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Fun Fact:  My Mom is British!  As a result, I have a lot of family across The Pond in England and in other parts of Europe; this definitely makes for a great excuse for me to travel!  So today, I wanted to share with you how amazing my Mom’s youngest sister is, Aunt Lizzie.  She lives and works in Provence, France and runs a furniture restorative business out of a charming studio that she renovated herself.  How amazing would it be to paint and restore furniture and teach Annie Sloan chalk painting classesall day long?  Sounds so dreamy.

Well, I received an article in my inbox yesterday that was written by European blog team Hannah and Denise from Layer about Aunt Lizzie (Liz) and I couldn’t resist bragging and sharing the interview with you.

Source: Layerhome.com

Source: Layerhome.com

MEET THE TRADER: LIZ WYATT AT ATELIER DE COULEURS

Walking through the beautiful hilltop village of Menerbes in Provence on a scorching hot Saturday, we fell in love with the quiet streets, beautiful rustic houses and a view that seemed to stretch forever. Just when it seemed as though the day couldn’t get much better, we stumbled upon Atelier de Couleurs – a veritable treasure trove of authentic French furniture, restored and painted by British artist Liz Wyatt. Not only was the shopfront cool and perfectly styled, but the shop extended back into an airy cave-like artist’s studio where Liz does all of the restoration onsite. Liz’s natural artistic abilities mean that the painting of the pieces is done to a calibre that we have rarely ever seen before. This is French antique country furniture at its very pinnacle.

Sometimes life intervenes like this, we stumbled in and ended up talking and talking with Liz about the beautiful pieces in the shop and how she lovingly sources and restores them and it seemed that before we had even realised it, we were interviewing her!

And you want to know the very best thing about Atelier de Couleurs? She has a man with a van who frequently delivers to the UK! So if you can’t justify hopping on a plane to visit, you can still get your hands on some of her beautiful French antique furniture.

Source: Layerhome.com

Source: Layerhome.com

How did you end up working and owning a business in France?

Fate and destiny. I fell in love with Provence, renovated an old cherry barn near Bonnieux and afterwards hunted for a painting studio –  by chance the Atelier in Menerbes came on the market and after renovation became my show room and  painting studio. Apart from being stunningly beautiful Menerbes has a long artistic history – Picasso, Nicolas de Stael and Dora Marr, amongst others, have lived and worked here and today there are a number of artists and musicians who are based in the village

How did you get started trading antiques and furniture?

This area is rich in wonderful old Provencal furniture – but it’s often rather over-charged, brown and shiny! It has taken over a year to build up a network of contacts – dealers, traders and private individuals and it’s work in progress – here, as everywhere it’s contacts! Sourcing the right piece of furniture become intuitive although there are many watch points – the main thing is always buy the best you can and then take it to another level.

Are you a trained artist or are you self taught?

I was born with a paint brush in my hand – my Mother was an enthusiastic painter, my brother is an architect and family outings always included easels, palettes, oil paints and a picnic.

I took art at A level but side-tracked into fashion journalism. My inner artist developed when I discovered furniture painting 10 years ago – now it is a complete passion. Colour, shape, form, the possibility of a metamorphosis – taking a tired old armoire and transforming it into a wonderful painted piece really excites me.

Who is a typical client?

Clients range from celebrities to private individuals who want an old family piece painted. I have a great deal of clients who have second homes here or live here year-round and I am lucky to have plenty of commissions too.

How has your buying style evolved?

My buying style is something which has unconsciously evolved – you learn along the way and now I look for unusual, different pieces for my showroom. I also buy for clients and then paint to their color specification but whatever the piece I try to make it as original as possible.

Source: Layerhome.com

Source: Layerhome.com

Do you ever keep your favourite pieces for yourself?

I try very very hard not to keep special things for myself and at times have failed miserably – the guilt is terrible! I have the most beautiful Trudeau mirror which I repainted for the showroom but for some reason it has not moved from my house – yet!

What is your favourite piece for sale at the moment?

I have just sold my favorite armoire of all time! I painted it from scratch, it was a very tired 18th Century Norman marriage armoire – battered and bruised and in a bit of a mess. I hope I have restored it to its former glory!

What do you do when you’re not working?

When I am not working I am painting and furniture hunting – the pleasure is endless and I don’t think of what I do as a job! But it is easy to enjoy the wonderful things to do here in Provence – ice cold rosé, fab food, breathtaking views and good long walks – music, film and of course friends.

What is your own home style like?

My home style is eclectic – a mix of of classic pieces with contemporary moments but if I am honest I am strangely classic!

What’s the most rewarding thing about running your own business?

The best and most joyful thing about running my own business is there are no constraints – I feel free to do my own thing.

Liz works with natural ocre pigment and Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. She runs furniture painting courses with her business associate,  Monique Le Coq, at the studio.
Contact: Atelier de Couleurs, Rue Maupas, Menerbes, Provence. 84560.
Telephone:  0033 (0) 490 72 45 59 Mobile: 0033(0) 647 57 08 59

Please visit Layer’s website and check out the original post at layerhome.com, there many more interesting interviews and articles on design to read!

Source: Atelier de Couleurs.  English pine console table with fine brass handles

Source: Atelier de Couleurs. English pine console table with fine brass handles

Source: Atelier de Couleurs.      Base detail of repro 1980's table, gilded and painted for a neo classical look.

Source: Atelier de Couleurs. Base detail of repro 1980’s table, gilded and painted for a neo classical look.

I also borrowed some pictures of Liz’s work from Atelier de Couleurs’s website.

Source: Atelier de Couleurs.     Studio

Source: Atelier de Couleurs. Studio

Source: Atelier de Couleurs.   1890's carved oak mirror

Source: Atelier de Couleurs. 1890’s carved oak mirror

Source: Atelier de Couleurs.     Aged terracotta garden pot with three painted side tables.

Source: Atelier de Couleurs. Aged terracotta garden pot with three painted side tables.

I think after reading this, I might just pack up my bags and move to Menerbes to work with Lizzie!  But realistically, I have not been to France yet to visit but I would love to within the next year or so.

If you could paint and redesign your favorite piece of furniture, what would it be and what would it look it?  Share your thoughts with us!

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Lately I have become completely obsessed with Thom Filicia and his gorgeous textiles!  So I thought I would share…

Thom is a very talented Interior Designer based out of NY, with quite an impressive clientele (such as J.Lo, Tina Fey, and many sports and fashion icons).  He is known for his modern and innovative designs, which his new pillow and trow line for Easter Accents is just that!

Here are just some of my favorite fabrics from his collection.

These colors are just so perfect for Fall!

For more information and to see all of his line, check out his website here!

If you need help with your own design project, contact me!

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Georgetown HomeGoods Maxx

Georgetown HomeGoods Maxx

FINALLY!  The new Home Goods/ TJXX opened up in Georgetown!  9/8 was their grand opening and you know I was right there waiting to get in.  You know me, I went straight past all the clothes and into the Home Goods side of the store.

Home Good Lobby

Home Good Lobby

I think that my favorite part is the lobby!  I love the mirrors leading down the escalator, so funky.  The whole store is vibrant and bright, and of course, all of the (lets be honest) cheap fall and Halloween products are so fun.

Home Goods

Home Goods

Home Goods

Home Goods

Home Goods

Home Goods

Being in there got me so excited about Halloween, I mean, how could it NOT?  Its only September still, right?

And how cute is the wrapping paper?  Only $2.99?!  Are you serious!  I had to buy a few.

Home Goods

Home Goods

Home Goods

Home Goods

I love the mercury glass too, I need some in my house!

Home Goods

Home Goods

What fabulous finds have you come across at Home Goods lately?

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Ginger jars, ginger jars, ginger jars, ginger jars, ginger jars!

Source: rstyle.me

Source: rstyle.me

Source: Wayfair.com

Source: Wayfair.com

Source: etsy All of the Fish Vintage shop

Source: etsy All of the Fish Vintage shop

Source: Amazon.com

Source: Amazon.com

Source: emilia ceramics

Source: emilia ceramics

Source: Ethan Allen

Source: Ethan Allen

Source: Etsy

Source: Etsy

Okay, get the point?

If you need help finding the right accessories for your home, contact me!

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Source: Casa Sugar

I recently had a client come to me who needs help designing the family room in her new condo.  Kim has just turned 28, started a new government job, and feels like it is finally time to buy some “big girl furniture” and to get rid of the ol’ Ikea and college hand-me-down junk.

Designed by Julien Macdonald for Graham & Brown

I decided to post about this project because Kim and I have a very similar aesthetic and I really connected with what she has envisioned- “mature”, “sophisticated”, and “elegant” were the three words she said when I asked her to describe what she had envisioned.  In other words, she likes a feminine yet refined look with a modern twist.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Designed by Lauren Racowsky

(I want to point out that she did not want the TV to be the focal point in the room.)

Kim’s Famly Room floor plan

I just love taking traditional pieces but updating them with a modern and graphic fabric and bold paint!

Source: Ethan Allen

I achieved this look by combining clean modern pieces and dark woods with accents (like the floor lamp) that have a more organic shape.

Source: tables and accents-Ethan Allen, sofa-Holly Hunt, chair- Jaxon Home, rug- Fabrica, paint- Ben Moore

What’s your take on modern meets traditional?

If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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Source: Target.com

Source: Target.com

Target + Neiman Marcus = beautiful things!

Source: Target.com- Altuzarra Double Glasses and Shaker

Source: Target.com- Altuzarra Double Glasses and Shaker

The Neiman’s collection for Target is now available and I love all of it!  Here are just a few pieces I neeeeddd…

Source: Target.com- Philip Crangi Frame

Source: Target.com- Philip Crangi Frame

Source: Target.com- Oscan de la Renta Pet Bowl

Source: Target.com- Oscan de la Renta Pet Bowl

Source: Target.com- Marc Jacobs Pouch

Source: Target.com- Marc Jacobs Pouch

Source: Target.com- Diane von Furstenberg Jewelry Box

Source: Target.com- Diane von Furstenberg Jewelry Box

A little holiday shopping perhaps?

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I posted recently about a collection of some gorgeous grey pillows; a very affordable and easy way to change up your room’s design and color scheme!  One more way to change up the color and texture in a room is the rug!!

Source: Arhaus

A little tip when selecting the right size for the room- the front two legs of all the main pieces of furniture need to be resting on the rug!  This way, the pieces all feel grounded and the space is defined as a seating area, dining area, sleeping area, etc… get it?

A room that either lacks a rug or has one that is too small can have a feeling of chaos, that all the pieces of furniture are just floating around the room.  The majority of the time, you will want an 8’x10′ rug for the space.  See my diagrams below for ideas. 

Here is another collection of some beautiful and hip grey rugs for inspiration! And of course, if you need help designing your own space, contact me!

Source: rug market “shire”

Source: jaipur “nuptse”

Source: momeni “vega”

Source: momeni “zara”

Source: rizzy home “galaxy”

Source: rug market “antoinete”

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