The View From Here

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From the 4th floor of our hotel.

Hello friend. It’s been so long since we last talked. And so much has happened in between. Some sad news. We lost our boy, Skylar. And now both our babes are gone.

If you’ve ever been unconditionally loved by an animal you probably know how deeply this hurts. Losing both our fur babies after sharing 17 amazing years with them has been so much harder on me than I could have ever prepared myself for. Coming home is proving to be the hardest, knowing there’s no one there waiting to greet me at the door.

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Also, we have been living out of a hotel for the last four months. We had a drain pipe break inside our walls, which flooded both our master bathroom and guest bathroom, master bedroom and kitchen. Between the mold and asbestos, and my killer allergies, we were not able to stay in our home until everything had been resolved. Nothing like two completely unplanned bathroom remodels!

This is our master bathroom, shortly after it was gutted, stripped down to the studs from counter height below…

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On a lighter note, during the four month stay at our hotel, we were humored by the fact that Angelyne was also a resident at our hotel. Anyone that lived in Southern California during the 80’s might recall the Angelyne billboards scattered all over Los Angeles. And if you’re curious, yes, she still has the hot pink corvette, the blonde hair and miniskirt, the whole deal.

In my next post I’ll share our bathroom remodels, what a journey it’s been!

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Shop Keeping: Remnants on Mill

 Hi friends! I’m happy to say it’s been an amazing summer. Offering my design services has been a great success. It’s keeping me incredibly busy, and leaving me feeling creatively fulfilled and grateful.

Remember when I decided to say goodbye to my space at American Home in Ventura? Even after selling all my left over inventory at the flea markets, I still had stuff tucked all around the house! Well it wasn’t exactly a “hoarders” situation, but I had a good sizable load of stuff that I still needed to clear out.

My good friend Racquel owns a darling store in Santa Paula called Remnants on Mill she opened with her business partner, Lauren. It is so charming, and these gals are amazing with their displays.  

 

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I was flattered when Racquel offered to let me bring my antiques into her shop to sell. And to my pleasant surprise, many of my pieces sold almost immediately. Her shop has quickly gained popularity in Santa Paula, and one can see why…

 

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Remnants on Mill

110 N Mill St. Santa Paula, Ca

(805) 204-6292

If you like Raquel’s style, you will love her home! Her home is this month’s August’s Cottage of the Month. Check it out HERE!

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Citrus summer, honey bee photo-bomb, and fortune telling

I hope you’ll forgive my absence. It’s been a good round of push and pull figuring out all the shiny new bells and whistles here on my new WordPress blog. Turns out the two blog posts I recently posted: a) failed to launch and b) when they did launch, to the best of my knowledge nobody saw them. Except for me of course. Sigh.  With the help of my amazing web designer, I think we’ve finally got this thing down, fingers crossed. Maybe you can let me know in the comments section if you came here today from a notification in your inbox, notifying you that I had a new post on my blog (insert huge hug of gratitude from me here).

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Did I ever tell you we planted two lemon trees and a single lime tree in our garden last year? Who ever knew a couple fruit trees could bring such joy into our lives. Every morning Adam and I take turns going out into the garden to pick fresh lemons for our daily green smoothies and limes for our salads. I love how when you pluck them off the branch, they release a strong citrus scent that makes it feel like you’re holding summertime in your hands. I tell myself each morning, this must be what heaven smells like.

One morning, I decided to bring my camera to capture some beautiful citrus floral blooms, and to my surprise, a little honey bee decided to pay one of our citrus trees a visit. I snapped the button at precisely the right moment and captured this little guy, swooping in for a friendly visit. I promise this image is NOT photo-shopped.

Can you spot the bee?

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d get photo-bombed by a honey bee!

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So there’s this little Vietnamese soup place we like to frequent in Camarillo, called Love Pho n More. For those that don’t know, Pho is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, tofu, fresh veggies, bean sprouts and similar ingredients depending where you are. It is a hearty meal, yet leaves you feeling incredibly light and nourished.

Anyways, after our meal we broke open our fortune cookies. Here’s what mine said…

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It speaks directly to the antique dealer/treasure finder in me. It’s fun to think how it also applies to my interior design work. Folks hire me to help them discover the treasures in their homes they cannot see. I love looking for the beauty in the every day.

Next, Adam cracked open his fortune cookie and here’s what his said…

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We found this fun and ironic, as he just started up his own business at the beginning of this year, and it’s been a gradual pull forward towards finding his own pace of meaningful success. 

Here’s to never giving up, handfuls of summer, and insightful desserts  ; ) Have a great week my friend! 

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Blogging on WordPress and Working it out

Guess what, I just made the move from Blogger to WordPress, and my computer didn’t blow up into a million pieces. (the scenario that played through my head a hundred times whilst contemplating making this move.) Hopefully everything went smooth on your end too. You should have been automatically redirected to and viewing this post on WordPress, and no longer on Blogger, fingers crossed! I still have some tweaking to do on the side bar and within the posts. I hope you’ll excuse the mess.
In case you missed it, yesterday was May 1st, which means new Cottage of the Month! This one’s one of my favorites! Click the picture to go there : )
In part of the transition from Blogger to WordPress, it appears my “Behind the Scenes of our Office Closet Makeover” post didn’t make it over here, so I’m post it again. And if you’ve already seen it, I apologize in advance for the duplication.
Thanks for all the super friendly and encouraging comments we received on our remodel. We had so much fun with it. 
      
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One question I got the most, “how did you do the wood wall?”
One person even thought it was driftwood! 
      
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Guess what!

It’s NOT wood. It’s plastic coated fabric, from IKEA…      
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Did your jaw just drop, kinda like mine did when Adam and I were at IKEA and they had a strip of this fabric hanging against the back wall, and I said to him “whoa, are they selling wood pallets now?”

I love IKEA so hard.

For the closet, we bought 3 yards of the fabric, and ended up with just a small scrap left over. I simply used push pins on the upper corners and used a leveler to make sure my “wood lines” were straight…

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For the following step, I used a can of spray adhesive. In this case I used Elmer’s Spray Adhesive.

Good to know: Make sure you only spray small 10-12” sections on your wall at a time. Adhesive stays tacky for several seconds, allowing a tiny bit of wiggling room. I simply used my hand to smooth out any immediate wrinkles or bubbles. This part of the project can’t be rushed. Take your time and trust the process, going section by small section.

Take my advice: Do not spray the back of the fabric directly. The adhesive will bleed through to the front and run down the length of your fabric and then you will have to sand the fabric and then you might cry to your husband and then your husband might have to drive back to IKEA.

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Once I finished adhering the fabric to our closet wall, we were left with a 3” deficit on each side of our closet wall…
 
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To remedy this, I decided to add 3 1/4″ moulding around the sides, top and bottom of the closet, and above and below the built in shelf, which resulted in a total of sixteen mitered cuts.
I went with baseboard moulding, as it not only was the widest moulding I could find, but I really liked its finished tapered edge. And installing it felt both satisfying and rebellious ; )     
      
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For the desk portion of the project, I used two white stacking crates from JoAnn Fabrics on each side to support the desk top surface… 
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And for the desk top, it’s just a single sheet of plywood, painted white. Seaside Sand by Behr, in case you’re interested.
    
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I received a few inquiries as to why I didn’t turn the crates open sides facing out. A few reasons. First, I loved the unexpected streamlined look of the stats on the backs of the crates. Second, the large woven baskets on the upper shelf offer great extra storage, so we really didn’t need any additional storage space. 
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Cottage8: Office Closet Reveal

Wow, you are a patient bunch! 

This project, like most projects took a bit longer than 1/2 a day. (You know me and my unrealistic project goal deadlines). But now I get to finally put a big check mark next to the words “remodel office closet” on my checklist. And I’m especially ecstatic to get rid of that portable make-shift desk in our bedroom. We have finally hooked everything up and Adam is once again back in the closet and back in business. 
*Ok, the thought just occurred to me- if this is your first time visiting my blog, that previous sentence sounded weird. Just to clarify, my husband Adam works from home out of our guest room closet-turned office space.

Now then, let’s get on with the reveal!

Here’s how the closet looked after we gutted out all the office clutter…
         
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And here’s how our office closet looks today! 
     
      
   
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Everything is super tidy and organized now, and everything is in its place… 
     
      
   
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Since I designed this space specially for Adam, I went with a rustic yet modern theme… 
     
      
   
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This is my favorite chair. We found it while out taking a walk one day. It was just sitting out on the curb in front of a house, so I knocked and asked permission to take it. They were delighted it was finding a happy new home, and so were we! 
     
      
     
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9 – 1 – 7. No, that’s not my locker combo or my street address. Just a random group of numbers I selected . I particularly love how “odd” numbers look grouped. This trio was found at Home Goods, and they were cut from old reclaimed wood… 
     
      
   
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Nothing was met with more fear or reluctance than mitering the corners on the moulding. I decided to frame the entire top and bottom portion of the back wall of the closet to give the edges a nice finish, which meant I had to cut 45-degree angles, 16 of them in total. And by the end, I have to say I rocked it! Oh and by the way, I used base moulding. I really liked its finished edge, and it kinda made me feel like a rebel ; ) 
     
      
   
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Another Home Goods treasure, love love love this striped rug… 
     
      
   
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Just some fun, decorative desk accessories for Adam. The wall cabinet, monkey fist, jar and pencils from Home Goods, the paper tray from Target… 
     
     
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The white crates are from Joanne Fabrics. I used them as the “legs” to support the desk top. I decided to turn them back side out, as I loved the look of the lines it accidentally created… 
 
       
        
     
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17 years later, and so very much still in love with this guy. I have the pleasure of working at home with him every day, even if we do distract each other from time to time with our shared love of walks and day hikes…
  

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In my next post I’ll share some behind the scenes footage on how I did the “wood wall”… 
    
      
   
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Something about necessity being the mother of invention


What a mighty little whirlwind these past few weeks have been. 
        
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I’ve been sawing moulding with my miter box at unspeakably late hours of the evening, because there are not enough hours in the day. Not even for getting those stubborn last drops of paint off my fingers. It’s kind of like an accessory, like jewelry.

I’m happy to announce I finally overcame my fear of mitering and joining corners at a 45 degree angle. Cause that stuff can be nightmare scary. And I’m really good at it now ; )

Remember my office closet remodel project, the one a few people thought there was nothing wrong with it in it’s current state? I’m happy to declare it’s in its final design stages.
 

One of the more difficult tasks I had to tackle with this project was all my closet clutter. Paper clutter, electronic clutter, you name it. Pretty baskets from Home Goods were just the solution I needed to tame the junk and make it organized…

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Prepare yourself, it’s about to get very scary real in here.

Because we are remodeling our office closet, the very place Adam works out of every day, he got kicked out of his workspace and needed a new work station pronto. So I left him to his own devises to design a temporary “floating work station” that he could get by with for a couple weeks.

And this was HIS solution…

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You’ve got to give the guy credit for creative repurposing. This is a plastic fold up saw table, the kind you find at Home Depot. It’s in our bedroom. 

       
   
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This thing has even got a additional make-shift shelf below. He found a way to put it to good use… 

     
      
   
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Here’s to making it work, and working with what you have : )

Have a happy weekend friends!     
   

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Awards and Makeovers

For the sake of normalcy, I wish I could say that we were glued to the Academy Awards on tv tonight. Instead my eyes are focused squarely on the walls of our office closet, getting a new makeover. 

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In the middle of the night, instead of sleeping like a normal person, the wheels in my brain started turning and churning as I got this wild idea to go in an entirely different direction with our office closet. 


Here’s the closet before, when we first bought the house. And how it looked after I completed it’s initial makeover…


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Ok, so it looked pretty good afterwards. But I’m not good at sitting still. And now that this is Adam’s full-time workstation, my creative juices started overflowing with ideas and I couldn’t sit still another minute. So we hit the road, straight to IKEA, where all your decorating dreams (on  a budget) come true.

My NEW vision for our tiny work closet is going to be:
Something a little more masculine and better suited for Adam, less cluttered (there was a highway of wires back there that drove me crazy), more leg space width-wise, and something more rustic yet stylish overall. 

Oh, and that neat old wire light (seen above) is coming down and I’m selling it. It’s $48, that’s what I paid for it at the Remnants of the Past show a couple years ago. The first person interested takes it. Just leave me a comment below and I’ll be in touch. 

So here’s how the closet looked after I cleared everything out, just a few hours ago…

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And just for fun, and because I’m waiting for the first coat of paint to dry, here’s a 5 year timeline:
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Happy Sunday! Hope you have a great week ahead! 

PS- What was your favorite part of the Academy Awards? I’m probably going to be painting the rest of the night, so I’ll have to catch highlights tomorrow on YouTube!


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Cottage of the Month, Spoiler and Travels

Tomorrow is the 1st of the month, and I’m usually very tight lipped about upcoming Cottage of the Month homes, as I love surprises! But the woman I’m featuring for March’s COTM is so amazing, I could hardly keep the lid on this thing.

Wanna venture a guess who the mystery blogger is in this hilarious family photo?? 

   
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She’s going to be Cottage of the Month for the month of March!

I can hardly wait till tomorrow. If you’re on the edge of your seat (like me!) you can check in at around midnight PST and be the one of the first to see it first hand!
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Speaking of Cottage of the Month, I recently went on two different photoshoots and had the best time with them. These ladies mostly likely won’t be featured on COTM for about 6 months to a year, as my waiting list is long, like miles long.

But I thought, on this rainy Southern California day, it might be fun to go through my picture folders and share with you some of my favorites from the shoots. Let’s begin!

Meet Jenni in Tarzana, CA… 

       
       
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Jenni has a website where she sells fabulous, unique items. I’m a regular customer!

She knows I’m vegan and tempted me with a beautiful bowl of fresh berries and treats… 

       
       
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Next, I headed off to Donna’s home in Chatsworth, CA… 

      
       
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Donna also must have gotten the “vegan memo” but took it a step further, offering me raw vegan coconut balls, which tasted amazing by the way! 

    
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I’m so grateful and feeling pretty spoiled, ladies!

Here’s to doing what you love : ) Hope you have a fun weekend friends!

Year of the Wooden Horse

The Year 2014 is considered Year of the Horse as per the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, which begins on January 31, 2014

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The Chinese zodiac calendar is comprised of 12 animal signs, and the Horse is the seventh among them. In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance. 

Coincidentally, I was at the Little French Flea Market in Tarzana a couple weeks ago and bought a beautiful wooden horse from my friend Jenni Glancy. I’m shooting Jenni’s home for an upcoming Cottage of the Month feature, and I can hardly wait to check out her diggs in person.

I’ve seen many of these wooden horses, but never with the stand and horse still intact. Just don’t look too closely, otherwise you may spot the holiday mantel decor that hasn’t made its way back into our garage just yet…oops. Never enough time in the day, folks.

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While surfing around I found some more great examples of wooden horses…

An amazing wooden horse sculpture on wheels

Large wood horse hand painted gray white rusty wheels French Nordic inspired wooden sculpture Anita Spero

This horse image burned into an old reassembled wooden pallet…

 

This driftwood horse sculpture is amazing beyond words…

Amazing driftwood sculpture


Speaking of horses, I’ve got a sweet little idea brewing in the back of my mind involving this french jockey fabric from Brick House Fabrics and an empty wall in my office closet. I can’t begin to imagine the possibilities…

 

Happy Weekend’ing, friends!


     
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Turning a New Leaf

I snapped this photo on Christmas day. It’s been so warm and windy, and crunchy-leafy this past week, I’ve been inclined to wish everyone a Merry Fall-mas… 
       
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We recently took a holiday with my parents to their vacation home in Las Vegas. It was so soothing. We even made time for a round of family-style miniature golf! The break was so good for my head. I took advantage of the long desert drive, and focused on self reflecting and goal evaluating, something I usually find too distracting to attempt in the chaos of home. 

It’s 2014 now, and Adam and I are on the verge of making some great changes in our lives, and the prospect of new business ventures awaits us. With most changes (at least for me) change often accompanies fear. Even in the face of positive change, the unknowingness that comes with changes makes my skin feel one size to small and it’s difficult to breathe it all in. To quote Jack Canfield: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” This is when I know I’m headed in the RIGHT direction, even though I can’t quite see what lies in the road up ahead.

We have also been putting great awareness and focus on our health and longevity. I am experiencing the amazing glowing benefits of becoming raw vegan, something I have become increasingly passionate about. These past 6 months I have been living on a great abundance of nothing but local organic fruits and raw vegetables, and I’ve never felt closer to nature or more in tune with my body. I haven’t shared much of that here, as I’m not sure it’s the right platform. But if you are interested in learning more or have questions I’ll be happy to respond in the comments.

I am so very excited to see what this new year brings. I hope it is one filled with happiness and laughter, and all the joy that life brings. Thank you for joining me here. You are the bright spot in my day : )

     
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Turning a New Leaf

I snapped this photo on Christmas day. It’s been so warm and windy, and crunchy-leafy this past week, I’ve been inclined to wish everyone a Merry Fall-mas… 
       
leafy

We recently took a holiday with my parents to their vacation home in Las Vegas. It was so soothing. We even made time for a round of family-style miniature golf! The break was so good for my head. I took advantage of the long desert drive, and focused on self reflecting and goal evaluating, something I usually find too distracting to attempt in the chaos of home. 

It’s 2014 now, and Adam and I are on the verge of making some great changes in our lives, and the prospect of new business ventures awaits us. With most changes (at least for me) change often accompanies fear. Even in the face of positive change, the unknowingness that comes with changes makes my skin feel one size to small and it’s difficult to breathe it all in. To quote Jack Canfield: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” This is when I know I’m headed in the RIGHT direction, even though I can’t quite see what lies in the road up ahead.

We have also been putting great awareness and focus on our health and longevity. I am experiencing the amazing glowing benefits of becoming raw vegan, something I have become increasingly passionate about. These past 6 months I have been living on a great abundance of nothing but local organic fruits and raw vegetables, and I’ve never felt closer to nature or more in tune with my body. I haven’t shared much of that here, as I’m not sure it’s the right platform. But if you are interested in learning more or have questions I’ll be happy to respond in the comments.

I am so very excited to see what this new year brings. I hope it is one filled with happiness and laughter, and all the joy that life brings. Thank you for joining me here. You are the bright spot in my day : )

     
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In Memory of Ruthie

It’s been said, Heaven is richer as of today. I learned my very sweet friend Ruthie Marek lost her battle to cancer this week. No matter how many times I repeat that sentence in my head, I cannot seem to convince myself it is true. I don’t want to believe it is true.

The first time I met Ruthie was July 2011, when I drove to Westlake Village to photograph her home. Upon greeting me at the door, she was beaming with excitement, and her joy was infectious. As I entered, her home was warm and welcoming. The kind of place you could curl up in a chair and lose yourself for hours. Every corner of her home spoke to her love for her family. And Ruthie had this way of making you feel special just being in her presence. It goes without saying, from the first time we met I adored her.

Over the course of the past 2 1/2 years, we would occasionally run into each other at antique stores and garden shops. Ruthie always had great taste. We would stand in the middle of shop isles and easily chat for over an hour. She shared with me the battle she was fighting with cancer, although she always focused on the positive, even when things were rough. I remember when I emailed her one night to let her know her home was going to be Cottage of the Month (November 2011). She replied “The timing to run this now was a nice diversion for me, and you didn’t even know I was in the hospital”. She was right, I had no idea she was there. But I was thankful it brought her a little joy.

The last time I saw Ruthie was in the Spring, when we lost our orange tabby kitty, Chloe. Ruthie brought me a posy filled with Alyssum, one of Ruthie’s favorite garden flowers. At the time she noted “I added daisies because I think they’re a ‘happy’ flower”. And anyone that knew Ruthie might agree, she was always thinking of others, just another one of her many endearing traits.  

I hope you don’t mind my sharing about my friend Ruthie. She was and will continue to be loved and lovingly remembered by the many people she touched. May she live in the hearts of all that knew her.

     
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In Memory of Ruthie

It’s been said, Heaven is richer as of today. I learned my very sweet friend Ruthie Marek lost her battle to cancer this week. No matter how many times I repeat that sentence in my head, I cannot seem to convince myself it is true. I don’t want to believe it is true.

The first time I met Ruthie was July 2011, when I drove to Westlake Village to photograph her home. Upon greeting me at the door, she was beaming with excitement, and her joy was infectious. As I entered, her home was warm and welcoming. The kind of place you could curl up in a chair and lose yourself for hours. Every corner of her home spoke to her love for her family. And Ruthie had this way of making you feel special just being in her presence. It goes without saying, from the first time we met I adored her.

Over the course of the past 2 1/2 years, we would occasionally run into each other at antique stores and garden shops. Ruthie always had great taste. We would stand in the middle of shop isles and easily chat for over an hour. She shared with me the battle she was fighting with cancer, although she always focused on the positive, even when things were rough. I remember when I emailed her one night to let her know her home was going to be Cottage of the Month (November 2011). She replied “The timing to run this now was a nice diversion for me, and you didn’t even know I was in the hospital”. She was right, I had no idea she was there. But I was thankful it brought her a little joy.

The last time I saw Ruthie was in the Spring, when we lost our orange tabby kitty, Chloe. Ruthie brought me a posy filled with Alyssum, one of Ruthie’s favorite garden flowers. At the time she noted “I added daisies because I think they’re a ‘happy’ flower”. And anyone that knew Ruthie might agree, she was always thinking of others, just another one of her many endearing traits.  

I hope you don’t mind my sharing about my friend Ruthie. She was and will continue to be loved and lovingly remembered by the many people she touched. May she live in the hearts of all that knew her.

     
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Cottage8: Our Winter Mantel

We’ve decided we’re decorating a bit lighter for the holidays this year. But I always love to play around with our mantel each season, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity. I grabbed a few things I had around the house, along with my branch clippers, and put together a really simple winter mantel…

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

We have a beautiful magnolia tree that Adam’s dad had planted for us when we first moved in. You can see it from our kitchen window, where we can watch it bloom.

Here I snipped both fresh and dried magnolia tree clippings for the mantel “garland”…

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

My friend Rosemary made the #8 wreath for us a couple years back. And you can check out our handmade holiday wrapping paper tutorial here

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

Antique books and bright citrus branches, deer sheds and silver cups, all nestled on top of a yard of burlap garland we used to wrap around our holiday tree a couple years ago… 

     
The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel 

I guess you could say I’m a bit unconventional when it comes to holiday decorating. Much of my design inspiration comes from nature and its beauty. I love using organic, natural woodland type elements… 

     
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And sometimes it’s all about the small details, such as these old handwritten papers someone thoughtfully placed in between the pages of these antique books, just the way I found them… 
   
    
 
The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel  
I hope you enjoyed our winter mantel!

In my next post, I’ll share with you how I made our birch log stacked bookcase… 

     
The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel
 
Stay warm and toasty friends!

     
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Cottage8: Our Winter Mantel

We’ve decided we’re decorating a bit lighter for the holidays this year. But I always love to play around with our mantel each season, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity. I grabbed a few things I had around the house, along with my branch clippers, and put together a really simple winter mantel…

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

We have a beautiful magnolia tree that Adam’s dad had planted for us when we first moved in. You can see it from our kitchen window, where we can watch it bloom.

Here I snipped both fresh and dried magnolia tree clippings for the mantel “garland”…

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

My friend Rosemary made the #8 wreath for us a couple years back. And you can check out our handmade holiday wrapping paper tutorial here

The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel

Antique books and bright citrus branches, deer sheds and silver cups, all nestled on top of a yard of burlap garland we used to wrap around our holiday tree a couple years ago… 

     
The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel 

I guess you could say I’m a bit unconventional when it comes to holiday decorating. Much of my design inspiration comes from nature and its beauty. I love using organic, natural woodland type elements… 

     
The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel The Old Painted Cottage - Winter MantelThe Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel 
And sometimes it’s all about the small details, such as these old handwritten papers someone thoughtfully placed in between the pages of these antique books, just the way I found them… 
   
    
 
The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel  
I hope you enjoyed our winter mantel!

In my next post, I’ll share with you how I made our birch log stacked bookcase… 

     
The Old Painted Cottage - Winter Mantel
 
Stay warm and toasty friends!

     
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American Home to Vintage Market

It was just around this time last year when I moved into American Home and Garden. I remember how intimidating it all was at the time, trying something new and fearing I wouldn’t be able to pull it all together. Much to my delight it turned out beautiful, and successful, and I realized how much I loved creating, decorating and vignette-making. The booth keeping experience kinda reminded me of the diorama’s we used to make in the 4th grade, out of used shoe boxes. Anyone else remember making diorama projects? Good times!   
   
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In the late summer of this year, I was faced with the realization that successful booth keeping also meant vigorous maintenance, fluffing and restocking, and steady attention. There were a few weeks during the summer where I couldn’t make the drive to the store, and my sales reflected my absence.

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I was all too aware of the fact that I couldn’t possibly be everywhere at once. I decided to pull out of the store, so I could focus more on family and matters at home.

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So what now, you ask?

I’ve always had an interest in doing interior design work and consulting with clients. It feels right to me, so I’m going for it! And of course I’ll continue to sell on my website online. In fact, I’m planning a shop overhaul in the next few weeks. Keep a lookout!

What about all that inventory?

When I left American Home, we had a garage full of inventory, which we’ve been selling off in small batches at shows. Well, we have decided to liquidate EVERYTHING we have left this weekend, at the Vintage Market in Woodland Hills…

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Where: Topanga Vintage Market is now at Pierce College in Woodland Hills (New location)

When: This Sunday, Dec 15th, 8am-3pm 

         
Directions: DeSoto exit north off 101 Fwy; Right on Victory 

         
Admission: $2 admission, kids free, no pets please. E
arly bird admission from 5am to 8am is $5

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Maybe I’ll see you there this Sunday! Please come up and say hi : D
 

     
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American Home to Vintage Market

It was just around this time last year when I moved into American Home and Garden. I remember how intimidating it all was at the time, trying something new and fearing I wouldn’t be able to pull it all together. Much to my delight it turned out beautiful, and successful, and I realized how much I loved creating, decorating and vignette-making. The booth keeping experience kinda reminded me of the diorama’s we used to make in the 4th grade, out of used shoe boxes. Anyone else remember making diorama projects? Good times!   
   
[american-home28.jpg]

In the late summer of this year, I was faced with the realization that successful booth keeping also meant vigorous maintenance, fluffing and restocking, and steady attention. There were a few weeks during the summer where I couldn’t make the drive to the store, and my sales reflected my absence.

photo 2


I was all too aware of the fact that I couldn’t possibly be everywhere at once. I decided to pull out of the store, so I could focus more on family and matters at home.

photo 3

So what now, you ask?

I’ve always had an interest in doing interior design work and consulting with clients. It feels right to me, so I’m going for it! And of course I’ll continue to sell on my website online. In fact, I’m planning a shop overhaul in the next few weeks. Keep a lookout!

What about all that inventory?

When I left American Home, we had a garage full of inventory, which we’ve been selling off in small batches at shows. Well, we have decided to liquidate EVERYTHING we have left this weekend, at the Vintage Market in Woodland Hills…

tvm new flier


Where: Topanga Vintage Market is now at Pierce College in Woodland Hills (New location)

When: This Sunday, Dec 15th, 8am-3pm 

         
Directions: DeSoto exit north off 101 Fwy; Right on Victory 

         
Admission: $2 admission, kids free, no pets please. E
arly bird admission from 5am to 8am is $5

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Maybe I’ll see you there this Sunday! Please come up and say hi : D
 

     
greenapple
         
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Handmade Holiday Wrapping Paper

I thought it might be fun to get a little more creative in my gift presentation and make my own holiday wrapping paper this year. You can make your packaging as elaborate or as simple as you like. My theme this year was “woodland wintertime” inspired by my love for all things woodsy and rustic and organic. 

holiday paper DIY

Let’s get started! To do this project, you will need the following… 
      
     
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I got my roll of kraft paper from Michaels a few years ago, however most craft stores carry kraft paper. 

        
roll open

Next, you’ll need an ink pad and stamps. I got all my stamps and ink from Terbear Collectibles on Etsy.

 
stamps grouping

For my first package I used the deer stamp. I followed the instructions included with my stamps, using gentle pressure. I also tested it a few times on a piece of scrap paper before applying it to my kraft paper.

deer stamp

Once I felt comfortable with my applied pressure and the ink amount, I began stamping out my pattern. Incase you were wondering, Adam was my gracious (and patient) hand model for this tutorial!

 
stamping paper

Once my pattern was all stamped out, I cut the stamped paper from the roll and wrapped my package…

deer package plain

And tied it in my favorite green ribbon… 

        
tying ribbon

For the tags, I used the birds christmas tree stamp, and tied it on using bakers twine, also from the same etsy shop. 

        
tag grouping

I believe the bird christmas tree image is originally from The Graphics Fairy… 

      
     
bird stamp

I added a small white dove ornament and gold dipped pinecones I had from last year’s holiday… 

     
     
finished package

We haven’t set up our tree yet, so our fireplace is a temporary stand-in package gathering spot for now. However I think we’ll be having a bunch of fireside family gatherings over these next few weeks, so I’ll be scouting out a new package gathering station soon. 

     
     
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The deer bust stamp is another favorite I used for this project. For this one I tried stamping directly onto the wrapped package. I think I prefer pre-stamping the paper though… 
     
     
deer bust stamping

I applied the same green ribbon, with a heart ornament made from vintage grainsack, and gold dipped pinecones to top it off… 

     
     
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The ruffled music sheet ribbon was actually left over from our house shoot for Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and the Seasons Greetings stamp, designed by calligrapher Laura Hooper, can be found here… 

     
     
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I had such a great time using these stamps and supplies, Teri from Terbear Collectibles has agreed to give a special discount to my readers! Just use coupon code LOVETOPC to take 10% off your entire purchase. Teri also does custom stamps, and she ships her stamps internationally as well! 

          
I’d love to hear about your favorite handmade holiday projects in the comments below!

Have a great week friends : D
 

     
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Handmade Holiday Wrapping Paper

I thought it might be fun to get a little more creative in my gift presentation and make my own holiday wrapping paper this year. You can make your packaging as elaborate or as simple as you like. My theme this year was “woodland wintertime” inspired by my love for all things woodsy and rustic and organic. 

holiday paper DIY

Let’s get started! To do this project, you will need the following… 
      
     
roll closed

I got my roll of kraft paper from Michaels a few years ago, however most craft stores carry kraft paper. 

        
roll open

Next, you’ll need an ink pad and stamps. I got all my stamps and ink from Terbear Collectibles on Etsy.

 
stamps grouping

For my first package I used the deer stamp. I followed the instructions included with my stamps, using gentle pressure. I also tested it a few times on a piece of scrap paper before applying it to my kraft paper.

deer stamp

Once I felt comfortable with my applied pressure and the ink amount, I began stamping out my pattern. Incase you were wondering, Adam was my gracious (and patient) hand model for this tutorial!

 
stamping paper

Once my pattern was all stamped out, I cut the stamped paper from the roll and wrapped my package…

deer package plain

And tied it in my favorite green ribbon… 

        
tying ribbon

For the tags, I used the birds christmas tree stamp, and tied it on using bakers twine, also from the same etsy shop. 

        
tag grouping

I believe the bird christmas tree image is originally from The Graphics Fairy… 

      
     
bird stamp

I added a small white dove ornament and gold dipped pinecones I had from last year’s holiday… 

     
     
finished package

We haven’t set up our tree yet, so our fireplace is a temporary stand-in package gathering spot for now. However I think we’ll be having a bunch of fireside family gatherings over these next few weeks, so I’ll be scouting out a new package gathering station soon. 

     
     
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16

11 1015

The deer bust stamp is another favorite I used for this project. For this one I tried stamping directly onto the wrapped package. I think I prefer pre-stamping the paper though… 
     
     
deer bust stamping

I applied the same green ribbon, with a heart ornament made from vintage grainsack, and gold dipped pinecones to top it off… 

     
     
14

The ruffled music sheet ribbon was actually left over from our house shoot for Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and the Seasons Greetings stamp, designed by calligrapher Laura Hooper, can be found here… 

     
     
12

I had such a great time using these stamps and supplies, Teri from Terbear Collectibles has agreed to give a special discount to my readers! Just use coupon code LOVETOPC to take 10% off your entire purchase. Teri also does custom stamps, and she ships her stamps internationally as well! 

          
I’d love to hear about your favorite handmade holiday projects in the comments below!

Have a great week friends : D
 

     
greenapple
         
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Shopping small, No-Bake Brownies, and a Peek

 
We are joining in the Small Business Saturday movement over on our website. We are offering 20% off all Pom Pom at Home items including organic linen bedding, curtains, table linens, coverlets and throws, and accessories. Plus we offer free shipping, every day.

As an added courtesy, we are extending our sale through tomorrow!
Simply enter coupon code: LINEN

Here’s a little sample of what you’ll find on sale
on our website, all 20% off today and tomorrow only!
 
  
Charlie Linen Duvet-pom pom homeLove/Peace Pillows-pom pom home
Luka Pillow Sham-pom pom homePrague Linen Duvet-pom pom home

And if that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, feast your eyes on these no-bake brownies my family shamelessly devoured yesterday…     

     
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Super ooey-gooey goodness!     

   
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There are only 5 ingredients in these super moist brownies! 

       
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No dairy, no flour, no oil, and they’re gluten free…  

   
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No-Bake Brownies
       
8 servings
 
1/2 cup medjool dates (pits removed)
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder or carob powder)
1 c walnuts
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or agave nectar )

Process all in blender (Vitamix works great) or in food processor until ingredients are well mixed and chopped. Press into a small square baking pan and freeze for 1 hour. Slice brownies into 8 pieces and store in your refrigerator and watch them disappear. 
          
    Enter Cottage of the Month

 
      By the way, you know what tomorrow is, right? December 1st = New Cottage of the Month!

I thought it would be fun to give you a first look at December’s new cottage, Laurie Blaswich from AntiqueLifestyle… 
       
       
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(To see the rest of December’s feature in its entirety, hop over to my website tomorrow on the 1st!)
 
   
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Christmas Burlap His & Her StockingsChristmas Tree Skirt Damask
      
Previously known as Bella Inspirations, Laurie has an amazing Etsy shop, AntiqueLifestyle, which I find myself ordering from on a regular basis. 
      
     
To celebrate the event, Laurie is running a shop sale specially for The Old Painted Cottage blog readers! Take 15% off using coupon code: TOPC49. Sale ends on December 14.
 
Happy Weekending, friends!
 

     
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