Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Please join us for
Make Mine Pink Friday
October 2nd
"Simply Pink"

Shades of pink are popping up everywhere. Pink, once reserved for women's boudoirs and little girl's dresses is now being incorporated into the d├ęcor of homes everywhere. Pink makes a statement that is impossible to ignore.
Over the past few years, pink has been proclaimed the new black. It's the color that fits in with any theme - from girly to chic, from romantic to modern. Store windows are filled with eye popping pink accessories and furnishings. Designers are using extravagant pink fabrics for whole pieces or to create just a few pink touches. Websites are celebrating pink by selling pink products and giving us ideas for decorating in pink.
Make Mine Pink represents so much more than just the color pink. It symbolizes women, femininity, strength and calm. Whether you surround yourself with pink or just keep a special pink reminder nearby, pink celebrates life - everything you already are and all your hope for the future.

Cottage Flair

Make Mine Pink

Also ... please join us for
.The Make Mine Pink Shop Hop
October 5th and ends October 11th.
Cottage Flair will be donating 10% of sales to
the Susan G. Komen foundation
Cottage Flair has a beautiful Pink Ribbon bracelet that will be free with every purchase or can be purchased with all proceeds being donated. Stop by again to get a sneak peek at the bracelet!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shabby Chic Chair

This was a week of finishing up projects ... the last step in the assembly line. I showed some photos a few weeks ago of pieces I was working on. The chair above was brown with a very ugly seat. It got a whole new look with paint & fabric.

I just love this piece. If I had room for it in my house, I would keep it! It is a very unusual server with the top attached shelf and drop leaves. The huge drawer is great storage. I painted and distressed it for that great shabby chic look. It will be listed on my site but as pick up only or blanket shipped.

I showed this chair a few weeks ago too. It actually started out wood color. I cleaned it up, pulled off the old trim and primed it.

I then painted and distressed it and tacked on the new fabric.

It was finished off with a pretty pink trim to hide the edges and add a lovely detail.

Thanks for visiting ...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Make Mine Pink Friday

Make Mine Pink Friday
September 25th
"Timeless Textiles"

There are some fabrics that never go out of fashion. As the years pass, they grow more beautiful by adding the threads of history to their own. The original colors might fade, but these timeless textiles stay bright with the memory of the hands that created and cared for them. The stories they know are never truly forgotten when we make room for them in our lives and in our homes.

Whether hand crafted, hand created, or stitched by modern machines, timeless textiles mix our stories with those they already know, and will pass them down to generations to come.

Cottage Flair

Make Mine Pink

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Make Mine Pink Friday

Make Mine Pink Friday
September 18th
Office Chic

I don't know when it happened, but office spaces for women have become so much more personalized and chic! Whether you spend your working hours in a casual home office or go out for the workday, work spaces are being all gussied up. Women are putting their own stamp on their office space making it more feminine and a lot more fun. Even everyday office accessories get a feminine makeover as well!

Working in a space that is pretty and calming is a great stress reliever. By adding a few embellishments and feminine touches, you can create a chic office space where your office hours will become more fun and less tedious.

Cottage Flair

Make Mine Pink

Monday, September 14, 2009

Hand painted furniture

Yesterday afternoon I worked on sanding & washing some furniture. I also painted a few pieces. At the end of the day I put everything away and just had to take a photo. I think I'm turning into a bit of a pack rat or maybe I'm nesting ... with Winter looming ahead I always try to stock pile furniture so I have enough to get through the season. Well, as you can see, I'm busting at the seams. And the scary part is, I'll still be out this week buying more!!!

I'm in the process of redoing this chair. I love fabrics and am always thrilled to find a neat looking piece that could use some paint and new fabric.

I work on an "assembly line" as I paint ... sand a bunch of pieces, paint them, distress them ... These are all works in progress waiting to be distressed.

LOVE this piece ... a server with a built in shelf and drop leaves on both sides. It has a huge drawer with neat detail and great hardware.

Finally ... a little decorating tip. Everyone is using unusual pieces in unusual places ... I bought this window grate to "decorate" my fireplace during the Spring & Summer. Unfortunately, it kind of got lost in there and I didn't like the way it looked so to plan B ... I hung it outside next to my navy blue back door. I think it works.
Thanks for visiting ...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Make Mine Pink Friday

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Friday September 11th
"Scented Delights ... Bath & Home"

As you're settling back into your regular routine, and making sure everyone around you sticks to their schedules, remember to take care of yourself too. Scented delights can help you fit in a few minutes of "you time" no matter how hectic your day

Cottage Flair

Make Mine Pink

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Brimfield Antique Show

I spent the day in Brimfield, Ma yesterday at the antique show. It is always so much fun!! I wish I could spend the week there. I came home with some great stuff (or at least I think so!). It's funny how sometimes when you get home and unload the car, you realize you had kind of a theme going and you didn't even realize it. I guess I was in the creating mood yesterday ...
We found an awesome booth full of architectural salvage. Above are chippy paint large molding pieces. I think I am going to make hook racks or paint signs on them, or both.
These are two chippy paint, neat looking boards for signs.
Cute, small shutters. I'll use them as backdrops for displays and maybe one for an appointment card holder.
How cool are these? Metal door pieces. What to do? Not sure yet but I couldn't pass them up.
This is an old tin ceiling panel made into a frame. They are made by two guys who have a huge booth full of them. We sell these along with their wood salvage frames at our shop. (I'm keeping this one!)
What are these? I have no idea but I had to have them. They'll find a use someday.
I only bought one pretty piece of china. I usually buy tons but I didn't really find any great pieces.
Three vintage pieces ... fabric & tablecloths
Love this (and keeping it). A vintage spread with a pink ruffle. With a good wash and iron it will be beautiful!
I found some great buttons!
This is only half of one of the bags of buttons. Great variety. I bought the pretty silver dish yesterday too.
Vintage velvet, satin and seam binding.
A whole bag of vintage ribbons and bindings.
Great hat covered in perfect soft velvet flowers.
I LOVE this hat. It is bright pink with green velvet ribbon and covered in bright pink & white flowers.
View from the top.
Lastly, these are not vintage but some velvets I just got in. They will be available on my site later in the week. They are 3/8" wide in straight or ric rac and come in 3 yd. pieces wrapped on an antiqued tag.
Thanks for visiting. ...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Make Mine Pink Friday

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Friday September 4th

With the arrival of September, our nesting instincts return. With the kids back in school, there is more time for yourself and to care for your living spaces. It's time to create a cozy fall home in preparation for cooler days and more time spent indoors.
The possibilities are endless as we happily work around our homes. Somehow, we never seem to mind. Instead, we settle back into our routines and enjoy the first hints of excitement of upcoming family gatherings and holidays not far off.

Cottage Flair

Make Mine Pink