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...]

Oversize Dining Room Lantern

[facebooksimplelike] Our love affair began in a parking lot. Not the most romantic of beginnings, seedy & cheap almost. Fitting, because I could see she had 'A Past' - sitting there in all her brassy boldness. But it was like a magnetic energy that pulled us together.  You know that feeling when all your nerve endings go on high alert and … [Read more...]

Summer Happy – Outdoor Decorating Inspiration

[facebooksimplelike] FINALLY I SAY! I have thawed, the sun is warm and wonderful and the time is here for living outdoors! We’re in the midst of "re-creating" our outdoor spaces a bit, I’ll show you what we’ve been doing around here soon. It involves spray paint, re-purposing, and color....just a few of my very favorite … [Read more...]

Mirror, Mirror (or Door) on the Wall

  I'm loving beautiful old doors....All the carved details, weathered finishes, and architectural elements are amazing You don’t even need to do anything with them – just lean them against the wall: fullbloomcottage theparisapartment But you CAN do some really cool projects with old doors, like these: Mount bedside sconces on … [Read more...]

Vintage Lighting….and a Tutorial

[facebooksimplelike] I’ve owned up to my fixation love affair with Vintage lighting a few times, here and on Facebook. I don’t understand it any better than you do, it just IS. The fact that I have more lighting than lighting outlets is actually the bigger problem. Anyhow. Sometimes you get lucky and find a Vintage Light that requires no … [Read more...]

Updates, Thoughts, Kijiji….and some crying

[facebooksimplelike] Well, the only thing that’s been going on around here lately is work....that bathroom reno I told you about last week is headed to the finish line, and I’ve been Staging like crazy. And did you ever read my post on Manly Decorating?  Well, that milkshake is bringing the boys to my yard because I’ve had 2 projects decorating … [Read more...]

Vanity, Serendipity, & Anaglypta

[facebooksimplelike] Welcome to this very tiny space between the Master Bedroom & the EnSuite bath. I’m pretty sure that at some point in history this was a regular closet, the ‘his’ side, because it’s opposite the door to the walk in closet.  Some previous owner probably removed sliding doors and created a vanity/dressing area space. This … [Read more...]

Upholstered Headboard Tutorial

[facebooksimplelike] So first off,  2 things: 1. Thanks.  Big, huge, sloppy thanks.  You have no idea how much I love every single one of you who subscribes/reads my Musings & leaves comments, & pins my projects, & connects with me on FB & Pinterest.  Seriously, it blows my mind. From down-deep-where-I-live, thank you. 2. Read … [Read more...]

I LOVE Accomplishment

[facebooksimplelike] The planets have definitely aligned lately, The Mister & I have been able to complete quite a few of the quick-ish projects for the Master Bedroom.  I’m walking you through several all in one post, either A) because the Tutorial is very brief, or B) because I followed someone elses … [Read more...]

Technology vs. Pretty

[facebooksimplelike] During the continued saga of the Completely Unnecessary Master Bedroom Re-Do, we needed to deal with the television.  Here we are, creating this serene, shabby elegant haven; full of white and natural linen, softly worn looking furniture, beautiful wood....and then BAM, there’s the TV. Absolutely NOT sitting on those … [Read more...]