Eastport Navy Blues Buffet

More or less, the story of this piece goes something like this:

I’m covered in dust and debris, high messy bun, ventilation mask, goggles tight enough to leave an imprint on my forehead for days. Then my phone rings. I turn off my sander, take my suction-cup safety goggles off, and answer a call from my sweet client-turned friend. Continue reading “Eastport Navy Blues Buffet”

Having a Good Ole Maritime!

My blog title may be cheesy, but this post will knock your classy socks off.

I believe I finished this piece just after Thanksgiving. I’m grateful to have made friends with a designer and she had a vision for a rich, navy blue dresser to sit in her client’s grand entryway. They had scored this beautiful dresser somewhere on the interweb.

I was so eager to finish the piece that these are the only before pictures I have! If you’ve read my blogs for a while you know that this is not the first time I’ve done this. Alas, I just can’t help it. I can tell you that it did have some veneer damage on the sides and top, but overall, the piece was in great shape.

The design inspiration?

My emerald green dresser… except not emerald green (by the way, this emerald green dresser rocks and no one is taking a chance on it! Where are my spunky, colorful home owners at?!)

Anyway. My client said she LOVED the emerald green piece but was set on navy. Annapolis and Maryland in general has created in me a love for navy as well. Not only is Annapolis where the historic Naval Academy has existed since 1845, whose colors boast a rich Navy Blue, but this colonial city is also the said sailing capital of the USA… so it’s basically like a nautical dream land over here.

Needless to say. We went to my favorite navy paint: General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint for the frame and Java Gel Stain for the top and drawer faces. Check out that gorgeous original painting by local artist, Amy Littlepage.

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Becoming Like New, and 2018.

Hello, friends! And Happy New Year. I can’t believe it’s 2018.

2017 was one. full. year. Anyone else? Our small family experienced a lot of challenges, successes, joys and sorrows. Some of the big moments that stand out to me are: ┬ástarting my studio, buying our first home, moving to a new neighborhood, watching my siblings graduate, get married, and get engaged, (there’s a lot of life happening in our big family half a country away) we had my brother live with us for 8 weeks, friends and family visit Maryland, we had to say the hardest goodbye to our sweet boy, Titus (click to watch the most beautiful Christmas gift I’ve ever received made by my husband), I ran another marathon, and we traveled quite a bit. I feel tired and emotionally drained just thinking about all those wonderful highs, and moments of growth in the belly of the lows.

What about you? I’d love to hear your favorite story, or a way you grew personally in 2017.

In the midst of all that life, I found the ability to keep growing as an entrepreneur and was able to complete some really incredible pieces for sweet clients. This, is one of those:

I actually spotted this bench on a buy-sale-trade site (that I addictively monitor multiple times a day) and made an offer on the bench. The woman (my future client) responded with “no way” to my offer. I laugh thinking about it now. I responded logically, with why my offer was lower than the asking price, what I planned to do with it, and how much time it would take to salvage the piece. She then proceeded to ask me to do all of that for her. She was wise, because this piece is absolutely precious and will be a timeless addition to her home. Continue reading “Becoming Like New, and 2018.”