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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Elyse Major
Photo credit: Marissa Bettencourt Photography

…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!

March Events

MARCH EVENTS SCHEDULE

Intro to Chalk Paint®  Workshop, Saturday March 16th,   9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  $35 per person. 

Want to keep it simple?  This hands-on mini-workshop is for you!  Practice Annie Sloan’s signature 1-color technique on a small sample molding using Chalk Paint® decorative paint and Annie Sloan Soft Waxes.

This class is limited to 6 participants.  Paint, clear wax, dark wax. Leave with the know-how to tackle your next painting project with the best paint in the world!  To register click on the add-to-cart button below.

Price: $35.00 Coming Soon


Restyling Your Furnishings Workshop with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
Wednesday March 20th,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   $165 per person. 

Ready to dive in to the world of decorative finishing with Chalk Paint®?   Want to learn best practices for achieving professional quality finishes? Then this class is for you!

We cover 6 decorative techniques in a comprehensive and lively 4 hour session.  Leave with your sample boards and the confidence to create a full range beautiful finishes with Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Soft Waxes on even the most challenging surfaces.

To learn more and to register, click here or use add-to-cart button below.

Price: $165.00 Coming Soon

 

Free Demo! Sunday March 24th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod
5 Main Street, Cotuit, Massachusetts 

We are thrilled that  Simply Vintage of Cape Cod will be hosting us for another Chalk Paint® Demonstration!  Simply Vintage carries new and antique furnishings and everything in between.   Find us among the eclectic mix of fine goods.  The perfect setting to learn about the best paint in the world and shop for vintage finds!  We are accepting advance orders.   Hope to see you there!

To place advance orders please call or email Sea Rose Cottage: 401-254-1166 or nan@searosecottage.com.

To reserve a spot at the Demo please contact Simply Vintage of Cape Cod call 508-420-3500 or email simplyvintage@comcast.net.