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The Best Gluten Free Banana Bread Ever!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

This post is FAR from furniture restoration, but I wanted to share this great recipe with those that are trying to eat gluten free.  I played with this till I got it perfect!  Try it and you won't be sorry!  Great for breakfast or desert! A great low carb alternative!

Made with:
1 cup blanched almond flour
1 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon gluten free baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

1/2 cup cup almond milk
1/2 cup coconut oil
5 eggs
2 small very ripe bananas
1/2 cup Stevia in the Raw
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350•
Grease a 9 x 9 pan with coconut oil.

Mash bananas, whip with five eggs. Add milk,vanilla and Stevia, whip till smooth. (Add additional chopped walnuts after whipping if desired).

Mix the almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder together with a dash of salt.

Add the egg mixture to your flour mixture stirring till all is mixed. Add your melted 1/2 cup of coconut oil into mixture and stir until smooth.

The batter will be a little stiffer than you are you used to- Pat into the pan and sprinkle walnuts on the top.. Place into 350° oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Check at 30 minutes to see how she's doing.

Let cool and cut into squares. Makes a great breakfast bar! Keep the leftovers in the fridge.

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Newly Finished Chic and Shabby Queen Beds!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's been a busy week getting queen beds done!  When finished, we will have five different styles to choose from.  Each one is one-of-a-kind, so once sold, they are gone!

This stunning sophisticated queen size bed say's it all! She is decked out in gorgeous rose garlands with an unbelievably beautiful floral basket carving on her foot-board.  Just imagine this beauty piled high with a beautiful down comforter and gorgeous pillows!

Do you love Romantic decorating?  This stunning queen size bed screams Romance!  This pretty poster bed has a beautiful shell motif that we have enhanced with amazing chunky rose garlands.  She is painted a creamy white with light distressing.  Perfect for your Romantic Cottage Home.
You can find our selection of queen beds at our Juniper Hill Antiques website.  Please feel free to call us with any questions!

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How Does Such a Mess.....

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We make such messes when we refinish!.....
It makes me wonder how we turn messes into pretty things!
But we do!!  Ha Ha Ha!....somehow!

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Chairs! I Love Chairs! The Chairs of Juniper Hill

Saturday, August 25, 2012

We have really been finding some great chair frames of late, shopping for fabric has been so fun!  We use our creative minds most times, other times our chair fabrics are special ordered by our customers.

This absolute beauty is from the turn of the century...horsehair and all! Her beautiful carvings had me in a heartbeat!  Her arms are graceful swan heads, her crown is two birds and musical instruments....

 She was snatched up by one of our sweet customers and we custom did her in the most beautiful blue Ralph Lauren linen roses and satin stripes! She had marvelous bones!
 Here she is in all her glory!  Chalk painted and waxed, new stuffing, all glamorous in her new upholstery...all decked out !  She has had a new goose down filled cushion added, ahhhh. a wonderful chair to sit and read in!  So comfy!  She wraps around you like a cloud!

 The cording was done in a blue satin stripe to coordinate with the Ralph Lauren blue rose linen
 Gorgeous rose garlands and a medallion decked out her graceful feet....
 A pretty pillow was made to match the customers other chair fabric! So pretty!
Another chair was done for her:
 This chair is a beautiful Ethan Allen frame, but needed a little "shabbifying!"sooo....we chalk painted her frame, gave her a little distressing and turned her into this:
Her fabric is a beautiful Robert Allen embroidered linen.  Ready for her coastal home in Texas!

Oh My!  We wondered how she would turn out!  She is a 1940s frame that was upholstered in the 1970s with an avocado striped fabric......we chalk painted her, heavily distressed her and turned her into this!
We added beautiful rose chintz, pretty pink check and some pink chenille, so comfy!
This duo was about to get a makeover also!  The came out so pretty! They turned into this:
 We did her in pink rose chintz with a coordinating pink stripe cording, so scrumptious! 
We touched her pink chalk painted frame with a little gold to make her shine...
This beauty was done in a Ralph Lauren rose print linen...she turned out so pretty! She now has a new home in Washington State.
Two very Romantic chairs.....The rose embellishments say it all! both from Circa 1900-1920

How about this transformation?  A gorgeous frame from the turn of the century...
Very rough and tumble....we decided to paint her in Provence and deck her out in burlap with natural tack heads....
So gorgeous!  This chair would look awesome in a library or study....
 This gorgeous chair is part of a set.....They now live in Florida at a fabulous day spa for women...
the fabric chosen was our Ralph Lauren blue rose pretty!
This is just a sampling of the Chairs of Juniper Hill!  We are always up to something.....we have many gorgeous frames waiting to be done....stay tuned for more chairs and special offerings!

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Annie Sloan Paris Grey.......a fun day!

Monday, August 20, 2012

I decided I needed some time to play, playing for me is trying new paint colors and techniques!  I love the new Chalk Paint craze and decided to open up some cans that I stockpiled last year in anticipation of creating great was the moment!  I have always been afraid of grey paint, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the color on a small decorative side table that was lined up for painting. 
The Paris Grey felt right for this dainty 1920s side table...I am a fan of heavy distressing so I sanded her down with a sanding block, allowing her to take on a personality of her own...
Once she was distressed in "all the right places", I took out my handy wax brush and went to town with some soft wax......I loved the way the wax darkened the Paris Grey.....just the shade I was hoping for....
and then......
Tres Chic!
Using Paris Grey, Annie Sloan chalk paint on this pretty little table was the Saturday afternoon adventure I was in need of!  She came out so pretty!

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A Little Slice of French Countryside...Magnifique!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I have been totally enamored with the combination of pink and green.  The warm earthy feel of Versailles soothes my soul....then an a touch of pink and some French stencils and I am hooked!  We found a gorgeous turn of the century sideboard that was screaming for some updating....and updating we did!  She stood a full 48" tall and was 54" inches across.  The detailing on her was conducive to a little sprucing up! 
We left her gorgeous oak top in it's natural state, giving it a light sanding, stain and wax.  Her side detailing was quite pleasing to the eye....
Of course a touch of pink on her side detailing made me happy! Layered and rubbed to shabby perfection!
Her feet ornamentation was begging for a little pink too! I said yes!
We shined her inside and out.....
And added some pretty striped paper in her drawer bottoms...
We enhanced her beautiful back splash with pretty Fleur-de-lis...
Added some gorgeous crystal knobs and French stencils here and there.  

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A Little This, A Little That, And Volia....

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night, tossing and turning....just waiting for the opportunity to do a project that has been rolling around in your head? I did one of those projects!  While at the NY gift show this spring we bought some great rusty French wire candle sconces and I have been wondering how they would look their best....they needed  a special touch to make them sparkle....
The day was long and hot, we are once again getting ready for the Brimfield Antique Show. We finished filling our booth, I was tired but still had some creative juices flowing.  What to do???  I know!...I wanted to figure out what to do with the pretty wall sconces!  It was around 4:00 PM and a beautiful dry breeze was calling me under the trees to set up for my project....I decided to go into the bottom of the barn to see what I could unearth some treasures my Dad kept hidden for the time when he wanted to get creative.  It was bittersweet for me, our Dad has been gone for 9 years now, but the memory of him is still is as if I saw him yesterday. I can almost  hear him say "Lindy, what are you up to?"  My sister and I have not touched any of his garden tools, in fact, his garden hat, gloves and overalls still hang where they were last put by him...somehow this gave me comfort as I forged on to see what goodies I could come up with.
I went into the bullpen, a place he kept all his wood for future projects he had in mind...I found some wonderful wood door panels, most of them had to be at least 100 years old!  My Dad was the original recycler , if it was interesting and had a purpose he saved it! He had carefully taken old doors apart that he found at the landfill and saved the panels.  My dad dabbled in art and painting, I am guessing he was going to paint birds on them possibly...I will never know.  Into the van they went, they needed LOTS of cleaning before I could get started!
 I decided to use chalk paint, it would give me the effect I was looking for.  I wanted to keep some of the original, old crackled paint intact, but needed to paint the edges so they would look pretty!

 Distressed and waxed, they came out pretty! I did three different colors, one Provence, one  Versailles with the original painted center and one grey and linen distressed.   I then added the sconces to the waxed door panels. (Notice the paint on my manicure here!)
 I was feeling that I had accomplished quite a bit, it was fun to finally tackle a project that I had been thinking about for so long....three done, three more to do.  I have to decide what colors to do next!

Voila!  Finished for today....what colors will be next?
 Versailles with the natural old paint center, I love the original crackle!
This larger panel is for a project tomorrow, it came out awesome with French grey underneath with a white wash on top.  Hmmmm...what will I find to put on this beauty?

I smile now when I think that Dad would approve...he would certainly appreciate the fact that I found a use for the panels that he had carefully stored away for a special was that day!

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