Hello everyone, hope all is well!
How I discovered my passion? I would like to say I had my style from a young age and have always dreamed of decorating; but I’m not.
When I was young I cared about cheerleading 24/7. I actually wrote a small paper when I was ten how I was determined to become a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, no not a lie.
Life happened, I got married to the love of my life and began creating a home.
When we got married I thought I knew my style, notice I said thought. I was 22 and I followed what my mom loved.
It was American country and I’m talking late 80’s early 90’s country.
Think mauve, dusty blue, teal and ducks, getting a mental picture?
It was the thing and everyone in my family decorated this way. I thought that was my style too.
Then, something happened, I discovered HGTV and discovered Debbie Travis. I watched her every time her show was playing.
She taught me how to paint furniture and to use tintable glaze adding raw umber or burnt umber. She showed me how it was able to add dimension and age.
I learned so much by watching her movements with the glaze and listened very closely.
During this time my husband and I discovered a place we loved to visit any chance we had to go. Newport, RI, we loved it there and would visit the Mansions.
That’s when I discovered French decor and it was gilding, romantic and beautiful colors and fabrics.
I knew I wanted to incorporate some of these aspects into our home but I didn’t want it to feel to stuffy.
By no means do I feel I’m a decorator but I can honestly say I choose what I absolutely love. The thing I have been learning over the last few years is it takes patience to get the style the way I want our home. I have had to remind myself often there is no right or wrong way, I have to decorate for our small family.
I will not be painting my walls different whites either. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the choice. We have done that already 20 years ago, Atrium white and Dove White Benjamin Moore.
For our home now we enjoy soft color and I have one dramatic color for the dining room. I have been lightening this room slowly with pieces and new fabrics for chairs.
Most would think I would start small then I began painting furniture. No not me, the first pieces I painted was our pine bedroom furniture.
From that moment I began painting furniture it became my passion and adding French touches began to happen. When I started blogging at Cloches and Lavender is when I discovered chalk paint and wax. This new method of painting took patience to learn. I began small and grew more confident as I used the product. I have learned tricks and techniques applying the waxes since my first piece I painted.
The more comfortable I became I began adding layers of colors that blend beautifully. I use different techniques now such as washes and dry brushing to achieve a layered look.
One thing I would hope you take from this post is don’t be afraid of paint. Don’t be afraid to experiment with techniques you never tried before, it can be learned. It’s a process yes, but it is rewarding and brings beauty to pieces you may be tired of and a new feel in your home.