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My custom cabinetmaker is amazing

We moved the custom cabinet that i had built into the shop several years ago from the old shop into the new Whistling Elk shop…this piece is 8′ high and 17′ long… This was another important part of my store … Continue reading

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Clocks and Draperies create a curiously beautiful combination

We re-created our clock wall in the new shop and now it greets you as you walk in the front door. It is surrounded by our beautiful custom draperies. It was part of my store opening plan for the new … Continue reading

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Little Paris Opens Quietly Today!!

Well, today was the day! We opened Little Paris to the public – we still have a few kinks to work out but we decided to go ahead and softly greet the world! Here’s a little virtual tour….its better to … Continue reading

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one week to go til Little Paris opens!

Little Paris is going to open at the end of next week!  It is finally almost ready!! Little details are falling into place…. Window treatments made with tied up sheers… Love this pink charger….

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I want to move into my little Paris Apartment…

The bedroom portion of the Paris Apartment room is almost complete.  I finished the window treatments last night.   The cornice box is made of cardboard and painted with a white texture paint.  I love the light feeling of this room! … Continue reading

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Dreams of posie bouquets

Our little dream shelf in the Paris Boudoir is taking shape…. We have some Relax Lollia, and some pretty vintage paper and a little posie…. You dont have to spend a lot of money to make a shelf look pretty….just … Continue reading

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Little Paris Boudoir nearing completion!

the window treatments for the Paris Boudoir windows are almost complete…i have a few touches to add to the cornice boxes…but that is a surprise! Last night I hung  readymade (!!) sheers which i trimmed with a 5″ bullion fringe … Continue reading

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excuses, excuses

OK, I have been hibernating…at least that is my excuse for not keeping you uptodate… I have been working on Little Paris a minute here and a minute there …painting, organizing, moving things (that i shouldn’t be), planning etc.  Task … Continue reading

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The devil in the details!

I’m still painting! Yes, the devil is in the details…but if you want perfection – ya gotta go for it! Had my mom cut me a few stencils from architectural pictures i collected…then used parts of them randomly. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Everyone needs a little pink

I just finished painting the “Paris Apartment” in our Little Paris shop… it’s a beautiful shade of pink called Cotton Candy!  If you ever told me i’d be painting pink walls in any room of mine – I’d have laughed…. … Continue reading

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New artwork just arrived at The Whistling Elk

Yesterday we got in a large shipment of artwork…. here’s a pretty piece that would fit right into our Little Paris shop…. These next several pieces are all very Whistling Elk….very tuscan – rich colors – warm and cozy…   This pretty … Continue reading

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Paris boudoir gets a fresh coat of paint

So i just finished priming the walls of the Paris Boudoir!   This brings Little Paris a step closer to opening day.   Painting is great therapy… you can think about anything you want and get the job done at the same … Continue reading

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Vintage vanity is the first find

I found a beautiful vintage dressing table… it turned up a little early but i just had to have it for Little Paris!   It’s such a pretty creamy yellow…with gold trim.   And the mirror is amazing!  Of course we displayed … Continue reading

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Distracted while shopping for antiques….

Yesterday I was out shopping for antiques and ran into the most gorgeous babbling brook!  It was so pretty and  refreshing and made the greatest rushing sounds….lovely I found some great pieces for Little Paris too…and have some decisions to … Continue reading

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Window treatments enhance the beauty of a room

I’ve been busy installing window treatments for clients this week….here are some of my favorites. This goblet pleat panel is trimmed with rouche (brush fringe).  It’s a trellis pattern silk from Fabricut and the color works so nicely with the wall color … Continue reading

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Shabby chic shutters speak to casual elegance

Old shutters and doors look fabulous to me…whether you just lean them somewhere or nail them to the wall – like i did in my bedroom!  (I’m all for easy installation).  These are just “leanin” in the shop right now!  They are … Continue reading

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Make a design statement with a beautiful mirror!

Yesterday we brought some beautiful mirrors onto the shop floor (I should say lugged as they were very heavy…the detail is amazing though!  Always worth the trouble! The picture above is a catalog picture so we snapped a few other … Continue reading

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Courage to make a change

        A friend was incredulous that i was starting a new business in these turbulent times. It got me thinking….and reminiscing.  When i started my first business i really had absolutely no idea what i was getting … Continue reading

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Details, details…

I find myself thinking incessantly about all the details that i have to oversee to accomplish the opening of the new shop, and planning like crazy – writing orders, making timelines, overseeing each piece of the project so no detail … Continue reading

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Chandeliers are like jewelry

…the right one is amazing in a room – the crowning glory! One of my favorite chandeliers…the Mayfair…when we have it in the shop we hang it low for impact. So pretty. The perfect balance of iron and crystal.  

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