Nicholas Rosaci

About Nicholas Rosaci

Nicholas is an award-winning designer who believes every space should inspire you to live better, greener and of course, more fabulously.
www.rosaci.com

Flatout Fab – DIY Table

With the perfect blend of matte and metallic, DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci transforms a dated table. Va va voom.

MATERIALS REQUIRED
Sandpaper – Medium grade
Furniture piece
Spray paint – metallic
Paint brush
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
Annie Sloan Clear Wax
Annie Sloan Dark Wax
Soft cloth
Large bristle brush
Short bristle brush

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PREP & SPRAY
Lightly sand an existing piece of furniture. Spray one coat of a metallic paint on (because why not? it looks cool) and let it dry for 24 hours.

Before

ANNIE SLOAN IT
Apply a coat of Chalk Paint® on the table but apply less in certain areas where you want the metallic colour to shine through. This project is shown in Paris Grey.

CRACKLE IT
Once the first coat is dry, apply a second, thicker coat of paint and use a blow dryer on the highest setting to blow hot air on the wet paint to create a subtle crackle finish.

WAX ON, WAX OFF
When the second coat of paint is completely dry, apply a thin layer of clear wax with a large bristle brush, and wipe off excess wax with a soft cloth. Apply the dark wax with a smaller bristle brush into the cracks and anywhere you wish to add an aged patina look. Wipe off any excess dark wax with a cloth.

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Dabble Savvy: Paint the interior drawers in a vivid colour like hot pink.

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Wrapping Paper Tree

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MATERIALS REQUIRED

– Paper
– Tree outline
– Scissors
– Pencil
– Foam core, large (available at craft stores)
– Cutting mat
– Utility knife
– Ruler
– Wrapping paper
– White glue

 

INSTRUCTIONS

TREE CUTTING
On a blank sheet of paper, draw the outline of a tree to the size of your choice. Cut the outline of the tree with scissors.
Dabble Savvy: Search for tree outlines online and reduce or enlarge to your desired size. Print and cut.

CUT LOOSE
Using a pencil, trace the outline of the template onto foam core. On a cutting mat, cut the foam core outline using a utility knife. Repeat this step so that you have two foam core trees.

SMOOTH GROOVES
Take the first tree and draw a line with a ruler from the top of the tree to the centre. Cut the line ¼” thick using a utility knife. Repeat this step with the second tree, but draw and cut the line from the bottom to the centre instead. Use image above for reference.

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PAPER SHOW
Trace the outline of each foam core tree onto chosen wrapping paper and cut the outline with scissors. Glue wrapping paper onto foam core using white glue. Repeat 3 times so that each side of both trees is covered in decorative paper.

3D JOY
Assemble tree by sliding the open groove of one tree into the other.
Dabble Savvy: Create a group of 3-5 trees at varying heights with different papers.

TEMPLATES

Tree1

Tree2

 

DIY Guy: Shimmy Shimmy Bang

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“Bang for your buck?” asks DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci. Paint, stain and inexpensive wood shims render a plain wall into a mosaic masterpiece.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

– Nelson Pro-Line 8″ Cedar Wood Shims (14 shims / package)
– LePage No More Nails adhesive glue
– Gator fine or medium coarse sanding sponges
– Paintbrush
– Foam paint brush
– Paint (see Nicholas’ selections on opposite page)

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OPTIONAL:

– 3/4” 8’ x 4’ plywood sheets

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. SMOOTH AWAY
Sand rough edges of the shims for a smooth finish and to help the stain penetrate more effectively into the wood.

2. TRUE COLOURS
Determine a pleasing colour pattern and set aside enough shims for each paint colour and/or stain to complete the design.

3. PAINT OR STAIN
Using a paintbrush, paint the front and sides of each shim and let dry. Using a foam brush, apply the dark stain to the front and sides of one quarter of the shims. Rub off excess stain using a paper towel and let dry.

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4. QUICK FIX
Starting at the top row, glue the shims horizontally onto the wall in the colour pattern of your choice, making sure the shims point in the same direction. For the second row from the top, point the shims in the opposite direction and alternate this way all the way down.

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5. MADE TO MEASURE
Cut the ends of the last shim, to ensure the shims fit onto the wall perfectly if required.

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Tip: Glue shims onto plywood sheets and fasten to the wall for a temporary or reusable wall
feature.

Nicholas’ Paint Colour Picks:
Saman Dark Oak Stain #112 8 oz.
Benjamin Moore 2056-50 Baby Boy Blue Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore 2052-60 China Blue Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore CC460 Inukshuk Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore 2122-70 Snow White flat paint – 1 quart

 

Sources-
mytoolshed.co.uk

Cutout Map DIY

Map of Paris

Cut Out Map of Paris

MATERIALS REQUIRED
White paper
Tape
Self healing cutting mat
Exacto knife (and extra blades)
Metal ruler
Poster paper – black
Spray adhesive

GOOGLE MAPS
Find and print a map of your favourite city. Enlarge it on a photocopy machine to create a pleasing scale.

PAPER CUT
Place your map on top of a large white sheet of paper and tape together and then tape both pieces securely to cutting mat (so papers don’t shift). Using an Exacto knife and a metal ruler as a guide, carefully cut through both sheets of paper removing only the buildings and landmarks and leaving the streets uncut. The streets will remain intact, attached to the white paper.

CITY CENTER
Once all cuts are complete, remove the tape and carefully separate the photocopy from the white paper. Place the cutout underlay on top of a black or colourful piece of paper and affix in place with a spray adhesive.

INFRASTRUCTURE
Protect your art by framing it behind glass.

From Issue 17 – JulAug 2014

Bar Cart DIY

A retro Salton Hot Table is rescued from oblivion—returned to a life of purposeful, colourful service.

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MATERIALS REQUIRED
Serving or bar cart (aka, a good find)
2 Colours of Spray Paint – Outdoor/Indoor – Krylon – gloss
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
Wrapping Paper

CURBSIDE CLASSIC
Always pay attention to the road ahead, but keep an eye on the curb for treasures that may be abandoned.

OLD TO GOLD
Using metallic gold Krylon spray paint, evenly coat all exposed metal parts, including the wheels and black rubber tires. Paint the rest of the cart in a contrasting colour.

MOD REVIVAL
Mod Podge is a gift to DIY’ers who long to turn objects into decoupage treasures. Select a decorative wrapping paper and cut to fit the required areas. Use a paintbrush to coat the bottom of the tray and place wrapping paper on its surface. Smooth out any bubbles with your hands and apply another coat of the Mod Podge over wrapping paper to seal the surface. Let dry overnight.

Dabble Savvy: Poke holes in air bubbles with a needle, smooth with a paintbrush.

From Issue 15 – May 2014 

Bottle Service – Transforming an Old Bar Cart

Spring has sprung and so have yard sales, or as I like to call it, “Stop the car” season! Keep your eyes peeled for treasures because you never know what you will find on the side of the curb and at an early morning garage sale.

While driving through my neighborhood,  I spotted a bar cart at the side of the road. To my satisfaction, it was a retro Salton Hot Table – a popular item in the 60s and 70s for keeping plates hot. The cart was in amazing shape and I was thrilled someone threw it away.

Before

I instantly envisioned a colourful bar cart for serving refreshing summer cocktails during dinner parties. The hot table component was easily removed by cutting the electrical cord and removing four mounting screws from the wood support on the sides.

Once removed, I measured the opening and got a new piece of wood cut at a big box store to fit the inside bottom and reused the middle wood bracket for maximum support. The wood areas were painted lime green and the metal hardware was painted gold. I cut a piece of lime green faux snakeskin wrapping paper to fit the bottom of the trays using Modge Podge to secure and protect the paper.

After

Read the step-by-step instructions in the May 2014 issue of Dabble.

GoldenEye

  • Furnishings, like the bamboo and wicker drumtables and stone coffee table are simple and organic in shape. Classic Panton chairs tuck under the dark wood chess tables.
  • Black frames on a white bead board wall display images of Bond author, Ian Fleming at GoldenEye.
  • The unassuming white-washed bungalow with cedar shingles is perched atop an oceanfront cliff that leads to a private beach.
  • Sustainable wood furniture connects the interior to nature.
  • The textured ceiling gives the whitewashed interior a more intimate scale.
  • As the author said himself, “Don’t on any account fool around too much with colours. Keep everything white inside.”
  • Fleming's original desk (the one at which he wrote 14 James Bond novels) still resides at GoldenEye.
  • The villa also features a private outdoor spa bathroom surrounded by tropical foliage, blooming trees and bamboo fences.

 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELA AUCLAIR

Where To Stay in Jamaica: Half Moon

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It doesn’t get much more perfect than the RockResort, Half Moon.  Named after its crescent shaped 2-mile private coastline, this oceanfront complex offers guests the prettiest beach in Montego Bay.

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PERFECT PARADISE
While indulging in the luxury of Half Moon, giddy-up and take a horse ride along the coastline. Guides will even lead the horses into the ocean with you in the saddle. The resorts activities include a world-class championship golf course designed by Robert Trench Jones, 51 swimming pools including an Olympic size lap pool, and a “Swim with the Dolphins” experience which is overseen by multiple pool management companies to ensure the guest has the absolute best experience.

TIP:  Consider using the complimentary shuttle or rent a golf cart to get around the impressive 400-acre sprawling grounds.

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COCONUT COCKTAILS
Enjoy a fresh cut coconut from the many palms surrounding the decadent accommodations of Half Moon. 32 bedroom Royal Villas are situated along picturesque sunrise beach.  Each Villa is decorated in cool tropical colours, has it’s own private swimming pool, garden terrace, and is staffed with a cook, housekeeper, and butler.

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Everything is Irie! A Special Thanks to Jamaica.

I fell in love with Jamaica.  The incredible people, culture and cuisine was surpassed only by the fragrant fresh air, gorgeous beaches and coastal plains that give you the feeling you’re standing as close to heaven as humanly possible.

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One of the biggest pleasures I had on this adventure was meeting new friends. The Jamaican Tourist Board went out of their way to showcase Jamaica’s best.

Symerna Blake, our fabulous guide, is a knowledgeable ambassador for Jamaica. Thank you Symerna for making the trip so special.

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I’d also like to thank our ultra savvy driver Jermaine Smith from Paradise Travels whose road warrior skills and panache got us through some tough terrain… always on-time and in-style!

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With endless gratitude,

Nicholas Rosaci and Team Dabble

 

Design for Living

  • Sir Noël Coward, the legendary English playwright, actor, singer, director and composer was also known for his flamboyant wit and personal style.
  • Immortalized in this stone statue, Coward sits forever in his beloved garden, peering out onto an almost unchanged glorious natural coastline.
  • Inside, rooms are filled with Coward’s original furniture, artifacts, paintings and photographs.
  • A photo of good friend, Marlene Dietrich sits atop the piano.

East of Oracabessa, Jamaica sits Firefly, named after the glowing insects indigenous to these lush hills. Noël Coward’s famed mountaintop estate offers an unparallelled view of St Mary’s harbor, the original lookout for the notorious pirate Sir Henry Morgan (of rum bottle fame).

My sense of importance to small. On the other hand importance to myself to the world is relatively hand my sense of my own myself is tremendous.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELA AUCLAIR

Jamaica: Top Spots in Montego Bay

Montego Bay has more than a few temptations. Here are 6 reasons (beyond spectacular beaches, lovely people and great food!) to visit now.

1. Pamper yourself with a leisurely massage at the Ferntree Spa, the ultimate relaxation experience at Half Moon RockResort.

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The Ferntree Spa at Half Moon RockResort.
Photography by Angela Auclair

2. Don’t miss the sunset at Doctor’s Cave Beach. The long pier seems never-ending, just like the legendary sunset.

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The pier at Doctor’s Cave Beach.
Photography by Angela Auclair

3. As far as haunted mansions go, Rose Hall Great Hall is the most notorious and the most beautiful one in Jamaica. Annie Palmer (aka White Witch) is the local spectre. It’s said she murdered all her husbands here, one-by-one. If you’re not afraid, you’ll enjoy a tour of the tastefully decorated interiors.

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Rose Hall Great Hall
Photography by Angela Auclair

4. Immerse yourself in Jamaican culture and art at the Old Fort Craft and Heritage Park. Meet artisans and crafters and find something unique to love and bring home.

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Handmade crafts at Old Fort Craft and Heritage Park
Photography by Angela Auclair

5. Located at the centre of Montego Bay and amongst the cobblestone streets of Sam Sharpe Square are heritage structures dedicated to Jamaica’s national hero, Samuel Sharpe. Samuel spoke out against slavery and was eventually tried and hung after the rebellion to abolish slavery failed. His bravery lives on.

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Heritage sculptures at Sam Sharpe Square
Photography by Angela Auclair

6. Take a walk through history when you visit this authentic sugar plantation at Greenwood Great House. The home features most of the original furniture and some rare musical instruments.

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Greenwood Great House
Photography by Angela Auclair

Jamaica: Top Spots in Ochos Rios

Ochos Rios is the ideal antidote to winter. Here are 6 warm reasons to visit now.

1. In 1955, the famed English playwright, Noël Coward purchased a retreat 1,200 feet above Blue Harbour for $150. Here he would build a simple house, which he named Firefly. The hilltop property boasts incredible views of the north coast of Jamaica which is open to the public for exploring.

Statue of Noel Coward at Firefly Photography courtesy Angela Auclair

Statue of Noel Coward at Firefly
Photographed by Angela Auclair

2. Famous for its Jam-Italian fusion cuisine, the restaurant Evita’s has hosted many celebrities including Princess Margaret and Brad Pitt. The menu celebrates creativity and has garnered a reputation as “the best little pasta house in Jamaica”.

Contributor Nicholas Rosaci poses with Evita and a Chef. Photographed by Angela Auclair

Contributor Nicholas Rosaci poses with Evita and Chef in the kitchen at Evita’s.
Photographed by Angela Auclair

3. Right outside Ochos Rios are the breathtaking Dunn’s River Falls, which are over 600 meters high and cascade through steps of crystal clear water into the Caribbean Sea. Be brave and climb the falls at Jamaica’s most famous water attraction or be led in a human chain by an experienced Falls Guide.

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Climb Dunn’s River Falls alone or with a Falls Guide.
Photography by Angela Auclair

4. Wassi Art is the premier place for a one of a kind Jamaican pottery. Local artists create beautifully sculpted and painted merchandise in plain view of their audience. If you are looking for something special, it’s worth spending an afternoon right here.

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See pottery being made first hand at Wassi Art.
Photography by Angela Auclair

5. Located on the Good Hope Plantation, David Pinto’s Ceramic Art Studio offers an immersive and educational look into the fundamentals of ceramic making. David’s world recognized work ranges from clay teacup to spectacular life size objects of art.

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Meet David and his team at David Pinto’s Ceramic Art Studio.
Photography by Angela Auclair