The Floor Failure (Not!)

June 2010 update: It did work!! I just didn’t wait long enough for the poly to dry- after waiting the recommended time before adding furniture, most of the wrinkles were smoothed out and the ones left were just part of the effect. See the room makeover reveal where my son says “the cool floor is […]

Before and After: Lighting {Old Fixtures Become New}

brass lamp

We are in the process of redecorating our son’s room which we are documenting with a video camera to share with you all next week. In the meantime, I had to share some pictures of the solution to the lighting problems in the room. The lighting in this room was either cheap-looking or really dated. […]

Living Room Makeover Continued: The Foot Stool

After doing the first part of the living room makeover, continuing onto the bookshelves, and bringing the entryway into the same scheme, it’s time for the foot stool we use as a coffee table to receive a facelift. Sometimes I’m seduced by magazines and catalogs that have wonderful, chunky wood coffee tables in front of […]

A Clutter Challenge Update

I made some good progress towards my goal of ridding our house of 356 “cluttery” things in 2010. I’ve now gotten rid of almost 100 items! Of course, many of those were old books stacking up. We’ll see how it goes now that our bookshelves are looking bright and airy. Two things in the last […]

Entryway Before and After

Entry Before OK, calling this an “entryway” may be exaggerating it a bit, but it is the place you pass through after coming in the front door, so for lack of a better name this is our entryway. I’ve never really loved what I put here, and in the last months have come to really […]

Makeover: Living Room Shelves

Living Room Shelf 1 After

I documented how I started a small makeover of my living room by changing some pillows and a lamp last week. It’s amazing to me how such a small change made me happy whenever I saw it and spurred me on to continue making changes. So last weekend I tackled the bookshelves on either side of […]

Bathroom Cabinet Improvement?

This cabinet in our main bathroom has a little bit of a history, which I plan on going into detail about when I do the sixth installment of the Remodeling Series. Which I am going to do. Honestly. I just keep waiting for the last thing to be done in the master bath… Which I […]

A Simpler, Frugal Christmas Brunch

Every year for 15 years I have hosted a Christmas brunch for any family members who would like to come. When we lived in the city, all my husband’s family would come and there were years we had 15 people. Now we’re a smaller group, but I hold to the tradition. I have to confess […]

An Easy Gift Wrapping System

Easy Wrapping System

Do you stay up to 2 am wrapping Christmas presents? Or spend hours wrapping gifts? Do you buy loads of paper, ribbon, tags and bows at the after-Christmas sales only to see them end up in a recycling bin or trash can the next year? Well, that was my life during the holidays for a […]