Step into our Vendors' Homes: Sarah's Family Room Remodel

As part of an ongoing monthly series we will be entering the homes of our talented Ramshackled Treasures vendors. They will show us their recent DIYs, room remodels and favorite furniture refinishes. Prepare yourself to learn, share and be inspired!

Last month you met Julie and got a tour of her eclectic country home. This month we are so excited to introduce you to our fun-loving and crazy creative vendor Sarah! Over the past month, Sarah has been busy repainting and redecorating her dining area and family room in her Monticello home.

Sarah, her husband Ed and their four children have lived in their home for 12 years. 

Sarah, her husband Ed and their four children have lived in their home for 12 years. 

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The walls were previously purple in the family room and the entry had brown stenciled swirls. Sarah wanted an updated look that expressed her current tastes. At first, she was a bit nervous about painting the wood wainscoting in the dining/entry area, but now she loves it so much she can't wait to tackle all the oak trim in the house! 

After

"We've been in this house 12 years," Sarah explained. "It was the 30th house we looked at with the realtor and when I walked in and saw the arches--I loved it."

Sarah has painted her walls several times since moving in. This time, she choose a light gray paint. She had a very specific gray in mind so she actually brought her curtains into Sherwin Williams to have them match the paint color--how smart is that! 

"This was the very first piece that I ever did," Sarah explained about her antique buffet (above). "Your first project is like your baby. My whole house is matched around this piece. It's chipping but I think it looks cool."

Sarah's daughter, Elsie, hanging out in their cozy family room. 

Sarah's daughter, Elsie, hanging out in their cozy family room. 

Sarah painted, distressed and sealed the laminate floors (giving it a gray limed look) which turned out absolutely fabulous! The soft grays and splashes of turquoise in the family room make it feel very peaceful. Her father-in-law was kind enough to build a cabinet for the TV to sit on, and Sarah is slowly collecting hardware to fasten to the small faux drawers. 

With four kids and two dogs in the house she protects her couches with white blankets that she can easily wash, it's not her ideal solution but she wants to keep everything clean.

Sarah made their kitchen table from the top of an old wire spindle and the iron base of an antique sewing machine. Her next project will be to recover and tuft the back of the dining chairs!

Sarah is constantly on the hunt for cool, old junk. She bought this wood box last week at  flea market, painted it and planted succulents inside!

Sarah is constantly on the hunt for cool, old junk. She bought this wood box last week at  flea market, painted it and planted succulents inside!

She describes her personal style as: "Rustic chic, mixed with a little industrial. I love metal, florals and crystals. My style will probably change again in 5-10 years." 

Sara says that she gets most of her decorating inspiration from Ramshackled Treasures. "You walk in and see Michelle's room, Amy's room and Deb's room and see all of their unique styles--and then you go on Pinterest and you see a mix of them all!" 

After 2 1/2 years at Ramshackled Treasures, Sarah is leaving to make more time for her children. She is really grateful for the time she has had at the shop and the many friendships she has made.

Sarah looks forward to a fun summer full of projects, taking educational day trips with her kids and exploring all 30 of Monticello's parks!

 

Happily Better After Episode 5

This month we are super excited to show you our lovely Before and After photos. It has been a busy spring for us at the shop--with our Ramshackled team decorating a wedding (see last weeks post), preparing for spring Junk Bonanza next week, and Tattered Elegance we've had our hands full. (Oofta, that's a lotta links there! *Wipes sweat from brow*)

In short, this spring has been a full and blessed one and we are so thankful for our customers and readers who adventure with us!

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Many of these "Afters" are for sale at the shop or will be at Junk Bonanza next week. Feel free to ask questions about special orders such as barn wood items (that table tho!) or other special requests!

19 Spring Decorating Tips from Our Artists

“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string." ~ Anne, Anne of Avonlea, Chapter 19

Something magical is happening just outside your window. Look outside your window, right now, yes, do it! What do you see?

Upon the writing of this post, a robin red breast is hopping around in the yard looking for a worm to spear from the cool dirt, vermillion buds are bursting from the maple trees, and the damp grass is gently turning green. These are, as Anne Shirley puts it, "simple little pleasures."

At Ramshackled Treasures we love and are inspired by the simple little pleasures life has to offer. We are more than just a shop, what we do is a way of life and an expression of the heart. We all love junk, the thrill of the hunt, the process of creating beauty. This process is often a journey, filled with ups and downs and serendipitous moments. Sometimes things don't turn out how we planned, other times, they exceed our expectations.

These creations and the creative process are our "simple little pleasures."

As spring nears many of us are mentally planning our gardens and spring cleanings--but don't forget to freshen your home with a little bit of the spring joy as well! 

Today we are going to share with you the hottest colors in the design world for 2016, 

Sometimes it doesn't take a whole room remodel to make a big difference in your space. Often its just a pop of color, something growing, a small end table, or a rustic knick-knack...to give your home the lived-in serenity you've been looking for.

1. Glass figures: don't keep them locked away--play with them! This nesting bird looks adorable in her basket. 

1. Glass figures: don't keep them locked away--play with them! This nesting bird looks adorable in her basket. 

2. White dish ware is timeless and looks so clean and sweet on the table. This rope place mat adds such a nice earthy contrast to the white, don't you think?

2. White dish ware is timeless and looks so clean and sweet on the table. This rope place mat adds such a nice earthy contrast to the white, don't you think?

3. Garden Salvage: This planter speaks to us of salvage and we love it! 

3. Garden Salvage: This planter speaks to us of salvage and we love it! 

4. Thinking outside of the box--candelabras can display more than just candles!

4. Thinking outside of the box--candelabras can display more than just candles!

5. Textured pictures and have them in various sizes and styles throughout the shop! And of course we love our greens! 

5. Textured pictures and have them in various sizes and styles throughout the shop! And of course we love our greens! 

6. Vintage elements. Whether on a front porch, in a garden, or in the corner of a kitchen these old milk jugs are a hot commodity for country design. 

6. Vintage elements. Whether on a front porch, in a garden, or in the corner of a kitchen these old milk jugs are a hot commodity for country design. 

7. All about those Blues! We need to write a separate post soon about the hot colors of 2016 because they are seriously so yummy!! This teal end table is a great example spring's color trends. 

7. All about those Blues! We need to write a separate post soon about the hot colors of 2016 because they are seriously so yummy!! This teal end table is a great example spring's color trends. 

8. Organic Elements: pussy willows in a milk jar and a clay pot with succulents. 

8. Organic Elements: pussy willows in a milk jar and a clay pot with succulents. 

9. Pallet wood tops are everywhere and we defiantly have fun with this trend. We love how Deb, one of our talented vendors, combine that awesome teal with the pallet wood. 

9. Pallet wood tops are everywhere and we defiantly have fun with this trend. We love how Deb, one of our talented vendors, combine that awesome teal with the pallet wood. 

10. Open up small spaces with a vintage mirror. This ornate design on such a large mirror is especially nice. LOVE! 

10. Open up small spaces with a vintage mirror. This ornate design on such a large mirror is especially nice. LOVE! 

11. Glassware. These dishes are a must have! We've seen other designers use these for little desert displays in kitchens--but eggs this time of year--brilliant! 

11. Glassware. These dishes are a must have! We've seen other designers use these for little desert displays in kitchens--but eggs this time of year--brilliant! 

12. Powder blue is another HOT 2016 color, and of course, this lace patterned top looks AMAZING!

12. Powder blue is another HOT 2016 color, and of course, this lace patterned top looks AMAZING!

13. Add some texture and height to any space with on of our handmade birdhouses. We love the salvage elements!

13. Add some texture and height to any space with on of our handmade birdhouses. We love the salvage elements!

14. Country Chic Paint "Aurora" color and it is much in demand this year. If you're a painter, ask about how you can get some at the shop! 

14. Country Chic Paint "Aurora" color and it is much in demand this year. If you're a painter, ask about how you can get some at the shop! 

15. Florals makes such a difference in a space and they don't always have to be real to be sweet and statement making! Plus, lace and sheet music? Your rooms will sing! 

15. Florals makes such a difference in a space and they don't always have to be real to be sweet and statement making! Plus, lace and sheet music? Your rooms will sing! 

16. Signage: These pallet Home and Love signs go like hot cakes at the shop. Feel free to call to place a special order. 

16. Signage: These pallet Home and Love signs go like hot cakes at the shop. Feel free to call to place a special order. 

17: Happy Chic! With the growing awareness of the environment, crafters and jewelers have found new ways to recycle junk and turn it into art. Do your recognize any of the elements that went into creating this sassy piece?

17: Happy Chic! With the growing awareness of the environment, crafters and jewelers have found new ways to recycle junk and turn it into art. Do your recognize any of the elements that went into creating this sassy piece?

18. Color Pallet. So much YES in this photo! The blues and yellows are a great example the color trends coming down the pike. 

18. Color Pallet. So much YES in this photo! The blues and yellows are a great example the color trends coming down the pike. 

19. Fridge bling. Do yourself a favor: throw away that 1-800 Bob-the-Plummer magnet on the refrigerator and buy one of these cutie-patooties made by our wonderful jeweler Kim! 

19. Fridge bling. Do yourself a favor: throw away that 1-800 Bob-the-Plummer magnet on the refrigerator and buy one of these cutie-patooties made by our wonderful jeweler Kim! 

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Happily Better After: Episode 4

Trivia time! Did you know that the term do-it-yourself (DIY) has been around since at least 1912? (And we always thought it was invented by Pinterest!) But whatever the case, the concept of do-it-yourself is a tale as old as time. Humans love to create, to improve upon, and to feel a sense of satisfaction at a job well done. That's why we love to showcase some of our before and after photos each month and we know it inspires you too!

Do you have a furniture project that you've been thinking about redoing? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments below!

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Step into our Vendors' Homes: Meet Deb AKA Our Green Queen

As part of an ongoing monthly series we will be entering the homes of our talented Ramshackled Treasures vendors. They will show us their recent DIYs, room remodels and favorite furniture refinishes. Prepare yourself to learn, share and be inspired!

Last month you met Paulette and witnessed her incredible sewing talent! This month we are beyond excited to introduce you to Deb! And right now we are about to make a Ramshackled proclamation and dub her "Queen Green" because up-cycling items that would otherwise be shipped to a landfill is one of her many passions. 

Deb inside her eclectic workspace in the barn where she paints, repairs and creates her pieces for the shop! 

Deb inside her eclectic workspace in the barn where she paints, repairs and creates her pieces for the shop! 

Wandering around the many rooms of Deb's Zimmerman home, felt like exploring an English cottage: the tarnished silver tea service, the ornate 1800's buffet table, and the massive oak hutch in the kitchen all spoke of a simpler, more rustic time. It was the kind of home you could really curl up and nap in. 


"I love the concept of wabi sabi," Deb's said over steaming cup of coffee. "Which basically means: embracing the imperfections. It's a Japanese philosophy that's been around for a long time. It's the study of the decay of a tree...You see a beautiful bird on an ugly tree...but as a whole composition--it's perfect. I want that to be some part of my room (at Ramshackled Treasures), because I embrace the rustic and a little bit of the foofoo." 

 

Deb's husband teases her about her growing collection of antique furniture in the barn.

"I'm not a hoarder! I'm a chipmunk!" Deb insisted. She likes collecting things that speak to her, or have good bones to be created into interesting pieces for the shop.


Deb also enjoys making her popular pallet signs. When asked whether she found a tutorial on how to make her signs she said: "I can't follow directions very well. I just put it together, it was a wonderful accident. Serendipity."


Deb makes her signs out of recycled wooden boxes and pallet wood. She gets her boxes from a manufacturer who would otherwise have to send them to a landfill. She can't stand to see good wood buried in the ground.

"I thoroughly enjoy the signs they make my heart sing," Deb said. She likes to feel her art and the pallet signs are no exception. She doesn't cater her craft for mass appeal, but looks for sayings and phrases that speak to her personally.  

One of the signs that still brings tears to Deb's eyes is inscribed with this special poem.

There is freedom waiting for you,

On the breezes of the sky,

And you ask 'What if I fall?'

Oh but my darling,

What if you fly? - Erin Hanson

 

Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your life, home and creative process Deb! We look forward to taking a page out of your book, and seeing life's imperfections as beauty.