We just love Late Night on the Ave! We always meet so many lovely people and are looking forward to another great evening on Thursday, April 5th.
This month we are very excited to be featuring Cravings Artisan Gelato. If you haven't heard about this incredibly yummy treat yet, now is your chance to become addicted like the rest of us.
Owner Charlynn has taken gelato (Italian ice-cream), sorbetto's and even alcohol based gelato to the next level. She is fully mobile and offers up her delicious wares for weddings and events.
Not only can you select flavours and colours to compliment your big day, but the choices are made with fresh fruit and all-natural ingredients.
Stop in at the boutique for this month's Late Night on the Ave and get eggs-ellant discounts (couldn't help myself) on home decor and florals by Sugar Blossoms, and try Cravings Artisan Gelato... in Eastercolours!
Sometimes a reimagining is just plain genius. I loved this one so much I could hardly wait to share it!
Connie is a Master Gardener; a certified Rosarian who specializes in antique Roses. Her business, Hartwood Roses is what she refers to as a "small nursery"... they carry 800 varieties! If I make another trip to Virginia, I am absolutely going to Hartwood Roses.
She is also a very handy gal, indeed who falls into an array of categories: Carpenter, Remodeler, Dreamer and her blog is continuously inspiring. This offering is one of my favorites because it updates an old 70's cabinet for new yet practical use in today's world and even more so for its creative and beautiful colour combination.
Describing the process in her own words, here is Connie's China Cabinet makeover:
I knew from the moment I saw this hutch sitting on the sidewalk at Goodwill that it would be perfect for a TV cabinet ... but it's classic, 1970s style wasn't part of the picture.
The doors were the first thing to go. I installed trim to cover where the hinges had been. New wood panels fill the sides where glass was originally.
With these modifications made, now what color should it be? I knew that I wanted to use two colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so I stared at my handy color chart for inspiration. (seen in THIS post) Initially, I was drawn to Chateau Grey and Duck Egg ... but my new can of Olive was the winner. I am continually amazed at how much I love the way ASCP colors combine with each other. (I don't think I've found a bad combination yet.)
The original door pulls look like door knockers from a medieval castle ... they're gone now, too. In their place, I found knobs at Hobby Lobby that are perfect! Look how well they coordinate with the Duck Egg.
Inside those doors are two drawers and LOTS of storage space. Everything in this hutch shows quality materials and construction ... dovetailed drawers!
At the shop, The Husband and I rearranged a few things to make this baby fit. As tall as it is (7 feet!) the footprint is surprisingly small ... four feet wide. That's a lot of function in a relatively small space. The TV space is wide enough to easily fit a 42" television.
Why settle for ordinary television furniture?
I am so excited about the look of these two colours together that I have already started digging through my studio for just the right piece to use it on!
Send us a description of how you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get from your vision to the reimagined piece, before and after pictures, pictures of your project in progress or a couple of it in its finished state, and you may be highlighted on our blog!
Well, I love a good surprise and this one is such fun! Tara Jameison, the Vintage Vixen of Home and Garden Show fame stopped in at the boutique and handed us a few more Edmonton Home and Garden Show tickets to share with our customers, friends and followers.
Those who entered the original contest are automatically entered, and new entries are being accepted all day today. Here is how to enter:
At the boutique, one of the very important self-imposed mandates... we like to call it our joy... is to highlight local and Canadian artists, musicians, designers and the like whenever we have the opportunity. In this case we are overjoyed!
I have been a huge fan of artist Joseph Cross for years. Working from his studio in Cranbrook, B.C., he manages to capture the imagination through his perspective on how we live and have lived. His range is inspired, painting environments, people and depicting historic events in a way that makes one feel a part of the time and space they took place in.
Joseph is a "true red and white Canadian" with a love for his country and the people who inhabit it. Everyday events and objects come to life through his paintbrush and we couldn`t be happier to share his vision. We are very excited to announce that Apple Box Boutique will carry three limited edition prints that fit exceedingly well with our cottage-chic/shabby-chic decor options.
Each piece is signed and numbered, and has a story of its own. Stop in at the boutique in April to view them first-hand, and learn more about their origins. Then make one your very own.
To see more of Joseph`s artwork, visit his website at JosephCrossArt.com. Be prepared to be inspired!
As we mentioned in our blog this past Wednesday, the Edmonton Home and Garden Show is happening on March 22nd - 25th and there are three ways to enter the Ticket Giveaway contest. Now we have more exciting news!
When you attend the Home show, be sure to stop in at the Lauren Lane Decor booth. Tara is not only presenting on the Main Stage but she also has a great contest running:
Win a Private Annie Sloan Chalk Paint class
for you, your friends and family!
Learn one-on-one the how-tos of applying layers and levels of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, different distressing techniques, and the proper application of Annie Sloan Soft Wax. All supplies will be provided and the fun is built-in!