Saturday, 22 September 2007

Inspiration Close to Home Part 3

With my grandma's house in mind, I wanted to tell you about another decorating, crafty diva, one of my grandma's best friend's, Connie. She, like my grandma, is a great decorator, painter and is incredibly creative. Here are a few decorating tips that Connie shared with me . . . 1. An oversized piece of furniture, like a chest, looks great in a smaller room. 2. Collections look great together. (Connie has a bowl of old cherubs and has a cute card in the bowl that reads, "life is a bowl of cherubs" and she has a bowl of old watches and watch faces and doll hands with a card that reads, "time on your hands.") 3. Contemporary lamps on an antique chest look great. 4. Mirrors look best when they reflect an attractive view. 5. Silver trays are great for holding jewelry on your dressing table, holding liquor bottles on a bar, holding books and plants and of course for serving food. 6. Dried flowers always look great. 7. An orchid always looks beautiful and blooms for 3 months. 8. Stay true to your style and don't follow trends. 9. Use all of your good things daily. 10. Painted furniture looks great. 11. Books are a must, but only ones you really read and love. 12. Make things for your house yourself whenever you can.

This is the coolest, most unique Christmas "tree" I've ever seen. I was trying to save this picture for Christmas but couldn't.

Connie's guest bathroom is decorated completely in seashells. She did all the seashell designs herself.

Connie made these canopies out of bed spreads.

Every year Connie paints a different version of the Madonna on a card and sends them to friends and family. I've started a little collection of my Madonnas.

One of Connie's many beautiful paintings.

Connie and her beau, Everett, king of the blue parrot! (A blue margarita if you didn't already know.)

Connie's artwork and crafts are available at CLF Gallery at the Galleria LTD Antiques and Interiors, 7628 George Washington Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692. 757-890-2950

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