I was auditioning for HGTV’s new show ‘Armchair Designer’ (the name is now changed to ‘design virgins’) …after I sent in my video tape, the casting dept called me four times! Each time asking for more info. Their last request was photos of me in my own home, a close up shot of me. a full shot of me and a pic of me in action. YIKES! my cottage was a disaster, messy, no flowers, the whole place was painted one depressing shade of builders tan (even the molding). I had two weeks to whip my place into shape.. no cash, little free time and all the while run my shop and make all of the things that customers order on my website! Here are the results… please let me know what you think.
My friend Cindy had some black and white awnings that used to be part of her cool shop, ‘the Pink Flamingo’. I cut them up duck taped them to the cushions and used the rest to go across my roof line. I think this makes the house!
Below is my kitchen… above the stove is chalkboard paint… my friend and amazing artist Melissa Robinson wrote on it for me, it says, “I said I was a mermaid NOT your maid!” Melissa sells her fab signs in my shop and on my website, and you can meet her at our end of the month flea markets too!
this sign painted from recycled barn wood hangs on the wall leading to my kitchen, it was painted by an artist that I met at the Roundtop antique market in Texas!
my coffee table…. found at a rummage sale. It’s a shadow box filled with thousands of tiny pink seashells.
My little patio table was rusty.. I hauled it over from my shop thinking that some day I would paint it. It stayed rusty for 14 months! Now its so cute…. what took me so long?
this is a chandelier that I dropped, the arm broke off and my dad tried to fix it,(he can fix anything) but we couldn’t hide the giant glue blob that held it together again. I painted it black and planted it with little pots of ivy, now it hangs above a chair in my living room. I sold one like this to a set designer for a television show that came into my shop one day. How fun would that be?
Yes I know this picture is a repeat… I could not figure out how to delete it (as I said I am tech challenged). Yes the text is a little catty wompus too! what can I say? I spent all night on this, it’s 1am. I’m gonna post this thing and get to bed!
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This is great…MORE please
Thank you, Thank you, lots more coming soon!
OMG! You got a call back? How awesome…details! I am encourgaed to know I inspired you to blog. GO GIRL!…So fr so good Love your cottage and cannot wait to see your store…Kindle
I think your work is awesome! You transform things that look like lost causes and make them sparkle! And I loved the bay window treatment that you did!
I just dyed my rug pink… it turned out great! I am going to post the rest of the pics of my cottage and the rest of the story about HGTV on monday!
I searched the net for out of the blue and now I completely remember who you are! I love your store! And your design work.
Tell me…Why do you need HGTV again? It is amazing and relaxing at the same time. If I ever come to CA I am looking you up woman! I “heart” the pink table btw…
Thanks Kindle! I would love to meet you! Having my own design show (on HGTV or another network) is just somthing I know I was born to do, I have so many ideas that I want to share.
I really enjoy your blog! genious ideas! As soon as I figure out how to list my favorite blogs, I am putting yours up.
doesn’t matter how many time you show the birdhouse, I love it with the crown inside. Hope I can be at your store soon, think also on showing your goodies a La Maison Rustique flea market one of these days. Ciao