It is my pleasure to share with you my creative life. Here I will be sharing photos of my home interior, and exterior garden, and new refurbishing projects I am currently working on. I hope you enjoy viewing as much as I do creating. Heres to LIFE well lived and decorated!!! Jary



Today I started my own little space at a great little store Called FOUND ON FREMONT.  It is located in NE Portland, at 4743 NE Fremont St.  I moved in some of the larger pieces I have been working on and started filling it in with accessory items I have been collecting.  It didn't take much until I was out of things to add, must hunt for more:-)  The fun part was arranging and displaying it all.  I hope people like it as much as I do and buy a few things. Well if you get the chance check out this store, there are a lot of nice vendors, but I think my space looks the best!  Have a great weekend, J.


Potting/garden bench #2

Hope your week went well.  I found this old dresser (you should check out the before & after shots below) at a garage sale last saturday.  I decided to turn it into another potting bench.  I wanted it to have more of a garden feel to it, so I came up and designed the picket fence for the back part of it.  I added 6 hooks to hang things and topped it off with 2 cute birdhouses.  I removed the 2 bottom drawers to have open space below.  I went with a white & dark grey paint color combo.  Now I just have to find a good home for it.  If you know of anyone needing a great piece like this, have them contact me at jaryr.comcast.net,  Thanks, J!!!


Busy week creating

Where does the time fly, when one is busy creating?  Here are a few more pieces that were fun to do this week.  The top dresser, was a dark brown piece I found in Battleground WA.  It was in need of some lighting up.  The chair a local thrift store find, badly abused, became a wonderful shabby chic chair with new paint and fabric.  Other items are featured below.  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Happy huntings, Jary.


Lovely garden/potting bench

I just finished putting the last touches on this new piece.  It was an old brown 4 drawer dresser,  I picked up.   I decided to attempt my skills(? learning more everyday) and create a garden/potting bench.  I had been inspired by others in magazines and thought give it a try.  I choose the colors blue and green, because they are fresh and spring like and pulled out the colors that were in the tiles I wanted to cover the top with. I removed the 2 bottom drawers beacause they were kind of wanky and I wanted some open space in it.  I choose chicken wire to be the material for the back because it was quirky and you can hang tools on it.

This was a fun project, a little more time consuming, but the results were well worth it.  I just have to start taking my before photos so you can really see the transformation.


Pewter & gold animal print chairs

Hello, I just completed 2 lovely FUN chairs.  I repainted each and gave them a rich pantina finish.  The cushions are recovered in rich toned animal print/fur material.  These would be a welcome addition to any room, be it formal, neo-traditional or modern & funky.  Have fun mixing up styles in you home.  Need any great suggestions on your home, shop or office, feel free to let me know.  I'm always available to help.


Another 1st day of a NEW LIFE!!!

My Departure from 23.5 years with a Major Dept. store has given me NEW LIFE!!!

Please join me in my adventures, as I go forward in my passion for refurbishing furniture and bringing new life to them.  Creating FUN, CREATIVE and NEW  pieces out of found and hunted items.  Tables, chairs and buffets OH MY,  along with other previous LOVED accessory pieces.