Hello! Amanda here, of Girl in Pink. Phyllis is a dear friend of mine and I find myself constantly drawn to her gorgeous French inspired boutique, The Purple Pear! During my visits, I always seem to discover one or two unique treasures that resonate with me and eventually give rise to a new project idea! It recently occurred to me that I might do a guest post now and then for the Purple Pear, to share how my purchases there have stemmed one creative endeavor or another. Phyllis sweetly obliged, and so here we are! Thank you, Phyllis!
A little brown Art Deco style table, purchased at a local thrift store needed some tender loving care. I was rather excited about the glass top, thinking about how much fun I could have finding treasures to display beneath the glass!
It was a visit to the Purple Pear that inspired me to display a collection of antique laces and trims on the table top. You see, Phyllis offers an amazing selection of antique trims for sale. Most are from France, and they are all displayed very beautifully on old wooden spools thoughtfully arranged in creative vignettes. I selected a few that I thought would go nicely with some pieces of lace that I had in my collection at home.
I purchased just a half yard of each of these exquisite antique French trims. However, when I paired them with my laces at home, I decided the brown trim didn’t quite work. It now sits amongst my treasures in my creative workspace, ready to inspire another project!
The table itself I painted in Old Violet Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan. I used Artisan Enhancements Foil Size to add a Pewter colored foil treatment accentuating the carved details along the table top. All of these products are also available at the Purple Pear!
In America, the word Haberdashery refers to a shop selling menswear, however in England it is a shop that sells all sorts of ribbons, trims and buttons. All the while I was working on this little table makeover, I imagined it as a small display piece in an old Haberdashery shop where customers could view the selection of trims under glass and point to the one that they wished to purchase a length of for their sewing projects.
Fabricating a history for a furniture piece during the makeover is often part of the creative process for me. It usually points me towards a name for the piece as well!
The Purple Pear in many ways reminds me of a Haberdashery shop, or Mercerie as they would call it in France. Not only does Phyllis carry a selection of gorgeous antique French trims, but also beautiful glass compotes filled with delicate old buttons, and stacks of amazing antique textiles. All this in addition to the lovely home décor books, Chalk Paint®, Artisan Enhancements products, Royal Design Stencils and Do it Yourself Chic furniture appliques makes The Purple Pear an ideal place to visit for creative inspiration!
Thank you Phyllis, for encouraging and supporting the creativity of your customers with your thoughtfully displayed treasures and all of the necessary elements to create beautiful things!
And, thank you for allowing me to share my latest Purple Pear inspired project here on your blog!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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