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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

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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

 

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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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