White on White

White on White

White on White

Maybe because it’s about to snow, I woke up this morning thinking about white on white. With five of the next six days produced for light snow, my world here in Maine will turn into white on white slush.

White is the most popular color for painted furniture by a country mile. And it is surprising to me how well white furniture with white embellishments work.

I would have thought that some tone on tone, glitz, or other contrast would be significant. But… it turns out in the popularity contest of color white wins hands down even as an Efex color.

I have always had a big crush on these projects.

The first two pictures were customs pieces for clients at Maine Country Home.

The next picture shows off Efex at my house.

white on white desk

Now my house is very white! White walls, white furniture, etc. but I tend to gild our Efex projects because I have a love for the European gilding wax.

The slant top desk has a black glaze over a pure white base coat.

And the final frame is from my friend Janet Metzger at the Empty Nest.

All a little different but all very white on white.

xoxo Lydia

Say ” Hello” to Rosey The Swag

Say ” Hello” to Rosey The Swag

Say  “hello” Rose Swag

Today we welcome our new rose swag to the family. Not as flat as our other swags these roses are fresh and bold. Surrounded by two bow swags they make for a perfect addition to our collection.

They are just like a spray of tiny rose buds.


The roses were inspired by the lovely bouquet of young rosebuds we see in the spring. I call this bouquet a spray of roses and it reminds me of our swag.

Measuring 8 “ x 2” they are priced at $9.00 each they are ready for you to embellish anything.

Below we are showing off SW9 on simple Christmas pots.

Or see how just one swag changes the look of this sideboard. Here our new swag is dressed up in antique bronze.

Hello, you sexy swag.


xoxo Lydia

3 Great Hostess Gifts – Quick and Easy with Efex

3 Great Hostess Gifts – Quick and Easy with Efex

Tis The Season

Now is the time to think about Christmas…. I know it’s not even Thanksgiving and we’re thinking about Christmas…

One of the best things about the holidays is making special gifts for those you love. And if you’re like me, you need to start early or you just run out of time.

So for this week, we are going to feature gifts you can make over on our Instagram account. There are so many quick and easy ideas to choose from.

Three easy gifts that you can have on hand for the holiday season.

Here are three easy gifts you can make this season using Efex for a special embellishment. We love them as hostess gifts or last-minute little presents for anyone.

1 – Our favorite holiday hostess and party gift is this seasonal planter You can use almost anything: clay pots with a rosettes or swags attached then fill with seasonal bulbs or herbs like this rosemary plant.

2 – Next up, Efex make quick and easy Christmas Decorations for trees and wreaths. Paint and/or gild with gold and attach. And the best part, you can reuse them on another project later!

3 – Jewelry boxes are always fun.  This box highlights R77 and gilding wax. Just so quick and easy to make and take.

Each of these ideas is so quick and easy. Just one afternoon and you can be set for the season.


xoxo Lydia


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Finding Inspiration Online

Finding Inspiration Online

Finding Inspiration


“Where do you get your inspirations”  Like many I run to the web to look at photo’s.  I can fall down the Pinterest and Instagram rabbit hole and get lost so fast.

Any time you scroll around the web there are photo’s that just grab your attention.Two things usually pop into my head at almost the same time. One is sigh… i with I had taken that picture (sorry got off track here different thought) and one is wow I could do that.

Often we’re drawn to a single element in a photo that just sparks our interest. It’s instant attraction So what does this have to do with reimagining your home with your own bespoke furniture?

Once you identified that spark then you can find and  re-imagin your next masterpiece.


Sometimes, it’s as easy as adding a rosette, This inspiration for this table  came from this Swedish day bed.I recently saw   this lovely mens bureau with a similar rosette which started me thinking about staining Efex on an old wooden chest. The initial spark was the love seat and it’s already morphed into a bespoke table and additional  deas.

Often my friends and Efex stockists are sources of inspiration. This dresser from Celest at  Catfish Studio it just spoke to me. It is remincient of this lovely antique chest with inlayed swags and drops. Thinking out of the box here, what if you added the Efex and just stained them.


What were looking for a spark to start the journey that takes a plain object, and turn it into a bespoke design.

Finally, this perfect Scandinavian desk. The lovely embellishments on the front would be as easy as cutting up a swag SW21 and putting a rosette in between the two parts.

So… where did you find inspiration today?

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