French Provincial Furniture

Knack Studio's Painted Furniture

Many of us who sell painted furniture began by selling furniture out of our homes, then grew and expanded by adding to our businesses over the years as we matured in the art of painting furniture.  There are so many ways of painting furniture, and each artist can set themselves apart by developing their own style and approach to painting.  Barb Blair, the owner of Knack Studios, has had tremendous success with her painted furniture business.  She got her start by featuring her furniture in an antique mall.  Today her painted furniture is featured in her own custom studio where she takes clients by appointment.  Blair also showcases her furniture at Antiques on Augusta – an upscale antique shop in Greenville, South Carolina.  Today her distinctive style is known across the United States.  Custom finishes at Knack Studios start at $400, and they can range in price depending on size, finish, details and hardware.  One of the most impressive details that originally caught my eye was Blair’s genius choice of color.  Knack Studio colors tend to be more muted when compared to colors often found in antique furniture.  Her style leans towards the gustavian and rococo gray and yellow tones.  The softer lines often seen in cottage and french furniture have become tremendously popular in recent years – often taking the place of the stiff lines seen in much of the modern furniture being produced these days.  Muted tones and clean traditional furniture lines have always had their place in American homes and will always remain in style as the fads come and go.  (Read More.....)

My Coastal Nautical Chest Makeover

When it comes to home decor, very few things are nicer than the crisp fresh looks of the coast. Nautical decorating has never gone out of style, and has in fact been an anchor in design for many years. For example, Ralph Lauren’s 2010 spring and summer collection brings together the richness of french furnishings combined with textiles borrowed from nautical looks. When decorating with nautical decor, furniture should be the first consideration and the major element of the theme. The furniture should be classic pieces and should be made from an attractive, solid wood such as burl wood, pine with lots of knots, or walnut (for a more upscale look). Good quality wood furnishings should be the focus of your room while the accessories will define the nautical feeling and give you the overall effect you are looking for. (Read More.....)