Interior Doors – Using A Color Other Than White

Bedroom makeover with black interior doors and board and batten walls

A couple of days ago, I posed the question on the A2D Facebook page, "Would you ever paint all of your interior doors a color other than black or white...or stained wood?" And of course, I'm not just talking about the inside of your front door, or a special door like a screen door you're using on a pantry. I'm talking about all of your interior … [Read more...]

Living Room Phase 1 Progress (and an Overstock.com Giveaway!)

Living room makoever phase 1 - 20% complete

**This giveaway is closed. Winners announced at the end of this post.** As promised, I'm going to share my living room "phase 1" progress with you today.  (If you missed it, you can see the entire plan here and here.)  At this point, I think phase 1 is about 20% complete.  But what a difference 20% makes!  If you'll remember, here's how the room … [Read more...]

My Living Room Phase 1 Plans

Drapery fabric, P. Kaufmann Florabunda Sea Glass

Oh, I have such plans for my living room!  But my long term plans include such things as removing the polystyrene ceiling tiles and re-drywalling the ceiling, building walls, switching out two tall windows for much shorter ones, building a bookcase and fireplace along one wall, adding beautiful wainscoting on the walls, and wallpapering the upper … [Read more...]

Color Crush: Navy Blue

navy blue living room

I've had a few people ask me what colors I'm going to be using in the house, and each time someone asks me, I panic just a little bit because I honestly have no clue. One color that I can't seem to get enough of lately is navy blue, so I can almost guarantee that it'll be making an appearance in the house. Where? I haven't a clue yet. :) I'd … [Read more...]

Come Tour The 2013 HGTV Smart Home With Me!

HGTV Smart Home 2013 - home exterior

Yesterday, I just happened upon the HGTV website, and I saw all of these mentions about a 2013 HGTV Smart Home.  I was like "whaaaaat?"  How long have they been doing this?  I knew about the annual Dream Home, and the annual Green Home (which I completely missed this year!!), but I don't think I've ever heard of the Smart Home.  How long have they … [Read more...]

I Want To Feature YOUR Projects!

Good morning, all!  Things are moving right along with my living room bookcase wall.  I got two more coats of stain applied to the countertop, finished sanding the lower cabinets, and installed the trim along the bottom.  Oh, and I also finished up the flooring tiles!  But I wanted to wait another day before I take more pictures and show you the … [Read more...]

Do Neutral Houses Really Sell Faster?

I've heard it a thousand times, as I'm sure you have also.  If you want to put your house on the market, you need to paint everything neutral. Do you think that's true?  My answer is yes...and no. I have a theory, and I'm putting my hope into my theory being correct.  You see, we're planning on putting our condo on the market at some point … [Read more...]

Wainscoting: A Classic Or A Trend?

Small condo breakfast room makeover

A couple of days ago, I had someone ask me on the A2D Facebook page, "How much is too much board and batten in a home? I LOVE the look, and I want to do nearly all of the rooms in my house!"  So I started thinking about the question, and then I started realizing just how much wainscoting (whether it's bead board, board and batten, tongue and … [Read more...]

Let’s Tour The 2013 HGTV Dream Home Together!

2013 HGTV Dream Home - Front Yard

I hope you have your comfy shoes on today, because it's time for our annual tour of the HGTV Dream Home!  I know many of you probably watch the big tv special on HGTV where they walk through the house, but I don't have cable, so I have to rely on the pictures each year.  :)  If you've already seen it, I hope you'll enjoy seeing it again, and … [Read more...]