Help Me Help You. Help ME…Help YOU.

I'm channeling my inner Jerry Maquire this morning. :-D More on that in a minute. My week is off to a frustrating start. I got in my car yesterday to head to Home Depot to get the materials I need for my bathroom built-ins, and my car wouldn't start. My neighbor came over to take a look at it. We thought it was the battery, so he brought … [Read more...]

How To Become A Fearless* DIYer

Work on my bathroom remodel is progressing, but it's slower than I had hoped. I hope to have progress to share with you tomorrow, so today I wanted to share my thoughts on how to become a fearless* DIYer. I often get comments from readers wondering how I learned to do the things I do, and how I learned to use tools. I also get lots of comments … [Read more...]

A’s To Your Q’s — Temporary Bathroom Makeovers, Condo Status, and Incomplete Projects/Rooms

house floor plan - 9-2014

Whenever I start getting asked the same questions over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, it's obviously time to just write a post and answer the questions directly.  :) So let's jump right in... Why waste time and money on a temporary bathroom makeover?  Why not just do the final remodel right now? There are a few reasons I'm … [Read more...]

Hallway Bathroom Demolition Day 1

hallway bathroom - tiled walls demolition 3

So, this happened... Oooooookay, I can just hear some of you saying, "Demolition?  Demolition?!  You were just supposed to make it presentable, Kristi!!"  :-D I know.  Really, I know.  But let me paint the scene for you.  Matt and I had just finished breakfast, and I got up from the table and headed to the bathroom.  To work, of course.  … [Read more...]

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...]