In Case You Missed It {May}

I had to chuckle when I remembered writing about how crazy my month of May would be and that you might not see much of me on the blog during that month... ha!  I'm so thrilled to be into June when I can breathe a little, take stock of what projects I'd like to accomplish this summer, and catch up on blogging and reading. In case you missed some of these May moments, here's a look back! We squeezed in a lake getaway to recharge before … [Read more...]

Guest Room Detail: Houndstooth Lampshade DIY

It all started with this... Fabulous blue houndstooth gift wrap.   I knew it would turn up in my guest room makeover, but I wasn't sure how at first. Then I found the perfect way to inject some modern into my vintage-y guest room when I spotted some plain little 'ole lamp shades at Target. The price was right at $8 each, but this look just wasn't cutting the mustard. Gift wrap to the rescue! Simplest DIY ever. Step … [Read more...]

Guest Room Lighting

Happy Monday, y'all.  After a rainy weekend of getting things done, I feel a little better about my To Do List, but there's still much to do in the coming weeks.  We finally got graduation announcements for my son in the mail, brought my daughter (and all her STUFF!) home from UGA, and ticked off several things I needed to do for school.  I was hoping to get more done on the guest room, but ran out of time.  Boo. Even though the weather didn't … [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...]

DIY Pendant Light Fixture {Dining Room Details}

Achieving the overhead lighting I wanted for my Ugly Duckling Dining Room was by far the most challenging part of this room makeover.  This room used to a be "formal" living room and when I confiscated the beautiful bay windowed well-lit dining room to use for my Mom Cave, the dark "formal" space became our little-used dining room.  Alas, there is no wiring in the ceiling of this room for an overhead fixture. I had to get creative in order to … [Read more...]

Just for Fun Friday

T.G.I.F!  We made it through the first week of school... though both high schoolers slept though blaring alarms this morning and had to be rousted manually (i.e. by Mom) so they could get to school on time.  Boo to early mornings. Yesterday I made some "Yippee!" kind of headway on the Ugly Duckling dining room, so I thought it would fun to share some little victories in what's turned out to be QUITE to undertaking. Remember my sad lamp on … [Read more...]

Ugly Duckling Dining Room {Blogging Without Borders}: Lighting

I really need another day to update you fully on my Ugly Duckling Dining Room lighting.  You know as part of our Blogging Without Borders project?  If you're new around here, you might want to check out my project here and the progress here.  It's fun to see it coming together! So you might actually get a bonus post later this week on more lighting!  But there is definitely progress on this front, so I'll go ahead and share where I am … [Read more...]

The Quest for Lighting {Ugly Duckling Dining Room}

Did you realize there is no ceiling light fixture in my ugly duckling dining room? Several years ago, I had an electrician look at this problem and we discovered there is no wiring in the ceiling of this room.  It used to be a little-used living room before it was designated as my dining room, and apparently the builder (back in 1986) didn't think any overhead lighting was necessary.  Clearly a man, no? The long and short of it was that … [Read more...]

I Can’t Resist…this Chandelier

contemporary dining room design by san francisco interior designer Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs Need I say more? Back later today with a giveaway and more holiday decor. Happy Monday, friends. :)   … [Read more...]

$1.50 for New Treasures

Remember these? Nothing like a little of this... So you can end up with these...   I thought I would clean up the brass using Brasso, but when I got to cleaning and polishing, I noticed that several of the glass inserts were cracked in the corners and two flat out broke while I was working!  So I popped out all of the glass, grabbed my trusty spray paint and went to town. I LOVE the new finish on … [Read more...]