Living Room Board and Batten

We are well into November now and the Holidays are just around the corner.  Mark and I have been plugging away at the house and are making lots of progress.  For the longest time, the living room has looked like this and it seemed that it was going to look like this for awhile, but after taking a break, Mark got busy and finished this space, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas and now it's … [Read more...]

Choosing New Lighting

We've had a lot of fun in our new house figuring out the changes we want to make.  We knew when we looked at the house from the first time that we wanted to change out all the lighting eventually.I just love my "builder's grade" lighting, said no one ever! It seems that every new house in normal subdivisions are always lacking in the interesting and unique lighting, doesn't it?Mark and I … [Read more...]

The Making of a Man Cave

We've been busy working away on the house and I know I haven't showed you a lot of progress yet in each space and with the exception of my office and Mark's man cave, nothing else is totally done.  Mark has almost finished hanging artwork in his space and he's really loving it, so I thought I'd show you where it started and where it is now.He's a little protective of his man cave and hasn't … [Read more...]

How to Dye Leather Chairs

Hello friends!I've got a fun project to share with you today and it's been awhile since I've had a really good DIY project to share with you so I hope you enjoy this one.  I get some crazy ideas sometimes and this seemed like it might be one of those.  Dying leather chairs was something I never thought I'd do and I'm going to share how I dyed the chairs with you.I've had these leather … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned from Grasscloth Wallpaper

You all probably know by now that I share the good, the bad, and the real here on my blog, so today's story is about my recent purchase and installation of grasscloth.I've loved grasscloth wallpaper for a very long time.  It seems that every showhouse I go in lately has this richly textured material on a wall or in a room somewhere and it instantly takes me back to the 80's when I first saw … [Read more...]

My New Office Space!

HI, friends, I'm back today with, let's hear a drumroll actual room reveal!  Yep, it seems like forever coming, but I finally have one finished room to show you all.  My office space has evolved once again over the last 10 years.  If you've been reading my blog for a number of years, you saw me start my office in a small nook space in Birmingham, then a full fledged green office in my … [Read more...]

New Backyard Fence

Hello my friends!Since I'm sharing all our house progress, I figured I'd share one of the outside projects that we just had done.  We hired this one out, got to know your limitations and so this one was one for the professionals and we found a local fence company to get this done.  Apparently there is a big demand for fences, because we had to get on a waiting list for about 3 weeks, but it … [Read more...]

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