Spare Shingles & Garden Shed Upgrade

I don’t like to let things go to waste. I’m not a hoarder, but my basement is definitely full of items that I have no idea what to do with. My “collection” of stuff varies depending on projects I’m working on. Construction materials are currently taking up most of the space in my basement. Tile pieces, fabric remnants, paint cans, iron fencing, spare flooring and trim. You never know when you may need a broken off piece of tile, right?!

My hoarding tendencies came in handy when I decided something had to be done about the gardening shed in the back of the house. I was excited to have a shed for storage, but it was beginning to fall apart. The roof and doors were rotting from exposure. It didn’t help that I bumped into it and a large corner of the roof fell off.

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I had kept the leftover shingles from replacing the shaker shingles on the roof, so I decided to use these on the shed. It would give the shed a clean uniform look, and most importantly protect it from the elements and further rotting. We replaced the rotting wood on the bottom of the shed doors with PVC plastic and gave the whole shed a much needed coat of paint.

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The addition of the house was looking quite dingy so that got a fresh coat of paint as well.

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I still had shingles leftover so I decided to use the rest on the window well covers. The covers in the front and back of the house were wood. To my surprise they weren’t rotting…yet. They not only looked terrible, but would fall off every time a strong wind blew. This left my basement vulnerable to leaking.

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At some point in the future I plan to brick over the basement windows, but in the meantime the shingles look great.This not only protects my basement, but looks MUCH nicer and continues the uniform look of the backyard.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water

Last month I went to Deep Creek for a weekend getaway with the family and to watch the last of the fall leaves turn. We drove all over the mountain watching the beautiful leaves turn, saw wildlife, sat by the fire and drank hot cider. It was the perfect getaway weekend. I’m now obsessed with the cozy and chic cabins scattered throughout Deep Creek and decided I must have my own one day. Sadly, the only cabins in my price range are not chic and falling apart. Hmmmm…next renovation project perhaps?!

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I’ve always wanted to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright house Falling Water, but it was too far from Baltimore for just a quick day trip. Since it was only an hour away from Deep Creek I decided to take the drive and visit that weekend.

Prior to visiting I did a little research and listened to several podcasts about Frank Lloyd Wright. He sounded like quite the character, and unfortunately his work was overshadowed by the gossip and drama surrounding his personal life. Running off to Europe with a client’s wife and having an affair. The murder of seven of his staff by a former employee at his home in Talaon. It sounds like something you would read about on TMZ. If you would like additional information about Frank Lloyd Wright here are some sites I visited and podcasts I found interesting.

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Free Library of Philadelphia Podcasts- Ada Louise Huxtable, Frank Lloyd Wright

New York Daily News- Cook Massacres Seven at Wisconsin Home Frank Lloyd Wright Built for his Mistress

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Wright believed that architecture should be built into nature, “the good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built.” The house was built into the surrounding rocks and hovers over the existing waterfall. It was so peaceful, being surrounded by nature and listening to the waterfall, that I could have sat there all day.

Photographs were not allowed inside the home during the tour. If you visit the Falling Water website there are photos of the house and surrounding property, including pictures of furniture designed specifically for the house by Wright. Check it out!

Friday Finds: 1914 Tiffany & Company “Blue Book” Mail Order Catalog

In addition to inheriting bags of shells, baskets, and the occasional sea sponge with the house, I also became the owner of boxes and boxes of books. Since my focus and priorities were to renovate and move in, I didn’t have the opportunity to look through these boxes until recently.

My favorite book so far has to be the 1914 Tiffany & Company “Blue Book” mail order catalog.

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Before the days of online shopping, items were often purchased through mail order catalogs. The first mail order Tiffany catalog or “Blue Book” was published in the United States in 1845.

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The catalog exemplifies the brand’s luxury and high style image with the wood grain textured leather and gold gilt. Every item the store sold that year is listed in this catalog from diamonds and pearls to fine china. Shocker, but Tiffany diamonds are just as expensive back then as they are today.

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Postage Stamp Collage Art

Cleaning out the spare bedroom closet I came across a box full of stamps. Turns out the former owner was a philatelist. The stamps were from all over the world and all of them were quite old. The newest that I could tell was from the 1960’s. Many had been used so I could see the exact date the letter had been mailed.

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I decided to pick out my favorite stamps and create several collages to hang in my hallway.

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I paired the collage with a modern frame, purchased at Michael’s for half off, to balance out the vintage tone. I love how the colorful collages really pop against the plain white walls.

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I still have tons of stamps left. Any suggestions of things that I could do with them?