Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Better Homes & Gardens Photo Shoot with Lincoln Barbour


With the help of the home owner's adorable pooch, Pete, photographer Lincoln Barbour and I wrapped up shooting and styling an amazing master bathroom for Better Homes & Gardens.  
Lincoln is getting ready to move his camera to a better location to get the next perfect the shower.  Yep, our talented photographers such as Lincoln always end up in the closet, crammed up against a wall, in a corner, or in this case, Lincoln in the shower.
Before Lincoln asks for a lens or a lighting solution, Mike Grippi who I should nickname "Radar" is one step ahead of him.  They are a fine tuned photographer machine.   They did forget to call me and tell me to wear my beard though.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Top 10 DIY Halloween Wreaths

Halloween is almost here, are you ready? No reason to reinvent the wheel... er... wreath, with so many resources for ideas, inspiration and materials. Here are a few of my favorites. Which one do you like best? Do you have an awesome DIY Halloween wreath to share? Post it on my Facebook page.

Happy Halloween!

  1. Spider Wreath compliments of the DIY Network

     2. Eerie Eyeball Wreath- Country Living

     3. Mummy's Tomb Wreath- the Chicadee Shop on Etsy

     4. Felt Flower Wreath from Living Locurto & Little Things Bring Big Smiles

    5. Yarn and Bat Wreath from Eighteen25 & guest blogger Just a Girl

    6. Yarn Pumpkin Wreath from Craft-O-Maniac

   7. Wriggling Snake Wreath from Martha Stewart

   8. Crow Wreath from Boxwood Clippings

   9. Mummy Wreath from Pretty Providence

  10. Skeleton Wreath from Mega Crafty

Saturday, October 26, 2013

West Elm Holiday DIY Workshop, November 6th

There are only a few openings left. Call West Elm to RSVP.  Only $10.00 includes multiple mason jar projects, twinkle twigs, candles, all materials, West Elm discount, refreshments, and fun times!  Payments made day of the workshop
West Elm DIY Workshop
November 6th, 6-8pm
Seats limited
Just heard, right know there are only 7 spots left!!!!
Just a few of the fun Holiday DIY projects we will be doing at West Elm in the Pearl, in Portland Oregon!  Drop by and see the display behind the check out counter. 

Silver and Gold sparkles with these mason jar vases that we are going to make. Plus I will share some of my secrets of DIY shortcuts..."Basically sharing my mistakes so you won't repeat them! 

I love this Christmas tree from West Elm.  Special store discount for everyone in the class.  And a HUGE thanks to Flowers For You for bringing armfuls of willow branches so we can make our jeweled accessories.  Great gifts, super tabletop decoration and best of all, hand made by you.

Friday, October 18, 2013

West Elm DIY Class with Shannon Quimby

The Class is already half full, call and sign up quick!  I can't wait to DIY with you.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Old Junker Door Hides Trash

I never knew that a crusty old door, hiding my garbage cans and recycling bins would be featured on another bloggers site; it's sort of funny that I found something old and junky to hide my trash. The glass was busted out, but there was a vintage charm waiting to be remembered, so I painted it and hung flowers where the window used to be and now it's a quaint screen that keeps the trash from view.

Skye Knox from Home Jelly saw the beauty beyond the trash and shared a step by step how-to guide on her site. The other photos are more exterior shots of my previous home, a 1902 farmhouse that I owned for nearly 20 years and recently sold. I sure do miss it. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My DIY Ladder for the October Issue of Today's Vintage

I love taking walks on the coast with an empty bag to scout for treasures washed up on shore. Driftwood is abundant and offers endless possibilities for DIY projects. This month, in my column in Today's Vintage, I share one of those possibilities- a decorative driftwood ladder. 

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

  • Two long pieces of driftwood approximately 7ft long (these will the side rails)
  • Six shorter pieces of driftwood approximately 2-3ft long (these will be the ladder rungs)
  • White paint 
  • Scrap leather 
  • Scissors

*Note; tree branches can be substituted for driftwood

How To:
1. Paint all the pieces of driftwood white

2. Cut pieces of leather, 1/4” thick and approximately 3ft long

3. Lay out the pieces of driftwood in the form of a ladder, making sure the rungs overlap each side rail approximately 2-4” and are at least 12” apart

4. With leather strap in hand, attach the rung pulling taut, to the side rail by crisscrossing the strap over the rung and rail forming an “X” 

5. Repeat the same process on each rung and rail until everything is attached and you’ve built a ladder
Note: this ladder is for display only, not to climb on


Monday, October 7, 2013

DIY Holiday Class at West Elm: November 6

Our projects will be inspired by this look. Go to West Elm after October 21st to see my display of what we'll be making. 

Sparkle It Up for Holiday - DIY Accents with Shannon Quimby

Do you love to DIY? Want to get a jump start on Holiday decorating? Grab your friends and join me for a hands-on, fun filled evening, making table top décor and lighting ideas with mason jars. Best part? You get to take it home!

Event Details

  • When: November 6, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Where: West Elm in the Brewery Blocks, 1201 NW Couch St., Portland, OR
  • RSVP: Space is limited to 24 attendees call West Elm at 503-224-4880 to reserve your spot.
  • Cost:  $10.00 includes take home fabulous holiday DIY projects, West Elm discount, fun giveaways for your holiday shopping and decorating. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Farm Style Home I Designed, Cover Story I Wrote for The Oregonian Homes & Gardens

Here's the home before the remodel.
In 2009, I was asked to design a home remodel in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The homeowners wanted a New England farm style home in the Pacific Northwest, and that really grabbed my attention. Let's just say they didn't have to ask me twice! To meet their Northeast homestead criteria we included wainscoting, old-style cabinetry (including no toe kicks), an old icebox and a beautiful harvest table. Colors had to reflect the ocean, bringing home the beach tranquillity. It didn't happen overnight, but after three years, the once-understated farm-style wannabe is now a country classic. I am so proud to have designed this project and to be able to share it via the cover of The Oregonian's Home & Garden section!

And the after shot.