BAMBOO RISING

Permanent Goblet 1 It’s the little additions we come up with in our designs that make a difference.  Financially and artfully.  These don’t have to be earth shattering.  Just enough to give visual dimension.   A little more time can give a whole lotta soul.

En suites in most houses probably aren’t embellished with permanent designs.  Or if they are, might be a good idea to throw it out.  Change up asked for, I oblige.  Continue reading BAMBOO RISING

Melaleuca Bark For Incredible Creating

With my motto “Nature provides, we accept!” my harvesting continues with one of my faves, bark from the ever-generous melaleuca tree.   With different varieties around the planet,  I’m fortunate that many grow right in my area of California.

This tree has incredible benefits for our physical health  (the Melaleuca line of products has amazing healing powers) but my love is using this wonder different ways in my designs. Continue reading Melaleuca Bark For Incredible Creating

Fluff It For a Fun and Profitable Ride

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I’m always looking for ways to increase my visibility and skills.  There are so many opportunities to advance ourselves……we just have to seize that moment when it calls!

Home staging and “fluffing” has been one area I’ve worked hard at over the years:  giving my client’s spaces new vision with the added bonus of functionality.   One day someone asked if I could do some work for them, then the journey began.  Again, did I know exactly how to do all this?  Crap, no!  Just went for it and kept proving myself over and over again. Continue reading Fluff It For a Fun and Profitable Ride

Naturally Wreathn’ it….

1381Nature is definitely all around us, begging to be recreated into beautiful floral designs to capture our audience.  These  birch branches, succulents, and evergreens became the focus for this primitive, Native American designed wall piece…..along with a few faux touches for accent.

Using fresh birch gives this piece it’s arching movement (you’ll need a few thinner pieces to add for thickness) to bend into the shape you want using pieces of 22 gauge wire to attach together.  I added a somewhat horizontal branch to help the design keep it’s shape and to have another surface to dangle items from;  the more visual movement the better! Continue reading Naturally Wreathn’ it….

Faux loggn’

Permanent Design Birch log incurve protea birch branches (11)I’m a designer that enjoys having tons of materials around me to choose from.  Many times I can’t define a design until I get the first object into place.  In this case it’s a birch log from a bundle I purchased 1/2 off at Michael’s that I happen to see close to check out.  These babies were perfect specimens, a great price, so what the heck?!  Yup, sometimes  I “let go and spend a little dough”.

The flowers and greens were purchased at permanent flower supplier in LA, International Silk Inc. that has incredible deals.  They buy left overs from major manufacturers, so you get quality product at a great price.  They ship as well with a $100 minimum (easy to get there!).  I was in the area so I stopped by.  I was definitely a kid in a candy store!  The product from this supplier is what I used in this permanent design, although you can find similar items at Michaels.

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Fall Tablescape…Take Your Goods and Create

Fall is that time of year when we start getting motivated to decorate and create magic in our homes.  Summer is gone, the creative mojo is kicking in, excitement is building.  This short video shows how your everyday accessories mix right in with some holiday fresh and dried goods that you pick up at your favorite craft store,  blending with items your precious yard (or your friendly neighbor) has that is begging you to gather up.  It is exciting to take what you already have and give it a new spin.   Try different things; if they don’t look right, rework the setting till your satisfied.  Always remember the world wasn’t built in a day, so have fun creating!

Willow Gives Just The Right Touch!

These two prints are the perfect size for any area in your home,  a bit contemporary in their interpretation of nature while maintaining the love of birds we all seem to gravitate to.  With nature as the base adding willow and moss gives the prints more of a 3-D feel.  These goods were purchased at World Market, quite a find for the price I might add.

After placing the units,  grab your willow, moss, and glue gun.  This is such a simple way to give your wall pieces more dimension which will turn these little gems into visual art for you or your client to enjoy for years.  Go for it, and create with wonder!