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so long, dark dungeon of doom

What do you get when you cross a snail, a sloth and a tortoise covered in molasses??? A home renovation. I’m ready for this thing to be done. Like yesterday. But…..the light at the end of the tunnel is in my viewfinder. I’m so psyched for it to be finished. What keeps me going is how far its come. Our family room before had lots […]

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stick a fork in it…

It’s done. Well, pretty much. There are a few tiny things switch plates, touch-ups, patching, etc. but for the most part the cottage reno is done. Here is a super-old, right-after-we-moved-in photo of the room facing the kitchen of shame. Those doors were hiding the U-G-L-Y. I know. This is the disgustingness that was here when we moved in and I did my best to […]

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cottage kitchen demo day!

I shared a while back that we are having some pretty major renovations done to our farmhouse and guest cottage. We’ve lived here for 2 1/2 years now and during that time have figured out the things about the house that work for our family and the many, many things that don’t… It would probably be easier, smarter and cheaper to just move. But this […]

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almost teen bedroom makeover

Well, hello there. So much to catch up on (since my last post was in JULY) ….. but for now I’m just going to share my latest project. One of my favorite little people in the world turned 12 last month. This is Maddy, my cousin’s youngest daughter. She is a little ray of sunshine…always has the biggest smile on her face. The last time […]

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Abe Lincoln’s stove…

Four score and seven years ago, we bought an old farmhouse. It dates somewhere in the loose vicinity of the civil war. Okay, so it was purchased more like two years ago not 87…but you’ll get my Gettysburg Address reference in a sec. Pertinent Background info: we have moved 14 times in 20 years and purchased and sold many, many homes. My husband and I […]

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escape from khaki hell…

Most homes have that room. You know the one. Oddly shaped, huge honking plaster fireplace. Too little wall space, too many windows and doors. Or maybe it’s just me? Our family room is mission impossible. The fact that we have a 7,000 foot long leather sectional doesn’t help matters much. But we’re not moving anytime soon (I hate to even utter those words…they always come […]

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new chairs and a teaching story…

Over the winter, this is what our kitchen table looked like Those metal chairs were a dumb, dumb, dumb decision. I needed side chairs in a pinch and the price was right, but I knew from the get-go that they weren’t working. So I finally did something about it. Isn’t that SO much better? Now before you go thinking it’s all sunshine and lollipops, let […]

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how to brighten bookshelves

This tutorial is not going to win any awards or set any pinterest records. The ipad photos are low-quality and there aren’t any step by step photos. Boy, I’m really selling it aren’t I? You pumped? Hang in there with me for a sec… In spite of the low-buck production, I think it could be useful to someone. Back in March, we went to Alabama […]

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fancy frame facelift

Ah, I just love alliteration, don’t you? And palindromes? Don’t even get me started. It’s like symmetry for the English nerd. My daughter’s name is hannah. Not hanna. Cause that would be incomplete. Unbalanced. I know what you are thinking… Oh, somebody around here is unbalanced. Now where were we? Oh right. I had this fancy (and by fancy I mean Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon […]

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cottage bath

The cottage bath is finished. It’s not a makeover because it’s been a hodge podge since we moved in over a year ago… I was stalled for several months searching for the perfect cabinet for towels. Once I found it, everything else fell into place. Starting with the antler makeover. They just make me smile. The interior of the cabinet (previously a horrible red color) […]

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