Category Archives: decorating

5 Ideas I will steal from Remodelista


This morning over coffee I looked through this Remodelista book. It is full of gorgeous ideas. Below are the 5 ideas I hope to steal from this book. The images below are not from this book. They are images I found on the internets. If you click on the image you will be taken to the source.

>> Dan Flavin Inspired Lighting

CCS Bard College , photos by chris kendall

CCS Bard College , photos by Chris Kendall

On page 73 of Remodelista is an example of using Dan Flavin inspired lighting in the angle where the ceiling meets the wall. It’s a high ceiling and the materials are raw. It works. Perhaps I could use this in the basement where I perform large messy craft projects. It is such a delightful surprise.

>> Trompe L’Oeil Runner


The only set of stairs in my house are to the basement but they are a fabulous set of old homemade stairs. Many of the steps are worn and rounded from so many years of use. It would be fun to paint the whole thing pale gray and give it a trompe l’oeil runner in a pop color like this green. And why not add this spill landing as seen above? I know, right.


>> Store Cutlery in  Mason Jar

I’ve actually seen this done in restaurants but I didn’t think to do this at home until I saw it in Remodelista. Now the cutlery is always on the dining room table where we need it.


>> Clipboards as Bulletin Boards

clipboards-on-wallThere is space just above our family desk to mount two clip boards, one for each of my boys. It would be a good place to hang important school forms.


>> Splatter Painted Floors


I have yet to update my kitchen. We tore up the hideous linoleum because a dirty bare floor was an improvement. It could be a decade before we can update my kitchen so in the meantime I think I will splatter paint the floor. Remodelista has a nice post about New England splatter-painted floors.  

This book is a Portsmouth Public Library book. If you are a member, you can place a hold on it here. xo jam

Vintage Mobile Home For Sale – Kittery, Maine

kittery mobile home

Nice older mobile home on it own lot. Level yard, 2 car garage, paved driveway, town water, in town location. Click on image to be taken to listing on

The vintage mobile home (above)  is for sale in Kittery, Maine. What an awesome opportunity for affordable small living close to downtown Portsmouth. Whoever buys this better post before and after pictures. There is a ton of great inspiration online for how to remodel a vintage mobile home. Click on the images below to be taken to examples on





Tie-Dye & Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive

May 10th & 11th: Tie-Dye & Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive with Shabd in Kittery, Maine!

11-5pm each day : $250 for the weekend : Sign up with a friend (or your mom!) and pay $450 total for both people.

Class size limited to 13, sign up by May 1st [Updated] and get a silk scarf to use your new skills on.

Join us in Kittery at the BUOY gallery space for a weekend of craft!

In this fun-filled workshop, Shabd will teach you the basic procedures for dyeing with Procion dyes on a variety of different natural fibers. You will learn various tying, dyeing and shibori techniques, as well as basic color theory and design concepts for dying. It will be fun, and colorful and bright! Discover the dyer in you and design your own dye patterns. Students will create swatches to perfect technique, and then have a chance to focus on individual projects. Materials are included, and students are encouraged to bring their own garments for personal projects.

Saturday’s class will focus on immersion dye methods, and Sunday’s class will focus on direct application and multi-colored dyeing methods. Each day will include instruction on all tying techniques, with a focus on the best variations to use for each dyeing method, and will include time for both samplers and personal projects.

This class is structured as a fun jumping in point for beginners, or a way for more advanced students to receive guidance and special tips on personal projects they’ve been wanting to tackle.

SHABD SIMON-ALEXANDER is an internationally renowned textile artist and designer. Her clothing line, shabd, is carried in high-end boutiques and art museums around the world. She is a professor of textiles, has led hand dyeing workshops all over the world, and taught Martha Stewart how to tie-dye. Her first book, Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It, came out in June.

Click on the book in the sidebar to register for this workshop.

Questions.  Email me at or call 603-502-8497.

Enhabiten + Dyeing

I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009.  I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life.  Look at these gorgeous t-shirts.  I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.


I would live in this gray t-shirt all summer long over a pair of black pants with a pair of Birks.

upcycled shirt on wall

Below is a close up of a chair pad she made.  Just lovely.  You can see more pictures of her chair pads on her blog.  You can also find them for sale in her Etsy shop.


I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners.  I have so many of these types of things tucked away.  I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.


mustard table runner

The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille.  I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.

When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille.  It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered.  Aren’t they lovely? She has a couple still available in her shop.

half moon pouch grey

half moon pouch indigoAll these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten.  They are posted here with her permission.

Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing.  It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  The registration page just when live yesterday.  Join the fun.  Email me at if you have any questions.