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 that...at 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...]

Ideas For My Buffet Makeover (And My Thoughts On Painting Wood Furniture)


I've made really good progress at the condo this week! I'll share with you as soon as I have something interesting to share. :) In the meantime, I'm still spending my free time in the evenings obsessing about my dining room. I include my entryway in that also, since it's basically one big room. Remember that buffet that I got a couple of weeks … [Read more...]

The Order Of Things To Come

condo finished rooms

Now that Matt's dad's visit is over, you might think that I can refocus my energy on the bathroom remodel and get it finished up, right?  I have about a week's worth of work left on it, and it would feel amazing to have another room in the house completely finished.  Sadly, that can't happen...not quite yet, at least. I started the bathroom … [Read more...]