Archive of ‘Living Rooms and Dens’ category

Easy Arm Chairs Slipcovers Painter’s Tarp I Made for DIY NETWORK

Click through to DIY NETWORK to see my step by step for these shabby chic linen looking chairs.

So excited to see that my easy (and very affordable) arm chair upholstery looking slipcover is now live on DIY NETWORK website. So much fun making projects for them. On their site you’ll find step by step instructions with lots of photos on how to do it yourself. I love that french linen look they have from the natural color cotton painter’s canvas I bought at the hardware store.  I just recovered the chairs right over the original fabric.  Hope you like them.
Ciao, Joanne

One of the pictures in this story by story in Country Living about Lauren Ross’s
home that gave me inspiration for my Do-it-yourself slipcover chairs.

Decorating Your Fireplace Mantel

I love changing out my mantel. It is the one place in the house I can take apart and put together every couple of months — how fun. Today, I was inspired by a Better Homes and Garden tweet for fall mantels. Then I went crazy and started looking at all sorts of great mantels decorated with vintage, salvaged and repurposed goodies. Armed with ideas, I got down to work and dug through my boxes in the basement and came up with my own creation using a mirror I had stored away, branches, pine cones, beautiful glasses I picked up at the recycle center, candles, vintage books and owl and some sprigs of green berries. Voila! Instant mantel decor.

I love the Lettered Cottage mantel ideas…you have to check them out.

This blog, Stone and Rose, was a new find for me. Very creative mantel.

Better Homes and Garden always has a variety of ways you can decorate your mantel.

My mantel — the before picture.

Can’t wait to see it with all the candles lit.


Time to Get My Woodstove Going! Photo by Susan Teare

I woke up this morning and a frost was on the ground! It is official-the weather has turned in Vermont. This is when I bring the wood down to the house and get the woodstove going. We used salvaged rocks for our chimney as well as left over pieces of soapstone from our kitchen design as the hearth of our fireplace. I love how people get creative with salvage materials, wood, tile, metal stone, brick and more with their fireplaces.
My Best,

Pciture From the Craft 1945 Blog Spot -Love the Use of Metal!

A Paul Scardina Design — Paolo Design Group, Arizona
A Picture in my Salvage Secrets Book! Reclaimed Granite Steps, Vintage Wood and More! A Michael Minadeo Design.