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...]

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...]

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...]

Main Bathroom Renovation

  [facebooksimplelike]   Well, my clients finally have their home back – renovations are complete.  Renovating 2 bathrooms back-to-back definitely creates a few weeks of havoc & inconvenience, but kinda like ripping off a band-aid, they just went for it.  I’ve already taken you through the completed Ensuite Bath, and detailed … [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...]