The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee

The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee
The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Time and Again!


Being a pro active sort of person, it is so difficult to let time pass without trying to rearrange the hours on the clock or allow God to take charge!  I am learning that it is possible, and quite a character building process to just follow the road and see what is in store for your around the next corner.  Case in point, our newest location, ReLove, in Cookeville, Tennessee.  I have just about decided that ReLove is a frame of mind rather than a location on the map.  Right now, it is both.  We are located at 4628 West Broad, which is also Highway 70 going out of Cookevllle towards Baxter.  It has been my delight to have been under the same umbrella at this location with the very talented Jean Ann Mayberry.  Her European floral designs are to die for.  She has chaired the Rose Parade in California and done floral arrangements for presidential inagurations.  She has taught floral design extensively as well.  So it is to her credit, that a local company offered her a position with their firm.  While being so very happy for my dear friend, this brings me to another crossroads in life.  Isn't life full of these??   I need to decide whether to continue at this location or to limit my work to our studio on the hill on the lake in Gainesboro.  I am trying to let the few weeks and God's presence show me the way.  At the very least, I am open to Godly suggestions!  Reworking our website and it should be up and running with a great new look, courtesy of Victoria at Shabby Lanes Hosting.  I continue to make to do lists and continue to not get it all done!

If you are in our area, please top by and check out our great selection of home decor and floral items.  We carry an extensive line of Paint Couture! products and offer classes on how to enhance your projects. We are open from 10 until 5 on Thursday and Friday and until 3 p.m on Saturdays!

Be sure to celebrate the Birthday of our Country on the Fourth of July safely!  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Welcome Spring!

As Spring approaches, we find time and energy to view our surroundings with new eyes.  The grey tones of winter lead into the spring pops of color before summer's greens and hues.  Now is the time to look around and see if you could re purpose or restyle a piece of furniture or home decor.  The Blue Heron Studio is all about reusing and rethinking what we have and what we find.  We like for you to have the ability to put your personal stamp on a "WOW" piece that your friends and family will admire.  We offer Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Products along with the extensive line of Paint Couture! products.  Now, we are pleased to partner with FARRAGOZ to further enhance your painting skills.  Going to the Nashville Antique and Garden Show just confirmed how popular and important the look of many layers of paints can impact a piece.  We just feel we have the best marriage of products and instruction to help you achieve this look with confidence
Every layer of paint tells the story of the piece!

Inspiration comes in many places, such as the beautiful muted colors of the books in the following photo. Touched with accents of gilding, these can be translated into beautiful colors and layers for your home, furniture projects and home decor.


The curve of an arm with it's multi layered painted history can also be carried into other areas of your home. Think neutral pieces with cocoa, russet, and ochre.  The most important thing is to love your home and create a welcoming aura for your family, friends and yourself.  All the beautiful decor in the world can not replace the beauty in the welcoming spirit of hospitality and sharing.  Enjoy your home, your creativity and the newness of the world that Spring brings to us all!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year, New Opportunities!

After a very busy fall selling season, we took a break after the last show to enjoy our home and family holiday visits.  But now, with the start of a fresh new year, we are looking to new challenges.  January is a good month to plan projects, organize home and studio, and get started with some of the new ideas that we have on our "to do" list.

One of the challenges we have faced early on, was moving our booth space in Gainesboro to Gallatin.  The store we have been in for several years has lost their lease and made the decision to close rather than relocate.  This will be a blow to our downtown area, as our historic square needs every viable business it can.  However, our move to Gallatin will allow us to showcase more of our paint products and painted furniture and home decor. We will still keep the great products we use in our projects in the Studio here in Gainesboro, and of course are willing to work with anyone should they require shipping!

I am looking forward to going to the studio today and starting on several projects I will share with my lovely readers over the next month.  We are working on restoring a drop front secretary which is proving to be a bigger restoration project than we thought.  I am also working on some more small tables in our limited edition color of Citrine.  We still have a very few quarts of that and samples.  Will be totally gone in February.  We are excited to use the new color of the year, 2014, Radiance on a project or two!  Such a pop of color that beckons to Spring.  Of course, we will continue to use lots of neutrals in different combos. New exciting hardware has been located and we will be using that like jewelry to finish our pieces with that one of a kind look.

On a personal level, I will continue the organizational efforts I have started early last year.  I join with so many of you in search of a more simple and fulfilling life.  One to be enjoyed, not endured.  All the changes in our economy and social structures has made me realize that to be able to produce a steady environment, even though it is only in my small circle of friends and family is not an easy task.  To be in a person's life when you are needed is a great honor and blessing.

Almost forgot to post this week, but in the meantime I was able to capture this little sofa table.  I have prepared the surface by cleaning it with TSP and then clear water.  Now it is going to be changed forever with our new color of Radiance.  Come back soon and see the final result!  In the meantime have a simply wonderful week.

Don't forget to visit me on Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/blueheronpainting?ref=hl

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Paint it and They Will Come!

Well, we just got back from our first Fall Show which was thru the amazing Shabby Lane Shops webmall at Cool Springs Galleria.   This show was the creation of a lovely young woman, Catherine Monceaux.  You can check out all the store fronts on line at Shabby Lane Shops.  I love the idea of buying gifts and must haves from other entrepreneurs.  She has other event planned for the rest of the year.  So be sure to check out the mall and sign up to be a vendor if you are looking for events.

Some of my neighbors at the show were Shandra  Holder with her amazing Miche Bags.  Had to get one, and I can't wait until it comes!She was a delight to be next to.  You can find all her information about the bags and her home parties at Miche Bags

Speaking of convertible items, the VeraStyle Jewelry booth was behind mine.  There is no limit to how you can style their jewelry, and it each becomes a statement piece that is both individual and versatile.  Maria and Shelly offer their products at shows and home parties.  You can find them online at Mialisia VersaStyle Jewelry.  Was so pleased that my DH surprised me with a chain that I can wear as a necklace, bracelet or eye glass holder. 

We had spent the last six weeks putting together quite a few pieces of our painted furniture to show the effects you can get with our Paint Couture Line of Project Paints that we offer online at The Blue Heron Studio and at select locations throughout Middle Tennessee.  We are also offering a class in Paint Couture with sample boards and sample products for the students, October 18th in Cookeville, Tennessee at the Cumberland Art Society.  Right now if you bring a friend, you can share the cost of the workshop at $59.00 and still both make all the sample boards and receive the sample paints.  If you are interested in attending, please email me at blueheron05@twlakes.net.  I will be happy to add you to the class roster.  We are going to have a lot of fun that day learning some new techniques to take your furniture painting to a new level. 

I also want to share a piece that sold at the show as well.  It was a china cabinet made by Burns around the 1950's.  We painted the outside in Paint Couture! Madagascar Mocha, and the inside in Italian Ivory.  I then stencilled French lettering on the inside back of the cabinet in Baltic Black.  A finish of Finish Couture! in Satin was applied with two coats.  I thought it turned out very classic, and I am anxious to do this again, perhaps on a bookcase?

 Overall, the show was great and the Brentwood area in Tennessee is a lovely place.  I only wish we could have had a little time exploring the area such as the plantation, Traveler's Rest and other historic sites.
I hope we get invited to return to the show, and now that I know how much there is to do and see, an extra day would certainly be in order. 

Until next time!  Keep painting and enjoy and cherish your homes and families!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Oh My Goodness!

It has been too long since I have shared anything thru this blog.  After promising weekly postings of projects or other creative endeavors, all I can say, is that I am sorry.  Early this summer, I had surgery that involved a great deal of recuperation and right after that I took a tumble down a flight of stairs that did not help the progress.  So.....I would much rather have been working on things or ideas to share, but had to slow down a little to heal.  All is well now, and I have been very busy creating new projects and repurposing items using the new Paint Couture Line we now carry as well as Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.



Years of dirt was cleaned from the piece using TSP from the hardware and paint store.  I followed directions for the use and after it was done, I rinsed the piece with clear water and allowed it to dry.  I was very lucky that the original hardware was still in good condition.  I painted the hardware and gave it a dry brushed effect that I though went well with the piece.  

Closeup of Applied Molding

I did use some of the resin moldings from Do It Yourself Shabby Chic.  I really like their moldings and they apply easily with wood glue.  They can be painted or stained, depending on what you need to do.  Check out their website at http://doityourselfchic.com/.  They have lots of great designs.  I did also choose a small rose spray that I applied to the front of each drawer. 

I painted the entire piece with Paint Couture in Renewal.  It took two coats for this particular project.  I did follow directions and let 24 hours pass between coats, and another 24 after the last coat before applying Glaze Couture in Champagne.  This color was very subtle, yet the overall effect was to give a "Duck Egg Blue" shading to the piece.  Inside the drawers I used a Martha Stewart Latex Color called Bone Folder.  

The piece was quickly done, and yet had a good look when finished.  It has already found a new home!
I am busy getting ready for a show mid September in Franklin, Tennessee at Cool Springs Galleria.  I will have lots of new projects to share with you.  On a final note, I want to share our new color, created especially for our studio, The Blue Heron, by Paint Couture. 

We carry it in both quart and sample sizes!  Quarts run $29.50 and the samples are $12.00.  You can purchase this and all the paint couture colors on our website at http://www.theblueheronstudio.com

In the meantime, keep painting and making beautiful things happen in your world!

Monday, July 8, 2013



Sometimes, you just know what the name of a piece is going to be before you start.

I like to say my pieces I work on, "talk" to me.  I am sure you decorative painters know what I mean.  This was definitely one of those chats.  This desk was in need of a redo for sure.  I wish I had a "before" photo to share with you.  It was evident this was a sturdy maple piece from the 20's or 30's.  I wanted to honor the wood tone and redid the top with a natural finish.  I did put a walnut stain into the wood and finished it with several coats of polyurethane.  I figured this would give a durable finish in order to protect it from use as a desk.  I then proceeded to make my own "chalk" or clay based, paint.  This is not for the faint of heart, I can assure you!  I measured carefully into a large mason jar two tablespoons of non sanded grout.  I mixed with water to a creamy consistency, and then added my cup of paint.  I had a flat finish latex that was a Martha Stewart color from her old line at Home Depot.  The color was Pumpkinseed.  I thought it would be perfect as an accent to the hardware I found at Anthropologie.  As this project required several applications of my homemade "chalk" paint, I kept careful notes of how much paint vs. grout vs. water.  I did have to remix once.  After a day or two, my homemade "chalk" paint resembled jelly more than paint.  There are other recipes, this was the one I started with, and I will try more and maybe even this one again.  However, now that we are carrying the Paint Couture Line of project paints, that is giving me all the tools I need to do the finishes I want to do.  You can find out more about that line of paint at www.theblueheronstudio.com.  if you like.  

I did finish the entire project with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax which goes on like butter.  We also carry that line at The Blue Heron Studio's website.  I used clear as I wanted the foliage green of the color to stay true.  For a pop of color, I finished the inside of the drawers with a bright color that I had mixed off the color of the knobs. 

  As I am doing some new items with metallic finishes and glazes, these mercury glass knobs will probably show up on a redo soon!  The knobs at Anthropologie can be pricey, so I try to wait till I have a coupon or some free shipping, etc. offer.  They are beautiful and inspire a lot of dreaming!
I am sorry that I have not posted in a while, but I have been busy working on many new items to share with you, and hopefully will be a better blogger!  

Remember, go out and have some fun, and "If it stands still, Paint It!"

Monday, June 3, 2013

Paint Couture, Glaze Couture, and Finish Couture at The Blue Heron Studio!

We are so excited to now be distributing this new line of project paint! 

It features some of the most lovely colors from great fashion design and popular home decor such as Chanel, Dior, and The Great Gatsby.  If you have enjoyed using any of the chalk paints such as Annie Sloan or CeCe Caldwell in the past, then you are going to LOVE this new paint.  Not only is it more affordable at $29.50 per quart, but you are able to change the looks with the extensive lines of glazes and finishes to achieve exactly that perfect look.  You can also use the Miss Mustard Seed finishes over this paint, and you can use the finishes over the Miss Mustard Seed Paint for a very durable finish.  If you are wanting the total dead flat look of chalk paint, then you can still get that with the flat finish, but you will get something more durable which is really desirable for tables, and pieces of furniture that can get some wear on them!

Colors are yummy, and we should have all posted by mid June.  If we are are out of stock on a color, just let us know what you are looking for.  We can special order, and have that to you within 10 business days to two weeks.  We continue to post new colors and combinations as well as videos and tutorials to both out pinterest boards, Miss Mustard Seed and Paint Couture and facebook page at

For information and to order this exciting new paint, as well as all of the Miss Mustard Seed products, please visit.