Amy Gibb has been working as an X-ray technician for nearly a decade when she attended a blogging conference and discovered an outlet for her love of do-it-yourself projects.
Always Never Done started as a hobby to share the joys of saving and breathing new life into used furniture. But the hobby quickly became something more when Geib’s blog and her DIY twists began garnering attention from the likes of HGTV, Home Depot, and lifestyle site PopSugar.
“It was in the pivotal moment that I had so much fun in this way,” Gibb recalls.
Thus the topic of her blog became a topic of her life as well. In 2015, Jeep turned “Always Never Done” from an online hobby into a real store, and turned herself into a business owner.
Three years ago, she grew up her 1,300-square-foot convenience store in Salonga and purchased new space at 3090 Harrisburg Pike, Landisville. Last year I brought in two partners, Lisa Hoffman and Michelle Zachry. Recently, lead designer Ursula Mendoza Carracciello added to the team.
Today, Always Never Done offers a curated collection of one-of-a-kind pieces and repurposed home décor by Geib and other local artisans. Geib can find hidden treasures ready to be transformed pretty much anywhere, including the trash.
“We literally just pick up things by the way and put them back in again,” Gibb says.
The team also does feature walls, kitchen cabinet paint and custom paint, and offers design services that include everything from color consultations to room renovations to full renovations. For those who share her desire to DIY, Geib and others host workshops on topics such as chalk painting and creating seasonal farms.
Always Never Done also has a coffee shop/cafe and market featuring locally sourced goods.
“We’re trying to make it that place where you come and you want to stay,” Gibb says.
Her favorite room: the sitting area
Geib shares an East Hempfield Township home with her husband and 13-year-old son in many ways as an extension of Always Never Done. Filled with repurposed pieces, it’s an ever-changing palette of Geib’s DIY art, and most of all, a place that invites people to come and stay.
She’s a fan of durable, real wood surfaces, whether it’s a kitchen island or dining table, and she’s not worried about dents or dents here and there. She says she wants people to feel comfortable sitting anywhere and putting their feet up.
Not surprisingly, the home has gone through a few transformations of its own since the Gibbs family moved in about 12 years ago—namely the main floor, which was previously divided into a separate living room, dining room, and kitchenette.
Gibb still laughs as she remembers the day her husband came home to find her – and her son – tearing down the walls. The improvised construction work left them with a somewhat unconventional open concept floor plan along with the challenges that come with it.
With the addition of a sunken family room off the kitchen, the living room at the front of the house became the dining area—a table with enough extensions to accommodate a family gathering of 20 people, says Gibb. The demolition of the walls also allowed them to expand the kitchen island with a wooden surface they discovered at a local supplier of building materials.
In addition to the island benches, Jeep added a high-profile round table, another piece she repurposed by placing a natural wood top on a table base purchased from Wayfair. The matching black chairs were a Facebook Marketplace search.
“I’m a Penny Pincher,” Gibb says. “I like a good deal.”
When all was said and done, Gibbs still had open space between the dining area and the kitchen that didn’t really have a function.
With a little craftsmanship from her husband and some styling advice from Mendoza Carracciello, Jeep transformed that space without purpose into what is now her favorite space—a comfortable seating area for two, perfect for reading, watching the cook prepare dinner or sharing a glass of wine with a friend.
Despite the open concept, the sitting area is a space of its own thanks to a few key design elements, including an accent wall made of white painted hardwood panels, an area rug, and a row of floor-level storage cabinets (originally) cabinets loft kitchen) painted white with a wooden shelf on top.
“There are more glasses of wine than anyone will ever need,” Gibb says.
Two cylindrical swivel chairs with nailhead trim and a small round table invite people to relax and stay for a while. The table is another of Geib’s creations – a base and top that weren’t originally meant to go together. The chairs were a stacked find.
Mendoza-Carrasquillo helped Geib add the finishing touches, including large, abstract mantel landscaping and floral arrangements designed to add color and texture to the room.
“I went in Ursula and faked it all,” says Gibb. “I backed down,” Mendoza-Carrasciello explains.
This includes accent pillows and a warm ginger-colored throw to make these chairs even more inviting.
My husband said: Why do you want to put chairs there? Jeb remembers it. “Now he sits there all the time.”
With a new project always on Jeep’s radar, he may not want to feel comfortable.
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