A Father’s Day Office Makeover!

This year for Father's Day I wanted to give John an extreme office makeover!! It is the last room in the house to be redone and probably the one that needs it the most! My husband works from home, and his office has been basically off limits to decorate because he doesn't want me to touch or move his many stacks! Like most husbands, he hates the chaos of a room redo. Poor thing being married to someone who loves to redo!! To keep the peace, I have always stayed out of his office/man cave! ...

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My Dining Room Finale!!!

Well, sometimes the first room you start is the last room you finish. This was certainly the case in my dining room! Starting the transformation in 2014, I'm happy to announce it's finally finished!! You got a sneak peek back in December in this post about the artwork I chose, and today I'm so excited to share the completed look! Here's the before! Moving from a traditional look with a Country French flair to a more contemporary style that still incorporates older elements, I was able to ...

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Tweaking My Living Room!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Well, due to a tropical storm in Cabo, we ended up canceling the trip just hours before!!  Lucky that we didn't go as we had a pipe break in the house and spent much of the time cleaning and drying out. Unfortunately the room below was affected and we will have to once again redo the floors!! Water and wood just don't mix! I had already written this blog, so I still wanted to share the small tweaks I gave to my living room – keeping much of what I ...

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Accessorizing Your Kitchen!!

What makes those rooms from the magazines look so amazing!  Many have beautiful furnishings, surfaces and lighting, but its the final accessories which put them in the over the top beautiful category!!  Kitchens are no exception!! Look at this one from my kitchen Pinterest board, with its pretty white serving bowls, stainless cookware and a bit of green to offer contrast. All chopping boards are both functional and beautiful accents to a kitchen!!! I found this beautiful pic on one ...

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Kitchen Update-The Final Reveal!

Today I am going to show you the final reveal of my kitchen after months of Pinterest pinning and sweet Goodchild Builders implementing all of my ideas! Hang on Friends, this is a long one!!! Last week I showed the before's.  Here is the final reveal! Daughter Kirby likes the changes as much as I do.  So light and bright, this space incorporates organized areas and much more counter space! The previous design had a bar top connected between the post and the window wall, limiting ...

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My Kitchen Update!

It all started during my renovation when my 20 something daughter said "Mom you are redoing the kitchen too!, Its so 2000!"  My first reactions was 2000, that's yesterday, then I thought to myself 2000 was 15 years ago. Having to piece meal most of my renovations, the last one in the kitchen 13 years ago was no different.  The granite was 20 years old and so was the base cabinetry-they remained.   The uppers were rebuilt since we were covering up windows which were previously ...

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How To Pick The Most Luxurious Towels on a Budget!!

You know how one thing leads to another when redoing your home and the little things sometimes make the biggest difference?? That little thing for me was towels -- bath towels, bath mats, kitchen towels, cleaning towels. Some hand-me-downs from one's grandmother are worth keeping, as are some wedding gifts, but looking at how old some of my towels were (I’ve been married 28 years), I decided in this instance my very worn heirlooms should all be demoted to car washing and cleaning ...

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My Pantry Renovation!

With so many great organizational tips from Pinterest and bloggers, I couldn't wait to redo my pantry/bar/butler's area to gain more space. In this "before" photo, the closed door is my original pantry. At no more than 2.5 ft by 3 ft, it was neither big nor efficient. I stored the glassware in the bar and my china in the furniture piece to the right. We decided to combine pantry and bar -- making that one big food pantry -- and to build a new bar/butler's space where the furniture piece ...

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DIY: Updating Your Frames with Paint!

Before our recent home renovation, I had my back staircase and game room filled with collections of framed family photographs. For our new look, I decided to simplify and use framed photos going only up the staircase, so ... John and I had to edit!! We selected about 20 frames portraying our kids, my parents as children, and even a 1927 wedding portrait of John's Italian family (named Segreto!)! After plastering the back staircase in a soft white and installing a more contemporary ...

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My Powder Rooms’ Makeovers!

I am so sorry that I haven't updated you on our house renovations! It just seemed as though stacks of furniture were moving from room to room, dust was flying, and the decision-making was never-ending!! But we have made progress thanks to Goodchild Builders!!!! With things being put back in order, I want to share how a specific project has evolved! Today -- a tale of my two powder rooms! This was my front powder before, which we redid about 17 years ago. At that time, I had so much ...

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