Friday, January 12, 2018

Inspiration for my next sideboard

Good morning! I hope you are feeling happy and productive this week. I was out with a girlfriend, Sarah, last night and she commented she was starting out the year feeling a bit flat. I said I was similar and she responded that she has a name for it - Miserablergh. Ha! Exactly how I started back at work also. Well I'm not actually miserable but definitely not the energizer bunny I usually am :)
Sarah makes me laugh  - she said "I'm so miserablergh I don't even care that I'm miserablergh". Maybe it's the strange weather we are having or that everyone is still on holidays and not buying much at the moment so work is quiet. I don't know but I'm looking forward to feeling on fire again.

Anyway I've been looking at way to get all inspired again. I've been listening to business podcasts and also have started painting again - slowly:)  I have a beautiful sideboard in my studio that is all sanded and primed and ready for painting and I've been unable to decide how to paint it. Last night I was flicking through some old photos and decided to do a washed grey finish on it. The same as this sideboard I sold to Kim of Kim Gleeson Interiors for her beach house north of Byron Bay.  I realised I never shared photos of this sideboard when I painted which is surprising as it's one of my favourites.

Grey washed french style sideboard by Lilyfield Life

Grey washed french style sideboard by Lilyfield Life

I love this finish - so soft and subtle.
This sideboard was very dark timber but I liked the storage options and the carved details. I wanted to really lighted it all up and give it a new life hence this Driftwood Inspired Sideboard: pale grey with layers of white and wax, distressed and sanded for a rustic light finish. Silky smooth and beautiful. 

Grey washed french style sideboard by Lilyfield Life

Here's is a photo that Kim took of it all styled up in the hallway of her beach house. Just the look I'm going for the sideboard in my studio. I'll post photos when I'm done. 

Grey washed french style sideboard by Lilyfield Life

have a good day. 
Fiona xx


Thursday, January 11, 2018

French Country style painted cabinet

Good morning! This is my 1001st blog post. A milestone I think. When I was assembling my past work for my updates portfolios I came across a photo of a sweet little cabinet I painted years ago. it was just the inspiration I needed for a piece I had in my inventory.

The cupbaord below that was my inspiration is painted in ASCP French linen with clear wax. I painted it before you could get ASCP in Australia. I had gone to America for a holiday and visited Michele of Not Too Shabby in Glendora just out of LA and bought some ASCP to bring back to Australia with me.

french country style cabinet by lilyfield life

For the cabinet below I painted it in a custom mix of chalk paint. This colour is slightly paler thans ASCP French Linen but has a similar green undertone. I colour matched this off my favourite piece of furniture ever - an amazing antique french cabinet.  I am still wishing I'd bought the cabinet.  Is it wrong to be in love with something you saw briefly years and years ago? :)

Anyway below is my finished piece. This little cupboard is from a NSW country homestead. Such an old piece.  White top and trim.

french country style cabinet by lilyfield life

Available: A little antique cupboard painted in a French country style. This is from a beautiful old homestead in country NSW. Such a handy piece for your hallway, tv, dining room or bathroom. Great for a stylish kids room to hide their toys.  One shelf inside painted same as exterior. Waxed finish, gently distressed and added patina. The back of this is unpainted as I wanted to showcase the pit sawn timber. . 
93.5 w x 38d x 79h cm. 
$395
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french country style cabinet by lilyfield life

french country style cabinet by lilyfield life

The pit sawn timber on the back dates this to the 1880's. I left it unpainted to showcase it.

pit sawn timber back


If you are interested in viewing or purchasing please let me know
cheers Fiona xx


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BLUE GREEN - Painted furniture Portfolio

Good morning! hope you are having a good week. We are back from a weekend away and back into work - juggling the kids on school holidays as well, so it means some late nights for me. I have spent some time these holidays working on my business rather than just in my business. Good to start the year feeling motivated and organised. 

One of the things I have finished, that I have wanted to do for a while, is create a better portfolio of my work. I ended up arranging my pieces by colour rather than by style of piece. 

If you want to take a look at the full albums have a look at my facebook page:
Lilyfield Life Portfolio Albums
 but here is a collage of the furniture painted in blue and green. This isn't all my work in blues and greens but it's a good representation. 

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green


here are some larger photos of my favourite pieces:

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Lilyfield Life painted furniture in blue, navy and green

Excuse the blurriness of that last photo. I can't find the original image as it's from years ago. I'll have to try my hand at a union jack again sometime soon.

Fiona xx

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Antique Pine cupboard

Good morning and happy new year. Hope you had a brilliant Christmas and NYE.  We are at the beach this morning despite the rain. Fingers crossed it clears up but we decided we would get wet snorkeling anyway and it’s easier to find a park when there are showers :)

The weather has been beautiful in the previous days and we’ve been spending our mornings at Shelly beach and Fairy Bower.  It doesn’t look like that today.
 

And today (that’s our kids entering the water)



How good is it to be able to blog from the beach :) (I use BlogTouch Pro and love it)

I am easing myself slowly back into work. I have a gorgeous antique pine cupboard available. It has been hand painted in a limed white chalk paint and waxed. With two handcut dovetail drawers and cupboard below it offers practical storage for any room in your house: for your hallway for keys and bags, a dining room sideboard, the bathroom for fluffy white towels or your lounge room for the kids toys. Beautiful condition.

 one shelf inside, unpainted but clean. 

85w x 39d x 95h cm

$400

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If you are interested in the cupboard let me know. I have loads of gorgeous pieces coming up when I’m back into work full time. I’m still on holidays mainly though, fitting in some small pieces in between days at the beach.

Love Fiona xx