Breakfast Room Plans: Black Is Out, Light & Neutral Is In (But It Wont’ Be Boring!!)

beautiful neutral walls - Thibault Etosha wallpaper combined with traditional wainscoting

Well, black walls are no longer an option for my breakfast room.  Long story short, I've been waffling back and forth on the stencil idea for a while now, but I was still full steam ahead on the black walls idea.  But this weekend, as my mom and I were standing in Home Depot looking at paint samples for my niece's bedroom, she told me that she … [Read more...]

Trying My Hand At Faux Grasscloth Painted Walls

faux grasscloth painted wall treatment - final 1 - resized

It's no secret that I have a slight obsession with grasscloth.  I've been talking about using grasscloth in my living room for the past year.  Unfortunately, I just don't know if the real thing is going to be in the budget.  I always seem to be drawn to the really pricey ones, and as much as I love it, I just don't know if grasscloth is something … [Read more...]

Blues & Greens — My Favorite Color Combo

green and blue decorating - via Quadrille Fabrics

Working at the condo lately has been really good for me.  It has given me a much needed break from the house, but most importantly, it has reminded me how much I love color, and need color in my life and in my home.  I think in my planning for my living room, I've been playing it way too safe.  My condo is a good reminder that safe, for me, is … [Read more...]

Condo Bedroom Finished! (And Staged To Sell)

bedroom after 3

I finally got the condo bedroom completely finished yesterday!  This room needed the most work of any room in the condo, so it's such a relief to have it finished.  It might even be my favorite room in the condo! The closets that I built were the most expensive thing in the room, but I think the added storage is so important in a condo this … [Read more...]

DIY Vine & Flower Dimensional Artwork

Vine and dragonfly artwork with polymer clay flowers -1

Yesterday I made some artwork for the condo bedroom.  (By the way, if you're wondering why I'm "wasting time" making artwork for a place I'm about to sell, I'll try to explain at the end of this post.)  I wasn't actually planning on turning this into a blog post, but when I posted a picture of it on Facebook yesterday, several people asked for me … [Read more...]

A New Year, A New Decorating Strategy

(Warning:  Long, rambling, pictureless post ahead.)  :) I absolutely LOVE the beginning of a new year.  It's like a fresh start.  A clean slate.  A chance to evaluate, correct, redirect, and begin anew.  So every December, I start to think about things, evaluate how I've been doing things, and make plans to change what hasn't been working for … [Read more...]

How To Build A Bookshelf In Two Hours (Or Less!)

how to buld a bookshelf in two hours - 19

I was working at the condo again yesterday, and I reached a point where I had my fill of doing the non-fun stuff, like scraping wallpaper (which I finally finished!), painting walls, caulking baseboards, painting interiors doors, etc.  So I decided to work on a fun, creative project. I've been thinking that the area between the window and the … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Fur Rug (How To Fake A Flokati)

how to make a faux fur rug - DIY faux flokati rug - 13a

After a few days of rest, relaxation, eating food I shouldn't, and spending time with my family, I finally headed back to the condo this weekend to continue the work there.  Most of the work I did isn't blog-worthy -- painting walls, grouting floors, cleaning,  etc.  But I did do a fun project for the bedroom last night.  I made a faux fur rug that … [Read more...]