VIP Home: Blank Canvas Syndrome (Curtain Fest Part 4)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Being the daughter of an artist, I was able to witness blank canvas syndrome first hand. I remember my mom leaving a canvas blank for hours…sometimes days…even weeks! Furniture pieces would sit unfinished in our garage until she had a brilliant idea on how to refinish each of them. At the time, I did not truly understand why the blank canvases were so frustrating to her, and why it was such a struggle to find the inspiration to paint, sketch, or think outside the box to create the unimaginable.

It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.

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Now that I am older, I understand why it was and still is sometimes hard for my mom to depict her inspiration onto a blank canvas because I, too, struggle with taking my scattered ideas and organizing them to “paint my blank canvas”–whether it be styling an artistic photo shoot or an outfit series. Currently, I am having Blank Canvas Syndrome with a room-dividing curtain in my apartment–It is pretty yet boring…It is boundless yet teeming with limitations. It is blank yet full of ideas.
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Speaking of full of ideas…I have had several great ideas–well, ideas that seemed great at the time–that were total epic fails. Bedazzling it, sewing vintage buttons on it, painting it, tie dying it, tea staining it, and the list goes on…but none of those things truly fit my vision for the room-dividing curtain. So, it is still hanging between my kitchen and my closet functioning but not satisfying to the eye. What shall I do to make the curtain more fun and colorful? Hm…I am not quite sure yet…perhaps I need to call in the professional–aka Mom *wink*–to see if she has any ideas on how to spruce up my boring white curtain. Lord knows the last time I did not call her in for help…I painted one wall in my kitchen 1950’s powder pink before I realized it looked…terrible…it looked like a–a–Oh…I will continue about that DIY disaster another day + pictures *wink*
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Do you any ideas on how I can DIY my room-dividing curtain? Comment on this blog post, write a comment on Facebook, or email me your ideas. I would love to hear them!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: A Piece That Sits Close to Home

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Today on VIP Home, I would like to chat about a piece that sits close to home. It is a dresser that my Paw Riley made for my mom when she was little girl.  

My mom with her dad (Paw Riley) when she was in high school.
My mom with her dad (Paw Riley) when she was in high school. Check out that dress and bow, y’all *wink*

When I was little, the dresser was in my bedroom in its original, stained wood finish…(see photo below).

La! La! La! Check out this silly photo that my mom took of me when I was little--haha too funny! Also, check out the dresser in the back ground *wink*
La! La! La! Check out this silly photo that my mom took of me when I was a toddler–haha too funny! Also, check out the dresser in the background *wink*
A small peek at the dresser when it was in the living room of the Mississippi house. I always loved the way my mom decorated the top with her artwork. The bicycle wheel sculptures are some of my favorite!
A small peek at the dresser when it was in the living room of our Mississippi house. I always loved the way my mom decorated the top with her art pieces. Her bicycle wheel sculptures are my favorite–I currently have one hanging above my bed–y’all will have to stay tuned for that VIP Home blog *wink*

After being moved throughout several rooms in our Mississippi house, the beloved dresser finally found a home in the living room. While it was there, each person had his/her own drawer to do with what he/she pleased–to a certain degree, of course *wink* In my drawer, I had an assortment of Polly Pocket dolls and Play-Doh…Man, those were the days!

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Now, the dresser resides in my bedroom at our house here in Birmingham. Mom and I repainted  it “Melody” by Behr Premium Plus Ultra. The dresser truly pops against the dark purple (“Lunar Shadow”  by Behr) walls. It looks FAB-U-LOUS!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn