Feature Friday: Shine Your Light

Feature Friday today is the home of Lisa with Shine Your Light and her family of 5, who are fixing up their Colonial home in Massachusetts one space at a time.

Lisa and her husband are raising three teenagers while slowly renovating an 80s-era cookie cutter Colonial in a small town in Massachusetts. Lisa started her blog 6 years ago to show friends how to do simple projects. As her DIY skills evolved, the blog came to include more in-depth home improvement tutorials, as well as art projects, furniture flips, interior design, food and drink recipes and ideas for entertaining. While they save for a big renovation, Lisa is painting everything in sight and honing her carpentry, masonry and landscaping skills one project at a time.

Lisa is doing the chatting on the pics, so enjoy her pretty Colonial home!





Foyer stairs makeover with seagrass stair runner installation.


Board and batten and black interior doors.



A wall of bookcases that span across a doorway between the living room and dining room.


Newly limed Craigslist dining table.



Our kitchen has a small seating area that has become my favorite part of our house. It’s perfect for morning coffee, a glass of wine at the end of the day, or for the kids to chat with us while we make dinner.

It looks out onto our backyard and gets beautiful natural light all day long.

I made over the family room fireplace last fall, including rebuilding the mantle and tiling over the surround and hearth.





The master bedroom with Ikea hack sconces.



Our 16 year old daughter’s room has Ikea hack lights too.


I gave our son’s room a makeover for last year’s One Room Challenge, including an industrial shelving unit made with inexpensive galvanized metal utility shelves, as well as large scale block art.

This summer I excavated part of our yard to create a pea stone patio with garden border,

and built a stone-veneered fire pit, my family’s favorite project to date.


My next major projects are to rip out and replace the foyer tile, and install moulding throughout the house to give it some character!


I hope you enjoyed Lisa’s home tour!  I couldn’t resist sharing her pretty tablescape for Fall in navy and rust tones, so pretty for this time of year.  Stop on by Shine Your Light and say hello to Lisa.

- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda, thanks for sharing Lisa’s lovely home! She is a very talented lady to do all this work. Happy weekend, Pam @ Everyday Living

  2. Another beautiful Feature Friday! Lisa is a very talented DIYer! Her home is lovely. I love what she did with the fireplace. So much character with the board and batten too.

  3. The fireplace is AMAZING!!!! Very pretty home….

  4. Hi, Rhoda! I love the master bedroom in this post! Could you find out what color/brand of navy blue that is on her wall? I’m painting mine soon and that’s just what I wanted.

    Thanks for hosting other bloggers. I enjoy seeing the variety of styles.
    Hugs, cat

    • HI Cat! The color in our master bedroom is Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray (2062-20) – which is not gray at all but a navy blue with a hint of teal. I tried about 7 navy samples before that one and as soon as I put it on the wall I knew…..it’s such a great color! Still love it almost 4 years later, a record for me with a paint color.

  5. So fun to see Lisa’s beautiful home featured, she’s created such a warm home for her family! She’s an inspiration and DIY rockstar, not at all intimidated by power tools and hard work! Her built-in bookcases, fireplace and fire pit are all AMAZING projects! And, to top it off she couldn’t be sweeter or more encouraging of everyone in the blogosphere! 🙂

  6. Rosemarie O'Connor says

    I just happened upon your blog as I was looking at Southern Hospitality. Taking a tour of your home it felt like I’ld seen it before. Since I sell real estate for a living I figured I’ld likely been in houses similar to your home but there was something just so familiar about it! After a little research I realized I was one of the listing agents of your home when you purchased it! You have done an amazing job with the updates and improvements. The photos are so beautiful! I’m so happy to now be following your blog!

    • HI Rosemarie, wow what a coincidence that you found me almost 5 years later! Doesn’t it look like a different house? So glad you stopped by and put it all together. It’s been almost 5 years ago that I bought it and now everything is pretty much finished and it’s been a great house to live in.


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