Turning an Awkward Space into Something Useful

If there's one thing I wish my old farmhouse had, it's a designated foyer. When you open the front door you immediately step into the living room. No transitional space to hang your coat and purse before entering the rest of the home.  So I've had to figure out a way to create an entry of sorts ... an area that's not part of the general seating and conversational area in the living room. I've rearranged our living room a gazillion times and I'm … [Read more...]

White Ironstone, Valentines, and a Magazine Shoot

Yesterday my daughter and I went shopping in Dekalb, home to Northern Illinois University and the birthplace of barbed wire. Since it's a university town, it has its share of little boutiques and an eclectic coffee house complete with stage for local performing artists. Bridget was looking for Boho style curtains and I was on the hunt for ironstone and mirrors. After returning home, I realized the ironstone makes a perfect backdrop for vintage … [Read more...]

My Holiday Home Tour

Normally I would wait until closer to Christmas to reveal all of the house decked out for the holidays, but I wanted to get everything ready for Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Home tour party on Monday, December 10th. This post is an overview of my holiday decor, with more detailed photos coming soon. Needless to say, I've been busy scurrying around pulling everything together. Without further adieu, here's a sneak peek of Christmas 2012 at Town and … [Read more...]

Changes for the Family Room

A little over a year ago, I found the wonderful world of blogging. I was amazed at how many fabulous home and decor blogs were out there. Two of my early faves were Mod Vintage Life and Aiken House and Gardens. From there I found others and was inspired to start my own blog. Blogging is a way for me to hold myself accountable with home projects. In order to create a blog post, you need something to blog about. Each week keeps me motivated around … [Read more...]

Working on the Kitchen

You know, I like my kitchen for the most part but it needs a bit of a facelift ... particularly on one side. I don't have a lot of regular kitchen cabinets like most people. Instead, I have a large built-in cabinet and a few free-standing pieces. The built-in on the left is original to the house and can hold a lot of stuff. The other opposite corner of the kitchen houses the fridge, stove, sink, and a few "regular" cabinets. It's the part of … [Read more...]

Love at First Sight: My New Buffet

I wasn't expecting it. Really, I wasn't. A recent trip to Carter's Cottage for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint resulted in taking home more than a simple can of paint. You can't just go into Carter's, grab some paint and go. No, you have to look around and admire all the new eye candy that the ladies put together. That's when I saw this little number. I did a double-take. Now mind you, there is oodles of gorgeous furniture like this in the … [Read more...]

My Claw Foot Tub Gets Frenchified

This weekend marks the third time this year that I've painted the bathroom. And I'm happy to say I think I finally found the right color and the right touches. Still a few more tweaks to be made but I think I'm on the right track now. Took long enough! Here's my beloved claw foot tub. It took me years to get up the nerve to paint her. In my last bathroom post, I said I wanted to paint her, and ya'll encouraged me to do it. About 99% of … [Read more...]

Rusty Bucket Gets Frenchified

This rusty bucket has been hanging around my front porch forever. I can't remember where exactly I got this, but I'm pretty sure I either picked it off a garbage pile fore free or grabbed it at a garage sale for just a buck or two. Anywho ... it's time this bucket started earning its keep so it got a scrubbing and a makeover. Here's what she looks like today after getting cleaned up. I left some of the rust on it to give it texture under the … [Read more...]

How to Transfer Graphics with Mod Podge

Recently I've shared a couple projects where I've used Mod Podge to transfer graphics. I've gotten several emails asking questions about the process so I've created this tutorial in hopes of helping those that struggle with graphic transfers, much like I did until I found this method and tweaked it slightly. You could also Google "graphic transfers" and get other methods for accomplishing this fun task. This simple box started out as a … [Read more...]

Bridget Trashes the Wedding Dress

Have you heard of Trash the Dress? Apparently this is a new phenom where brides have a photo shoot of mucking up their wedding dress ... after the wedding of course. My daughter Bridget trashed her dress in the city of Chicago last year after her October country wedding. (She didn't really trash her dress like some girls do. Her gown is still intact!) These photos are from her photo session with Jordan Quinn Lukianuk of Jordan Quinn … [Read more...]

Flea Market Stools for the Kitchen

Every kitchen island needs a couple stools where friends can sit and hang out while you finish preparing morsels of tasty goodness. My kitchen island had no stools and I didn't want to buy anything new. As luck would have it, I found two matching stools on two separate occasions at the local flea market. They were painted differently so I had to give them a makeover. Here's what they look liked after redoing them ... Old Ochre from Annie Sloan … [Read more...]

Refinishing the Vintage Blanket Chest

When hubby inherited a blanket chest from his Aunt Marion, he put his foot down and told me I couldn't touch it with a paint brush. Well, after several pieces of furniture got a makeover in our home, he relented to my constant begging to re-do the vintage chest. Here she is wearing her new colors ... Aunt Marion's blanket chest now wears Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and a special mixture of Louis Blue and Paris … [Read more...]