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Living with Marble Countertops, a cautionary tale

This post has been a long time coming.  So many of you have asked me if I love the marble, after living with it for awhile. It’s complicated, okay.  Real things always are. And let me say that EVERYBODY warned me against marble.  I didn’t think the counter top guy was gonna sell it to […] Read more…

My Paint Colors

Because this well could be the most asked question in recent times, I thought it was high time I put all the paint colors in one post.  Here’s the only glitch.  I can’t remember the paint color of the girls’ vanity and I keep forgetting to call and ask my cabinet maker.  I’ll do it, […] Read more…

Master Bedroom Vision Board

While I was camping-it-up in MN, I got a fun little email surprise. Darlene finished my vision board for the master. This is my take on restrained, sultry, and symmetric.   There are some yummy pieces here and I may not be able to swing them all. But I love the feel of this room. […] Read more…

The Workroom Design Files

I think this is my favorite design so far!! I’m so excited about this room. It’s a laundry room/craft room/office/schoolroom. And I knew that since the girls and I would be spending alot of time in here, I wanted it to be functional and organized but without sacrificing beauty. I wanted to be inspired by […] Read more…

Reupholstered Sofa and a Chevron Pillow

This poor sofa sat in my dusty basement for ten years at the other house. I always wanted to reupholster it. But you know, kids and life and laundry and such. Then when we moved, it allllMOST went to Goodwill. But instead, I persevered and took it to Wayne at Daniel’s ReUpholstery. He’s meticulous and […] 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…