April 23, 2014

Junky Tables and a Baby

Hello! :)
My boys and I just got home from an exciting spring break vacation. I will tell more about that in a minute but first I will share some photos of how I used a crate as a 'chair table'...
This chair sort of "floats" in the great room and the back of it was very boring. This crate works well as a "chair table" because it is just the right size to be decorative but not too big like a sofa table would be.
Since the subject today is about Junk Tables - I wanted to share this cool feature on my spool end table.
See the electrical cord?
It feeds through the hole in the middle and out from a hole in the back. I think hiding cords is so buggy. This works perfectly.
I also added matching iron scrolls to the french doors that are on either side of the mantel.

And now for the best part of this post....
Meet my new baby nephew!
He's stretching his perfect little body.
I was able to be there to meet the cute little guy when he was born. How amazing! Babies seem to bring just a little bit of heaven with them.
That's my boy holding his new cousin. So sweet.

Happy Birthday to Baby and Happy Spring to you!

April 14, 2014

Spring Furniture Switch in the Bedroom

We have a huge window in the center of our bedroom. When we first moved in I placed our bed up against it. It does make the most of our space and looks very even this way. Our pillows were always falling into the blinds though, so I had moved it to the far wall.

April 12, 2014

Nosey Neighbor Kitchen Redo #1

Our neighbors had a water leak that damaged their flooring on the main floor and in the basement.

April 1, 2014

Welcome Contrast and Color

What is more beautiful than fresh flowers in spring? The fantastic colors wake up from a long winter nap. It feels to me like I do too. The sun is bright and the days are longer.

March 30, 2014

Bathroom Trends

This is my first time hosting a guest on my blog. I was particularly impressed with Sue's style of writing and bathroom "know how". I asked Sue to share some of the latest tends in new build and remodeled baths. Since I've been in the "re-use" phase for a while, I am curious to see the up and coming trends.

Please welcome Sue Jason from My-Bathrooms

March 29, 2014

Paint Therapy

First of all Thank You for your sweet comforting words and prayers. This blog started as just a way to show my projects but it has become much more personal. I never expected to make friendships here but what a sweet blessing it is to have support from around the world.

March 25, 2014

Brighter Days

The last couple of weeks have been so crazy. I am just peeking in quick to say "hello" to you.

March 12, 2014

Wreath Storage Bar

After I posted the curtain panel board (here), I got a request for more pictures of the wreath storage rod.

March 10, 2014

Make a Curtain Hook Board

Here is an idea to design your own window panel board to hang room separating sheers.
(because I think a rod in a room with three window rods already would be over kill)

March 7, 2014

March 5, 2014

Label & Grow Herb Planters for Outdoor Grilling

In warmer weather we use the outside grill for cooking a lot.  That means more fresh fish and chicken for dinner. Using natural herbs on these dishes make them taste so yummy.

March 1, 2014

Make a Rustic Frame Collage

Create a dramatic wall collage by making your own signature style frames with natural elements.
(as seen on Ibby.com)

While you are on your next nature walk gather small tree branches that have fallen. There are many crafts that can be done with them.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.

February 25, 2014

Lightening Up the Black Door

Last spring our front door was black. I like the contrast with the white house numbers and the forsythia wreath. You can't go wrong with black.

February 18, 2014

Re-purposed Cabinet to Mobile Kitchen Cart

We have a "U" shaped kitchen. Sometimes an island works well here but other times it doesn't. By using a small cabinet from our old island, I made a mobile cart that can be used when it is most needed but put away when it's not.

February 7, 2014

Trendy & Tmeless...Black & White

Starting fresh from the beginning or adding to what you already have in your space, black and white are safe and striking ways to freshen up your decor. Solids or graphic prints in these two color extremes make a statement and add visual interest to any room.

February 3, 2014

6 Painting Tips, a Winner and Thank YOU!

First of all I want to give a huge thank you for the sweet comments on the Saturday Spotlight post by Must Love Junk. I feel so lucky to know such a sweet group of readers and I appreciate every one. A heartfelt thanks to all of you! You make the time I put into blogging well worth it!

February 1, 2014

Must Love Junk - Spotlight

Good Morning!
Today I feel a little "shifty" in my seat because I am on Saturday Spotlight at
I enjoy reading about the person behind the blog every Saturday,
but I am super shy when it is me.

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