(Really) Cool Rustic Signs – Available!

Reverse stain 1

  Remember this sign that went into my clients living room?   Well, because of it's absolute awesomeness, it became a kind of popular & sought after item in these parts.....and I was asked to create custom pieces for other people. Like this one   And this one for a restaurant...   The … [Read more...]

Home is A (Well Decorated) Feeling….

Rustic Vintage Masculine Living Room After

I received an email with the subject line  “Need help”. The email read “I recently bought my home (2011) and did an extensive kitchen, living room, bathroom renovation. I am now looking for design help for furniture selection, theme and overall look and feel.” What my client meant by “Need help” was simply hiring someone to create that overall … [Read more...]

A Family Room re-designed

Family Room design & renovation

  This is the Family Room that (now) adjoins the Kitchen we recently completed. Gorgeous, isn’t it? Here’s where we started....   The functional changes we made to this space included closing up an entrance from the hallway, and removing a half wall into the kitchen.  This created a more open concept, and a better … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day

love

  Ahhh, Valentine’s Day.  The day we celebrate the One we Love.  I think that’s what we’re doing, is that even right?  In any case, we’re celebrating Love. In elementary school, I loved the cute/cheesy valentines cards that were exchanged...well, until it became a competition about who-got-more-Valentines-and-from-whom-and-what-did … [Read more...]

In The BlogLight with HomeTalk

inthebloglight

  In case you aren’t completely addicted already, let me hook.you.up - Hometalk is an online community to share home-related projects, ask home-related questions, and be inspired by amazingly talented DIY-ers, bloggers, and professionals.  Each week, one blogger is chosen to be In The Bloglight!  So, here I am – um, super-YAY! Miriam … [Read more...]

Year in Review 2012

new year

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...]

Some Christmas Pretty

Christmas Staircase

 [facebooksimplelike] Have you started your Christmas decorating? I have always refused to start decorating or Christmas shopping until December arrived....just one of my thangs.  This year, we got started about mid-November on both – and I’m completely converted.  The Mister & I have both been so busy with work these last few weeks, and have … [Read more...]

Black Interior Doors

Upper Hall 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...]

Guest Bedroom MakeOver

Guest Bedroom (2)

  [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….

Long Dresser Oxford White

  [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...]