Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ReFresh, Better Homes & Gardens, Behind the scenes, Kitchen Photo Shoot

Just completed a killer photo shoot for the second issue of ReFresh, a Special Interest Publication magazine of Better Homes & Gardens.  Photographer Laurie Black and her husband Mark are such a super team to work with!  Be careful...this was a trip hazard for sure!

I couldn't help myself!  I broke the cardinal photo styling rule.  Don't eat the props!  But the peaches were so big, and looked so yummy!  A prop secret, don't tell anyone, I just turned it around to hide the bite marks, shhhhhhh.


Mark and Laurie discussing lighting and my friend Joy Corgain who stopped by, taking a look at my assignment sheets.  We captured some amazing shots.  Can't wait to share them with you.  Grab a copy of ReFresh, you will love it.  It's packed full of so many decorating and design ideas and I love the kick back style it showcases.  Red water bottle not included in any shot. ha!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

My Famous Treehouse

Recently I was contacted by photographer Owen Carey. He was scouting locations for an upcoming production of "The Magic Treehouse," being performed at the Oregon Children's theater this fall. He'd heard about Fort Rex, the treehouse my son Chase designed. We built it from scrap materials of the home the previously stood on my property. 

Well, our treehouse totally made the cut! Here are some outtakes from the shoot. You'll be able to see the final shots in promotion materials for the play, coming soon. The funny thing is, Fort REX is actually internationally known! True story. Click through to see it in a past issue of French Glamour magazine.

You can see the finished photos on the Oregon Children's Theater website.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Adventures in My 1966 Pick Up

Typical day in the life of ... me.  Beautiful late summer night walk with hubby. "Look at that!" I say. It was an old closet door with an inlayed beveled mirror, marked with my favorite four letter word: "Free." Hubby looks at me and says "I suppose you want me to get the truck." He knows me so well.

Can't wait to start my newest DIY project. What would you turn this into?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Guess Who's Home is Going to Be on

Who's Photographing the Photographer?

Met Whitney Lyons at my garage sale last month and we got to talking about my home and the REX Project. Whitney was pretty excited about it, and it turns out she is a contributor for

Fast Forward. After two days of shooting my house, and I mean she shot EVERYTHING! Every angle, inside and out. Thank goodness I cleaned. will be featuring my home through Whitney's eyes. As soon as the feature is live, I will share it with you!

In the meantime, you can check out Whitney's photography on her blog.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August Today's Vintage DIy Project: Step On Style

     If you haven’t noticed lately, stairs are no longer off limits to interior DIY design.  Bright colors are being painted on them; tile or stenciled words added to risers, even runners have become flashy and fancy.  Yes, the designs look amazing but the downside is it’s a decorating commitment. If you change your mind and want your stairs returned to their original look, it’s going to cost time and money.
     That’s where sticky back Velcro tape comes into play.  You can use it to add accessories to your stair risers without damage.  And if your decorating style needs freshened up, just peel it off and start over.  My stairs are adorned with address numbers that I have spray painted one color.  A couple pieces of sticky back Velcro tape secures them in place until I want to alter my stairs some other way.  It was only a couple dollars to make, adds whimsy to the staircase and no damage done.    With DIY decorating, the sky is the limit or at least to the top of the stairs.


  1. Address numbers
  2. Can of spray paint.  If you are using a combination of plastic, metal or brass numbers use the appropriate paint
  3. Velcro Sticky Back tape.  You can find this at any hardware store
  4. Scissors
  5. Stairs
  6. Drop cloth

How To:

  1. Prep for spray painting your numbers.  Also make sure the numbers are clean and dry.
  2. Spray two coats of paint on each side of each number making sure the number is dry before spraying the second coat.
  3. Press the two strips of Velcro together and cut small pieces, not wider than the number.  You don’t want to see any tape sticking out of the edges of the number.
  4. Place two small pieces of tape on each number.  One on the top and one on the bottom.
  5. Find the center of the riser and press your number onto it.
  6. Continue the same instructions until all risers have numbers on them.

Note: Stairs comprise of treads (the horizontal board you step on) and risers (the vertical board the tread sits on)

If you're looking for more ideas on decorating your stairs, Country Living's site offers up some fun and colorful ideas too!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Salvage DIY Weddings

How many weddings have you been invited to this summer? It sure is that time of year! If you are getting married, helping a friend throw together an outdoor ceremony/reception or are just getting ideas for more formal outdoor entertaining, here are a few of my favorite festive DIY projects  that I created for the big day.

Photo courtesy of ANIKO Productions 
Nothing says "Just Married" like soup cans, scrap lumber and a torn sheet. With so many cyclists pedaling around Portland, I thought why not apply the old tin-cans-behind-the-car to his and her bicycles? Add a vintage bike basket to carry the bouquet and you are ready to pedal off into the sunset, as you begin your happily ever after.

Photo courtesy of ANIKO Productions 

Finding ample seating is a breeze too! Just mix and match old wooden folding chairs for a more eclectic look. I partnered with Traci Schallar, of Reclaimed Wedding Design, who replaced the traditional pew bows & floral arrangements with burlap roses and stones at the base of each row. Talk about creating elegant simplicity on a budget!

Photo courtesy of ANIKO Productions 

You can also create your own alter by stacking rustic wooden trunks and flanking them with painted saw horses. This photo was taken at the Convention Center last year so you'll have to imagine a beautiful backdrop beyond the window: insert Mt. Hood or the Oregon Coast here. If you don't have time to track down just the right pieces of salvage you can rent them from Commonwealth salvage rentals. They're super helpful and have so much fun stuff to share.

Photo courtesy of ANIKO Productions 

A well placed wooden gate acts as the welcome center to the ceremony. Using ribbon or old fabric and a piece of wood you can write the bride and groom's names to make sure everyone is in the right place. Instead of spending a fortune on cut flowers, topiaries are a great alternative and can be planted in the garden after the honeymoon, or gifted to special friends and family members. You can select fabric that matches the wedding colors to help tie it all together (by the way, what you see here is a torn up old blanket).

Photo courtesy of ANIKO Productions 

Last but not least, an old rake and glass mason jars make whimsical mood lighting to illuminate tables or the dance floor after dark. 

What fun wedding items have you made? I'm always looking for new ideas to share!