Step into our Vendors' Homes: Meet Julie

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 Deb and saw her lovely home and pallet signs. This month we are so excited to introduce you to Julie another Ramshackled vendor who resides in Big Lake, MN and stages her creations in one of the upstairs rooms at the shop.

Julie's home is a sweet yellow house with a restful front porch that speaks of country living. Julie has her hands full with a full-time corporate job, 3 grandkids and creating for the shop, but she manages it all in turn. She describes her work for the shop as rather therapeutic--hunting and gathering treasures to upcycle. Instead of simply painting a piece of furniture a popular color, she will wait for it to speak to her personally--especially if its an antique.

An antique library table in Julie's home displays family photos. 

An antique library table in Julie's home displays family photos. 

She described her decorating style as eclectic. "It has to have good lines and good patterns...I'm not a pallet wood person, it has to have a fine finish," Julie explained. "And a piece has to be ugly in order for me to paint over it. I can't paint over beautiful wood." 

Julie's home emanates this mindset, it feels warm because it is collected. Her furniture isn't matchy-matchy, but all the styles and colors work together to give it a really harmonious, lived-in feel.

She has two gorgeous wood hutches that she uses to store and display glassware. 

“I’m a glass addict," Julie admits. "It’s terrible, terrible addiction."

She has collected her glass over the years--from delicate china soup bowls to 1940's tumblers to a crystal cranberry sauce platter. "I'm always on the hunt for glassware. To me it's homey, it (reminds me of) my grandma." 

Julie pointed out the miniature gingham child's rocking chair. "I bought this rocker when my daughter Ella was three. We were huge Shirley Temple fans and there was a rocking chair just like this one in one of the movies. I just had to buy it for her. Now my grandsons like to sit in them."

Julie sitting at an antique school teacher desk she found at a garage sale for $7. "I enjoy the process and letting something speak to me. Like this desk...it hasn’t spoken to me yet what color I should paint it."

Julie sitting at an antique school teacher desk she found at a garage sale for $7. "I enjoy the process and letting something speak to me. Like this desk...it hasn’t spoken to me yet what color I should paint it."

"I like that spot," Julie says about her wall shelving which displays old pictures of family, a vintage floral painting, and her love of birds. 

"I like that spot," Julie says about her wall shelving which displays old pictures of family, a vintage floral painting, and her love of birds. 

When asked what is her favorite tune to jam to while working on projects, Julie got a mischievous smile on her face and brought out a CD of nature sounds called “Songbird Symphony.” 

Julie's most recent Before and After:

"It was a dresser and then I had a shelf that I purchased to use for something," Julie explained. "I think it turned out pretty cool. I decided to eliminate the top drawer and add wood to make it an open cavity for storage (basket, tray). I changed the drawers hardware too so that it fits the era 'look' that I was going for.  Pretty cool and really happy with how it turned out!"

You should be Julie--it looks amazing!

Thank you for inviting us into your home, your creativity and eye for hidden gems is inspiring. 

 

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.