Happy Valentine’s Day

Love, hearts, roses...and hopefully chocolate


Artwork by sarah & bendrix

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
- Charles M. Schulz

Comments { 0 } February 14, 2012

Wallpaper in the Bathroom

Add pattern and color to a white bathroom

Bathrooms, Inspiration,

Image from Pinterest

Lately, I have been strangely drawn to wallpaper, which is crazy because I know from personal experience just how difficult it is to remove.

Image from Apartment Therapy

I am the same person who adamantly hated wallpaper and swore I would never do that to our beautiful plaster walls. Well, never say never…

I am considering indulging my wallpaper lust, but starting small by hanging it in our tiny powder room.


Comments { 7 } November 22, 2011

Bungalow Bedroom Renovation


Bedrooms, Before and After

Our bedroom is finished! Out of all the rooms we have completed, I am enjoying this room the most. It feels so nice to finally have a little haven, a place to rest, after basically camping out for all of these years. Why didn’t we do our bedroom first?

The room was in awful shape before with peeling wallpaper and holes in the walls.

This room was my home office for years. How did I ever work in here? Lets face it, the room before is not at all inspiring.

The bedroom feels very warm and inviting now.


Comments { 19 } October 31, 2011

What Goes Up Better Not Come Down

How much stress can 1.5 inches really cause?

Nothing Important, ,

See that armoire sitting on the front lawn? It needs to go into that open second story window. It has been determined that the armoire is 1.5 inches too tall to clear the narrow second floor landing. 1.5 inches!

Not to be deterred, these guys have a plan. Um, what exactly is the plan?

Are you sure about this? Because I’m not really convinced this is a good idea.


Comments { 6 } October 28, 2011

We’re In

And sleeping on a mattress on the floor

Bedrooms, Restoration Diary

We moved into the bedroom. It is so nice to be out of the home office. Our bed is on back order so we are sleeping on the floor. Even though we splurged on a new queen sized mattress, we still don’t have enough room for the two corgis who keep trying to sneak into our bed during the middle of the night.

The little closet we had built into dead space behind the wall looks like it has always been here. The door, hardware and trim are a perfect match with the original features of our house.

The light fixture is an eBay find. It came from a 1915 bank in Ohio.

The curtains are hung, but still not ironed. David decided that privacy is a little more important than beauty and that we’ll have to iron them later.

Closet door and the bedroom door.

The room still needs to be decorated, but it is so nice to finally sleep in a bedroom that is clean and renovated. Our clothes are hanging in the closet instead of piled inside oversized plastic storage bins.

Big sigh…either of exhaustion or relief!

Comments { 18 } October 24, 2011

Finding Functionality in a Miniscule Closet

With elfa closet system

Restoration Diary, Storage,

Photos taken from both ends of our very small closet.

To say that this closet is a challenge is an understatement. It is very long and very narrow with a sloping roof. We decided to go with an elfa closet solution from The Container Store.


Comments { 3 } October 19, 2011

Mauve by Any Other Name

Why is choosing a paint color so difficult?

Bedrooms, Paint, Restoration Diary

My friend asked if I would consider this color mauve. Once she asked that I started liking the color a little bit less and having flashbacks to 1986. Maybe I am in denial, but I think this is a softer, more elegant color. If anything, it is mauve’s third cousin twice removed.


Comments { 5 } October 14, 2011

Paint Color

Decisions, decisions

Bedrooms, Paint, Restoration Diary

Paint color creates the mood and makes a huge impact in any room. I am looking for something that feels peaceful and soothing for our bedroom, which led me to search for a soft, faded grayish-pinky-tuape color.

After deciding to go in this direction, I found the above photo of a room designed by renowned decorator Windsor Smith. This was enough to convince me that I am going in the right direction. Hey, if it is good enough for Windsor…

I have decided to go with the paint color on the far left, a very pretty color from Dunn Edwards called Chocolate Milk (DE6059) with a soft blue-gray color on the ceiling.

Comments { 2 } October 12, 2011

Bungalow Bedroom Progress

Quick little update

Bedrooms, Restoration Diary

The plaster walls are sanded and ready to be primed.


Comments { 1 } October 12, 2011

Cozy Bedrooms

Design Ideas

Bedrooms, Inspiration

I am in need of inspiration! Doesn’t this bed look comfortable?

I really like the colors of this room. They seem soothing and calm.

I wish my plaster walls looked this beautiful in their natural state.

I like the oversized artwork and that it is centered over the side table instead of the bed.

A tapestry used as a headboard is interesting.

Note: These images came from my inspiration folder. I am sorry that I didn’t save the original source information.

Comments { 3 } October 4, 2011