Sunday, July 18, 2010

Storage Disguised As A Screen Porch

I wish I could thank every one of you in person.
It’s as if a tornado of miracles picked up my life and swept it aloft since the Times piece ran!
I try to meet every person that so sweetly blogged about me, and there are pages and pages
of more Google results after I thought I finished.   I try to reply to my comments,
and there just are not enough hours in the day.

It seems as if every weekend there’s a magazine shoot, or I’m collecting the
data my agent (yes, I have one!) wants for my first book, but Saturday was the ultimate.
The field crew for Nate Berkus’ new design show slated to premiere 13 September
interviewed me!    This lowly federal employee is pinching herself black & blue!

And you, my gentle readers, had a part in all of this…and will have one in the future.
I have plans that involve you.   Stay tuned…and stay shabby!

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Someday, I will build a real screen porch behind my studio.
For now, I’m desperate for a place to stash my tools and wicker set.



It’s just my old brass screen windows and doors I bought at Albany Salvage
last fall fastened together with screws on a laid-up stone foundation I built.
I think I’m going to paint them a darker green, like my front screen door.
I absolutely love white houses with dark green trim.

Each screen was $10.
The original homeowner had a clever way of numbering them.

The roof is just two scrap pieces of T-11 plywood painted dark green,
nailed on four 2 x 4s plus the header given to us by a neighbor with leftovers.

The chippy columns are my favorite part.
I will never paint them.
They were $60 each at New York Salvage in Oneonta.
One often sees screen porches in the Catskills like this.

Now, my little pink tools have a nice home until the day I take it apart for my addition!

Until next time, stay shabby!

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sweetpea said...

you are one amazing woman...



Charity said...

Great! We all need a space for the extras. at least yours is cute!! And I love the pink tools, and how well used they are looking!

a Bohemian Market said...

Hi Sandy:
You are one innovative woman!!!
The screened in porch is storage personified!!!
How cool; pink tools : ) I never had seen any until now : )
Take care and I hope you will let us know about your interview with Nate Berkus.

June said...

Oh I do adore that screened porch girl. So many wonderful things coming your way Sandy. I am so excited for you. You are so blessed and so very talented!!!

Barbara Jean said...

This is totally awesome!!

I cannot wait to go see more of your wonderful blog!!


barbara jean

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

I'm so happy good things are coming your way!!! Just enjoy. Don't even worry about "visiting back" everyone. What fun is that?! (Your tools look happy and you should be,too.)

Marie Arden said...

Oh Sandy
So very very happy for you. An agent and possible book deal and Nate on top of all that!! I can't wait to see you on Oprah's new network!! I am sure they will chose you.
May the blessings and joy continue
Marie Arden

Vintage Rose Collection said...

WOW, that is very exciting! and WELL DESERVED!!! I wouldnt be suprized if your offered your own design show!
Congratulations Sandy!!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Enjoy the ride Sandy! I'm still enjoying your blog. Jacqueline

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE" your cottage... It's like a little dream house that girls of every age want to be able to "sleep over" in... Every time I look at it I want to create one up on my hill... I have all sons and would love to have your courage to "let my feminine side go wild"... I DO have trunk loads to display...Love those pink tools, that would certainly keep my guys at bay, hehe!
I just started a blog, I'm SO NEW, but I'd LOVE for you to join me...
Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas...

Linda said...

What a wonderful little porch, Sandy! I'm so happy to hear all the good things that are happening in your life now!!

Norma said...

Congrats on all the wonderful, well deserved attention you're getting Sandy. Couldn't happen to a nicer gal :)

And did someone say "book"???!!! Wooo hooo - put me down for one!!

I love this little screen porch! The best word I can think of to describe it is 'organic' - like it just grew there all by itself ... or happened overnight with the assistance of pixies ;)

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Your porch is just divine along with your studio, absolutely fabulous

My Cottage Charm said...

hello love! I'm so glad things are happening for you, you truly deserve it. :) You can send Nate's crew to my house!! OMgoodness, that is so cool! I am so excited for you!!
Love the screen in porch..very cute and the pink tools are to die for....inspiration for my ballet pink spray paint!!! I'm seeing pink tools in my future! (of course, I don't think I can paint my miter saw, table saw or band saw....or can I? LOL)
Have a great week!!
Love Ya

It's me said...

This is all so great !!! are a wonderful person....with a wonderful blog...full of wonderful ideas...have a wonderful week my Ria....

Jojo said...

Your news is so exciting!!!! I just love your pink tools - and such a lovely shade of pink!!! We all need some. I'm visualizing a marketing opportunity!

Can't wait to hear your news!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Sandy,

I am a new follower, and I did a post on YOU this weekend. Though my readers already know your work, other new followers were just as enchanted as I was when I discovered you last week. When you get a moment, come and see me....I so admire your gumption and vision to make your dreams come true. I will also be sharing my work and vision of restoration on an on-line magazine launching off this month. I will be watching you closely, and my own bedroom resembles you sweet loft. I even went out Saturday to buy some tulle to put above my bed!!!! You are truly an inspiration! Goes to show you what brains and brawn and even BEAUTY can do with nothing......and make SOMETHING unforgettable!

Bisous, Anita

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

I cannot believe the things you do !
I am so excited about your book !! It sounds like you are having a blast !


A Cottage Muse said...

YOUR book ~ how exciting! Congrats on the ride you are currently on and deserve!! AND Nate Berkus? Swoon and Sigh!!

Casa e Cose said...

Im just amazed...i have absolutly no words.
I saw the times photos all over the web and I think my fellow country men in Sweden need to see your blog to so i will post something about you on my blog.
Again just amazing...

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Your mind works in a truly wonderful way... I love the things you come up with to use to make this studio truly yours..... Can't wait for more....

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

You should be pinching yourself black and blue and purple and every other color, OMG, how exciting for you. I can only imagine that you are so so excited and I am for you as well. I know you will keep us posted and... an agent, you go girl!!

Jackie said...

Hi Sandy!
It looks great!
I'm so happy for such a talented and deserving woman!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Sandy....How exciting for you! I love Nate Berkus! You are so is no wonder he was interested in what you have done!~Patti

evelyn said...

I am tickled pink for you!!! heehee
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased for you, Sandy. My dad (85 years old) read your story too, and couldn't stop talking about it! :)
I really do think you should start a design/decor business - or perhaps you already have plans to do this!!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Sandy,
How great about Nate's show visiting you, I can't wait to watch. I am so happy for all the terrific things coming your way!!
Love the storage area too and the way the doors are numbered, what a great idea. I always wonder about the story behind the last owner, do you? Have a fab week sweetie oh and hoping your four legged children made it on camera too!

Leigha said...

Love, love, love your cottage (I could even LIVE there). Congrats on you NY Times feature. Off to explore...

Creative Ambitions said...

That's so exciting!! Good for you... yay! I just love this little cottage aannnndddd your screened back porch/storage area! :)

stefanie said...

oh, I adore old chippy screens!!! what a fantastic way to use them!! and the pink tools! ok, I am in LOVE!

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi Sandy!

Sooo cute!

I love the white shade together with the green color.. and the cutest little pink tools I have ever seen. Gorgeous!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I saw that Nate was going to have a show...your new little storage shed is cute...It perfectly fits with the the pink tools.... have a great week!

Debi said...

Hi Sandy,
My jaw is still dropping! I can't believe all the beautiful things you create! You have such vision! Your studio is the most wondrous thing I have ever seen!It has me thinking, I would love to have my art studio like yours, but I have to say, I spill too much paint!I love everything Shabby! It is just heavenly! I am so glad that I discovered your blog!
What an inspiration!
I hope you stop by and visit me. I will definitely be on the lookout for your book!

Bella said...

Hi Sandy.. I have often admired your little back porch... You are too clever! Love the pink tools too:-)
I am so glad to see you posting again, I have missed you, and thanks for visitng me today!
What a fairytale you have written for yourself! Amazing:-)

Prior said...

What a great screened porch...It is fun for me, too, because I'm like yea, I followed you before you were famous! lol, enjoy it all...Lezlee

Elyse said...

you are magically talented and so inspiring.

it's going to be a fun ride watching your decor career take-off via your blog. so happy to have "found" you through the NYT.

i hope you have some champagne in that little space of yours. you're going to need lots of it for many celebrations, i'm sure.

you GO, cutie!


Crystal said...

Sandy, I just knew you had what it took! I love your style and I'm thrilled you've been discovered! The screened in porch is adorable!

Jessica said...

I found your blog through "The Urban Farmgirl" and I just wanted to say that I absolutely *love* your little cottage! It is so, so, sweet and I love the pink and white!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear Sandy,

I in turn, don't know how I missed YOUR blog all these months! I discovered you at an Apple store while buy an Iphone!!! My sales associate, while waiting to configure my phone account told me that if I were a blogger (we started chatting about my blog), then she recommended that I see the article in the Times. She directed me and VOILÀ.....I was enamored with not only the beauty of the pictures, but of your MOXIE and sense of style, prudence and sensibility to make it all happen at a small cost. My husband and I are doing the same with our home. Thank you for visiting with me.. I am now a follower, and you will see my face for every new post. BEST WISHES on all of your have touched many a decorator, dreamer and lover of beauty!


All Bliss Be Thine said...

Congratulations on all of the latest news. I never get tired of looking at your little cottage over & over. Your blog brings such inspiration! I love all of your projects like the window boxes and the screened porch storage.
It can only get better if there is a book showing off your adorable sweet cottage! I just love it all!

Bonnie Leigh said...

Fabulous!! Fabulous!!!! FABULOUS!

Justina said...

I absolutely LOVE your little studio cottage... it's SO adorable..... I put your button on my sidebar... Also, myself and Anna (Frosted Petunias Blog) are throwing a Practical Magic Blog Party, and I thought I would extend the invitation :-) We hope you join us !
See the link for more details:

La Boheme Magique

Cinderella Moments said...

Congratulations on all the good things coming your way! Don't forget to take the time to enjoy your success! :) Did you get time to check the mini? Here's a link if you get the time.

Bohemian said...

What a dreamy Studio, the creative juices must flow abundantly from such a divine location as this!!! I just found your Blog and have enjoyed the eye candy and great creativity you possess!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Daile Wilson said...

Hi Sandra,

I just wanted to say that when I came across your blog I was so touched with your beautiful story about your beautiful little studio. I fell in love with it! enough that I decided to share your story on my blog if you don't mind! Thanks for sharing this! I'll be checking in every once awhile!
with love Daile

Chrisy's Cottage said...

SO SO Happy for you. After reading your whole story and seeing how hard you have worked I am so excited for you. We must all hold on to our DREAMS.. They really do come true.

CHERI said...

You are truly amazing and an inspiration! I am so much enjoying your blog and watching all the updates on your sweet little sanctuary. I want one too!!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

That is the most fab space ever! I'm so glad I found you...I'm don't even do shabby but oh my goodness!! Wonderful!!

Mary Ann said...

glad i have stumbled upon your blog and got right to the source of the very popular cottage up the hill! hope you are having a wonderful thursday...verbena cottage

Ms. Tish said...

I am so happy to have stumbled upon your blog and article in the Times as referred from another blog. I shared the article on my Facebook page and then I just finished reading your entire blog! I dare say that you have kindly entered my dreams and shown the world what they look like. My dream has been to have a little cottage in the woods where I can write, have my dog , an organic garden, hens and solitude. Thank you so much for showing me it is possible!

Denise said...

Count me as another huge fan. You are such an inspiration. I posted about you on my blog - - and hope I did justice to your story. I look forward to seeing lots of good things come your way.

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Just found your blog, and you could have knocked me over with a feather!! Words don't do justice to your little home and your blog...the closest I can come is "DREAMY"!! I think you have fulfilled every shabby lady's dream...that little cottage is AMAZING! May you be blessed in every moment you spend there!

Debbie said...

This is THE most amazing blog I've ever seen. Everything is gorgeous!
I just keep going back and looking at it....LOVE IT!!!

McMaster and Storm said...

congratulations ---it's a cinderella story for sure! i'm glad to find you! now I want to run out and buy tools to work on our 140 yr old home! {i can do it}

did you say a book--well, that's swell dear one!
have the loveliest of days & and a hop to it weekend!

Cassie Shella said...

Congrats on the book! I love the screen porch as storage idea what a fabulous way to get extra storage and have it look pretty too. Have a Blessed week.

icandy... said...

can i move in...please????
have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

OMGosh I read your article in NYT and wennt gaga over your fairytale cottage! I am drooling!

Violet said...

You are so CREATIVE and ingenious! What a delight to see the photos and read the story of your beautiful cottage studio!
I have become a follower.

Hope you can hop over to my blog for my give-away! Cottage and 'Glam' inspired.


Mimi and Tilly said...

Hi Sandy, I found your blog via another blog, and wanted to let you know that I find what you have done with your studio very inspirational. I have been spending a year exploring being creative and have had the best time. Your studio is probably the most beautiful I have seen, and has started me thinking about additions I could make to my own creative space. Thank you for sharing your work. Sending smiles, Em x

Anonymous said...

I must tell you you are one of the most inspiring women I've ever seen. Not only did you create the dreamiest studio on earth but you built it rock! I am going to show my daughter your blog and show her what a woman is capable of doing herself! Congrats on all of your success!

Talking with Tami said...

OMG your tiny house is adorable! Love!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sandy Sweetie...
As always I love to come and see what you have been up to. Oh my goodness I love the new changes. It just keep getting better and better and better each time I pop over. I adore the pink tools.

I love the screened in porch. Storage personified sweetie. Oh my goodness gracious. I love it.

My goodness there are many wonderful things coming your way sweet friend.

I am truly blessed to know you sweet friend. I love to stop by.

Thank you for the wonderful Sunday visit. As always it was such a pleasure.

Country hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

chateaudelille said...

I just adore your blog and I love getting lost in it travelling all over and dreaming of being as creative, couragous and clever as you. I "love" your style and it always inspires me.When I see your icon appear for a new post I always dash over in excitement knowing I'll be delighted. Congratulations on your beautiful cottage and I hope you continue to be blessed by it as you so deserve it. Thank you sooo much for sharing your beautiful world with us!Fiona

Vintage Girl said...

Sandy, how adorable is that doll's house? and i just love your pink tools!!!


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