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Reaching goals

December 5, 2013

Every once in a while I like to revisit this list of goals for the house from January 2012, nearly 3 years ago now. I’m proud to see how much we have accomplished, but there is lots more in the works! In addition to the items from the list, we have made other repairs and purchases as they became necessary. Here’s what we get to cross off the list:

  • painted bedroom walls
  • painted bedroom ceiling
  • painted kitchen stools
  • got covers for living room throw pillows
  • my mom made bedroom curtains
  • bought leather recliner
  • bought TV/media storage
  • bought shoe storage for near entrance from carport
  • bought rug for kitchen
  • bought dining chairs (no table yet) for patio
  • installed compost bin in yard and pail in kitchen

Other major changes at the house include:

  • removed honey locust tree near patio
  • new washer and dryer
  • new refrigerator
  • installed water line to fridge
  • hung lots of framed artwork

Here’s to the next 3 years of home improvement!


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Sneak Peek

December 23, 2012


Here’s a sneak peek of our Christmas/wedding presents from my mom. A wall of custom made pinch pleat drapes for the master bedroom!

The Hottest Fabric

December 22, 2012

The Hottest Fabric

I am crazy for this fabric, Mosaic Drew by Premier Prints in the Berries color way. Picture as throw pillow covers mixed with coordinating fabrics in similar colors.

I’m ordering a sample of it in Flamingo, for the living room. Picturing hot pink.

Premier Prints pattern See Saw in flamingo colorway (gray, pink, red, and white)

Premier Fabric's pattern Mosaic in colorway Flamingo (pink, red, gray, and white)

Green + Orange

April 25, 2012

Svenskt Tenn Hawaii fabric by Josef Frank. Room designed by David Netto. Photo by Julian Wass for House Beautiful.

Roger Higgins and Ann Shipp’s Nashville home. Photograph by Reid Rolls for Traditional Home.

MAJKEN fabric, $7.99/yard, from IKEA.

Annaleena’s Shop

April 23, 2012

I know you’ve been reading Annaleena’s Hem and loving the Swedish interior stylist’s style. Now you can order her gorgeous, gritty, cool home accessories.

This diamond sculpture is nearly 1 foot by 10 inches. Very cool.

Visit Annaleena’s Shop.

Love this view

April 22, 2012


“Dipped” Stools

March 14, 2012

On Saturday night I measured, taped, sanded, and painted the bottom seven inches of our kitchen stools’ legs.

We went to our local Ace Hardware and got a free quart of their new Clark + Kensington brand flat enamel, color matched to Benjamin Moore 1335 Cactus Flower. A quart of C+K is usually $14.99, so it was a great deal. I love the stools so much — I think they look like they were dipped in bubblegum.

My supplies were three Landon Barstools from Target, a quart of paint, a foam roller, blue painters’ tape, a measuring tape, and cardboard.

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest


This project was inspired by many beautiful things on Pinterest, including this photograph from Apartment Therapy of Steph & Phil’s Victorian home in Portland, OR. There’s a huge “dipped” trend on the blogs lately and it’s just too cute and happy to pass up.

To check out other projects inspired by Pinterest, check out the Pinterest Challenge hosted by Katie @ BowerPower, Cassie @ Hi Sugarplum!, Erin @ The Great Indoors, and the Petersiks @ Young House Love.

Go ahead, drool!

House Tour: Exterior

March 14, 2012

View a previous incarnation of the yard here.

House Tour: Kitchen

March 14, 2012

See the kitchen before here.

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