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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Daisy Jane cont.

Tuesday, April 17, 2017

Before and after with Daisy Jane.

Daisy Jane has been through thick and thin. She has come a long way since we first bought her. The transformation has been a huge effort on so many levels and I can't wait to show you what has come of it.

I'm sure y'all have read about about my cute, little photography intern, Cassidy Joy Reynolds. If not, she is a Junior at one of the local high schools and is studying to be a photographer.  She's always behind the scenes so,  I thought I would let her tell this part of the story about Daisy Jane since it's at her talented hand that makes this project look so great !!!!!!  Couldn't do it without you Cassidy!

Fresh fruit to make it as
homey as possible.
Fresh flowers and bright teal plates set
and ready to eat.
All of the surfaces were re-painted and all of the curtains were re-done.  The roman shades were made for function with magnets instead of string.  See how by clicking here for step by step instructions.  

The Cuff Top Panel Sewing Pattern was used to make the privacy panels in the bedding areas.
The Roman Shades are made with magnets for easy raising and lowering.
We embellished the inexpensive duvet and pillows with a solid melon bias banding.

New paint and a bright green
coffee maker to go along.

The bench was covered in a teal ultra suede for durability and piped in celadon green.
The benches were covered in a funky cotton print and this roman shade is workable, too!

When I, Cassidy Reynolds, was asked to take pictures of the camper,  I was so excited to show everyone how much it has changed and how well Caterina did with the decorating. When I saw the before pictures I was shocked by all the renovations that have happened over the corse of a little over a year.   It is fully styled and ready for big summer adventures, and sleepovers with a bunch of sixth grade girls.  Abby, Caterina's granddaughter, has decided to have her birthday party in it this year and it sounds as though they are going to have a blast.  Who wouldn't want a party in this adorable space?   I know I would!

Daisy Jane has a character about her that brings families closer and brings the definition of glamping to life. I can't wait to see all the adventures this beauty will have in the comping years.

Just another project from an idea that came from sitting ..............
  OutOnThaPorch !!!!!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Glamping with Daisy Jane !!!!!

I've always thought the little pop up campers were so cute and compact.  Just hook em up and go!

 I never saw myself buying one until I ran across the Pop-Up Princess Blog on Pinterest.

She documented her redo adventures in her blog.  She also posts photos of some of the best pop-ups from the pop-up community that you will ever see.  I was so intrigued and motivated to see all the cute things people were doing with them.

Soon, I couldn't keep it off my mind.  I kept thinking how cute they would be with  "these pillows"  or  "those curtains" .......  I just knew one would be FAB-u-lous with the Pate-Meadows touch. So I got on a mission.  It just wouldn't do until I had one.

I knew I wanted one that had the slide out for the table.  They are so much more roomy.  But those seem to go really quickly so I just kept crawling the craigslist posts from Nashville to Birmingham then I finally found my  "Daisy Jane".

She's all mine !!

Don't know why I named her that.  Could be that I had been listening to America in the workroom that day.  But I found her in Lebanon, TN and went all by myself and snatched her up.

I read all the posts about how important the tires and brakes are so I drug her straight to the nearest tire store and had them replaced.

New  Shoes !

Two hours later I was back on the road for home.  It was a little scary because at one point she fishtailed a little, but I was determined to do this by myself so I just stayed slow and steady.  When we got there I held my breath - and it took a few tries - but repeating my favorite mantra - "I can do this, I can do this" - I managed to back her in the driveway all by myself.

I didn't know to put the chocks behind the wheels even if you are on a flat surface.

Lesson #1, Always use chocks.  They aren't just for airplanes !   So when I unhooked her from the back of the Tahoe she rolled back 3 or 4 ft.  I paused to allow myself a short panic episode.  Then I took a deep breath and spoke my second favorite mantra - "It's ok, it's ok, it's ok".

The little fellow I bought her from, used it was a hunting "cabin".  She was really nasty as you can see.

I pulled everything out  in the driveway including mattresses and cushions and curtains, and drawers, etc. and got to work.  Took me two entire days of scrubbing and cleaning. 

I washed all the curtains and only put back up the ones we need for privacy.  

My Favorite Demo Buddy, Danny came home a few days later to find her in his parking place.  I can't say he was thrilled.  Matter of fact he didn't say much of anything.  I don't think he had this type of fixer upper in mind when I told him I bought a camper to redo.  But he did hook everything up and tested all the plugs and fuses and the air and the heater and fridge and luckily everything worked.  It was a good thing since the little fellow told me it all did - and I took him at his word.  Ha!  

All I saw was that slide out. 

 As long as it had that slide out - figured I could deal with all the rest!

I was determined we were going camping that weekend so I put everything back together and threw all our camping stuff in.  I had her packed and ready when Danny got home after work that Friday and we headed out on our maiden voyage with Daisy Jane.  We set sail for Natchez Trace State Park, which is only an hour or so from home, and off we went!

My favorite demo buddy, Danny and our side kick, Abby

Flowers always make everything better !!!!!

It was fun and we had a great time.  We are gonna love this little Daisy Jane.

The sunset that afternoon was so beautiful.
That was then ............

This is now ...............
New roman shades, cushions and pillows!
Isn't she cute!  This is one of the roman shades I made.  And it's workable !!!  No cords.

Please sign up for the blog so you don't miss the next post with even more before and after pics of my sweet little Daisy Jane !  You'll see tons of ideas on how you can update your space.  Whether  your space is a little pop-up like this or a 5,000 sq ft home.  With basic sewing skills it can become a high end masterpiece. I'll show you how.

If you'd like to see one of the videos showing the roman shade click here !  If you'd like info on how to make cordless roman shades with magnets like this one click here !  If you'd like to know how I covered the bench cushions click here !

Just another idea I conjured up while in my favorite place ......................

Photo courtesy of Southern Lady Magazine
OutOnThaPorch !!!!!!!!

Special thanks to my sweet little photography intern, Cassidy Joy Reynolds!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Flea Market Finds ..........

Can you guess what item in this photo came from the Flea Market?

My favorite demo buddy, Danny and I love a good flea market. It's so interesting to see what folks come up with to display on their tables in hopes to make a buck or two.

If you've never been to the Nashville Flea Market
at the Fairgrounds you're missing out !!!  
We try to plan for our friends from The Ham to always visit us here in beautiful, historic Franklin, TN on the last weekend of the month so we can all ponder around to see just what kind of goodies will make it home with us.

There are tables and booths galore!

For some reason though, I don't always find what I'm looking for at the time I'm looking for it.........but I always find something for another project...........

So on this trip, I ran across these beauties.  Got them for $15. 

I've been wishing I had a bench at the foot of my bed but, since I have my bed up on risers, it's really tall, so any bench I found always seemed to look like a step at the foot of my bed rather than a bench.  So when I saw these, I knew right away they would be perfect for my bench.

And they were really heavy - cast iron.  So since Danny and I like to eat - I knew they would hold up.

I've always loved a deep tufted look but never thought I did it correctly.  So I watched videos of my friends in the upholstery business.  One of my friends, Kim Chagnon from Kim's Upholstery has some really good ones on FB.

I got my favorite demo buddy, Danny to build a frame out of 2x4s with a little wedge in the corners that would accept the leg at an angle.  Rather than mounting them facing the front or the side.
I covered the bench in this beautiful silk pink check.

You guys are going to be sick of seeing it by the time I share all the projects Ive used it on.  I recently used it on the latest project for Southern Lady Magazine.

Now that it's done I couldn't be happier.  

I'm no upholstery craftsman like my friends Kim Chagnon or Grant Trick but as I always say, it'll do!

If you want to know step-by-step how I did it, check out the Tips section of the website for a Snapguild on how to make your tufted bench.

Just another project I dreamed up while relaxing ................
OutOnThaPorch !

OutOnThaPorch photo courtesy of Southern Lady Magazine

Special thanks to my sweet little photographer-in-training, Cassidy Joy  Reynolds for her contributions !

Sunday, February 12, 2017

From Ewwww Not So Groovy Wagon Wheel to Ooooo La La Love it - Chandelier Redo

Our last couple of posts have been just to give you an idea of who we are and some of the dynamics that make up Caterina World at PMD.  And, if you follow us on Facebook, you've seen the OutOnThePorch videos where I share all sorts of tips, tools and ideas for you to personalize your own space.  Making it irresistibly inviting for your friends and family.... without  breaking the bank.

OutOnThaPorch is where I can always dream up inspiration - whether for the Material Matters column in Southern Lady Magazine, that I contribute to -  or for a customer - or - just for some fun project for my own home.

So if you've already seen the past couple of blog posts, you know it mentioned the "Not So Groovy Wagon Wheel Chandelier in our great room .....

See what I mean?  The cathedral ceilings and the beams are so cool but that wagon wheel......

I tried to zoom in to the above pic but it gets all pixel-y.   I'm just learning this new Mac and how to do the photos..... so to give you a good idea, I just pulled a couple off the internet I found that were very similar.  Mine was a combo of both these....

It was one of the first things I jerked down and replaced with a stately, wrought iron beauty, I found at my favorite hunting place..... the Nashville Flea Market.......   

But I'll save that for another blog post.

So, back to the Ole Wagon Wheel.  For some reason, I couldn't get rid of it.  It just kept begging me not to throw it to the curb..... with it's tacky, smokey globes and chunky wooden spindle.

So I crammed it into a box and stored it in the attic.  And for the past three years, when I'd be pulling out the Christmas decorations,  I kept running across it,  only to cram it back into the box and think "what am I saving that for???".  But not this year.........

I had been saving for a new chandelier for the dining room.  I hadn't run across anything to-die-for.......... I kinda-sorta liked these from Pinterest and in the Ballard's catalog.  And I couldn't help but notice something about them reminded me of  the 'Ole Wagon Wheel.......

So, the week after Christmas, as I was mulling around one of my favorite stores here in beautiful, historic Franklin, TN..........

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I ran across these strands of wooden, beaded garland......

 And guess what !!!!!  they were marked down 75% ...... Hootie HOO !!!!  and lucky me ....... they had 4 strands left, each measured 6 ft. which would be perfect because there were 8 lights on that chandelier.

So...... I ran home.... and jerked that box out of the attic...... and got to work. I carefully took it apart playing around with the pieces.  I knew if I messed it up too much, my favorite demo buddy, Danny, had just enough "rewiring-of-lamps" experience, that he could easily rewire it, if I needed him to.

I disconnected the wires to the center/down-light and removed it from the bottom, since I wasn't going to need it anymore.   I unscrewed the top plates and removed the wooden spindle on the top while carefully pulling the wire through, so I could keep it intact and reuse it.........

I also removed all the bowl or cup looking bases .....


they were too deep but the smaller, more shallow pieces underneath were just the right depth, so I  replaced them with those.

I had to cut the sockets off and replace them with taller ones because they were too short.  Luckily when I took the center/down light off the bottom, I found there was enough excess wire to pull up into each arm and reconnect taller sockets, which I ordered from an online lamp supply place.

I loosened the nuts that held the candle arms to the large band and twisted them around so that the bottom of the chandelier now became the  top.

Next I pulled out pieces of old lamp parts which included two leftover sections of pendant lighting and a few other bits and pieces some of which are shown here along with what was left over from the bead garland .....

After I put the all the lamp-puzzle pieces back together and spray painted it flat black, here's what I came up with..........

and I must say it closely resembles those I had been pondering, don't you agree ???  As I often say - "It'll do"

Anyway........ just goes to show, listen to your gut and don't immediately throw everything out when doing home renovations.  Before and after photos chandelier.........

and room setting...........

OutOnThaPorch !
Just goes to show what you can do if you just spend a little time thinking...............

OutOnThaPorch photo courtesy of Southern Lady Magazine

Special thanks for some of the photography shown goes to Cassidy Joy Reynolds, my sweet little photographer-in-training