The Country Living Fair

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I love it when I get to cross something off the perverbial bucket list!  Attending the Country Living Fair in Reinbeck, NY, visiting with my son who lives in NY (that is #1 of course) and attending a workshop with Annie Sloan is my idea of a full and rewarding weekend!

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The show was packed with a good variety of vendors and there were plenty of shoppers but the venue is so spread out that it didn’t feel overly crowded.  There was a great food selection, demos, book signings and all manner of live entertainment. There was plenty of elbow room to search for treasures and some of my favorites are captured below!  Love the painterly mural style panels from this vendor.

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LOVE these topiaries and anything garden related!

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Ironstone heaven and more well curated and arranged collections!

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My heart skips a beat at this well worn chippy cabinet.  So many trinkets that once lived in someone’s home,  garage, barn, business….each with it’s own story.  Someone once bought and cared for each piece until it found itself in someone else’s hands. If only each piece could tell us their story, it’s amazing to think about the history behind it all.  Antique lovers are said to be the keepers of the memories as we all collect something that reminds us of a bygone era or of a loved one who once owned a particular set of dishes or home decor item. We may not know what happened to their collection but we are now determined to scoop up every piece that reminds us of Grandma, Grandpa or Aunt Betty from yesteryear.  Such nostalgia is conjured up as you inspect each item for sale and wonder if an earlier ancestor had once owned such a piece.

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Next we moved on to the guest speaker where Annie Sloan graciously gave a talk on the art of repurposing furniture with her amazing Chalk Paint® product that she developed in 1990.  She called it Chalk Paint® because it dries to a flat chalky finish.  It was developed as a fast drying paint that could transform a piece with superior adhesion without much prep work as is necessary with other latex or acrylic brands.  She can be credited as starting a furniture painting revolution that has put an extremely user friendly product into the hands of non professionals and yet one can achieve a very professional looking outcome with a bit of training on the application of paint and waxes.  I am proud to be an ambassador of her Chalk Paint® brand and my favorite part of being a shop owner is to teach my customers about my passion to paint with a variety of workshops at Signature Finishes.   Once you start painting with this amazing product you will find it hard to put your brush down.  It is as much addicting as it is therapeutic to create something with your own two hands!IMG_4855IMG_6772IMG_4864Stay tuned for another blog post for some historically significant home tours while on my visit to the Hudson Valley…..

Thanks for following along,

Maureen

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Treasure hunting in the big city!

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During my recent trip to NYC I just had to make a stop at John Derian‘s gift shop to peruse all things decoupaged by this amazing artist.  What a feast for the eyes with his abundant displays of neatly arranged treasures in the most stimulating explosion of color.  John (yes, we are on a first name basis now) appeals to my love of color for sure but I was also in awe of his ability to turn his obvious obsession with vintage prints into such a well curated collection.  I know his dirty little secret…he is a fellow hoarder but in a good sense!  I can so relate to his “I must feed my collection” syndrome or IMFMCS, as it has come to be known in my TV doctor fantasy mind.  Seriously though, there is a sincere talent here to present one’s finely hoarded possessions in such an artfully arranged manner.  Take a bow Mr. Derian (ok, I can’t really pull off the first name basis) and to his staff…bravo!

Just take it all in with these delightful candles below that appear good enough to eat but no threat of suffering the caloric intake.   Actually, I would never want to light these candles as to deform their perfectly sculpted beauty!  This arrangement is so fun it makes an instant party scene.

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What’s not to love about colorfully decorated pottery?  Botanical designs, silhouettes, typography and whimsical scenes to swoon over.  Queue the angels singing!…

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Also, in the back of the shop was the most beautiful garden room replete with this beautiful vintage tea set arranged on this sweet bistro table.  Where is the chair for me to invite myself to tea?

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I did manage to visit several other antique malls and thrift stores on my visit and I must say that it was heavenly.  I felt so inspired by all of the merchandising displays and ideas were running on end.  There is nothing I enjoy more than a great shopping adventure and now I can add a few more places to my favorite haunts.  The love of shopping has certainly been what has propelled me into this business of selling to others and I promise to source what I love and stick to my vintage style to offer my customers a great variety of treasures.  There is no greater compliment than when a customer buys something that gave me joy once.  Thanks for allowing me to share my passion with you!

Stop by Signature Finishes often to view our ever changing collections!

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Sneak Peak-5th Annual Garden Party!

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Signature Finishes is busy preparing to host you for our annual Garden Party Event!  Each of our vendors have been pulling out all of the stops to provide all things garden related for your home and garden pleasure.  Who doesn’t love a garden party?  We will have food and beverage and pretty cupcakes for sure.  We will have balloons as well to make the party complete.  You can wear your party hats if you are so inclined and wear your party shoes too as the music will be playing.  What’s a party without music?  But best of all is we will offer beautiful wares for your home and lots of plants for both indoors and outdoors to beautify your happy place.  Bring on the party, bring on the guests!

While you are here please plan on honoring your mom, grandmother, your special maternal influence or mother of your children with one (or two) of many beautifully curated gifts to surprise her.  Just in time for the occasion we will offer a SALE: a buy one, get one half price on any scarf found in our apparel department.  So many soft hues to choose from and gorgeous jewelry offered by our many vendors.  You are overwhelmed with selection?  No problem, a gift card is your solution.  Keep the community strong by shopping locally!  Mom would definitely want you to do that!….Listen to MOM! xo

See you then and as always thank you for your support!

Maureen

Annie Sloan Image Medium

 

Have you ever tried the Annie Sloan Image Medium?  We have found it to be a phenomenal product.   In fact, it is far superior to other transfer gels or decoupage mediums that you may have used in the past.  It will give you a clean imprint when using  a laser image without a noticeable haze.  We love to create decoupage images on furniture and the image medium will do the trick beautifully!

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Check out the Graphics Fairy online to search for some beautiful designs.

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Transfers have long been a tricky process to be successful with but thanks to our seasoned expert, Cyndy Dwyer of Martinis at Noon she will uncover all of the tips and tricks to achieve success effortlessly!  Below is a sneak peak of our next Laser Image Pot Workshop that we have scheduled for April 18th from 6-8pm.  Grab your friends and enjoy double the fun!  Not only will you become proficient in transfers but you will also have the opportunity to create a furniture appliqué with our Iron Orchid Designs paper clay and moulds.  You will have full access to our Annie Sloan decorative Chalk Paint® in the colors of your choosing so each pot will reflect your own personality!  You bring your inner artist and we provide everything else!   Sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay informed.  Dates and workshop options vary monthly.

 

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Maureen

 

Farrow & Ball Conference

I recently visited the Farrow & Ball Design Center in Boston for an enlightening training session and was so inspired.  Farrow & Ball is the perfect green choice for your home.  There are 132 beautiful highly pigmented colors allowing for subtle hue changes throughout the day when exposed to varying changes of light.  The wallpapers are crafted with paint…no ink so you experience a textural quality along with matching coordinating color-ways to pair your trim and ceilings and surrounding rooms.

Visit our showroom to view our many wallpapers and color swatches and we will help you plan out your floorpan.  We love color and all things paint at Signature Finishes.  We are open daily so every day is a good time to visit!

Happy Painting,

Maureen

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