Happenings on the Homestead: Got my Groove Back

October 10, 2011


What an amazing weekend it's been and it's not even over yet since today is a Holiday thanks to the founder of our country, Christopher Columbus.   I have been in a crazed-paranoid-funk lately.  I've been uber busy, with all good things, but it's been a wee bit stressful and keeping me away from what I truly love... DIYing!  I haven't had much time to venture into new projects, but this weekend that all changed.  I felt like Stella from How Stella Got Her Groove Back, except instead of getting my groove back in the romantic department, my groove was back in creating and DIYing. Of … [Read more...]

Wild About Stripes

October 7, 2011

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I love incorporating stripes into any space!  Whether large or small, on a wall, ceiling, or pillow, a striped pattern can add drama and visual intrigue to any decor style.  They also pair well with patterned or floral designs and can be as subtle or bold as you prefer. Wide Stripes(Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest) (Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest) Wide stripes with contrasting colors makes for a dramatic and fluid-like space.  Whether using bold stripes in a living room or in a transitional space, such as a hallway, they enliven the overall aesthestic.  When using opposite colors like … [Read more...]

Magnificent Mudrooms… without the mud

October 6, 2011


I have a new client that I'm working with who is desperately seeking a reorganized, functional, and inviting mudroom.   With mudrooms on my mind, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share some ideas and useful tips to create a properly functioning space.  The foyer or mudroom of any home is the first place you enter and the last place you leave.  It's the dropping ground for shoes, pocketbooks, bookbags, hats, gloves, scarves, and the list goes on and on and on...  In many households there is the constant struggle and back-and-forth-banter of keeping it clean,"pretty", and … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure: Nursery Lamp Makeover

October 3, 2011

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It's always fun to make treasure out of trash! A few weeks ago I was visiting a friend and sharing with her my experience on revamping a recent lamp project.  In turn she said she had acquired a lamp that was from her husband's childhood, but had no idea what to do with it.  After a trip to the basement to scrounge through a few boxes, she came back with quite the "trash".  It really wasn't trash, it was just in desperate need of a makeover to give it new life. To keep it in the family, her desire was to put it in her son's room and I had the perfect idea! Once I got the lamp home, I … [Read more...]