Thursday, November 23, 2017

Finishing Touch to the Staircase

We've definitely learned over the years that home improvement projects are made up of more than supplies and skills.  They're also composed of countless decisions, from refinish or replace to polished nickel or oil-rubbed bronze.

What trim, if any, to put along the outside walls of our staircase was one decision Mike and I decided to feel out a bit.  I tend to enjoy simple finishes, and seeing our staircase without the fluff of carpet coming out the sides made me happy enough at first to just leave the outer walls as they were and move on.  

BEFORE/DURING:

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cat-Proof Furniture (We hope!)

The four chairs we bought for our living room two years ago have finally fulfilled their destiny.  By that I mean our cat has essentially destroyed them.


The Humane Society successfully guilted us into not having kitty declawed sixteen years ago when we adopted him, and we have been unsuccesssfully shooing him from furniture to his scratching post and trimming threads from numerous chairs and couches ever since.  Mike also trims the cat's claws regularly, but it's really no use. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Staircase Update



I recall looking at the photo below several years ago when it was just of a staircase in a house on the market.  Like the fireplace surround, the kitchen counter tops, and so many other parts of this house we now live in, I disliked this staircase before it was even ours, but I felt inspired by it.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Years of Living in During

It's funny to think back.

Buzz and Jessie-9

We bought this house in the fall of 2013.  The kids were three and a half with another couple years of preschool/child care ahead of them.  Mike had over an hour commute to and from work each day.  My dad was the only one of our kids' grandparents who had retired at that point.  I started this blog that winter.

So little has changed, and yet so much.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Transform Old Dishes Into Mercury Glass

Transform old dishes into mercury glass.

After giving a pair of glass lamps a mercury glass makeover some years back, I now have a hard time looking at any clear glass decorative item without fantasizing about tackling it with some Krylon Looking Glass paint.   It's such a quick, easy, and fun project!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Decorate for Four Holidays with Two Pillows


Throw pillows are typically a quick and affordable way to transition the look of a space from one season to the next.  However, the cost and storage space for a year's worth of them can add up quickly, so DIY pillow covers are always my preference.  The ones I made recently using $7 IKEA pillow covers, printable iron-on transfer paper, and digital vintage holiday images that I purchased for pocket change on Etsy are my new favorites.  I designed them so I can simply flip them to display the next holiday's image when the other passes.  Talk about an easy transition!


I probably shouldn't admit this, but having a couple of new throw pillows ready for each of the next four holidays has given me a little peace of mind.  Creating them could not have been much easier, and now I know my home will feel a little cozier...

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Large Scale Wall Art: Patent Drawing Engineering Prints

Large scale wall art tends to come with a large scale price tag, so I was pleased to find an affordable and visually satisfying solution for our two-story living room.  .ngineering prints of patent drawings have an industrial and graphic quality and are easy on the wallet!

DIY Engineering Print Patent Drawing Wall Art