Piorra Maison

Piorra Maison est le fière distributeur de Chalk Paint™ une peinture décorative par Annie Sloan à Montréal, Québec.
Piorra Maison is the proud Stockist of Chalk Paint™ decorative paints by Annie Sloan in Montreal, Québec.

Monday, February 28, 2011

TREND ALERT: 2011 OSCARS - RED CARPET! - Best/Worst Dressed!!!

Sorry Ladies... I have to brag.
My daughters blog on Trend Alert from NYC. She reviews the 2011 Oscars. The dirt on the red carpet. click on the link to view the full post. Enjoy!

TREND ALERT: 2011 OSCARS - RED CARPET! - Best/Worst Dressed!!!: "So it is that time of year again and New Yorkers have found another reason to go out drinking! YES its for the OSCARS!!! Bars all over the c..."

Her favorite. I agree. 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Shabby chic Amour.

Finally completing a few projects. Clearing my head. My son once said to me as a 4 year old "Adults have a hard time remembering things because their heads are filled with adult stuff". Quite the words of wisdom coming from a 4 year old. Older now, he still has quite the words of wisdom but his head must be filled with teenage STUFF...he conveniently forgets to do his chores. Back to clearing my head and my basement, I managed to complete a few interesting projects today. I will reveal them on a future blog but this is the biggy for today. Ahhh feels good to get started. 

I picked this up on the net for a steal. It is in great shape but needs a little bit of  
"Shabby chic Amour"! 

 For the love of knobs why do people insist on using these ugly plastic things on such a beautiful vintage piece.
These U-G-L-Y knobs need to be melted down at the plastic recycling factory. Never to be seen again. 

Gave the piece a good sanding, and a light coat of taupe, grey, latex paint from the reject bin. Love them deals.

Rubbed off excess with a damp rag.

I am really happy with the way this is turning out.

I need to work on the mirror tomorrow and.....here is where the fun begins. 

I get to use my KNOBBIES for the first time. "clap, clap, clap"
I am off gotta RUN....for now. 

I am on my way to see the Melissa  Etheridge Concert at Place Des Arts in Montreal. 

Very excited. Have a good evening.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fly me to the moon

Ahhhh, These lyrics bring back fond childhood memories. My Mom sang these words as she went about her daily chores. Fly me to the mooooon, Let me play among the stars.......Her voice echoed up and down the stairs and hallways. My Mom is my hero. She is a strong woman who raised 6, yes 6 kids all on her own.  Lost one as a young adult. How she kept her spirits up I have no idea. sigh! I miss her. She is away on vacation. We don't always talk daily, but I know if I need her she is a phone call away. Funny how we take the simplest things for granted. I am just being a baby!!! She will be back soon.  Todays blog is dedicated to her. My Mom. My hero.......

As you will see, I cannot leave well enough alone! I just had to antique it. 

I have it leaning on my make-up desk, along with some of my favorite things. 

Here is a quick tutorial on how this project came about.

Printed the words to the song in a word document using different fonts and sizing to give it some character and interest. 

Gave a quick coat of mars black and raw umber applied with a sponge brush on a stretch canvas.

Transferred the document on to the canvas using a white transfer paper. This was tedious but simple. 

Filled in the lines with white paint. This took about an hour. I wasn't satisfied with the overall look. I was envisioning more of an antique look. Soooo......

I coated it with relief stencil paste, applied a coat of medium brown stain and rubbed off the excess with a rag. Et voila!  The results.

 I am happy with the end product. It really has a vintage look. 

Love you Mom and miss you xxx.

My words of inspiration for the day. The lyrics to...

Fly me to the moon

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars...

In other words, hold my hand
In other words, darling, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore...

In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for,
All I worship and adore...

In other words, please be true
In other words
In other words

I love... you

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

How to create a vignette in your home

The definition for a vignette is a decorative design or pleasing picture to view. Vignettes create a pleasant environment in the home that is eye catching. 

I can guide you through a few tips to help you design a wonderful vignette in your home. We see wonderful examples in our daily blogs. I will show you some of my favorites I designed for the HGTV series THE PROPERTY SHOP. 

Vignettes can be designed on a sideboard, a nightstand, in a cabinet, an entire bookshelf or an entire wall. 

Pulling inspiration from objects around you that are near and dear will make it much more meaningful.  Groups of three symmetrical or like objects can be used.  Three asymmetrical objects can work or......

Different items in varying heights in groups of three also works very well. 

Let your imagination work for you. Pull inspiration from the items around you. Put groupings of three together and change it up to see which one is more appealing to you.  There is no wrong way...it is your home, and if you like what you have created then you have achieved success. 

Not all vignettes need to have groups of three. You can create a vignette with many different items but the trick is to have varying heights for interest. Mixing different shapes can be more striking and interesting for the eye. 

Have fun. Mix it up.Use architectural salvaged finds, books, dolls, vintage tools, vintage kitchen utensils, anything and everything. 

Create vignettes on top of your kitchen cabinets, armoires, in your garden on your deck and up your walls.

 Go to town on it. 

My words to inspire for the day. 

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
                                         (Maya Angelou)

 All furniture and accessories used in staging this project was provided by Artemano

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The discovery of a stool.

Well, While I was digging in the bowels of my basement again, (pardon the pun), I came across a stool I had found at the curb side many, many, years ago. I finally decided to do something with it. I am very happy with the results. 

Below is the before shot, cobwebs and all.

I sanded the surface with very fine grit sandpaper as to not damage the wood. 

Through ICI PAINTS and SHERWIN WILLIAMS seminars, I have learnt, a well  prepared surface and good quality primer is the foundation to a long lasting and durable surface. 

The high quality primer I use is ZINSSER for all surfaces. It is expensive but highly recommended.


Upholstering is next. My first attempt. I started small. Learnt a few things along the way. A 2"  foam was used, a little too thick for this project. Try not to use anything thicker than 1" for small surfaces.  It will make the job easier, especially on the corners and make sure to trim those corners. I have seen this done soooo many times, but it is not as easy as they make it look.  A manual staple gun with 5/16 " staples was sufficient for this small job.

A piece of material was added to the underside to hide the trim and give it a nice finished.

The upholstering turned out nice and plush.  Very happy with the results. 

Used a fine grit sandpaper to reveal the original dark stain under the surface to give it a nice vintage chipy paint appearance. 

It is very easy to get carried away with the sanding. I suggest you take frequent breaks.  Step back and have a look at the entire piece before you go too far. 

If not the results can be too systematic and fake looking.

All the dents and scratches make the paint surface look authentically vintage.

Et Voila,

The discovery of a stool from the bowels of my basement. (Sorry, just had to say it!)

My words to inspire for the day!

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.  
                                                    (Lewis Carroll)      

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Love and hearts

I was sitting here wondering what I should be blogging about today. Kinda a feeling a little melancholy. I have a ham slow cooking. I invited my Mom over for supper. I was trying to finish a project I started. Kind of all over the place, bouncing back and forth on different things.  I came across Blogfest 2011 In New York City. I was thinking about signing up and at the same time I could visit my Daughter who moved to NYC last year. The place to be in her industry. Fashion Design, I am a  proud Mom. She also has her own blog. TREND ALERT. I am kinda of missing her.

The doorbell rings dragging me back to reality. I see a man standing at the door?????? He has a delivery. He asks for my daughter by name.  Mmmm nice, flowers for her. I sign. He asks is that you and I respond NO! He smiles and leaves. Thanks a bunch for making me feel real good, dude! 

Curious, I sneak a peek at the envelope. Na, I should call her in NYC and tell her a beautiful bouquet of flowers came for her?? 

I wonder...strange....  she has a boyfriend in NYC.  Sooo..... I continued doing this, my project.

My curiosity took over me and I opened the envelope. Well I started to cry. The delivery dude got it wrong..so wrong. They were from my daughter and her boyfriend to ME! Little old ME! How sweet she is...she always makes me feel so good. She made my day. Sooo thoughtful. 

Here they are. She knows how I love flowers. xx

I started the title of my blog with Love and Hearts...I was going to blog about my new theme for my bedroom. LOVE AND HEARTS.  This is so much better for Valentines. Which brings me back to an email that was sent to me from a good friend and I sent it on to my daughter this morning after our conversation about Sisters. Here it is......My words to inspire for the day. 

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day,

     drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As

     they talked about life, about marriage, about the

     responsibilities of life and the obligations            of

     adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her

     glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance

     upon her daughter.

     'Don't forget your sisters,' she advised, swirling

     the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll

     be more important as you get older. No matter how

     much you love your husband, no matter how much you

     love the children you may have, you are still going

     to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now

     and then; do things with them.'

     'Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women...

     your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other

     women relatives too. 'You'll need other women. Women

     always do.'

     What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman

     thought. Haven't I just gotten married?

     Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a

     married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely

     my husband and the family we may start will be all I

     need to make my life worthwhile!'

     But she listened to her mother. She kept contact

     with her sisters and made more women friends each

     year. As the years tumbled by, one after another,

     she gradually came to understand that her mother really

     knew what she was talking about. As time and nature

     work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman,

     sisters are the mainstays of her life.

     After more than 50 years of living in this world,

     here is what I've learned:


     Time passes.

     Life happens.

     Distance separates.

     Children grow up.

     Jobs come and go.

     Love waxes and wanes.

     Men don't do what they're supposed to do.

     Hearts break.

     Parents die.

     Colleagues forget favors.

     Careers end.


     Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how

     many miles are

     between you. A girl friend is never farther away

     than needing her can reach.

     When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you

     have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life

     will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on,

     praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on

     your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the

     valley's end.

     Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk

     beside you....Or come in and carry you out.

     Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters,

     daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law,            Mothers,

     Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended

     family: all bless our life!

     The world wouldn't be the same without women, and

     neither would I. When we began this adventure called

     womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or

     sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we

     would need each other.

Happy Valentine's Day