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Showing posts with label Modern Country Style shops. Show all posts

Thursday, 15 August 2013

What to wear: My favourite wellies!

Welcome to another Modern Country Style fashion post
....with a very practical twist!

These Pink Heart wellies by Emma Bridgewater are exactly what I've been after for our trips out, where we often need to cross fields. Never an easy task in stilletos!

Top: Next; Hat: Monsoon; Short: H and M; Belt: Debenhams; Boots: Emma Bridgewater; Sunglasses: Beach Shop
I've been on the look out for pretty wellington boots (still necessary even in this hotter weather to protect ankles and shins from brambles) that can be worn with flirty summer skirts or, somewhat more practical to sit on the grass and make daisy chains, these denim shorts. 

It's one of the things I adore about the summer holidays, spending masses of time outdoors, particularly with this unfathomably warm weather we've been having.

My Emma Bridgewater Pink Hearts welly boots will be accompanying me on a regular basis. 
I'm absolutely crazy about them....Perfectly Modern Country!

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Wow! Upholstered Pieces Using Andrew Martin's Concourse Fabric

Andrew Martin's Concourse fabric is currently making me drool. A gorgeous fusion of industrial bus-blind chic melded with Belgian Style's muted colours, it's one of my favourites! It's not always easy to imagine the upholstered end product when faced with rolls of fabric in a shop, or, even worse, online sooooooo I had the very great pleasure rounding up some of the very best projects featuring this lush fabric.


Andrew Martin Vintage Settee: Sold
Vintage Kids

Alexander Interiors

Florrie and Bill

Elle Deco

Vintage Kids

Unique Fabrics


Aren't they awesome? Are you joining with with drooling over this gorgeous Concourse fabric by Andrew Martin? If you're feeling a fresh wave of upholstery-related inspiration, then come back on Friday, when I'll be reviewing the book of your dreams!

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Friday, 15 July 2011

How to crackle your Annie Sloan paint AND make coloured waxes......

  Hey gorgeous,

Are you gearing yourself up for the 
Paint, Please link party 
NEXT Friday? 

I want to see how paint has transformed 
your house, garden and furniture.....
You'll be able to come over and link up 
so that we can all have a good ogle at your loveliness.
{I've put the button for the party on my sidebar if you'd like one}

Extremely excitingly, I'm guest posting at 
Janell's House of Fifty blog this week, 
and also at the ever-so-gorgeous 
Do pop by and say hi if you have a moment...
and if you've come over from there then
I'm so pleased you could make it.
Grab a seat, and join in!

Now have I got a cracker of a post for you today.....

Annie Sloan's Paints are magic.
Don't believe me?

Let me show you how to create a gorgeously antiqued look
...without the need for crackle glaze.

Paint on a THICK layer of the colour of your choice. 
{I used Paris Grey}
Don't spread the paint out. 

Then turn on your magic
 ...and most unexpected....tool: 
your hairdryer.
And cook that paint!!

Keep blowing in gentle circles over the paint 
and in a short time the paint will begin to crack.
Yes, crack!

And you'll begin to smile.
It's real magic.

No crackle glaze needed.

When the cracking has finished, 
and the paint has dried,
it can be waxed to protect it. 

Here's the second amazing part of the post. 
Did you know you can create 
{Any opportunity for a bit of Rainbow Writing} 
Yup, you can.

Here's how:

Just smear on a bit of Annie Sloan clear wax 
and add a daub of one of the Chalk Paints, 
{I chose a touch of Provence}
and rub over your paint for extra depth.

And, yes, I know that the wax is oil-based 
and the paint is water paint but what can I tell you?
They mix perfectly.
Magic paints, I tell you.

When you're happy with the final colour, 
you can start with the dark wax. 
This is definitely a case for showing the need for the dark wax 
because it highlights the cracks in the paint absolutely brilliantly.

Just rub it in gently and then wipe off any excess.
{The layer of clear wax underneath makes it 
easy-peasy to create exactly the effect you want}

And here's my finished sample board.

See how the dark wax nestles in the crevices?
Isn't it incredible?

Now, I feel it's time for a bit of real life painting action.
Next week, I'll take you through step by step 
how I painted our dining room table.

This week, I'm aware that I've whizzed through a lot of information.
Next week, I'll be slowing riiiiiight down.
If you're a newbie at painting furniture then DON'T worry one jot. 

Each step will be clearly and slowly explained.
{If you have a specific question then do let me know.}

I was looking for a site that explained things for absolute beginners 
and struggled to find one that didn't make me feel intimidated. 
So I hope to create that here.

The Beginner's Guide to Painting Furniture 
starts at Modern Country Style next week.
Bring along your piece of furniture that needs a little love, 
or cupboard doors that need a hug. 

Paint along with me.
And feel the magic for yourself.

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Distressing Annie Sloan. Yes, I crack myself up....

I've made you a present.
{I know, too kind, right?!}
It's a button for my 
Paint, Please link party
{to link up all your paints projects: rooms, furniture, crafts....}. 
If you'd like to put one on your blog post ready to link up then that would be just fine and dandy.

Here it is, complete with the html code 
to make a clickable button on YOUR blog:

Modern Country Style

You know when you have an experience that just sets you alight?

Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know how I felt after Annie Sloan's Paint Course
I came home absolutely abuzz. 
I was bouncing off the walls with ideas, information and inspiration.

It was an unbelievably lovely day. 
To be able to sit with like-minded people and 
learn from an expert like Annie Sloan was such a privilege. 
{Thank you so much, Annie.}

Once again, I think it's worth reiterating that the fantastic thing about Annie Sloan's Chalk Paints is that they can be successfully painted STRAIGHT ON to things such as metal, glass, wood, melamine, and varnish.......
Like this:

And produce long-lasting results like this:

Say goodbye to that sandpaper.
Oh, and the primer too.

The first thing we learnt about what makes Annie Sloan's paints different, 
is that you can use them to create the texture. 

Wouldn't it be great to learn how to produce something like this, 
which looks as though it's come straight from a French Chateau?

You want to know how to do it right now?
Oh, go on then!!!!

You get this effect by painting the FIRST COAT of paint in all directions, and by loading your brush with more paint than usual. Doing this will help to create the impression of layers and layers of paint that have accumulated over years, when combined with the following steps.

It doesn't have to be perfect. 
In fact, it SHOULDN'T be perfect!! 
{Was there ever a better instruction?} 
Blobs and are good.

Then for the second coat, paint in the usual backwards-forwards fashion with another layer of paint, which should be of 'normal' thickness
{if the paint seems a little thin, it's easy to water down slightly if necessary}.

Step three is to sand gently (or firmly for a more distressed look) 
so that the top coat is rubbed back in places to the first coat. 
By sanding all over with the same pressure, 
this will happen naturally in bumps and ridges that 
you created with the first coat of paint.

If there are other specific areas that you'd like rubbing back 
(for example, corners, or any areas that would receive knocks and scrapes), 
then by all means pay more attention to those areas.

Now, having waxed lyrical about the Chalk Paint, 
we learned next that they work best for a long-lasting finish
when finished with wax. 

Annie Sloan has two types of waxes. 
Clear wax and dark wax. 
The clear wax looks like this:

When I've heard about waxing furniture with beeswax, 
I've always thought of Wax Polish which needs so much 
elbow grease and buffing and rubbing. 

That is NOT what Annie Sloan's waxes are like.
Think more of smearing a thin layer of margarine on your table.
But with a lovely smell! 

Later, when its dried, you can gently buff it. 
The more you rub, the more of a shine you'll end up with.
But it's NOT hard work. 

More like rubbing in moisturising cream.

See that hair-dryer at the front of the image above? 
Whatever could it be doing there?
Find out tomorrow for the most magical thing ever!!


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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Annie Sloan Week: Colour Mixing

Hey lovely,

I'm in a painting kind of mood 
and I hope these posts inspire you to get cracking 
on that piece you've been meaning to tackle.

And now onto Day 2 of Annie Sloan week.

I'll be honest.
While I was completely sold on the idea of the Annie Sloan paints 
{I was hooked as soon as I realised no stripping was involved.
Stripping is not my strong point, you understand}, 
when I first saw the Annie Sloan paint chart, 
I wasn't convinced these were the paints for me.

But my moment of true conversion came when Annie showed me a book she'd put together of each paint colour diluted with Old White.
This purposefully takes her range to a huuuuuuuuuuge number of colours. These paints are *designed* for mixing - they mix so easily.

Old White is a gorgeous greyed white. 
Here's a photo of a can of Old White that needs a good shake to mix it. 
See how much grey there is in there floating on the surface? 
That gives the colour a slightly dirtied feel.

Which makes it the perfect colour for knocking 
back some of these brighter shades for 
the perfect 
Modern Country look.
{For those of you who prefer cleaner colours, 
some new whites will be introduced to the range very shortly, 
including one called 'Pure', 
which is a bright, fresh white.}

Look at these photos. 
The colour on the top left of each page is the original colour
and then each lighter shade has been mixed with one extra part of Old White. 
So the second swatch is mixed with one part Old White, 
then two parts, then three...

Looking at these totally opened my eyes to 
the idea of mixing my perfect shades.
{And I can't begin to explain the satisfaction of creating my own, unique colours.}

The colour that immediately grabbed my imagination was 
Chateau Grey. 

At first glance, I NEVER would have picked it out 
but mix it with Old White and it's mine, baby!!
Those gentle grey-greens with a hint of blue 
have my name written all over them.

L.O.V.E. T.H.E.M.

Several of you asked for a list of stockists.

I hope that helps, peeps.

Now then, who's curious about what I actually learned 
on my course with Annie Sloan herself?
That's what I'll be sharing on Thursday.

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Monday, 11 July 2011

Introducing Annie Sloan....

Finally it's here!! 
Annie Sloan week. 
I've been so looking forward to sharing all this with you.

The week before last, I had the enormous pleasure of spending the day with Annie, learning by her side how best to use her paints. And ever since then, I've been a busy little bee, scurrying about putting all her hints and tips into practice, ready to show you on Modern Country Style.

And now, finally, the time has come.

that have been developed to use especially for painting furniture 
- though they have a myriad of other uses too. 

The reason why these Chalk Paints are special is that they can be
painted on seemingly any surface with little or no preparation 
needed to help the paint to adhere.

It's the whole preparation malarky - stripping, priming and sanding -
that I've always hated so I've been thrilled to bits to find paints that 
cut out the tedium.

Fancy painting straight onto galvanized metal for a look that lasts?
Feel free.....but if you don't use the right paint, it'll all come a-peeling off.

I hope through reading the posts this week
that you'll come to understand
how different they are from 
any other paint range  

How incredibly user-friendly they are while still allowing you 
the control in determining the final look of any piece. 

Annie Sloan knows her stuff.
She's been in the business of paints for over forty years. 
And that meant riding the nineties where, in the UK at least,
paint techniques were not the fashion.

But I LOVE it that Annie didn't flee to pursue 
the next money-making project when times were hard. 
She persevered with what she loved.
Her heart and soul are in her paints. 

It's this passion for her products that comes over 
as soon as you enter her gorgeous shop.

I wanted to start the week by 
showing you behind the scenes at the 
Annie Sloan shop in Oxford.

I was expecting a mega-emporium but no! It's a sweet little shop 
{not to be confused with a little sweet shop}
that's a bit like a tardis. It looks small from the front 
but streeeeeetches back further than seems possible.

On one wall is a huge paint chart, showing how each of the Annie Sloan paint colours looks straight from the pot, and alsowhen mixed with Old White, currently the palest colour in the range.

{Though not for long....}

And dotted around are beautiful pieces which show the whole range of paint effect possible from using Annie Sloan's paint range.

And don't stray far, peeps, because, tomorrow, 
I'll talk you through the colour possibilities...

Ooooh, and next Friday 22nd July, I'll be having a 

Paint, Please Link Party

where I want to see what *you've* been painting
....rooms, furniture, children. 
{Okay, not children.}

You'll be able to link up all your 
fabulousness you've achieved 
(using any range of paint)
and we can have a group-ogling session.

My favourite thing to do!!

(All images: mine)

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