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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...]

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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...]

20 Random Facts About Me

Happy Monday, all!  And a very happy day it is.  My brother and I finished the condo on Friday!!!   Actually, we finished it at 3:45 am Saturday morning after working all day Friday, and all through the night.  I was determined to finish it on Friday because I had things planned this weekend for my … [Read More...]

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Color Inspiration From Bloggers’ Summer Home Tours

This week, I've thoroughly enjoyed perusing the summer home tours of 30 different home, decorating, and DIY bloggers organized by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life.  All of the homes were lovely, and it's fun to see the different styles and color palettes that each person uses in their home.  I enjoyed … [Read More...]

The Story Of The Condo

Each time I post about the condo, I get countless questions about it.  "How much more do you have to do over there?" "How much longer will it take you?" "Why are you spending so much time and effort over there?" "Can't you just list it like it is?"  "Didn't it just need a good cleaning before you … [Read More...]

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Condo Living Room

I think things are finally winding down at the condo.  I still have quite a "to do" list, but I've called in reinforcements.  My brother is spending all this week over there helping me get things finished, and we're thinking that everything will be done by the end of this week.  We're finally seeing … [Read More...]

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Easy DIY Euro Sham (Pillow Sham) With Flanges

I have one more quick sewing project to share with you from the second condo bedroom makeover -- an easy DIY euro sham with flanges. I made some similar euro shams for the other bedroom, but they had slightly smaller flanges. If you can sew a straight line, I think you'll be amazed how … [Read More...]

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Wall Murals & Wallpaper Panels (An Idea For My Entryway)

Do you remember the floral fabric I finally decided on for my dining room? Braemore Wonderland Pearl fabric Well, I ordered a yard of it just so I could see it in person, and make a decision on how I actually wanted to use it. Reupholster chairs? Draperies? I wasn't sure. But I'm so glad I … [Read More...]

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The Easiest DIY Curtain Panels (Why No-Sew Curtains Are Unnecessary)

Y'all know that I'm rather particular about window treatments, right?  :) (At least I am about the ones that will be hung in my own home).  I like them made properly, completely lined, and hung properly.  I do have a bit of an advantage in that I know how to sew, and over a decade ago I went through … [Read More...]

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Condo Bedroom Makeover

One of the things I worked on during my blogging break was the second bedroom at the condo.  Once I got all of the necessary things done in there -- painting walls, installing and painting baseboards and quarter round, finishing the grout on the floor, switching out the old almond-colored outlets … [Read More...]

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Refreshed, Reenergized & Ready To Go

Hello, my friends! I'm back! :) I can't believe it's been 18 days since I've been here. I can't even remember the last time I took that much time off of blogging in the middle of the year. In fact, I don't think I've ever done that...at least not since blogging became my full-time job (about 6.5 … [Read More...]

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A Serious Case Of Burnout

6-1-2015 update:  After I wrote this post on May 21st about being completely burned out, I decided to take some time away from the blog. Matt and I are fine. We're a bit soggy from all of the rain, but we're very fortunate that our area hasn't had the flooding and property destruction that other … [Read More...]

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My Idea Of Colorful, Elegant & Sophisticated Rooms

Have you ever noticed how subjective decorating is?  I'm not just talking about personal styles, which of course are highly subjective.  (Just look at the shower curtain open vs. closed comments on yesterday's post!)  But I'm also talking about the words we use to describe various styles and … [Read More...]

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DIY Decorative Shower Curtain – Finished And Installed

My finished shower curtain adds just the right amount of color to that tub side of my bathroom, and I'm so glad that I added the bands of color at the bottom to really tie everything together.  I actually think this would make a beautiful drapery panel (with the addition of lining, of … [Read More...]

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Bathroom Remodel – Decorative Shower Curtain Preview

Well, the condo still isn't finished. It's close, but not quite. But since I can't be all about the condo all the time, I decided yesterday to get started on my decorative shower curtain for the bathroom. That bathroom is very close to being finished, so this week I'm going to make it more of a … [Read More...]

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Colorful Painted Dining Table Inspiration

To be honest, I'm glad that my Plan A for my dining table didn't really pan out, because now that gives me the opportunity to do something really bold and different with the table that I probably wouldn't have considered otherwise.  I mean, stained top and black base?  It's a beautiful combo.  … [Read More...]

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Dining Table Makeover Fail

I spent all last week working on things I didn't want to work on, but felt obligated to work on (i.e., the condo), so I thought I'd give myself a break this weekend and take a day to just work on a fun project that I've been really anxious to start.  So I got out my paint stripper, scrapers, paper … [Read More...]

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