(By the way, sorry for the crappy quality of this photo-I forgot to take a proper BEFORE photo.
Hopefully you get the idea.)
The structure of the panels combined with the subtle bronze of the hardware led me to run with the Mediterranean motif, but the challenge lay in selecting the color and style that would best express that.
Well, I’m something of a photo collector, especially travel photography, and there are three particular pictures that came to mind while searching for inspiration for this piece: three landscape shots of the gondolas in Venice, Italy (a city on a constant climb to the top of my bucket list). I bought them all as a set because I thought that each of them, with their distinct angles, backgrounds and striking color, complimented each other so perfectly.
The color of the gondolas was what inspired me to buy them (a brilliant royal blue that could catch your eye from a mile away) and, as it turns out, would one year later be the color I chose for my end table. In each of the three photos, the distinct pop of the blue juxtaposes the warm, earthy colors of the Venetian buildings in such a stunningly organic way. It’s a funny thing to see the new mesh so seamlessly with the old (ancient in Venice’s case), and that was what I wanted for the table-a marriage of the new and the classic. In fact, now that I think about it, it’s a theme that runs through most of my work.
So now I had a clear muse, a motif, and a color! I drove the forty five minutes to Poppy and Chalk in Culpepper, VA to buy a pint of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (the nearest stockist to Charlottesville) because I was way too excited to get started to have to arrange for overnight shipping. I went with Napoleonic Blue, which, for any of you Annie fans out there, should immediately ring a bell-it’s an incredibly bold shade of blue that keeps its luminescence well after it dries. In the right light, it can seem just short of neon, but never approaches gaudy.