will be in store until our arrival.
Many years ago a small group of women artists and art lovers in Greensboro, North Carolina formed the Art Ladies. We were members of a local arts organization and just loved each others’ company. So, over 15 years, through good times and sad times we have met as much as possible on a monthly basis. In restaurants, at gallery openings, in our homes, always over wine and a delicious dinner. And good conversation that always leads to art.