Betsy Speert revamps Maison Decor~Part One

 This is the big country hutch I had at home 
and finally was motivated to bring it
to the shop after Betsy Speert's visit.  
She blogged about it here. 
She is coming again today (!!) and we will work
on styling the shop some more, so I really wanted 
to get this big display piece in place
as it is the focal point of the shop~it really announces
"Annie Sloan™ Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paints 
are sold on the premises.
 Hubby, Scott, Dillon, Colin and I moved this big thing over 
on Sunday morning and then we needed to relocate the other 
cabinets and storage pieces as the domino effect came into play.
I had to take down the drapery panel display and that is one of the 
things Betsy will work on with me today.
The other thing we did on Sunday is help my customer load his pickup truck 
with the painted bedroom set I finished in Old White Chalk Paint™. 
 The furniture belongs to the guy in the white hat~
trying to figure out best way to load it...
 First piece~
 Hubby really comes in handy, I have to say! The big thing I learned about this, 
was that when the furniture arrived at the client's home, 
it had dirty fingerprint smudges on now I will be
 wrapping pieces in shrink wrap and handing people gloves
 when they come to pick up their pieces. The fingerprints came
out with a buffing, but the wax needs to really cure, 
and it takes two weeks for a full cure. 
Since I was blogging about the day, hubby had me shoot this shot
of him showing Scott and Dillon how to wax!
Colin wanted me to shoot his Addidas shoes in colors that 
seemed appropriate for a paint shop~I bought them for him and he
 has never worn them (too goofy I guess)
but he surprised me and put them on this morning!
 Oh~I also went to auction Saturday morning specifically 
for these 4 french chairs...yummy!!
Colin watched the shop for the morning hours so I could do this. 
Thank you Colin!
These chairs have a lot of pretty detail, and I will be painting them
to resemble some chairs I saw in Sharon Osbourne's 
dining room in House Beautiful~
they were amazing and I fell in love with them!!
When I get them done I will show the inspiration pic as well as my 
interpretation and results. Fingers crossed.
Now lets step back a couple of days and let me show
 you the whirlwind of progress that happened when my 
favorite designer and now friend, Betsy Speert, 
walked through the doors of 50 Summer Street.
 This was the moment she walked through the door~she announced 
to me that she needed to walk around and check out the store....
the process had begun!
 Betsy checked out stuff and told me to stop interrupting her while she was trying to think!!!
I couldn't help myself...I kept asking her stuff while she was doing her thing.
And I know how that feels~so I am not sure why I kept doing it..but I took my scolding
well, and watched her slowly create zones in the shop by grouping like objects together,
as well as simplifying certain over stuffed areas.
 We talked about vintage linens, and agreed that there is
 no home for the spotted or stained but beautiful linens in my shop....
we started making a pile of things that needed to be donated or destroyed~ lol!
 She loved my idea of wrapping the lampshade
 with the twig and moss garland~yippee!
 Crowns were assembled...I had them dotted about the store. 
Doilies were dispatched! And every dresser scarf was as well~
Betsy put my paint samples in a wooden tray~
and I brought over all of my paint brushes to add to the display~
I must have been asking her  "How do you do it??"
 And she was thinking, "I can't explain it...I just do it!"
After spurts Betsy steps back and assesses~
I really was thrilled with the improvements. 
She was a sweetheart~and she was so happy that I was so happy.
That is one thing about a real friend, they step up to the plate
when you need them! 
It was the best!! 
Having someone who is super experienced and talented 
just swoop in to help figure it out was a godsend. Its usually me doing this
for others...but it might be true when they say it is harder to do for yourself in design.
Colin and I had spent the morning relocating the furniture
to places we felt it worked better in anticipation of 
Betsy's arrival~but I have always felt a house doesn't become 
a home until it is accessorized properly.
And so the same for the shop, it didn't feel its best,
and it was really bothering me. I was so glad she came to help
and am so looking forward to our second session.
Here is one of the before and afters of areas~
I will do a few more tomorrow after today's visit!
I am sure Betsy is going to love the big hutch too~
That's all for now~have a good one everybody!


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