living with :: Coralia

armoire

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There is no one like Coralia.  Her classic, straight-forward form lends itself well to fiercely fresh modern colors and styling.  This armoire is all at once fanciful and refined. Since she is such a singular stunner, we knew we had to pair her with pieces that walk that same line of time-honored and brand-new.

Enter this dress, with smart tailoring but a sassy color.  And the bag – a tapestry tote with leather details, but in colors and shapes that wow.  Hang a portrait with a sense of humor nearby and stow a blanket with heaps of class and personality.  Coralia will feel right at home.

Introductions

There are projects that come along, and even though I have purchased them because I love something about them….. I get stuck trying to decide how exactly I want to take them to the level of frabjous. I started painting this little armoire with one plan in mind…I was going to paint the entire thing with milk paint and leave it pretty plain….but for some reason I felt like I was just rushing to try to get the piece done and check it off my list. I want to fight against that mentality…so I literally put one coat of milk paint on the entire thing, rinsed out my brushes, and went back to the drawing board and spent a day drawing and planning out my design.

I looked through magazines, fabric and wallpaper combinations, and stared out my front window mulling over colors and patterns….but the thing that finally got me going in the right direction was a beautiful mexican blanket that I  borrowed from a friend to use in a photo shoot. It was lying there just staring at me and the many different colors and different sized stripes totally caught my eye. Immediately the light bulb came on in my head. I knew the stripes would be hard, and a bit tedious but I had plenty of Frog Tape on hand and I crave a good tough furniture challenge. I knew if all went well, the pain would be so worth it! I went back to the studio the very next day, executed “my plan”, and this is what came out! Meet Tallulah! I am telling you…. with the turquoise, purple, yellow, cream, red, pink, orange, blue and green stripes…..the turquoise insides, and the pistachio green knobs….. Tallulah is a party waiting to happen!

I’m here to tell you it was indeed worth it to stand back and enjoy this little beauty!

xo,

Barb

Introductions

Meet “Ivella”……man oh man isn’t she hot to trot with her dark and dusky finish? This pretty little number belongs to my client Ashley who inherited it from her grandmother. This armoire has always been loved, but there was not a plan for her until now!
“Ivella” will no longer be wasting away in storage….but instead she will be strutting her stuff in her newly remodeled and fabulous home!
Amen….and Amen.

GIVEAWAY WINNER: The fabulous Thomas Paul plates are going home with Anne! I think it is very fitting that her name was drawn…..here is her comment:

“Annesaid…
Okay, do count me in! (You know how to make an admirer go from lurking to commenting!) ;)” 

If you did not win these plates and you really would like to have some for your home I have two more sets available! Email me: barb@knackstudios.com .

xo,
Barb

Etcetera

Here is a sneak peek at a couple pieces that I will finish up today! I will be sanding , staining, waxing, finishing, and then I will introduce the little armoire to you all on Monday! The beautiful chair will take a trip to the upholstery shop and when it returns I will shoot some after shots for you all. It is going to be gorgeous with the new fabric!
Hope you all have a great weekend, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Don’t want to miss out on some awesome Thomas Paul treats!
xo,
Barb