Sometimes I get the craziest ideas at 3 a.m. I woke up last night thinking about my art room. It’s on the first floor between the living room and the … Continue reading Organize it! Make Room for Hobbies
What began as an organization project with cleaning and sorting, recycling and donating, has somehow blossomed into a whole house makeover. One of the largest projects was a very messy … Continue reading Organize It! The Kitchen Makeover
You don’t like tomatoes? If your only experience with them are tomatoes from the grocery store or the wedges you get in your restaurant salad, well then, I’d have to … Continue reading It’s Time to Plant the Tomatoes! (Even if you Don’t Like Them)
It started with a simple sentence. “We really need a new kitchen floor,” I said to my husband. A month later, I find myself in the middle of an entire … Continue reading In the Middle of a Spring Home Makeover
If, like me, you live in an old, historic home you have to deal with many challenges not found in modern construction. One of the most common problems is … Continue reading Patchwork Wallpaper Project
While February usually brings deep snows and frigid temperatures to Ohio, this year we have been enjoying a stretch of unusually warm weather. February and March were to be my … Continue reading Organize It! The Front Porch
February has arrived and with it comes a new “Organize It” project. In January I set up a new home office and spent the month taming paperwork. For the month … Continue reading “Organize It!” Clothing Closets and Drawers
My goal for 2017 is to get my entire house back into perfect order. Five days into January and the Organize It! project is starting well.
If you are lucky you already have a home office. I don’t have a separate room to designate as office space so for several years I have tried to incorporate a … Continue reading Paper Madness: Organizing a Home Office
paper clips binder clips rubber bands pencils erasers pens highlighters permanent markers scissors transparent tape packing tape bubble wrap large mailing envelopes #10 envelopes letter size envelopes postage stamps ruler/tape … Continue reading The Basic Home Office Supply Checklist
…while I’m organizing mine. When the new year arrives there’s no rest for the weary until all signs of Christmas or other holiday celebrations are neatly stored away and order … Continue reading Holiday Clean Up: Organize Your World…
There was an old outhouse on our property when we bought it. This summer, in an effort to save it, my husband put on a new roof and gave the outside … Continue reading Check out our old outhouse project!
I’m the kind of person who prefers to spend her money on experiences rather than things. I’d rather have a simple home with a smaller house payment and have money left over … Continue reading Makeover Your Room Without a Budget
Formal dining rooms are probably the least used room in a house these days. In some ways they are a waste of valuable space as busy families eat their meals … Continue reading Dining Room Drama
Seven months ago I took and early retirement from my job. After spending a long, cold winter indoors getting acclimated to my new life, I’m ready to tackle some new projects … Continue reading Spring Chores in the Garden
If you’ve been following my “Staycation-Vacation” posts you know that since quitting my job last fall, I have been going through my home room by room, making changes to transform my house into … Continue reading Clear the clutter…and make a few dollars at the same time.
One of the reasons I love a vacation house is because it doesn’t have a lot of clutter. When I decided to create my own “staycation-vacation retreat” and remake my home into something that feels … Continue reading The Dressing Room: Making a Staycation-Vacation Retreat at Home
My goal of late has been to create a more relaxing atmosphere inside my home. I love laid back vacation rentals and it seems to me that I should be able to live in one year-round. I mean, why not? What is a vacation rental except a house that has been designed with comfort in mind?
Everyone loves a vacation house. Whether it’s a high end condo in a resort area or a weather-worn shack at the beach, vacation houses are an escape. They are … Continue reading Coffee and Tea Please: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home
When updating my home decor from season to season, anyone who knows me can attest that I am a big believer in “making do” with things that I already have or seeking out … Continue reading “Make Do” Decorating: Dress your Mantel for the Holidays
After a new well pump, a $3000 investment in a water system, and fighting the battle of low water/no water for several months, a city water line came past our … Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in — part 4: A Patio Project and a Garden Fence
It was April when the title finally transferred and we got keys to the house. Doc was in the middle of teaching spring semester. At the time, I wasn’t working. … Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in — part 3: Spring at Last!
We waited weeks for the title to transfer. No one could explain the hold up. We had purchased the house “as is” and since it was vacant, there was no … Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in – Part 2: “Playing the Waiting Game”