blog, Farrow & Ball® Paints, Shop local

Spotlight on Grafton’s Interior Designer.

Meet Heather Woodroe!

HeatherWoodroeaboutPrt4

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:

image1

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.

IMG_4993

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!

blog

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

Vendor Spotlight

Vendor Spotlight at Signature Finishes-Diane Daniels Designs

Introducing Diane Daniels Designs!30742666_1438726156273668_7485573770053156864_n

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:

 

48385814_1699385563541058_8984964303538880512_n

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

blog

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

IMG_4143L1040278