International Rust, Chippy Paint & Patina At The High Point Furniture Market

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 Americ...

Announcing The Workshop Store, A DIY Painters Design Challenge & More for 2015!

Happy New Year! I can't believe My Patch Of Blue Sky is one year old. I am an entrepreneur at heart, and this is not my first business venture. I owned a faux finishing business for over 15 years, and I ran a small home décor shop called Feather Your Nest with three dear friends for a few years simultaneously. It has been a fun year for me, with the worst challenge being that I work at home. I have always loved to leave the house, dressed for the...

A Lovely Fabric-Like Cabinet Finish Using Wood Icing™, Chalk Paint® And A Stencil!

Last week I spent three wonderful fall days wandering the High Point Market. It's where buyers and interior designers go twice yearly to buy for their stores and clients. You can imagine the eye candy is over the top, and I get ideas faster than I can remember them. I did leave with the plan to create a furniture finish using Wood Icing® Textura Paste that is lightly textured, washed and soft gold and grey. Yes, like pretty fabric, with a gorgeous g...

Furniture Finish Trends + Bling At The Fall High Point Market

This week I spent three glorious days walking the gigantic buildings at the High Point Market with buyer/interior designer friends. Thousands of showrooms touted the latest and greatest new introductions and long-time favorites in furniture, accessories and lighting. The crisp autumn weather was the perfect backdrop for the 70,000+ (wholesale-only) buyers from around the globe who arrive twice a year to buy for their stores and clients. Living right...