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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Makeover for the perfect little cocktail table.

Makeover for the perfect little cocktail table

Just finished this custom commissioned piece. The client wanted it to complement a cane chair with belgium linen cushions that she just acquired. It looked like this prior to the redo.



Hope she likes it!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Weekend treasures.


Just a quick share of a couple finds from the weekend. I have to be good and buckle down to get some  client paint projects finished on time! Have a great day.

Alabaster and architectural salvage at The Pickled Hutch

Antique French cherub wall decor at The Pickled Hutch

French metal basket at The Pickled Hutch

Rustic french stone basket with vegetables at The Pickled Hutch

Vntage enamel sign

And of course no antiquing would be complete without bringing home at least one project piece.  Thank goodness I know how to rewire.

Antique French cherub lamp at The Pickled Hutch



Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall Jewelry Design.



Romantic cherry jade cross necklace by The Pickled Hutch

Once I start a piece, it's hard to put down until it's finished which I'm sure all my artistic friends can relate to. And I absolutely love how this one turned out. I just finished this design last night or actually at 2am this morning. Luscious cherry jade and antique silver beads with a wonderful, romantic, rustic cross within a cross.
This could be the perfect signature piece for fall and winter. Just listed here on Etsy. 


Romantic cherry jade cross necklace by The Pickled Hutch

Romantic cherry jade cross necklace by The Pickled Hutch

Friday, August 15, 2014

Visual Displays

It was time for a little redo at the store. 

Store display at The Pickled Hutch

Reinforcements are on their way as I write this to help me with the rest.  And Alfie, of course. He is a HUGE help. Have a wonderful weekend all!


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Gifts from the ocean.

I love using bounty from the ocean in my decorating and art projects. Pearls, shells, coral, it's Mother Nature showing off her finery. For me, just seeing a beautiful shell or piece of coral evokes the sound of waves and the warm sand under my toes.  And where I would rather be right at this moment!  So today we are revisiting some creations, store treasures and vignettes using gifts from the ocean. Enjoy!

Soldered coral and bird bottle by The Pickled Hutch


Soldered art bottles by The Pickled Hutch


Soldered coral bottle by The Pickled Hutch

Vintage shell gooseneck lamp at The Pickled Hutch

Vintage seashell jewelry box

Soldered abalone and opaline bottles by The Pickled Hutch

Soldered coral bottle by The Pickled Hutch

Soldered seashell and salt shaker bottle by The Pickled Hutch

Vignette using coral at The Pickled Hutch

Shell and seaglass collections at The Pickled Hutch

Glittered starfish at The Pickled Hutch


Seashell mirror and vignette at The Pickled Hutch


Soldered coral bottles by The Pickled Hutch


Victorian mother of pearl pendant necklace by The Pickled Hutch


Soldered coral bottles by The Pickled Hutch


Coral vignette


Soldered coral perfume bottle by The Pickled Hutch


Huge clamshell vignette at The Pickled Hutch


Soldered coral perfume decanter by The Pickled Hutch


Abalone ornaments by The Pickled Hutch


Seashell mirror by The Pickled Hutch


Soldered coral opaline bottle by The Pickled Hutch


Soldered coral bottles by The Pickled Hutch


Vintage mounted deco shell at The Pickled Hutch


Soldered coral bottle by The Pickled Hutch


Baroque pearl necklace by The Pickled Hutch


Soldered shell and coral bottles by The Pickled Hutch

Hoping at least a lucky few of you are oceanside this weekend. Dip a toe in for Alfie and me!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Antique Holy Water Font

Antique alabaster holy water font

Antique holy water font in hand carved alabaster.
5" x 11".

Transforming an outdoor space.

My latest project. My client and I have been working together to organize, edit and reclaim space for several months now.  I'm proud of how open she is being to the change. And with the gorgeous weather we're having, it was time to head outside. First I started with this overgrown, 2 story bougainvillea. It hadn't been trained or trimmed in years and had taken over a third of the deck above. Beautiful as it is, it was also extremely messy from all the dead branches and petals. 


12 huge garden bags of this later...


This corner of the deck was completely invisible and overgrown. And so was the magnificent view. The deck had just become storage and not a living space.




And now….Ta Da!  Planter boxes have been refreshed and are vibrantly framing the view.

Deck redesign framing the view

There was lattice blocking the view through the lower rails so we removed that. Now my client can see the lower garden.

Deck redesign framing the view

Removing the bougainvillea removed her privacy and a windbreak for the deck.  So we reused the lattice we had removed from the other side. It will also prevents the bougainvillea from climbing back on to the deck.

Green deck privacy wall

We then added two tiers of planter boxes with various drought resistant plants. (Still have to finish the bottom planters. We ran out of mulch.) It creates an organic barrier that is pretty and practical.  
I know she is going to really enjoy this space now.  Last additions will be an antique farm table, umbrella and some solar lights for a beautiful night time glow.
Hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far!