Building room for your hobbies : Weaving Studio

By , August 24, 2011 10:20 pm

Just recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Leah Hersey of Jersey Girl Weaving. She’s a client of mine and when she told me about her home studio, I wanted to know more! Over tea and snacks, she told me the story of how her newly built studio was born.

Leah has always had a passion for textiles and inevitably fell in love with the art of weaving. Not quite as portable as knitting or as compact as cross-stitch, Leah soon realized that she would need space – a lot of space – to fully devote her self to this craft. After all, a real loom takes up a whole lotta floor. Enter the idea of constructing an out building and making it her full time studio!

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garage studio Building room for your hobbies : Weaving StudioAptly named Jersey Girl Weaving – a throwback to her time living on the east coast – this new building has provided the space, natural light and artistic solitude that Leah was seeking.

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I couldn’t resist capturing all the beautiful details of Leah’s space…

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I just love all the colors and textures! The groupings of sheep create a sense of whimsy and honor Leah’s love of wool.

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By thinking creatively, she maximized her property and utilized her space with care and purpose.

Do you ever dream of having your own home office or studio? Where could you create this space?

Thanks to Leah for inspiring us!

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Lean-to Garden Shed and Salvaged Beauty

By , August 16, 2011 9:00 pm

After attending an event over at Rejuvenation featuring Recycling and Re-purposing Master, Joanne Palmisano, (see her book below) I’m a little obsessed with salvaged materials!

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Of course, I love the green factor but you gotta adore the aesthetic value salvaged treasures bring to a space – the gorgeous texture and colors of salvaged wood, the chippy paint of an old barn window or the rust and patina of used metal. I can’t get enough of it and I plan on using these kinds of materials in my garage remodel and shed project.

Speaking of the shed project…I’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden and I’m thinking a sweet lean-to shed is just the thing! I want it to be funky and fun with quirky details and a well loved look. Scanning the internet, I was thrilled at all the salvaged ideas I found!

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How cute is this little shed using reclaimed windows? So charming!

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I love the beauty of old watering cans, rustic baskets and worn metal basins. These kind of textures just belong in the garden.

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Jazz up a boring brick wall in the garden by turning an old window into a mirror!

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Use old windows to create greenhouse like structures to protect your precious plants OR…

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create an entire greenhouse from salvaged windows! Want more old window projects…go here.

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New bricks are boring! Why not recycle and create a garden pathway using old bricks…weathered charm included!

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This darling shed is made entirely from salvaged materials…

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and so was this one….WOW!

My mind is full of ideas and inspiration for my little shed! I will keep you posted on my progress!

Have you used salvaged materials in your home or garden? Do tell…

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Images via here.

Garden Makeover

By , August 10, 2011 2:20 pm

It’s been an active summer for me with lots of time spent digging in the dirt! I love it! With my garage remodel in the works at my rental home, it was time to tackle the overgrown, under appreciated back garden! At one time, it was a lush thatch of earth full of raspberries and fig trees with ample space for growing fresh garden veggies. Unfortunately, my renters – even with their good intentions – failed to care for it and mother nature took over. The result – a tangled, weedy, thorny mess!  SO…I called in my hardworking and willing son, Peter, who is currently home from college. We toiled away in the sun, happily pulling weeding, trimming shrubs and planting new vegetables and herbs. Two of my favorites – sorrel with its lemony goodness and watercress, with a peppery bite that is fabulous on a BLT!

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As you can imagine, with all this gardening going on, I’ve acquired quite a few gardening books and have been hanging out at the local nurseries. Some of my favorites – Cornell Farms and of course, Portland Nursery. Oh, and if you happen to be out near Hood River, you must stop by Good News Gardening – a fabulous gardening center with a lovely Garden Cafe! It’s such a delight to visit these places and come home full of inspiration!

What’s going on in your summer garden?

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Small Spaces : A Jewel Box of Ideas

By , August 4, 2011 11:03 am

Hello! Hope your summer is going well. Mine has been very busy – working, gardening, planning my remodel and visiting with family and friends! Finally had some time to check out the internet for some inspiration and I had to share this with you…

Found this amazing design contest  via Jovoto, that has closed but the plans submitted are just fabulous! The assignment was to design a “Jewel Box” studio apartment within 420 sq. ft. Here are a few shots from the 1st place winner

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Some really ingenious ideas here. Go check out more of the design entries…I could have spent all day going thru them! So inventive!

Have a great rest of the week!

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