I am Kristen, a PTA mom of two devine little humans, a wife to my wonderful new husband Matt. But this is not all that defines me. I am a self proclaimed "street builder" from Maryland. I coined the term "street builder" because I am completely self taught in most of what I do. I have had the benefit of in my past life (read...marraige) of being surrounded by some pretty talented home designers and home builders. I learned a lot of what I know from being around the biz for 10 years. I assisted in designing and custom building my first home that was nearly 9,000 sqare feet, and have helped design and have helped built two other homes. I have a bachelors degree in Television Journalism- so although I don't have an interior design degree- I have an eye for design and can see the big picture and can help clients figure out their design style.
The "Sawdust" in my name comes from this:
After I found myself as a single mom, I started changing my first home buy redesigning a good portion of it. Taking care of fixing plumbing, electrical, caulking, painting, adding trim and mouldings, making chandeliers, furniture, sewing curtains, retiling, rearranging and then rolling that into a business. Over the years I have helped many friends, businesses, churches, and family homes rearrange their furniture, refinish their furniture and come up with lookbooks for their homes. Even on vacation, I find myself building lighting fixtures and find myself redesigning and helping come up with home design solutions. So, this has become my passion, building, designing and helping others develop an eye for what works in a home and what doesn't. I dream of design - love to walk through homes, love to visit models, even in my spare time I will look at homes for sale and in my mind redesign their homes in order for them to sell...staging essentially. I love creating my own designs, recreating dumpster trash and consulting and helping homeowners make the best out of their homes. My grandfather was a lifelong lumber dealer and in the later part of his years I enjoyed talking with him about lumber, projects and power tools. Then I inherited a good majority of his tools which I call "my antiques" creating a pretty impressive shop -- you know for a girl! After about two years into teaching myself to build things - my dad insisted that I get some "professional" woodworing training and signed me up for a woodworking class- in which I learned how to do some cool stuff like how not to cut your finger off on a table saw. But the majority of the class I just kept irritating the teacher by asking "Why can't we do it this way?" or "Why can't we do that by hand?" or "Is that step really necessary?" I started asking the teacher questions he could not figure out like how to do a 90 degree inside dentil crown moulding join. He had noclue- but I figured it out. I decided....no more classes I am teaching myself.
And the "Lipstick" part...
I came up with the name for my company by one day sanding a project in my shop while wearing lipgloss and mink extreme lashes and thought..."how many people get sawdust in their lipgloss? Who actually wears eyelash extensions while working in the sweltering heat?" Uh... turns out only me. I can be found wearing hair extensions, a spray tan and gel nails all the while working hours in my shop building furniture. - thats me - the "Woodworking Diva"!
I have donated many projects to chairity and for aution. I enjoy my biggest passion - woodworking. Turns out a lot of sweat equity can get time consuming, so I started consulting on the side- I felt more satisfied helping others with their design dillemas . I have relationships with painters, and other subcontractors that I use. This is very fulfilling for me. Please enjoy my site - hopefully you will be inspired to complete a project or hire me to help make your place look great!
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