Sorry about the lack of posts in October...between the projects in the studio and my everyday life my focus has been to better organize my home. Why? My best happiness is directly entwined with a neat nest. During the summer I just let it go and now that it is colder by the shore..its time to clean up my act.  Honestly, I'm in my happy place when everything is organized. My work, my home, my schedule. Ahhh.....human beings we are such funny creatures.

Organization #1 What to do with the Halloween pumpkins....

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From HGTV...I love the organic beach-y feeling of this.
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This look is from Tracy Knaak. Very pretty.
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The folks at Beach Cottage painted their pumpkins pale greys and whites and and created a lovely simple tablescape.
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If you have a free afternoon...why not make a magnificent centerpiece for your thanksgiving table. Very pretty. Sand & Sisal.
 
 
The story of the lonely sad side table that was left unchosen, at my neighbors tag sale.
A little chalk paint and typography and a fun entry dresser is happily reinvented.
 
 
The best way to get over the end of the summer is to embrace the beauty of Fall.
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Scituate Art Festival

October 11-13                           Village Green, Route 116,      North Scituate
Scituate is a picturesque New England village nestled in the northwest corner of Rhode Island. Visitors stroll the beautiful Village Green, taking in some of the most unique varieties of art, craft, sculpture and antiques. Autumn provides the backdrop for this wonderful festival, bestowing crisp air and colorful foliage to energize the body and the spirit.



Casey Farm is a fun fall experience

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Through October 25th

2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, R.I.

Free

The Coastal Growers’ Market, held weekly at Casey Farm, is a wonderful farmers’ market experience. Support local farmers and purchase a variety of specialty products including organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, baked goods, sweeteners, flowers, and more. Bring the whole family for a unique shopping experience and some of the finest produce in Rhode Island. Named "one of the five best farmers’ markets in New England" by Yankee Magazine
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While this isn't a new idea, the reinvention and modern approach to it's use in home décor is fun and beautiful. Driftwood for décor is a brilliant idea because it’s not only beautiful but also eco-friendly because you use reclaimed old wood for creation of new and amazing designs. Driftwood items don’t always mean that a coastal or beach touch, they can look fantastically rustic. Its a wonderful way to add texture and interest to your home. Take a peak at some examples from DigsDigs:


 
 
Last night as we watched the sun go down at Watch Hill, I put on my first heavy sweatshirt of the season and thought to myself...this has been a great season. Really, what a fantastic summer here in New England, rather incredibly it was sunny and balmy all summer long.

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Sunset on a great summer
 
 
I love art installations. I think they are incredibly beautiful. And I came across an artist that is blinding me with the beauty of her work. Cal Lane is a sculptor and welder who turns ordinary objects into lacy artworks. She is an internationally acclaimed sculptor having won many prestigious awards over the past decade. Take a peak at what she is creating...
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Shovel
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Wheel barrel
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Oil Drum
What a cool girl! This stuff is so incredible.
 
 
Who knew? I love lighthouses. Every summer the hubby and I take the Sunset 10 Lighthouse cruise offered here in Southern New England by RI BAY CRUISES. It's a 90 minute narrated cruise showcasing Rhode Island's beautiful historic lighthouses. It provides an up close and unique perspective of these structures. And its reasonably priced. Sea, sunset and lighthouses...that's a great thing!
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Watch Hill Lighthouse

 
 
These pieces have been reborn with color . So...if you have a piece that screams 1980 and you like the bones of the furniture consider upscaling it with a paint treatment. You may find that you fall in love with it all over again.
 
 
If you are local please come and say hello and support a great cause! I'll be there as well many other local Upscalers and it should be a lot of fun.
Anyone requiring information  can call CINDY MAC ( Jonnycake Center) at 401.377-8069

Fun Fun Fun!
 
 
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. It's been so wonderfully sunny and mild. Perfect beach weather. Also great art festival weather. Next week I'll be participating in the ULTIMATE UPSCALE EVENT ( if you're local come and visit)  Let me show you what I have been doing with my time...

If the wood is good leave it alone...but if the wood isn't good, reinvent!

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So I appropriated this beat up side table...great hard wood piece but in dire need of some love.
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WA LA ! White chalk paint and Bombay Mahogany stain and this side table is perfect. I like the chunky retro handle and the carved legs.

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So I find this MDF barrister bookshelf...not hard wood but I liked the style of it. So I broke my own rule (never waste time on a piece that isn't wood) and I just went for itl
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Using A creamy white and duck egg blue chalk paint I upscaled this bland barrister bookshelf. I liked the look of a top open shelf. What do you think. Great bath or pantry storage.

Next... no before shot on this one ...I know always take the before shot

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This dresser was in very bad shape. Lacking bottoms for the drawers. Scuffed and beaten. I liked the curved top drawers on it. SO....I painted the body in Nantucket Grey, Bombay Mahogany stain on the top and added glass knobs.

Take a peak inside the studio (a work in progress) and take a  look at what I'm working on ... there it is in the back.

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This is a well loved secretary dresser with upper shelves. I love the curvy drawers and glass front on the shelves. The design quandary holding up production is whether to leave the flip open drawer front. wood or paint. Well...I painted it and really am wishing it was wood. So I removed drawer front and am going to remove the paint too ....and stain.
The color blue (Duck Egg Chalk Paint) isn't popping in these pics...it's going  to be fabulous when it is done this week.

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!