Step into our Vendors' Homes: Meet Julie

As part of an ongoing monthly series we will be entering the homes of our talented Ramshackled Treasures vendors. They will show us their recent DIYs, room remodels and favorite furniture refinishes. Prepare yourself to learn, share and be inspired!

Last month you met Deb and saw her lovely home and pallet signs. This month we are so excited to introduce you to Julie another Ramshackled vendor who resides in Big Lake, MN and stages her creations in one of the upstairs rooms at the shop.

Julie's home is a sweet yellow house with a restful front porch that speaks of country living. Julie has her hands full with a full-time corporate job, 3 grandkids and creating for the shop, but she manages it all in turn. She describes her work for the shop as rather therapeutic--hunting and gathering treasures to upcycle. Instead of simply painting a piece of furniture a popular color, she will wait for it to speak to her personally--especially if its an antique.

An antique library table in Julie's home displays family photos. 

An antique library table in Julie's home displays family photos. 

She described her decorating style as eclectic. "It has to have good lines and good patterns...I'm not a pallet wood person, it has to have a fine finish," Julie explained. "And a piece has to be ugly in order for me to paint over it. I can't paint over beautiful wood." 

Julie's home emanates this mindset, it feels warm because it is collected. Her furniture isn't matchy-matchy, but all the styles and colors work together to give it a really harmonious, lived-in feel.

She has two gorgeous wood hutches that she uses to store and display glassware. 

“I’m a glass addict," Julie admits. "It’s terrible, terrible addiction."

She has collected her glass over the years--from delicate china soup bowls to 1940's tumblers to a crystal cranberry sauce platter. "I'm always on the hunt for glassware. To me it's homey, it (reminds me of) my grandma." 

Julie pointed out the miniature gingham child's rocking chair. "I bought this rocker when my daughter Ella was three. We were huge Shirley Temple fans and there was a rocking chair just like this one in one of the movies. I just had to buy it for her. Now my grandsons like to sit in them."

Julie sitting at an antique school teacher desk she found at a garage sale for $7. "I enjoy the process and letting something speak to me. Like this desk...it hasn’t spoken to me yet what color I should paint it."

Julie sitting at an antique school teacher desk she found at a garage sale for $7. "I enjoy the process and letting something speak to me. Like this desk...it hasn’t spoken to me yet what color I should paint it."

"I like that spot," Julie says about her wall shelving which displays old pictures of family, a vintage floral painting, and her love of birds. 

"I like that spot," Julie says about her wall shelving which displays old pictures of family, a vintage floral painting, and her love of birds. 

When asked what is her favorite tune to jam to while working on projects, Julie got a mischievous smile on her face and brought out a CD of nature sounds called “Songbird Symphony.” 

Julie's most recent Before and After:

"It was a dresser and then I had a shelf that I purchased to use for something," Julie explained. "I think it turned out pretty cool. I decided to eliminate the top drawer and add wood to make it an open cavity for storage (basket, tray). I changed the drawers hardware too so that it fits the era 'look' that I was going for.  Pretty cool and really happy with how it turned out!"

You should be Julie--it looks amazing!

Thank you for inviting us into your home, your creativity and eye for hidden gems is inspiring.