Secret Project Reveal

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Fourteen years ago
we bought a small cottage,
less than 1,000 square feet,
so that we could live a life that would
use less resources.

We re-built most of it
from the outside walls in.
New windows, doors, insulation,
wiring, plumbing, etc.
Moved most of the walls,
created open space
and made it our own,
funky, comfortable
and easy to take care of.
We re-used materials to construct
other things like our wood storage
bin and re-used them in the house
where we could.

One thing we couldn’t do was find
lots of room for closets.  We have
been living with a tiny double door
closet for the both of us for 14 years.
When I saw the barn renovations
on Maya’s blog, and fueled by our
reclaim attitude, I thought it would
be great to create my own version
of Maya’s Mom’s freestanding closet
with materials we had on hand. (please
look at the barn restoration photos on
the blog, Maya and her Mom have done
the most AMAZING things to make
that barn a home)

Here is what we used:
An old ladder we found when we moved here
A ladder that used to go to a loft bed we built
for my son long ago.
Barn wood remnants from my neighbor’s horse barn
Some scrap wood we had here to fit the ladder’s together
since they were different widths.
A glavanized plumbing pipe that we found when
we moved here.

The only things new were some screws
and some paper flowers I added as embellishment.

And here is our version – thanks to wonderful
David for figuring it out and making it work;
and some paint and coloraholic collage
to make it my own.

I hope Maya and her Mom will be honored
to have been the wonderful inspiration for
my new closet.

Collage Closet in teal and red/orange including a fan
that belonged to my late Mother-in-law. My drum,
a gift from my hubby that was made by
my herbalist teacher Tommy sits proudly cradled
at the top.

A larger view of the whole
piece.  I painted part of it
and left the rest natural as
an homage to the materials
we used. The gorgeous bag
is by Charlotte Lyons.  The strip
strap sets it off so well. She was
one of my teachers at Squam this
year as was Maya.

The end of the pipe is
capped with a wine cork
and draped with antique lace
and Beate’s fabric broach.

Several years ago we used leftover copper pipe from our old
plumbing to make curtain rods in our windows,
glazed and stamped the walls and I made a jewelry
rack out of an old rabbit hutch door. Some of you may
recognize my old flair from Squam two years ago…

Another view of the back side of
the closet with a glass collage
of mine and a brief glimpse
of the copper pipe curtain rod.

And finally…

A small collage night stand I had done a couple
years ago which seemed to fit perfectly
underneath, another antique fan of my Mother-in-law’s
collection and a  primitive bunny pillow
painted by Benedetta Bozzo.

Hope you enjoyed the secret reveal and this proves it does
pay to save those things you may not know what to do with today
but 14 years later they may just come in handy.  Happy Sunday.

xox Corrine


  1. La Dolce Vita says:

    you are oooh so clever and loved Mayas blog too!!

  2. lyle baxter says:

    you two did a great job! may you enjoy it for years to come!. I too have an old house and can appreciate what the lack of closets means! have fun sharing! lyle

  3. Lorraine says:

    what a great story about your inspiration and reason for the altered looks fab

  4. well done, love the color and the link to Maya's blog…..


  5. Marilyn Rock says:

    Great post and I enjoyed reading about the inspiration for your closet! Great job; love that collaged table, too! Your digi do-overs are awesome. So good to be back and I've missed your posts! xxoo
    PS I absolutely love your new blog header!

  6. Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives says:

    Yo have created an intimate nest for living with the simple life and so artistically exhibited…the 14 years is just the beginning of the your history. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  7. Denise Scaramai says:

    that lovely! 😉
    I was willing to meet!
    hugs and kisses!

  8. Mrs Moen says:

    That is brilliant, Corrine, and so decorative! As I first read through your post I was envisioning shelves between two ladders, and I had to look twice at the picture to see that there was none. Strange how your mind works huh…

  9. So clever and creative! I really enjoyed this glimpse of your world.

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