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Scandinavian Saturday

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I love Saturday nights because there is usually a delicious Scandinavian Nordic Noir series to watch on the TV! At the moment it is the second series of The Bridge, so with this in mind, I thought I would show you a few photos of a truly gorgeous Swedish home that I found on one of the blogs I follow – Bliss

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Those old horizontal wooden planks as wall cladding are just the thing for my living room – better start hunting and collecting them now, as I’ve got a feeling they are not the sort of thing you can by at your local building suppliers!

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The photos were originally in the Swedish home decor magazine Hus and Hem All in Swedish of course – you’d think watching all this Nordic noir, my knowledge of the Swedish language would be quite good by now – alas NO – but I can distinguish the difference between a Swedish and Danish accent so that’s something I suppose!

Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations, OUT & ABOUT

A Walk, A Church, A Door, Texture & The Color Lilac

One of the things I love doing when on a walk here in South West France, whether it be in town or country, is to explore the color and textures that surround us in our environment.

Let’s have a closer look at this church that I came across at St. Sabine.

“Yes, I thought, quite a nice little country church, typical for this area of South West France.”

But as we get nearer – a lilac door no less – I wonder who thought of that color so many years ago? — A closer look is in order, me thinks………..

What a lovely pale lilac – now fading gently over the countless seasons of hot summer sun on these metal doors:

I want to get up close and personal – Let’s Go!

What a Surprise – Graffiti that I had no idea was there when I took the photo. I think there must have been some budding artists in St. Sabine when this door was painted. What fabulous texture and use of color – and on a French country church yard.

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Ah, I’ve found another door at the side of the church

A wooden door here – old and peeling – but such a fabulous color and texture — Love it!

Well, this is just a little snippet of my observations on just one of the wonderful marked pathway walks we have here in South West France. This one is on the PR19, St Antonin Noble Val (post code 82140) round trip walk.

I took these photos with my ipad3 which I always take with me on my walks now, as you just never know what you will see.

Texture and color provide great influence for all sorts of projects – painting, decor, the picture and photo frames I make…… lots and lots of things. It’s worth keeping a record for the future – you just never know when it will come in useful!

More walking snippets to come later……………

Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations, Pinterest & Etsy Delights!

Weird and Wonderful Buildings

I seem to have come across some very weird and wonderful buildings this week on Pinterest which I thought I would draw your attention to. By the look of things – I think a little trip to Barcelona would not go amiss in order to view the real deal of a few of these architectural delights.

But Beware If you don’t look after your house – It might end up like this!

Well, I suppose this could be classed as extreme Shabby chic. I’d love to grab a bit of that old pink plaster work – just to frame up and hang on the wall!

But if it was my house, I think I’d be feeling a bit upset!

Any one like to follow me on PINTEREST – then HERE I AM!

Posted in Blog, DÉCORATION, Inspirations, Let's Be Creative!, MACKENZIE FRAMES, Wall Displays

Work In Progress – Hand Painted Frames For A Collection Of Mirrors

The summer season of craft shows is upon us, and although I don’t do many of them these days, whenever the ladies of Varen phone me  to participate in their annual summer craft show – I usually say yes.

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Varen (zip code – 82330) is a very pleasant village near St. Antonin Noble Val, in the Tarn-et-Garonne about 15 minutes drive from where I live here in the Midi-Pyrenees region of South West France. The good ladies of Varen, take it upon themselves to manage ‘La Shoppe’ every summer in the hope of luring tourists and locals alike into their little stone clad den below the ‘mairie’ (the mayor’s office) which is full of hand made delights from local artisans.

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The theme this year is ‘Reverie’ – a very subjective word  that summons different things to different people. Well, to my mind, in the realm of interior decor, this means ‘The House of my Dreams’ and as Marie-Claude (chief lady in charge) specifically asked me to provide some of my Hand Painted Framed Mirrors, this is what I had in mind.

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I hope there are a few people passing through Varen this summer who have the same taste in colors and framed mirrors as I have!

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So I thought you would like to see the ‘Work In Progress’ of the hand painted frames at the moment. As you see, my color theme is very neutral – white, taupe and beige. A variety of sizes and styles from my ‘odd box’ of moldings that we seem to collect over the years in our Framing Workshop. Any one who has been following my blog here only has to to go to the DIY Tutorials to see that I love ‘Up-cycling’ old frames to make them into objects of desire once again!

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Well, Martin has just cut the individual pieces of mirror for each frame. He still needs to cut the backing boards and then I can finish the transformation of these frames into the mirrors of your dreams.

When they are ready, I’ll give you an update. And if you are on holiday here in our corner of South West France this summer, perhaps you can come and visit Varen and have a little peak into ‘La Shoppe’!

Posted in Blog, Framed Images, Inspirations, Let's Be Creative!, Wall Displays

Shabby White Frames and Vintage Lithographs – the Perfect Combination

Well creative people – what did you do with your shabby chic up-cycled frames that I hope you made after following my three part blog post last year? My frames were hanging about the workshop for months waitng patiently for me to find the right images. AT LAST – I found the perfect solution!

The images are from a 19th century book of  lithographs. The book was too damaged to keep as a whole, and I bought it with wall art in mind – the book may be damaged, but the images were hiding there ready to see the light of day.

My plan is to a grouping of these shabby white frames and their lithographs ready for a wall hanging. What a difference to see these bits of Victoriana in nice light pale frames, such a difference to the thin black narrow frames that you normally see these black and white images in. Up-cycling is the name of the game in today’s modern interior decor.

Here are a few more of my Shabby Chic DIY Frames that have received the same treatment. Now, Which wall to use?

Posted in MACKENZIE FRAMES

Is your Mom Your Best Friend, Your Dad Your Best Buddie?!


So, is your Mom your Best Friend? Your Dad your Best Buddie? Well, perhaps YES, perhaps NO! Whatever – I am sure they will love to find these tiny little framed custom table names at their place at your Thanksgiving and Christmas table this year.

Hey – and don’t forget Little Brother & Little Sister!

Because of the time of year, I’m thinking of the holiday period that is nearly upon us, but these little place names would be a great way to personalize your table decor for any coming event – perhaps your wedding or an anniversary party and don’t forget they go very well with the table numbers that are also available in my Etsy shop in the Table Numbers and Names Section. No need to go with the names I have illustrated – I’m quite happy to custom print your own name suggestions for your little Table Numbers!

Posted in Blog, Wedding Table Decor

Table Numbers in Silver Boules Mini Frames for Weddings, Events, Restaurants, Banquets

My new range of TABLE NUMBERS are here at last! They are the cutest little frames that will really enhance your table decor. I have used a variety of our Narrow Gold and Silver style frames as well as the very popular Shabby Chic in White and Gold and Black and Gold styles. Well, pictures are better than words, so here are a few photos. Let’s start with the NARROW SILVER BOULES:

You can buy these little silver framed table numbers in packs of  FIVE (5), SIX (6), TEN (10), TWELVE (12). Find them in my Etsy Shop or on ArtFire
More Styles later!

Posted in Color Shape Space, Let's Be Creative!

Deluxe Red Hand Painted Photo Frames Ready for Etsy

Well, just spent the afternoon photographing the Red Frames Hand-Made-By-Me. Why? You did that a few weeks ago! Well, since then, I have done a complete set of a deluxe Red Range of the hand painted frames that I am going to post in our Etsy Shop. These frames are all covered on the backs and struts with our textured black paper so they look just as good on the back as they do from the front, include glass and a neat paper insert, giving the frames a smart deluxe feel that makes them an ideal  gift for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries  or just a treat for yourself!

Here are a few of the photos that I will be posting on Etsy tomorrow:

Posted in DÉCORATION, Inspirations, Wall Displays

Inspirational Decorative Wall Displays

I’m always on the lookout for inspiring wall displays – not hard to imagine why as I make so many frames! Here are a few ideas I have found on Pinterest – so be inspired!

Stairs of Distinction
A Wall of Monochrome
A Country Look
A Bit Over the Top – But What an Impact!
Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Let's Be Creative!

Red Frames Hand Made By Me!

Well this is RED WEEK on ‘Details in the Decor’ and I have just spent the afternoon preparing a whole bunch of photos that I took earlier this week of the Red Frames that I painted a couple of weeks ago. I just had to put a few up here to give you a sneak peak! More later…