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Spotlight on Grafton’s Interior Designer.

Meet Heather Woodroe!

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Heather Woodroe of Prim Design is not only a gifted designer but a great supporter of Signature Finishes.

 We thank you Heather for falling in love with our Farrow & Ball® paints as well as keeping our many local artisans within our walls supported with frequent visits.  She truly believes in supporting her local community.  She collaborates with a whole team of professionals to service her clients and her work speaks volumes.  Let’s take a look at her before and after of her beautiful kitchen!:

FDF4FE1C-7236-4862-B370-E5E55C2EB5F0There is nothing wrong with this kitchen above, in fact it is perfectly lovely but if you have Heather’s vision you could image it more lightened and brightened with a vintage feel such as this:

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Wow!  It has both a clean modern feel with the white tile and gorgeous marble and her choice of Farrow and Ball® Lamp Room Gray® has completely changed the look of her existing cabinets.  The Modern Eggshell finish is a perfect choice for facing the rigors of day to day wear and tear.  She says it has performed beautifully to constant cleaning regiments.  I love that the peninsula has ample seating capacity and the extended counter space is brilliant that flanks the wall where she repurposed the two antique doors into her “chippy” finished wall.  The texture provides the perfect balance of adding warmth to this kitchen.

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Lamp Room Gray® is also her color choice in her laundry room.  She chose a more matte finish for her walls so the rich pigments in the paint will create subtle hues of variated colors as the rays of light change throughout the day.  (I love how our Farrow & Ball® brush board wall demonstrates the shift in color range as demonstrated on the curved sample boards.)  She can also rest easy as there is no off-gasses released as is the case when using latex paints.  Farrow & Ball paints are produced in Dorset, England since 1946 with the strictest of care in creating the finest ingredients for their products.  At 570 square feet for coverage on their Estate® Emulsion it is roughly 200 square feet more than your average gallon of latex with no smell as you are applying it.  You can paint your bedroom today and sleep in your room tonight without suffering that headache producing latex aroma.  There is no chance of a mistint as the paint is produced at the factory in large vats and then packaged on site so there is no miscalculating the formula.  The color palette is carefully curated at 132 choices with 7 different finishes for both interior and exterior applications.  Pick up a sample size in store or online and enjoy a superb designer choice today!

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The Asa Waters Mansion Called!

OK, actually it was the Millbury Women’s Club who called!

But, of course I am most grateful to oblige. IMG_5252I was invited to be the guest speaker at the women’s club and what an honor to speak to the lovely ladies of Millbury to discuss my business,  Signature Finishes.  I discussed how I have evolved as an artist from my career as a faux finisher to opening my brick and mortar in 2013 in Grafton, MA and my second location in Cape Neddick, Maine in 2014.  I brought many paint samples along and explained the difference between milk paint, chalk paint®, and wall paints.  I was pleased with the interest shown and a good number of questions asked.  Several ladies in the audience had taken a variety of workshops I offer so they of course were the rockstars of the group being well familiar with the products!

What a lovely setting they provided me.  If you are not familiar with the Asa Waters Mansion , it was designed by Asher Benjamin and is located at 123 Elm Street in Millbury, MA and was the home of Asa Waters, born November 2, 1769 – December 24, 1841, He was an American gunsmith and industrialist.  He earned a patent for turning a gun barrel in a lathe.  In 1823 he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, formed the Millbury Bank in 1825 and served as Vice President of the Worcester County Horticultural Society from 1843-1844.  One of his eight children became the mother of President William Howard Taft who also visited the mansion.  Quite the legacy of the building wouldn’t you say?  The beautiful building has been listed on the National Register of Historical Places in Worcester County since 1978.  At present it can be rented for weddings and special events and is truly a local treasure.  Several years ago I attended a Christmas tea hosted by the Mansion and it was such a special event to experience.

The Millbury Women’s Club sure can put on a spread! Such a beautiful array of food and desserts galore.  This is my kind of club to belong to!  LOL!  You will want to join for the community service but you’ll stay for the food!

The rooms are so well appointed and the architecture is so New England!  There is truly no place like home for New England colonial style.  It is a captured moment in history.

F3ED07C4-73BA-4D33-A008-90C1B0293BDFIt was an exciting evening for sure…tough to say good-bye but rewarding and a true honor to have been invited to speak on such hallowed historic grounds!

Thank you once again for the honor Millbury Women’s Club!

Best,

Maureen

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Ode to all Mother’s!

IMG_4609Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!  It is marked on a calendar but once a year but hopefully we all revere time spent with our moms.  The shop is open for business but we have a full family day planned also.  It takes a village to run this small family business so my husband and one of my sons will treat me to an extra set of hands which is much appreciated.  My mother and siblings will arrive too for a family gathering after hours which I am so looking forward to!

Motherhood can apply to any caretaker as not everyone has to give birth physically to be a maternal influence to another.  Mother can apply to many roles in life.  As blessed as I feel to have children my heart also goes out to those mothers whom have suffered the loss of a child.  Mother’s Day can be an all too painful reminder for the indescribable pain suffered on a daily basis from that loss.  You women have my prayers.  I have had several customers lately that have really touched me as they shared their stories of pain and suffering from the loss of a child and/or a mother.  As my husband reminds me, “We are more than just a retail store, we are building a community!”

I feel such gratitude to have built a strong bond with many of my customers and vendors alike and it is an honor for me to be a confidante to others.  The stories are a gift of enlightenment to me as well as it is a realization that everyone has a story to share and each of us has SOMETHING!   I so hope that you have a restful and joyous day spent with those you love.

I will leave you to contemplate a quote from Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  Her wisdom speaks volumes as time is our most precious commodity and too valuable to waste not living our lives as fully as possible.  Remember the love of family is our greatest gift.  Time together will keep peace!  Your home should be a safe haven and your happy place and we are proud to help you decorate with what you love and ever grateful for your patronage.

Thanks for your sharing your lives and Happy Mother’s Day!

Maureen

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Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.” – Mother Teresa

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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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