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Hoppy Easter!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!DSC05378DSC05380DSC05395DSC05406DSC05407DSC05422DSC05428DSC05431DSC05442DSC05445

Have a great week!



Dining room – nearly done!

We’ve made some more dining room tweaks and I have to say we’re about done with this room…until I decide to redecorate!

To remind you, here’s where we started:


Here’s some progress:











And here’s how it looks today!






















I love how it turned out – and per my usual style, I’ll probably keep on tweaking here and there.  Oh, and that little side table on the right was inherited from my grandma and is just begging for a little makeover!  Brian was skeptical about putting it in the dining room (it’s been living up in my craft room since last year) but I think it balances the room an provides a little extra storage.  It needs some love though – the top has a lot of wear and tear and the handles are coming off.  But it has good bones!

Product List:

  • Table – Pier 1
  • Chairs – IKEA
  • Buffet and side table – Craigslist & passed down from family
  • Mirror – Target
  • Chandelier – West Elm
  • Lamps – Pottery Barn
  • Rug – Crate and Barrel

So another project down!  More fun projects and updates to come!


Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Anyone still there?  Anyone?  Sorry we’ve been MIA…been a rough couple of months. 

We have some updates and home projects to share with you though – posts and pics to come soon.  We hope everyone has a wonderful St. Patty’s Day and is looking forward to Spring and warm weather as much as we are!


Happy New Year!

Happy new year, everyone!  I hope that 2013 is a safe a prosperous one!

Brian and I jetted down to Playa del Carmen, Mexico to ring in the new year and get a few days of sunny R&R.  It’s hard to be back in the snowy weather, but we’re re-acclimating to reality 🙂

We have a lot of house and family posts coming in the next few months – for now, here are some snaps from our Mexican mini-vacation.


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Dining room progress

We are about 80% done with our dining room re-do!

We still need a new chandelier, artwork, and an area rug – but it’s coming along!  We installed new hardwood floors, board and batten wainscoting and added a grayish beige color to the walls.  I also made some curtain panels from some Waverly fabric that I love, and I feel like it really warms up the room.  I can’t wait for the accessories!

I will post a board and batten DIY tutorial soon – Brian did the whole thing and we snapped pictures of each step along the way.  We love how it turned out and really adds some character to the room!

So, without further delay, here are the latest snaps!






















And just a refresher, here’s where we started just a couple months ago…

Dining room - before

Dining room – before








We’ve come a long way with this room – more to come!

Goodbye, fall!

Short and sweet post this week – here are some fall pictures 🙂  The trees have all lost their leaves – these were taken a few weeks ago when we had some nice weather.


We’re hoping to wrap up the board and batten in the dining room this weekend, so I’ll have a tutorial post on that.  It’s looking good so far!

Dining room progress update

Well, we got the wood floors installed in the dining room (and by we, I mean Brian). I was on hand for moral support and making chicken pot pies to say thank you. The floors went in nicely over the existing subfloor – which was luckily in really good shape when we ripped up the carpet.

Here’s the before, right after we ripped up the carpet and assessed the sub-floor situation:








And here are the progress pictures:

We put in transition pieces where the dining room flooring meets the kitchen. It doesn’t line up perfectly, but the horizontal transition pieces make it look okay.

Filed under money well spent: paying a professional carpet installer to re-tuck the existing living room carpet under the new wood flooring.



































Next up – putting our DIY skills to the test and installing board and batten wainscoting! Prep work is currently underway! We still need new lighting and accessories too – I’m so excited about it all coming together!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Veteran’s Day!