Family Heirloom gets a makeover

About two years ago – just as we were finishing up our big renovation – I got a call from my father-in-law: Him: “Moo (he calls me Moo) do you want that big thing that was in the dining room in the old house?” Me:  (thinking – big thing big thing what’s the big thing) […]

$79 dining room sideboard

As part of last fall’s renovation-that-wore-me-out, we turned our old kitchen screened porch into our new dining room.  Before it was done, I knew I wanted to have a sideboard for that space to hold all of our tablecloths, candles, etc.  I loved the look of this piece from Thrifty Decor Chick:   The color, […]

Living room armoire

So we are still working away – slowly – on our new great room.  Still no stone work, still painted plywood floors -whatever.  I wasn’t too motivated to do much over the winter – the fall construction knocked the wind out of my sails! We did a little decorating – got new couches and a […]

Call Me Ishmael…

Call me Ishmael. “Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me at home, I thought I would invest in a large and spacious refrigerator to store the spoils of my motherly excursions to the grocery store…” All apologies to […]

Reveal: Bathroom shelves

When I designed our powder room, I made one wall very thick so that (a) I could fit a pocket door into it and (b) run plumbing to the second floor bathroom.  Funny thing is that rather than being 6″ thick, it ended up being a full foot thick!  Take away this cautionary advice – […]

Quick lampshade switcheroo

Here’s a quick fix up to share with you. I set out this pretty pair of lamps behind the couch in our new great room, but they didn’t look right. They were pretty enough, but something was just off…   On a whim, I dug out a pair of old drum shades that I’ve been […]

Rusty nail collage

A  few months ago we were working on our new great room and decided to have salvaged beams installed to add some architectural interest.  You can read about those beams here. Here is what the beams looked like when they arrived. They were filled with nails – some new, some old – and we had […]

$25 Coffee Table

Coffee tables are tricky.  Is the size right?  Is the scale right?  Are the materials right?  And I going to whack a gash in my shin everytime I walk by it?  I fuss over choosing a coffee table far more than I fuss over bigger things, like say couches or carpets. So how stunned was […]

Dramatic Dining…

We’ve been working way this fall on finishing a big home renovation project that has been underway since 2007. Yep.  2007. It has been a long haul.  We have changed a LOT of stuff – converted a garage into a great room, changed a dining room into a mudroom, created a new staircase, yadda, yadda, […]

Dining Room Sneak Peek

House project moving at light speed now! Here is a sneak peek at the new dining room – full post on that project coming on Sunday!  Stay tuned!

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