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

DIY

The Hopeful Brick Fireplace: Part 1

I do realize that someone out there might really dig this fireplace, but it's not for me.  We've been in our house for 4 months and I finally had time to turn to this dark, gloomy brick creature that sits awkwardly in the middle of a long wall in a long room and say "You… Continue reading The Hopeful Brick Fireplace: Part 1

DIY, Interiors

Planking Interior Walls: Where it Works Best

Planks on interior walls is a Classic Cottage look that has seen a revival over the past 3 years or so in the Interior Design world.  It hasn't particularly hit my radar until just recently when I've been thinking about adding planking to a back stairwell in a house to add a little character.  When and… Continue reading Planking Interior Walls: Where it Works Best