Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Compass Rose

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

After etching and staining the concrete, I painted on this Compass Rose. It is centered in front of the entry door and a fleur di lis marks magnetic North. (That discoloration is a glare in the photo--sorry)! It is a "tribute" of sorts to our family heraldry, as we are suppose to belong to the naval lineage that fought at sea. In our former home, I painted one in a similar pattern in the foyer. I loved the “surprise” effect it had on people when they entered our home for the first time. No one can ever accuse me of living in a “cookie cutter” home, that’s for sure!

The next step was the application of an aggregate sealer to the entire porch. That was one thing that I was a little uncertain about doing. I originally thought that I would leave the stain muted, but as you can see, the sealer brought out the colors of the stain and it matches the natural stone on the farmhouse perfectly. Now I am happy about that decision because the shine of the porch versus the dull of the stone play off each other and that’s a good thing!

We are just getting started on the next step in the porch remodel. We are attempting to take down the old metal porch supports and replace them with wooden posts WITHOUT the roof falling down on top of us. Pics of that process will be coming later on.

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company!

Au revoir,


Musings of a Sea Witch said...

Oh how I love the compass of my secret wants is to have that tattooed on my upper right back in sepia tones. There is something so enticing about the compass rose, it demands that you visit exotic locations, meet interesting people and go where you have never been before or perhaps return to a place of great fondness or back into the safe arms of home. See what dreams you have spun with placing your compass rose. Sea Witch

Lorrie said...

It looks great and I love the fleur-de-lis pointing north. Decoration with meaning is so wonderful.


Jacque said...

Thanks ladies! What great comments. I made the compass fairly simple, just enough points to give the jist of world travel. And, I always try to use the fleur de lis whenever I can...that is just MY trademark here at the farmhouse.

Anonymous said...

You have so many talents and aren't afraid to tackle any project. You are good. How about a tattoo? I need one. Seriously. Maybe a butterfly or hummingbird.

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Girl you can paint!! Love it! You have to post more of your work! Blessings, Janna