Category Archives: Our Home

Living Room Curtains 1

My New Living Room Window Treatments Before & After

Living Room Window Treatments 1

With these new window treatments I did something I’ve never done before.

I have a very strong “I can make that myself” impulse. I like the challenge of creating things myself and the satisfaction of knowing “I made that!” 

And of course, in many instances, the only way something is affordable is to do it yourself.

But this time I treated myself.  Continue reading

Dining Room Curtains Embassy Green wall color

Dining Room Window Treatment and New Paint Color

Dining Room Window Treatments BM Embassy Green wall color

Our dining room faces the front of the house and it one of the first rooms you see when you walk in. It’s not a large room but by using the vintage sofa and adding more chairs around the 60″ table I can seat (squeeez) up to 10 people.

Last year I made new floor length curtain panels, finished new sheers earlier this year and painted over the glazed walls 2 weeks ago. More about the new paint below. 

While fairly simple, this dining room update was at least a year in the making!  Continue reading

Kitchen

A Closer Look at My Kitchen

Living Room & KitchenWe’ve lived in our home for 10 years now and while there are several things I’d love to tweak I’m still very pleased with my kitchen and how it functions.

The original house plans called for a wall with typical upper cabinet storage where you now see the bar and barstools.
The kitchen was only partially open to the family room on the left end. We removed this load bearing wall and installed a large beam for support. Hands down the best decision we made!

While I love the kitchen open to the family room I was a bit concerned about the lost storage. But honestly, I’ve not missed those upper cabinets once! Continue reading

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

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