NEST … mood board and concept images for an Inn + Cafe in Maine

Creative time lately has been happily consumed with working on interior concepts and furnishings for an Inn + Cafe in a historic renovation of a textile/furniture mill in Maine. Take a look here at the mill project that two talented developers (one of them happens to be my husband) have been working on for the past 5 years. It’s exciting to think that it will be opening soon and will include a cozy Inn to stay at and a Cafe serving a selection of local, seasonal fare. The following is a mood board for the Inn + a few concept images. The mill, which is situated on Main street along the Piscataquis River, has functioned in the past as both textile and furniture manufacturing companies. The plan for the interior is to incorporate original found objects from the mill’s past life, nods to the surrounding culture, and infuse the spaces with a comfortable, modern feel. More concepts for the Inn + the Cafe coming up soon!

MOOD BOARD FOR THE INN AT  “THE MILL” 

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1. Lounge chair West Elm 2. Vintage wooden spools, Etsy 3. Sunset Fade painting by Kelly Ventura, minted 4. lamp, west elm 5. wool throw, Faribault Woolen Mills , 6. Ottoman, Dot and Bo 7. Pots, Farmhouse Pottery, 8. Whitewashed finish for furnishings 9. Wooden ladder for bath towels, simple and serene living.

 

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Image 1 | TrendirImage 2 | etxekodeco , Image 3 | Salt House Inn, Image 4 | RemodelistaImage 5 | Sorakeem Image 6 |Simply Darling Designs 

CREATE … easter art with paint, marbles, and flower petals

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Here are 2 simple art activities to try with the kids:

PAINTING WITH MARBLES AND FLOWER PETAL PRESSED WINDOW ART.

PAINTING WITH MARBLES

construction paper (this time we cut out egg shapes and crosses)

tape

washable tempura paint

marbles

pan (we used this glass pan that I could easily wash out, but a plastic container would work well too.)

DIRECTIONS

Tape the paper shapes in the pan. Dip your marbles in paint. Set them anywhere on the paper or in the pan and start to slowly move the pan around so the paint filled marbles roll across the paper, adding as may layers of paint as you would like. We chose to do this one indoors, but the marbles can easily roll out of the pan so next time we may move this one outside. This one is so much fun for exploring abstract art and color mixing. 

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FLOWER PETAL PRESSED WINDOW ART

You will need:

Contact paper cut into a desired shape ( again, for this time we used egg shapes and crosses)

colorful flower petals

DIRECTIONS

Lay one shape cut out of contact paper with sticky side up. Press on the flower petals. Layer a second sheet on top of the floral design. Press and it’s ready to hang in the window.

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Blessings to all this Holy week and Easter weekend!

Julie

CREATE … glossy egg yolk tempura paint using fun dip from valentine’s day treats

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I guess this was the year of receiving fun dip as a Valentine treat. My kids know by now just to hand it over to me. Trust me, they get a lot of treats (they’re not deprived). This dye loaded candy just makes the best art supplies and experiments. They’re smart enough (at least the readers) to look at the ingredients and see which treats will make cool experiments, or in this case glossy paint. Egg tempura painting is an ancient painting technique and was used by many early renaissance painters. 

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Using the egg yolk gives the paintings a great glossy look after they’re dry and the sugar crystals create a great texture. Emma had a sweetheart brand of fun dip that made hers more of a vivid color.

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We modified the egg tempura paint recipe from this list and replaced the food coloring with the fun dip. There are many other homemade paint recipes to try here. Let me know if you experiment with any you like. 

Fun Dip Egg Yolk Tempura Paint
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. water
1/2 to 1 pack of fun dip 

Mix all ingredients together. Here’s some inspiration for the leftover egg whites.

Another way we like to use colored powdered candies is to mix them with baking soda and vinegar for a little colored volcano explosions. Go outside, take some dirt and form a mound, make a hole/indention at the top and pour baking soda and vinegar (and optional candy powder) in to make the lava. Loads of fun!

So, if you ever find yourself with an overload of treats with added dyes try out some paint experiments.

Have fun!

– Julie