Maine Quilt Collection

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The Maine Quilt Collection is finally complete! I actually started it in January 2017 and the only reason I know that date is due to photos having date stamps, yay! Lol. Sometimes it takes over two years to make 7 quilts. After I made the first two, I went on a long hiatus of quilt making. I was burnt out and decided to put Brand-Eye on hold, for like the 3rd time. However, in June of this year we had a photo shoot at our home with Better Homes and Gardens!!! I wanted to finish a quilt for the guest bedroom in time for the shoot and it rekindled my quilt making soul. I can’t tell you when or what they may be publishing in their magazine (I don’t even know), but quilts were involved in a few photos and it made me feel really proud of them. I decided to give this whole Brand*Eye thing another go.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

This collection started with hand sewn quilt blocks that I bought during our first trip to Maine in 2016. A few were found at an antique shop during that trip and I found a few more at a local flea market. Now I have made each of them into a quilt! It was a really fun experiment with color, because it made me break out of my usual color palette and take some risks. For example, hot pink and lime!

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. Fabric decisions.

As I mentioned, the first two were made in 2017. Below is the first one that I made and I am keeping it 🙂 I am a big fan of large expanses of solid fabric so you can really see and appreciate the texture that you get from quilting. The front of it is just one quilt block with an expanse of blue.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. The first one. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

The back has more colors with additional fabrics and patterns.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. The back of the first one. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

Early Fall Flowers

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I decided to squeeze the last of the life out of my outside flowers and bring them inside. A good time to do this is right now, the beginning of fall and before the first frost hits. The weather here has been crazy (over 90 Wednesday), and it’s starting to finally feel like fall (60s today). Since all of these flowers will be dead soon, I decided to cut some and make an arrangement.

The last days of the potted flowers

I plant a lot of coleus and it lasts a long time in a vase. It will actually grow roots and you can plant it and keep it all winter in your home. I usually do this each year.

Side patio with potted and climbing plants

Herman Miller Eames Shell Chair

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Last week I received an Eames Shell Chair for free! Ok, so let me back up a bit. This year I have been trying to do a lot of things outside of my comfort zone. A couple of months ago I saw that Herman Miller in Philly was having a contest of how you would design, or redesign this chair (using all or parts of the chair). This was one of those out of my comfort zone things that I just entered before I could overthink it. Below was the design that I entered, and lo and behold they picked it!

Design entry. My quilting skills are a bit better than my photoshop skills.

The fun part is that I don’t get to keep this chair (although it is SO comfy and now I want to buy one :-). All 15 of them will be auctioned off on October 10th during DesignPhiladelphia. I can’t wait to see all of the designs! All proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Charter High School for Architecture and Design. The event is open to everyone, and I’d love to see you there! You just have to register at the event page, linked in the photo below.

Herman Miller’s Annual Modern Classic Event, October 10

I was allowed to pick the color and either with or without arms. I choose peacock blue and with arms. Below is from the day they dropped it off.

Herman Miller Eames Shell Chair

Craft Night

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Having a craft night is a really fun way to get your friends together to hang out. I have them a few times a year. If I’m short on time, I’ll order out for food (Indian or Sushi is a fave). This time I made a taco bar. I supplied the taco ingredients for tacos and my friends brought appetizers.

Cheese board appetizer for craft night. Photo by Melissa Hassey.
Setting up the taco bar. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

Camping in Maine

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We just returned from a fantastic camping trip to Maine. The weather was perfect, we had no agenda (besides eating a lot of lobster), and I tuned out of social media. It was a great way to spend a few days.

Lucille Jean, our 1964 Shasta camper at Wolf’s Neck campground, spot 115.

We stayed at a really cool campground called Wolfe’s Neck. It was a campground, a farm, and an educational center about a half hour north of Portland in Freeport. They had cows, chickens, goats, a camp store, cafe and farmer’s market. It was basically the best campground that we have ever been to. You could get lobster rolls and ice cream at the cafe. What else do you need in a campground?

Farm cat enjoying the sun
Camp store at Wolfe’s Neck
Our Vintage Shasta camper LucilleJean with Vintage Ice Bucket

Estate Sale Art for the Bedroom

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At the time that I redecorated this room for last year’s spring One Room Challenge, I was never crazy about the art that I had over the bed. Not that is wasn’t amazing (it was an antique hand carved piece), but it just got lost in the room. This new piece of art is perfect for this space and it was worth the wait.

Vintage Modern Lady Vibes Master Bedroom

I went to an estate sale at the most amazing house and found tons of great stuff. I actually didn’t buy this the first day, but went back for it one the second day and luckily it was still there. I knew it was one of those things that I would regret not buying if I let it get away.

Below is the house! It’s for sale and can be yours for 2 million bucks! It’s amazing and I posted lots of pictures of it to my instagram stories. I’ll save a highlight reel on my brandeyehome account.

Incredible Modern Home where the estate sale was held.

Now back to the bedroom. The yellows in the new art piece match the yellow in the art to the left and the quilt that I made. What really drew me to the print is the lower left corner fabric print, it reminded me of the circle pillow that I picked up at another estate sale a few years ago.

Master Bedroom with Vintage Art, Light, Chair, Pillow and Purses

Refinish Wood the Easy Way

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I’ll start out by saying this isn’t an ad. I really like this product and want to show you how awesome and easy it is 🙂 As you can see, I am getting low and need to find more. I bought this at an antique market about 6 years ago, but the seller is no longer there. I found that Lowe’s sells it too. It’s a wood polish and conditioner from Howard and smells like oranges.

Howard Feed-N-Wax Orange Oil and Beeswax

This stuff is liquid gold. If you have some dull wood around the house, use this and watch it transform.

Left side of the wood is after, the right side is before.
We moved the bench to in front of the window.

Super Affordable Flooring in our MCM Guest Room

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As you may remember, back when I was doing the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, we decided that we would skip the floor renovation portion due to our funds and time. The current situation is that we still don’t have the funds or budget to do a proper, long-term floor, but we did find a great solution!

Mid Century Modern Guest Bedroom and Office/ Craft Space

I was talking to a friend (and my amazing cleaning lady), and she asked what I was going to do about the carpet in this room. Ha. She appreciates how we change things up in here often, and she knows about some big news coming to the Brand*Eye world, so she had to ask. It got me thinking about low cost solutions to make this flooring way better. Before I basically filtered the hell out of it to make it look good on social media 🙂 But in reality it was dirty and drab and ugly.

Craft Area portion of the Guest Bedroom with a peek into the kitchen.

My first thought was to go to Restore. Do you have one of these by you? You should check, because you probably do. It is Habitat for Humanity’s shop where they sell super affordable building materials, housewares, furniture, cabinetry, counter tops, light fixtures, you name it. Anyway, so I was there and found a really dark grey carpet square. You may know the brand name FLOR, which I love. These are similar, but a commercial brand, and I found them for $30 a box. I needed about 7 so it was only around $200. That is a really great deal and less than $1 a sq ft!

I love how you can really see all of the lines of the chair legs now that the flooring is much darker than them.

The color is called balkan sea and it is a REALLY dark blue/black/grey. It sort of works like a neutral, but in a really funky way. It makes all of the other colors pop!

In order to try to reduce the obviousness of the lines of the tile, we installed them in a staggered pattern (called running bond). It breaks up the lines of each tile so that they aren’t as obvious. Don’t get me wrong, you still can tell, but not as much as if it were a grid!

Tulip chair, dog toy and tulip stool (not ‘real,’ they’re vintage knockoffs)

The install cost was $0. We will spend $35 to have our township haul out the old carpet, but the demo only consisted of labor (removing carpet and staples). Then we swept, vacuumed and installed the carpet squares. They were relatively easy to trim to size with a utility knife and my fabric cutting surface. I say relatively, because Dave was really good at it and I was not. He deserves the credit for most of the labor.

View into the recently remodeled bathroom with cement tiles.
TV portion of the guest bedroom, because this is also our TV room. This room is very multipurpose!

I’d love to know what you think of the new space! The dark flooring really gives it a new vibe, which I dig.

Hello

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I’ve been neglecting this blog for months, or probably more accurately, years. I actually started blogging 11 years ago today. What the hell? I should definitely be better at it by now, Haha. For a trip down memory lane, my old blog is here:
http://brand-eye.blogspot.com/

What I’ve been struggling to figure out is what to post about. I’d love to know what you want to see more of. Interior design ideas? Garden ideas? Travel? I definitely owe you an update on Lucille Jean, our vintage 1964 Shasta Camper. Stay tuned for that.

And does anyone even read blogs anymore? I’d love to know your thoughts on what you want to see and where you want to see it. If you find that you don’t follow me on Instagram, but sure to give me a follow at @brandeyehome.

The two photos are from a couple of months ago in the winter. And the third is from a couple of weeks ago. I love to switch things up around here. I moved the leather chair to where the bench was, and moved this bench to the front.