More House Progress

Still not ready for the after shots completely, but I will show you what we’ve been up to the last week and yes, there’s some pretty involved too!  There were still a lot of little projects to be done to get finished with the tools and I’m happy to say, we are done with those for now!  I have had to switch back and forth between project mode and decorating mode and I really want to be done with the projects.  Slowly but surely, we are getting there (except for touch up painting, don’t know when that will happen!).  I still want to get the laundry room ready to do laundry in, but it’s not there yet either.  I’m just going to have to go for it soon.

We completely finished up the drop ceiling tiles, installing the 2 vents and cut new holes for the light fixtures.  It wasn’t a completely trouble free job, but we got it done in a couple of hours and the ceiling really looks wonderful. I’m so happy I went ahead and tackled this one, it makes a huge difference in the feel of the room.

Messy Garage

In the meantime, there’s still a lot of this going on, getting rid of boxes and trying to whip this place into shape.  It’s going slower than I would like, but progress is happening.

Dad cutting wood

Dad came over and we tackled getting up the vent covers and moving the light fixtures to the new ceiling tiles.


Dad measured and added some wood around the box so that we could screw  in the vent covers after cutting a hole in the new ceiling tile.


We got the vent covers installed and that was a happy day, then we moved on to cutting a hole for the light fixtures.


It was nice to see every single one of those yellowed old tiles come down and nice new ones go up.


And now they are 100% DONE.  Yippee, no more working on this ceiling.


I can now live with this indefinitely, it’s nice and bright and feels so much cleaner.  We then had a few more little chores to finish up. You can see we split the tile where the vents are, it was nearly impossible to git a whole tile in there after cutting the hole for the vent and sliding it into place. It was such a tight fit that it had to be split in 2 parts and we added an extra bar there, but I’m fine with how it came out.

Dad and cabinet

Like that shabby cabinet my dad loves so much.  He helped me get it upstairs in my tiny bathroom and we found the studs and screwed it into place.  We leveled it and it really makes a difference in my small space.  I love the character it adds.

Shabby Cabinet

Sitting on top of the beadboard, this bathroom is a little jewel box now.  We added two chunky 6” wood pieces on the top of the beadboard wallpaper to finish it off and this room is officially done now too (with the exception of some touch up painting).

vintage cabinet

I had fun shopping my store and bringing some pretty things in here to display and I know looking at this everyday will make me smile.


It definitely has a beachy vibe and adding some seashells and sea inspired things is the perfect complement.

shabby cabinet shelves

Love it!  I have to tell you what my dad said about the “oh, my Lord” cabinet after it was all up and done.  We had lunch later that day and I overheard him tell my mom and sister that he wouldn’t hang that thing in a barn.  That’s my dad! Smile

kitchen shelves

I did get my kitchen shelves somewhat styled, but this is all subject to change as I go along.  I’m trying to get things in place, but nothing is final yet.  It might be a work in progress for awhile. We did get the microwave down and back to Ikea, exchanged for a new one and got it back in place, so now I’m back in business with a microwave again.  Amazing how you can miss a microwave, but I sure did.

glass float from Scott

Forgot to show you what I bought at Scott’s.  These antique glass fishing floats caught my eye a long time ago and I got 2 of them.  They may or may not stay here.  $15 each, not bad.

Ready to see the office?  This is still not finished and still very much a work in progress, but I’m happy with it so far.

new office

The office is really coming along.  I got the Ballards shelves up in place and the Ikea drapes hung, so it’s feeling pretty homey now.  Life is Beauty Full pillow came from Joss and Main and that about sums it up for me these days.  Clock also from Joss and Main.

office shelves

Those botanicals I framed awhile back look really good in here and the addition of some family pics makes it complete.  I love, love my new office space and it’s so nice to spread out and have even  more room now.


The right side of the room holds my black bookcase and zebra bulletin board, both of which are yardsale finds and projects I’ve done on the blog in year’s past.  Just like my old office nook, which I loved as well, it’s so cozy in here and I know I’m really going to enjoy having even more room in my office.

Ikea Expedit box

While at Ikea, I picked up a glossy white Expedit bookcase for inside my office closet.  That glossy white is going to look so good with the turquoise paint in there and I also got some really cool storage bins to go with it. I’ll be putting this together soon and getting my closet space all nice and organized.  That will feel so good!  I will have room for craft supplies, paint and more in the bins.


And this spot is quickly becoming one of my faves. I love having a reading chair in my bedroom, all cozy-like in the corner with a throw, side table and lamp.  Having a spot like this is heaven to me.  Thankful, why yes I am!

The folks at Wayfair are having a Thanksgiving Pinterest challenge, Turkey Day Table Challenge.  Check out all the details at Wayfair for putting together your own ideas for a beautiful table and for every entry, you can get $5 in Wayfair Rewards and one lucky person will get a $100 spending spree to Wayfair.

Today, I’m doing a LIVE Google Hangout with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors  (we’re both Hometalk Ambassadors) and we’ll both be sharing inexpensive ways to dress up your Thanksgiving table.  Me, with my elegant tablescape and Donna,with her junk finds.  Come on by and join us.  Click here to join the Google Hangout at 3 pm EST!  Would love to have you there.


- Rhoda


  1. Oh Rhonda, your darling dad is such a trouper!! I could just imagine my dear old dad saying something like that! I just adore your new clock in your office. Can’t wait to see the rest of your house. Enjoy….you deserve it!

  2. It is coming together very well. It is nice to see you in decorating mode again. Your office is so cozy feeling. Congrats. Continue the awesome work.
    Pat in Canada

  3. Rhoda, your office is AMAZING! I love how those colors came together, and how you’ve styled the wall behind your desk. Just beautiful. ~Kerri

  4. Rhoda, Everything is coming together so beautifully. You are one amazing woman – what a trooper. Love your honesty, integrity, grit and talent!! Can’t wait to see more! Diane

  5. Your house is really coming together! And your Dad is so cute with his expressions of what you and he likes in it. So glad to see that you are getting where you need to be.
    Take care,

  6. Rhoda,

    Your office space is beautiful! I know you are so thankful the major work is over. My husband and I have been remodeling/renovating our home for the last year. It is hard work, however, it is so nice to see a project completed.

    Your dad has been a real trooper….I think it is part of the DNA of his generation.

  7. Love seeing your progress. I remember the happiest times in my life — the times I felt all was well with the world — were those first few weeks of contentment after moving into and decorating a new home. I also saw it a hundred times on the faces of clients I decorated for. Nothing compares to the warm and fuzzy feeling you’re waking up to each morning. I’m so truly happy for you that you’re not only experiencing that joy, but that you’re so gracefully willing to share your talent and ideas with us. Thanks, Rhoda!

  8. Looks great! I love the frames for the botanical pics on the wall behind your desk.


  9. Becky in SC says:

    I am lovin’ all these “Rhodafied” pictures rollin’ in that we all used to love to see in the past! Keep ’em coming!
    I love to see GREAT things happen to GREAT people. I know this house has involved alot of hard work…but that is Rhoda! And all your hard work & it’s results is what truly inspires all of us that follow you!
    ♥ Becky in SC ♥

  10. Everything looks amazing! I have so enjoyed watching your new home come together. You are so lucky to have such an amazing father! The bathroom shelf story is too dang funny!

  11. Great pics! Love the way you’ve styled the bathroom. And those floats from Scott’s- so pretty. Enjoy it all- you have worked hard. Bless your dear family- they have been there right along side you. It will be a day of thanks indeed next Thursday.

  12. Oh my goodness….you have done an amazing job on your home. I have been following you now for a very long time and I’m so happy for you. I feel like you are a good friend and we live next door to each other. You always have such wonderful ideas with colors and style. You will never know how you have inspired me to decorate my own home and bring joy and comfort to family and friends. God bless you and your family, Kathy

  13. Oh, it’s shaping up so beautifully and has your “stamp” all over it, Rhoda! So happy for you — continue to enjoy!!
    xo Heidi

  14. Rhoda, I have been following you for a long time as well and love watching all your progress. Everything looks absolutely beautiful and it thrills my soul to see your Willow House/Southern Living at Home items popping up throughout!

  15. Debbi in Texas says:

    You have a very special place; it looks wonderful. Thanks for the updates and your dad is a treasure

  16. Love that beautiful office….the colors are gorgeous!

  17. First of all, I need your Dad to come to my house!!!! Everything looks so cozy and comfy! I’m coming over…you need to get ready!

  18. Everything is looking so good, Rhoda! Your dad is such a hoot! Let me know when you’re ready to tackle those shelves! 🙂

  19. Rhoda, I couldn’t help but laugh at what your dad said about your shabby cabinet! If mine were still alive, he’d probably say the same thing. But it looks gorgeous in your bath with those beachy colors and accents! Love your office space, too!

  20. Becky in 'Bama says:

    Whew you’ve got way more gumption than me to do all that work, but the results are splendid! I was somewhat skeptical about the dark doors, but what I’ve gotten a glimpse of looks good. p.s. – are you still going to get a roomie? or is that roomy?

  21. Oh…..yours is always the first blog I check…hoping for progress pictures of your beautiful new home…..thanks for sharing….can’t wait to see more!!!! It is beautiful…..

  22. OH….that cabinet is just to DIE for! LOOKING good! ~Tammy

  23. I love your office, especially the drapes. So pretty.

  24. I really love your office. I’ve been thinking of making some changes in our home office in a few months. The colors and textures are wonderful.

  25. Wow! Love the office and the shabby cabinet in the bathroom. Ceiling tiles – gorgeous and liveable! So glad to see the “pretties” and your decorating! And your garage, a work in progress but only you could show us and we love it all! Your sitting area in your bedroom looks so inviting. Do you ever just fall asleep there at night? I know I would. Barn furniture? Shelves in the barn? Why yes – why not bring the barn inside – I say! Too funny your dad saying that. One’s man’s trash is another’s treasure. Be sure to tell him that your blog friends love that look so he can think we’re all crazy….not just you! This is really shaping up…and we’ve seen it from start to finish! How lucky are we? You know, it would be interesting to see a “split screen” before and after picture of your office side by side. Best before and after ever! Can’t wait to see the shelves in your closet! Looking Good Rhoda! So proud of you! You deserve it! And the work you, your Dad and others have put into this makes this house, your home – Priceless! Memories galore!

    • Hey, Beth, I’m going to do a complete before and after post once I get things more together! It’s going to be amazing to see that side by side.

  26. I just love your shabby bathroom cabinet and the colors you chose for your home office. Things are really starting to come together in your new home and it looks great!

  27. Your dad is so funny! Sounds like something my hubby would say. But when it’s all decorated they have to admit that it looks great. Your house is coming along so well and looking good. I’m so happy for you Rhoda.

  28. I am loving how your decorating is coming along! Your office is gorgeous. What a blessed woman you are to have your dad helping you. I have a question for you…where did you get the brown woven blinds that are on the window in your bedroom by your reading chair?

  29. Pam from Syla says:

    Rhoda everything looks great. It is so good to see you using things you have found over the past few years. I remember you finding the cabinet and I still love it. You are so talented. Your Dad is amazing. He has a lot of fans out here in blog land. Your Mom is adorable also.

    • Hi, Pam, thanks so much, it’s always great to see comments from you, you have been following along for such a long time.

  30. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says:

    Hooray……….finally getting to the fun part – after the hard work with many, many accomplishments – you deserve every bit of happiness. Your parents are the best and your Dad is so talented. Everything is looking awesome, can’t wait to see more…Love & Blessings

  31. I have been watching your progress on the house. I am so proud of you and happy for you. Your dad is adorable. Thanks for sharing all the neat pictures and details.

  32. It’s looking great, Rhoda! Your office is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what you do with the closet!

    And I love that shabby cabinet too 🙂

  33. Rhoda,
    It’s all looking soooo good…love your office!!! I’m still laughing about your dad’s comment…sounds just like something that my dad would have said (he has been gone for 16 years now). By the way…the shabby cabinet looks wonderful.


  34. Oh my goodness Rhoda! Your new home is absolutely gorgeous! Of course:) Your hard work is paying off!

  35. Rhoda, I love how your house is coming together. I especially love your office. I wasn’t sure about the green and the pattern on the wall but clearly, it has all come together and it just looks fabulous!

    Your Dad is funny about your bathroom cabinet. What is old always becomes what is new again no?


  36. Happy Thanksgiving, Rhoda! (And all the rest of y’all!)

  37. Screendoorgirl 3 says:

    I am so excited to see all of your progress. I agree with you on the small bathroom idea. I am 50 years old , so I guess it comes with age. My dream cottage is small and cozy. Less to dust, scrub and organize! Congrats on the beautiful progress and give your parents a big hug !! Thanks Rhoda.

  38. I am just amazed at how much you have gotten done, Rhoda, and I love it! I’m so tickled about your dad and his dislike of the cabinet. I think it looks darling, but I do admit I’m always a little afraid of peely, chippy paint on old things. LOL But then again, I love brass and natural wood, too. I guess I’m set in my ways or stuck in a time warp. Your pick. 😉 I will tell you that I left our original ship’s hatch door in the condition I bought it, and it is very rough. My carpenter looks at me and scratches his head in disbelief. LOL It is just raw wood and rustic. He doesn’t get it, either. But I love it. I moved it from the St. A. house when we decided to sell and had him replicate one in bead board which thirlled him because it is NEW and PAINTED. Oh, he did a happy dance in my kitchen!

    Speaking of which, I’m just so happy for you I could pop. God is SO good! And I want to steal your dad to come help me. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have his help. What a blessing that man is and your mom, too. AND their daughter to all of us who love her.



  39. Rhoda, love your home updates! Your office is beautiful! Love the wall treatment you did and those curtains! You’re going to have so much fun decorating for Christmas!

  40. Rhoda, I am so happy for you! You are so deserving of all this. I know you are thrilled with how your new home is coming along and I can’t wait to see what you do with it. The office looks terrific! Also, your dad – he is awesome. Is he by chance up for adopting another daughter? 😉

  41. Loving that bath cabinet and your office! Wow Rhoda, you are really coming along 🙂 Did you post your kitchen yet? I looked real quick but didn’t see it. Love those shelves. Great pic of you at the end of the post with the dog 🙂 So pretty!

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