Monday, July 6, 2015

The Case of the Neutrals

Yes, I have a case of the neutrals to share with your today.
No, it's not a virus, but you can catch it and I know many of you have.

I love shades of ivory, white and light beige together.
I call this the neutrals.
Even some light grey is pretty too.
Then adding a pop of color for the season 
is the perfect touch when using this color combo as your home decor theme.

Today I used my love of the neutrals 
to design this vintage suitcase I found 
on a junkin trip.

It's the sweetest size and perfect to hold magazines, special treasures and more.
It could also be an overnight case or the perfect brides keepsake case.

To both sides, I stenciled this French label design in an upright position for standing.

The background is hand painted in Lace Chalk Paint by DecoArt
and the white stitched edging is Everlasting CP, also by DecoArt.

The stencil is hand painted in a sienna color acrylic paint.

I painted light beige stripes all around the sides and dry brushed white to soften the look.

It didn't come with a key but in very good condition as you can see above,
I added lace and tulle  along with a chalkboard tag.

To the interior, I added neutral papers in a collage design and sealed in place with modpodge.
White satin trim finishes off the bottom and lid.

For a little accent, I added this French lady graphic card and layered flower.

Here's a better look at the trim.

Bottom has pretty stitching hand painted in white which stands out against  the ivory background.

Lastly, I added a coordinating journal  and pen in the neutral shades
 with the same trim and layered flower.

This vintage case was so much fun to design.

It will be arriving in my etsy shop sometime today.

Do you, or have you ever had, the case of the neutrals?

Be Blessed  with a great day!



Stacey said...

That's very pretty!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Gorgeous! That must have been so much fun to create. Therapy for sure :-) A perfect gift for a bride. You're so talented. We've had a busy summer, thank you sweet friend for checking in with me. I hope to be posting again soon. Have a wonderful week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said... know I have a chronic but wonderful case of the neutrals here, Celeste! Love it all with yes, a pop of color!

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste, this is georgeous! Such a wonderful work!!!
Wishing you a great New week , sending love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Anna said...

Beautiful creations !!! Love neutrals too !!! I'm swiss ;)
Bonne semaine !

Cynthia said...

This beautiful. I can't decide what I like better, the interior or exterior. So pretty my dear friend and such vision


Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

I love that! It would certainly work in MY world - I live in a neutral universe, always have.

I have teensy bits of color in some areas of the house but pretty much white, beige, ivory, brown, black, grey, green............mostly beige.

You will see what I mean if you looked up old home tours of our home. Which reminds me I haven't done one in a long time and am due. : - )

Have a fabulous week, and keep up the good work crafting gorgeous things for your shop! Hugs!

Linda M. said...

Celeste, It's gorgeous. Hugs, Linda

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a pretty makeover! I know it will fly out of your shop!

Creations By Cindy said...

How beautiful! I love it and I love all the little designs you used on it. You inspire me! Hugs and blessings my friend, Cindy

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Celestina, I love this suitcase and notebook you decorated. You did a great job and very vintage looking. I hope you had a nice 4th of July.
Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
Have a nice day and week.
Julie xo

Valerie-Jael said...

Great makeover, these colours are always very elegant. Hugs, Valerie

Kim said...

Your neutrals call up imagines of summertime and romance. What's better than that?

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I'm into neutrals and heavy on textures with an occasional POP of color and our exposed brick walls gives such warmth, Love your sweet suitcase embellishments and the burnt Siena adds a dimension to it. Enjoy your week, I'm working on a major project in the laundry room.

Donna said...

It's gorgeous, Celestina! I love how you lined the inside, and even created a pretty matching notebook, too! I never would have thought to stencil a suitcase, it is perfect for the lid. And the stripes are a fun addition, too. I can see this used at a wedding to hold cards. So many great ways that it could be used! I love all shades of cream, white and everything in between:)

Sola Scriptura said...

How very lovely! This would be perfect for a wedding gift. It has a very romantic feeling about it.

Stephanie said...

Oh Celeste, I'm so glad you have a case of the neutrals because this "case" is stunning! The stripes along the edges look perfect and the inside is oh-so-beautiful!

Happy Monday, dear friend. Hugs and blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, this is so pretty! I love your stencil on the front and how you lined the inside. You are just so brilliant! Have a wonderful week, sweet friend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Alessandra said...

I love the neutrals, they are so elegant. Your suitcase and notebook are gorgeous. I love how you decorated them. Very lovely job.

Art and Sand said...

I don't live with or decorate with neutrals, but I find them soothing and enjoy looking at neutral spaces and creations.

Everything is lovely.

Art and Sand said...

I don't live with or decorate with neutrals, but I find them soothing and enjoy looking at neutral spaces and creations.

Everything is lovely.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Oh yes! I sure do have a case of the neutrals in decor and fashion! I purchased a royal blue & white blouse with royal blue tank top to coordinate with it because my son said I could not by anything neutral and it was so outside my comfort zone. I was glad I did it when I wore it for the first time. I received many compliments on it... people were probably in shock! lol

Your suitcase makeover is outstanding Celeste!! I love every element of it. I have a little train case that has been waiting for a re-do and your suitcase is an amazing example and so inspiring. You always make things look so professional in a lovely, classy, soft way. Okay, I just love everything you do! :)

Thank you so much for coming by to see our Eiffel Tower post. It was so fun taking Marie with us. Sure wish it could have been in person but we understand why she couldn't.

Have a great week! Lots of love & hugs, Edie

Rue said...

Hi Celestina :)

Beautiful work on that case!

Well, you know me... I'm a color girl, but I do appreciate the neutral look ;)


decorayadora said...

Hi dear Celestina .. que bonito trabajo,, muy romantico. deseo que tenga un buen comienzo de semana

Blondie's Journal said...

You are such a creative soul, Celeste...this is just lovely and the journal is a sweet touch!

I'm a neutral person, too. Bright colors are fine in certain places---like my patio. Soothing colors indoors make me feel relaxed and I love the ability it gives me to add special pieces here and there without having to stick to a specific color scheme.

I hope you have a lot of offers on the case!

Jane x

Unknown said...

Celestina, I witness the amount of work, love and attention to detail you put into this vintage case! Extraordinary artistic creation by you. It is fantastic!


I love it!!! Your work is always lovely.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the suitcase...very pretty!! I have a little suitcase in my crafting/sewing room that I want to paint, but I can't decide on painting it white or a color...maybe red.

Createology said...

Tres Chic mon amie. Your case of the neutrals is stunning. Neutral Bliss...

handmade by amalia said...

A great project! I like that as well - a clean, muted palette and then a touch of color to add a bit of oomph :-)

Connie said...

You are working with neutrals and I am working with brights . . . I love them both. Your case is absolutely gorgeous. So refined and lady like . . . perfection.

Crissi said...

These are very fine and elegant colors, very classy!
Beautiful and blessed day
Hug Crissi

Brandi said...

You do such beautiful work. I love the details and layers of embellishments you added. I think the neutral colors you chose are just perfect.

Conniecrafter said...

You did a beautiful job on this, love the papered inside and the journal is so pretty too, I do love neutrals too, gives such a beautiful look!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How pretty! And wouldn't it be nice for doll clothes! Enjoy your day sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Zaa said...

OMG ..How gorgeous is that little case... You did a beautiful job on it..Love that stencil..Who's brand is it? Your colour palette is simply OK...I'm inspired...Thanks for sharing your talents...Hugs

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Beautiful Celestina! I like neutrals sometimes, but I've always liked bright colors too. I guess it depends on my mood and what I'm creating.

Unknown said...

How neat! Such a great article! :) You always find the coolest things!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

20 North Ora said...

Just beautiful! You did such an awesome job on that suitcase.


Denise said...

so beautiful, thanks for sharing.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Yes, I too love neutrals, and you have such a talent for creating such delicate and thoughtful treasures. Such sweet details too.
Your works of art are beautiful!!

Wishing you a lovely week!

Debbie said...

What a lovely piece of work, Celeste! The soft colors, and added art inside make this case so pleasing to the eye. What a wonderful gift this would make for a bride to be, or anyone!!
I love it!!

A Colorful World said...

I have another blogger friend who is very much "into" neutrals. The one neutral I love is grey, but I am mostly a COLOR gal! :-) But, each scheme has its own beauty. And if we weren't all different they wouldn't need "different brands of chewing gum" the old saying goes. :-)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful job!....such a true labor of love...Such a gorgeous accessory to any room!

Sandi Magle said...

I think this is one of my favorites of your posts. Such a delicate touch you have…I call your selections~~Filtered Sunshine~~ neutrals with a smile. Perfect backdrops for any colors. Enjoyed and I feel the urge to go paint something neutral!

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Celestina Marie
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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..