If you’ve ever wanted to bring fresh evergreens into your home for the holidays, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a video on how to create your very own fresh evergreen wreath. I also blog about wreaths and arrangements.Read More
Even for folks who are not so craft-oriented recovering pillows is a basic skill level sewing project. All you need is a sewing machine, some fabric, pillow forms, and a little bit of patience (actually, patience is optional). I had some beautiful woven Ikat feather pillows on my home office loveseat. Unfortunately, because of the loose weave and high traffic area, the pillows had become frayed and torn. I let it go a little longer than I should have by carefully placing the pillows so the holes didn’t show. Finally, I had a day without much on the calendar, so I tackled the project.Read More
People ask me all the time for tips on making their homes feel fresh and updated. So I hunted down an expert. Susan Yeley, from Susan Yeley Interiors, gives us tips on making your home look just like the pictures you see on Houzz and Pinterest.Read More
One of my first jobs was a floral assistant. I worked weddings most Saturday’s through high school, pinning boutonnieres while most of my friends were sleeping in. After college, it became quite clear that I was built to be an entrepreneur and would thrive working for myself. I pinched pennies working a few jobs until I was able to pull together the funds open my flower shop. I owned and operated Peppertree Floral here in Bloomington for over 10 years and loved nearly every minute of it. As my kiddos got older the schedule became increasingly more difficult to maintain, so sadly I moved on. Now, years later, I still find myself yearning to clip some stems and create colorful arrangements for my home.Read More
If you are a parent of a school-aged child you know this time of year is fraught with back to school preparations. Purchases of sneakers, lunch boxes, pencils and rainbow-colored pocket folders fill your days.
In my house, it is also a time for reorganization. Everyone in my household goes through closets and drawers to decide what stays and what goes.
It has been obvious for some time now that my daughter has outgrown her precious Pottery Barn play table. No longer do the toddler sized chairs comfortably fit my leggy girl. I needed to find a proper desk for my soon to be teenager. First stop when looking for furniture is always my storage space. While rummaging through my dusty belongings I find a 100-year-old desk I had forgotten about. A lovely maple piece handed down generation to generation starting with my husband’s great grandmother.Read More
In the world of home improvement some projects are inspired by great designs and others strictly out of need. For some time we have had a very small leak in our roof. Three different times we had roofers out and three different times it leaked again. FINALLY, we have the roof fully repaired and now comes the not so fun part - fixing the ceiling.
When we our current home we knew it was a fixer. Dated cabinets, wallpaper and popcorn ceilings are certainly not en vogue. Confidence from many past home renovations had me convinced the cabinets and wallpaper would be no match for me, but I had never dealt with popcorn ceilings before.Read More
As I've mentioned before I have a love of paint. I just think it's so excellent that you can spend a little money on a can of paint and totally transform a space or an item. About 5 years ago I bought my current home. I didn't have a dining room table so I bought a cheap set off a friend. It needed a TON of love so I decided I would paint it. Painting furniture can be a total pain in the butt. If your item has a glossy lacquer on it (like this cherry dining set did) you have to strip it or sand it and prime it before you even get started, and the thought of all that prep work got me started with chalk paint.Read More
I’ve already mentioned my obsession with painting, but even if you don’t share my sickness many of you will come across painting that will need to be done in your home at one time or another. One project that is generally inexpensive but can totally transform a space is painting the woodwork. Out of date kitchen cabinets, doors and trimwork can make a home feel old or dark. Certainly, there is always the option to sand and stain woodwork another color, but since I’m painting obsessed I go for the paint can.
Painting woodwork takes a lot of time and patience but it can be done well, and when it is, it makes a world of difference. Here are the steps I take when tackling a project like this.Read More
Other than the tacky wallpaper, and the horrible kitchen, the fireplace mantel was one of the first projects I wanted to take on when I moved to my current home 5 years ago. I'm still not sure exactly why it bothered me so much, the old mantel was pretty standard stuff, but even so, I knew it wasn't going to be long before I got the project started.
Sure enough, within my first year here I got itchy and cut in. I heard that my then employer, Upland Brewing Company, (yeah! craft beer!) had some extra barn beams leftover from a reno project. It didn't take me long to get over there and stamp my name on one.Read More
A few years back my girlfriend was going to dump an old couch. She knew I was a fan of vintage finds so she asked if I might want it.
At first glance it wasn't much to look at. Flame retardant 70's material and played out cushions.
Even so, I decided the lines were nice and the structure was in good shape so I adopted it. Much to my husbands chagrin it sat in the basement for ages. It became the slumpy couch we only used when we were putting on shoes, or needed somewhere to stack old books. (Apparently, my dog liked to keep his bone here too.)Read More
There are many choices when it comes to buying paint and I've run through the list. For some time now I've been buying all my paint from Bloomington Paint and Wallpaper - our local Benjamin Moore dealer.
I always look forward to when suppliers release the color trends for the new year. This year Benjamin Moore does not disappoint. The 2017 Colors for BM are gorgeous!Read More
Choosing paint colors may be one of the hardest things to do in home design. That earthy clay pot color you chose at the paint shop could be utterly pepto pink when you slap it on the walls. There are many ways to approach this tricky issue but over the years I've found a few ways to simplify the process. The first decision you want to make is A - do you want your walls to be neutral so your accents can stand out (think art, fabrics, furniture) or B - do you want your room to be bold with color throughout.Read More