House to Home with Deb­bie Travis

Dec­o­rat­ing ex­pert and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Deb­bie Travis ap­pears in The Tele­gram’s My Home each week.

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - DEBBIE TRAVIS -

ev­ery­thing, then we can un­der­stand that noth­ing is ever or­di­nary,” says Bar­bara Irwin, owner of Bar­bara’s Bird­cage. Irwin is a found ob­ject artist who trans­forms cast­away items into unique works of art. Dozens of found bird cages are re­pur­posed as tiny stages that hold a wild va­ri­ety of vignettes, many made from old dolls. Her col­lec­tions not only fill the home’s whim­si­cal in­te­rior, but also dec­o­rate the ex­te­rior walls and sur­rounds.

Ana­lyn Hughes lives in a “nor­mal” apart­ment build­ing, but her space is where Non-Con­form­ity flour­ishes. Hughes is known as Queen of the Weird in Austin. A life-sized (papier mache?) pig glam­orously fes­tooned with a hair­band sits on top of the stain­less steel fridge. The fridge door is dec­o­rated with hand­made fab­ric flow­ers and a tiny doll’s head is framed with coloured pen­cils and ti­tled “She led a color­ful life”.

What can weird or strange teach us? Is it ben­e­fi­cial on a larger scale? A de­vel­op­ment of Mo­bile Loaves & Fishes called Com­mu­nity First! Vil­lage shows us it can. The in­hab­i­tants of the Vil­lage are men and women who are com­ing out of chronic home­less­ness. The hous­ing op­tions avail­able to the res­i­dents of this com­mu­nity vary from pro­fes­sion­ally-de­signed mi­cro-homes, RVs, can­vas cot­tages, airstream trail­ers and even teepees. A new med­i­cal fa­cil­ity and other sup­port ser­vices are part of the com­mu­nity com­plex.

You might, as is the au­thor’s hope, “take away de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture, and art tips and tricks to add flair to your ev­ery­day spa­ces.” But for sure you will be en­ter­tained and de­lighted by the mag­ni­tude of tal­ent, imag­i­na­tion and artistry each home rep­re­sents.

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