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5 Winter Project Ideas + Follow Me

Today, I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you. I have been working on a new artist site and blog all season. It will be my new home base where I will share my daily inspiration and projects that you can try based on work that is evolving from my studio. I would love for you to consider finding me there.

For now, I would like to share, 5 of my favorite Winter Art projects that are handmade and craft-based. I plan give many handmade gifts this year, and these are my top 5 favorites.

  1. DIY Winter Succulents– You can see a DIY of this workshop over on my blog today.

    A trio of succulents make thoughtful gifts.

    A trio of succulents make thoughtful gifts.

  2. Desgin your own wreath or mini-wreath, my latest post!
  3. Block print your own gift wrap, I would love to try this beautiful tutorial. It feels even more satisfying to give when you have all your gifts in pretty colors and handmade paper.

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    photo via Honestly Wtf

  4. Design your own snow-globe (with kids), still one of the most adorable vintage snow globe DiY projects out there. I found all the supplies for this at my local home garden store.
  5. DIY your own holiday photo cardsI share cards from year’s past and how I work with a Minted online to create keepsakes for our family the past few years.

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    photo via Hilary L Hahn

Blogging here has helped me to grow immensely as an individual artist and product designer. I am thankful for those of you who have followed along over the years. I plan to continue to post project ideas here from time to time, but you can what my studio life emerge and grow here.

I hope you will come along for the ride!

Hilary

 

 

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Rustic Oak Pie Slab at FOOD52

I have saved one surprise to share with you for the end of the week!

One of my handmade pieces is now available through FOOD52 and I am simply thrilled about the collaboration. It is a pleasure to work with such talented curators and photographers. I feel that they have truly captured the intent and essence of how I envision the piece to function in your kitchen.

It is with great pride that I share this piece, et Voila!, my Rustic Oak Pie Slab as part of the FOOD52 Summer Pie collection.

Photography by James Ransom

Doesn’t that galette look drool-worthy?

As with many of my successful pieces, I originally designed them for myself for the desert display at my Baby shower, and ended up honing the finish and offering it up in my online shop.

While exploring the kitchen collection, I came across so many must-haves for my summer kitchen! Here are my top picks from their website.

Gorgeous pinstripe blue linen napkins.

Photography via Mark Weinberg

Can you picture these inside the Farmhouse Kitchen on Keats?

Photography via Kristin Goose

 I am really tempted to buy this Stainless Steel Ice Pop Mold, as I vow to make these creamy looking fruit pops!

All while I am wearing this sweet Thick Linen Chambray Apron.

Photography via Max Weinberg

 As a bonus, they offer inspiring recipes with photos on their website.

As a last treat, I have been following chef, Ada Mollencamp on Instagram. This week we cooked a tasty black bean, avocado, radish salad with citrus dressing inspired by her recipe.

I want to hear from you, what are you cooking this summer? Any favorite recipes, please share!

 

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Renovation Story: Exterior Adjustments

I thought it would be fun to start this post with a hidden picture of the house on N Keats Ave. in Summer. It was late July, when we acquired the property, and then September when we returned to begin the ground breaking unceremoniously. As Summer faded into Fall, there was just so much overgrown in the front of the home. The hedge had overtaken the house completely, along with a Crepe Myrtle tree that just wouldn’t stop growing.

After trimming the hedges and mowing the lawns ourselves, one of us ended up with a bad case poison ivy! In due time, we gave a call to a family member who owns a tree service and had the hedges and the trees eliminated completely.

Admittedly, the house looked as barren as the Autumn trees after the removing the greenery. Yet, it seemed that like it might be fun to work with a blank canvas when replanting everything in the Spring!

Today, I plan to reveal the exterior progress that is happening on the property. You can see the initial inspiration photos for the exterior in my first Renovation Story. You may notice the vinyl on the side of the house was warping and not in as good of condition as that on the front of the property. The roof also needed complete therapy a.k.a replacement. Along the side of the home we planned to restore the original street facing side-door (just behind where the ladder is resting).

After the side patio and cinder blocks were removed, we decided to increase the front porch appeal by simply re-pouring the concrete steps leading to the front door.

Incidentally, we had opted to do a larger side patio and back patio in lieu of a more substantial front porch.

Next, the front windows are replaced and trimmed out with a thicker wood trim. Wood trims are something to carefully consider when updating a home. For this property, we made sure to keep with historic guidelines by preserving the original size of the windows and updating to an appropriate trim.

Then, we decided to replace the front of the home with a sturdier more appealing Hardieplank wood siding instead of vinyl. In the spirit of true conservation and green living, we reused the better condition vinyl from the front of the home as a replacement on the sides and back of the house, where the vinyl had aged more noticeably.

Here you can see the facade being prepared with plywood for the Hardie board.

Afterward,we reincorporated the original transom windows above the doors architecturally. It was super rewarding, when I received this photo because the home began to look like the original drawing that I had submitted to the Landmarks and Preservation team in summertime.

Above the flat-lap Hardieboard siding is primed, the sweet side patio is poured and the home was just about ready for painting, that is, until the Winter snow settled in!

The waiting time for snow to melt and temperatures to rise begins. It took months for the roof to thaw and ice to melt.

Lucky for us, with early February came the new Estate Gray roof replacing the former brownish one. The painters came out and painted the windows and door trims in Swiss Coffee. For the front of the home, I chose a shade of grayish beige called Cobblestone that I thought worked well with the slightly warmer vinyl siding.

Final touches included the oil rubbed bronze porch lighting, satin nickel lock-sets, blackish mailbox and modern address numbers.

As a side note, I have never officially seen the home in person since our trip to Kentucky in September, nor do I have any more pictures of the exterior facade.

At the moment, we have spread the seed and straw in hopes that new blades of grass will begin sprouting this May. I look forward to working with a landscape design company to layer in the shrubs and ground coverings. I am hoping the greenery of the landscape may soften the vivid red of front doors and incorporate the surrounding street.

Next week, we will step back inside the home to see the kitchen changing shape from beginning to end!

*Update* since painting these doors, I heard that both neighbors have painted their doors in shades of red. Now, I find myself searching for a different possibility…so please share with me your favorite paint shade for a front door!

 

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Renovation: Window Trims and Flooring

After the drywall went up, I began to work with the finish carpenter on all the beautiful details around the house. Since, the home was built at the turn of the 20th century both Victorian and Craftsman styles influenced the architecture of the period. I knew I wanted to draw on Craftsman construction, while staying true to a more modern vision. The home lacked ornamentation such as intricate carvings or stained glass windows which made transformation to a modern look and feel quite natural.

First, I went hunting for inspiration:

I found this picture of a simple window trim with a bullnose trim in the sill. The following style is what I like best for this house: minimal, modern, slightly craftsman with a little decorative bullnose lip near the sill. Additionally, the door molding was another source of inspiration for the large open doorway between the kitchen and dining rooms.

(photo via Houzz)

Below, these two window encasements also caught my eye for the slight crown molding on the top. I also loved the super tall baseboards in the picture at right. Since, we had 9′-10′ ceilings and above in many rooms of the home, I knew we could add character to the rooms by choosing a taller baseboard.

(photo via Houzz)

After talking to my carpenter and we decided to add a simple decorative crown molding on the larger windows in the main living room. For the rest of the home, we decided to keep the rest of the windows and doors well crafted and refined as in the first photo.

Here are some photos of his amazing work!

The photo at left shows the large and tall doorway from the kitchen the dining room. After finding that the original home had transom windows, we have decided to add a transom to the top of the doorway later in construction to even out the proportions of the frame. Below at right, you can see the large striking living room windows. Here we added a very subtle strip of crown to the top.

One of the challenges of designing and managing a project remotely is that I rely on so many people to take photos for me. Please understand that work is being documented while the home is a total mess and construction zone! To complicate things, I am also not local to help clean up:)

The kitchen window below was reframed about 5′ to the left from the original plan. The window was located inside the guest bath shower and had rotted out completely. We had to the apply for special permission from the Landmarks to move it a few feet into the kitchen. It was totally worth it because now both sides of the kitchen receive ample natural lighting!

Here is a kitchen window over the sink that I truly love.

These are 2 of the 4 large windows that run down the South side of the property.

You will see more dramatically, how the trim work transforms the interior design once we begin painting the walls and trims.

Next week, I plan to catch up on the exterior progress that is happening on the property. To see what the home looked like in the beginning read Renovation Story: Part 1.

Soon to come you will see the gorgeous Scandinavian inspired hand-scraped hardwood flooring in action with the tall 7″ baseboards!

Here is a sneak peak of the coloring. This one is a value for money.

Well, I hope you are all getting ready to see the next phase of renovations complete.

Please follow me here for the latest posts on Restoration and Design.

Have a fantastic week!

 

 

 

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Celebrating Black and White

With the holidays fast approaching, I stitched these black and white cloth napkins with some fabric remnants from the black and white chairs that I reupholstered.

Have you begun to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday? Will you do any decorating?

I have been working hard on an article for a new Canadian blogazine called The Purple Fig.(I will let you know as soon as it launches.) I am super enthused to share the step by step tutorial for this before and after chair upholstery.

Here is a sneak peak at how the chairs looked before I got a hold of them. I think you will agree they looked kind of crazy. The paint was either chippy in spots or goopy in others.

Stay tuned for the update on how they will be transformed. I have another BEAUTY out in  the workshop today that I am going to begin sanding. Typing fast because I seriously can’t wait!

Have a fab weekend. See you Monday, when I post pictures of the new project!

Hilary

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Gratitude + Those who Inspire Us

I can’t help but feel a certain indebtedness and gratitude to others who inspire me around the web.

On days, weeks even, when the writer’s block is setting in, I look to others around the world for inspiration. I thought I would spread the link love and all that has kept me moving forward this week.

I found a fun rainy day activity to do with a friend or significant other over at Cherishing hopes and dreams. It’s always entertaining to find out more about your closest friends and loved ones.

Which brings me to part 2, lately, I have felt compelled to begin journaling and art journaling at that. There is the ever famous, Sketchbook Project. I’m curious, are any of you already participating in this? If so, how have you grown from it?

One of my clients has been writing down her goals and photographing them as she accomplishes one after the next. I love this concept as a source of encouragement and a way to set benchmarks for personal success.

The next one is yummy! Ever since my trip to Chicago, I have been on a healthy eating kick due to the fact that my husband and I calculated our BMI at a local CVS there. When I found Green Plate Rule with it’s recipes and healthy food ideas, I knew I wanted to try this.

This morning, I felt inspired to focus on craftsmanship more than ever after reading about the this shop Art & Manufacture.

If you still haven’t seen enough of all the handmade goodness that is out there these days. Here is a treasury of My Favorite Things that I curated to express my thanks to all the artisans designing objects by hand. (I’m going to bookmark this one for my future holiday shopping)

I hope you all have enjoyed these links, as much as I have. Next week, I am going to show you 2 new chairs that I am reupholstering, along with a link to an article I am writing for a new lifestyle blog.

Happy Friday friends!

xx

 

 

 

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Autumn Inspiration + Bedroom Progress

Last weekend, we took a trip to the mountains with our friends Jess, Agke and Thurston. They showed us the perfect picnic spot on Mt. Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel mountain range. Sometimes, I forget how lucky I was to have lived a stone’s throw away from this great mountain. Now, the 50 minute drive to the mountain on the weekends comes as a welcome respite.

I soaked in the gully of birch trees.

The leaves on the trees were just starting to change and the air was crisp and cool. I got so inspired to paint and finish an outdoorsy drawing, which I will add to my shop this week.

Next, I was hunting for florals for my client’s bedrroom, I came across beautiful purples and a fiery autumn orange.

Rolling Greens in Los Angeles, is simply my favorite place within the city to gather beautiful florals, real and silk. For the bedroom. we have decided on the faux variety….dirt and bugs in the bedroom, no thank you!

I liked the way they arranged the succelents that I picked out for this planter, the visual texture is looks great next to the window seat.

The bedroom is almost there and we are so proud! We will soon replace the silver lamps with bronze sconces and picture lighting and drumroll…a rococo chandelier. We went with the light nightstands as voted for by many of you. You can find out more about the evolution of the design here.

Again, your comments mean so much to me and I just love hearing about what projects are on the horizon for you. I will leave you a with a gorgeous shot of Santa Monica Beach sunset. I’m just luvin’ the purple and orange hues.

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