Medina woman’s homey project featured in decorating magazine
MEDINA, Ohio -- Kristin Gambaccini calls herself a “Mompreneur” for good reason.
As the mother of eight children ranging in age from 1 to 18, she found herself in need of a hobby that she could pursue at home to both help keep her sanity and add to the family’s income. In the process, she’s found that she can inspire other moms to stretch their imaginations and their budgets.
The Gambaccinis moved from West Akron to Medina, where husband Ed teaches, in 2009, when Kristin was pregnant with their fifth child. They found only one home that was in their price range and large enough to comfortably hold their growing family.
Unfortunately, Kristin didn’t like the house, because she felt it was too similar to the other homes in the neighborhood.
She set out to personalize the home with low-cost furniture and repurposed items -- and in the process created a home she loves, as well as a small business, Perfectly DeStressed.
Kristin now creates handmade, repurposed items that she sells. She also refinishes furniture -- some of which her friends find discarded on tree lawns and bring to her.
Recently, the decorating magazine “Somerset Home,” which specializes in “Handmade Ideas to Beautify Your Home,” contacted her about featuring one of her projects that had appeared on her Instagram site. She agreed to contribute, and was rewarded with a cover photo and a four-page spread, with close-up pictures of the details.
She has found that several magazines and store chains regularly follow her Instagram and “like” her entries. When she gets a response from Tractor Supply, “Cottage Journal,” “Better Homes and Gardens,” “Country Sampler,” or “Country Living,” Kristin laughingly says, “I have personal celebrations.”
The Gambaccinis’ home is comfortably and uniquely decorated, with lots of painted furniture, built-in bookcases brought from their Akron home, a long harvest table with benches to hold their large family, and lots of comfortable nooks to keep the children occupied and happy.
“They have their sibling rivalries, but they do so well with each other,” Kristin says.
When they needed to replace the floor downstairs, the cost of hardwood floors was prohibitive and didn’t fit into the budget. Ed purchased plywood pieces, cut, sanded, and painted them, and laid them throughout the main floor for less than $200.
The couple worked together on a weekend project to skim-coat concrete countertops over the existing countertop in the kitchen. The result is a beautiful and stylish work surface.
Kristin says, “I love using architectural salvage.”
The back yard is home to two dogs, a bunny and six chickens. The chicken coop that Ed built from scrap lumber and a vegetable garden are fenced to keep in the chickens and to keep out predators and deer.
A boot rack made from spindles that cost 25 cents each holds rubber boots for each family member.
Kristin recently created a workshop in their sunroom that holds her drill press, power saw, gallons of paint, and other supplies needed to create her repurposed projects. Last fall, she sold 50 wooden turkeys that she had made from used fence boards. She posted a picture on Instagram, took orders and arranged for a “porch pickup.”
She says, “I love to be in my home, but I was getting lost in motherhood.” She regularly hears from other mothers who have copied her ideas or who have been inspired to “think outside the box.”
She reaches out on her Instagram page: http:www.instagram.com/perfectly destressed. Check out the pictures of her latest projects.