Category Archives: Our Home

Gray Painted Chest Mecury Glass Knobs

Painted Entry Hall Chest Reveal

Gray Painted Chest Mecury Glass Knobs On the day I painted this chest I declared I was going to do something for myself.
I could have chosen to go shopping. Or get a massage. Or a manicure.
But I was in a stay-at-home-and-check-something-off-my-mental-to-do-list mood.
So I chose to paint furniture.
A piece I’ve been wanting to paint for a very long time.
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Painted Chest with Harlequin Pattern

The Story of a Little Painted Chest’s Transformation

Painted Chest with Harlequin Pattern

For the past several years this little chest has resided in my entry hall. I honestly can’t even remember how long I’ve had it. I’m trying to picture it in my previous home…but I can’t…so I guess that means less than 10 years since that’s how long we’ve lived in this home. Almost.

EDIT: MY sweet sis-in-law reminded me that is was at my previous house so I’ve had it longer than 10 years! LOL! And of course, once she reminded me where it was I remembered!

My memory is so crazy these days. I remember the most random of inconsequential things but can’t seem to recall important details. But that’s a post for another day. If I remember.

My brother Matt built this chest for me. I sent him a drawing plus dimensions, he built it and I painted it. Let’s say 9 years ago.

Like most projects around here, I’ve been ready to repaint this little guy for several years. Well, I finally got around to it! Continue reading

Chesterfield Sofa & Chair

When You Wait 21 Years for New Furniture

Chesterfield Sofa and Chair (4)

I grew up in a small southern town where…in it’s day…furniture manufacturing was a way of life. My Dad (as well as other relatives and later my brothers and brother-in-law) worked in the furniture industry for nearly 40 years.
The Market aka The Highpoint Furniture Market has been a household term my entire life.

I’m sure this history, coupled with creative influences from the women in my life and growing up with a grandfather who made furniture for a living influenced my decision to become an interior designer.

Yet…I have had the same sofa for over 21 years. Through 3 houses…4 kids…up to 3 dogs at a time and only reupholstered it once.

To say it showed it’s age is a gross understatement.

Since all three pieces of furniture in our living room had some sort of hole, wear or tear…new furniture was long over due.  Continue reading

Master Bath Valance & Cafe Curtain

Master Bathroom Makeover and New Window Treatment

Master Bath Valance & Cafe Curtain

I should probably call this an update rather than a makeover because technically the changes I’ve made to our master bath are purely cosmetic. But new paint, window treatment, rugs and a couple of towels made a big difference! So, it’s a makeover to me.

My number one concern, beginning this process, was working with the existing tile. The main tile consists of two shades of beige, one with a strong yellow undertone, laid in a harlequin pattern on the floor and used in the shower and tub surround while the bullnose has a slight pink undertone. Two undertones that tend to fight each other.  Continue reading

Sheer Curtain Panels with Ribbon Ties

$7 Ribbon Tied Sheer Curtains for the Guest Bedroom

Girls Bedroom

The fact that this so-called “guest bedroom” looks more like a girl’s bedroom is, believe me, strikingly evident every time I walk in this room.

Given the fact that I’m trying to use only the things I already have on hand combined with the fact that 3 of my 4 kids are girls it’s sort of unavoidable that this room is girly.

Several of the fabric options I considered for this window included some old pink silk curtains, a gray check duvet cover that I toyed with making into curtains and several sheer options. The fabric I used was purchased at iKea a few years ago for $.99/yd as possible wedding decor but became curtains instead!

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Twin Beds

Progress In My Quest For A Guest Bedroom

Twin Beds

I’ve never had a guest bedroom. Well…technically I suppose I did when I first got married and way back when I only had one child but it’s been a LONG time.

Kaleigh moved out a year ago, and me being so on-the-ball about getting things done around here, we’re now working on turning the spare bedroom into a cute guest bedroom.

I toyed with the idea of moving my work room up here. Or turning it into a hangout space for the two kiddos still at home. But honestly this room still functions best for us as a bedroom so a bedroom it will stay.

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Bedroom Makeover

My Bedroom Makeovers and Why They’re Nothing Like a DIY Show

Bedroom MakeoverHGTV teases you with the idea that you can makeover a room in a day or 2. Some even take 3 or 4 days. I don’t buy it. Not truly.

In my world, makeovers take weeks. In the case of my own personal house? Months.

And if you count the fact that I came to hate this shade of green shortly after we built our house…YEARS!!!

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Turquoise Front Door Winter

Our Winter Home

Turquoise Front Door Winter

I took these photos several weeks ago during a small winter storm. While much of the country is measuring their snowfall in feet, this storm is hardly worth mentioning by comparison.

But it was such a pretty snow I had to take a few pics and, of course, share.

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