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Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Studio / Office Design Project, Week 3

Gosh, what a bittersweet week it's been and patience has been my mantra. When you are in the middle of a design project (and if you are like me), you see the completed project in your plans and during each step of the process you see progress, but nothing like your satisfaction when you see it all come together in the end.

This week, we completed the Studio!

  1. 1.
    the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
    "you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross"
  2. 2.
    chiefly British term for solitaire (sense 1).

Who knew of the British sense of the word "patience"?!  How appropriate is that for our Britishly-rooted gal, Beth! I particularly like the note in 1. "you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross". Not only can you find bargains but you can find absolute treasures. I believe that's what makes FMF Compagnie unique. Beth and I have joined our talents to use antiques and vintage pieces for a stunning electic, traditional, fun, and even hip look.

Beth introduced me to the incredible talents of her favorite Designer, Dan Marty, quite some time ago. His work is highly acclaimed and like so many others, we esteem and admire his keen design eye. Beth has collected some awesome images of Dan Marty's design's on our Pinterest board.  You will want to take a peek and be inspired as we are. His work has been featured in innumerable publications.....House Beautiful, the LA Times Blog, The Examiner, and the list is really endless...

Dan's work is truly inspiration for us and has been filtering through my thoughts as I made decisions for the Studio.

The last post I showed you the fabric for the window coverings.

I love the sort of ikat, hand-blocked feel of this fabric. The colors are multi-dimensional with grays, blues, and white all woven together beautifully. I actually re-purposed the hardware and mechanics of the old window coverings that were there in the old "guest house" previously. Construction was pretty simple.

The pull-up shades used eye hooks to feed the cording. I had to start the hole in the fabric with a nail and then drill tiny pilot holes in the wooden header of the shade to keep the wood from splitting. I told Beth that I am asking Santa Claus for power tools for Christmas!


My old barn nails worked perfectly to secure the cords and keep the shades in the up position.  Simple!

Remember the old found red table legs? They went from this...... this...

 to this.

I was really hoping to do a fun floor paper on the floor, but due to timing of production and installation, I opted to use floor paint. I read the reviews of Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel and after working with it, must agree that the product is superior! The spread-ability and texture are just awesome.

From raw cement to.....

....a deep, rich blue, gray, brown. I love this backdrop for the rest of our design!

Up in the gable ends of the roof, there was a natural bump out, giving me an opportunity to add a shelf the width of the building on each end. I used great halogen spot lights right up at the ceiling line to highlight the shelves and think they are a fun place to showcase artwork or collections.

And I'm just going to let you peruse through the rest of the interior in the next few photos.  Remember that all of these amazing pieces are FMF Compagnie inventory and available for purchase!

Don't miss these stunning antique Victorian Iron Window frames that have been mirrored. We have a matching pair in inventory!

A tiny note about this amazing Beara Beara bag....... handmade in Bolivia with very special style and craftsmanship! FMF Compagnie is proud to be a retail source for these incredible bags.

Love these desk accessories, the antique leather tape measure, the vintage baking tins for storage, the crystal bottle stopper as a paper weight, and the Dundee Marmalade crock for pens, pencils, and tools.

This old Wisconsin barn window frame is a really fun backdrop for black and white art shots.

Vintage leather-wrapped Cricket British!

We love our British flag collection......and the Hope & Glory Candle to go with it.

The front porch was finished with the white picket fence, and of course our FMF Compagnie Welsh Sun or Deck Chair (we have two in inventory). Darling? I think, yes!

My dairy farm roots keep me loving our cast iron cow watering bowl. Isn't it darling as a garden pot?!

Doesn't the antique English Advertising Bicycle add a charming touch? I can't wait to get red geraniums for the front basket!

And the garden area adjacent to the Studio is perfect for string lights and our French Iron Garden Table.

Oh my goodness.........I am so happy with the results!

If you happen to be in the Phoenix / Scottsdale area, I would absolutely love to have you come and see our FMF Compagnie inventory and The Studio in person! Let me know and I will give you a personal tour.

Comments? We'd love to hear them!  Please let us know what you think.

Also, stay tuned this week for more very exciting news from FMF Compagnie! You won't want to miss it.


1 comment:

  1. Lorie Stewart AdermanMay 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Looks wonderful, Jackie! I'd hate to part with any of those treasures.