27 January 2012


Just a quick post to let you know that I've added some new goods to my etsy shop. Like 1 pound parcels of music sheet....I've hoarded them for far too long.

Sweet little farmhouse bowl

Pair of ironstone platters

A vintage Bavarian metal pencil box

And a cool black wood tool box.

There's more new items listed.....and I'll be listing even more....my shelves are exploding with vintage goodness.

Have a great weekend!

I'll be working on my stairs....I'll update you next week on the progress.

23 January 2012

stair progress

I wanted to show you where we are on our stair progress....and I say we....cuz hubby was kind enough to help me finish ripping up the carpeting....he's my knight in shining armor....or better yet....my handyman in jeans. But first I thought I'd share with you a couple photos from my pin board on Pinterest that are my inspiration.

Can you see where I'm going with this project....I love stripes and ticking.

Okay....so here's where we're at. The carpets all pulled off.....and the wood steps are actually in really good condition....they just need a little bit of wood filler, caulking and some sanding.

There was only one board that we had to replace.....and see the landing in the photo up there....we're going to remove the press board that's there and add a planked wood landing instead.

I do believe I'm gonna love how this turns out.....that is of course if it looks like either one of the top photos.

And can I just say.....now that I removed the carpet on the stairs....and I'm lovin' it....I wonder how I can convince the hubby that we need to remove the rest of the carpet in the basement....hmmm.

Stay tuned!

18 January 2012

before stairs

So here's my next project.....a stair redo.

These are the stairs that lead to my basement....and if you read my blog, you know I do not like this carpet....it's very "office" looking....and I'm just not going for the "office" look. What am I doing you ask.....

I'm ripping the carpet off the stairs and painting them. This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time now.....and am so excited to see how it comes out. I also have a unique idea to change up the hand rail too.....but let's first see if it works out before I let you in on that little secret.

I'll be back later this week to show you a couple of my inspiration photos for this little makeover....and my progress so far. You know....ripping carpet off stairs isn't as easy as I thought....I'm so gonna need a manicure after this.

16 January 2012

lights for sale

I changed up the lighting in my kitchen this weekend...cuz you know...it's been a year...and I'm sure by now you've learned nothing lasts much longer than a year in here. So I thought I'd see if anybody was interested in buying these Barn Light Electric pendants. The pendant above is a dark green 16" (which is actually more like 15 1/2") Radial Wave Light from Barn Electric....you can check it out on their website here. It retails for $169.00...I'm selling mine for $99.00 plus shipping.

The pendant above is called the Barn Light Deep Bowl Pendant and is also from Barn Light Electric....you can check it out on their website here. It too is dark green and measures 8" across. It retails for $84.00...I'm selling mine for $49.00 plus shipping.

Here is a photo of them together taken by the wonderful Mark Lohman.

If anyone's interested in one or both of them....just email me or leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.

I'm also busy working on a new project in my home....I'll show you a before photo soon.

11 January 2012

a boys room

I just wanted to make this disclaimer.....these photos stink.....my little point-n-click camera did not do this room justice. It really looks much cuter in person...but I wanted to share with you what I've done so far in my sons room....okay let's move on....

This is my youngest sons room....a mix of farmhouse, industrial and sci-fi.

I spent a total of $56.00 for his makeover....that included $30.00 for some vintage accessories...$20.00 for the Yoda quote on his wall and $6.00 for a can of spray paint. Most of the free changes came way of paint...which I already had on hand. The photo above shows his old dresser given a new look with chalkboard paint...every boy needs a little help staying organized....and writing what belongs where in his drawers has helped a lot!

Below is a photo of his bookcase (which we already had)....it's just one of those cheap $45.00 bookcases from Target. To make it work in his new room...I just sanded it....primed it and painted it Grey Owl by Ben Moore. You can see in the pic above that it's still black inside....and being that it's FULL of Legos I needed some way of covering it up while still being easy to access....viola...a linen curtain (which I already had) on a tension rod worked great. Oh...and see that super cool vintage globe on the bookcase....that came way of Mary....thanks a million Mary....he loves it!

I also painted his bed Grey Owl...and the walls are painted in Seashell by Ben Moore....yep....I had that already too. I finally got around to painting his trim and doors white too (they were previously wood)....that made such a huge difference in there.

And here's were a little bit of ticking came in....the rug is Dash & Albert (had it already), the french ticking pillow on the white chair (had already) and his bedding is a light blue and white ticking duvet...yep...you guessed it....had that already too. The white euro sham is from my collection of euro shams and the grey cross pillow I purchased from here some time ago. And not that it's that noticeable, but I also spray painted his poster frames with Hammered by Rustoluem. They were previously black, but I wanted them to have a metal industrial look...I'm really happy with how those turned out.

Every boy needs some place to showcase is artwork....cuz the fridge can only hold so much....so here's were he can display what he's done in school.

And lastly.....here's his desk area. The desk is actually a potting bench that I already had and I just painted it with the same Grey Owl and added a metal stool I had in the garage. He loves his desk....it's high like an architects desk...and he thinks that's so cool. The metal painters tray hanging above his desk is were he keeps his Lego mini figures. He just loves that he reach for one without having to look through his huge box of Legos to find them (the large white box to the left of his desk is were we keep his Legos).....plus I think it makes for some great art.

So there you have it....a peek into a boys farmhouse/sci-fi room. I really tried to keep his personality in the room....hence the Star Wars toys scattered about....but with a little bit of farmhouse mixed in. He gave me rave reviews on his room....and actually spends time up there now. Although I think our couch will miss him...you see...he used to never sleep in his room....he said it was too far from my room, so the couch became his bed. But now he enjoys his room so much....that he sleeps in there every night....now that alone tells me I did a pretty good job.

02 January 2012


Let's see....first I'd like to wish you all a very Happy New Year....and I hope that this year brings you much joy and love.....because that is what you have all brought to me.

Now....on to some randomness.....

like....um....where's the snow? it's only snowed once so far....what's up with that.

I'm waiting for my boys to go back to school in a couple days so that I can get my cleaning and painting on.

I'm still thinking about my basement....and what I can do to make it more me. I'm thinking some painting and rearranging is in order.

My son's bedroom is pretty much done....but ya know....is it really ever done....so I'll be sharing that with you soon.

I'm already thinking about spring....is that wrong?

I promised myself that this is the year I finally do something with my big ol' wrap around porch ....any ideas.

That's about it for now.....

But I did want to give a big thank you to Beth Livesay and everyone at Romantic Homes magazine for featuring my blog and bathroom in their January 2012 issue....I'm honored.

Okay....really....that's it for now....except that I have lots of ideas in my head of new projects for my home....and I can't wait to share them all with you.