Last month you met Melissa and saw her awesome industrial boy bedroom. This month we are happy to introduce you to Stacey McDevitt, owner of Ramshackled Treasures and show you all the fun projects she has recently tackled in her Zimmerman home.
Stacey is a fun-loving and energetic wife and mother of three with a passion for repurposing and design. She grew up on Lake Minnetonka and as an adult dreamed of living on a lake once again. After she and her husband, Dean, had their second daughter, they found a small home for sale on Elk Lake in Zimmerman. They sold their home in Saint Louis Park and moved to Zimmerman in the the fall 1998.
"I am a very involved person and the first year I moved here I started a Mom's Club for stay at home moms. Met many women that way and then once we found a church I participated in their weekly bible study." Stacey explained when asked how she went about establishing community after moving and if she had any advice for young mother's who may feel isolated in their communities.
"I was very involved with both until [buying] Ramshackled Treasures. Once I had the shop, I reached out to the other women business owners to start Ladies on the Loose. So, I am more of a starter. That might not be a comfort for some. So I recommend women seek to find clubs or groups that fit their interest and if they don't find one then start their own!"
Stacey's Living Room Refresh
Stacey's home used to be a cabin that belonged to the Ridgewood Bay Resort in the '60's and was later sold as a residential property. It has undergone several renovations and add-ons in the decades since. Stacey loves the view from her french doors in her living room which looks out into their private family island that connects to their backyard by a bridge.
Recently, she wanted to refresh her living room and decided to paint walls and trim. "I looked up what colors JoAnna Gaines uses in her designs and found one called Colonnade Gray by Sherwin Williams that I loved."
She painted the trim and banisters with Country Chic Paint mixing colors 'Vanilla Frosting' and 'Cheese Cake' to achieve a warm white and then adding accents of black on the banister and French doors with the color 'Dark Roast'.
"My style is a mixture of eclectic and French farmhouse—I love anything French! It’s very classic. I’ve been caught in the trends though, in the 90's with the sponge painting, forest green and burgundy and the rose shags." She grimaced, then added as a confession: "I had a peach bathroom."
As far as decor goes Stacey loves to decorate her home with unique lamps, pillows and antique lanterns that she buys from the vendors at Ramshackled Treasures and occasional shops across MN. Her lamps were made by a lighting designer who used vintage wine decanters and dishes to create pedestals.
“People get so caught up in decorating saying, ‘I don’t know how to do it.' And I always say if you love something, display it in your home and find things that match it or highlight it," Stacey explained. "And you don’t need to spend a fortune. I was a stay-at-home mom who had left the career world to homeschool my kids, but I still wanted a pretty home. So I would start painting things. My family has a joke, ‘Don’t sit too long, mom will paint ya.’"
"I like to encourage people to arrange things at different levels. If you have a mantle don't place things on it that are all the same heights--raise it up. Also, place furniture at different angles and anchor a room with rugs. It takes time, but make it cozy.”