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Dining Chair Plan – Combining Patterned Fabric and Solid Vinyl

I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how I want my dining chairs to look. If you'll remember, my step-sister gave me four wingback chairs a while back.  (She also gave my my buffet and dining table, so she has almost completely furnished my dining room and entryway.  :-D ) I had … [Read More...]

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DIY Upholstered Headboard With Welt Cord Trim

Yesterday, my mom and I finished the headboard for my niece's bedroom makeover, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  I wanted something simple but pretty, in a solid fabric that wouldn't compete with the wall mural, so we made this DIY upholstered headboard with welt cord trim around the … [Read More...]

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Hallway Bathroom Remodel: Before & After

The bathroom is finished! Woohoo! I'm so excited to be done!  I now have two whole rooms that are completely finished in my house.  :-D  And they just happen to be the two most challenging -- a total gut and remodel of a kitchen and a bathroom.  The rest of the rooms should feel like a walk in the … [Read More...]

decorating with black and white stripes - striped draperies from The Yellow Cape Cod

Three Random Things: Bathroom, Built-Ins, and Black & White Stripes

First things first, all that I have left to do in my bathroom is (1) install the pulls on the built-in cabinet, (2) add one more coat of poly to the countertop, (3) install the exhaust fan above the tub, and (4) add some decorative items (including the new shower curtain).  So I will absolutely be … [Read More...]

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I Can’t Figure Out How To Build This…

This week, I've had two jobs to do.  The first job was to complete my bathroom.  I'll finish it today, shop for all the little finishing touches and accessories tomorrow, and have the big before and after on Monday.  I've got that under control. The second job was to come up with the building … [Read More...]

low cost bathroom updates - build your own open shelf vanity for under $100, via H2O Bungalow

Ideas For Low Cost Bathroom Updates

I'm finally winding down on my bathroom remodel.  I've been at it since the end of January (although I haven't been working on it exclusively for all of that time), and it was a complete down-to-the-studs remodel.  My bathroom was seriously outdated and definitely needed an extensive remodel (in my … [Read More...]

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The Penultimate Bathroom Remodel Post

I give you my word that the next time I post about the bathroom remodel, it'll be the final, official before and after post showing my completely finished bathroom. It's almost finished.  And if you just let out a little scoffing laugh, or rolled your eyes at that statement, I don't blame you one … [Read More...]

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Yaleana’s Bedroom: It All Starts With A Large Flower Wall Mural

A couple of weeks ago, I told y'all that my mom and I are redecorating my 10-year-old neice's bedroom.  Well, Yaleana's bedroom makeover is finally underway!  Before we can get to any of the building projects, we needed to address the drab antique white walls. A 10-year-old's bedroom can't … [Read More...]

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Finished Bathroom Artwork & Dining Room Rug Indecision

Hey there!  I've had some non-blog, non-house-related things to attend to the last two days, so progress on the bathroom remodel has stalled a bit.  But earlier this week, I did get every single last bit of the trim installed and wood filled, and then I got everything partially caulked.  So while no … [Read More...]

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The Music Room Finally Has Music (My “New” 100-Year-Old Piano)

Well, my plan totally backfired.  For a year now, I've dreamed of having a painted piano (teal, perhaps) in my music room.  And until yesterday afternoon, that was the plan.  But now, those plans have changed.  Let me explain... I have a piano in storage somewhere in east Texas.  It's the piano … [Read More...]

wall mural based on schumacher's birds and butterflies wallpaper created with a Sharpie marker by Shannon Berry

Entryway Wall – Four Design Options

I spent all day yesterday working on the bathroom (literally, about 10 hours of wood filling, sanding, caulking, and priming), so naturally I spent quite a bit of that time dreaming about the details of my next project -- the dining room and entryway. :) I had originally planned to do some sort … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Remodel Progress – Tiled Tub/Shower Ceiling & More

It's been twelve days since I posted my final "to do" list for the bathroom remodel, and boldly proclaimed that it should take me about a week to finish up.  And I'm still not finished.  Yep, that's about right.  :) I could have easily finished by now had I stayed focused last week and actually … [Read More...]

olympia flatweave striped rug 8 x 11 from overstock

Forward Momentum (Dining Room Rug Purchase, and More!)

I don't really have any new news or progress photos to share with you today.  I just want to say... I'm so stinking excited! And yes, I'm still blabbering on about finally having a clear plan and a vision for my house.  :-D  It's just been such a good and encouraging week.  I've felt such a … [Read More...]

wallpaper seen in Lilly Pulitzer store

A New Bedroom For My 10-Year-Old Niece (The “Before” And The Plan)

I mentioned a week or so ago that I'd soon be working on a project with my mom. We're going to do some redecorating in my niece's bedroom and give her a room that's truly fit for a 10-year-old girl. Right now, her room is far from girly. In fact, there's nothing about it that says "kid's room" at … [Read More...]

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My Decorating Struggle: Area Rugs

On yesterday's post, someone urged me to be sure to write down all of the details of my decorating plan so that I wouldn't forget between now and when I actually get to the decorating.  That was great advice, so last night I started making some detailed notes.  And that's when I realized that my … [Read More...]

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How My Whole House Design Plan Came Together In Literally One Night

Have you ever been struggling with decorating decisions for your home, and then you make one decision, or come across one item in your stash of goodies, and it makes your whole plan start to fall together? Okay, honestly, I don't think I've ever had that experience...until yesterday.  And now, … [Read More...]

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My DIY Abstract Art And New Shower Curtain Fabric

This weekend I decided to try my hand at a piece of artwork for my bathroom.  I was inspired by this abstract painting by Blair at The Fox & She. via The Fox & She I love abstract artwork because it's not really mean to be anything other than a display of color, movement, shapes and … [Read More...]

DIY artwork - diptych artwork created from photograph via House By Hoff

DIY Artwork Ideas That Anyone Can Do

I will soon need some artwork to finish up the decorating in my bathroom, so I've been looking quite a bit lately at DIY artwork ideas to get inspired.  I love trying my hand at different types of artwork, but I know many people who wouldn't even think about creating their own artwork because they … [Read More...]

Bathroom Remodel – The Final “To Do” List

Now that the condo is finished, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things at the house.  I'm still not quite on track, simply because I had taken so many of my tools over to the condo to use there, and I'm still unpacking those and trying to get things organized here at the house.  But … [Read More...]

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The Final Condo Tour (With All New Pictures!)

As promised, I have the final and complete condo tour for you today.  And these are all brand new photos that I took yesterday.  :) I've shown you plenty of detail pictures in the individual room posts (you can find links to those here), along with info like paint colors, links to DIY projects, … [Read More...]

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