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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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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Another visit to The Country Living Fair.

Annie Sloan and an Antique Fair?

What could be more perfect?…

Two of my favorite pastimes combined: painting and antiquing?…count me in!   I don’t generally take much time off but how could I pass up another opportunity to take a paint workshop with Annie Sloan?  It is such a treat to be on the other end of the workshop scene.  Just show up and start to paint and then listen to all of the talk of the new upcoming products, hear the exciting direction the company is going and most importantly networking with fellow stockists!  I left the workshop with renewed energy and so many creative ideas it was very inspirational!   I’m sworn to secrecy about the new products but all in due time you will be as amazed as I was!…

IMG_5063I also had the opportunity to work in Annie’s booth at the fair and assist with a workshop that she amazingly taught with 75 participants.  We only had an hour or so to complete a stenciled tote bag and it was impressive the range of individuality that was shown.  I love that Annie likes to kick her shoes off!  She is so relaxed and free spirited and fun to be around!

She had quite the busy schedule teaching her stockists, hosting workshops for the public and several speaking engagements during the course of the fair as well as book signing and working with customers at the booth.  Everyone was very taken with this talented lady and what she has accomplished with creating a furniture painting revolution.  She is the originator of the one and only Chalk Paint®!

Aside from Annie’s booth being a big hit, I was able to peruse the grounds to visit the many vendors on exhibit.  I so enjoyed the show and all of the shopping and the weather was perfect as well.  Yes, I did happen to find a grand treasure to bring home…well several of course and you can look for a cleaned up and painted (or repainted) version of my treasures on the shop floor soon.  I will keep you guessing amongst the photos below.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Rhinebeck, NY I would highly recommend that you do so.  It is such a lovely area and an easy ride from central Massachusetts.  In addition there are some National Historic Parks such as the FDR Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Vanderbilt Mansion both in nearby Hyde Park.  Two national treasures and a must see for both.

Now I am looking forward to visiting the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH in the Fall! More workshops, more shopping and much more fun to be had!

Best,

Maureen

Vendor Spotlight

Vendor Spotlight at Signature Finishes-Diane Daniels Designs

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Diane has been a long time vendor at Signature Finishes.  She is an incredibly talented graphic artist and handmade signs are her specialty .  She has some regular customers that keep her busy with multiple requests for repeat business.  If you have a custom order in mind Diane can deliver the goods!  Visit her booth for plenty of ready made signs made seasonally and be inspired by her artwork.  Her creations make the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  Special occasions are made all the more unique with something crafted with a personal touch.

Diane is pictured above at my shop in Maine.  She did a beautiful job recreating my logo and shop storefront at The Shops at Cape Neddick.  I would highly recommend her as her work is superb and she has a very fast turnaround which is no small feat considering she is a busy mom raising 3 boys! View some examples of her work below and hear more from Diane:

 

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I asked Diane to tell us how she got started,

I have always been crafty and love to create things for myself and as gifts.  My sister-in-law had a sign in her kitchen that I liked. I thought, I can do that.  I loved the results and got great feedback.

Soon after making that sign, I decided to contact a few area shop owners to inquire about selling at their store. Maureen Bane of Signature Finishes in North Grafton gave me a chance.  I have a vendor space a bookcase, at the shop and I love what I do. I take custom orders, too. It’s fulfilling to create something for a customer and have them love the finished product!

Thank you Diane for joining our family!  Please come support Diane as well as all of our many vendors here and support local artisans!

Best,

Maureen Bane

Signature Finishes

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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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