Winters in Northeast Ohio can be brutal. A visit to the glasshouse at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will warm your spirit and offer an escape to make you forget the snow and ice-covered landscape outside. The winter show, “Orchid Mania” is held annually. Whether or not you have ever had any desire to grow orchids,… Continue reading “Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden
I’m attracted to many styles of decorating. I love the casual soft colors of shabby chic. I love a traditional décor with oriental rugs and classic furniture. But the style that seems to suit me best and the one I keep coming back to is Boho Chic. Boho Chic is a free-spirited style that takes… Continue reading Choosing a Boho Chic Decor
My daughter Amy and I made our annual visit to a nearby Christmas shop the other day. We walked through the display of themed trees to get ideas for decorating our own. Those who have been using the same artificial Christmas tree for many years will understand the draw I feel to buy a new… Continue reading Giving a New Holiday Look to an Old Holiday Tree
Last Christmas, my family decided to have a "white elephant" gift exchange. It wasn't about saving money, although we did save money. My siblings and I have simply grown less particular over the years. We have reached a point in our lives where we no longer need or desire a bunch of new "stuff." We… Continue reading Recycle, Reuse, Re-Gift.
I began this year wanting to set up a home office area and get piles and files of paper under control. I thought that the project might take me a week. Thinking that I was being overly cautious, I allowed myself a month to get the job done. Eight and half months later, I have… Continue reading “Organize it!” The Home Office
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 kitchen. It occurred to me that it would be more convenient if the art room were adjacent to my basement storage space where I keep… 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 kitchen re-do! We knew we needed a new kitchen floor. But a bigger problem was our sagging ceiling. It was too big of a project… 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 say that I can't blame you. What passes for a tomato in most places during most of the year is a tasteless fraud with a… 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 first floor home renovation. I'd been worried about the kitchen ceiling ever since the day we moved in. Made from layers of plaster that were… 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 damaged walls. Often, old plaster has been badly patched or walls are layered with difficult to strip wallpaper. One solution is to knock down the old… 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 months for organizing my dressing room and pairing down my wardrobe. But with temperatures climbing into the 50s, 60s and even reaching a 70° day,… 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 of February I have assigned myself the task of getting my dressing room, clothes closets, and attic spaces in order. As I searched the Internet… 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. For the month of January I chose to work on setting up a home office. I've taken over one end of my sun room and now have a small… Continue reading Organize It! Updating the Books
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 desk into another room. My first attempts failed for one reason or another. Mostly, I think, the spaces were just too small. I have finally… 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 measure pencil sharpener stapler staples three hole punch three ring binders pocket folders file folders/hanging file folders notebook dividers/tabs folder labels address labels return address… 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 in the house has been restored or, at least, brought back to normal. Prepare the storage space. Empty out the storage area where holiday items… 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 a coat of paint. Then I went to work on the inside. It isn't really usable. There is no "hole." But it's a great piece… 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 for traveling to wonderful, memorable places. I want to have free cash for spending a day shopping with my daughter or lunching with my sister. But I also… 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 in super-sized kitchens or in front of the TV. I've seen stories of people who have turned their dining room space into home offices or play… 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 outdoors. Working full time for the last 12 years have left the gardens around our house more neglected than I care to admit. With time… 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 a more comfortable place — a place that feels like a favorite vacation rental where stones and seashells become collectibles and the outdoor spaces are as important as indoor rooms. As… 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 more vacation-home-like, I knew I would have one huge challenge. To live in clutter-free spaces, I must face the problem of organizing and storing all of the… 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?