I haven’t posted in quite a while, mostly because not much has changed around the house. We had family visiting during Spring Break, so there was a mad dash to clean the house and get the two back rooms and bathroom suitable for guests. My parents could not believe the transformation of the house so far. It was very encouraging to hear the positive feedback on our hard work.



The fam enjoying a pancake breakfast.



My brother and I in Mexico @ Epcot.

Our homemade chalkboard is finally up in the sitting room!



Check out some of my first chalkboard messages!




After a day of antiquing there were some additions to the plate wall:



Another look at the sitting room through my Goodwill mirror.



Another beautiful Florida sunset!




Next up: our kitchen renovation!

Can’t wait to transform this room:






Hours 41-51: Playing Catch Up

Some major updates to share! 

The second guest room is now sporting the new laminate floors and they look great! Pictures will be up shortly. 

During Presidents Day weekend I had planned on using the extra day off to get some work done in the guest rooms, however, I ended up doing nothing of the sort. 🙂

I found myself at HomeGoods, Ikea, and several antique shops in the downtown area. I really didn’t have anything in particular to shop for, but I quickly found myself drawn to several plates with pretty blue and white patterns. At the end of it all I found myself with this amazing assortment of dishes:


I couldn’t wait to hang them up above the new dining room table. After a quick trip to Home Depot for some plate hangers, I was ready to go.

Check out my plates in their new home:



I think they look especially pretty with my Valentine’s Day Tulips! You may have noticed the new chairs and chandeliers as well. I think the dining room is coming along nicely and I can’t wait to add to my plate collection as well as replace the table runner with something more neutral. 

Besides the dining area, we also made some changes to the sitting area. I moved the piano to where the bookshelves were and we gave away the fish tank. This left me with a glorious new space to decorate and furnish and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

We ended up at IKEA and four bookcases, two glassdoors, and a dresser later, my car looked like this:


We may have been a little overambitious in our shopping and even had to tie down the trunk in order to make it home with everything in tact. I definitely had a panic attack on the drive home as I imagined all my precious boxes strewn across the highway. Thankfully, we made it back OK and the next day we got the work assembling our loot.

We put together all four of the bookcases and arranged them and rearranged them until we had them where we liked them. Here is our final product:



I think I am in love! 

Hoping to finally make progress in the guest rooms this weekend. Let’s see if that actually happens. My deadline for the guest rooms is the end of March so I need to get started pretty soon! Can’t wait to share progress as we go!

Cheers to the upcoming weekend!


Hours #18 and #19

Hour #18:

Board and batten is up, nail holes are spackled and sanded! The sanding created quite the mess and the cats felt the need to roll around in it and track it throughout the house. 


Here is Chloe hanging out in the mess, she made sure to bring her toy along as well. 

Check out the completed boards up in the room:


Hour #19:

The walls finally got some color! Today I painted the space above the boards. I decided to go with “Plumage” by Martha Stewart. 


Can’t wait to get the bottom half painted tomorrow!

Cheers to hours 18 and 19!




Hour #12- Successful Saturday

I am happy to report that the new flooring is finally down in the guest room!


Isn’t it pretty? I absolutely love it! We used the same laminate flooring that was put down in the rest of the house back in June of 2012. The laminate was purchased from builddirect.com and is Lamton Nevada Oak (.89/sq ft).

Here are the progress shots from today:


Underlayment is down.


Closet area minus shelving and some trim.


Almost done.


Finished product!


Closet area


Window wall with my paint chips.


Transition piece between the room and hallway.

Next up: board and batton walls and paint!

I am still majorly undecided on a paint color so I will have to consult my design books and get some samples for the walls. We still have some time before we have to worry about the color but I would like to see some samples on the wall before making any final decisions.

Chloe and her bear seem to be enjoying the carpet scraps from the room.


Meanwhile, Starbuck is plotting some sort of attack.


Cheers to hour #12!