I'm an artist... I like paint, I like texture, patterns, light and color. If someone ever told me I had to live in a neutral world it would break my heart. I find inspiration in the tiniest of things. I appreciate creative people and all they have to offer whether it's my taste or not as an artist I know what it's like to feel what you are creating. It's amazing I tell you and for that I think anyone can appreciate all sorts of creative outlets. I found this very small headboard at the Goodwill for $5 and new that it was going to be my next canvas. I wanted to create an outdoor mural and I knew it was going to be inspired around Wyoming. So, I painted a field of Indian Paintbrushes which is Wyoming's state flower and a Western Meadowlark the state bird and I of course put Wyoming's slogan..." Forever West." What was once a bare space in our front yard now sits a beautiful reminder of a prideful state.
Spring is finally here and summer is on her way! Let me just say, being raised in California where the weather is gorgeous most of the year and moving to Wyoming where you get 3 maybe 4 good months of beautiful weather you get a little over excited when the warmer days do finally decide to show up. Anyway, I was inspired to make my living and dining room bright and airy. I shopped my home, bought discounted items, and scored some really unique flea market and thrifted finds . I also repurposed a few items I had laying around in my shed. I love color, I love uniqueness and quirkiness. My home will always be a collection of the things I love and things that have a story to tell.
We have a bank slate in our yard that has not been touched by any color other than green and wood grains. As I was feeling inspired today I found this old table in my shed that I looked at for a few minutes trying to figure out what I could do with it and I instantly saw 2 curvy vases from the legs. I took it apart, painted them a bright red, nailed them to my blank slate and free handed 2 large, bright, and cheerful sunflowers. art
I was cleaning the basement yesterday because we have a leak!!! Yes, our first home and we have melted snow leaking in to our foundation. Go figure right? However, I figure that it's a sign from the carpet Gods that I can finally rip up the gosh awful blue carpet downstairs and put some nice flooring in. Anyway, as I was cleaning and throwing things away I looked at my girls 2 bookcases that my mom bought my oldest daughter years ago that came with a bedroom set and saw that one was full of books and the other was full of their junk ,and I mean like pieces of paper that were half used, game pieces, and whatever they didn't want to put away they threw in this bookcase. Now, that same day I was cleaning and organizing my little collection of jadeite, cherry and cable glass, and swan dishes and was saying to myself how much I needed a curio cabinet to showcase them, but wait....we need sofas, new carpet, an entire new kitchen, and lets face it....there are about 20 other things I could use that money for right now and then...DING, DING...I'll just put this bookcase upstairs and use it to place my pretties in until I can check some other things off my list and buy that curio cabinet I've dedicated an entire Pinterest board to! This bookcase had marker all over it and I tried cleaning it but it wasn't working so I just decided to shabby chic it just a tad, took the doors off so the cabinet was open, put a little gray stain on the exposed wood pieces, added some pretty knobs and I had myself a cute little cabinet to display my collections in. Is it exactly what I wanted? No! However it works for now and actually fits perfectly in our small dining room and it cost me nothing! Sometimes it can be really fun to shop your own home!! Check out more on the blog...http://quirkycool.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-childs-bookcase-turned-into-display.html
We have this big blank slate in front of our house full of white gravel and nothing else. Today I decided to get to it and create a tree made with repurposed brick from our fireplace and some rocks we have laying under our very large Pine tree. I then went in and painted the rocks and bricks with watered down acrylics. I love how it turned out! It matches the brick of our home and gives the front a pop of color. I can't wait to create another art piece made with rock and brick for the other half of this large white gravel area. I crawled under the pine tree to get these rocks and I'm pretty sure my neighbors thought I was a little fruity. This was not an easy project, it took lots of crawling, sweat, heavy lifting, bending, and shoveling gravel back and forth. However....I love being outside when the weather is warm so I enjoyed this project even though my daughter told me I smelled really bad and had sweat stains from top to bottom (lol), however it was fun even if I was a hot stinky mess.
I updated my living room yet again! I know, I know. It's one of those rooms that just keeps evolving. I've been working on it for a few months now. I found some beautiful pieces of furniture at the flea market and Goodwill that fit the scale of the room better than all the pieces I had accumulated over the years. I really wanted a cohesive look throughout since my entryway, living room, and dining room are all open to one another and my entryway is very bright with colorful artwork the kids did. I just felt what I had before was not flowing well with the gallery wall, so I got together with my girls created some diy marble prints, added some organic elements, and white curtains to give a more open and airy feel. I think I'm almost there, I just need some new sofas and I'll be on my way...; )
I spent the day with my 5 year old daughter creating a quirky and fun backyard escape. We used a pile of bricks that are in our yard from demolition on the fireplace downstairs. I kept telling my husband that I know there is something we can create with all of these bricks. Along with many plants we have many gravel areas in our yard. I came up with the idea to create flowers out of the old bricks and lay them inside the gravel, I didn't stop there I decided that the bird bath, frogs, and pavers could use some personality. We spent 20 dollars, 4 hours ( with breaks in between :)) various colors of spray paint and lots of creativity to create this little area. I have to tell you that I hope this is a project my little girl will grow up to tell her family we did together on a warm summer day. My oldest daughter was not here to join in the fun but we left her spaces on the pavers to write her favorite quotes and words. You can see more photos on the blog.
We bought our first home last summer. The basement was the first to start getting renovated because of the ugly wood paneling and blue carpet. We tore off the paneling and painted the walls a light shade of blue. The carpet we are ripping up this spring. Our basement is quite large, we broke it up into 2 areas. One side is our media area and the other is the homework station/ play area and book nook for our girls, because our room has pops of red and white I decided to paint a large colorful mural on that side of the room for our girls to enjoy, plus that side of the basement is dark. I love to paint. I painted a beach and mermaids on my wall as a teenager, so I felt inspired and wanted to make something special for my girls and something beautiful yet fun and quirky just like our little family. I understand that this is probably not everyone's cup of tea but we really love it. I will say that it was very difficult to paint because the walls in our basement were so textured. I decided to go with an abstract look and I'm quite pleased but of course as an artist I will never be satisfied. LOL. I hope this inspires you to think outside to box and have fun where fun can be had! ; ) To see more check out my blog @http://quirkycool.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-hand-painted-wall-mural-in-basement.html
I have always had a thrifted home. Rarely do I buy anything whole sale. There's just something about finding unique pieces at the thrift stores. I thought I would share my thrifted Living Room and Dining Room decor and a few DIY's that I have done.
I've had this table since childhood. It was my moms when we were kids and she gave it to me years ago. It sat forever as is and I always knew that one day I would redo it but it took me 8 years. LOL. I finally got to it and I am in love with the uniqueness of it. It took a few colors of stain layered on top of each other until I got the color I wanted. You can check out the story and pictures over at my blog...