Wednesday, March 24, 2021


That little dimmer knob was driving me crazy!
I got this oil rubbed bronze one on Amazon. 

Come on... you gotta admit this looks so much better!!! 

Now I can work in my office without being distracted by that ugly knob. 😉

Sunday, March 21, 2021

A year later...

After almost a year of working from home(which is so incredibly hard to believe), I finally picked up my office equipment from our downtown office. Until now, I'd been working from my laptop off of TV trays.

This gave me an opportunity to update our home office, and convert the attached "playroom" into my personal office sitting room. (You all know how much I enjoy making over a room, so any excuse will do. lol)

 The office is in the basement, and it can get quite cold in that room. So the first thing I did was purchase a space heater.  I looked for the cutest one I could find, that would still heat the room effectively. 
I found this one on  Amazon. It got decent reviews, but it didn't come in the color I wanted. I went ahead and purchased it, and just painted it black to blend into the wall. Then I found this super cute mantel shelf. I had actually found it on another website first, but Amazon had it cheaper. Also, with Prime, I received it in just a couple of days.  I ALWAYS make sure to look for items on Amazon before purchasing elsewhere, and visa versa. I purchase a lot of things online, so I'm always looking for the best price.  
See that dimmer knob that sticks out like a sore thumb??? I have a replacement coming tomorrow!

This is the attached sitting room. It used to hold all of their toys when the kids were little, and it was the room they played video games as they grew up. Now that we're getting close to being empty nesters, I can finally start converting some of the extra rooms that they no longer need.
We installed the wainscoting and grasscloth wallpaper, and painted the ceiling white. We had done this last year in Reese's new room, and I just loved it!  I thought it would look great in here too.
This cute rug has been around for many, many years. I used it in our living room a long time ago, but it has been in my office at work for the last several years. It's still in excellent condition, and I still absolutely love it.  
As you probably remember from previous blogs, we started painting all of our interior doors SW Tricorn Black, just before quarantine. This is one of the last rooms to finally get done. We had already painted the French door, but the closet doors hadn't been done yet.   
The cabinet has been around for a long time also. I just keep painting the inside panels to match the decor of the room.  This time I painted it black, and did the French love letter stencil again. If you've been following me very long, you've seen this before ;) Now it holds office supplies, and some of my extra decor items.
This is also the room the kids used to use when they had friends spend the night. It's a sleeper sofa, so it came in handy since they have twin beds in their bedrooms. I promised it to my son for his new house as soon as I get my apartment sized sofa from the office. (I still do not have any of my big pieces from my work office) Because it's brown, I didn't think it would go with the new decor. However, I'm now thinking I don't hate it. hmmmm 

This TV stand was a piece I got for free when I purchased a 'lot" at a local auction many, many years ago.  When I first got it, I painted it white, removed the drawers, and replaced them with these huge baskets.  For this makeover, we sanded it down to reveal the wood top and to repaint the body. However, once it was sanded down, I really loved the "extreme distressed" look, so I decided to just change out the knobs and leave it as is.  I used some dark wax on the top to bring out the grain.  My husband said it is now one of his favorite pieces. 

I do still have a few more pieces that haven't arrived yet, but these rooms are practically done. As soon as Joey moves to his new house, his room is next!!!  :)

Monday, August 17, 2020

The Pergola is Finished...Well Almost 😉

Randy finished building the new structure for the pergola yesterday, and hung the new fans. We finally have a nice, cool place to sit when it’s hot out. The only problem is, the waterproof canvas cover that I bought is about 5 feet too short. The new one should be here in about 4 weeks. 

I found this cute outdoor bench, that I didn’t even remember I had, when we cleaned out the storage unit. I had purchased it in 2008! 😂

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Covering The Pergola

One project usually leads to another, and this time was no exception. As soon as the sectional was finished, I thought aloud how nice it would be to have the space covered. (Currently, the only covered outdoor space we have is the private porch off of our master bedroom.) Luckily, Randy loved the idea, so he got to work modifying the existing structure right away. 

I’ve also ordered a couple of outdoor ceiling fans. They should be delivered tomorrow. We can’t wait to have a nice, cool, place to enjoy the outdoors, even when it’s hot or raining. I’m hoping the fans will help keep the mosquitos at bay also. Fingers crossed. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Cushions Have Finally Arrived!

I’m so excited! The cushions have finally come in for the sectional that Randy built! Yay!!!
It looks exactly like I envisioned it!


Randy also made a frame for another of my outdoor canvases. I can’t believe how much better they look when framed! See below

He’s really checking off those boxes!✅ 😉

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Outdoor Art

I have always loved outdoor art. To me, pillows, lighting, and artwork are three of the most important elements in making an outdoor space feel like an interior room.

I’ve been using outdoor art for years. In the early days, I would have to buy cheap wall art and try to weatherproof it myself. However, over the years, it has gotten much easier to find, and has also gotten somewhat more affordable.

Recently I found this 30” x 40” weatherproof canvas online. I knew it would look fabulous on our exterior wall, but also knew it was too small for the space. So I asked Randy to make me a fat, chunky frame.  He whipped it up in a single afternoon, and I think it looks perfect. Now I want him to make frames all of my outdoor art. Uh oh 😬

 Sorry, I got a little carried away with the Sampson pics. He’s just so adorable 💕

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

DIY Outdoor Sectional Seating

Well everyone, my husband has done it again. In just a day and a half, he has made yet another of my designs come to life!
I decided I wanted more seating on the patio, so I ordered some cushions from Frontgate and asked Randy to build me a sectional that would accommodate them. As usual, I just explained to him what I wanted, and showed him a few pictures. In no time the sectional was finished! The problem now is, yesterday made the 4TH TIME the cushions have been delayed! I’m dying!!! I just want to see the complete project! 😫
However, as per usual, I can’t wait to show everyone! So here it is (with a few of the old cushions 😉) just to give you the idea of how it’s going to look.


There will also be matching rolling ottomans. Randy will be building those in a couple of days. I guess there’s no hurry though, since we have NO IDEA when the cushions will get here. 😭