DIY, Kitchen

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel in a Small House: 7 Tips

We are close to the end of our kitchen renovation journey! It's been a lot of work (mostly for Dave) and quite stressful at times, but the part that I thought would be the most stressful turned out to be the least stressful, and things that I had not accounted for caused me the most… Continue reading How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel in a Small House: 7 Tips

DIY, Interiors, Kitchen

Good Ol’ Days: Heat, A Snorkeling Mask and Plaster – This Old House Part 5

I am at the point in my kitchen remodel where I am questioning the entire Interior Design industry and the deceptions that are Pinterest and Instagram.  Why do I feel the need to update my kitchen?  It worked just fine before.  Yes, it was dark and the cabinets were over 60 years old, but it… Continue reading Good Ol’ Days: Heat, A Snorkeling Mask and Plaster – This Old House Part 5

DIY, Interiors, Kitchen

Kitchen Sinks and Romantic Comedies

I love a high back, vintage-style farmhouse sink.  If I could figure out a way to put one into my kitchen (that didn't involve moving the sink to another wall) I would install one before you could ask "How practical are they really?" There are a number of these vintage sinks for sale online.  … Continue reading Kitchen Sinks and Romantic Comedies

Children's Rooms, DIY, Interiors

The Secret Room Behind the Wardrobe: An Update

Sylvia's secret room went viral in March and is technically not much of a secret anymore.  While all of the "fame" hasn't brought any fortune, it's been enormous fun for us as a family.   It all started with a cool article in Apartment Therapy.  Next, a writer from the Today Show contacted me.  … Continue reading The Secret Room Behind the Wardrobe: An Update

DIY, Interiors, Kitchen

The Cult of the Porcelain Light Socket: This Old House Part 4

Do you really need ice?  The first weekend we tore up the kitchen (read about that here) we moved the refrigerator across the room to let more light into the room.  We never hooked the water line up and we were suddenly sans ice.  I thought Dave was waiting on moving the water line, but I… Continue reading The Cult of the Porcelain Light Socket: This Old House Part 4

DIY, Interiors, Kitchen

Indecision and Anxiety: This Old House Part 3

This is what I learned about making decisions for your own home:  nothing. My last blog post on my kitchen was a little over two weeks ago and in that time decisions were made but indecision and anxiety have sidled into my life like long lost friends. I lost sleep the other night over faucets.  … Continue reading Indecision and Anxiety: This Old House Part 3

Before and After, DIY, Kitchen

Kitchen Renovation Saga: This Old House Part 2

It's been 2 weeks since we took out a wall in our kitchen (if you missed that post, you can read about it here).  We have a small, 1930's cottage-style house and taking this wall down only served to let much needed natural light into the kitchen.  It did not join it miraculously to the… Continue reading Kitchen Renovation Saga: This Old House Part 2

Before and After, DIY

DIY Home Renovation Project in a Weekend: What NOT to Do

I never took any before photos of the kitchen in the 1930's house we have now, except for this one corner  It's a small, dark kitchen that, according to my mom, feels like a dead end.  It's 1960's pine cabinetry with one small window.  It's a tile floor that reminds me of an auto parts… Continue reading DIY Home Renovation Project in a Weekend: What NOT to Do

Before and After, DIY, Interiors

My Converted Garage to a Design Studio: Take a tour!

We converted our detached, circa 1939 garage over the Spring this year into a design studio (you can read more about the start of it here) and I have been working in it ever since.  It's awesome to walk outside in the morning with my mug of coffee, say hello to the koi and goldfish  in the pond,… Continue reading My Converted Garage to a Design Studio: Take a tour!

DIY, Interiors

Are We Out of the Woods: 4 High Impact Areas to consider swaddling in wood planks

Adding wood planks to an accent wall is a relatively easy and quick way to add a fun natural element to your home that inherently brings warmth and texture.  It's a trend that's been out there for a while - but keeps gaining in momentum.  What I love about it are the possibilities: you can use reclaimed wood, wood… Continue reading Are We Out of the Woods: 4 High Impact Areas to consider swaddling in wood planks