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Antique Inspired Kitchen Island

We have an antique inspired kitchen island in our newly renovated kitchen. I saw an antique general store counter advertised for sale around the time I was planning our kitchen and considered buying it, but it was so far away and I was so busy, that it really wasn't feasible to spend an entire day to go pick it up. Plus, to be honest, even though I loved the look of it, this island would be a workhorse for the function of the kitchen so I was a little concerned with it only offering all open shelving for storage. What we really needed were drawers for ... Keep Reading...

Wall Mounted Pot Rack

I love pot racks! They can offer beautiful and convenient pan storage. In the last 3 houses we've owned, I designed a pot rack to fit each kitchen's space best, both wall mounted pot racks and a free hanging pot rack. You can read about some of those other pot racks I've written about here. In our house we call 'home' these days, as I was designing the kitchen, I was able to squeak just enough space for a wall mounted pot rack at the end of the cabinets. (HERE is a link for the cabinets I ordered online. I love them!) This is a convenient location to the ... Keep Reading...

Romantic Centerpiece DIY

This post was originally published 5 years ago! That was in our last house, a 100 year old house we renovated and then sold. This centerpiece was so pretty, and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I felt it was applicable to re-post it. I did add in online shopping links for you to duplicate fairly closely a centerpiece like this one. All the Christmas decorations have been put away for a few weeks, and now I'm ready to get a little Valentine's Day decor out. However, I'm really not in the mood for a bunch of hearts and 'busy stuff' this year. I ... Keep Reading...

Little Brick Cottage Back Entry Re-Do

Several years ago, when I first started to blog, I showed you this project I was working on. It was a very charming 1800's little brick cottage that really needed a redo! When we purchased this house, this is what the back entry looked like: It was ‘yucky’ at best, and it had some real issue. There was no natural light in the space, there was a door closing the kitchen off from the entry, yet the landing from outside was completely opened to the basement and felt dangerously close to the first basement step. The first thing we did was to remove ... Keep Reading...

DIY Wallpaper Mural

Last week I told you to be watching for the 'official announcement' of the business expansions I'm undertaking. (You can read more details in THIS POST) I'll be offering a few different avenues of decorating consulting and am super excited about being able to help people achieve the style and function in their homes that they seek. This was the peek of the name of the new decorating consulting business: Still just a teaser... I'm almost ready to reveal the name, but once I do, that means the web site for it goes 'live' and it just needs a little bit ... Keep Reading...

Business Expansions are Coming!

I've been so busy, and I'm super excited to share with you what's been taking up a considerable amount of my time lately. I have business expansions coming! Even though I'm super busy getting it all organized, I really wanted to share a bit about it with you here. Twenty-two years ago I opened up a design studio and was quite busy doing all sorts of interior decorating. Then, due to some personal reasons, I made the very difficult decision to close my design business. It was a hard decision, but once I did it, it was confirmed that it was the right ... Keep Reading...

Christmas Collecting 2019

Oh my! I have been having so much fun Christmas collecting this year!! Before I show you some of my found treasures though, Here's a quick view of our Thanksgiving table taken while I was working on setting it: I found these black and white buffalo check chairs here. They work better than the wider wicker ones we had here because they're a little narrower and we can more easily squeeze extra chairs in-between them when we need to. It was a lovely understated table setting. I love using my parent's wedding china, which is a simple 50's pattern of ... Keep Reading...

Front Entry Portiere

I finally got the front entry portiere sewn and hung, and we're loving it... both the way it looks and especially the function it offers! I showed you the front entry renovation progress a few months ago. (HERE you can read the post I wrote on the front entry reno to see it before!) This whole house renovation design plan included mostly removing walls, with the exception of the front entry. It needed defining so I actually designed the plan to add a wall with an open door way dividing the front entry from the front hall. We love the front door ... Keep Reading...

Vintage Screen Door

A few weeks ago I shared with you the details of the tile floor in the 2nd bath. If you missed that post, HERE is where you can read about the tile floor and how I found the right one after ordering 'samples' online. In that same '2nd bathroom' we have an antique screen door in use. Here's the story... When we first bought this house, a later Mid-century with very little character that we've been renovating into a Colonial Revival Cottage style, (see this page with all the renovation projects I've so far written about HERE) what we now call the '2nd ... Keep Reading...

Christmas Shopping at my eBay Store

I've told you how much I love to find treasures... vintage finds are so fun. I love to imagine the story of history behind the piece. I used to go to every garage sale I could find, but now I find my time, (and energy LOL) is more limited. Something I learned when I do go is to not only shop for myself, but to shop for others... If I see an interesting vintage collectible that looks like it's a fair price, I'll try to snag it, even if I'm not going to keep it for myself. Some treasures I find I keep for family gifts. (I have 3 daughters/daughter-in-laws, and ... Keep Reading...