Jun 20, 2014
7 tips for building a summer home on a budget
Add your own artworkSource: Janis Nicolay Credits: Canadian Living
My father is an artist, so I was bitten by the painting bug at a young age. Twice a year, he gives Lily and I art lessons. She would paint all day if allowed.
Strip a sofaSource: Janis Nicolay Credits: Canadian Living
Bought for just $100 at a secondhand store years ago, this old couch owed me nothing. I was about to kick it to the curb, but, on a whim, decided to strip it down. Once I saw the amazing frame and burlap lining underneath, I fell in love all over again. I threw in some pillows covered with linen—picked up at a Paris street market—and called this project a wrap.
Embrace "as-is"Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Canadian Living
In keeping with the rustic surroundings, I decided not to refinish this salvaged pedestal table. Above, I hung an old wire-frame lampshade with twine— a decorative detail that doesn’t block the view (or light) through the corner windows.