Hi, I’m Lisa Nance and I want to welcome you to my blog. After spending the first half of my life in North Carolina, I moved to Las Vegas in 2013 to be closer to my children and grandchildren. I miss my friends and family back home, but love, love, love Las Vegas and the beauty of Nevada.
I have been an advertising copywriter for the better part of 20 years, mostly freelance, but along the way I have also owned a ladies consignment shop. My true love is painting and I have discovered that means painting furniture.
I bet you could sell that…
In 2004, I began painting old furniture, for my first grandchild and to use in my house. Those who saw the pieces always said, “I bet you could sell that,” so one day I ventured into the Wilcox Emporium in Boone, NC and rented a booth. Boone is a college town, near the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, so I concentrated on painting small tables and chairs that would be easy for visiting Moms, as well as tourists to the area, to take home. Two days after I delivered my first load to the booth, the manager of the Emporium called and asked if I could bring in more furniture. I was shocked; I didn’t have a single piece to sell.
That’s when everything really began, and I happily set about finding and painting furniture to put in my booth. But, sadly after only a year, the Emporium was sold to a developer and turned into student housing. All the vendors, including me, had to go. It would be a few more years before I would start the furniture business up again, only this time I had discovered the magical world of Pinterest. The ideas began flooding in as I saw other women around the world doing the same thing I loved to do. Soon I was back to being a regular at Goodwill and yard sales, building an inventory of furniture to paint, distress, stencil, or reupholster.
I am drawn to two styles in particular. One, I like to call Palm Beach style since it reminds me of the intense, citrus colors of Florida. These pieces use vibrant colors and large-scale floral or graphic print fabrics to create a statement piece or an accent to a room’s decor. The second style is my homage to my favorite designer, Rachel Ashwell. I love all things old – people, dogs, books, and especially furniture. The more scrapes, rust and chipped paint it has, the better. I love furniture in soft sun-bleached hues that show signs of love and use. Using distressed finishes, I try to recreate some of my design-idol’s looks in my own Shabby Chic kind of way.
I also love stenciling, image transfers, typography and any other technique that will help give the piece a truly one-of-a-kind and artful look.
Right now I sell my pieces exclusively at Colleen’s Classic Consignment on Rainbow Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. I also take custom orders. Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope you’ll visit and like my fan page on Facebook.