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Save it for a rainy day

I find myself saving more & more things lately.  I have convinced myself at this point that I don’t have a problem, but that remains to be seen.  As the weather warms up I have been spending more time out doors with my 18 month old son, and as we are exploring this new world together I have been gathering stones, lumber & nuts.   I don’t really have any idea what I want to do with these items, or whether I will even use them, but I set them aside just in case new perspectives & experiences bring inspiration for creativity.

Old lamps, hardware, & miscellaneous components, that by themselves have no charm, can be disassembled and paired with organic elements like stone or wood to create new décor that have hints of a past life.  Some of the most attractive elements inside or outside the home can be the right pairing of seemingly simple and common items.

If It looks like it has potential why not save it and revisit it in a few months.  Who knows, you may be surprised.IMG_0749

One in a million…if not, customize it!

DSC04793Do the products in your living space add to its uniqueness?  Maybe a better way to define that question is to ask it this way, do the products that fill your living space have part numbers? If they do, it is very likely that many other people have the exact same items.  One of the benefits of large-scale manufacturing is that it can supply good product to the masses at a reasonable cost.  One of the down sides to manufacturing, when working to personalizing a living space, is that it supplies good products to the masses.  Can an individual personalize their living space full of common items?  Absolutely, customize them!

While main-stream manufacturing processes may make it slightly more difficult to individualize a living space, hand-made sculptures and accent pieces are a great way to help in the effort.  Using recycled materials to create sculpture pieces to accent standard picture frames, cabinets, hand-rails, entry-ways, light post, fences, virtually anything, is a guaranteed way to  transform the common into something uncommon.  (more…)

Address or Landmark?

Magnolia Tree by Matthew Allen Albright

Have you ever noticed that all neighborhoods have something in common?  On your next drive or jog consider this.  No matter what the scale of income, homes and properties look very similar in their respective neighborhoods.  Colors, textures and landscapes will vary as you pass from home-to-home, but typically they all share a commonality.

Descriptions like “the large home on the left” or the “one with the grand entry and vast hedgerows” could describe thousands of homes, or at least most homes in a given neighborhood.  The fact is home-owners invest large amounts of money to maintain their properties, because they understand that to a certain extent their property is a reflection of themselves.  With this in mind, the goal should be to invest in a way that enhances the property value, while at the same time adding to its uniqueness.  Sculptures are a great way of doing this! (more…)

Magnolia Tree (video)

“Magnolia” is a sculpture inspired by two trees: the magnolia tree in my backyard adorned with large blossoms and the twisted limbs that compete for the sunlight on my daily drive.