Thursday, April 17, 2014

Featured Retailer: The Gracious Home

 The Gracious Home is a boutique Home and Gift Shop located on Main Street in Historic Waxhaw, North Carolina. 
Display Table painted in the Nottoway One Step Paint

The owners, Katherine Young and Gina Fulk, explained"We love engaging each and every guest and helping people to enjoy their surroundings to their fullest potential. The Amy Howard product line enables us to help design clients as well as guest achieve a high end look no matter of their budget. We are in this business because we genuinely love design and helping people. It is very rewarding to help others achieve their dreams for their home. We enjoy rescuing furniture from auction and estate sales and making them new again. We sell  some restored pieces in the show room, our treasures serve as inspiration  for our future paint addicts. We enjoy hosting workshops and painting anything that will stand still."
Current Amy Howard At Home project
Inside the Retail Store
Amy Howard At Home Display

The Gracious Home
113 West South Main Street
Waxhaw NC 28173
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10:30am until 5:30pm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lacquer Color Palette Inspiration

I love all of the bright, fun lacquer colors that we have! The Amy Howard At Home High Performance Furniture Lacquer is without question, the most enviable revamp product on the market today!

Don't you ever wish for the thick, rich, hard-high-gloss finish of actual lacquer on a piece of furniture, frame or home d├ęcor? Well now all you have to do is spray it on- and a pale, washy, faded piece can transform itself to an edgy, chic high-fashion statement piece set in lacquer. This spray-on wonder is an exclusive product to Amy Howard and is not available anywhere else; it can change the life of any furniture piece like no other product can!

The lacquer is available to purchase at any of our retailers 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Highpoint Church: Nursery Renovation

A few weeks ago, I met with the team at Highpoint Church to come up with a concept for our nursery renovation. We had a lot of older faux mahogany chairs, baby beds and changing tables. It was a mismatched collection of furniture over the years.
I knew that we needed a fun, clean and modern look to a church nursery for young parents. 

The first thing we needed was to rescue and restore all of the nursery furniture. With the help of an amazing team of volunteers we met on a beautiful Saturday morning and began to use our lacquers and one steps to transform the old tired nursery pieces.
Rockers set up before
Outside getting ready to start the project
Lacquers galore
Prepping the Rockers
Getting ready for Lacquer
Belize Lacquer transformation
Changing Table Transformation using the LaGrange Lacquer
White Perfection Lacquer transformed the Rockers
We painted the walls with the Massey Hill One Step Paint
Great stencils are inexpensive way to get a great look
Massey hill walls and Belize lacquer rescue piece
I framed large poster size images of babies
Since this is a nursery for birth to 18 months.
Loved the black and white photography with white lacquer frames.
Lacquered Anna chest with gilded knobs
We custom designed the cabinet for the Check-In Counter
Check-In Counter
Loved using Belize lacquer on paper shades. Great impact for a little money
Our nursery at Highpont church is a work in progress. I love rescuing old nursery furniture and giving it new life with One Step and Lacquer paints. Great teamwork with awesome volunteers!!
More great designs to come in all the rooms
Great lacquer and one step paint combinations in all of the nursery rooms

Friday, April 11, 2014

Antique Inspiration to Gild using Gold Leaf

Antiques are a great place to look when finding ideas about how you want to rescue your furniture. I always am drawn to old antique shops and beautiful antique furniture that has been painted and/or been accented with gold leaf. I have chosen a few pieces today that are gilded and would love to share how simply you can gild your own furniture pieces using the Amy Howard At Home Bole, Gilding Size, and Gold Leaf.

Gio Ponti Vase
This antique vase is from Italy in the 1930s
This piece is on sale for $12,000
Now you could use the One Step Paint in Black to paint over a piece
 then tape off the sections you would like to gold leaf
simply paint on the Bole, Gilding Size, place on your Gold Leaf, and Buff

French 19th Century Louis XV Style Ebonized Fruitwood and Giltwood Center Table
This table is from France in the style of Louis XV dating back to the 19th Century
This piece is on sale for $59,500
Now again you could use the One Step Paint in Black to paint over a piece
 then tape off the accents that you would like to gold leaf
Paint on the Bole, Gilding Size, place on your Gold Leaf, and Buff

Gilt Iron Mirrored Back Sconces with Bird and Foliage Motif
These Mid-Century Modern sconces are from Italy with beautiful details
The pair is on sale for $5,250
For these pieces, you could use the Gilding Supplies as well as the Antique Mirror Kit
I would suggest gilding the pieces and then antique your piece of mirror
You could then cut the antique your mirror piece and place it to fit

All Gilding Supplies and additional directions can be found on!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Featured Retailer: The Mill : Design + Home

The Mill : Design + Home is located in Columbus, MS. They are a Home Furnishing and Accessory boutique. 

At the beginning of May, The Mill : Studio will open. The Studio will be a space for DIY workshops and allow students to work on their pieces with available assistance. 

As the store owner Macy explained, "We are in the last phase of the Studio renovation, so I don't have any shots of that space quite yet but should in the next few weeks. Our first workshop will be the beginning of May!...All the furniture in the space will be done with Amy Howard."

I cannot believe it was just last Fall, Macy was here training and now opening up her DIY Studio! Very exciting and proud!

The Mill: Design + Home
74 Brickerton Street
Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 370.1030
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10am until 5pm

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Color, Texture, and Pattern

"Color, texture, and pattern, when combined with even just a few accessories, 
are every captivating room's secret weapon."
-Susanna Salk, Be Your Own Decorator

I feel this quote to be quite true! 
The combination of color, texture, and pattern are the main ingredients in making a beautiful room.
The patterned wallpaper is monotone which works well for this space.
I do love antique mirror on furniture as well and the details on the table add to the texture
This vignette is so simple yet works in terms of simplicity of color, pattern, and texture
This chest I like with its simplicity.
You could use the One Step Paint to even paint your own!
The color and pattern really stand out to me here and I love the lacquered mirror frame!
I find it true even in my living room!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Color Combination: Eggplant, Linen, and Graphite

So many different things inspire people. I have always found it interesting to hear and speak to people about what inspires them. For the One Step colors that I am sharing with you today, I was inspired by nature and it's neutrals when I chose Eggplant, Linen, and Graphite.
Eggplant, Linen, and Graphite

Beautiful Antique Mirror above the fireplace as well that you could make yourself 
using the Amy Howard At Home Antique Mirror Kit
You may have not thought about adding color in your bedding along with your wall color and decor
The purple tones may vary depend on if you want to mix the colors
Beautiful peonies
Even Jewelry
Eggplant chair adds that color accent