Category Archives: diy

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

Dye Workshop Facebook Event Page

I created a FB event page for my Dye Workshop at Port City Makerspace on Saturday, September 20th from 11am-5pm.

Join the event page and invite your friends.  I’m sharing lots of great dye inspiration, like these images and links below.

pa-de-calais-tie-dye-fall-inspopas de calais

katrien-van-hecke-inspirationkatrien van hecke

black-crane-dye-inspirationblack crane

karinakarina manarin

The cost of the workshop is only $35 per person. There is no additional charge for the materials. All the money raised will go to support Port City Makerspace and their programs.  xo jam