CHAIR REHAB


As any of you who follow me on Instagram know, I found a steal-deal at the Church Mouse when I was in Palm Beach a few weeks ago. I have wanted one of these classic Chinese Chippendale armchairs for years and even painted one (print available here)and so, when I spotted this for a mere $95, my husband suggested I snap it up.




The seat was filthy and dingy, but I knew that I could either clean it or reupholster, so I didn't let that small detail deter me one bit! I hated to have to rip out the nailhead trim, so I opted to clean the white upholstery with Bar Keeper's Friend after reading online that it works on vinyl like a charm. It did the job and the seat is now spotless.


The frame was a little too drab for my liking as well, so I decided to mix my own paint color and give it a brighter look.


Here it is, cleaned and freshly painted with my "Italian Gardens" cushion that is available here
Hope you have a great start to your week!

A HAPPY ISLAND - PALM BEACH


My husband and I just returned from a short little jaunt to Palm Beach to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.  We thoroughly enjoyed the vibe, the food, the eye candy and each other. Here's a few photos of some of the highlights.


the pool courtyard at our hotel, The Chesterfield, a quaint boutique hotel with plenty of charm and a very friendly staff



Dinner at Charley's Crab was good and the view of the Atlantic was even better...



The lush flora on the island is everywhere.....lots of orchids and beautiful potted plants


The shops are one-of-a-kind, this lantern outside a paper shop on Worth Avenue was what caught my eye.
I love Spanish Colonial architecture, pecky cypress (see ceiling above) and any Mizner designed buildings especially.


Couldn't pass up a shot of the Staffordshire collection in Letitia Lundeen Antiques, that has another location in Nantucket as well.


We visited the famous "Church Mouse" thrift store and I scored this amazing deal on a Chinese Chippendale armchair!


I thought these shoes were very reminiscient of a Palm Beach socialite in the 60's. They were huge and left me wondering if they had belonged to a famous style icon we all know had very large feet and spent time there at a family compound??


The homes are very tasteful and many are quite understated as well, not a lot of nouveau-riche flash all over the place, which is refreshing.


I wasn't sure what type of tree this was, but it was pretty nonetheless. The blossoms looked like a cross between mandevilla and petunias.


Another beauty


This was my favorite and also happens to be for sale here


For all of you fiddle leaf fig fans, I found the mother of them here


I am pretty much convinced that Palm Beach Style is kind of up my alley


On Worth Ave.


These beautiful Chinoiserie fretwork details were outside the deli, for crying out loud. Ever seen a deli in a building with such cool classic architecture?


The breakfast was pretty delicious, too. Eggs Benedict with nova. Try it at Toojays.


This cute classic Morris Minor was parked out front


I wanted to steal the mirror out by the pool at our hotel but settled instead for a quick snapshot.


Visiting the Breakers was a treat. This historic legend lives up to the hype and is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. They even have a Lilly boutique right on the premises! 
(love the painting of the hotel hanging in the shop above!)


One of the gorgeous courtyards at the hotel


The outdoor furniture was so charming and colorful. Not your typical generic patio set, for sure!


The plantings are incredible


The hotel's gift shop - The Breakers News and Gourmet- is a great place to pick up some necessities and non-necessities as well.


Beautiful fountains


The ceiling in the lobby......magnificent.


and this concludes my photo tour. I thought this "living" wall on Worth Avenue was worth showing.
Any places I missed that I need to check out next time?
Have a wonderful weekend!

O'VERLAYS FOR FURNITURE




The nightstands in my master bedroom are IKEA "Rast" chests with the O'verlays "Pippa" design mouldings


"Pippa" dresses up my MALM dresser as well, so all of the dressers coordinate.


Having recently moved into a new home, I have been working on getting it furnished and decorated. While it's still a work in progress, one thing that was a great find was the furniture mouldings from O'verlays that were given to me to add just the right finishing touch to our bedroom nightstands and dresser. These innovative and versatile mouldings are an inexpensive way to give simple pieces of furniture that extra finishing touch. I had seen them on the web and Pinterest and their founders generously offered to supply me with the kits for my IKEA Rast dressers and my Malm chest of drawers. I chose the "Pippa" kits and was very pleased.
It started with a few coats of white paint on the rast dressers and then I coated the mouldings with plastic primer





Paint the mouldings the color of your choice and let them dry (mine required 3 coats to cover thoroughly)
Place drawers on their backs and line them up so you can lay out the mouldings before securing them with adhesive (I used Liquid Nails). I penciled small marks along the edge after lining them up to use as a guide for before I glued them down. I used a small paintbrush to apply the adhesive so it didn't get messy with lots of excess oozing out the sides.  I pressed them down hard after placement and then made sure to wipe up any excess glue with a damp paper towel before leaving them overnight to dry. The great thing about having the drawers on their backs is that gravity works in your favor while the adhesive dries and goes to work!


I also used the "Anne" kit for my TV stand. I cannot say enough complimentary things about O'verlays - I was thrilled with the results and think they are the perfect low-cost and creative solution for dressing up IKEA basics or vintage furniture that just needs a little paint and pizazz!
See all the great options here

A LITTLE LATE, BUT IT WAS GREAT!




The V&A doesn't serve regular "cafeteria" food, so it stands to reason that the trays the food is served on are far from standard as well. Love the refined floral in lieu of boring beige or something even worse!

I know that this blog has not seen many updates for a long time, but I've been so busy with work, marriage, travel, decorating our home, setting up my studio and life that I am just now getting a bit caught up. I took so many photos during my trip to London last Fall and so wanted to share my visit to The Victoria and Albert museum, even though it's a bit late in coming.


I hadn't been back to the V&A since 1989, but enjoyed it even more on my return visit.


The best museum food that I've ever tasted, hands down. I usually consider "good museum food" an oxymoron.


Both the exterior and interior architecture are quite impressive, with Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's beloved Consort, as the central figure and icon of this place and so many others around London.
You could spend days examining all of the art, artifacts, textiles and antiquities here.


These snapshots feature just a few highlights of what my husband and I saw.


The mammoth skylights are key to the openness and light here, in spite of the fact that the edifice hails from the Victorian era when "heavy" and "dark" were the norms of the period's architectural vernacular.





This piece was especially impressive because it was constructed entirely of glazed terracotta and so beautiful.


I hope they used some heavy-duty sinkers to hoist that massive carved architectural relic up on the wall!


This pagoda and the Oriental pieces were especially fascinating.


This handpainted wallpaper dates from around 1790-1800



After lunch and several hours of perusing the art and historic treasures, we took a late afternoon stroll over to Hyde Park. I love this place and relished the space, light and people watching. Lots of darling little British charges with rosy cheeks tucked in their prams for a ride in the fresh air.


The V&A is certainly a "can't miss" if you are visiting London. You won't be sorry that you took a precious slice of time to see the world's finest museum of decorative arts!

FROM PUNXSUTAWNEY PSEUDO PROVINCIAL TO PALM BEACH PREP




I recently refurbished this Craigslist rescue piece for our dining area. My sharp-eyed, internet sleuth Mom scoped it out for me as she was doing one of her scroll-bys on Craigslist.
It was no small job -I won't lie to you- but with some hard work and my homemade chalk paint,
I was able to take a hideous pseudo china cabinet with cheap, slick wood finish (but a great bargain $$$ wise and with nice bones) and make it into something that is actually an asset to our decor. I was aiming at eclectic vintage Palm-Beachy. I was happy with the color (Pantone "Beach Glass") that I mixed into my chalk paint recipe (courtesy of Pinterest) and then I did a bit of a watered-down white rub over it once it was painted. I finished the piece with hand waxing for long-lasting protection and durability. I started the painting process when Mr. Annechovie was out of town, so when he returned and saw the color, I could tell he was a bit - shall we say- "jarred" initially (read: his eyebrows went up a little). It did look a bit like a bold Jamaican fisherman's shack at first. I am thankful that I am married to a man who trusts my eye and gives me ample latitude in my creativity and artistic pursuits, especially those extending to our home. Once he saw the finished product and the toned-down finish, he was very pleased and continues to tell me how much he now loves it. As you can imagine, being married to me is not for a taupe-loving colorphobe who prizes mild, mainstream and generic interiors. A guy's got to have guts and an open mind to marry an artist.
We keep coral, sea fans and shells, along with some beach finds we've found on our travels that hold special meaning to me and my husband.




the "before" - like an 80's version of what I call "Rooms to Go Generic Mock French" or GMF

Moral of the story? Keep your eye out for pieces that may have good construction and bones, yet lack appeal because of cosmetic defects or beauty deficits......you never know - your vision, TLC and some elbow grease could turn an unloved ugly duckling into a cherished beauty!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



 
 Grand Central Station, NYC
I know this is a little late, folks. Let's face it, I've been a little pre-occupied lately with so many projects, traveling and life changes that my blog has suffered. Then I am reminded that blogging is NOT my life and this blog is supposed to reflect my life and so, sometimes living life gets in the way of staying current and you know what? That's alright. Thanks to all of you who still check in to read, comment and see the latest.
My New Year's Eve was spent in NYC meeting my husband who was returning from a trip to Japan. We had a great time walking around (even when snowflakes started falling), doing a little shopping and dining at a cozy Indian restaurant. This allowed us to dodge the crowds, stay warm and avoid the insanity.
 
 
The Pylones store in the terminal is so fun

 
Sea fans at Bergdorf Goodman

 
So glad I got a glimpse of the beautiful lingering Christmas décor at Bergdorf's
 
 
I had some time to admire the beautiful painted ceiling in Grand Central Station as we ducked in to warm up in the chilly temperatures.
 
Lots of new stuff happening in 2014 here at Annechovie and I look forward to sharing it with you all.
Hoping and praying that 2014 will be a wonderful year for you all - filled with enduring peace, joy and love.
 
 


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Thanks to all of you for your readership and support. I have been a little MIA for the past few months as I have worked on a big illustration project that I am very excited about. I will be posting more frequently in 2014 and get back into the swing of things.
 
I want to wish you all a wonderful, peaceful Christmas and a New Year full of blessings and true joy.
I have so much to be thankful for this year, many happy changes in my life, new opportunities and challenges. Most of all I am thankful that God sent His Son as a humble, helpless baby to bring light into this dark world, healing to our hearts and hope for us all as our Saviour and best friend throughout our lives and beyond.
Here is one of my most favorite pieces of music that tells it all!
Love, Anne

CHARMS OF LONDON, PART 1


I had the privilege to be in London last week with my husband and we enjoyed our time immensely!
It's been a while since I was last there and so I was eager to see if my former haunts looked the same.
One of the highlights of my short stay was hitting up The Conran Shop. The windows alone were destination worthy and the shop's contents certainly didn't disappoint either. The popular British use of the word "BRILLIANT" is what came to my mind.



This place is a hotspot for fans of British design and funky, offbeat wares that don't follow a generic path or lull you into visual doldrums. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, a British design maven and entrepreneur who has weathered decades of trends and founded his own design dynasty, this shop is housed in the historic Michelin House in Chelsea that first opened in 1911 and includes a fabulous restaurant, Bibendum.


Eye candy is another term that comes to mind.....color and cool little accessories and items to give your home and office personality.


Their Christmas and Holiday theme is all about bright neon colors this season and is a refreshing departure from humdrum same-ness.


I was drooling in the kitchen department.....


Loved these mini kids' Kartell Ghost Chairs


A dream bed for a kid....I would've been all over this.....your own cozy little fort to sleep in.


I would snap one of these up in about 2 seconds.....


Comfort and good design are NOT mutually exclusive by any means.


I was captivated by these funky color lighted cacti and wished they had mini versions for sale



I know these colors are not for everyone, but they were right up my alley. I love how the British manage to marry tradition with updated chic style without making it seem contrived. Makes the British part of me glad to come from these folks.


Ta-ta for now and have a great weekend!
More to follow soon when I can manage to get some time away from my huge project (with deadline looming!) and all the Holiday busyness I am working on.