Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Classical Motif: Acanthus

Acanthus is one of the common plant forms to make foliage and decoration. It is an architectural ornament resembling the leaves of the plant. The carved ornament is based on the leaves of the acanthus plant. In architecture, a great example is on the capital of a Corinthian column.
The word origin of acanthus dated back to the early 1600s from Greek aka meaning "point, thorn" + anthos which translates to "flower" It was named for its large spiny leaves. The acanthus in architecture was used by the Greek and Romans and Byzantines.

Beautiful Examples:
Print, "Floral and Acanthus Leaf Design", 1740, National Design Museum
Acanthus Demilune with traditional style
Palazzo Scale Italian Tole Sconces With Acanthus Leaves
Hand-carved surround with acanthus leaves; add these throughout the house to add character
Lovely detail on this Gilded Mirror
The Amy Howard Venetian Secretary has acanthus painted detailing

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Color Mixing: Get in Gear + Dunavant

Often, when we pick a color -- we are feel limited and confined to it.  Color mixing with the One Step paint gives you every possible color option.  I chose two colors with green undertones.  I wanted to re-create the color (and feel) of a lush, forest carpeted in that rich green moss.  To achieve this luscious and thriving green I mixed equal parts Get in Gear and Dunavant Green. With green already being a secondary color, made of yellow and blue, the options in tone can vary from creating a light green to a very dark shade of emerald. AHAH -- a magical green is now ready to be applied.

One Step Color Palette:

I love this malachite ceiling composed of varied degrees of green
I love the elegance of the floor to ceiling curtains and the Vibrance of the Green pulls the room together with a soft and elegant finish.
Bright glossy doors
Tory Burch's living room
Kitchen cabinets
Nature always serves as the greatest inspiration for color possibilities.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Before & After Transformations

Rescue Restore and Redecorate Monday is always a great way to start the week because you can really be inspired and excited to take on your own project! 


NCF Studios customer
This chest was lacquered in the Amy Howard At Home Belgium Blue Lacquer

NCF Studios
Gorgeous finished vanity painted in the Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint

What a huge difference with the chair painted with Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint 
and recovered with a new fabric

Thanks Courtney for sharing!
This fireplace was painted with the Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint

Antique Buffet
Thank you Joyful Expressions for posting!
This piece was finished in the Dunavant Green One Step Paint and 
finished with the Light Antique Wax.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Lime Wax Finish

The addition of wax to any finish really gives it that final sophisticated touch. Liming wax is one of the Amy Howard At Home ® waxes that really pops after being used. More recently in interior design, limed wax finishes have come back into vogue and are becoming increasingly popular. Liming actually originate in the 1500s in Europe as means of providing protection for wooden pieces from insects and worms. With the wax giving that whiter finish, it soon became the style that people wanted.

When liming a piece, you should start with using a wood with an open, loose grain; like oak. The open grain allows for the liming wax to fill into the grain as opposed to the moldings. It also works on vivid colored pieces to make them less vibrant if you are looking to create more of a pastel color.

The "white wash" finish is another term for liming. I love the simplicity of the wood boards which in their simplicity somehow exude a “modern” edginess.

The process of using the Amy Howard At Home ® Liming Wax is super simple as with all the products in the Rescue, Restore, Redecorate™ line.  

  • There is no need for prepping your piece.
  • Apply the Liming Wax ® directly to bare wood.
  • As an option, first you can brush your piece with a wire brush to get a more open and supple surface for the wax to adhere to.
  • Apply using a bristle brush.
  • Follow up with a t-shirt rag to buff the piece and remove the excess.
  • To create a more antiqued looking finish and look -- simply apply another layer of wax
  • Magic.

Liming Inspiration:
Photo by Nicolas Matheus in Cote Sud
Pair of Limed Oak Cabinets with Nickel Hardware, American, circa 1950's.
The wood graining is very expressive and is highlighted by the limed or cerused oak finish. They each offer a storage, with a wide, deep drawer at the top and double doors underneath which open to reveal a large area with an adjustable shelf. They are a very versatile size and could be used as a storage cabinet, bar, or TV/media cabinet in a living area, or as a chest in a bedroom setting. The price of $5500 noted in this listing is for the pair of chests. The price for a single cabinet is $3000.
Hallidays paneled walls  
Italian Style by Jane Gordon-Clark
Kitchen cabinets
I love the limed wood finish in a bakery located in London
Beautiful finish that Michele Hiley did in creating a Pallet Wall
using the Amy Howard At Home™ Liming Wax

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Featured Retailer: Joyce Shelton Studios

This week’s Featured Retailer is Joyce Shelton Studios of Casselberry, Florida. I spoke with Joyce about her retail location and am thrilled to share her amazing Rescue Restore Redecorate™ projects with you.

Amy: What made you decide to start your own business?
Joyce:  I have always been an Artist and I was able to parlay that into a business -- bridging my passion with my work.  I have shown my artwork at fine art festivals and most recently, have had the blessed opportunity to license my art for products like dishes, greeting cards, wrapping paper and giftware.  Painting on furniture was a natural progression from my surface art career.  I enjoy painting colorful designs on furniture as well as canvases - it’s was just a natural progression.   As my interest shifted from painting on canvas to painting on furniture, it was necessary to move to a studio outside of my home because I required the necessary space.  My studio is not in a retail space.  It is a working studio where I accept commissions as well as teach others.  Coming across the Amy Howard At Home ® line of products at Atlanta’s mart last summer, gave me further incentive to move to a studio away from home so that I could share my talents and knowledge with others who want to learn how to do it themselves.  Sharing my talent -- beyond the final product -- but sharing the experience of creating art with my customers really fulfills me.

A: What is your company motto?
J: I don’t know if you’d call it a motto, but I consider myself  a decorative artist, on a mission to inspire an artful life.

A: What do you love about having a store?
J: I love working in my large studio space on more than one project at a time.  I now have room to spread out and have students come in with their own pieces and projects.  It’s nice to leave the undone projects and lock the door behind me - blissfully retreat to my quiet home and to not be immersed in unfinished work and possible wet paint mishaps.
Joyce's Display Cabinet: Before
Workshop in progress
A: What is your favorite AHAH product? color?
J: Toscana®  is my personal favorite paint finish but for the DIY’ers, One Step®  is by far the most fabulous and I love being able to share that.  All the colors are luscious - I don’t really have a favorite.

A: What sets you apart for other stores in your area?
J: I am not a store, but I guess what sets me apart from other artists, is that my canvas also includes furniture and although, I am less than a block away from the MAJOR DIY paint competition, I feel I have the best products in the area.   

A: I cant live without my
J: Supportive family and my morning coffee!

A: What is your favorite season?
J: Autumn

A: What is your aesthetic in 3 words?​
J: Artistic, classy, simple
Lacquered in White Perfection®
Before and After Side Table painted with a base of Black One Step®
Before and After Cabinet
Before and After Citron® Lacquered Table and Chairs
Painted in the Amy Howard At Home Black One Step Paint®

Joyce Shelton Studios
122 Live Oak Blvd.
Casselberry, FL 32707
(407) 644-5294

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What is Lacquer?

One of my favorite and most unique products in the Amy Howard At Home® product line is our High Performance Spray Lacquer™. It allows you to get that really smooth, glossy, gorgeous finish!

Lacquer is defined as being a hard, protective coating consisting of a resin dissolved into a volatile solvent.  This resin is primarily harvested from a tree indigenous to China known as the Lacquer Tree.  

Lacquer as a finish has deep roots in Chinese history.  During the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC), the sophisticated techniques used in the lacquer process were first developed and it became a highly artistic craft. The earliest extant lacquer object, a red wooden bowl, was unearthed at a Hemudu culture. During the Eastern Zhou period (771–256 BC), lacquerware began appearing in large numbers, thus this was the earliest era from which notable quantities of lacquerware have survived.
An example of a late 18th Century English Lacquered Chest

In terms of modern products, lac-based finishes are referred to as shellac. While both lacquer and shellac are traditional finishes, lacquer is more durable than shellac. In terms of the decorative arts, lacquerware refers to variety of techniques used to decorate wood, metal or other surfaces.

Lacquer Ideas:
Fun Lacquered Chest with geometric detailing
Grey doors
*We lacquered my front door with the La Grange Lacquer!
Black is a great way to add that glossy finish with a subtlety
Simple white lacquered desk
Fun Lacquered chest to brighten up a room
Great little side table with that lovely smooth, glossy finish
Our Anna Chest in Lacquer from the Showroom in Atlanta
Lacquered mirror frame 
Amy Howard At Home Furniture Lacquer
Available in 21 colors!

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