Amy Howard at Home Workshops at Sea Green Designs

I’ve really been working on spreading the word about our Amy Howard at Home Workshops at Sea Green Designs. Slowly, but surely, we’re getting groups together. Here are a few pics of some workshop fun from this summer. I really enjoy helping people hold onto pieces they own or have found at consignment shops, tag sales, etc. It gives them an opportunity to be creative and keeps the pieces from becoming some of the 10 million pieces of furniture thrown into landfills every year in the US. Let’s call it eco-friendly, creativity.

BYOP collage 1

BYOP collage 2 BYOP collage 3 BYOP collage 4

I held two workshops this summer. the BYOP: Bring Your Own Piece was a lot of fun. We had attendees bring a small piece to finish with One Step Paint.  For our second workshop at Sea Green Designs this summer, I had purchased some vintage 1890’s bread trays from Germany. Since they had no finish on them, they were a great choice for Amy Howard at Home Toscana Powder Paint. This centuries old casein paint made a great finish for the tray. We then added a sheet metal inset finished with Amy Howard at Home Zinc Solution. They were so proud!

Are you interested in learning how to re-purpose some pieces you have? Keep following for tips and inspiration. Have questions? I’d love to hear from you. I hope to have a question and answer post if we get enough interest.

Happy Monday!

Shannon

Suite Bedroom: Refinished with One Step Paint

It was a busy summer here in Southampton. We were blessed with wonderful weather which meant we had lots of people visiting our seaside town. (Or, maybe it was the presence of the Kardashians in Southampton. We’ll never know…) Since I haven’t shared much on the blog lately, I thought it would be nice to start with one of our summer “rescue, restore, redecorate” projects. I transformed a not so sweet bedroom suite.

Vintage 40's Bedroom Suite

Vintage 40’s Bedroom Suite

This bedroom set belongs to a client who had it as a child. Made by Klinge furniture in upstate New York, the pieces are incredibly well made of solid maple. Unfortunately, the color of the stain was terrible! Our client has a space for them though and had enough vision to know they would be fantastic if painted. So, below is the color scheme.

Voster Color Scheme

I used the Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint. I had to do a little tweaking of the color to get what the client wanted. So, I mixed the colors Linen and Mollie Yellow for the main color. The green accent is mostly Vintage Affliction with some acrylic Hooker Green mixed in. I used the light wax for 100% coverage then the dark wax to add patina. Of course, I love the Amy Howard at Home products for their eco-friendly composition, but they are dream to work with and the colors are great.

Refinished Bedroom Suite Using One Step Paint

Refinished Bedroom Suite Using One Step Paint

The pieces are headed to Palm Beach where I think they’ll fit right in. Sweeeet!

Have any pieces you would like to rescue? Have you rescued any pieces and given them a new life? Email me. I would love to see what you have done. Maybe I’ll share it here.

We also, have some workshops coming up if you’d like to learn how to use the whole range of Amy Howard at Home products. Click Here to see and/ or sign up for one for our workshops.

In my next post I’ll share with you some of the fun we had at our workshops this summer.

‘Til then, I hope you’ll be inspired.

Shannon

Featured on Houzz! Thank you.

Thrilled to have just gotten word that one of our rooms was featured in a Houzz article. Thank you, Christine Tusher, for choosing one of our coastal living room photos in your article about recliners that don’t look like recliners! The recliner we used on that project has always been a favorite.
Happy Friday,
Shannon

Golf or Tennis Anyone? Bistro Birthday: Part 5

This is the very last of my many posts on the bistro chair leading up to our Bistro Birthday Party at our Southampton, NY store, happening today! I’ve really been trying to show how versatile the bistro chair is so that you’ll understand why it’s invention 125 years ago is so fabulous. In this post, I was able to get some shots of a few of the 24 colors that Fermob offers this chair in, at one of the golf courses here in the Hamptons that happens to have some incredible views. Why not enjoy the view in a bistro chair?

Golf Course with Roger wide edited

Tennis Court vertical edited

How about catching a tennis match? Please be sure to comment to be entered to win one poppy red, limited edition bistro chairs. You must comment on our blog before noon, today, July 12, 2014 to be entered to win! Here are the other posts Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

I would really love to hear your thoughts on this series of blog posts. It was a lot of fun placing our favorite, little outdoor chair in all these iconic Hamptons places. I hope you enjoyed the posts and of course if your in the town of Southampton today, join us at our Bistro Birthday party!

Happy Saturday!

Shannon

Bistro Chair at Southampton Center

Southampton Center Wide with Marta edited I love being located just across the street from the Southampton Center, the former site of the Parrish Art Museum. This historic building is now home to all sorts of cultural activities such as, movies, concerts, and even puppet show for the kids. You might even find me doing a painting demonstration at the Farmers’ market that takes place on Sundays on the grounds! Shannon demo Be sure to check out the Southampton Center schedule of events to see all they have happening.  If your’re interested in our workshops, we’ve got one coming up. You click here for all the details. Don’t forget, you have until tomorrow at noon to comment on your favorite bistro photo from our bistro birthday posts. Here are part 1, part 2, and part 3. You’ll be entered to win one poppy red, limited edition bistro chair.

What do you think of bistro at the Southampton Center? Let me know.

If you’re in Southampton tomorrow, please stop by to celebrate with us! Best, Shannon

Happy July 4th and Happy Birthday Bistro: Part 3

 

Celebrating Independence Day and Bistro's Birthday

Celebrating Independence Day and Bistro’s Birthday

Agawam park close up with border edited

With the flag chair, above, it was easy to work the Bistro Birthday into the 4th of July. I took the photo above of the flag chair at the other end of Lake Agawam in Agawam Park. We’re lucky to have this lovely green space where they do concerts in the park. There is also features a World War I memorial, World War II and Korean War memorials, as well as a playground. A great spot to take a picnic and the kids.

I hope you have a wonderful July 4th! Don’t forget to comment on your favorite Bistro Birthday post by noon on July 12, 2014 for a chance to win a limited edition poppy red bistro chair! Check out the introduction post here and Part 1 and Part 2.

Happy July 4th!

Shannon

Happy Birthday Bistro:Part 2 Lake Agawam, Southampton

After we packed up the bistro chairs at Cooper’s Beach, we headed to another iconic location in Southampton, Lake Agawam. It’s very near to Cooper’s Beach. Just head down Gin Lane. There, we stopped across from the stunning St. Andrew’s Church, at one end of Lake Agawam, to photograph the bistro chair the the edge of the lake, because this great little chair is perfect for fishing. We were lucky enough to catch some locals who asked if they could keep the chairs after we took their photos fishing on the them!

Lake Agawam with church wide edited

Lake Agawam with boys close up wide edited

I think the photo above is my favorite of all the ones I took during our Bistro Birthday “at the beach” photo shoots. It was such a perfect time of the day with the day light, to show the great bistro chair colors. But, I really just loved seeing the boys fishing across from the stunning church. There is also a windmill in the distance if you turn toward the church. It just made me imagine what Southampton was like in the 1600’s when it was settled.

Don’t forget to tell me what your favorite photo is in my series celebrating the 125th Birthday of the Bistro Chair. Leave it in the comments section. You will be entered to win one poppy red limited edition bistro chair. However, you must leave your comment by noon on July 12, 2014. See my first post here and the Cooper’s Beach post here.

Happy Summer!

Shannon

Bistro Birthday “at the beach” Part 1 Coopers Beach, Southampton, NY

Coopers Beach with bike wide edited I am very fortunate to own a business and live in such a beautiful place. So, when I was coming up with ideas to promote our coming Bistro Birthday celebration, I just kept thinking of how great the bistro chair in all of it’s wonderful 24 colors looks in all of our surroundings, and I thought it would be great to share with you images of this fabulous 125 year old chair at Coopers Beach, Southampton, NY. (voted America’s number one beach.)

Coopers Beach lifeguard vertical edited

I and my assistant manager packed up 34 bistro chairs and brought them to Coopers Beach at the end of the day. Don’t you just love the idea of watching the sunset? I was very lucky to get such a great evening to do the photo shoot. The light was just right to show off all the fantastic colors.

Don’t forget (or if you didn’t see the last post) if you leave a comment about your favorite Bistro Birthday “at the beach” image, you will be entered to win one poppy red limited edition bistro chair. (shown in the row above us with “bistro” laser cut into the back). I will randomly choose one winner on July 12th at noon. If you are the winner I will reply to your comment and we’ll get your details to ship the chair to you if you are not in our area.

I look forward to your comments.

Happy Summer,

Shannon

Bistro Birthday at the Beach in Southampton

It’s been way too long since my last post. No excuses! I just want to start sharing with you what we’ve been planning. As someone who loves Fermob outdoor furniture and has carried the line since distribution began in the USA, I have to celebrate the 125th Birthday of the Bistro chair in a big way. I wish we could resurrect a mini Eiffel Tower like they did in France. Check out the video below.

However, we’ve made some different plans based on our own surroundings. We hope you can join us for a Bistro Birthday Party “at the beach” in Southampton. Follow along in the coming days as we explore the places you could take bistro while your visiting us “at the beach” in Southampton. We’ll be raffling the French Flag chair shown in our photo during our Bistro Birthday Party, July 12th. However, if you can’t join us in Southampton, we will also draw from those who comment on their favorite Bistro “at the Beach” post between now and noon on July 12th. The person drawn will win one Limited Edition Poppy Bistro Chair as shown in HC&G magazine! heck it out below our birthday party invite. Please include the name of the place listed on our photo. You’ll see what I mean on the next post. Hope you’ll help us celebrate!

Bistro BIrthday for Blog

 

Painting Projects for the Home

I’ve been a little slack on my blog posts. Not for lack of things to share, but mostly because I find it difficult to tackle the design and painting projects, take pictures of the process, and then organize them in a way to share them. I promise I’ll get better at it though because I really hope to share our projects to inspire you. So, with that said, I have been busy with furniture finishes, wall finishes, and design projects over the last few months and have a few pics to share with you.

New side table painted using Amy Howard One Step Paint with Seagreass panels

New side table painted using Amy Howard One Step Paint with Seagreass panels

glazed panels Wallace

Glazed wall finish

Painted floors, kitchen in progress

Painted floors, kitchen in progress

The side tables are for a client fro whom we did some design work and the nightstands are the finishing touch. The sea grass door panel just adds the perfect coastal touch. The walls project was great to be involved in. The homeowner had added the bamboo trim to her walls to create panels. I made a sample of the finish to match the color running through the bamboo and the space outside the panels has a custom mixed color to tie it all together. The floors above are part of a whole home design project that I hope to share with you soon. The furnishings are just arriving and window treatments are not far behind.

Let me know what you think of some of these projects. Do you feel like tackling a painted floor? Have a piece of furniture you would like to update?

I hope these projects gave you a few ideas. There’s no limit to what you can do.

Be inspired,

Shannon

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