Category Archives: Furniture

Gotta love that little hand sander!

You may remember that I wrote a post on November 12, 2013 called “Mantel Madness with Paint Couture”.   I had a lot of fun painting that mantel and it was beautiful…but I always knew that it would take on a … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Creating Memorable Lighting in your home

Good Lighting makes a huge contribution to the beauty and functionality of a home.  And the addition of beautiful fixtures – chandeliers and lamps – creates delightful design elements in any room.  Whenever someone tells me they have recessed lighting and don’t need … Continue reading

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Juggling at The Whistling Elk

I have been posting a lot about painting lately!  I guess I am pretty fascinated with Paint Couture™ products so I am really enjoying using them and teaching about them….but don’t be deceived there are always other things going on at … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Gilded Dresser

Inspiration is a wonderful thing…Good design is always based on inspiration…    Sometimes you are on a design path and you take a right or left turn…in that case I know that something along the way changed my inspiration… Painting is … Continue reading

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What Has Happened to My Humility?

Heres a nice frame with a shabby worn finish…it’s O.K. But that is just it – for me its just o.k.   I know I can change it and make it better than just o.k. What has happened to my humility???? I … Continue reading

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Finger Painting With Gilding Wax…it’s bringing back memories!

I always had so much fun Finger Painting when I was a kid and now I get to do it again… with The Couture Collection – they have a great selection of Gilding Waxes which I love to use to accent … Continue reading

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Decorating the Street

It’s so good to be able to showcase merchandise on Main Street Chester NJ again! Not to mention to be able to stand outside and smile in the sunshine!!!! It’s a perfect shopping day!

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I’m Diggin Van Dyke Brown

I used the Van Dyke Brown Glaze today over Imagine and I’m diggin it! While I was painting the pedestal the other day with IMAGINE  I painted up some paint sample sticks too. Today I glazed/painted them 10 different ways – I … Continue reading

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My Pedestal Has A New Friend

Now I have two beautiful pedestal tables! I don’t know who I love more…here’s the new one… Call me crazy but I have never been a fan of painting with a 14k gold-type color…I always gravitate toward the deeper, more brassy golds…. … Continue reading

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Easy Make Over

This adorable little pedestal/table got a make-over this week at The Whistling Elk. In our Paint Workshops you will learn how easy it is to create beauty where there was none (or little) before!  Not kidding here! This little pedestal table … Continue reading

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Mansion in May Tickets At The Whistling Elk

We will be selling tickets for the MANSION in MAY Designer Showhouse… May 1 – May 31 Peapack-Gladstone, nj open daily 10am – 3pm

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Talk About Tight Spaces…

I had a fabulous day today…I really love what I do and now I can even say I am a bit of a contortionist! My client had an armoire that was a nonedescript green and she wanted to jazz it … Continue reading

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Paint Your Own Masterpiece!

Several new mirrors have arrived at The Whistling Elk – The mirror pictured is one of my favorites and I set it up behind a little cabinet I was planning on painting. Sitting at my desk I can look out and appreciate … Continue reading

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La Vie est Belle!

New merchandise arrivals always make me happy!  La Vie est Belle!  At The Whistling Elk it seems that all the new shipments include a lot of bling.  I confess I am always into beautiful, sparkly bling! Just a little bit … Continue reading

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Well, It’s Snowing Yet Again…So I am Painting…Yet Again!

French Polynesian Pink This beautiful,  vibrant color was the perfect choice to be painting on Valentine’s Day…its  just perfect! For these Paint Stick Samples I used Glaze Couture!™ Verde, Black Walnut, Lite Brown Sugar, Champagne, Zinc, Copperhead and Red Mahogany.  I glazed 2 sticks … Continue reading

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It’s “Sweetheart” Central at The Whistling Elk

Need a  special gift for your Valentine Sweetheart?  Of course you do! We have lots of ideas… We have a great selection of new Lampe Berger lampes, a full stock of Shelley Kyle and LoLLia…and for you do-it-yourselfers…Paint Couture!™ products … Continue reading

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It Pays To Be Prepared on a Snow Day

and I did get snow/iced in yesterday!  Sigh…but I was prepared!  I painted almost all day – a little snow wasn’t going to keep me down! So previously I had painted two coats of Paint Couture on my signs…then I … Continue reading

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Madagascar Mocha Pairs Up Nicely with Glaze Couture!™

Here are my Paint Sticks showcasing Paint Couture!™  Madagascar Mocha with various Glaze Couture!™ finishes on top! The glazes used (left to right):  Little Black Dress (Metallic) with the left edge glazed again with Micki’s Magic, Baltic Black over Madagascar … Continue reading

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Paint Couture!™ French Putty with Pizaaaz!

Here’s my latest set of paint sticks showcasing Paint Couture!™  French Putty. I painted these sticks using the same approach as with the “Peace” samples….one section is just the paint, the next section is the paint with Lacquer Couture!™ Matte on top, the 3rd section … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons Why Paint Couture!™ is the Best Furniture/Cabinet Paint Available!

Ok, I admit right upfront that I am prejudiced because as a painter this is my paint of choice but for all the reasons I list…you just gotta love this Paint!  Here’s why: Top 10 reasons why Paint Couture!™ is … Continue reading

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