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Decorating

Fall Mantel

my mantel is always an evolving work-in-progress i made the rosette necklace yesterday and i thought it looked nice on the mantel… but David probably doesn’t like it–at least not strung around his kingly neck. if i can get my act together, i’ll show you how i made it. i kinda love it. the mantel—well, […] Read more…

Lake Cottage Kitchen :: Before and Afters

~~~a few sources have been added to the bottom of this post~~~ It’s almost ridiculous how long it’s taken me to get this kitchen post done. But in my defense, my light fixtures were just installed this week. They apparently sat in the Atlantic Ocean for 2 months waiting to get through customs. And sadly, […] Read more…

Before/After: Painted Furniture

I’ve had this piece of furniture since the beginning of time and why on earth I haven’t painted it before now, I do not know. You probably have this piece of furniture too, don’t you? Or at least a side table or armoire like it? Well, something told me it was time. Time to give […] Read more…

Gallery Wall in lieu of kitchen photos

Our basement at the lakehouse has been officially declared ‘the Mancave’.   It has housed many {sweaty} boys this summer and has been sorely neglected—as in, I try my best NOT to ever go down there. And then there’s the dilemma of where to put all my art and photographs.   This house has no […] Read more…

I think I’m in love

So, here’s where we stand: 1. The countertops came in on Thursday and they are seven kinds of wonderful. Crisp, clean white quartz (the color ‘snow white’ from Zodiac). I wanted to snuggle up on them and have a sleepover. I missed them during the night. They’re amazing. 2. Before the dust could clear from […] Read more…

The little kitchen that could…..

If you think you’re tired of waiting on this kitchen, imagine me—cooking a big heaping pile of onions at the exact same time the guys are installing that cabinet over the microwave.  Saw dust was flying everywhere and I think the installer could hardly believe I was cooking right in the middle of it all. […] Read more…

Kitchen Dilemma

I’m sitting on my new deck watching the geese and egrets fly by and the lake water ripple, drinking a wonderful cup of coffee as I type this.   I still haven’t shaken the feeling that I’m on vacation—in Hilton Head—with no definite endpoint for my return ‘home’.   The only downside to living your […] Read more…