I was sick and didn’t get to go on the Christmas Open House Tour in Athens last Sunday but I am a good friend of Jason and Rhonda Thomas and they let me have a private tour of their home.  I took pictures and wanted to share them with you.

The Keeping Room

The Keeping Room

Beautiful setting for the table in the keeping room.

Beautiful setting for the table in the keeping room.

Rhonda is a very talented lady!  She is a great decorator and just wait until you see the pictures of the draperies, coverlets, pillows, bed skirts etc.  Can you tell how impressed I am with her home?

Dining table set with Twelve Days of Christmas  China.

Dining table set with Twelve Days of Christmas China.

 

Absolutely love the living room mantel that Rhonda decorated with peacock feathers

Absolutely love the living room mantel that Rhonda decorated with peacock feathers

Love the top hats!

Love the top hats!

 

Beautiful  draperies, coverlet, bed skirt and pillows that Rhonda made.

Beautiful draperies, coverlet, bed skirt and pillows that Rhonda made.

 

Study decorated for Christmas using pheasant feathers

Study decorated for Christmas using pheasant feathers

Miss Anna's bedroom

Miss Anna’s bedroom

Miss Anna loves her pink and green bedroom.  Rhonda also made the bedding for this room.  The next picture is a painting that I did for Anna’s room.

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Garland that Rhonda made using beautiful ribbon and dried hydranga's

Garland that Rhonda made using beautiful ribbon, ornaments and dried hydranga’s

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

 

Living Room Christmas Tree

Living Room Christmas Tree

 

 

 

Painting of fluffy sheep

12 x 12 acrylic on canvas

Fluffy Sheep

Fluffy Sheep

Price $48

Christmas Open House is November 9th and 10th at Hartlex Antiques and Interiors on Hughes Rd. in Madison, AL.  There is something for everyone from hand-painted furniture to fine antiques.  I have two booths at Hartlex and specialize in hand-painted   vintage furniture.

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Hand-painted vintage drop-leaf table $180

Hand-painted vintage drop-leaf table $180

Angel paintings done with palette knife.

Angel paintings done with palette knife.

My second booth at Hartlex Antiques featuring french hand-painted furniture.  The round french side table is $169 and the rectangle side table is $200.  The wood hutch features a drop front and is priced at $320.

My second booth at Hartlex Antiques featuring french hand-painted furniture. The round french side table is $169 and the rectangle side table is $200. The wood hutch features a drop front and is priced at $320.

Vintage dresser hand painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (using the color versaille) and waxed with clear wax. I put the original brass pulls back on without shining them because I like the look of the aged brass.

Hand-painted vintage dresser

Hand-painted vintage dresser

the look of the old brass.

This 2″ box canvas is painted with a palette knife using acrylics.  Of course, Alabama is abundant with cotton fields and old barn’s and I love painting both!

18″ x 24″

Price  $220

Alabama Cotton

Alabama Cotton

These two paintings were done with a palette knife.

The first is on stretched canvas that measures 12 x 24

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The second is acrylic on 5/8 stretched canvas that measures 8×10

Price is $68

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I found this Country French table in Pulaski, TN at an antique shop…sorry, I forgot the name of the shop. It was very light wood and needed painting so I decided on the color french linen which is an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color.  I used the  ASCP color old white for the trim and put antique gold on the raised trim.  I then waxed with clear and dark wax.  Had two oak chairs and did not want to paint them so I put a fabric on the seats that pulled the colors together.  I love the hen pattern!

Lovely Country French table that has been hand painted.

Lovely Country French table that has been hand painted.

 

This morning was just about the most beautiful morning I have ever seen.  There was a cool breeze blowing across Lake Ida and I served my husband breakfast outside.  I decided to make it special so I put a tablecloth and fresh flowers on the table.  Needless to say, he was very surprised.

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Flowers from the yard

Flowers from the yard

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After Ed left for work, I enjoyed walking in the yard.  I love living on Lake Ida!

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Ducks made a visit!

Ducks made a visit!

"Surprise Lily's" just appeared yesterday!

“Surprise Lily’s” just appeared yesterday!

Beautiful view of Lake Ida!

Beautiful view of Lake Ida!

 

 

 

I love roosters and have them as a theme in my kitchen.  I had to finally tell friends and relatives that I had enough and please not to give me any more.  The last few years, I have removed a lot of my cluckey friends and stored them away but I still gravitate to beautiful rooster paintings and figurines.

When I found this square table, I immediately wanted to paint a rooster on the top.    A widespread assortment of paints was used on this piece. First I painted the entire table with Maison Blanche Chalk Paint using the color Spanish Moss.  Then I painted a rooster on the top using artist acrylics.  The goldish color is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint using the color Aries.  Aries is a yellow color but when dark wax is applied it gives a golden color. I used my left over acrylic colors from the rooster for the red on the bottom shelf and also the black and white check border.

When this dried I applied clear wax and then went over the clear with dark wax.  After it dried overnight, I buffed for a pretty shine.

Measures 26″ high, 16″ square

Price $180

Hand-painted Rooster Table

Hand-painted Rooster Table

Hand-painted rooster on top of table

Hand-painted rooster on top of table

Paint detail on table

Paint detail on table

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Have a cousin that is spending the week-end with me and she is an interior decorator!  That will certainly put a fire under you to get things done.  Well, I rushed to Publix to pick up some of their pretty flowers to make a couple of fresh flower arrangements to add around to spruce up the interior!

I love to use old silver and had recently found a lovely silver plate covered casserole dish and it even had the glass dish inside which was great for a flower arrangement.  I leaned the lid against the bottom…wanted more silver to show!

 

Fresh flower arrangement in silver plate covered dish.

Fresh flower arrangement in silver plate covered dish.

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Used leftover flowers to make a small arrangement.

Used leftover flowers to make a small arrangement.