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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Desktop

We finally upgraded our computer!  I'm happy to have something a little more efficient then my little sister's old laptop! I prettied up the nice flat screen with a free download from my favorite artist, Geninne.  You can get your own April calender if you'd like HERE.  I love the spring colors and cute little bird image!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Think Spring!

Just for fun, here's a spring-inspired bedroom inspiration board. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this kind of color? I can't get enough of it.
Sources: Flowers, Area Rug, BeddingPillow, Paint ColorPullsDresser, Lamp, Fabric, Fabric.
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bathroom upgrade

Ever since washing and shrinking our current shower curtain, the hunt was on for a replacement. Not only is the curtain too short for the tub, it's white. Not a good idea when the house is under renovations and my husband likes working on cars. It didn't stay white for long.

Well, here's the replacement! Isn't it pretty?

I had seen it on display but kept walking when I noticed the price tag. For a shower curtain? Really? 50 Bucks? No thanks. 

Quite a while later I was at the same store with a friend and noticed a clearance sign near the pretty green curtain. There were no markdowns noted on this item, nor were there any left... except for one on display.  I quickly found a salesman and inquired about it.  Here's what he came back with:

Doesn't hurt to ask, right? I can handle $15.00!

Today I'm adding a second coat of drywall mud where we removed a window (it had to go when we added the addition).

After some sanding and painting, I'll put the new curtain up and share the before and after pictures. When I say before, I'll show you what this room looked like when we bought the house. Scary!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011


As a teenager, while most girls my age were into fashion magazines, I had yearly subscriptions to my favorite (Canadian) magazines: Style at Home and Canadian House and Home.
I still love them just as much as I did years ago! Unfortunately, a subscription in the US costs almost double....which doesn't fit my budget. You can bet though, that every visit I make to Canada means the latest issues come home with me. 
Having made a quick trip there recently, here's something that caught my eye in the March issue:


Ordinary and inexpensive hooks get a coat of bright yellow spray paint.  How quick and easy is that?  I would use them to hang towels in a bathroom, on a closet door for your ensemble du jour, or an entrance way for scarves, purse and jacket.

While it's not the same as reading a glossy magazine, there's still plenty of ideas to be found browsing their sites. If you haven't already, take a look at them here:

Friday, March 11, 2011

addition progress

I admit I've been slacking on posting, and I won't bore you with excuses! Instead, here's a little update of the ongoing remodeling.

Last week my helpful, hardworking and talented brother Phil made a visit. He made me a very happy girl by installing drywall in our basement, dining room and master bedroom!

A reminder of what it looked like after being framed.

And then theres the pileup of tools, materials and who-knows-what-else that accumulated between times.

Not to worry, it doesn't look like that now!
Here are a few shots of the rooms that were worked on.


Master Bedroom

Dining Room, Basement Stairwell and Laundry Closet
  Mudding and taping has yet to happen, and I'm still trying to clean up the dust that has found it's way into every room of our house!  At least we're one step closer to being done.