Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Painted White And Aged

A dilema to be solved on the outside of our home.......

Like many of you, I LOVE and adore chippy paint and original finishes, especially when the color WHITE is involved (and aqua.....of which all though the all white look is so popular, I won't give up my aqua). 

That being said, we do live in South Florida where anything wood or wicker is basically a suicide mission for paint finishes. 

Yes...I know that it's hot where you live, but if you have never been down here to Miami in the summer you have no idea!! 

Seriously.....crack open an egg on the sidewalk and see how long it takes to fry! 
Take your digital lenses out for a photo shoot and see how they instantly fog up and stay that way!
Hair? Well, mine is pretty straight....let me rephrase with FLAT in the heat of the Florida summer!

Anyway, back to paint. Over the years I have collected (and made) some cool white outdoor pieces, like this little vintage wicker bistro set that sits in a corner of the patio......

This old wicker chair that I purchased years ago for $10. I remember where I buy everything and how much I paid for it.........forever! This is a skill that comes in handy as a dealer.......

Close up of one of a set of three vintage cast aluminum painted and stacking side tables. Love 'em....

Mosaic window.....oh those birds!....

I could go on and show more, but my dilema is that my very Practical Hubby does not appreciate chippy paint! He's really into the modern, minimalist style and we do butt heads when it comes to decorating. Do I satisfy his need for clean or mine for crust?!?!

I do appreciate our brand spanking new French doors on the patio, I really do. I miss the old French doors that were wood and chippy......but in this case I agree with the practicality factor due to the fact that we are in hurricane alley here in Miami and these are much stronger...sigh....

Speaking of white......I am loving this antique wood frame with the old wavy glass as a summer fireplace screen! We have two fireplaces in the house....but they are just for show, torn out of old homes and non working. As I said, too hot here!.......

A simple piece on the patio that I put together. Old bottle wired onto old chippy white wood with a vintage bottle and flying the flag this week!

I'll be leaving you now....but wanted to let my customers who read the blog know that I'm having a sale over at the website this weekend with 10% off ANYTHING & EVERYTHING, and many items have been marked down to clear out as well! Making way for upcoming Fall and Winter inventory....even though it's been so hot outside!

Happy 4th of July! Will be off to the see you next week!


Monday, June 28, 2010

Romantic At Heart

I just can't help myself from being a romantic at heart! What a horrible disease, do you think that it's catching??

I have been working on the website a bit this evening, after packing orders and then working out super hard in my Pilates class. 

As you may or may not know, we sell loads of lighting on the website at Shabbyfufu. We've been creating our signature Teacup Chandeliers for.......hmmmm, something like 12 years now I do believe, and ship them WORLDWIDE. 

Here is a little peek at the latest Tea Cup Chandelier, just finished and posted tonight. A Beauty with the Prettiest and Daintiest Pink Roses Antique French Limoges porcelain.

Our other chandelier diva Kristen just listed this yummy chandelier. She has a style like no other!

From our mosaic artiste Suze........this romantic memo board

And here is a little collage of some more things to come over the next couple of days.

Wishing you an inspirational week.......

Friday, June 25, 2010

ANTHRO Winner & Vintage Cherub Inspiration

Thank you my friends for all of your visits to view my Shabbyfufu Studio! I am truly honored to have met so many new friends all over the world and to have inspired those who love a soft romantic feminine style in their decor. I must studio is DEFINITELY the most feminine room in the house, since it's the only one that is ALL MINE!

I will announce the winner of the Anthropologie giveaway below.

It's been a bit of a rough week in our household with some family things going on. Suffice to say that I always have faith that things happen for a reason and work out for the best:-).

On a more cheery note........
It's no secret that I love Cherubs.....and they certainly do provide some cheer when you need it. Today I went around and shot a few photos for you.

These images are from a series of antique French Limoges plates that I have from 1901 that are all hand painted. A treasure.......

You may have seen this before if you have read my blog for any length of time. It's from an 1800's French cherub painting that I have which is totally tattered and loved....

An antique French child's bed headboard with cherubs, just propped against a wall. I have collected for a long time and these days you just don't see some of the pieces I am fortunate to have around anymore....

Around the pool there are various vintage statues, which of course includes a few cherubs.........

Now to announce the winner of the $50 Gift Card from Anthropologie!

Thank you for the comments, Tweets on Twitter, Facebook posts and emails. You guys ROCK!!! chose # 35, which is Elizabeth (no blog). Please contact me Elizabeth through my website Contact page and send me your email!

I will do another giveaway on the blog soon......

Have a great weekend....lots of love from here~
xoxo, Janet

Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create Party & Anthropologie Giveaway at the Shabbyfufu Studio

Hello to my friends and fellow bloggers who are joining in on the festivities at Karen Valentine's Where Bloggers Create II Party. Please take a peek inside all of the fabulous studios highlighted by clicking on the button in the sidebar.

You might want to scroll down to the bottom of the page.....I am having what I think is a pretty awesome GIVEAWAY, for yet ANOTHER $50 gift card to one of my (and yours too apparently:-) fave places to shop......ANTHROPOLOGIE!

Now.... I want to say that I apologize for all of the photos, but I did resize them smaller so that your page won't crash! I took a lot and had a hard time choosing, and there is no particular order here. I will keep my musings photos are what most of you love I think on blogs.
I'll post some more details on another date, another time.

I moved my real working Studio this year into what used to be one of my daughter's bedrooms, as she is now a young adult and is living in another town. I still have her bed in the room, since she lives in Tampa (about a 5 hr drive) and does come home to visit on a regular basis. It's fine....I do lots of sewing, so I lay out the fabrics on the bed that is set up as a fancy daybed.

Okay, that's it for now, don't forgot to scroll to the bottom for the ANTHRO GIVEAWAY.

I hope that you enjoy and become inspired!

Let's get the party started!

Would you like to be entered in the GIVEAWAY for a $50 GIFT CARD to ANTHROPOLOGIE (omg, who wouldn't!)

1: Post this button, link back here and be sure to let your readers know about the giveaway. Then leave a comment and let me know si vous plait!

2: For a second chance at winning, become a new follower of my Shabbyfufu Blog. Leave a comment to let me know!

3: Do you Tweet? Post it on Twitter and let me know..... follow me on Twitter if you like, see the sidebar.

4. Follow me on Facebook, become a fan of Shabbyfufu and then let me know.

I will choose a winner with a Random Number Generator and announce it please check back!
Due to ANTHRO rules, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents (sorry about that). anonymous entries unless you leave your email address so that I can get in touch if you win!

Thank you for taking some time to share with me today.......
Love to you from my Shabbyfufu Studio.....xoxo,