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Rustic Wood Shelves

Rustic Kitchen Shelves

Rustic Wood Shelves

When you remodel a kitchen the decisions can be overwhelming. For every decision that needs to be made there seems to be 1,000 options not to mention cost concerns.

What color to paint the walls? Reuse existing cabinets or buy new? What color to paint the existing cabinets? If new, do we stain the cabinets? Which counter top to purchase? Tile for the backsplash? Tile floor? Wood floor? Appliances..white? black? stainless? Lighting? Fixtures? Hardware? Refinish wood floors? Are they salvageable? Install new floors?

And if you’re using wood for any of these projects, which wood is the best option?

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Painted Fall Centerpiece

Dining Room Before & After Including Updated Fall Centerpiece

Painted Fall Centerpiece

Know what the key ingredient was for updating this Fall centerpiece?

Spray paint! Specifically several different shades of metallic spray paint.

My friend Jan has a large Fall centerpiece that I have admired for several years. This year I went to her home and it was completely different. Gone were the oranges, reds & yellow golds and in their place was this shimmering neutral beauty.

In fact, that wasn’t the only thing that was different.

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Farmhouse Garden (2)

A Farmhouse Wedding Shower & Tour


I do not covet my sister’s house. I will not covet my sister’s house.

But, I will admit, I’d love to find an old farmhouse to call my own that has just as much charm as this one. Charm and character that says welcome even before you walk in the door.

But Sheri would have to design the landscape and maintain the flower beds because my creativity doesn’t venture much beyond the screen door.  Pun intended. :) 

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Lake House Living Spaces (10)

Lake House Living

Lake House Living Spaces (10)When you think about the fact that this lake house was probably built in the 70’s the floor plan is perfect for the way we live today.

The upstairs consists of a large living room, dining room and kitchen, divided only by 2 walls, and a large wall of windows looking out over the lake. Plenty of space for multiple people to all hang out at the same time.

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Nautical Themed Lake House Trundle Bed

The Cutest of Lake House Sleeping Quarters

Lake House Bedrooms (8)

Do you ever dream about how you would decorate a second home if you ever had the chance? I do.

For instance, I often dream about how I would decorate a beach house if I ever had the chance. Or a mountain cabin. Or a lake house. Or a guest cottage.

This is one of those day dreams I hope to see fulfilled. One of these days.

In the meantime, I oooh and ahhh over the ones I see online.
And in this case…the one I got to sleep in.

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Lakehouse Kitchen (10)

Cottage Lake House Kitchen Tour

Lakehouse Kitchen (10)

Imagine this bright and cheerful kitchen stuck in a 70’s timewarp.

Without before pictures (which I sure wish I had) it’s really hard to imagine. When my sister-in-law Gina and her husband George first purchased this lake house the best word to describe it was brown.

Brown woodwork, brown carpet, brown furniture…just brown. Top to bottom brown.

While a few remnants of it’s 70’s glory remain most of the house reflects it’s new bright and cheerful, full of charm, makeover.

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