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Family Traditions - Original Barn Series

Thursday, December 1, 2016

I'm Being a Cheater and I'm Blaming You!

Ha! Ha!

Yes, I'm blaming all of you and I don't feel the least bit badly about it. 

It's been awhile since I've written a blog post.  Well, only 3 weeks but still, I usually write one every week.  My November was crazy busy  
( I completely sold out of furniture ) and honestly, I just couldn't make the time to blog...so I decided to blame all of you instead of myself, ha ha ha!

I lumped four furniture makeovers in this one post, so, 
please forgive me.  I'll do better in December.

My thanks goes to all of your for your continued support and encouragement.  I'm busy because of the feedback, love and faith you give me. I hope something you see here will inspire you to grab your paint brush and create your own work of art.

I used colors from CeCe Caldwell's paint line for this armoire.  
The base is Key West Blue and I accented with Navy 
and added a warm pop of Persimmon

Do you see that vintage car print? I adore it so much! The vintage woody car paired with that Christmas tree on top is perfection.  I ordered it from http://www.alisonjunda.com/
Alison paints the most beautiful images, including the most serene beach scenes.  She also has a couple of prints with an old Ford truck and Christmas trees. I'm smitten... go check out her work. 
You'll see what I mean. 

Now, look here! 
Sometimes, a particular piece, hardware, and colors all team 
up to be a dynamic trio.

This next one was a commissioned piece for a returning customer.  That's pressure, you know?
They already own one piece so I wanted to make this one just as fun and original.  

If you are new to my blog, you don't know how much I love Klein Blue from General Finishes. It's one of my go-to colors because it works with my style.  I like bold but I also like colors that pair well with other shades of blue. This one does that perfectly. It also compliments yellow and orange very well...a MUST for me.

We shipped this buffet to South Carolina.  My clients are over the moon with it in their space. I can't explain the relief as well as excitement I feel when my customers love a painted piece as much as I do. 
To top it off, they are now using this to display their great grandmother's silver set.  

Now, this next mini wardrobe is available on my website, The Turquoise Iris. I'd love to see this in a child's room or in a 
bathroom used as linen storage. To get this look, I again used paint from CeCe Caldwell's. The colors are Sante Fe Turquoise, Windsor Blue, Emerald, and Carolina Sun Yellow. 

I'm guilty of using furniture as a canvas. 
It's a huge blank slate to me, bigger the better. 

And lastly, I just listed this one yesterday. I have been so 
excited to get my hands, or should I say brushes, on this massive chunky piece.  Because it has so much detail, I knew adding 
multiple colors would be good on this one.  

The base colors are Cowgirl Coral and Bohemian Blue, 
both from Debi's DIY Chalk & Clay Paint. This was my first time to try this paint and the results were exceptional.  The paint is thick and creamy, and these particular colors have warm undertones, 
exactly what I wanted for this makeover. 

Now, let's get to work and do December right!

Thanks so much,


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Family Traditions Original Acrylic Paintings

I'm excited to release these new barn paintings.
This series, Family Traditions, has been so fun for me. To me, these barns remind me of going to my grandparent's house for the holidays. Although, they didn't have a big beautiful barn, they did live in the country and had horses that roamed the pasture. The garden was plentiful and so were the chores. Grandma's kitchen always smelled of something yummy, made from scratch.

These will be available today on my shop, 
www.theturquoiseiris.com or on Etsy.com






Today and every day, I'm thankful for my family and friends but especially family traditions. They help define who we are and I enjoy creating new ones as much as celebrating the old.

What are some of your favorite traditions? I'd love to hear them.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

What I Have To Give You and Two Custom Finishes

During a week of so much turmoil, criticism and cynical discussion, 
I just wanted to post something positive.  I believe that what we send out to others, we get back twice fold. So, I'm sending you kindness and graciousness. I'm reminding you of your great value, your self worth and your importance.

To quote, "The Help" ( one of my favorite movies right up there with Forrest Gump ) -
"You is Kind,

"You is Smart"

"You is Important" 

These simple words go a very long way with me and I hope they do the same for you. We don't know what our future holds, but we do know we have a future. We have the right to make it the very best we can and to choose happiness. 

This week, like probably most of you, I've been reflecting on my day to day activities, my own family and the future of my business.  Big events always trigger reflection for me and I bet I'm not alone.

So, today, I send you art.  The colors, the textures, the calm I hope it brings you.  Blue is relaxing and paired with tonal shades, it soothes my soul.  

I can't give you money or security but I do have kindness to give you.  I hope that my art can inspire you. I want to be able to motivate you to create your own art, in your own form.  Whether it be in gardening, painting, collecting or even graphic design, I want to encourage you to share your gift. 
We all need one another. 

These two pieces were both custom commissioned and I'm always a happy girl when I get to use some of my favorite colors.  This second piece is for my mom.  She had a very special birthday and I love knowing I will see this piece in her home. I mixed paint brands ( I try not to do that ) on this one because she chose her colors and well, I didn't argue. The base is Feathered Nest from Heirloom Traditions and all the other colors are from CeCe Caldwell's.

The buffet in this post is Sante Fe Turquoise and Windsor Blue, also colors from CeCe Caldwell's paint. This piece now lives near Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, October 31, 2016

My Most Popular Image on Instagram - Two Blue Or Too Blue Makeovers

Hello, Everyone. Dionne here.

I've had so much fun styling my photos this month.  I AM a fan of mums although I'm not much in to fall 
( as I mentioned in a previous post here )

Mums provide my images with a bold pop of color, extra 
texture and an all over "happy feeling". 
See in these images below I've used the mums in baskets 
and hung them on the wall. 

This image below would've been my most popular to date, thanks to Jennifer Allwood from The Magic Brush
She featured this piece on her Facebook page...love her!

Many of you have asked about those huge hooks on the wall. 
 Have you figured out what they are yet?

I often find old dressers with damaged or busted mirrors. 
These pieces were once the sides to these mirrors,
 holding them on with large bolts or hardware. I started using them to flank our small windows in our own home.  One set goes above our kitchen window and the smaller set hangs in our master bath window,
 almost like a valance but on the walls. 

Recycle, re-use, re-create, right? Always.

Blue Montana Sky, Thomasville Teal, Windsor Blue and Enchanted Lilac
All from CeCe Caldwell's

So, have you figured out my most popular image on Instagram to date?

Nope, it's not that one either.  
Ha Ha, of course not!
That's just me busting out my favorite pink hat that I never 
have the courage to wear. 

It's this one.

 I had no idea the response I'd receive on this antique dresser. The attention was immediate so I started wondering what is it about this image or piece. Is it the colors, the mums again, the paintings on the wall or maybe it's just all of the components together?

I think it's because this image is "so me", maybe.
The colors are my favorite. They are soft but when combined and layered, they are bold. I love organic elements like the pine cones, the white corals and the coral hanging on the wall.  Fresh bright flowers are a must around our home, inside and out.  Two of the beach paintings are mine, an attempt to teach myself through trial and error. 

Key West Blue, Midnight Blue and Persimmon
All from www.GeneralFinishes.com

What are your favorite color combinations? Are you a fan of warm or cool tones? I'd love to hear from you.

You can always shop here on my site, www.theturquoiseiris.com The paintings are also now available.

I hope you all enjoy a little trick or treating tonight, whether you are the treater or the tricker!

Happy Monday!