WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT.
and these days, for me, it is NOT blogging.
it has been a bit over a year since i posted here last.
I spent some time this morning cleaning up my sidebar links - i was sadly surprised to see how many other blogs have become defunct or neglected. blogs i had read for years have just stopped or disappeared all together - all of a sudden i felt left in the dust, wondering what these creative people had been up to. why did they stop blogging? what are they doing now? how are they?
bloggers, where are YOU?
Well. I'm still around. I'm still creating, painting and making.
I'm working on a new website.
I'm selling original items and artwork at my local retail pop-up shop in Skaneateles NY. I'm doing a bit of art licensing (mostly with Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids)
I'm still working on renovating out 1896 home.
I'm crazy busy with 2 teenagers in the house.
so long for now.
art: drooz studio for GreenBox art
lighted BAR sign: iron accents
iron letter N: land of nod
orange chairs - vintage at Relevant Vintage
salvaged wood farm table: restoration hardware
mesh covered server - jillybean kids
serving basket- way fair, country living
ella tall planter - home decorater
striped moroccan throw - the loaded trunk
latest project around here: the barN renovation. its a doozie!
when we purchased this old home a year ago we knew that the barn needed LOTS of work! the foundation and roof were shot - and water damage was starting to ruin the original 1848 interior beams.
last week we started the renovation process. 10"x10" hemlock wood beams were stacked in the basement jenga style to act as temporary foundation braces... and then enormous metal I-beams were slid under the foundation to rest on the Jengas and under the barn. the entire 30'x70' barn was then raised just a few inched off the crumbling foundation so that it could be removed and a new one poured.
the barn was original sized at 30'x70'... because of our our lot size and coverage, existing buildings, permeable and non-permeable surfaces, and the fact that we are also currently adding a 2 story addition to the house- we needed to make the barn a bit smaller to comply for lot coverage and permission to build. kinda stinks - but also kinda OK. by removing the end of the barn we now have enough salvaged wood to repair the standing barn.
the new barn will be 30'x40'. full basement and a full 1st floor. in the area of the basement that we are removing we are leaving all the old foundation stones and designing a patio area with an outdoor fireplace. 14 new windows will be added to allow light and ventilation (they are actually salvaged windows that we restored from a local house). my husband also build a new cupola from the salvaged windows and a few left over shutters from our house. we wanted to keep as much of the old barn as possible - we choose to keep the interior looking as it is (large, raw plank floors, and hand hewn beams). the exterior will be cladded in new wood, and painted a crisp white, the new metal roof will be charcoal grey.
the basement will be used as a workshop...
the lst floor for a party/entertaining space complete with a bar, a sitting area and indoor fireplace, and a 20ft table built from the salvaged barn floors - i have a set of 18 vintage orange chairs that i purchased from my friend at Relevant Vintage.
last summer around this time we had a photo shoot at our house (we have since moved.. so this is no longer our house - kinda strange seeing these images featured now!) The magazine that featured it recently hit the newsstands - and it is full of really great spaces, color, and amazing decor & storage ideas. if you are an Elle Decor or Domino i highly reccommend this issue- it is chock full of great, REAL homes with loads of affordable + doable decorating inspirations. here are a few images from the feature as you can see ( in my artwork and home)... I love color. there's no hiding it! a big thank you to Harris Publications, Small Room Decorating and the fabulous Gridley + Graves photographers!
(we are in the process of renovating and decorating our new home & studio - and 1896 farmhouse - so hopefully there will be another feature soon! :)
here is the cover so you can look for it on your newsstands!
(i have seen it at Wegmans, Barnes & Noble, TOPS)
it is so full of great ideas, color, style and storage solutions -
we can all use that - not just for "Small Rooms!"
its mid summer.. & we are drowning in raspberries, strawberries and blueberries - and i'm LOVIN' it!
this week swoon w drooz is inspired by the luscious colors of all those summer berries... and drooz art FLORAL TART in "wow pink". shining red boots to help you navigate all those prickly raspberry bushes, a ceramic berry basket, a POPS! recipe book with great ideas on how to create frozen berry treats, and adorable birdy decor (don't worry... this one wont eat your berries), ruffled curtains that look like raspberry sherbet, and a plump raspberry leather pouf to rest upon after all that berry picking effort.
art: drooz studio for oopsy daisy - floral tart in WOW pink
art: stay sweet drooz studio for oopsy daisy
pilliow from etsy , pillow plush
colette loveseat - pier 1
shabby chic ruffle panel - target
ceramic berry basket - fishs eddy
paper mache bird - district17
pendant light - shadesoflight
POPS! ice pop recipes - amazon
hunter boots (necessary for those prickly berry bushes!) zappos
raspberry leather moroccan pouf - drooz studio
this art is from a few years ago - it was a commissioned piece that i have always adored...
i was thinking about it recently as we have been watching a mother and baby deer eat apples from our backyard apple tree. the art inspired a nursery mix of old charm and modern glitz... sure to bring sweet dreams to any precious baby.
art: bebe precieux wallhanging - custom piece by shelly kennedy - NFS
faux bois rug - Martha Stewart for home depot
deer head w gold glitter antlers - white faux taxidermy
polka dot baby blanket - target
gold floor lamp - All+MOdern
paper medallion - etsy
bebe plate wall decor - etsy
tiny TOMS in gold glitter