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Metal Screen Entertainment Cabinet: Finished!

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The entertainment cabinet I wrote about here is finished! You’ll remember this reclaim piece was a custom job for a client who was not ready to part with her subwoofer, and I wanted it disguised instead of sitting on her living room floor! (The living room being one of three rooms we are working on […]


Curbside Rescue, Party of Three!

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Although I am an inveterate curbside scrounger, I DO have standards. Exacting ones! So when I saw these beauties on Sheridan Avenue in mid-December, I snapped them up, despite the snow on the ground at the time and the drivers whizzing by me on the city street at a fevered clip. These three chairs are part of […]


Roundhouse Project: Library/Lounge, Part 2!

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  While earlier posts announced Lark Nest’s new commercial project, in the old Burlington Northern Roundhouse in St. Paul, and talked about the general makeover in the employee library/lounge, this post is all about decorating the wall of shelves, above!  This post focuses on how these vintage, industrial thread spools… …this patterned wrapping paper… …and […]


Roundhouse Project: Library/Lounge, Part 1!

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As promised, here are some photos from one room of the St. Paul Roundhouse project, a commercial job for Lark Nest! As outlined in this earlier post, this is the “family room” for employees at Dependable Home Health Care, a rockin’ for-profit with a great mission statement.  The business operates from offices in the former Burlington Northern […]


Out with the Old…

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The first work-week back after the holidays is always a bit of a mental leap into the new year: out with the old, in with the new (or, out with the old and in with the even older, whatever it looked like before the holidays!) As did many of you, I spent the weekend removing and repacking […]


New Project for an Almost New Year!

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The minutes are ticking down on 2014 and, as aways, I find a bit of regret seeping into my days. I am always sad to bid farewell to a great year! Just after Thanksgiving I took on a commercial project that will keep me inspired and busy through much of 2015. Dependable Home Health Care […]


Wishes Merry and Bright!

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This vintage kitty is an apt pick to share warm greetings with wonderful friends! Wishing you a holiday brimming with laughter and fun! May your 2015 be full of kindnesses, offered and received! With thanks to you for a rockin’ year, Kim


Merry Mantel Makeover!

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  One of the season’s great joys is decorating for clients and friends. Here is one mantel transformation that was magical for me, as it was done as a surprise while one of the homeowners, the Amazing Miss K (AMK), was recuperating from surgery. Here’s the after… …and the before! Chocolatey walls and gorgeous white woodwork: […]


Mirrors, Mirrors on One Wall!

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The thing about home decor is, it’s never finished. It — as with the people who inhabit a home — is always evolving! I posted recently on the vintage architectural downspout I turned into a planter for my dining room wall (reflected in the quatrefoil mirror.) Until recently, this mirror was the only one, hanging by its lonesome, over a small console. Once […]


Giveaway Winner Found!

Congrats to Jeannie Canaday Busby of Southhaven, MS! She was picked by random number generator to win Lark Nest’s Color Inspiration Notebook giveaway, and it will be in the mail to her this week! Thanks to all who participated! Have an inspired and colorful week! Kim


Basement Project: Finished!

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It’s finished! The former laundry room has been transformed to capacious and deluxe storage! Remember what it looked like after a water main had backed up? The only thing missing in these three photos is the massive pile of stuff we were storing by stacking it against the walls! Here are those same three views, now […]


Chip, Chip, Cheerio!

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  Chippy, vintage galvanized exudes great allure! I am drawn to it like a magpie! I found this cool, architectural corner pediment while browsing recently at Shop 501, one of my fave vintage haunts in Chaska, MN. In was in the space of  talented vintage dealer Betty Sorensen. For me: textbook love at first sight! […]


Giveaway! Win a Color Inspiration Notebook!

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Remember that swell Color Inspiration Notebook in which Lark Nest Design piece was fortunate enough to have a piece included? (Here’s the post, in case you don’t!) To celebrate this gorgeous guide — compiled by Debbie Dion Hayes, a rockin’ decorative painter and blogger in North Carolina — I am giving away one copy! To enter, just leave a “like” […]


Mary’s Home Office: In Progress!

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Frequently, when Lark Nest Design enters a project, the homeowner is partly into the project before deciding to call in more hands. That’s the case here, where the client had already removed a standard builder’s floor and added gorgeous hickory planking, and had painted the walls a pale version of robin’s egg blue. He wanted to put […]


When the Weather Outside is Frightful…

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…we hardy Midwesterners turn to more positive thoughts! Because the scene outside my window this morning looks like this (deceptively sunny, but only10 degrees): I thought I would share this, just last weekend, when it was significantly warmer. Decorating at chez Lark Nest has been late and haphazard lately, thanks to a huge workload and post-Junk […]


Dynamic Duo Do-Over!

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Well, autumn in Minneapolis was nice while it lasted! It’s Tuesday, in the ’20s, and I’m headed out to International Market Square on a fabric hunt for a new client. Yes, we’re in the market for some hot pinks (which will warm up her living room, freshly painted in cool gray.) She used Mythic paint 139-2, Calla […]


SLP Office Reno: Before and After!

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This project, for a home business office in St. Louis Park, was a challenge and a pleasure! It was done in a little more than a month’s time, on a $1,000 materials budget, and as a surprise for one of its occupants! Linden Hills Florist co-owner Anne Schultz wanted to redo this office as a surprise […]


Basement Project Update 2!

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So, that’s not an arty angle, just my particular take on the world these days. Home from the Junk Bonanza with a bodacious head cold, so everything is tilting somewhat! But… Look what has gone on in the last few weeks! You’ll remember what it looked like during the last update! And what it looked like […]


Inspiring Color in an Inspiring Reference Guide!

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  Talented friend and decorative painter Debbie Dion Hayes of MyPatchofBlueSky.com has compiled “Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture.” The name says it all! Lark Nest Design is honored to have a piece included in her color reference guide! You might remember this periwinkle and jade coffee table from my website, in the Interiors/Refurbished […]


Another Reclaim Piece Gets Started!

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Each new custom piece is an adventure! There’s a lovely process that spans from the client’s first fond wish, spoken aloud, to a tangible result. In between comes lots of talking, planning, dreaming and the work of skilled artisans. (At Lark Nest, there is usually a fair amount of scavenging involved as well!)  Today’s post documents the start […]


Bookshelves for Baby!

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This beautiful nursery is standing at the ready for Leslie and Jamie, who await impending parenthood by the day! Lark Nest was honored to finish this sweet bookshelf for the nursery, which is done in cool gray, white trim, and, for an accent, “Belafonte Yellow.” Here’s what it looked like just a few days ago, […]


UPDATE: Retro Chairs at Home!

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Ah, Labor Day! While many Minnesotans are getting in their lake time, this seemed like a good time for a lake-themed update!  When I first wrote about this “Durachrome Do-Over” for Retro-Loving Client’s vacation spot at Loveless Lake, I promised an eventual photo of the revamped and dressed chairs, above, “in situ” ! Here they are! Happily ensconced, RLC’s ’50s Durachrome dinette set […]


Basement Project Update 1!

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Here’s  a quick update on the basement storage room project that is getting the great LooseLay flooring, as chronicled earlier in the New Take on Tile post!  All of the pipes on the back and side wall of this former laundry room are now buried or recessed. The suspended ceiling has been replaced with a real ceiling. Recessed can […]


Carolina Collaboration!

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Love the look of this footstool? It’s proof that long-distance collaborations do work! Here’s the “Before” — a rickety footstool unearthed from my garage stash. Its leather upholstery job was fairly shot. It needed regluing, some tightening, and a total redo from the stuffing on out. Enter Debbie Dion Hayes, a fab faux finisher from […]