Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Mix an Outdoor Shower and a Visiting Sister…

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And you get Motivated to Build an Outdoor Shower Enclosure!

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Our Home, The Gnomad Pad, is in Florida where Outdoor Showering is Quite Nice. This Shower is in a Corner were the Air Con Unit and Near Where We Put Our Garbage Pails so we decided to Hide it all, not only Naked Bodies.

Well, after many discussions between the Hub and I, it was decided that the Fencing Needed to be somewhat Mid Century-ish and there will be an Arbor.  Lots of sketches were made and Pinterest posts were looked at…and finally we agreed upon a Design.

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The Shower area is coming together.

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Fencing is done…but not the Arbor.

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Using the Shower Before it was Done…but the Arbor is Up!

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The Staining Process. I stained the Whole Fence and The Hub did the Arbor.

Okay, He Built 96% of the Entire Thing On His Own!

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It’s Done!!!!  Even with Bougainvillea planted to Climb up the Arbor!

You may notice the far right gate door is darker.  Well, when one goes crazy staining all day without mixing the gallon of stain, the bottom of the can is darker.  What is done is done, but there you go…Do Not Do That.

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The Shower Outside…

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And Inside…Even with a Dedication Sign to My Sister!

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I Did The Shower Floor…And I am Digging it.  Simple Blue Spray Paint, then a Wash of Light Blue Paint Brushed over it.  Rocks, Shells and there You Have it.

Had the Board Laying Around and Just Handed Painted it.   My Sister Loves Mermaids and she is Fighting Cancer, So I Made the Mermaid Bald.  She also has a tattoo of a Starfish because if they Lose Arm, they just Grow One Back which is a Testament of How She has Lived her Life.

Cancer will Not Beat This One.

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One side of the shower is open to this large bush.

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The Very Cleaver Hub Came Up with a Non Rusting Door Latch.  And he Made it with Love.  The Wood Had a Heart on it and he Just had to use that Piece to Go There.

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That Little Blue Dot is how you Unlatch the Door.  So Cute and Cleaver.

And if You Want to Shower After Dark….

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We made a Light out of  a natural Cup Sponge found on the Beaches in the Keys of Southern Florida!

Can’t Wait to See it Being Used for a Mini Family Reunion This Summer!

Homes…

One Step at a Time!  Next is the Back Patio!

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We did Plant these Palms Hopefully to Grow and Block Out the Neighbors Ugly Side Yard and to Block the Neighbor Out too.  All our Neighbors are Great Except this One Person, who Killed Our Orange Tree. See an Earlier Post to Find Out How I Made Lemon-aide out of that Dead Orange Tree at  https://ourownbigworld.com/2014/10/08/passive-aggressive-diy/

 

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Now We need No Rusting Matching Patio Furniture.  I am Making Sheer Flowy Curtains, but there Needs so Much More Work to Be Done!

Stay Tuned!


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It all Started with a Large Ball of Twine.

And then Some Gray Yarn.

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And Once the Sticks Got Involved…History Was Made.

I have a big wall that needed decor, so I set to making a big piece.

I knew macrame was going to be part of it, but not exactly sure how.

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I attached the twine and yarn and let it all sink in.

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Then I went for it, but I got stuck on what to do after the first row of Macrame.

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It sat like this for quite a while, but the rolled up yarn and twine at the bottom did give me an idea.  But before I could work on that part, I had to finish the other parts.

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So I continued to make these large macrame knots and my sister described the look as “Lace”.

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I kept going with the big square knots and the “lacey” look.  When I finished I added something a bit different.

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Some Poofs made of Twine!

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I Made a Lot of Poofs!

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And Not just Twine Poofs, but Grey Yarn Poofs as Well!

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I attached the Poofs and Loved them….all of my Pretty Little Poofs.

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I even added one to the Very Top!

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And There You Have It…

Poof…MacraLace!

This one is for my Wall, but if you are Interested in Your Very Own Poof…MacraLace, Please Comment Below.

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The GNOME SHACK!

It is a pick storage unit, a craft in action, a never-ending evolving gallery…

BUT MOST OF ALL IT IS OUR HOME FOR NOW!

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WELCOME!

Something that many do not know…

Is when we move, we move with just a limited amount of stuff.

So I pick, thrift, yard sale, flea market, estate sale & auction to make a new place our home.

Photo Details:
1) Picked the pallet the The Hub never took apart…so went through scattered pickings and ended up with the idea of the tar sap cups flower pockets!
2) Picked the galvanized gas can which holds the locally made wood Sweet Vidalia Onion!

Since we have not gone in yet…
Let’s check out my now Beloved Southern Front Porch…
Gnome Shack Style!

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Inviting, eh?
And we are not even inside!

Photo Details:
1) Retro Orange Pretzel Tin Can…it travels with us…for now!
2) Got the awesome never been used 1970 hammock at an Estate Sale in Savannah!

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The Porch Conversation Area!

Photo Details:
1) Got the Porch Swing at the Peaches to Beaches 700 Mile Yard Sale and then painted it!
2) I bought 4 ladder back chairs with very damaged seats and came up with this design for what I love to call my “Porch Lounger”.
3) A 75 Cent Table that I decoupaged and painted!

Now, Let’s Go Inside!

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The Front Siting Room, Which Doubles as a Guest Room!

Our place is small!

Photo Details:
1) Couch was bought at a Savannah Estate Sale.
2) Retro Folding Chairs Travel with us as well as vintage wood/metal boxes
3) My painted framed photography also travels with us…for now.
4) Most on mantel is for sale, except Gnomes!

We do not have an official entry way/foyer, so I had to make one!

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And here it is!

Photo Details:
1) Coat Rack I made from pallet board and thrift knobs.
2) Thrift store Mid Century Shelf turned Shoe Rack.
3) A Men’s valet for keys and extra coats recently bought at a flea market.
4) Sandal bin is vintage enamel pan recently bought at a yard sale.

Two More Views of the Front Sitting Room!

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Vignette Areas…
Or More like Picking Storage Spots!

Photo Details:
1) Vintage suitcase Valet turned side table with painted glass frame turned tray!
2) Picked Very Rustic Wood stool, Thrifted Mid Century Clock & Junk Store found Antique Chimney Screen!

To the Left of this Sitting Room is our Bedroom.

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And there it is!

Okay, it is also a bike, craft, arts and tool supply storage area!

Photo Details:
1) Suitcase night stands and stairs for old cat to get into bed are also used for storage.
2) I recently bought the missing drawer dresser on the cheap, repainted and such, and there you have it.
3) Mid Century Shadow Box / Bar Mirror for my pretty up area.
4) Lights over dresser are yard sale found trouble/mechanic lights.
5) Circle Art are  Yard sale found Needlepoint hoops with some material scrapes and some material I personally designed!
6) Tool, Arts & Crafts Supply Shelf bought at a Yard Sale.
7) I made the Hat Rack out of Pallet Board and Thrift store Knobs

Now Back into the Front Sitting Room! You can go straight through it to get to the Dining area of the very large Kitchen.

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I’m realizing it is very mid-century in there!

Photo Details: 

1) Table we brought, but will probably sell before we leave.
2) Tension Pole Light in corner is very much for sale.
3) Shelves on both sides are filled with picked decor pieces, photos, kitchen supplies and a bar supplies.
4) Beloved Step Stool was picked in a junk shop.
5) Art on wall was picked recently and for sale!

Through the dinning area is the kitchen!

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The Kitchen Side of the Huge Room.

Photo Details:
1) Yes I have vintage hand strainers as wall decor and canvas carpenter bags as recycle bins!

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The Main Kitchen Corner!

Photo Details:

1) I made a light out of a dog chain, a vintage soda shop glass crate, a colander and an Ikea light fixture.
2) The decor on top of the fridge is part of my picked galvanized metal collection.
3) And counter storage is in vintage tin colanders!

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The Other Side of the Huge Kitchen is the Laundry Room!

Photo Details:
1) Old gas stove burner grates for wall decor!

Through the middle of the Large Eat In Kitchen is the Family Room!

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View from the Door…this is where we spend most of our time at home!

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View from the side with Wall of Windows.

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Big Overstuffed Chair The Hub has had for, maybe, 15 or more years!

Still Comfy!

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The Rest of the Family Room!

Photo Details:
1) Wall Decor Over Couch is a piece of old factory life. It states the days that has gone by without any accidents. The numbers can be changed on the back. Picked this as a gift for The Hub…who is a safety freak.
2) Other Wall Art is My Photography.
3) Cat Throne is vintage blue suitcases, an old moving blanket stuffed into the top one and a vintage piece of chenille bedspread covering to make it pretty! And yes, that is our 18-year-old cat asleep, wheezing, snoring away on it!
4) The desk is an old chrome and Formica table yard sale pick!
5) Round Table picked at a Junk shop.
6) Side table are part of my old wood food box collection!
7) Wood piece in corner is the bottom of a mid-century coffee table!

Almost Done Touring The Gnome Shack!

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The Tiny White Bath!

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And the very stained sink!

But this little room holds some of my favorite pieces!

Photo Details:
1) To left of toilet is a vintage galvanized metal miners milk can recently picked
2) To the Right is vintage adult and child’s enamel chamber pots.
3) Under the sink is an antique maple sapping bucket with a recently picked stool and metal box that I have had for maybe 20 years.
4) There are curtains on the wall close to the sink, not because there is a window, but a door.  In renovating, I guess they forgot to take the door out!

That is the Gnome Shack!

It is home for now.

I used to say, “Home is where my Backpack is”
But now Home is where The Hub and His 18 Year Old Cat is.

All the things…
Are just ships passing us in the night.

We help it all find it’s forever home…
If we did not adopt it ourselves!

If you are interested in buying anything you have seen in this post or are interested to see what I do have for sale,
Please Visit My Online Shop…

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

If you can not find an item in the photos that you are interested in buying, please comment below and I will get back to as fast as I can.

Thank you for visiting OUR OWN BIG WORLD…

We Hope You Like it Here!

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Life is Too Short to Just Put Paintings on Our Walls…

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Or Books on Our Shelves.

(You Can find this wall art at Vintage Gas Stove Grates)

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(You can find this Cooper’s Hoop Driver Folk Art at Folk Art Tools)

How About Books On the Walls…

From Craft Ideas From PR!

This Book Cover Art Works for Me!

(Found in a cafe in San Juan, Puerto Rico!)

And this So Very Beautiful Thing…

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Would Match This Cool Industrial Wheel Folk Art Rather Well!

(The Above Piece Could be Found at Honey Blossom Studio)

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How cool is that?

(Found at a MA Auction)

And how about Blossoms that Bloom all year-long?

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Rusted Railroad Screw Spikes and Up-cycled Vintage Brass Curtain Tie-backs make an Awesome Bouquet!

And for more color…

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How about this Bundle of Fun up-cycled colored metal!

(This piece can be found at Industrial Bloom )

And speaking of color…

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How about a mini croquet set to snazz things up a bit?

(This piece can be found at MINI CROQUET)

Vintage Sporting Goods and Color?  The options are limitless!

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Fun old pool balls in a cool old box!

(This piece can be found at Fish Legs )

And for less color…

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Love the feel and look of an old baseball, and a basket of them is even better!

(The piece can be found at Chaps and Rascals )

Staying with the old in mind, but moving away from sporting goods…

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And going Industrial!

Like an old tool box, or even better, a vintage Votive Candle Mold Folk Wall Art!

(The candle mold can be found at Rusted Metal )

Metal of another kind!

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Pots, Pans, Strainers…are all cool wall art!

(These items can be found at Enamel Ware )

Let’s saunter away from metal.

(Because metal is just too cool to walk away from…sauntering seems right and make sure look over your shoulder at it before it goes away.)

Take a deep breath…

More fun to come!

Let’s linger around another cool idea!  

The re-use of a useful item of days gone by for decor!

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A 1800’s Dough Bin to hold throw blankets, pillow, magazines, games…

Whatever you need to store…

It will look Oh-So-Loverly in an Old Box of any kind!

(You can find this particular one at OLD WOOD )

 To finish up, let’s go circular!
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Vintage Chenille in Vintage Metal Needlepoint Hoops!

OLD MY!

(The can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

And for a Modern Turn…

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So Cute!

(These can be found at JoeMomma )

And if you want curtains that are NOT curtains….

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Then these are for you!

(They can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

NOW GO PUT A STICK ON YOUR WALL…

AN OLD METAL PIPE ON YOUR SHELF…

OR A PIECE OF HISTORY ABOVE YOUR MANTEL!

Thanks for visiting!

To see more of our UNUSUAL DECOR SUSPECTS go to OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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