Wednesday, July 30, 2014

White Cabinet with Fluorescent Green Detail

Truth be told, this little cabinet would look cute painted in any colour, but I opted for white. I never paint white for several reasons:
1. most refurbished furniture can be found in white
2. bright and unexpected colour makes old pieces more relevant for today's living
3. using colour makes each piece a bit more one-of-a-kind

With this piece I wanted to go with a clean and fresh look. It is small yet ornate and I though that white would bring all its beautiful features to the forefront. To make the white pop a bit more and to make the piece unlike any other I paired the crispiness of the white with a punchy and happy fluorescent yellow. The key however was to use the colour only to accentuate the features, hence its application on the supporting column and the keyhole alone. This contrast makes it fresh, youthful but also bold and daring. It may not be to everyone's taste but the person that ends up falling in love with it is the one with exactly the same characteristics - unique, happy, edgy and at the same time cool and collected. Can't wait to see who it is.
For more info on the piece, dimensions and shipping, check my Etsy page.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Colourful Friday






It is Friday in July and what a better way to end the busy week but to share some photos of some beautiful and happy colour combinations. For this week I am playing safe by pairing up the sunny yellows with a cool and collected greys. Next Friday it may be something less safe and a bit more daring. If you want to see what I come up with for next Friday you will have to come back and check it out.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Dresser with Little Houses - Reveal

I have been working on this dresser for good four days and have completed it yesterday. It seems like it would have been and easy job, and in some way it was as the design is not too elaborate, but it still took time and some error fixing. I must honestly say that I am really happy with the result but wasn't sure how it would be received as it is something new and something I haven't had any experience with before. Well, I guess someone loved it enough to snatch it off Etsy only a few hours after I had posted it. I guess I may have to go find another hopeless little piece to transform in the same way.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Dresser and Little Houses - In Progress

Yesterday I posted the before image of this dresser along with my doodle-ish direction for it. Last night I got to paint it out in a solid bluish-grey colour and this morning I started by taping off the areas where the little houses will be. All of them will have white facades and I am currently playing around with the shapes of roofs. So far this was a piece of cake work, what I am nervous about is sketching the windows and doors as this is something that I need to do free hand and am not sure that I am much good at it. I am away from this project for the rest of the day today and will continue working on it tomorrow morning with some more updates to follow.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Dresser and Little Houses

I did some driving around this Saturday, got a nice pair of jeans, a blouse and a super cute jacket with kimono sleeves and also this sad looking little dresser. Previous owners were selling it for a song so I had to take it home knowing that it will turn into a perfect subject of some experimentation.
I could just choose to paint it in a single colour and call it a day, but feel that this would be an easy way out. Instead I plan on doing something that I haven't done before, and do partial doodle-style house drawing on either the bottom drawer or maybe partially on the other two or maybe just the top, I haven't  completely decided yet.
As drawing is not something I am good at at all I created a little banner using craft paper as the base, plain white to determine the shape and size of the houses and a black sharpy to create roofs, windows and doors. I will start with the work on it tomorrow and will hopefully remember to take in progress pictures to share with the world. Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coral Dresser

To be honest, I had different plans for this dresser when I first got it. I was going to introduce some pattern running along one side of the piece, but then paint didn't cooperate the way I would have wanted it to and I opted out to leave it in a single colour, which in the end turned out to be a great direction. The colour alone makes it out of the ordinary and pairing with slate blue knobs it added some extra charm to it. Make sure to check out my Etsy page for specifications on the piece, and remember that there are some amazing delivery options on the piece, so if you like, just send me a note and I will be happy to tell you all about it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Weekend Fun

This was a rare weekend when I wasn't at the store or painting and when Marc choose not to spend time on the golf course. Saturday started with getting ready for our friends' wedding in the country and on Sunday we took a road trip to deliver a piece of furniture to one of my most recent buyers in Sarnia, ON. Here are a few pictures snapped this weekend.

Saturday night at a friends' farm wedding in Utopia, ON

Traditionally, all our road trips lead to Tim Horton's for a must have coffee and double toasted everything bagel (with extra cream cheese for me and extra butter for Marc)

Wind farm along highway 402 between London and Sarnia 

We never do selfless and (sadly) have very few pictures in which we are together, so this one taken on the beach in Sarnia is "kinda" special

Resting on the beach in matching shoes, absorbing the beauty of a Summer day on lake Huron

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Projects

While waiting for the furniture gods to inspire me with some new ideas on furniture rejuvenation I am trying out some new things. These scarves are reminiscent of the Japanese shibori. I bought the fabric already dyed, but will be experimenting some more with this technique myself. The fabric is a 100% cotton, super soft and pliable. It may still be too hot to accessorize with one, but before we know it we will be looking for one to keep us warm.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Poppyseed Creative Living in on Facebook

As of yesterday I have taken Poppyseed Creative Living to Facebook as I am hoping that this will help me reach different audience and create some more exposure. I am using this blog primarily as my virtual showroom but the newly created Facebook page will serve as a portal to share other creative ideas, inspirations and projects. So head on over to see my first post on the shibori scarves I made recently and feel free to like and share the page.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Time has come to make room for some new items and help release some of the oldies into the world. I have reduced these two dressers down to 50% of their original price and hope that there is someone out there who will be happy to call them their own.
Check out their Etsy listings here and here for more info.

Also, please take note of the following:

Delivering a piece to Montreal or the Canada/US border crossing in Sarnia has not been a problem in the past and am now happy to offer it free of charge. With a network of reliable shipping and customs brokers I am able to send my work across the border with no hassle on the buyers' part. Just sayin'!

Yellow Tallboy Dresser and Slate Secretary Desk

I have completed and added these two beauties to my Etsy page last week and they have already received a lot of love. Each one of them individually is loaded with character of their own but would make a marvellous team if paired together. Check them out here and here while they last.