Year in Review 2012

There’s such a mix of emotions at the brink of a New Year, isn't there?  Excitement and anticipation about what the new year will hold, and a bit reflective and thoughtful about what the past year held. As I look through the Musings posts for 2012, not only is my exhaustion validated, but there’s a ton o’ satisfaction in the projects … [Read more...]

My Christmas Home

  [facebooksimplelike] Welcome – I’m so glad you’re here!  YOU are the very best kind of Christmas visitor – I can only offer you virtual drinks and snacks (requiring minimal effort), AND I can host you while in my fuzzy pj pants, ghastly hair and no makeup. I'm not even kidding, it's Perfect.  Blog Hosting is the shizz. The Christmas … [Read more...]

From Square to Groovy Baby

  Have you added HomeTalk to your list of time sucking addictive websites for all things Home?  Go spend some time over there, it’s full of inspiring and creative ideas – you can find me here.   Waaay back in April I mentioned an upcoming client project - a master bath renovation - and promised ‘Before’ pictures that would blow … [Read more...]

Black Interior Doors

    A couple years ago, the Mister & I ripped all the carpet off the stairs, added new treads, stained them dark walnut, poly’d them (3 coats), and painted the risers white.  The whole hallway was painted (Benjamin Moore) Revere Pewter, one of my all-time favorite neutrals. Every. Single. Spindle. was removed, primed, painted … [Read more...]

That 70’s Bath….

    My clients live in a beautiful, sprawling bungalow, circa 1978.  The circa ’78 style brings with it many very cool features - vaulted ceilings, a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, a gorgeous brick wall in the dining room.  Think Brady Bunch main floor and you’re on the right track. But it also brings circa ’78 … [Read more...]

Guest Bedroom MakeOver

  [facebooksimplelike] This is the story of how a dreary & sad guest bedroom (that clearly didn’t even deserve sheets, poor dear) became brilliant and dazzling.  It was actually even drearier than this ‘Before’ pic, because before ‘Before’, it was still Builder Beige with bad carpet.           And now....  New carpet & … [Read more...]

Dressers & Baking….

  [facebooksimplelike] This story is about dressers.  And baking – Baking & Dressers.  And Sacrifice. So, first, have I ever told you about my friend Dawn’s baking?  As in, her world-class, amazingly delicious baking?  Cobblers, crisps, brownies, blondies, cookies & cakes – that just show up at my door.  I cannot, (and therefore, … [Read more...]

Mirror Top DIY

[facebooksimplelike]   Mirror topped furniture is like instant pizzazz....it’s glam, it’s elegant. It works in just about any decorating style. Here’s more proof that a bit o’ sparkle adds awesome to anything.... You can mirror your toes....... You can chrome up your car, ala The Beebs.... Told you. I’ll be honest though, … [Read more...]

Oh Just Spray Paint It…..

  [facebooksimplelike] If you’re immersed in the world of design/decorating blogs, an avid DIY-er, an obsessive Pinner, (or all of the above) it's easy to forget that not everyone is. Quite often during Consultations, I will recommend a re-purposing of certain pieces - new area, new use, some altering, and of course, painting or spray … [Read more...]

Paint it Black

[facebooksimplelike] When I posted about the treasures we found to decorate our Outdoor Spaces, you may recall my disgrace about the peeling porch paint.  And if publicly humiliating myself is what it takes to motivate me, then so be it. I painted the porch.  SW Black Fox, rolled on 2 coats, took all of 20 minutes. And that led to a fresh coat … [Read more...]