31 July 2011

Temporary Shift

Just wanted to tell whoever comes across this blog/if I have any avid viewers out there that for at least the near future, I will not be active on this blog. From time to time, I may add new photography, but everything else will be at a standstill.

Instead, please look at my project, ReYoo here. Some things on it are archived entries from this blog, but there is also some new stuff, and more will be added soon. ReYoo was inspired by my audition for Maker Faire, this awesome DIY festival coming to NYC in September. You should totally check it out if you are looking for something to do in the city!

Ta-ta, loves. It's been swell.


24 March 2011

"tiled treasure"

decor design

From this...

...to this!

This painting had been hanging in my parent's home since I could remember. They were finally getting rid of it, and although the art itself isn't exactly my taste, I saw great potential in the frame.

Mirrors have this magic ability of making rooms appear larger. I thought that a mirror measuring 24' x 36' would do a fine job at that. The only problem is that buying mirror pieces (and getting them set in a frame) can get very very pricey! All frame stores in my area wouldn't give me an estimate under $80. Nope. Not going there.

My (what I think to be more creative) solution was this!

"tiled treasure"
my attempt at mixing antique with modern aesthetics

made of:
-24' x 36' recycled wooden frame
-24' x 36' piece of 1/8'-thick plywood
-96 3' x 3' mirrors

cost: $45
time: 4 hours (needed to give time for paint to dry)

necessary other materials: paint, paintbrush, sponge, drill, screws, liquid nails, glass cutter (optional)

Check out the process and finished product after the jump!

26 November 2010

Archived Sustainable Style Installments

Wow. One post on Apartment Therapy and my blog has doubled in hits! Oh, the wonders of internet communication!
Thanks for everyone's words of encouragement. For those of you with bug/dust concerns, I haven't had any problems so far. Instead of using diatomaceous earth, I simply sprayed the entire structure with bleach and then hosed it down well (granted, it was about 90F and did it on my driveway...wouldn't suggest doing something like this indoors). I have stark-white pillowcases and they have yet to get dirty from rubbing up against the pickets.

The two attached posts are from Hilltop Hanover Farm's blog. While interning there this summer, I began a mini-series on how-to sustainable living projects. More to come, I promise!

Easy reusable plastic bag dispenser

Sleep shorts from 1 yard of fabric and a catnip tincture to keep your legs pretty


11 October 2010

"fence bed"

furniture design

I've come to realize that furnishing an apartment can get very expensive very quickly, especially in Manhattan. To avoid breaking the bank, this past summer at home was spent scavenging for beautiful, but inexpensive household items. About once every month, I'd find my Civic joining the slew of pick-up trucks driving around my neighborhood, hoping to find treasures among everyone else's bulk trash. On days off from the farm, visits to Goodwill and yard sales became weekly rituals. I refused to Ikea-fy my room. It isn't that there is anything particularly wrong with Ikea furniture, but this was a chance for me to be creative and rise above the bedroom set. I was so excited with this opportunity.

This is one of my proudest creations. To give myself full credit would be unfair. A big thanks needs to go out to my carpenter friend Brian Carney, for helping me both design and build it, and to Mom and Dad, for not only sweatily helping me reassemble it for two hours in the August NYC heat, but for also renting the U-Haul van to get it down there in the first place. None of this would have been possible without you guys!

"fence bed"
Made of:
-Old wooden fence posts, pickets, and rails
-some 4x4s and 2x4s
-eight 10-inch bolts, nuts and caps.

The majority of my full-sized bed is made of torn-up fencing found in an old barn at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, NY.Most of the white paint was still in tact on the posts, which I scrapped and sanded off at my own discretion to maintain its weathered look. Not only was this wood absolutely free, but it also has so much personality!

The entire bed cost me about $16 (for the nuts and bolts) at the hardware store.
Yep, that's it.

Click below to see a slideshow of the process and the finished product!

08 October 2010