My New Philosophy: Decorating Hedonism

Painted yellow piano sneak peek

Well, y'all, it's been an enlightening weekend for me.  I went into the weekend confused, frustrated, and ready to throw my hands up in defeat when it came to my music room.  (I seriously considered hiring an interior decorator for an hour consultation or so just to get me back on track.  Is that weird?  An interior decorator hiring an interior … [Read more...]

My Thoughts On Negative Blog Comments

So let me see if I understand.  Y'all didn't like the wallpaper options yestereday?  :-D Ha!  Just kidding.  I got the message loud and clear.  :-D  I'm pretty sure yesterday's post was a first!  Out of just over 280 comments, the opinions were almost unanimous.  That almost never happens.  And that they were almost unanimously *negative...well, … [Read more...]

Seven Of My Past Furniture Makeovers And The Lessons I Learned From Them

Antique credenza makeover

I've spent the past couple of days working on my piano.  There are probably a thousand other projects I should be working on right now (taping and mudding my entryway and dining room ceiling, for example), but I just didn't have it in me this week to start on something like that.  I went straight from working on the condo, to finishing up my … [Read more...]

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

wallpaper seen in Lilly Pulitzer store

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 all. But before I get into all of that, let me make … [Read more...]

DIY Artwork Ideas That Anyone Can Do

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

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 just assume they have no artistic talent.  … [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 birthday (which was yesterday), and I didn't want … [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 put it on the market?" I've generally let those … [Read more...]

Refreshed, Reenergized & Ready To Go

condo bedroom sneak peek

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 least not since blogging became my full-time job (about 6.5 years ago). But this break was so needed. In my … [Read more...]

A Serious Case Of Burnout

bathroom built-in storage - 15

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 areas of the state are dealing with. And Matt's … [Read more...]