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

  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 work at all … [Read more...]

Vanity, Serendipity, & Anaglypta

  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 is how it … [Read more...]

Upholstered Headboard Tutorial

  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 more...]

I LOVE Accomplishment

  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

  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 spectacular ‘new’ … [Read more...]

Dressers = Sanity.

  Remember I gave you a sneak peek at the dressers we finally found on Kijiji – their sizes, detailing & quality were absolutely perfect. With the exception of the boards between the drawers, they are solid maple & I have several pulled muscles that are very angry about their weight. Here's the requisite … [Read more...]

Halfway

  And what I mean by ‘halfway’, is that I have no completed & gorgeous dressers to show you, accompanied by riveting & informative tutorials. No, I do not, but I am halfway done. So, given the fail on this timeline, I thought we’d just share some time together this week, sorta just hang, look at some pretty, maybe chat about your … [Read more...]

….And Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas….

Even though I do this for a living, I think it’s easy to become overwhelmed with design ideas on how to Holiday Up your house....I follow so many amazing blogs with such talented & creative decorators/DIY-ers, the inspiration is endless. Between my blog pals and Pinterest, it could be noon before I’m even dressed. Don't ever tell anyone … [Read more...]

Cape Cod Stylin’

[facebooksimplelike] Last week I mentioned my special client who wanted to create Cape Cod spaces in her home.  The 2 ‘spare’ bedrooms (not the Master) were to be transformed into a cottage bedroom and a TV room/lounge space. My client Laurie spent most of her childhood summers in Cape Cod, at 445 Turnip Field Rd....for her, to have rooms that … [Read more...]