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
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
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
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?