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...]

To Stage Or Not To Stage A Home For Sale?

condo breakfast room - after 4

Have you staged a home for sale recently?  And did you find that it was helpful in selling your home?  If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic! With my mind focused on getting our condo ready to put on the market, I've been doing quite a bit of reading on staging homes for sale lately.  Is it really worth the extra time, money, and … [Read more...]

The Condo Bedroom – Bedside Closet Design

closets flanking bed - bedroom from Young House Love

I headed to the condo as early as I could yesterday so that I could have a full work day and get as much done as possible. While I was there, I saw one of my neighbors who lives across the courtyard from our condo. His mom was over visiting him, and they wanted to come see the condo. They both were very impressed, and went on and on about all of … [Read more...]

Back To The Condo

Yesterday, I headed over to the condo.  I didn't go to do any work.  I simply went to take inventory -- to make a list -- of all of the unfinished projects that I still need to finish before we get the condo on the market. Oh my.  My list is much longer than I had anticipated.  Several of the things are just small things, like paint touch ups … [Read more...]

Oh, What A Difference Some Trim Makes!

trim ideas - intricate pattern created on a wall with trim, from Veranda Interiors

My rolling French doors are taking longer than I had expected.  I spent several hours on Tuesday stripping the many layers of paint from the doors (I think there were about 8 to 10 layers of paint on them), and then I spent yesterday getting them all sanded, wood filled, and sanded some more.  And then I was finally able to start adding trim to one … [Read more...]

Why I DIY (And Love Every Minute Of It)

The last two days have been a bit stressful around the Linauer household.  Our 12-year-old flame point Siamese cat Powder (the white-ish cat who always photo bombs my pictures) became very sick on Monday evening.  After an emergency after-hours call to the vet to describe symptoms, she said to keep her comfortable during the night (a long, … [Read more...]