23rd Aug2011

Get Inspired by: Picker Sisters

by Dinah Wulf

Get Inspired by: Picker Sisters

OK, so I just figured out what my dream job is!  I want to work with the Picker Sisters on that new Lifetime television show, appropriately named, Picker Sisters.  This show is officially one of my top three favorite reality shows.

The “sisters”, Tracey Hutson and Tanya McQueen both from Extreme Make Over Home Edition essentially travel across middle America and search for unique antiques, relics, and even trash and then use their design skills and trained eyes and the help of a contractor, to repurpose these rare finds into something new and fabulous.  They buy the initial piece for a few dollars and then resell the repurposed transformed masterpiece for a large profit.  This is right up my alley!

The term masterpiece is not to be used lightly.  In a recent episode the painted an old Harley Davidson gold and turned it into a glass top table.  They also bought an old and rusty meat grinder and repurposed it into a gorgeous industrial style bathroom sink! From the first episode, I decided to set my DVR on “record all episodes”.

The Picker Sisters website gives awesome tips for picking and also has a guide for treasure hunting.

I found it interesting that their number one first tip for picking is “inspiration everywhere”.  They draw inspiration from “magazines, the Internet and nature itself [which] are brimming with interesting, evocative images and objects that may spark a thought that you can incorporate into your own design.” I did a similar blog post on that a few months ago and have the same philosophy.

Here is a picture of their shop.  Watch this show!  It definitely inspires me!

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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