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Custom Upholstery…. November 26 2013, 0 Comments

At the Melon Patch .. we do custom upholstery.. this chair  painted with decorative paint from Annie Sloan.. and the fabric provide by the customer..

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We are a full service shop.. we provide upholstery and custom painting..

Until Next time..



Working with Neutrals November 21 2013, 0 Comments

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Neutrals are the starting point for almost any palette. The key to making a neutrals palette work is to add texture. That could be through the use of metals or combinations of smooth and rough textiles or Rustic woods. Don’t let working with a neutral palette scare you. These colours and tones evoke tranquility with a soft sophisticated look. by the way neutrals are not just white or beige.. When I do an interior project I think of the long term.. the easy things to change are paintings/cushions and accessories.. I stick with a neutral palette for walls and floors.. as much as possible , simply because these are large surface areas and can be costly to change.

Here are few neutrals for the wall…

Cooking Apple Green from Farrow & Ball  # 32 .. this is a green with gray but it is still very bright.. another is November Rain#2142-60 from Benjamin Moore.. looks good with wood trim and is a putty colour warm, but not to warm..

For Furniture painting.. try these colour from Annie Sloan

Paris Grey this colour is inspired by French and Swedish interiors and works well with blues and oranges… Paloma  a soft purplish Grey I call a transitional colour … totally of out my comfort range but I have grown to love it.. works well with purples and grays …

Here is a love piece a painted by Virginia Weathersby an Annie Sloan paint stockist..

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Until next time.. Elizabeth

 



Mirror Inspiration April 14 2012, 0 Comments

I seem to have an obession with mirrors, all types and all sizes. I like them because decorating with mirros is a great way to bring style to any room.

Here are few of my reasons

1. in addition to providing and alterantive to wallart, mirrors offer the addtitional benefit of addint light to any room.

2. think big ! the bigger the mirror the more light in can reflect, not only will there be light refection but i can also make a room look much larger.

3. mirrors can also provide a focal point , and will help to anchor  all of the other decorative elements  of the room.


Think Spring April 03 2012, 0 Comments

Think Spring , think Antibes from Annie Sloan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Being Creative April 02 2012, 0 Comments

Putting together a unique and Stylish place to call home is isn't much about Bank Account, as it is about your creativity.

There are so many wonderful shows on home decor , beautiful magazines that you can look at on line and then there is the latest Pinrest, it will get the creative juices flowing .

Here is a bit of inspiration. We at the Melon Patch would love to see yours, please send us some photos elizabeth@themelonpatch.com

GARDENHOUSE BOOK  by BONNIE TRUST DAHNA

THE MELON PATCH

RUE MAGAZINE

THE MELON PATCH 

PINREST

THE MELON PATCH

Until next time

Elizabeth


French Laundered Look March 24 2012, 0 Comments

Panel 27 x27 87 % Cotton 13% Poly $30.00


Mossy Green ( Nancy's Green) February 28 2012, 0 Comments

I love this Mossy Green look it was my inspiration to play with the Annie Sloan Paint Colours
I Mixed 2 parts Old White, 2 Parts Chateau Grey and 1 Part Olive.

I then waxed the piece with a combination of clear and dark wax together

I used 1/2 dark wax and 1/2 clear wax. Remember if you are making a mixture of wax to label it and to store in an non-flammable metal container.

I really should call this colour Nancy's Green I have friend who loves it more than I do , she not only has it in her home but wears it too..

Unntil Next Time

Elizabeth

 


Antoinette January 31 2012, 0 Comments

A new colour from Annie Sloan will be in the shop in Feb if you would like a pot paint, please send me a e-mail to reserve .

Old fashioned Roses and the colour of old plaster. This is  soft pale pink with a hint of brown in it so the pink is not too sweet.


Sunday Brunch January 31 2012, 0 Comments

A few weeks ago Christyne and Steve invited to a marvelous brunch . The french toast rich and delicious the bread came from Italy and  was smothered with tasty toppings , the wine equally wonderful. All low calories of course!

Christyne and Steve are both in the restaurant business, Christyne a trained pastry chef ( the most amazing butter tarts)and Steve a Sommelier( is a trained wine expert who specializes in all wine services as well as wine and food matching). Steve will be conducting personal tours and tasting in wonderful Prince Edward County , starting this summer stay tuned and we will let you know when the tours start.

 

Here are the results the inside was already red, the exterior French Linen with Dark Wax, very classy. Job well done.

Thanks guys a nice way to spend a Sunday Afternoon.

Until next time

Elizabeth


Painting Furniture January 05 2012, 0 Comments

One of the many beauties of Annie Sloan paint is that you can paint all year round. Since there is no priming , stripping , or sanding and it is low voc ( volatile organic compound i.e nasty toxic smell ) you can paint all year round. You don't even need a special room.

Painted furniture will spice up your room and decorate your space with minimum disruption or expense.

Your pieces can be

SIMPLE

BIGDETAILED

FUN

Did you know that painting furniture will  disguise imperfections in furniture that has seen better days and it will also make for an uplifting colour statement.

Until next time

Elizabeth


Happy Holiday Painter December 29 2011, 0 Comments

In this morning's e-mail I recieved this photo of a finished project. The paint purchased a few days before Christmas.

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Here are the comments that came with the photo's

" I did it! Painted the cabinets with old white installed new knobs. I am so loving my farmhouse looking kitchen. I could not complete the project without Annie Slaon's paint for sure!"

M only painted a couple of other  pieces before she tackled the kitchen  and she did a wonderful Job . Can't wait to see what is next.

 

Until Next Time

Elizabeth


Tuesday September 13th September 13 2011, 0 Comments

I have an eclectic style , I love modern and I love old. I also love giving old tired pieces a new perspective.
I frequent flea markets , antique shops, garage sales and curbside cast offs, and even dumpster. I know that speaking to some of you , over the phone we all have a common interest. I think it is wonderful, my take on it is, look at all the things that we are giving life to all the things that would have gone to landfill.

Annie Sloan chalk paint is helping us change the world with one paint can at a time. I think colour is one of the most creative ways to express yourself.

I recently went to an auction and picked up this interesting mirror, not in the best of shape, but with a little  modeling clay I was able to duplicate the missing pieces  and a fresh coat of  Chalk Paint Viola a new mirror. I was hoping to have it done for this post, but did not get it quite finished.

In the meantime enjoy these colour inspirations.

 

 

 

 

Until next time

Elizabeth