BEFORE & AFTER: DEER ME: THERE’S A STORY BEHIND EVERY PICTURE

BEFORE & AFTER: DEER ME: THERE’S A STORY BEHIND EVERY PICTURE

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There is a story behind every picture. There is a moment behind every moment in life. This is why history, preservation, tradition and values are so important. It should be that every moment is a celebration of one past.

BEFORE:

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BEFORE:
INSPIRED BY TALENTED DESIGN
Jeffrey Bilhuber

The before is an inspiration picture. You never know what you are capable of until you are inspired. Inspiration is design, love and foundation. I happen to love Jeffrey Bilhuber’s eclectic  design. He has so much grace, lifestyle and elegance.

“Someone with a point of view is rather chic. Someone focused, articulate, with personality, integrity, and honesty is enormously stylish. Oh, and glamor? To be true to oneself is powerfully glamorous. ”

— Jeffrey Bilhuber

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BARGAIN BOX

 

I got this box of antlers for bargain. They were literally picked straight off the vine or in deer terms, skinned straight off the buck. I bargained for more then ten-full sets and a few extra pieces. I singlehandedly cleaned the antlers to create the design.

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NEXT STEP
SAND & PAINT

The goal is to make things look as if they appeared. In all good design and in all good life moments there has to be a sense of magic. It is as if you don’t know where something came from but it has been there all along. That is the trick to creativity, seeing the future differently and seeing the outcome differently then how it currently exists. I think that is also the lesson of positive thinking. To create age and style, I then sanded the antlers and washed them with white paint.

 

AFTER:

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AFTER:
MOUNTED ON WALL
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There are few more pictures before this wonderful reveal after captured by photographer Melanie  Acevedo on behalf of the Lonny Magazine team. There is a few of the house when I got there, the long and inspiring nights of trying to see the space differently. There are the pictures of when I held the leather to the wall and thought it could hang there. There are the pictures of the installation where my Dad came over late at night to hang the installation. There is still mystery and good to life. That’s why it is not included. You can know the outcome and revel. You can’t know the whole story. Appreciate what you have and what has been given to you. Look to love yourself, others and the wonderful opportunities along the way.

Thank you Lonny Magazine, My Family, My friends and supporters that I never knew existed.  May the universe keep surprising me in all the best ways 🙂

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BEFORE & AFTER: OH DEER YOU NEED A MAKEOVER

OH DEER YOU NEED A MAKEOVER

Deerly beloved we are gathered here today to discuss a quick & stylish BEFORE & AFTER on a pair of mounted deer antlers. In the interest of reusing, renewing and revitalizing I decided to bring these antlers back to life. A small tribute to a little guy that paid the piper, or in this case a hunter, with his life.

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BEFORE:
OH DEER YOU NEED A MAKEOVER

 

BEFORE:
I found this set of antlers at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in Danbury. If you have never been, make it a point to get there in the summer months! It is a huge lot with aisles of vendors selling antiques, oddities and, frankly, sometimes just junk.

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I decided to white wash the plaque then sand the edges to create a still old rustic look. I concealed the center skull area (gross but true) with a piece of cowhide, secured by french natural nails.

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AFTER:
BUY ME: ONE KINGS LANE
SALE STARTS TOMORROW, TASTEMAKER “SAMANTHA KNAPP”

AFTER:
I like to think like a cat- we are all capable of more than one life.  I am on a second incarnation myself if you will. Transiting from a reporter for television news to an interior designer has been a exciting and proud move. I am excited to celebrate my new successes with a One Kings Lane “TASTEMAKER” sale tomorrow starting at 11:00AM EST.  If we’re lucky, like me,  you’ll have a few more opportunities to reinvent yourself and try to accomplish something you never thought you would do.

When possible, I try to end blogs with a quote. For that, I move from Deer to Cat…Maggie the Cat, from Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:

“I’ve got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”

#ONE LOVE