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Friday, October 17, 2014

Signs on the Highway

Signs, Signs, Everywhere there's Signs....

I grew up paying attention to signs.
Me and my dad used to read them backwards on long trips to pass the time away.
Then when I grew up I became a sign painter.
Even now, I will drive down the road and know when a color was changed or a new one was put up.

Attractions

That is the blue signs on the interstate letting you know there is something awesome at that exit. I like to take detours sometimes to see where they will take me. Of course, there are all the food signs too! And sometimes you find a local restaurant that is really good.

Where am I going with all of this?

A few weeks ago, Dreamingincolor became a sign on the interstate!! From blog to sign!


Is this real? This is super exciting for me!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

East Ivy Mansion

In the 1800's East Ivy Mansion was built in historic Edgefield  located in Nashville, TN. Home to names like Senator Cooper and Bob Dylan. 

It is of an Italian Renaissance architecture with a lot of original features and exquisite furnishings which I will share below.


In 2014 I finally discovered it! Well that is because Ed Clay, owner, was kind enough to open it for a wonderful get together and tour.



 Karla from Fresh Collaborations and Dan from Blogging Concentrated sponsored the event. They are part of the Nashville Influencer's group I belong to. They shared some Facebook tips and Ed led us on a tour of this beautiful event venue.



I have I thing for doors and this place did not disappoint. These two were my favorite on the property.


East Ivy Mansion holds weddings, corporate events and even some red carpet events. 
Can you imagine have a wedding here?

44,000 square feet of beauty....


There were elegant light fixtures inside and out on the property. These were some outdoor chandeliers.



This is the covered are near the pool that I showed in the first picture.


There are gardens filled with ponds and greenery.


Loved this slate roof



Heading to the house, I took another picture in the courtyard of the ironwork on the balcony from below. 



This is the view looking out from above. It is connected to one of the bedrooms. If you book an event here on a Saturday, you can have up to sixteen guests spend the night in the mansion.
 How awesome is that?



The furniture and details of the home where stunning. Here are a few rooms to enjoy. Lots of Pics!
warning:phone pictures





Ed let us see a secret room on the top floor of the mansion. It is usually closed off. We went up very steep steps to the top. It was a small room with an awesome view of the city. He has plans to do something special with it.



I can only imagine how beautiful this could be.


I forgot where I was when I entered the gates of the mansion I have already told my daughter to remember this place when she decides to get married!
Hope I don't have to wait that long to go back and enjoy it.

Thanks Ed for opening up your elegant place.
Much success to you!


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Apple Cake

This time of year always brings me back in time. 

A time growing up in the north with all the beautiful trees turning colors. Hometown football games and family get togethers. We use to go to the pumpkin patch where they made cinnamon donuts and pressed harvested apples for homemade apple cider. The smell of apples and cinnamon in the air was to die for. Funny how smells are so relevant to memories. 
I also remember going on one of my dad's famous mystery rides to a farm one year where we purchased bushels of McIntosh apples. My mom baked apple pies, apple fritters, apple crumb, baked apples and whatever else she could come up with. We never got sick of them.

So the first cool day of the year, I wanted to do something with apples. Bring back those wonderful aromas and memories. Apple cake sounded perfect.


I love this made from scratch cake. I used McIntosh Apples of course!
This apple cake will be great all season. I have attached the recipe for you to try. 
Warning: this is a very rich cake but you will love it.

Be sure to pin the recipe to keep for later!

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Wizard of Oz at Dreamingincolor

When I decided to open a store in Historic Murfreesboro, I had know idea how much everything just fell in place.

Let me explain.
I firmly believe that things happen for a reason and everyone is on a journey.
For me it has everything to do with God. 
So all the hard times, all the different jobs, all the people good and bad, are there to teach you what you need to get to the next step.

When I drove by this beautiful home, I did not have a plan to open up a store. I always wanted to but never found the right place.  
Then there were signs....

.....not just the sign in the ground......things that made me feel like this was right.

One of those things was The Wizard of Oz!!
 That is how I came up with the idea of The Wizard of Oz at Dreamingincolor!


Let me explain......
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Outdoor Fall Decor on a Budget




Fall is upon us!!

I am so excited since this is my favorite time of year. I have been decorating my home and the store and I have realized that........
IT IS EXPENSIVE!!

That is why I did some things different this year. I did my outdoor fall decor on a budget. I love what is out in the stores but I also love putting my spin on things. After all, I am a DIY'er!

So I went to Old Time Pottery and got some great things. I created some fun easy projects for my outdoor fall decor that I think anyone can do. So head on over to the Old Time Pottery blog to see how to make some of my ideas for your own home.



I love sharing inexpensive ideas with each of you. I hope you enjoy it!



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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Layered Patina Painted Hutch

I am really excited to show you another layered technique I have done. This time I used 7 different paint colors. I paint furniture like I paint canvas. One of the things I like to do when I paint, is study my subject. So I decided to start studying patinas.

I have started a Patina Pinterest board. From texture to colors and chippiness will get pinned there. 

I used the same technique for the layered patina painted hutch as I did for my french end tables. The difference is the amount of colors and type of paint. I used Annie Sloan for the end tables and my new paint Country Chic for this hutch.


I started with my signature color paint Dreamingincolor. That is the base color that start the layered patina painted hutch.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Italian Carved Chair {Country Chic Paint}

If you have been around here long, you know I love French and Italian furniture. All the curves and carvings are perfect! It is a furniture painters candy.

When I came across this Italian carved chair my first thought was, "I am keeping this for myself!"
Unfortunately, it did not go in my living room and I didn't want to touch the perfect upholstery.

I knew exactly how I wanted to paint it. I used my layering technique. It is the same technique I used on this dresser.

I wanted the Italian carved chair to show all of its lovely details. Needless-to-say, I fell in love with it all over again. What do you think?



It took only two colors to achieve this look.