About Danielle Braun

Platoon artist. Voted high school's "most likely to still be crafting in my thirties". Currently a hockey mom, theatre mom, caretaker for my elderly dad, veteran, HR professional. Aka "that woman you saw hauling a block of wood out of the ocean with a paintbrush in her other hand". Creativity is contagious. Don't aim for perfect, reach for happy.  Why do I do what I do? Because instead of occupying the mind, I want to inspire it.  Expressing my creativity, working my neurons and saving money. "Building stuff" is good for the soul and the wallet. 

An Inside Look at Navigating the Brimfield Antique Show

The Brimfield antique show is the Super Bowl of New England flea markets — as diverse in its treasures as it is in its attendees. It's a scavenger hunt for both professional and casual DIYers, a hunting ground for HGTV hopefuls, and a curiosity for collectors from all over. The show takes place three times [...]

By |2018-08-29T09:11:10-04:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , |

Game Time! Getting Ready for Airbnb Guests

Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity For this Airbnb hostess, the arrival of spring signals time to roll up my sleeves and get to work. With Airbnb taking the lead as the budget conscious traveler’s answer to quality, comfortable, temporary housing, the number of local hosts is on the rise. This means to stay competitive I need [...]

By |2018-05-02T13:13:59-04:00May 3rd, 2018|Categories: DIY, Misc|Tags: , |

Giving Your Fireplace a Facelift

Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity Who doesn’t love a warm fire on a damp New England night? I've always loved my fireplace, but the stone was too rustic and yellow for my taste—and what I really wanted was to upgrade from wood burning to a gas insert. The insert would require purchasing the unit and lining [...]

By |2018-03-07T13:25:11-05:00March 9th, 2018|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , , |

DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity I’ve been upcycling and repurposing since I watched Grandma paint salvaged stands for her spider plant collections when I was a girl. We used to call it “yard-sailing” or “junk shopping”—and while we may have upgraded the name of one of my all-time favorite activities, the sense of purpose and pleasure [...]

By |2018-02-07T12:23:04-05:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , |

What Makes a House a Home?

Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity It’s just days before the beginning of the new year and I’m reclining in front of a fire thinking about all of the things on my “to do” list here at home, when it occurs to me---I love my home. I live in a #verybradyhouse. It's a 1980’s contemporary with floating staircase, [...]

By |2018-02-16T16:09:41-05:00December 30th, 2017|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , |

Looking for One of a Kind Holiday Gift Ideas?

Nothing distinguishes a house from the pack like unique, one of a kind, home décor. If you’re like me you watch the home networks and see these amazing designers magically pull incredible, functional, “I wish I had one!” objects out of their back pockets. Where do they come from? Most of us puruse the aisles of our local home goods stores and yes, I too love these places for bedding and basics.  But where do they find the really unique pieces?

By |2019-10-31T20:42:55-04:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: DIY|Tags: |