Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Frills

Happy Friday friends!


I have been sorely ignoring my website and frilly, fluffing and foofing up my own home these last couple of weeks for once! I'll get back to work very soon.....


Just going thru some VERY old photos of some of my previously sold projects from years ago and wanted to share a few with you on this day......


No words necessary.....
















Have a beautiful weekend
~xoxo~
Janet

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

White Dressing Screen Inspiration & Tutorial

Today I spent half the day driving around the busy city of Miami returning a rental car and picking up my car from the body shop, as someone hit my SUV two weeks ago and really did a number on it! On my way back home I noticed a "Moving Sale" sign on an antique store, so I stopped in and browsed around. The prices were too high for me as a dealer for the most part, but I did find some gorgeous antique lace panels to use in my pillows. Since they had damage and repairs they were only $15 for a pair (yay!), so soon I will get busy sewing a fresh batch of pillows for my shoppe at SHABBYFUFU......


We have been trying to find the perfect white paint for the bedroom and I believe (yes I do!) that we have success! The room has been this pretty shade of blush pink for 15 years and it's time for a change.....to Benjamin Moore Dove White, which is a white that has a very pale hint of grey undertone. It's going to be a big job, but I hope to at least get started this weekend. In the meanwhile, I have a project to share for inspiration..............


Years and years ago I picked up this antique dressing screen that has it's original vintage roses wallpaper at a Flea Market in Mt. Dora. That was in the old days before flea marketing became a blogger's obsession.....when you could still finds lots of great antiques and vintage for a song! In any event, I remember paying just $10 for this, as the seller told me that it fell out of his truck and had some damage and he was going to toss it in the trash! Dressing screens are wonderful for concealing clutter, and we have a pair of the largest suitcases in the world that I just couldn't find a hiding place for anywhere else. So.........


In going with the white theme of the room, what I decided to do was to make this multi purpose and leave one side of the three panels as it is..........and redo the other side in white. 

First I primed it (including the frame) with my favorite brush on primer, Kilz. I used a "dry brush" technique, because I knew that I was going to be putting lace over it and wanted it to have a distressed look under the lace. On the wood portion I wiped it down a bit with a rag to allow the fluting to show. Just one coat had the shabby look that I knew would work.....


After allowing the paint sufficient time to dry, I dug out these lace curtains that I had picked up a couple of years ago from my neighbor who was having a yard sale for $10 for six pair. They aren't old and are from Country Curtains, but I knew that I could use them some day and actually I remember Fifi pulling them out and styling with them during a Romantic Country Magazine photo shoot of my home........


Just a can of spray adhesive was necessary after carefully measuring and cutting out. The edges looked a bit rough so I trimmed with some pretty white double ruffled ribbon all away around......

And this is the finished result......


A little rustic, looks old....like something one might find at a flea market in France. The other side is still the original finish, so it's two fold...so to speak.....


You could use this technique on any old dressing screen, or even put together some old wood doors and finish them out this way. 

More bedroom to show you as we make more progress......

~xoxo~
Janet

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Flea Markets & Brocantes Of Paris Via Phone


Photo by Janet Coon ~ Shabbyfufu

Bonjour mes amies....dreaming of the flea markets in Paris this morning and bemoaning the fact that here in Miami there is little to be found during the extreme heat and humidity of summer. It's good that I have a storeroom full of saved merchandise though, I still have items for my shop at Shabbyfufu to last well into our Fall buying season.............


Photo by Janet Coon ~ Shabbyfufu ~ Marche aux Puces
 For you iPhone devotees, I thought that I would mention an app that will direct you to those fabeleux fleas over in Paris.....where you know the selection of wares is always très chic! Click HERE to visit and see..........

Photo Courtesy of Keys To The Fleas, iPhone App



Photo Courtesy of Keys To The Fleas, iPhone App


Photo Courtesy of Keys To The Fleas, iPhone App

Developed by fellow Miami resident Claudia Strasser of The Paris Apartment and her team....Keys To The Fleas. I downloaded it to my iPhone and the next time I am over in Paris it will certainly remind me of where I need to concentrate my focus!


Check it out......she is having an App giveaway that I believe is still going, so you can visit her blog HERE


Have a beautiful weekend...I actually have a RARE weekend to myself and hope to visit your blogs and play catch up!


~xoxo~
Janet

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Seeking Inspiration



Seeking inspiration for this room....




The Master Bedroom new headboard that I told you about in a previous post is scheduled to arrive today.
My process is to clear out the room and try paint samples. I am going from 15 years of the very palest blush pink to the very palest of grey. Almost white. I'll show you....later........


Very subtle accents with lots of white. In my job I deal with so many things, objects, colors...I need a quieter retreat. Same for hubby......


The view is of the pool out the French doors, gardens outside of bay window...so this must be considered. Did someone say AQUA?...... 






I am thinking again, very palest quiet and calm. Seeking inspiration from some images that I shot today.....














Please.....if you wish to "borrow" any of my images, email for permission first....

Back to my Studio....I am working on something for a special someone that I can't tell you about yet:-)

Love from here,
~xoxo~
Janet

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Still A Girl


I'm still a girl........


And although my home is in redo mode and I am craving less clutter, I feel so fortunate to have my studio haven to create in and enjoy my girl side every day......


Today I finished this........
Another of my dress forms that will be offered on the website at Shabbyfufu soon. I have made literally hundreds over years, but if you've been following for any length of time you already know that......


Also working on a project for our beach home, I'll blog the completed piece soon......




Remember....the 10% Website DISCOUNT is still in effect.....see the sidebar button....contact me if you have any questions. Thanks to several of you who have already used it:-)


Love from here to all of my GIRLfriends~
xoxo ~ Janet

Monday, July 12, 2010

Take Ten

Happy Monday friends....I hope that your weekend was enjoyable!


I am off and running (so what else is new) as there is much work to be accomplished on my website this week so that I can hopefully take another beach weekend coming up.


Lots of "exquisite adornments for romantic living" (our website tagline) to be added this week and I have created another fun slide show for a preview.






BTW....if you do read this blog (but of course!) and see something that strikes your fancy on the website....for a limited time all blog readers can take 10% off by entering the code Ten at checkout and then click the "submit" button. See the button on the right sidebar and if you have trouble with it just let me know.


~xoxo~
Janet

Friday, July 9, 2010

Master Bedroom Redo And Other Bits







Scroll down and read about the above at the end (huh!?)


Little time for blogging.....it seems like I say that a lot lately, but life does get busy and the time goes by so quickly! 


We have been spending some time when we can at our beach place. It really forces us to unwind and relax more than we seem to be able to do at home. Last weekend we enjoyed a superb fireworks show right on the beach that a neighbor puts on every year for all to enjoy. I got some great shots.....won't bore you, but here is one that looks like a spacial explosion.......





We had absolutely NO sun for the four days that we were there.....so we did some antique shopping, working out, getting together with friends and RESTING. Mr Fufu took this pic of me that I think I'll use as a new profile photo for awhile. So cloudy that you can't even see the beach behind me.....





At home this weekend, need to work on a very special project for a special someone....as well as get some new listings in order for the website for next week. 


Do you remember our master bedroom from Romantic Country Magazine a couple of years ago?






We are redecorating...just in the very beginning stages right now, but I feel the need to declutter in my advancing age! Waiting for this to arrive~except ours will be in white, not cream. The theme will still be very romantic, just different.......





I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.....what are you up to???


~xoxo~
Janet