Yesterday on a blustery but hot April day, I took the day off from the studio, draggeed Q's toy bench out back, tarped and taped and set to work painting it.
After a year and a half, approaching time for transitioning to a 'big girl' bed, I am finally working on redecorating Q's room.
When we first bought the house, I painted my bathroom (which was on the "old" side of the house and very worn and decrepit) in patterns inspired by the wall paintings from African mud huts. I have always loved the way it turned out, and decided to draw from some beautifully-woven African fabrics for the patterns on this bench.
I think it was a hit with the Q.
As for me, it felt like a spring cleaning of the mind to crawl out of the depths of my studio, sit on a tarp in the sun, and just spend the day painting a piece of furniture.
Now on to the rest of the room...I'm kind of excited to see how it turns out!

dress: Le Vestiaire de Jeanne


Jen F. said...

Hello! I'd be curious to see photos of the bathroom painting you describe, if you'd like to share... we have one of our own that we need to spruce up somehow. :)

kenza said...

This is wonderful! Truly! And I love the new banner. Q is growing up into a very distinguished little girl. Kisses to all!

Mlle Paradis said...

looks/sounds like it was a good day for all involved.

the little cat and Q look like good buddies already.

ahhh the peaceable kingdom!

Yoli said...

Maia that bench turned out exquisite. I cannot wait to see what you have done with the room. The header is stunning and like Kenza stated shows how grown up she is getting. I love how her hair seems longer, wilder.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Jen, I have tried and tried to get photos of that bathroom, but the space is just too small and in a narrow corridor. There's no good angle. But next time you come to Denver stop by and I'll show you!

Christiane said...

J'aime beaucoup ce petit meuble peint...C'est toujours un plaisir de venir vous voir "virtuellement". Dommage que Denver soit si loin

Juniper said...

What a wonderful front photo!! Such a treasure this book!