Wednesday 27 June 2012

The Birdhouse in The Garden!

I've been so busy preparing for the product launch. But I've been longing to write a post so here it is. Not a furniture or DIY post...but one about the new...well old...bird house in my garden! I hung it on the ornamental pear and I'm hoping that a few birdies will come by and enjoy it! Though I doubt they'll stay for long since my neighbour's cat Lucky is a frequent visitor and loves snoozing behind the olive trees in the garden. 

Well, anyway today I woke up early to take a few pictures of the birdhouse before I started painting and adding finishing touches to the almost finished products.

I love the warm quality the winter sun bestows upon the garden...

Don't you just love the crackle finish on the birdhouse...?

It's a lovely lime green colour..not too bright and camouflages beautifully amongst the leaves.

So playful and pretty!!!

The birdhouse adds a whole lot of cuteness to my garden! I'm thinking of starting a collection....A tree of birdhouses?

Do you have a birdhouse in your garden? Drop me a line if you do...or leave me a link...I'd love to see it!

And that's Lucky...frequent visitor and professional snoozer!!! Standing on the barbecue like he owns it! He's super cute and loves playing with the dry leaves in my garden!
(Excuse the blurry photo...caught it quickly with my phone camera)

Stay tuned for lots of finished project posts coming your way!

And thanks to all the lovely people for your comments on the The French Laundry...the coat rack project. I just loved reading them....and thank you for becoming followers of La Maison Jolie.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday 22 June 2012

The French Laundry...A coat rack project complete!

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on the coat rack for the hallway....see post here. After I bought the hooks, I never seemed to find the time to fix them on...something always seemed to come up! I still have to screw in a couple of hanging hooks at the back of the coat rack so that it can be hung. But it's finally complete!

After I finished attaching the hooks today, I was quite excited to finally finish this pending project just in time for the product launch next weekend. So out came the camera and admittedly I went a teeny tiny bit overboard!

Just a few (ahem!!) pictures... 

The French Laundry coat rack....What do you all think?

These are the coat hooks I purchased aren't they are beautiful?

4 black wrought iron hooks...they are heavy and beautiful...they look vintage and they are perfect for this coat rack!

                       Useful in any room...hang it in the hallway, laundry, bathroom, mudroom, kitchen.....

                                                    I'm loving the rustic feel of the coat rack

 I love all the natural imperfections in the's perfect!!!!

Hand painted letters and numbers...

Here's a reminder of the Before ...just a plain piece of wood...

And the After...

I hope you liked this post. 

I will be posting a few more completed projects watch this space!
Also, I want to thank all those who left such sweet comments on the candlestand makeover post. I loved reading them....!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday 18 June 2012

Candlestand Makeover!

Okay... I confess, I love candles and candlestands!!!! There I've said it! :)

I bought 2 large wooden candlestands...they were a creamy white colour that didn't really go with the dining room. So plain....!
So today I painted them black and sanded them back to give a vintage look and I love how they turned out!!! Note to self: Buy some white candles!!!

I love a touch of black against the white walls. They look amazing and fit so much better in the room! See for yourself! 



And The After... 
I find that small tweaks here and there, changing the colour of certain pieces...changes the look of the room and makes it flow so much better.

I think the candlestands look quite glamorous now...what do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!


Friday 15 June 2012

Product Launch Series Part 2

Hi there...I know I have been MIA for a whole week....I have a good reason...I have been ill for the past week with the flu. But today I dragged myself out of bed to write a post. Finally...!!!!

Following are pictures of a set of chairs I painted. They'll be available at the product launch. I love their simple design. So country so chic!

Colour...Antique white, lightly sanded.

A rustic bed bench...

Wooden Bookcase

Set of 6 "Provincial" placemats...

Set of 4 placemats

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Sunday 10 June 2012

Product Launch Series Part 1

Hi Everyone...I have been wanting to write a post for so long, but just haven't had the time to sit with the laptop. I've been working away on my product launch. I should be feeling happy and excited, but I already have butterflies the size of dinosaurs in my stomach!!! I'm working on an online product catalogue side by side. Will post a link to it to as soon as it's finished. It would be great to get some feedback from all you experienced bloggers!!!

So for today just a few pictures that I took last evening...a preview of a few things that's going to be available at the launch. 

 Small and large white rustic photo frames...

 Copper and shabby chic black photoframes...

 Small heart shaped chalkboards...(As you can see...I've been practising my hand writing!)

 Wall plaques...

 Wooden coat racks..

Wall signs..

And lots more..soft furnishings, furniture, placemats, coasters......As I take inventory for the launch day, I'll take pictures and put them up.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
And don't forget to check out the Ebay store that's now shipping La Maison Jolie products worldwide!!! :
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