I took a little day trip to Frenchtown, NJ this weekend. It’s only about twenty minutes away but really feels like you’re far away from it all. For the longest time I’ve been meaning to pay a visit to the Two Buttons store.
Two Buttons is the creative brainchild of Elizabeth Gilbert and her husband Jose Nunes.
Have you seen her video, Your Elusive Creative Genius! on Ted Talks? It’s very inspiring! You can read more about the couple and their exotic store “Come for the day and see the world. ”
There are rooms and rooms of wonderful stuff! Painted, carved, stone, textiles, jewelry. I’ve got my eye on a Buddah or two, just for good luck.
There have got to be three, four, or maybe more (I lost count) large rooms to discover as you meander along.
This wooden Elephant is great. Wouldn’t this be great in a kids room over the bed! Of course you’d have to really secure him to the wall but what a great guardian elephant. Think of the stories you could tell at bedtime.
They also carry a line of rustic furniture made from old boat wood. The colors and rustic patina are great inspiration.
If you go to the store you must have lunch at the Lovin’ Oven so you can stare out at the Two Buttons Buddah Wall. The food and ambience is so great. It’s cozy and feels comfortable like you can just hang out all day.
It’s great to get out and see things, talk to folks, and just plunk around. I felt so inspired I managed to come home and get a little painting done. I’m super psyched about this french desk. I know It’s going to be lovely with it’s graceful edges.
I also started working on the Chinoiserie cabinet I had previously tried to restore. Unfortunately I couldn’t save the painted designs on the piece. I am really super excited about this piece!!! It’s going to be gorgeous!!
I put a resist on the gold relief design and will circle back to sand away the paint.
I base coated with white and plan to do several layers with sanding in between to reveal the white underneath. A wash may be called for as well.
via Pinterest (Velvet & Linen)