Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Can you guess?


Can you guess which room we are going to begin reno on in a few short weeks?
bathroom project




now if i can just find a supplier with honed carrera marble in my area.
 
Have a good day all,


Meg

Monday, February 24, 2014

Luckett's Green Cupboard


The weather is changing and I can feel the time to start painting.
I can't drag large pieces of furniture in the house because I can't stand walking around a mess after a day of regular work but smaller pieces fit just fine.

Using Harry Potter and Suits as inspiration while painting, I took a break from sewing like a mad woman and hit the brushes.

This lovely little cupboard has been painted with 3 coats of #MissMustardSeedMilkPaint in a combination of Luckett's Green, Grainsack and Boxwood



measurement ratio for paint:
i use a paint only 1/4 cup measuring scoop (so i am just adding up the amount of scoops for the amount of paint i needed for this project)
3/8 cup of luckett's green
1/8 cup boxwood
1/8 to a bit less cup grainsack (i added the grainsack last until i got the colour i wanted)

waxing:
combination of miss mustard seed antique wax into grooves, furniture wax entire piece and white wax on and off with antiquing wax


i replaced the old pulls with glass pulls from lowes home improvement. i am planning on ordering some new hardware from dlawless but was pleasantly suprised that lowes carried these pulls

 
 

for a little surprise, the shelf inside got a coat of #GeneralFinishes emerald 



a bit of milk paint colour variation on the top from the bottom of the jar

 





Feels good to be getting back in the saddle again

This piece has been put up on kijiji and in the etsy shop if you are local and interested in the details, size etc.

Have a great Monday,


Friday, February 21, 2014

Inspiration Week: Wrap up


Welcome to Inspiration Week here at Oliver and Rust. I am often asked by people in person and virtually where I get my ideas from. While there is no direct answer to the way my brain works and sees things, I do soak up a lot of inspiration from outward sources. 
I thought it would be a neat idea to do a series of posts of sharing where some of my inspiration comes from.
I will be going through everything from books, designers to instagram. I hope you enjoy a peek into my favourites.

Well, what a fun week it has been with sharing some of the things that make my brain tick. Kudoos to all of you ladies that post everyday. I ended up under a pile of regular work this week and then my etsy store did a little blossoming (which I am so stoked about), Trevor and I found some amazing things for the show which needed picking up thereby continuing our tradition of eating dinner at 10pm and trying to write these blog posts each night. So I decided to skip a day and jam the rest of my info into this post. 

Alright first up today, MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER

I am proud to call this self made woman a fellow Canadian and would probably get my tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth if I ever met her. Her work ranges in many different styles and her wonderful use of fabric in all of her spaces is second to none.
Sarah Richardson and her amazing design partner Tommy Smythe create some of the most beautiful spaces out there and her farmhouse is hands down my favourite design. 


 
Sarah Richardson's Farmhouse - Great Room 



It is a fact of life that people watch movies. I am one of those people that find a movie I love then watch it non-stop for years. Some movies have such beautiful sets that I get distracted from the movie itself and watch the rooms. 

It's Complicated (the kitchen and living room)


It's Complicated-kitchen 
It's Complicated-living room


another movie that captures my heart and brain is

Because I Said So with such boho ecectic spaces

i may be thinking about it more with my recent addiction to the show Suits with the star Gabriel Macht who also plays Johnny in this movie


Milly's couch



and while we're on the topic of my movie repeat drawer, I might as well air my favourites list. we'll just keep it to the more chicky flicks for today so that I don't have to mention my serious 9 3/4/ 10  affection for anything Harry Potter, Lethal Weapon or Fast & Furious. 

You've Got Mail
Under the Tuscan Sun
Eat Pray Love
When Harry Met Sally
Something's Gotta Give
Letters to Juliet
Some Like it Hot 


I think the last source of inspiration I feel like sharing with you today is the original shelter mags that still hold a place in my heart.

I have already mentioned my adoration for Country Living.

In Canada we have a few quite outstanding decor magazines but, my continued favourite is Style at Home magazine with realistic spaces decorated but still lived in.

  http://shawnskeir.net/images/userfiles/Style%20at%20home%20cover(1).jpg


I would also like to live inside the pages of Flea Market Style magazine. Have you got your new copy yet? It takes forever to find it around here.

 


Well folks, that wraps up a week of some insight into where my ideas come from.
I didn't really go into blogs and Pinterest because those kind of seem like a no-brainer at this point. I do find however, that I have removed myself from most of the spam like group boards on Pinterest. I am rather picky with my pins as I actually look back through my boards all the time so I only pin things that I will really use or want to see again.

Thanks for joining me on this week of thoughts and I am looking forward to being continually inspired by all of you and doing a little inspiring myself.


Have a great weekend,


Meg

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Inspiration Week: Furniture Painters

Welcome to Inspiration Week here at Oliver and Rust. I am often asked by people in person and virtually where I get my ideas from. While there is no direct answer to the way my brain works and sees things, I do soak up a lot of inspiration from outward sources. 
I thought it would be a neat idea to do a series of posts of sharing where some of my inspiration comes from.
I will be going through everything from books, designers to instagram. I hope you enjoy a peek into my favourites.

Alright today we are delving into painting territory.
I am not a full time furniture painter nor do I really want to be. My dream is to own a successful business that combines my love of painting furniture with vintage excessive-ness and lovely home decor one of a kinds that can't be found at your local big box store. Bringing lovely things to turn a house into a home.
I have had great success with my furniture pieces and have learned soooo much along the way. I have had the great honour of beginning to partner with my painting idol Miss Mustard Seed and been asked to do some exciting soon to be shared things with the brand of General Finishes. Late last summer I did a post on my painting tips and tidbits, so if you missed that you can find it here.
No matter what type of painter you are though, everyone needs inspiration. A place to visit to get your ideas flowing. Many many bloggers paint furniture, many have their own techniques and favourite brands. I would like to share with you today the bloggers that I return to again and again via their blogs and pinterest with the most amazing redo's in their own style (a very important factor) and done exceptionally well. They have attention to detail, technique abounds, and they are not just throwing paint on every piece of furniture but being purposeful in their work.
So obviously we are starting with Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed. As a painter/ blogger you may be living under a rock if you haven't visitied her site but if so, I am here to show you the light. Some of my personal favourites of hers:


http://missmustardseed.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/missmustardseed-39-534x800.jpg

 
http://missmustardseed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC_4198-424x640.jpg


 and I know this next one is a cheater as it isn't technically paint but check out the fabric wall treatment in her bedroom. fantastic!


http://missmustardseed.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/DSC_6823-424x640.jpg


No more gushing, moving on.

Angela from the blog Number Fifty-Three has a lovely modern eclectic blog and does some fantastic furniture makeovers. Her home is an ever changing circulation of  pieces and I love seeing how she puts her spaces together. She does a lot of blue pieces and almost makes this blue non-lover change sides. But check out some of these amazing pieces. 

 http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jikeOzNTLUg/UscFK2eEV9I/AAAAAAAAMoE/nW6Mi4pIICs/s1600/DSCN2313.JPG




Next up is a blog friend of mine that I am hoping to scoop out a meeting with in the spring at one of her barn shows, Cassie from Primitive & Proper. 
Cassie is a lovely person and that comes out in the writing in her blog. She seems very genuine and her furniture redo's are quite outstanding.

Check out these gems:

 

  

 



Right?

Barb from Knack Studios. I have her book and she always sticks to her own style. She has extreme attention to detail which I admire, and she names each piece she finishes the most fantastic names. 

 





I don't know much about the personality behind the blog The Weathered Door but, I do know that when the furniture redo's come up in my reader, I am always smitten with the colour choices, texture and finish put into them. I'll be honest, while looking for my favourites tonight, I got distracted by the amazing-ness all over again and started pinning.








Now without making this blog post ridiculously long, here are some other of my favourites worth checking out if you are interested:



Have a good day all,


Meg

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Inspiration Week: Instagram

Welcome to Inspiration Week here at Oliver and Rust. I am often asked by people in person and virtually where I get my ideas from. While there is no direct answer to the way my brain works and sees things, I do soak up a lot of inspiration from outward sources. 
I thought it would be a neat idea to do a series of posts of sharing where some of my inspiration comes from.
I will be going through everything from books, designers to instagram. I hope you enjoy a peek into my favourites.
Continuing on this morning with more of my sources of inspiration.
How do you print photos you've liked in Instagram?
About 2 years ago I gave up my glitchy Blackberry and switched over to an Iphone and haven't looked back. I do seriously adore my phone. They are not without their glitches and need to be updated constantly but, the applications are great and for keeping on top of my small business it has been a life saver. My favourite application to use to pass time, look at lovely photos and keep up with friends without all the facebook nonsense is Instagram. For those without an Iphone, my feed flashes in my sidebar of photos from our everyday life that don't make it to the blog and many other bloggers have something similar in their sidebar.
In this application you follow people much like blogs, and they post photos with a small blurb and you can comment on the photo and/or "like" the photo.
I am a stingy liker. Most of the people I follow are bloggers, stores etc. Basically people that I find inspiring. They post gorgeous photos with amazing filters that make them magazine worthy. There are no files for liking only 1 area where your liked photos end up. My suggestion to the people at Instagram from little old me, make 2 folders for liking. 
Photos you "like/want to acknowledge the person that you saw their photo" and photos you want to save to look at later. Just a suggestion.
Until those people at Instagram listen to me I currently have a system. I "like" any photos I love, find inspiring, want to look at later and if I like your photo but don't want it in my saved likes I will comment. It doesn't mean I don't appreciate your photo but I use my Instagram feed as a rolodex magazine of sorts. 
Now onto the reason to share this long winded info with you. 
How do you get those photos you love and want to look at out of your phone?
Meg to the rescue.
It took me forever to find the answer to this as most of the Instagram printing companies only print your photos not other peoples in your feed for good reason as I am sure this walks on copyright territory but I am not saving photos to use. I am saving photos to love for myself.
I used Instaport
You sign in with your Instagram id and then follow the directions. In this case you are exporting the photos you've liked. Don't forget where you put them!
 

Next you can leave them there and just look at them on a bigger screen or you can be more old school like me and have them printed out to look at.
I found a company named Persnickety Prints. 
They ship cheaply to Canada so I was sold. I chose to upload my photos and make a photo book instead of individual printing as there were close to 300. You choose your book style, load your photos and voila.
I didn't do much shifting around with the photos but they work out to 3-4 photos per page and you can choose your cover image, text etc.

this is how the 2 books arrived to me less than a week later. they were printed and shipped within 2 hours of my placing the orders.

 

this photo and the below 3 show what the insides of my Instagram inspiration look like. i can flip through them anytime i want and see all of the ideas out there that i love

 






i stash them beside my chair in the living room

I know this post doesn't apply to everyone but it is a source of my inspiration, I had a heck of a time finding this info so I figure if I help even one person my job is done well.


Have a good day all,


Meg


joining 
savvy southern style 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Inspiration Week: My Favourite Design Books

Welcome to Inspiration Week here at Oliver and Rust. I am often asked by people in person and virtually where I get my ideas from. While there is no direct answer to the way my brain works and sees things, I do soak up a lot of inspiration from outward sources. 
I thought it would be a neat idea to do a series of posts of sharing where some of my inspiration comes from.
I will be going through everything from books, designers to instagram. I hope you enjoy a peek into my favourites.

Happy Monday everyone!

We are starting out this inspiration week with some of my favourite design books and a little peek inside each one. I have quite a few design books and they are piled throughout our home so I choose 6 of the ones that I go back to time and time again for a little brain refresh when an idea is stuck and won't come out.  Many of these gems can be found in my Amazon sidebar if you can't find them at your local stores.


from the top of the heap down:
Inspired You by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed)
Decorating with White by Country Living
Patina Style by Brooke and Steve Giannetti (Velvet & Linen)
Pale & Interesting by Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote
Decorate by Holly Becker (Decor8) and Joanna Copestick 
a life less ordinary by Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre


And a little snoop inside each one with why I love it:

 

well i am quite sure this one is a no brainer. miss mustard seed is a guiding light for many a furniture painter and the recent release of her extremely successful furniture paint line just goes to show what a force she really is. i have great hopes to meet her this year when we head down to luckett's. her book is full of inspiring "real" photos of her home and tutorials that anyone with a paint brush and/or a sewing machine can accomplish in their home.
when i opened the book to this page i realized that the blue and white coffee jar is the same as a set i picked up this week for the etsy shop. great minds think alike.




 
ah country living how i love thee. the magazine itself is always my favourite, featuring real homes and design that people actually live with. although it seems to have slipped as of late as they try to find their legs after moving it away from New York with editor Sarah Gray Miller no longer at the helm. i am sure i am not the only one rooting for them to get back to normal. this book decorating with white is exactly as it sounds. from more modern to ironstone collections galore, this book has it. if you are a colourful person, move on but, the textures that are combined in these rooms show how lovely white interiors are without screaming for attention.




   well i don't think i even need a caption for this book. i have written entire posts on my love of the book patina style. the first photo of brooke's office is even the inspiration for my dining room china cabinet i redid last year. this is hands down my favourite book. PERIOD!


 

 

pale & interesting is a book that i have had for quite some time. it features a lot of neutral spaces but includes a lot of different styles. modern, rustic, primitive. lots of great photos of all the spaces in the home.




 decorate is written by one of the big time bloggers. decor8 has been around for a long time and is more for the modern ecectic set but still has great display ideas, vignettes and colour. lots of colour. it is a nice big book and tours around many homes with interesting captions. there are layouts and ideas for every space and ways you can incorporate them into your home.




 the newest addition to my design book library. very rustic, very neutral, very awesome. this book is printed on natural style non-shiny paper and is the focus of the 2 women's home and shop life. they are best friends and co-owners of their store and the book features all of these spaces. it is inspiring to me that 2 people can have such a cohesive vision and make a successful living doing exactly what they love. for me this book is about the spaces but also the stories. is gives me shop motivation for the space i want to create for others to visit away from their hectic lives.


Well I hope I have introduced you to some books you haven't heard of and if not them a renewed interest to curl up with a cup of coffee on these cold days (unless you live in California, then shut up. we the freezing northerners aren't interested in your 80 degree comments. i still love you though)

Have a great day and see you tomorrow for some more inspiration,