Coastal Cottage Piano Seat {Before & After}

I love furniture that has cottage appeal!

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When I found this Eastlake era walnut bench I thought it would look fabulous with a fresh new look.  I didn’t realize it was a piano seat with storage until I brought it home! A nice surprise.

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The plan was to pair Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan with one of my favorite fabrics from Oliveira Textiles.  This worn velvet fabric will be replaced with….

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Oliveira Textiles colorful Anemone print in Mystic Blue!

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This colorway pairs perfectly with Greek Blue–an exuberant paint color created by Annie Sloan and inspired by the Mediterranean.

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I love the organic and graphic quality of the sophisticated coastal-inspired pattern.  The fabric comes in beautiful colorways and custom colors as well.   Be sure to shop Oliveira Textiles while you are in town or pop over for a virtual visit here.

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Thanks to some handy upholstery by a local artisan, the fabric is artfully carried on inside the bench.

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While it is a far cry from its late Victorian origins…

Bench After1pmedI believe everyone deserves a makeover at least once or twice a centennial–even a coastal cottage-inspired one!

 

 

 

 

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The British are Coming!

The British are coming— thankfully this time for the British Motor Car Festival! British Motor Car Fest logo

Please save the date for the fun & fabulous British Motor Car Festival is to be held in Bristol, Rhode Island June 12th to 14th, 2015 at Colt State Park! The Motorcar Festival is patterned after the much celebrated British Invasion Car Show held in Stowe, VT for the past 25 years.  What a special treat to have the festivities come to Rhode Island!

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This first Bristol spring Motorcar Festival will bring in 300 or more classic British motorcars cars in addition to several thousand attendees. The Festival will kick-off on Friday at Colt State Park featuring a Rally and a Registrant’s Reception.

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On Friday night there will be a street party in downtown Bristol along Independence Park with a live band and reserved parking for British Motorcars.  Saturday will start with the arrival of the “QUEEN” in her Royal Carriage to a Bristol Train of Artillery canon salute.

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Saturday will feature the Concours d’Elegance (Judged Competition); the British Classic Motorcar Show (People’s Choice); a British Car Corral; New British Motorcar Display, The British Marketplace; British Music, Food & Beverages; a British Attire Competition for Car Show Registrants, Guests, and the General Public; and of course the Ladies Hat Competition; and more. Sunday will offer a morning drive and more activities.

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No doubt Bristolians and visitors alike will be rolling out the red carpet for this Bristish Invasion!  We are already planning out some fun projects to mark this special occasion.  Perhaps another British Flag furniture project?  You will have to stay tuned…..

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To learn more as the plans for the fun festivities unfold, click here.  As always, we invite you to Explore Bristol!

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Creative Rx: Matthew Mead Workshop

Fresh off the publication of one of my favorite projects in Cottages & Bungalows magazine, I was looking for a creative escape as a way to rejuvenate or “fill the funnel” as my friend Margo likes to say.

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She always uses that term to describe the sales process– to seek out new prospects never knowing what will come to fruition.  I think that advice applies to the creative process as well.  We all need different sources of inspiration to keep the creative juices flowing and to allow for possibilities to unfold and develop in their own time—without expectations.

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One thing I know for certain is that when I am in a creative funk, the best medicine is often a hands-on activity or workshop where I can be fully present.  However convenient, losing myself in an ever-cascading rabbit hole of social media will not do the trick.

 

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Enter my friend Elyse Major, who is always up for a new adventure.  After a brief discussion we decided that only one antidote was in order—-

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…a road trip to New Hampshire to visit THE Matthew Mead in his studio for one of his winter workshops!

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As many of you know, Matthew Mead is an accomplished stylist, writer, author, photographer and lifestyle editor.

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Source: Cover by Matthew Mead, Better Homes & Gardens, Dec 2014

He was also the style editor for Country Home magazine, one of my all-time favorites.
(Remember the design home they assembled in Grand Central Station? Just epic!)

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We quickly registered for the Workshop and before you know it we were in Matthew’s studio working on a fun and creative project, enjoying all the camaraderie while so graciously being hosted by Matthew and his wife Jenny.

The setting, the food, engaging conversation, creative play and just plain ‘ole good cheer made the day so wonderful and memorable.

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During the workshop, I had the opportunity to create a decoupage plate, something I have wanted to do for eons after seeing a feature on John Derian’s work in a home decor magazine.  We were able to select from several styles of plates and beautiful papers in a variety of motifs.

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I love how they all came out!

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While everyone has their own way of re-igniting the creative spark, in my case the Valentine’s Workshop at Matthew Mead studio was just what the Doctor ordered…

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A feast for the creative soul!

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Many thanks to Matthew and Jenny Mead, to fun & adventurous Elyse and her indispensible (but sometimes annoying) GPS phone app, and to our fellow workshop attendees.

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Looking forward to more inspiration from Matthew Mead! I’m especially excited for his next publication, Upcycled Style Magazine featuring my friend Danielle Driscoll from the Finding Silver Pennies Blog.

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  Coming soon to a newsstand near you!

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Brighten Up with Barcelona Orange!

This sturdy dresser with dovetail drawer boxes was found at a New York Flea Market.

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Knee deep in home renovations, my neighbor asked for some help getting the dresser updated for her son’s room.  She had one simple request.  ”Paint it the brightest orange you can find.”

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Annie Sloan’s Barcelona Orange was the obvious choice!

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The first order of business was to remove the ornate metal scrollwork accents on the top and bottom of the dresser to make it a bit less fussy.

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While changing out the hardware was initially anticipated, in the end we stuck to the original drawer pulls which pair well with the brightly painted finish!

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Now buttoned up in a fresh coat of Chalk Paint® this dresser is ready for its newly refurbished home….

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and just in the nick of time!

 

 

 

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Cottages & Bungalows Feature!

So thrilled and honored that my painted Subway Car Dresser is featured in the February/March 2015 edition of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

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You may remember the tutorial I posted on my blog about the dresser here.  It is one of my favorite projects because it brings to life so many memories of growing up in Boston.

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It is also an original concept that lends itself to reinterpretation in oh-so-many ways!

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Elyse Major
Photo credit: Marissa Bettencourt Photography

My friend Elyse Major, a fellow Rhode Islander, author & home décor magazine contributor was so smitten with this playful DIY project that she wanted to find a way to showcase it to a wider audience.

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Enter the talented Morayo Sayles of Piper Brown Photography and the next thing you know Elyse & Morayo are working their magic styling and photographing my ode-to-Boston subway car dresser in my Bristol, Rhode Island home!

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I so enjoyed this creative collaboration and seeing the feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine’s Idea Notebook.  The article is so wonderfully written by Elyse and beautifully photographed by Morayo.  It is cleverly titled “Ticket To Ride.”  Lucky for me I get by with a little help from my friends!

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Photo credit:  Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

 On newsstands and available in digital editions now.

 

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Holiday Hours 12/22/14 – 1/2/15

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!

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Our Bristol and Cape Cod locations will be operating on a Holiday Schedule–resuming normal business hours Friday January 2, 2015.

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Our Bristol location will be open Monday December 22nd from 10am-3pm, re-opening Friday January 2, 2015 from 10am-5pm.

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Our Cape Cod location is operating on a modified schedule for the Holidays, resuming normal business hours after the first of the year.

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Always feel free to call ahead if you need to confirm business hours during the holidays or for inclement weather:

Contact us in Bristol, Tel: 401-254-1166
Contact us in Cape Cod, Tel: 508-775-3569

Our online shop will be open for the duration, please visit us here.

Thanks for all you support in 2014!

 

 

 

 

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New Annie Sloan Wax Samples!

Introducing Annie Sloan Soft Wax Sample sizes!  The latest addition to the Annie Sloan product family comes in convenient 4 ounce sample sizes covering approximately 25 square feet.

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We are so excited that the new sample sizes of Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax are now available!

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While the larger 500ml tins (16.9 US fluid ounces) of Annie Sloan’s Clear and Dark Soft Wax offer more coverage and a great value…

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…so many of you have asked for Soft Wax sample sizes for a variety of reasons:

  • To test out a wax finish on a potential project such as a sample kitchen cabinet door.
  • To create sample swatches and finishes for your client’s review.
  • To try out the wax–especially for those who are new to using waxes in lieu of glazing products.
  • To pair with the 4 ounce Chalk Paint® sample sizes to include with a touch-up kit for your client.
  • To sample the dark wax before committing to a larger purchase, or for those whose like to use the dark wax sparingly.
  • To finish a one-time or smaller project that does not require the coverage of the larger tins, or
  • as a perfect addition to starter kits, gift baskets or for seasonal stocking stuffers!

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I think the new wax sample sizes will pair perfectly with the purchase of a new wax brush

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or with any sample of Chalk Paint® in 32 gorgeous colors!  Whatever the reason, the new Annie Sloan Soft Wax sample sizes are available to purchase here (or below)!

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Order a sample size of CLEAR or DARK Soft Wax today:
Price: $15.00
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Wax on!

 

 

 

 

 

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Anchors Aweigh Workshop!

Sunday, November 30th from 1pm-4pm

Please join us for a fun ‘make & take’ workshop featuring our rustic reclaimed wood anchors!  Perfect wall art for the beach house, pool house or for coastal décor in any room!

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Add color and interest with our selection of paints, waxes and natural oil wood finishes (available for purchase at the workshop or bring-your-own quick drying low-VOC  products).

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Personalize the wall art as a gift! Accessorize with our selection of hardware including jewelry and towel hooks or our nautical and decorative knobs as featured in Romantic Homes MagazineHardware can be purchased during the workshop at a 10% discount.

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Class fee of $85 includes anchor ($60) and studio time ($25) that includes access to our stencil library.

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Bring your own paint and supplies, or purchase them at Sea Rose Cottage during the workshop.

The anchors measure 31 ½” length x 21 ¼” width.  We also have a selection of other motifs (mermaid, sea horse, whale etc.) ranging from $50-$70 each that can be substituted (subject to availability) with a price adjustment made the day of the workshop.

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Class size: Limited to 6 participants with spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register for the class, click the “Add to Cart” button below.  If the “Coming Soon” message is shown then the workshop is sold out.

Price: $85.00 Coming Soon

 

Location:
Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Cancellation Policy: In the event that a participant cancels, the $25 studio fee is forfeited and the fee for the anchor can be refunded, or an unfinished wood anchor can be picked up as Sea Rose Cottage (subject to availability).

Please call or email if you should have any questions: Tel 401-254-1166 or to nan@searosecottage.com.

We are also happy to host a private workshop for friends  if our class schedules conflict with yours – or there’s something specific you want to learn.  Just ask!

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Thanksgiving Week Hours 2014

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

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Sea Rose Cottage’s Bristol, Rhode Island location will be OPEN Monday from 10am-3pm and Tuesday from 10am -2:30pm.  We will be CLOSED Wednesday, Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday, November 26-28, 2014.

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We will re-OPEN Small Business Saturday, November 29th from 10am – 5pm with some special happenings planned!  Stay tuned.

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Our Cape Cod location, Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Centerville, Massachusetts will be open this week  Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday – CLOSED, Wed 10am-Noon, Thursday – CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm.

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Holiday Color Mixing Contest & Open House!

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Centerville, MA on Friday November 21st for a HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE from 5-8pm and Saturday, November 22 from 10am-6pm!  There will delicious food and beautiful gifts and décor for the Holidays.

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In addition, Sea Rose Cottage is featuring a special color mixing contest at our Cape Cod location in concert with fellow Annie Sloan Stockists throughout the world who are opening late this Friday night (#anniesloanlate).

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Mix your own custom color at our expanded paint bar for a chance to win $150 in Annie Sloan Products!

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Contest Rules:  Up to 3 entries per person, entries can be made in-person during Holiday Open House at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, Friday (5-8pm) + Saturday November 21 & 22, 2014 (10am-6pm).  The winner of the “Best Color Mix” will receive $150 in free Annie Sloan Products from Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod.

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The best color mix will be selected Saturday after store closing and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

Join in the fun and share your pictures and color mixes on social media using #anniesloanlate!

Good Luck and happy mixing!

 

 

 

 

 

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