A few years ago, Miss Mustard Seed, Jennylyn Pringle (President of Homestead House Paint Company) and I discussed the possibility of adding a few softer, European-style colours to Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint line. The European retailers gave some input as to which colours they would love to see in the line, I gave her a long list of possibilities, Miss Mustard Seed did her magical thing with our information and suggestions … and the European collection was born!
Now that I’m selling milk paint in Sweden (yes, I know, I didn’t post about my new shop, pictures coming up soon!), I noticed how important the European collection is to me. I keep picking those colours to paint with, so I wanted to write a post about them: Marzipan, Mora, Schloss, Bergere, Arabesque, Layla’s Mint.
Here are 6 inspiring furniture pieces, from 6 inspiring furniture painters and bloggers!
This piece in Arabesque (with Schloss on the inside) from Me & Harmony in Germany is sweet and elegant, and the styling with the purple flowers is just perfect. This piece proves that Arabesque is a neutral pink that goes beyond nurseries and girls’ rooms. I actually like Angela’s interior a lot (check out her blog), no wonder she has been featured several times in German interior magazines.
You can read more about this transformation here. Me & Harmony.
Aah, and here’s a colour that’s very dear to my heart: Mora. I have a small personal story about it. A fun coincidence, one of those you wonder if it’s really just a coincidence. At the time Miss Mustard Seed was developing the colour line, we were thinking about moving to Sweden. We weren’t sure though, those long cold and especially dark Winters, were we able to deal with it? So we decided to take a Christmas vacation in the town of Mora in Dalarna, mid-Sweden. You could say it was a test. It was the darkest time of the year, pitch black around 3 o’clock in the afternoon until about 9 in the morning. We stayed about 10 days, were hosted by Maria from Skattkammaren (milk paint retailer in Stockholm) who happens to have a summer house in Mora. It was a very good experience and we decided that we should move to Sweden. We came home and about two weeks later Miss Mustard Seed launched the colour line. And one of the colours was ‘Mora’, named after the beautiful clocks from the Swedish town we had just visited.
Check out this beautiful piece from Coast and Country Vintage in Australia. Stunning! This grey with blue (sometimes green) undertones is exactly the light we have around here in November and December. If you check out this post on Instagram, you’ll see what I mean. Sometimes a challenge for indoor photography.
You can see more pictures from this piece over here. Coast and Country Vintage.
Bergere, the colour with a French twist. Bergère is a town in France, French for a sheepherdess, a 18th century hat for women or an antique French chair. True, haha, I found it on Wikipedia. But … since we’re all about furniture paint here in this post, I’m sure you can guess that it was named after the chair.
Vibeke from Vibeke Design in Norway painted this chair in Bergere. I’m addicted to blue and when I saw this Scandinavian interior, I decided to use Bergere a lot more in my own home.
You can see more pictures here. Vibeke Design.
Another favorite is this oh-la-la French style piece in the colour Marzipan from Recreated Designs in Canada. Lisa chose milk paint for this piece because she was hoping it would chip a little bit (milk paint can do that!), and it did beautifully on the top, corners and edges. Marzipan is a super neutral colour. It’s the perfect ‘in between white and colour’.
Make sure you check out a picture from before here. It’s a huge difference. Recreated Designs.
This piece in Layla’s Mint is from my blogging friend Linda from Q is for Quandie, from Minnesota, USA. How Linda and I got to know each other? From both our blogs and because we exchange pictures from Dala horses sometimes haha. She sent me a picture of the huge one in Mora in Minnesota (yes, they also have a Mora because of the many Swedish immigrants), I sent her the tiniest one I could find around here. You could say that Mora and the dala horse is ‘our thing’ :).
Take a look here for the full shot of this vanity and more ‘extremely’ beautiful pieces. Q is for Quandie.
Ofcourse a piece by Miss Mustard Seed herself had to be in this list of the European colours. Schloss was named after German castles. I can definitely see the ‘stone’ in the colour of this piece. I have a hard time explaining Schloss to people, it’s grey, brown, beige all at the same time.
Miss Mustard Seed’s post about this piece in Schloss can be found here.
I hope you enjoyed to see my small selection. What’s your favorite colour in this European collection?