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Room Renovation: Part Two

For those of you that have been following the renovation of the 3 season porch into a studio/guest bedroom space in our carriage house, here are some photos that I snapped this morning after the carpet was installed.

Click here to view the BEFORE photos so that you’ll appreciate the progress that we’ve made thus far.

We ran into a few problems, one being that we couldn’t apply sheetrock to part of the ceiling because of the weight – this house is over 100 years old and the roof cannot take it – so we had to install flat drop panels from Armstrong tile that actually look pretty nice for a tile ceiling. Doesn’t have that 70s office feel that I was fearing. It came out very nice, especially with the skylight we popped in. Another issue is that there’s this old built-in screened door in the back wall. The door doesn’t lead to anything, just a solid wall. We couldn’t sheetrock over it for various reasons, so I’m trying to decide how to conceal it. I’m thinking of purchasing plywood to fit the space, then applying a layer of cork over it and using it as a floor to ceiling inspiration + project board. What do you think, any creative solutions for me?

As soon as the windows are trimmed in pine, the room will be complete. We started the project in Janaury, so I’m excited that we’re seeing the finish line now. Next, I have to sit down and plan the design. I need it to serve several functions:

1) Guest room for sleeping
2) Meeting room for clients
3) Work area for writing
4) Studio space for designing – I need a place to store my paint collections, books, and fabric sample books.
5) Area for sewing
6) Area for a television to keep guests occupied and to entertain me while I’m sewing and ironing.

Here are snapshots from today:

Enter the space from the living room area.

View of part of our backyard and pond from the window. I can’t wait until the trees fill out!

I love the new stairs leading up to the storage loft handcrafted in pine.

Here’s another view of the room snapped near the staircase

Beadboard above was red and very beat up ? after some sanding and priming – it’s as good as new. Remember, all the wood you see in the room except for the door and the stairs
is from 1875!
The back wall is solid pine. I cleaned it and sanded spots that needed repair, then applied one coat of minwax natural stain. The wood came to life. It looks beautiful. This is the door that I’m having issues with – the door that leads to nothing! Your thoughts?

(images copyright decor8 2006.)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006


You know, good design is good design. Even when it’s in the form of a plastic sandwich bag. I’m one of those sandwich bag queens, I tend to use them for everything *but* food it seems. I have to confess though, clear baggies aren’t nearly as nifty as these new Mobi bags in happy colors and patterns that make whatever your toting look that much more appealing. With patterns like retro bunny and ditch dots, you’re in for a real treat.

At $4.99 for a box of 20, these playful zippered sandwich bags just may be your next big obsesssion. Click here for ordering information.

(images from Mobi)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006

Zaishu Project

decor8 reader Erin from Australia passed along a link that you’re certain to fall in love with. The company is called Zaishu Project and they have these really neat flat pack tables (or it can be a seat or box) using 5 panels of artwork on plantation grown veneer that you assemble yourself by simply sliding them together – no nails or glue needed.

“With a program of participation, creativity, responsibility and evolution the Zaishu Project is an international collaborative event, recording patterns, designs and cultural texture from around the world…

Treated like a project and not a product the Zaishu was first launched with stencilled street artwork at Melbourne’s Australian Center for Contemporary Art in July 2004. Having travelled to Japan, Seoul, Milan, Sydney, Melbourne and Stockholm the Zaishu project in 2006 will work with artists in India, Berlin, Sweden and New Zealand. By using a single material and single production process a Zaishu has less environmental impact compared to other furniture. Zaishu also encourages a vibrant platform for cultural exchange, community strengthening and economic sustenance.”

We love Zaishu. Thanks Erin for the tip!

(images and quote from Zaishu)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006

Justin Clayton

Yesterday in coffee + cre8tive, talented Justin Clayton inspired us with his daily paintings. I asked him if he’d be willing to share with us a few ‘real life’ shots of his work in an actual room; I personally need to see art living in a space – scale matters a lot to me. I also had a chance to learn more about our daily painter…

decor8: Can you tell us about yourself – where are based, what do you do for a living?

justin: I was born and raised in California, currently living in Los Angeles. I’ve had other occupations but at the moment I’ll call myself a painter as that is the title I am most fond of and it’s what I am doing right now. My formal art training was from two schools: California Art Institute and Los Angeles Academy of figurative art.

decor8: Who are you inspired by?

justin: John Sargent, Nicolai Fechin, Andrew Wyeth, Duane Keiser, and Richard Schmid.

decor8: We love your daily paintings. Tell us, where do you want to go with this?

justin: To do larger gallery work (16×20 and larger) and make an honest living at it. I am interested in doing portraits. Portraits in the sense of capturing a personality of a subject. I very much enjoy painting people but painting portraits to me can mean painting a personality of an object like a jar, or a pear, or a leaf. It is amazing to me that under certain lighting conditions or view points these things seem to take on an enormous amount of personality. The more I paint the more I realize personality is what I am drawn to and that’s what I’m trying to achieve when I’m painting something. The “daily paintings” serve as a road of exploration. Painting these allow me to experiment with lighting, technique, subject matter etc. Creating the website is my way of staying on track. It’s like when someone tries to lose weight or stop smoking they tell a friend so they know if they fail that friend is going to give them a really hard time. I guess it’s kind of like that. :)

decor8: Tell us about your hobbies.

justin: Computers, rock climbing, swimming, running. I often find cool things to paint when I’m running.

Thank you Justin for stopping by to visit us, we look forward to watching you grow as an artist and eventually, we hope spot you in galleries! Best wishes.

(images from Justin Clayton)

Posted in uncategorized on April 07, 2006


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