Friday, March 29, 2013

In the Press: April Editorials

I am so thrilled to share four magazines I have contributed to on the shelves right now! Can you believe it? A quick preview:

        • Today's Vintage - Check out my monthly column on page 17. This month: "All Smiles with Depression Glass".
        • HGTV magazine - Look for "Not Your Cookie-Cutter Kitchen" on page 141. 
        • Cottage Style -  Hoiland Cabin photo styled by Shannon (link back to blog)
        • Better Homes & Gardens - I produced the editorial on my friend Rosanne's kitchen remodel called  "Social Hours" on page 41.
Check back  for details and scans about each of these projects later in the month.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Old Fence Finials, DIY Tabletop Decor

My neighbor was taking down her old chain link fence and before it went bye-bye I asked if I could salvage the finial tops.  Of course being a neighbor of mine, she was used to me asking for stuff she calls junk. 

So I popped off the 1950's finials, walked them across the street, scrubbed and spray painted them a fun summer time blue.

They now are wonderful napkin rings.  Bonus, they're heavy so the hold down the table clothe during a windy day.  Thanks Larcelle for being my neighbor!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Shelfs from Books

What better way to display your books, than to make them into book-book shelves!? This easy project  adds interest to any wall space and leaves your office surfacers clutter free. Here's what you'll need:

Hardcover Books
Measuring tape
One pair of 4” long L brackets
Four 1 ½ “long wood screws
Double-sided foam tape

Here's how you do it:
1. Select four to six books. The thickness of the book will determine how many you will actually use.

2. Screw in one L bracket to wall so it looks like the letter L is sticking out  from the wall. Using a level, screw the other L bracket alongside the first one. The width of the L brackets should be approximately one inch shorter of the end of the corners of the book.

3. Place one small piece of double-sided foam tape on the inside corner of the backside cover. Close the book and press it firmly together. The last page of the book will stick to the back cover creating a pocket.

4. Slide the book onto the L brackets. The L brackets should be between the last page and cover, the pocket.

5. Stack the remaining book on top of the bottom one until the L bracket disappears and add your favorite accessories. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ugly Hotel Art DIY'd Into Office Organizers

You've seen it before, those faux paintings that adorn the walls of... well let's just say... hotels that are less than a three star rating.  I see these all the time at Goodwill and always thought "what could I change these into?" Whelp, here you go, two of my latest DIY transformations. 

In this first project, you'll need a three ring binder, an old tee-shirt and 3 panels cut to the size of the front, back and spine of the binder.

Using the binder as a pattern, cut three pieces of the hotel art work to fit each panel of the outside of the binder. Use spray adhesive to affix them to the binder. Then cut 1" wide strips of the tee-shirt to wrap the perimeter of each panel and then use spray adhesive on each strip to wrap the edges around each panel and the binder.

You can also make your own clip boards by cutting up a painting like the one shown here. (Score! only $5.00!)

Then, paint the panels any variety of colors to match your room.

Use bulldog clips (easy to find at any art supply store) to turn your panels into clipboards and hang on the wall, like so. What do you think? What would you do to transform this old painting into something useful for your home?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Girl's Room Re-Do on A Budget

About six months ago Eilise Shannon, a middle school student, approached me about mentoring her on a school project, an ambitious one. She didn't want to simply paint a flower pot, or re-do a dresser, but instead she set her sites on a two room makeover for her good friend Quinn. How could I say no to that?

Here's where we started six months ago:

Eilise and I have been working together for months to complete this makeover on a budget of $350. She wanted to DIY everything! I should have known with a last name like Shannon, this young woman would make a fantastic DIY protege.

We scoured Quinn's attic, basement and garage looking for unused furniture and other forgotten treasures. We also made a field trip to the Goodwill Bins, where we found old frames to make magnetic display boards with pieces of tin. Almost every piece of furniture in Quinn's "new" room was something we found and fixed up. Both rooms were painted and so was all of the furniture. The only new items purchased were bedding, throw rugs, and small accessories.

Quinn is an aspiring artist so we made a dedicated creative space for her art studio. Her closet was transformed into a dressing room. The vintage baby crib below, had been used by Quinn and all four of her brothers as babies, but now it's a sofa bed in her dressing room. Mom was so touched to see it used in the project.

After months of hard work and planning, Eilise finally got to do her big reveal last weekend. Quinn hadn't seen anything we'd been working on and when she entered her new room all she could say was "oh my gosh" a million times! It was so fun to see her reaction. I am so very proud of Eilise and all she has accomplished. I have no doubt that this will be the first of many DIY projects she'll complete in her lifetime.  There are about 30 different projects within this two room makeover, I'll be highlighting some of them in future blog posts. Stay tuned!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Cottage Style Magazine, Summer 2013

Recently I had died and gone to Heaven. Well at least, a part of Heaven, in the form of a rustic little cabin deep in the woods of Mt. Hood National Forest. It’s the most amazing story of a small home built by two brothers in 1934. Recently it got a facelift but kept all the original charm, hand carved furniture and country feel. Wait until you see it! I photo styled it for Cottage Stye magazine. Will hit the stands on March 5th. You will be blown away by its vintage history (the little home saved a man’s life) and whimsy appeal. And you’ve got the check out the original stove that the homeowners still use today. 

Photos by Steve Cridland

In the same issue of Cottage Style, is an editorial I wrote, "Salvage Saves the Day!" It highlights some of the most popular salvage materials being used for design and decor right now. Thanks to Janet Mowat, Managing Editor, for picking up the story!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Remodeled Kitchen for HGTV

Home owner, Kerri Hoyt-Pack and Designer/Owner of Arciform, Anne DeWolf Arciform put their two heads together and look what happened!  I pitched it to HGTV and of course you see why they grabbed this kitchen!  I love it! Had a blast working with HGTV style Director extraordinaire Frances Bailey, photo styling it and then putting pen to paper about it too.  Check out HGTV's link and grab a copy of the latest HGTV magazine at the check out stand near you!

Photographer Lincoln Barbour not only can take a great shot, but he's not too shabby helping out with styling too!  And no, we did not call each other and say "wear plaid today".

Monday, March 4, 2013

Fun & Surprising Paint Applications

Isn't it amazing the things that you discover when you're looking for something else entirely? As a field editor I scout homes for publications. I am often looking for one very specific story (like a cool, colorful kitchen, or a mid-century modern home that's to die for) and almost always find something else completely unexpected and exciting. In a city so full of talented artists, it's really what Portland is all about. 

Most recently, I scouted a kitchen and discovered artist Joy Corgain's handy work (but not in the kitchen). She has a unique way of using color and I was blown away by the Union Jack flag she painted on the hardwood floor of the homeowner's bedroom closet! The best part- the homeowner went away on vacation and gave Joy complete creative license on another room. How happy would you be to return home to these original works of art?

Here's another example of Joy's eye catching style. Aren't the colors on the walls just stunning? Pairing it with the plum floor, it's bohemian all the way.

Great work Joy! I really hope Joy's artistic talent will show up in my home in the not-so-distant future.