LESS IS MORE
See how this folk artist’s restricted palette and ingenuity transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
COUNT ON ME
Top left: A vintage abacus like this one, costing between $10 and $25 at a flea market, makes a great decoration for a child’s room because it also encourages math skills. While we often associate abacuses with China, they were also commonly used in European countries such as Russia, Denmark and Poland by schoolchildren. Top right: Anna corrals her art supplies into vintage jars so that she can see what’s available.
Bottom left: Using a hinged box as part of a display gives special objects a visual boost off the floor—and provides another valuable spot for storing more items. If you are repurposing an old trunk, suitcase or box, first vacuum it out with a hose attachment. Then fill it with kitty litter for a few days and seal it. Empty it out, and it should be all fresh and ready to use. ROCK ON
Fun fact: According to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, rocking horses first became en vogue in the 16th century. The first ones looked like cradles, so that toddlers could rock themselves. By the 18th century, horses’ legs got longer, attached to the now-familiar bow shape.
“It is one of the oldest houses in THE REGION,” SAYS ERIK, WHO BELIEVES THE COTTAGE WAS BUILT IN THE LATE 18TH CENTURY.
The fan has a place of honor on the new plank floor of her room. “IT DOESN’T WORK, BUT IT IS BEAUTIFUL,” she says.