Artist Spotlight: Inspirational Woodworker from Tuscany, Andrea Brugi

I can’t help it. I fell in love with Andrea Brugi’s work the moment I first laid eyes on it. His rustic yet contemporary style is intriguing.  It has a simplistic feel with old world charm yet fits perfectly in the modern home.  

Andrea Brugi in his studio

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Rustic Driftwood Art: Sunburst Mirrors, Hearts, Tables & Lamps

driftwood-heartI live in Maine about 2 miles from the beach where my family spends many days in the sand collecting driftwood, sea glass, shells and other treasures. What I love is that even after you remove something from the beach, it still holds the magic of the ocean. Something, I love to feel in my home.

Recently, I was inspired by this amazing driftwood heart that I pinned on Pinterest. It’s beautiful, contemporary and rustic all at the same time.

Although, I have a rather large driftwood collection, I don’t have enough to create a piece of art this size. So I went to Amazon in search of driftwood home decor. Here are a few of my finds:

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Esty Showcase: Vintage Spoons, Driftwood Hearts & Anti Valentines Day Cards

Valentine’s day is a great holiday to visit Etsy. The stores are overflowing with gorgeous handcrafted cards and gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. With all these options to choose from, it’s hard to find the diamonds in the rough. Below are a few of my favorites.

Vintage Valentine Spoon Plant Markers

Looking for a way to say I Love You to your favorite gardener. This one of kind set of 3 vintage Valentine spoon plant markers is sure to delight the one you love.

Vintage Valentine Spoon Plant Marker

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10 Valentine Gifts for Women Who Love Rustic Home Decor

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, women get tired of the same gift every year. Sometimes, we crave something different. Something that says “Wow, you know me so well!” Below are 10 Valentine Gift ideas for women who love rustic home decor. Because Valentine’s Day only comes once a year, our gift ideas are designed to show her how much you love her all year long.

1) Rustic Driftwood Heart

Driftwood Heart Wall Art

Remind her everyday how much you love her with this stunning driftwood heart.



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Livingroom Inspiration: Rustic Stump Tables, Modern Glass Trestle Table & Animal Skin Rugs

Rustic Inspired Living room with natural stump, glass table, and striped pillows

 This amazing living room is owned by Ballard Designs’ creative director Jill Sharp Brinson and her photographer husband, Rob Brinson in Atlanta.  I love the way she mixes the rustic with the modern into a cohesive whole.  My favorite elements in this room are the wooden stump end tables that look plucked straight out of the forest and the amazing hand hewed beam above her couch.  

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Need a Pinterest Invite?

Pulling hair out over Pinterest Invite

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Suet Recipe to Lure Pileated Wood Peckers & Other Birds

Closeup of Pileated Wood Pecker

Closeup of Pileated Wood Pecker

Recently, we were blessed by the presence of a Pileated Woodpecker who decide that our yard was his new playground. He comes every day now and drums on our Pine tree. We are thrilled to have him and created suet bird feeders to encourage him to stay as long as possible. Below is the suet recipe that we use to lure our friend, the Pileated Woodpecker and other birds to our yard.

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Build a Suet Bird Feeder from a Log

Pileated Woodpecker photo by jgates513

Recently, a new friend arrived in our neighborhood, Mr. Pileated Woodpecker. I’ve lived in Maine for over 14 years now and I’ve only heard their calls. Never have I been graced by their presence.

It all started the day Mark was going for a walk in the woods to think. Suddenly he heard a loud screech. When he looked up, he saw a massive woodpecker in the tree next to him. Mark followed his new friend from tree to tree that day deep into the woods. He came home excited as this has only been his second Pileated woodpecker siting and he’s lived in Southern Maine his entire life. After that fateful day, our friend decided we were okay and started hanging out in our backyard munching on one of our pine trees. Knowing that Pileated woodpeckers tend to be on the elusive side, I wanted to build a suet log bird feeder to help him stay fed and happy throughout the winter. Who knows maybe he’ll decide to stay with us a little bit longer.

Below are instructions on how you can build your own suet bird feeder from logs in your backyard. If you don’t feel like being crafty but are looking for a way to lure Pileated Woodpeckers or other birds to your backyard, I listed a few great log bird feeders that you may like to buy at the bottom of this post.

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