I’ve lived in my house for more than six years, and I’ve been stumped by my split level living room the entire time. I’ve had nothing but time lately to sit and stare at my living room, plotting how to fix it, and I think I’ve finally done it.Continue reading “Split Level Living Room Refresh”
Late last year, I was strolling through an antique store and spotted this gorgeous, turn-of-the-century fireplace mantel, and I had to have it. It was chipping and in pretty bad shape, but I knew I could bring it back to life. Of course, that meant I’d likely have to deal with removing lead paint.Continue reading “Safely Removing Lead Paint from Furniture”
Living in a house that floods often, we understandably ignored the basement for the first few years we lived here. What’s the point in crafting the perfect aesthetic when it’ll be washed away in a year or two? But there was something about the laundry room remaining unfinished that felt yucky.Continue reading “Fixing Laundry Room Problem Areas”
When it comes to flooring, there are several options that can make your kitchen both functional and beautiful. Tiles arranged in an intricate pattern, durable hardwood, or sleek concrete. Nearly any choice you make will be the right one.
Except if you choose carpet, like the previous owners of my house did.Continue reading “Updating Your Kitchen Floors: A Review of Style Selections Laminate Flooring”
Back in the ‘80s (or ‘70s or whenever my kitchen was first remodeled), I’m sure they thought this drop-ceiling and giant fluorescent lights were the coolest additions to the room. Of course they wouldn’t think it was ridiculous to drop the entire ceiling by almost two feet, forever making the room feel like it was caving in.
Good thing I know how to convert a drop ceiling.Continue reading “How to Remove and Convert a Drop Ceiling”
Happy Halloween, my spooky friends! I hope you have a scary film playing in the background, Jack o’ Lanterns lit, because the hours are counting down until the Trick-or-Treaters come knocking on your door.
To finish off my Hosting Halloween series, I’ve put together a table that really gives me the heebie-jeebies. Nothing creeps me out more than a deep and dark forest. Haunted woods always make me think there is a coven of witches taking refuge in the dense, dead trees. EEK!Continue reading “Hosting Halloween: Witchy Treat Table”
Velcome, to the second installment of my Hosting Halloween series where I take you through spooky dinner setting ideas! I hope you enjoyed my first post and are excited to see what other tricks I have in store for you.
This is my go-to Halloween table setting, and I often refer to it as a vintage Halloween setting. It uses stark blacks, bright oranges and mellow greens, which always put me in the mind of a 1950’s Halloween party.Continue reading “Hosting Halloween: Spooky Dinner Setting”
It’s that time of year again, friends, and if you thought that you could get this far into October without me going a bit overboard, then you have no idea who you are messing with! We are halfway through the most glorious time of the year (the 31 day celebration of Halloween), and it’s time to get some serious spook on.
This year, I’ve decided to take on Halloween from a hostess’ point of view, and I’m going to give you a couple of different suggestions on how to make the most of your scare-tastic celebrations. I’m calling this series Hosting Halloween, and it’ll have ideas on decorating schemes, drinks, activities, and of course, treats. So let’s get started with some brunch!Continue reading “Hosting Halloween: Halloween Brunch”
This weekend, I’m celebrating my anniversary with my husband, and one thing that’s more old-fashioned than the pie I’ll tell you how to make is the bragging I’m going to do!
I know I’m a baking blog, and wedding stuff belongs elsewhere, but I can’t help myself! I planned this wedding for over a year, worked tirelessly to get it together, and had one of the best florists and photographers I have ever seen. They deserve a little bragging!Continue reading “My Wedding – and an Old-Fashioned Cream Pie Recipe”