Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Couple Of Big Projects


G.O. has decided to strip the beautiful woodwork

of our Dutch colonial!


While this means that we’ll never, ever move in (just kidding!),

it also means we’ll have the prettiest woodwork on the block!

Feast your eyes on one of the 2 pocket doors

between our living + dining rooms:



My plans are to leave the wood as natural as possible,

but I’m hoping we can somehow tone down that orange a bit.

Stay tuned for that.

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Meanwhile, here’s another look-see at our beautiful woodwork.

This particular type of molding is called egg and dart:


I recently observed said-same

on the exterior of an old building in our town:


I think this illustrates very clearly why it’s called egg and dart.

Check out our molding in this before photo:


Yikes!  All those pesky coats of paint almost obscure the gorgeous details!

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SO.  While — again — we may never, ever actually reside in our house . . .

. . . G.O. did share with me, just this a.m.,

 that a huge project should get underway this week, at long last!

T I L E !


These 2″ hexagon marble tiles will be the floor of our powder room.

Here’s my grout chart, strategically placed next to the tile samples:


I shall choose a medium-to-dark gray,

which is easier to maintain, will pop against + accentuate the light tiles,

+ I also think that dark grout looks more old-fashioned.

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I’ve also got a few paint charts in the powder room.

At this point (meaning I might change my mind!),

I want to paint the walls a medium-to-dark gray.



Since the floor’s so light + the room is so small,

I think I’ll be brave + go with something quite dark.

Maybe not this dark:

gray dark bathroom white tiles apartmenttherapy

. . . but maybe a bit more dark than this:

gray bathroom walls with white floor apartment therapy

Here’s what I have in mind:

gray walls -- #1

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Definitely stay tuned for that, because I dunno if I have the courage!

Whatever shade I do pick for our powder room,

I want to install picture-frame molding on the walls, like here:

gray panelled bathroom walls -- apartment therapy

I KNOW — YUM, right?

Oops!  I’ve not yet shared these fun factoids with G.O.

surprised boy

I’m not sure which he’ll dislike more — the dark walls or the paneling.

Please.  Stay tuned!





Yesterday our front porch posts were installed.

I’m pretty excited about this wee bit o’ progress.


While these look like wood, they’re actually fiberglass.

Soon they will be painted white to match the house.

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SO.  This means one thing.

It’s time for me to finalize my railing choice.

First up, there’s your X motif — I’m a fan.

Let’s have a look-see,

starting with this charming cottage here in town.

I’ve always loved it!


Man, do I love that screen porch, or what.

They replaced the original X rail on the front porch + stairs.

Kudos to the homeowner who cared enough to continue the X motif.

Looks good! — except they’re kind of too stretched out, in my opinion.

I prefer it when the X is more square, like this:

porch railing -- X motif --

X porch rails in the tropics scentsational girl


My favorite of all the X railings would be when it’s “smooshed”, like this:

porch with X

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So, the X it is!

* * *

Or IS it?

I just don’t think X railings are right for a Dutch colonial porch.

In all my surfing, I’ve not seen photos** of said-same,

 so I’m pretty sure I would have remorse.

G.O. hates it, so there’s that, too.


**Happily, I have seen at least one photo of what I really like.

Stay tuned for that!

Too Bizzy To Blog; Here’s Why


Man, I’ve missed blogging, but here’s why I’ve been absent.

I’ve been bizzily making “stuff” like this,

using old wood salvaged from our Dutch colonial!


It’s reversible!  2 X’s the fun!

It’s also currently for sale in my brick-and-mortar space, or store:


I call my biz REDBIRD Vintage Home,

+ I really couldn’t love anything more.

I share my space with 12 other vendors in this new-ish cool store:

 true north flyer

true north -- amy's toucan true north -- front interior true north exterior

Let’s have another look-see at REDBIRD.

Here I am, at left, inside my space,

 with 2 of my high school classmates who visited last week!

Guess the name of our high school.


Kay – Janet – Kathy

I’ve been making + selling pillows for several years.

I have an etsy shop for them, plus 2 galleries sell them for me —

1 in Jackson Hole, WY + 1 in Los Angeles.

Lately, I’ve focused more on signs + furniture + other “stuff”.

By “other stuff”, I mean measuring sticks.

Here is a close-up of a couple:


Wow, all that old chippy paint — I love it!

I like to think of these as the world’s hippest growth charts

or just a cool, industrial accent.

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My plans are to combine my work

with other “merch” that I order for the store,

like these glove molds from NYC:


. . . and this fabulous-ness from New Hampshire:

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Meanwhile, it’s time to view a few more of my projects!

I love the word “HOME” + opted to stencil it on this old, wooden step ladder:



Next up, I stenciled a faded Frenchie stripe on some off-white canvas,

+ G.O. used it to reupholster this old, red metal mechanic’s stool:


$34 — SOLD!

This cute table was tricked out in a Swedish kind of way:


Check out how I lined those drawers.

It’s old Mary Emmerling wallpaper from a recent past bathroom of ours!



A pub table turned a little British with its stylized Union Jack top:


. . . and a couple more vintage items received their RedBird crosses:

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So.  What’s going on over at the Dutch colonial? — you ask?



Next up (soon!): tricking out THAT PORCH!

Stay tuned!




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