DIY Peace Watercolor

Apparently I'm really taking my personal goal to paint more this year to heart. :)  I haven't been able to put away my watercolors lately and I have so many ideas for various projects involving watercolors I have started a list in my journal. Quite honestly?  It's therapeutic.  And I don't need good weather (because Lord knows THAT's in short supply!).  And it doesn't require sanding or heavy lifting.  Just a seat at my kitchen table and a cup … [Read more...]

The Mom Cave {Home Tour}

Happy Friday!  This week I shared a post at Mohawk Homescapes about a room of one's own (don't we all need one?).   It was the perfect opportunity for me to update photos of my Mom Cave, so I thought I'd share with you all today.  This space went from crowded/chaotic Grand Central Station home office to my personal oasis that I occasionally share. :) And this would be my husband's little space for when he's working … [Read more...]

Thrifted TV Stand Makeover

You know those chunky TV stands you see in all the thrift stores??  Most of us have crossed over to flat screens or wall-mounted TVs making those sad pieces look like the plump boy in the corner at the 7th grade dance. I was in search of a smallish bookcase for a corner of my Mom Cave when I stumbled upon this neglected guy... The size was right, even though he weighs a ton, so I thought I could make him a little more suave to fit into my … [Read more...]

Home Goals 2013 {Finally!}

Ok, I know January is almost over, but it took me several weeks to really refine my home goals.  And they're not really refined.  I'm afraid I've set some lofty goals for the home, but maybe this will be my year to get a lot accomplished. :-)   Knowing me, there will be a fair amount of DIY and other decor distractions along the way, so we'll see! And here they are, in no particular order... Add drapes to the family room … [Read more...]

How’d I do? Home Goals for 2012…

I had some ambitious home goals for 2012... I actually chuckled when I looked back at this post!  They were lofty for sure, but I think I did pretty well... I'll let YOU be the judge! 2012 Goal #1:  Finish the Mom Cave. Well, I got close. And over all I'm pleased... The final projects will be detailed in my goals for 2013... coming SOON! 2012 Home Goal #2: Finish refreshing the family room. Again, I'm … [Read more...]

Mom Cave Progress {Sneak Peek}

I haven't had many projects to share lately, but I have made lots of incremental progress on a few rooms in the house.  My Mom Cave is truly an evolution of a space, more than a year in the works.  Am I patient or what?? :-) Getting the paint done was huge progress. And very time consuming.  But I love it more every day.  The gray is Behr Silver Sateen, the cream is Porter Velvet White. Then I hung Inslee's art work... And got … [Read more...]

Loving: Collections

I'm jetting off to NYC today to have some girlfriend time with my BFF -- woo hoo!  After dealing (still) with our roof rat issue and taking care of all my boys/men, I'm ready for a pink apartment on the Upper East Side, sleeping in, Broadway shows, champagne, a little antique browsing, and lots of visits on the sofa. :) But don't worry, I'm not leaving you high and dry! I did a post a couple of weeks ago over at Fancy Little Things about … [Read more...]

Fleur de Lis Love {Mom Cave Update}

Does it seem like my Mom Cave is taking FOREVER to finish??  Well, it is.  I've been working on it off and on for about a year now.  But I'm pleased with the progress of late and feel like I'm in the home stretch.   One of the things I've had my eye out for is fleur de lis accents for the space.  I've always loved the fleur de lis image -- it reminds me of my time in New Orleans when I was immersed in the study of art, architecture, and … [Read more...]

Mom Cave Update {Art}

I am mortified at how loooooong it took me to get my Mom Cave artwork up on the walls.  Granted, I was waiting until I finished painting... and then life took over.  And my art work sat.  And sat. Last weekend, I finally bit the bullet, got out the hammer and picture hanging kit and.... voila! Gorgeous, no?  I wish I could spirit away the printer/fax machine, but no can do... El Presidente (aka the hubs) works from home and out of this … [Read more...]

Hello, Lover {and my Willow House Sample Sale}

Wouldn't this love be perfect for my Mom Cave?  Especially now that it's all freshly painted in Behr Silver Sateen... *sigh*.  I mean, what's not to love?  Rich purple velvet, nailhead trim, swoop arm, bolster pillow... need I say more? Think Z Gallerie will do a fabulous sale in the next month or so? My Willow House Sample Sale was rocking last weekend, but I still have a few things left.  This is the twice yearly cash and carry sale I … [Read more...]