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The Wyoming mountains
I am Carmella Rayone, lover of good design, good writing, good food, and the four good men in my life
Interests: interior design, handmade, photography, education, family
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I've not found the perfect planner that's in my head, but this one is close, and it's what's on my desk now
Toggle Commented yesterday on I Call It My Studio at Assortment
I so believe in a house having a soul and being a reflection of the people who live there. It's not about perfection. I've heard so much about the book you mentioned. May have to read it one of these days! Yes, in a small space, for me, unity of color on the walls and floors makes such a difference.
Toggle Commented yesterday on I Call It My Studio at Assortment
Yes, if I'm sewing bigger things - the boys' quilts, for example - I do move my machine to the dining table. For smaller things, the desk works fine.
Toggle Commented yesterday on I Call It My Studio at Assortment
Nellie was just howling at the distant siren she heard. The boys think this is so funny.
Toggle Commented yesterday on I Call It My Studio at Assortment
So true, Jennifer.
Toggle Commented yesterday on I Call It My Studio at Assortment
Oh, so exciting, Sarah! I remember the excitement and the terror! Congrats!
Toggle Commented yesterday on I Call It My Studio at Assortment
In the old suitcase that holds the snippets and scraps, I sift through, looking for the ones I have in mind. This time, it's left-over yardage in natural linen, and the remains of a pair of thrifted linen pants in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Assortment
Welcome, Judi! Thank you for your kindness :)
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on That Kind at Assortment
On that blistery-hot California day, a few calendars back, when I walked through a stuffy thrift shop in the northern Sacramento Valley, a splash of watercolor caught my eye, and there, nearly buried in the heaps was a vintage sheet... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Assortment
Our sofa is an Avery Boardman convertible that I found for $50 at the local Salvation Army. I made the slipcover for it using painter's drop cloth. You can check out the story here:
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Becoming Home: The Cost at Assortment
That's a great idea, Laura. I've never shared a "here are all the items in my closet" post before, but I have given a wardrobe tour, in which I opened all the doors and let you see inside. You can find that post here:
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Expert Advice at Remodelista at Assortment
Hey, loves! Over the last couple weeks, I spent some time on the phone with Remodelista executive editor, Margot Guralnick, answering the great questions she asked about my advice for living a clutter-free life. She's taken our conversations, written them... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Assortment
There's a photo tour of the loft here: There are many more cabin-relate posts under the '665 sq ft' tab in the nav bar at the top of the blog that you might enjoy, too.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2015 on Becoming Home: A Photo tour | 1 at Assortment
Thanks, Amy. I have a weakness for letterpress :) It's from etsy shop GravenFeatherShop
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2015 on As I Trip Out of February at Assortment
February does this to me every. single. time. I think I have a week to go in the month and BOOM, no more February. It's like tipping your teacup back for one last sweet swig and finding nothing there. Or,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Assortment
Hi Liesl! You can visit the store at :)
Rebecca's comment brought me back to yours, a bit late, I must say! The salt cellar was a thrift-store find. I love the handmade quality of it.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2015 on I’m Guest Posting Today! at Assortment
It certainly could, Cathy. However, there are several reasons that I designed it that way, which I can describe to you. There are very few walls in this plan that are available for art. If you imagine the elevation of the wall that you're talking about, it has a large bump-out that is nearly all window in the living area, then you have the space where the chest of drawers is shown on the plan, then you have the recessed coffee/recycle station in the kitchen area. This wall between the window and the recycle station is the only wall that can hold large artwork. It is also the only wall that any case goods type furniture, like a dresser, a table, etc. could go against. A room looks best when there is a mixture of furniture, both upholstered and case goods, in it (in our house, I have a round antique end table there and a large vintage map on the wall). It's also visually appealing when there is a break in vertical elements in a room ( tall windows followed by tall pantry doors, followed by the tall recycle station, followed by the other tall vertical elements that continue around the room...would be a lot of vertical elements with no visual rest). Also, if there were pantry doors here, you would have to accommodate the swing of the doors, which would eliminate your ability to have any furniture in front of that wall. But, I didn't leave out provision for pantry space inside the house :) The entire lower portion of the built-in bookcase in the living area is intended for pantry use (I do this very thing with ours). It may be easy to think that this is a long way to trek - from kitchen to bookcase for pantry goods, but keep in mind that this is a small house, and that the entire great room is similar in size to many modern-day kitchens. The outdoor storage that I've incorporated could be used for any of those things that you can't or don't want to store inside the house - automotive, tools, gardening supplies, etc. Thanks for your great question. Hope this helps!
late-night drafting last spring With the recent release of Shelter No. 1, the first floor plan in the Shelter Collection of small house plans that I designed, I thought I'd take a Tuesday post to tell you a bit more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Assortment
Trying to keep up with the amount of food being inhaled around here. Um. Wow! Cookies, cakes, and pie are gone the next day. It's six gallons of milk every week (we need a cow). I've never bought butter, cheese,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Assortment
Thanks, Lisa! Blue isn't usually a color of mine, but I have to say, this one won me over a bit :)
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on Something To Give at Assortment
Did you make this one?
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on Something To Give at Assortment
Yes! Click on the words "Then I found this." in the above post. The link will take you to the pattern.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on Something To Give at Assortment
Oh, I would encourage anyone and everyone to give it a try! Best way to start? Take a knitting class, or have someone who knits show you how. Youtube is a great place to find instruction, too. A great website for knitting inspiration is - she has a series of posts just for beginners.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on Something To Give at Assortment
Wow! I'd love to see your knitting project when it's done! Sounds lovely! Our house is heated by a small propane forced-air heater located under the stairs. It heats it amazingly well.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on Something To Give at Assortment