"The French only know how to do well any style, be it fashion or home decor, I love their architecture and decorated details," says Lundstrom, French Vintage Décor author: Easy and Elegant DIY Projects for Any Home. (photo: much better with age)
For Jamie Lundstrom, dealing with do-it-yourself projects provided the indispensable release from a stressful career in the medical field, where she worked for 14 years.
"I did not think I was a creative person," he admits, referring to those initial efforts after hours. "But I spent my time in the evenings and on the weekends making plans at home and I always felt good after painting a piece of furniture or sewing pillows".
Lundstrom argues that practical activities required a level of creativity that he was not experiencing in his work.
"When you work on a computer all day, it's nice to be able to work with your hands on a project," he says.
As she moves away from the idea of calling herself an artist, she says that do-it-yourself activities reminded her how much she liked to paint and refinish teenage furniture. It was an interest that he collected from his parents at a young age.
"Both my parents are do-it-yourself and they only did stuff because they had to, there's never been a thought of calling someone to fix something," he says. "I saw my father and my grandfather settling and building almost everything in our house and on our hobby farm and my father was also a welder, he made these extravagant play structures for our goats, my mother and sister are sturdy and my mother once owned a children's clothing boutique and even my birth mother (I was adopted) is an artist.
"Growing up in all this has naturally influenced me in wanting to do it myself".
So, with the do-it-yourself practically in the blood, it is not surprising that Lundstrom eventually turned his interest into a career. Now, the Vancouver-based creator runs his own website, So Much Better with Age. The site, which highlights ideas and furniture projects, was the launch pad for Lundstrom to collaborate with companies and appear on TV.
And now he has also written a book.
Entitled vintage French furniture: easy and elegant do-it-yourself projects for any home, the book sees Lundstrom presenting 70 ideas and exercises for projects, each inspired by the classic French design, an aesthetic that is ascribed with the majority of his design projects.
"I call my vintage French style," he says. "It's a combination of my love for French and European furniture and decor, and my love for vintage things, the French know how to do well any style, be it fashion or home decor I love their architecture and decorated details, it's amazing how much thought and technique went to decorate a single room. "
Lundstrom states that the French design style appeals to his love of all things of old, while allowing it to incorporate that vintage atmosphere into decidedly more modern spaces.
"I love incorporating something French, like a curved piece of furniture and a chandelier, into a modern space and also adding a touch of something old or rustic," he says. "It makes the space unique with lots of plot."
Through the do-it-yourself, he says that people can differentiate their living spaces from similar places, perfect for images, which are often shared on social platforms like Instagram and Pinterest as "home decor" options.