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tHrive dwell WHile LaUra Distin's passion for home design hasn't wavered over the years, her tastes have evolved from modern to old-fashioned. "You discover that everything is imperfect and chipped. I've grown a new fondness for those things," she says. Today, she's all about the "farmhouse chic" style, refinishing antique furniture, and empowering others to do the same through her blog, The Ironstone Nest—now a workshop location of the same name in Sun Prairie. It's a welcoming space where Distin is happy to chat over glasses of lemonade, discussing clients' potential DIY projects. "I want people to feel like they can come here…and tap into that well of creativity that lives inside of them," she says. They'll also find plenty of inspiration in Distin's smartly designed studio just by looking around. –Cathy Martin The sunlit studio is perhaps Distin's greatest transformation yet. Shelves fashioned from cabinet doors and wallpaper made from aged sheet music are just some of the innovatively repurposed items that create the room's charm. To go country chic, Distin recommends using linens, cotton, grain sacks, old wood, galvanized metal and flawed mirrors. Stick to a neutral palette of white and cream with only small colorful accents. The Ironstone Nest. 223 E. Main St., Sun Prairie. (608) 772-2117. "there's really nothing you can do wrong." —laura distin, owner Give it a try: Sign up for twice-weekly hands-on "Play Date" workshops (on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons) or private group sessions on materials and techniques. 36 brava magazine | september 2013 store photographed by taylor ballweg and laura distin portrait by danielle bradley tHe ironstone nest farmhouse chic

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