Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Thank you so much for your incredible support this past year and to all who contribute to making Homegirl a success - YOU GUYS ROCK! :)  Without you, I would not be getting to do what I love to do and it means the world to me!  

Here is our living room decorated for Christmas!  Of course, it is an owl/nature theme, I just cannot resist!  I hope you have filled your home with LOVE this season and enjoy YOUR time!  Much love, Gina

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The ultimate store location!

First let me say that I am NOT getting a permanent store space YET, but if I did, below are my top 3 choices that are located in Peninsula, Ohio in the Cuyahoga National Park near Hudson.  The first is my very favorite and I know would host the ultimate garage sale!  I have to give kudos to my husband for composing this shot.  It was his idea and he is so proud.  It is one of my favorite photos my family has ever taken.  The second photo is a general store next door to the garage and the porch and architecture are stunning. The third a beautiful barn that for obvious reasons could be killer for selling, but my barn is hard to compete with.  The photos were taken by Natalie Metzger of Matt and Nat Photography and she is amazing.  I LOVE them! I think that if I "vibe" enough on the first photo the stars will align to allow me to use the space! :)! Channeling "the law of attraction"! ;)  On a side note, the bottom one was used as our Christmas card! Have a wonderful day everyone.  I hope you are all merry making! :) 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12-12-12! My golden child!

Today is Lila's 11th birthday, but it is her GOLDEN birthday because it is triple digits, 12-12-12.  The festivities of the day started with a wake up at 12:12 AM to wish herself Happy Birthday and get wishes from us at 12:12 too!  HER idea, of course.  Then we are going to school today to wish her Happy Birthday again with balloons and doughnuts at her request also.  She is super jazzed.  Her birthday present was a recent Justin Beiber concert and she was over the moon.

The pictures I am sharing today are her new born picture, a card she gave today me for "having her"  and a recent picture taken a few weeks ago.  Lila had the most hair of any of the new born's in the maternity ward so the nurses were so excited that they got to style her hair. They put the gauze bow in she is such a little cutie.  If any of you know the song, "Call Me Maybe", we say she was singing this in her newborn photo. Look at her hand placement.  :)   She always has been singing since the minute she came out.  Many musically inclined people have told me she hits a high C when she screams!  TRUE!

The card she gave me is just a glimpse at her beautiful personality.  To tell me she loves me is a daily occurrence and the picture of me and her that she drew is my fave!  Look at the flip she drew in my hair!

Note in the recent picture, the Kool-Aid dyed blue strip along her face that she did all on her own.  She even made a video about the process!  She researched what color would look good with brown hair and brown eyes and made a strong argument for me to allow her.

Thank you for letting me share my baby with you.  She is a blessing in our lives since the day she came into it and we love her so much! 

HAVE AN AWESOME DAY and make a wish at 12:12!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Life is Good...

"Life is good, this we say. So we celebrate each day.  Laughing. Living. Learning. Loving.  Life is good!"  
Edie taught this to me last year when she was in 2nd grade because her teacher, Mrs. Bagocius would sing it with them every day.  NOW, I say it everyday and we have had it on our refrigerator for quite some time now. It is so important to do each of these EVERYDAY, even if you have to try really hard for each one.  I think the laugh is especially important and sometimes the most challenging for me!  Thank goodness for taped versions of the show "Big Bang Theory"!!!    Another thing she recently taught me was "Every day may not be a good day, but every day has good in it!"  She really is my little philosophical one and blows me away! Thank you, baby doll for showing me things we forget as gown-ups!

On a design note, I love the chalkboard painted side of my refrigerator.  It was simple to do and is a magnet board as well.  I highly recommend doing this, especially if it is in a space that is perfect for displaying or memos or whatever else you would like! 

Life is good!    

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Funky Junk Boutique

If you live near the Akron/Cleveland Ohio area, (or if you don't .. :)), I highly recommend a visit to Shell Venus's adorable little shop, Funky Junk Boutique located ON MAIN STREET in Seville, Ohio.  Shell has done such a wonderful job in her store and bringing her dream to life and I am thrilled to have a PLACE I can actually GO TO that is full of great vintage finds, original artwork and handmades of all sorts.  Shell really encourages local artists and made in the USA and her eye and taste is great.  I absolutely LOVE that she has set up shop on Main Street in a small little town in Ohio and is making it a destination for her shoppers.  For me there is nothing like the experience of "stepping back in time"! 

I love the number "5" accent table here.

Not the best picture, but these aprons made with men's shirts and ties are so creative!

Cute, circle, chevron hand painted frame.

Love the Funky Junk Sign.

Friday, November 30, 2012

TJ Martell - my "15 minutes"!

What an amazing, unbelievable experience I had being fortunate enough to be a participant in the TJ Martell Foundation's 37th Annual Awards Gala in New York City last month.  The TJ Martell Foundation is the music industry's largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding the cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.  The foundation sources and supports early stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded.  I do encourage you to learn more about the foundation.  It is very cool and the cause is something that is near and dear to me and my husband Brian.

Homegirl donated a decorating consultation up for auction and I was in awe to see my silent auction item plaque next to a Carrie Underwood concert tickets/meet and greet and tickets to the Steven Colbert Show and being at the same minimum bid as them!  Seriously WOW! :)   I was really nervous no one would bid, but they did and I am so excited to be able to do something for this great cause.  Among the other supporters at the event were, Russell Simmons, Randy Jackson (yo dawg!), Little Big Town, Susan Lucchi, Regis Philbin, and Woody Allen.  To be among their company and especially on the red carpet still to this day seems unreal!  To see their pics on the red carpet "too", you can go to Facebook and search for TJ Martell Foundation under photo gallery, or on Pintrest or just Google it.  

Switching gears a little bit, I must admit that walking the red carpet was a little scary!  To prep for it was seriously funny considering that I am not a girly girl at all.  I hardly ever wear makeup, high heels or  jewelry all which are a requirement for that occasion!!!

My "coach" was my fashion guru sister-in-law Michelle Malik who gave me the lowdown on the "entire look" - all the way down to the color nail polish on my toes!  It was a texting, calling, email frenzy between the two of us because she lives in Columbus, Ohio.  While I was at the mall she was on the phone and on the internet finding my selections and giving me her approval.  The best was her telling me to get a pair of shoes that little to my surprise I was holding in my hands!!!  To my credit I did pick the dress and the designer of the dress ROCKS!  It is a Trina Turk and Michelle was very impressed.  She sent me information on the designer and an article where she was featured in a home magazine.  I did love the dress and it was a blast to wear it.

So there you have it, my 15 minutes!  I do feel so blessed and thankful that I get to have these experiences and to pay it forward all because I am living out my passion!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Owl never stop...

This is the latest in Homegirl recycled owl art and I have to say that it is one of my favorites. I just recently re-did the living room and this sits on my mantle now. It was made for the last barn sale to be sold, but did not make it into the barn because it had to live with me! It was so fun to construct! Look closely at the different parts: cutting board body, scallops from a bookshelf trim, baking pans, rake, spools of thread, salad tong for feet, and the eyes are moth ball cans. I am so psyched about the living room re-do! That will be my next post.

Friday, November 16, 2012

One bite at a time.

My father always has said to me, "How do you eat an elephant?" "One bite at a time."  I use this in my personal philosophy with everything except sometimes even I think it is easier said than done.  BUT, I have recently been helping friends in some decorating projects they would like to tackle in their homes and it is even more apparent to me that THIS REALLY IS THE WAY, especially in decorating or re-decorating.  Take one bite!  It does not even have to be a huge bite, but start with ONE thing that you can easily do and it will give you the confidence to move on to bigger things you thought you could not even begin to tackle.

If you have a room that you cannot stand and you do nothing about it instead of something small, you will not proceed in the direction you desire.  Start by just giving the room SOME attention and cleaning the room. REMOVE one thing in there that is just filling space and serves no purpose for you.  THERE YOU GO - you did one thing.  Once you have removed one thing, you will feel better about the beginning of moving out other things and once the space is completely cleared it will give you the ability to see its potential.  OH and un-named dear friend, I hope you removed the fake tree! :)  HAPPY ONE BITING!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sometimes I wish...

... I could live in a space that was this "cool" and seemingly "uncomplicated." I want to be up in that loft, looking down on a beautifully designed, flawless, open dwelling and pretend that life could be this neat, simple and dreamy. BUT, for me I think this is only in a "dream!" I find myself looking for inspiration on all of the channels now available to us and I come away thinking that I WILL NEVER LIVE LIKE THIS and feel more inadequate than inspired. I KNOW the point is to not see the every day in these images, but I really tend to like it more when it is believable. When I personally am contemplating a design, I have to take into consideration the way a space is lived in and make it life friendly and design friendly. I think the combination of good design and attainable design is so key.   My life is filled with life's daily mess that I call home with stains on furniture, floors that show dirt, crayons, paper cuttings, remnants of last nights play performance and dinner. So when all is said and done and I re-think what is it is that I "wish" for in my living space, I realize I may already have it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

So we've all seen faux animal heads recently in decoration - elephant heads, deer heads, bear heads, zebra heads... you name it, it's been ceramic'd-stuffed-knitted-papier machie'd. You get the idea. And I happen to really like this trend.

Book pages on a deer head
Such a fun arrangement
Wouldn't these be adorable in a nursery?
But I was trolling Etsy the other day and saw a new take on the faux taxidermy trend. Check out these yarn bombed antlers (I just love the name - it's also the name of this Etsy seller's store!).

I think it puts a fun spin on the idea and it could be something you could DIY (if you had a pair of antlers lying around...). I really like the idea of "yarn bombing" other items. I'm thinking lampshades, vases, furniture legs. What would you yarn bomb?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Styled By YOU!

Homegirl barn sale shoppers are the coolest! Check out what Leslie did with the piece she bought at my most recent sale. Once she got it home she added vintage wallpaper lining and magnetic labels to create a perfect spot for bathroom linens. I LOVE it!

Does anyone else have any pictures they'd like to share? I would just love to see how you are using Homegirl pieces in your home.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Family Collage Countertops

I am so excited to share a cool DIY project I did in my home! My kitchen countertops were begging me for an update. Begging me! I could hear them at night as I slept: "Gina, please help us!" They are basic wood tops which I like, but I just felt like I could do something really fun with them. So one day as I was framing a picture of me, Brian and the girls, a little lightbulb went off. I could turn my counters into one big family picture display, Homegirl style!

I collected a ton of my favorite photos, love notes from my three sweeties, kids drawings, basically anything that was flat and meant something to me. Then I called Al Montigney and the awesome guys at Portage Glass (located in my hometown of Hudson, OH). Armed with measurements, they cut the glass for me and then installed it and they totally rocked it!

It was a super easy project but it has become one of my favorite projects I've ever done in my house! And it's such a fun conversation piece when people come over. I love to cook and I love it even more now that I have all of these sweet memories and reminders of how lucky I am right in front of me.Yes, I may have burned a meal or two as I gazed into the sweet eyes of my babes in their younger years. But it's totally worth it - I am so happy with this sweet DIY project!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What a Weekend!!

I told you I'd be back with more pics - it's been so crazy I've barely had a moment to breathe! :) But I am finally sitting down and resting my tootsies, so here we go!

First up, a few pics of the barn right before we opened.

 Some delectable goodies made by Holly Kapela of Baked.

Me and my two favorite chickadees - Lila and Edie.

What an incredible turnout! Biggest sale yet and biggest crowd yet! I am still super-charged with energy. You guys are the sweetest, most fantastic, and, I must say, best-dressed crew around!! All I can say is THANK YOU!

Thursday in Pics

YOU GUYS ROCK!! Here are a few... more to come!!



Friday, October 12, 2012


Still amazing things left!!!  Come!!  2357 Hudson Aurora Rd here in Hudson tomorrow 10am-3pm!  Hope to see you! :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Come on down!

Sale starts TONIGHT, Oct 11 from 6-9pm evening only.  Tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, Oct 12-13 from 10am-3pm. No tickets necessary.  Parking on site.  So excited!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow, you're only a day away. :) Ok, enough of the show tunes. In case you can't tell, I am SO ready for tomorrow. You guys totally wowed me last sale - I was blown away by how many of you showed up and what an amazing energy you brought! I plan to return the favor and wow you right back.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Sneak Peek!

The barn isn't fully ready, but I wanted to give you a little glimpse into the sale. :)


I look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces! See you Thursday!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

We're One Week Away!

Check out this fun little write up in The Plain Dealer today.

I am getting so excited for the sale, starting one week from today! You are going to love what we have in store for you. Check back here over the next few days for a few photos, a little insider sneak peek for my fantastic readers!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


You know I have a thing for owls. I think I've made that abundantly clear! But lately I've been loving another animal. Our friend the elephant.

Every morning as I prepare for the crazy day ahead, I drink my coffee out of this cool elephant mug. Isn't she cute?

via World Market

In the Hindu religion, the deity Ganesha has an elephant head and multiple arms. He is revered as the Remover of Obstacles. And so my little elephant mug reminds me of the obstacles I face but inspires me to work past them.

In decorating, I like to place elephants by the door. It's my own little Feng Shui tip - a sign that you are moving obstacles out of the door.

Life presents many amazing, unbelievable, incredible and unforgettable opportunities. And sometimes you have to bust through some major road blocks to get to them. But I'm going to keep plugging away - I can't wait to see what happens next!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fun with paint!!!

What an absolute blast we had painting for the Country Living Fair! We have been using painters drop cloths for spray painting, furniture painting, (really any painting!) and they were looking so cute, I decided they would make a cool backdrop to our tent at the fair. We added a border of torn fabric and I just loved the way they turned out. We embellished them with our own touches and channeled our inner Jackson Pollack and let the paint fly. It feels so good to just let it GO and see what happens! That night Edie also laid out her owls so she could take pictures of them "before they all SOLD" she said!  BTW - What is up with my obsession with the eighties and with OWLS? LOVE!