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Paint Your Upholstery Fabric and Upcycle a Old Chair!

I had something else planned to show you today, but this awesome weekend project got bumped to the top of the list because I just love how it turned out. I scored a great old chair at the Salvation Army on Friday (it had great bones, as they say), and spent the weekend painting it and making it absolutely glamorous....more
A friend and I started to with wingbacks a we got on Craigslist. Bloody lot of work. We never ...more

What kind of Home Security System is right for Me

Burglars don’t usually depend upon the light of the moon to break into homes; they depend on the daylight—because that’s when they know most homes are empty! The kids are in school, the adults are at jobs or shopping…duhhh, even a halfwit burglar knows this is an opportune time!...more

How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom

My Bougainvillea glabra is a flowering machine.  It puts out a big show of magenta/purplish color off and on for 9 or 10 months out of the year.  It grows up and over my garage which sits at the end of a long, narrow driveway.  It gets a major “WOW” from anyone who sees it....more

Wall Art Inspiration

In design there are few things that will make or break your design regardless of how much time or money you spend on it. One of those things is wall art. Because of this, wall art can be the most difficult part of the 'finishing touches.' So, knowing all of that, I thought it would be great to do a post with a few tips and tricks! TIP 1: REMEMBER THE RULE OF THREE'S ...more

32 Shades of Grey

How to Make a DIY Reclaimed Wood Desktop Organizer

I have another confession. I have a slight obsession with drawing and painting materials. ...more
Simple and adorable. I keep making the mistake of getting boxes with lids for art supplies. The ...more

Welcome to Floralia & Homemade Lavender Water

Welcome to Floralia 2015.AboutFloralia was a pagan festival of ancient Romans, to celebrate Flora, a goddess of flowers, vegetation, and fertility. ...more

Old gardens

Because gardening is an art form experienced in the moment people are usually oblivious to a little secret: dreamy perennial gardens are old. They don't look it, of course, tended to perfection as they are, sometimes by several generations of gardeners....more

How to Paint Oak Stairs (Without Sanding First!)

Sometimes I want to kick myself for not starting this blog 7 and a half years ago (about the time that hubby and I moved into our house).  I could have written over a dozen DIY posts for you like how to install hardwood floors, tiles and trim, swap light fixtures, install new faucets, painting tips, wallpaper, ... My husband and I did all of those projects right here at home well before this blog even existed! It doesn't make much sense for me to write about them now because I don't have many photographs nor real time updates and costs....more