Those Summer Days...
Summer is synonymous with outdoors! So what better time to begin planning
spectacular outdoor accents for your porch, patio, and garden? This issue
features a number of designs that can be used either indoors or outdoors.
With brushes in hand and a little imagination, you can transform your surroundings
with a splash of color.
To begin, give your floors a facelift with Tracy Moreau’s faux stone technique.
You can either refinish an entire floor or paint a floorcloth to accent an area
of your room. If folk art is your style, be sure to check out Barb
fruit-themed floorcloth—what a stunning statement this painting
For those of you who have an herb garden, paint Lynne Andrews’ Herb Sampler
Garden Tote to keep your garden tools and gloves within easy reach.
No herb garden? Why not adapt the design to a wonderful plaque to display on
your sun porch, or use the design on the top of a square accent table. You can
even use it as a border for a floorcloth. The options are truly endless!
Of course, Rebecca Baer’s charming Folding Daisy Chair is a perfect
accent for the season. Go to your local secondhand shop to find wooden folding
chairs similar to the one featured in this issue. Using the proper mediums, you
can also adapt the daisy and background design to white, beige, or sage muslin
pillows to scatter on your couch and chairs. Again, this design can be adapted
to a host of suitable surfaces including benches, stools, floorcloths, tabletops,
After a enjoying a day outdoors, hang your sweater and hat on Debby
Seaport Village Coat Rack. Carry the theme throughout the room by painting
part of the design on a coffee table, end tables, lampshades, and more. Just
take a look around and you’ll surely find a surface calling out to you!
We’ve given you a few ideas to get you started on your summer decorating,
and look forward to seeing how you’ve taken some of these designs and applied
them in your own way. Send photos together with a brief description to: All American
Crafts, Inc., PaintWorks Summer Designs, 7 Waterloo Rd., Stanhope, NJ 07874.
Linda R. Heller