We’re kicking off this month with our all-new May “Before & After” issue. It’s packed full of fresh ideas for every room in your home, including a few outdoor spaces. We’re all ready to entertain al fresco, right? This Little Rock home renovation included a team who transformed it to fit the homeowners needs perfectly, including architect Tom Fennell and designer Bill Beringer. After hearing the couple’s needs, Fennell decided to enlarge the back of the house by more than twenty feet, which also allowed for this spacious new covered deck. Accessible from the great room and kitchen, it’s furnished with comfortable pieces in the same neutral palette as the home’s interior. Find lots of before photos and read more about this full renovation online here or grab a copy of the new May issue on newsstands.
This week, we’re introducing you to our new columnists! Last week you met Tracy Porter and Chris Olsen. Today, meet Jerusalem Greer, the talented and creative craft artist and self-professed “nest fluffer” behind Jolly Goode Gal! For a sample of her unique style, check out her home featured in our July 2010 issue. As a mom, she’s perfected DIY projects on a budget, and we knew she would be a great fit for the At Home in Arkansas blog.
Jerusalem’s monthly column on crafting begins today with tips on creating your ideal craft space.
Everyone loves a great make-over story! A fun, and often inexpensive, makeover is to create a craft space in your home.
Whether you have a whole room to dedicate, a closet or perhaps a small corner of an existing room (dining room, family room, kids room,) you can achieve an adorable and inspiriting craft zone that will fit your personality and your pocket book, and bring some order to your crafty chaos.
So, how do you go about creating the perfect craft space for your needs, space and budget?
Here are a few easy steps to get you started:
1) Decide where your craft space is going to be based both on what space is available in your home, and what kind of crafting you do there. Reflect on what type of crafting you enjoy most. If you enjoy machine sewing your space will need to access to a table surface and an outlet. However, if knitting is your forte then perhaps you just need easy access to ample storage for your yarn and needles and a portable craft bag or box that can travel with you from room to room as you work.
2) Once you have decided on the type of space you need and the location, you can begin the fun task of gathering and collecting inspiration pictures. The Internet, catalogs and magazines are full of inspiring ideas. One tip: donât just look at âcraft roomsâ and storage pictures per se; look at everything that inspires you, from floor to ceiling. I have found great inspiration for craft storage in farm & feed stores, education supply catalogs and many other unlikely places.
Here are some of my all-time favorite craft areas:
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3) After you’ve chosen your inspiration pictures, you can begin narrowing down the exact items you will need to purchase, re-purpose or re-store for the project, and those that even thought you love them, maybe are not the best choice for this project.
4) After you have narrowed down your choices. you can create an inspiration board (like the one above, featuring a patchwork theme) to help keep you on track as you forge ahead. Having an inspiration board can help motivate you to take the steps necessaryÂ to accomplish your project goal, such as saving those pennies, only purchasing what will fit your space,Â and staying true to your design.
So, regardless of how big or how small your craft space is, now is the perfect time to jump in and give it a make-over that both inspires and encourages you, turning your craft dreams into craft realities!
Ever wonder which items your favorite designers, tastemakers and folks about town just canât live without? We definitely do! To sate our curiosity, weâre asking a different person to share a few of their favorite things each week. This week, At Home in Arkansas guest blogger, DIY maven and Live the Home Life blogger, Cara Wilkerson, is sharing her must-have items:
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Hand tools
DIYers at every skill level count on the tool belt trifecta: a tapemeasurer, hammer & screwdriver. Whether hanging a framed photo on the wall or building a coffee table from scratch, these three amigos are always in on the act.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Thank You Notes
Taking a few minutes to jot down why I appreciate the people in my life not only sends a little extra love into the universe but also helps remind my all-too-often digital fingers how to cross my tâs and dot my iâs. I donât have one set stop for thank you cards, but these little birdie notes from Paper Source sure are precious.
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Spray paint
Iâve revamped more tables, lamps, mailboxes and accessories than I can count with a quick spritz, including this handsome little thrift store owl. A coat of white spray paint brought him back to prime perching condition in no time.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â White dinnerware
Early in my 20s, I began stockpiling white ceramic dinnerware. Starting out with the basics from Pottery Barn and mixing in a variety of different bowls, platters and vases from a number of different stores over the years has helped me pull together a clean white palette to accent with fun pops of color and seasonal pieces.
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â Weekly planner
I rely on my handwritten planner from sunup to well after sundown. Everything from work appointments to DIY projects to dinner with friends is nestled into my daily agenda.
Absolutely cannot live withoutÂ candlesâ¦Love so many, but a favorite is Olivina.Â We light candles every night, just for the two of usâ¦it’s those little things you do every day that make life special!
2.Â Â Design books
My bookshelves are filled with them and they are stacked everywhere. Current favorites areÂ Segreto Finishes by Leslie SinclairÂ andÂ Patina Style by Brooke and Steve Giannetti. (I actually read this one from cover to cover)
3.Â Â White dishes
I’ve always loved dishes and have acquired several sets.Â When we moved a couple of years ago I went to Pottery Barn and bought stacks of plate, mugs and bowls to fill the open shelves in our kitchen.Â We use them every day.
4. Â Fresh herbs
My herb garden right outside the kitchen door is a favorite spot. Clipping and cooking with herbs makes me feel like a “great cook,” even if I’m not.
5.Â Â Vintage finds
You have to surround yourself with the things you love. I never tire of crusty old architectural pieces and unique found objects. These will be with me forever. One of the best resources is of course Providence Ltd.Â online as well as Fabulous Finds on Cantrell Road in Little Rock.