It can be so unclear on the milk paint samples and bags in store. Schloss is actually a bit of a chameleon color much like grainsack, in my opinion. It changes with the light and based on the surface you’re painting. The latter is true with most milk paint colors actually.
Schloss is from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint European color line that came out earlier this year.
It is named for German castles. The color itself is meant to represent old stone fortresses common in Europe much like the one pictured here. Sometimes it turns up gray and sometimes a weathered brown exactly like the patina of the castles.
Hopefully this clarifies the nomenclature of this color. Either way, schloss is a great neutral. I’ve been using it lately layered with other grays (coming soon) and on its own like in today’s feature.
Shown here is a vintage telephone table where two coats of schloss were applied without bonding agent. It was topped with furniture wax to protect and bring out the color.
The piece was a bit raw and worn as it was pulled out of a barn where it was in hibernation.
The side in sets are more than likely a veneer. Those areas on the side are the only place the paint chipped adding character.
Telephone tables are certainly becoming extinct, but why? This one serves perfectly as a nightstand or end table. It is available for sale at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown along with the great vintage carriage blanket and p.f. candles too!
I’m really enjoying pulling together photo shoots. In this case, I had a finished coffee table to share as well as new seasonal merchandise so it just made sense to style it all together. It is so much more interesting than simple before & after pictures, I think. Plus it has given me the opportunity to work with my new lens and continue to refine my skills in prop styling & photography.
At any rate, the coffee table base is painted in Layla’s mint over flow blue. Both are August’s colors of the month. Admittedly Layla’s mint looks very similar to Eulalie’s sky in this equation. The flow blue underneath the green made it sway more bluish if that makes sense. A bit of the blue is peaking through on the legs. The top of the table is curio with a bit of white wax. The table is available at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.
We’re big on burlap as we transition into fall. Who am I kidding? We’re big on burlap every season! The bow front pillows are a new addition. Check out the adorable burlap pumpkins and daisies. You can find all of these at both Circa Dee shops. (The table shown here is not for sale but it is painted trophy with white wax.)
We’ve also introduced ferns to the mix at West End Garage. They are the perfect low maintenance interior plant for fall.
Are you feeling the pull to nest for a new season?
Being that we’ve reached mid-November, Christmas decorating is at full blast in the retail sector and even in some homes. Remember when Thanksgiving was strictly a fall decor holiday? Now it seems like it can go either way – burnt orange and crunchy leaves on the last Thursday in November OR a red and green feast. Me personally, I am ready for Christmas decor and have been decking our retail halls. The selling season is really short after all. However, I don’t switch our own home decor until after Thanksgiving. The best of both worlds!
Here are two fresh and fantastic wreath ideas that lend themselves to either holiday. Better yet, they can don your door for both – more bang for your buck!
Southern magnolia wreaths are pretty much season-less. Their rich green leaves dry out and get better looking with age.
The green leaves contrast against the coppery underside in such a beautiful way.
The silver dollar eucalyptus wreath is an oldie but goodie in terms of style. This silvery-blue-green wreath can take you from Thanksgiving all the way through the winter months. It can easily be dressed up with burlap or velvet ribbon.