Many of you are familiar with the wildly popular Stampington and Company publication Where Women Create. If you haven't seen this magazine, do yourself a favor and pick one up, sit in a comfortable chair with a hot cup of tea and transport yourself to an energizing and creative world. A few years ago someone suggested that I submit my home for consideration in this publication. Little did this acquaintance know that my personal space didn't reflect the artistic me. Instead of my footprint, I still had my parents'. I had a lot of vintage and antique furniture from my now deceased parents. I clung to these pieces much like I clung to their distant memory. Well, no more. I have repurposed, repainted, reupholstered the entire place. It is coming along and I am so happy with my very fun and creative space that I want to share it with you.
Here's a before shot. Not much pizzazz or creativity here. Safe, traditional and boring sums it up.
Here is my after space.
Each and every time I walk into my home these days, I smile. It is my happy space and one that reflects the whimsical, creative woman I am. Since my mother painstakingly refinished and restored many of the antiques, I was nervous to alter them for a long time. I have now updated their look with an eclectic, modern mix. A spool chair now sports black satin legs and bright wide striped fabric. I'm confident that my mom is smiling down at the changes in my happy space, right along with me. What do you think?
While some may find this hard to believe, sometimes the hardest part of creating one-of-a-kind jewelry designs comes at the very end of the process when I name the piece. Even if the piece conjures up a memory or feeling, the exact name is more elusive. I'm stumped. So, please help me name this set. It's made entirely with sterling silver, dreamy peach Coral and Chalcedony. Feel free to post a comment here, or email me if your bashful. Stay tuned for the name, coming soon!
Dee Antil is a multifaceted woman much like the stones she uses in her artisan jewelry designs. She has worn many hats from nurse anesthetist to single mother, founder of non-profit art co-op, amateur photographer, orchid grower, exercise/nutrition enthusiast. She also loves design, fashion, and the sea.