Building New Stairs Is Harder Than You Think (aka My Stairway to Hell)

Happy February, friends! Did you notice that I stopped posting weekly? I mean, really, who was I kidding? That was NOT a sustainable pace for me and I have comfortably settled into a monthly post schedule. So here is your second post of 2021. Today’s blog is all about THE STAIRS. Every time I doContinue reading “Building New Stairs Is Harder Than You Think (aka My Stairway to Hell)”

This Room Has Gone to the Dogs…

…and I love it! When we did the addition I knew that I wanted a mudroom/laundry room on the first floor. (My days of wanting to go down into a 100 year old creepy basement are long gone.) But there was one more thing I was hoping this room could be, and that’s all thingsContinue reading “This Room Has Gone to the Dogs…”

Holiday Home Tour (and bonus family room reveal)

Happy Holidays, friends! This year has certainly not gone as planned, for anyone, but as it draws to a close I hope you have blessings to look back on and things to be thankful for. I’m incredibly thankful for all of you — those that read my ramblings here, and those that cheer me onContinue reading “Holiday Home Tour (and bonus family room reveal)”

New Kitchen: Faking a Custom Look with Cabinets Purchased Online

If you’ve ever remodeled a kitchen, you know how expensive those cabinets and countertops can be. Add in appliances and a new kitchen can run anywhere from an average of $12,567 to $34,962 (according to HomeAdvisor). In its annual report for 2019, Remodeling Magazine puts the national average for a midrange major kitchen remodel atContinue reading “New Kitchen: Faking a Custom Look with Cabinets Purchased Online”

A Brand New Space: Master Bath and Closet

You guys know I love old homes. The character, the history and all the things that make them unique. But I have to say…having a brand new bathroom AND walk-through closet in an old house is pretty frickin’ sweet. So let me walk you through the first NEW rooms in my room reveals. As IContinue reading “A Brand New Space: Master Bath and Closet”

Master Bedroom Lacking Style: Part 2

Another week has flown by. (Anyone else feeling the weird time warp that is quarantine/coronavirus/2020 extra hard right now??) It was a busy weekend here of DIY and paint, paint, paint. If you haven’t yet checked out Part 1 of this master bedroom saga go do that now! If you follow me on Instagram youContinue reading “Master Bedroom Lacking Style: Part 2”

Master Bedroom Lacking Style: Part 1

One of the great features of this house was the option to have a first floor master. I’m no spring chicken, and I think I’ve told you before that I plan to die in this house. Having a first floor master just makes sense for long-term planning. Because our house was only a single storyContinue reading “Master Bedroom Lacking Style: Part 1”

Antique Powder Room Refresh: A One Day Challenge

This post required me to not only leave my house, but to leave my state. My sister had requested help with her powder room, and so I bought paint and accessories to do a (somewhat) surprise make-over in one day. With limited time and budget, I wasn’t able to do all of the things IContinue reading “Antique Powder Room Refresh: A One Day Challenge”

Creating a Warm and Cozy Living Room

This living room had good bones: two 9 pane exterior doors, original wood floors, original windows, unpainted woodwork, tall ceilings and a fireplace. (We’ll ignore the fact that it wasn’t a functioning fireplace.) We had the floors professionally refinished by Tony at Cavalier Floors. He also repaired a hole where we had an electrician moveContinue reading “Creating a Warm and Cozy Living Room”

The Story of How I Almost Got Divorced (aka Adding an Addition Onto Your Old Home)

This blog post is a little different as it doesn’t involve a before and after reveal of a room, but I’ve gotten several questions about the process of doing an addition so I wanted to address it. I’m going to spill all the beans — including costs where I can — so that if you’reContinue reading “The Story of How I Almost Got Divorced (aka Adding an Addition Onto Your Old Home)”