Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hard Black Wire, Soft White Interior

On acres of the seeded grasses
The changing burnish heaves;
Or marshalled under moons of harvest
Stand still all night the sheaves;
Or beeches strip in storms for winter
And stain the wind with leaves.

--from Tell Me Not Here, It Needs Not Saying by A.E. Housman

Picture 1: Light bulb cover (.50 cents at a yard sale) and Edison ‘squirrel cage’ filament antique style bulb

Picture 2:
Upcycled yard sale jewelry tree into a church candelabra with shabbos candles held in with tacky wax (in the candlemaking section of your craft store).

Picture 3: Chandeliers stripped of white paint, patinated with Jax antiquing polish and small smears of black Rustoleum paint.

Picture 4: Angel wings fashioned from heavy gauge baling wire and oxidized with Jax antiquing polish.

I love using vintage accessories to show off the contrast between black and white.   Industrial and hard vs. romantic and soft is elegant, practical, and leavens when your shabby romantic interior feels too “puffy and ruffly”.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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Revi said...

Love your aesthetic! The black is just right - not overwhelming to the white. I also love that you made the candelabra your own. :)

Rose Petal Hollow said...

Just beautiful, I love a touch of black in any room.

NanaDiana said...

Gorgeous, Sandy- Just gorgeous. I love the mix of softness and hard metal. You do it beautifully! I have to tell you- My son just made a business trip out to Saratoga and he had never been in upstate NY before. He fell in love and wondered why I'd ever left....sometimes I wonder that myself! xo Diana

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Sandy,

Glad you found what you wanted and what you like!
Love to you,


Ann said...

Oh I love your taste,

so beautiful,

easy living and fresh ambiance... ♥

Shabby chic Sandy said...

It looks so pretty--love the touch of black. I like your header too:)

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

I love the black additions ~ they look so pretty!! I am really excited to try that Jax Antiquing stuff ~ It is cool!!

d e l i g h t said...

I'm amazed at your talent! You inspire me! I love just a little black and the sophistication it adds.

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

LOVE love love! It's all gorgeous! ♥

Katherines Corner said...

Gorgeous!!! I like everything but the simplicity of the angel wings makes me feel happy. xo

It's me said...

Hi Sandy...beautiful things !!...love it...come and see my post i think you like it.!!

Anna at the Doll House said...

Such delicate, ephemeral angel wings that might might melt into the whiteness in the blink of an eye.


Rhonda said...

I have to get me some of the Jax, thank you so much.

The contrast is amazing, I love this post.

Ozma of Odds said...

...can we say gor-geous??!!
i love how you take a beautiful image head on and create a do able project with such lovely verve ~ you continually inspire me Sandy!
perhaps now that i am moving to Ohio, our paths may be more likely to cross!!
xo, Rosemary

A Cottage Muse said...

Sandy you've done black and white classically, romantically, perfectly!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I love what you did with the chandeliers!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I am in love with the angel wings! HWW xoxo

Cindy said...

Ohhhh, you're so right. I learned from you today...


High Street Cottage said...

Sandy I love re loving pieces and seeing something entirely new in them. Wonderful job on your items, and the photos, just stunning. When I stopped by the new header and background caught my eye right away! Everything is looking more and more beautiful. tami

Faded Charm said...

Loving all your lighting photos and those angel wings...so cool. I need to try and make some of these:-)


Tania - Grange de Charme said...

Beautiful photo Sandy ! and always full of bright imagination and ideas ! so pretty and charming !

Candylei said...

You always have such luck at yard sales, but it is your own artistic design that makes things uniquely yours. Love the wild asters that are so plentiful here as we live near water.

Susan said...

I love the new contrasts in your studio, Sandy. Especially that candelabra I recall you posted about. I can't believe how you put that together.
And a huge CONGRATULATIONS on being in the latest Shabby Chic book! I just received mine from Amazon and devoured the chapter on your 'shabby shack'. Magnificent! It truly captures your essence, style and talents.
Wonderful for you!
- Susan

Olivia said...

Very pretty as always. Black is such a statement, a piercing flash in all of the fluff. I like the way you have used it, artistic and simplistic...very nice!

Bring Pretty Back said...

Sandy , The black is not harsh at all. Just perfectly romantic. I want the bathroom upstairs in our new little home to be white- this would be perfect to add black - yet not have it too girly for V and youngest son.
Love what you do ... as always.
Have a pretty day!

Katherines Corner said...

Hello sweetie. Looks like it's time for me to renew my ad, giggle. Smooches!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Sandy

Lovely pictures. I enjoyed looking around. Stop by from the blog hop.



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