Fitting a Florentine Frame with a Favorite Family Photo

Fitting a Florentine Frame with a Favorite Family Photo

It’s Day 311 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and when I received a sweet surprise package from my sister in law, Sue, it provided the perfect opportunity to fit a Florentine frame with a favorite family photo. Sue’s son got married last August and regular readers may recall how I excited I was about the wedding in Alpharetta, Georgia. With a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and a barn reception, it was country chic at its best. When Sue texted today to ask if I’d received the package I realized it had been sitting in the foyer with the label turned face down for over a week because I thought it was my hubby’s! I hadn’t been expecting anything, so receiving a box filled with photos, magazines, some sweet home decor, and a note absolutely Made. My. Day. And opening it wasn’t the only thing I finally got to do. Sometime last year I found a black 8×7 Florentine frame – not the standard size for family pictures – and have been waiting for the right one for it. With many of family members wearing black or navy in this photograph, the frame complemented the colors and was just the right fit!

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Favorite Family Photo in a Florentine frame by Sicura. Purchased at Home Goods for $7.99.           Me, Pink Collar Coach, front row, peach floral dress & strappy heels. Calvin Klein- TJ Maxx. 

I fell in love with Florentine frames about ten years ago when I first saw them on Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic website. As with so many other things, she informed my design style and taught me to keep an eye out for these Italian beauties. Over the years I’ve found frames in an assortment of colors, shapes and sizes, as well as three Florentine vanity trays at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods. People always comment on them and they’ve become a consistent theme that runs throughout my home. Any time I pop a picture into one, it elevates the visual impact and makes what was already valued for its sentiment a treasure aesthetically, too.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose nest featherer, I’m delighted whenever I can add a small thing of beauty to enhance my home. Florentine frames add it in spades and are featured in practically every room. Sometime in the future I’ll do a post featuring my collection, but for now, I I hope you’ll enjoy this one piece as much as I do. It’s been a good day for me simply because I finally got to open a thoughtful package from my sister-in-law and was inspired to fit a favorite family photo that she sent into a Florentine frame (and to blog about it!).

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about fitting your favorite photos into frames that elevate them and display how much you value the picture? Try doing this in your home or work space and you’ll find yourself surrounded by special memories – framed to last.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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DIY Weekend Warrior – Wall Whitewashing

DIY Weekend Warrior – Wall Whitewashing

It’s Day 303 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve had an unplanned three-day break as a blogger to become a weekend warrior who completed a massive wall whitewashing. As many of you regular readers know, I’ve carried around a disgust (another D!)  with our living room’s large faux stone wall that was equally massive. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve held strong views on interior decorating, including a deep-seated desire for things to be light and airy. This has only grown over time and manifested itself in dramatic DIY acts like whitewashing my bedroom furniture in the middle of the night to give it an English country feel when I was thirteen. My mother responded part angry, part in awe and ended up buying me Laura Ashley bedding and curtains to complete the look. I ended up with the teenage room of my dreams – all because I took matters – a paintbrush – into my own hands. The love of decor led me to earn a degree in Interior Design, jobs in the field, and clients to this day. And I was blessed to have free reign in decorating all of my homes… Until eight years ago when I remarried and moved into the home my hubby already owned. I only agreed to when he assured me I could redecorate any rooms except for his three boys’ and the man cave. With that understanding, I didn’t expect to have a battle on my hands regarding painting the faux stone. Attempting to avoid conflict, I tried to make  peace with the wall by adding white folding screens, architectural pieces, etc. All in vain. Finally, on Friday afternoon, I decided to minimize the D and to maximize the potential beauty of the room. I went weekend warrior mode, took up my painting supplies and whitewashed the wall.

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DIY Weekend Warrior Shabby Chic wall.

Though labor intensive – as in 15 hours with another touch up one to go – my spontaneous project wasn’t expensive. Our handyman, Mark, painted the first floor, stairwell and landing turned library creamy white a few years ago and had gallons of paint left over. Like me, he thought the wall looked out of place with the room’s lighter paint and decor. The home used to look like a lodge where a ginormous dark wall fit in. But now? It’s Shabby Chic cottage and needed to reflect that. So we conspired for him to put the leftovers to good use on the stone wall. Sadly, he was killed in a lawn mower accident last fall and never got the chance. Instead, I took it. My husband’s response was less than pleased. Still, I hope Mark would be –  that I finished what he started.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose DIYer, I’m proud of my work and think the transformation is magical. I just wish my hubby could appreciate it. He and my adult stepsons (one has his own house, one has an apartment, and one lives here PT) have the man cave which is truly a second living room for watching sports, violent/scary movies, etc. My kiddos, both gamers,  love it down there, too. I have zero say in its decor and am restricted from adding even add a throw pillow to make it possible for me to sit on the oversized sectional without my feet dangling in the air. It seems what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander when it comes to the living room where I read, write, watch HGTV chick flicks and movies with my kids, listen to music, etc. Though it’s the main living room, it’s also my she space. Though the guys in my life don’t approve of my decorating taste, it’s a lifelong part of who I am and one I didn’t think I’d have to give up because I was told I could redo the living room. Last I checked, that meant all four walls. That being the case, I won’t fight about it, but I will hold my weekend warrior ground and defend whitewashing the wall.

Any Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose perspective appreciated. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink  Collar Coach

 

 

Restoration of Shabby Chic Mirrors and Other Shattered Things (Like Us)

Restoration of Shabby Chic Mirrors and Other Shattered Things (Like Us)

It’s Day 291 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and the restoration of a Shabby Chic mirror made me think about the restoration of other shattered things. The  mirror was purchased for a song back in the happy days when an abundance of Rachel Ashwell’s  Simply Shabby Chic line, made exclusively for Target, crowded the shelves.  In the house I brought my babies – now fourteen and thirteen – home to, it graced my bathroom vanity. I don’t recall where it lived in the townhouse I moved into, thus ending my homelessness. Much of that time is a blur…When I married my sweet hubby and moved into the home we now share almost eight years ago, I lovingly hung my prized mirror in our bedroom. It’s a heavy piece – I just didn’t realize how heavy until it fell from the wall, shattering not only the mirror itself but the beautiful carved wooden frame. Carefully, I wrapped the broken pieces and stored them until the day would come when I’d have it put back together again. More years than I can account for later, that day finally arrived in the form of a Christmas gift from my hubby. We shipped the mirror off with our window cleaners. Today, after some needed spring cleaning, I set up my beautifully restored Shabby Chic mirror. It reminds me so much of other shattered things.

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Beautifully restored Simply Shabby Chic mirror. The clock & everything on the sideboard is SSC. Replacing the brass knobs with acrylic crystal look ones echoes the glass in the lamps & mirror. All from Target. The Shabby Chic inspired floral painting and inspiration board – TJMaxx.

Generous as he is with me, my husband still balked a little at the cost to restore the mirror – $42. He could see the price tag on the frame insert – $9.99 – and wondered why I didn’t just replace it. But that’s not my style. I’ve been drawn to shabby since long before it became chic. I find beauty in broken things and experience joy in their restoration, which aligns to Shabby Chic’s principle of beauty in imperfection. Add to that the fact that the mirror is rare (that mass production of Simply Shabby Chic items for Target was short lived and now they only carry linens for the most part), and it’s not so easily replaced – at least not for me. Having an authentic mirror that is based off the one my design role model and most inspiring entrepreneur has in her home means something to me. Besides, I doubt I could find one that’s more beautiful in my eyes.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose creative, I see my shattered mirror the way I believe God, the Master Creator, sees us – His shattered things. We are intricately carved in His image, with his imprint and design, but our sins are heavy. So heavy that their weight sometimes causes us to fall and shatter. In our broken state, others don’t see our innate value and may feel we aren’t worth the expense of restoring. But God still sees us as beautiful, rare – a treasure. No expense – including crucifixion of His only begotten Son – is too great to bring us back to wholeness. The finished work – done on the cross – restores us. This week, as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s not lost on me that like my Shabby Chic mirror, like us, His shattered things, He once was broken and shattered. Praise God He is restored, ensuring the restoration of those of us who trust Him, too.

How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose are you in the you view shattered things in your personal and professional life? How could they be restored?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Decorate with Vintage Plates

Decorate with Vintage Plates

It’s Day 273 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a Goodwill find has me inspired to post about how to decorate with vintage plates. This weekend, after Zumba and lunch, my Soul Sister Kibby and I hit one of our favorite jaunts – the Goodwill store. We utilize a “Divide and Conquer” approach with Kibby scouring out fashion finds while I score vintage decor. Kibby spied some Calvin Klein boots that are perfect for me. I’d been looking for some black ones since my booties are showing wear and tear. Now I have new ones that are stylish for a song. As much as I love them, I’m equally enamored with a Royal Albert “The Lord’s Prayer” vintage plate.  It’s so pretty that I wanted to show you how you incorporate inexpensive vintage plates into your home or office decor.

How to Decorate with Vintage Plates

  1. Search antique and thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets for vintage plates.
  2. Shop TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Home Goods for vintage inspired plates.
  3. Look for plates with colors, motifs, and Scripture verses or sayings you love.
  4. Group similar plates in the same room for maximum impact.
  5. Hang plates using plate display adhesive, hangers or racks that can be purchased at craft, hardware, home, or discount stores such as Walmart.
  6. Place plates on acrylic, iron or wooden plate holders.
  7. Enjoy!
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Royal Albert “The Lord’s Prayer” plate displayed on black iron stand that complements writing. Plate purchased at Goodwill for $1. The stand came with another piece I don’t use.                         The pair now lives in the foyer with other similar hue floral plates. 
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Ten Commandments plate w/ holes and a string for hanging. Beneath it, a gift from two decades ago. An antique store find and a gift received twenty years ago, both are displayed in the foyer. 
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A Royal Albert “Bless This Home” plate from TJ Maxx. The Old Country Rose pattern is a fave! With its vibrant green leaves, it hangs in the master bedroom and picks up the sage green walls. So Shabby Chic!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose decorating enthusiastic, sometimes I like just getting back to the blogging basics. I’ve always wanted to have my home and decor displayed in magazines. That was before blogging opened the “online magazine” possibility up to any of us who have the desire to share with the Web community. If you’ve found your way to my little corner of it, I hope rather than reaching for a painting or tchotchke to fill a space, you’re inspired to add some savvy & chic style to your home or office. Vintage plates are a great way to decorate!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach