How to Add Craftsman Character to Your Modern-Day Home

By | 2017-08-03T09:12:15+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Built-Ins, Coffered Ceiling, Inspiration, Wainscoting|

We just spent the most wonderful vacation with our dear friends in the picture-perfect town of Wilmette, IL (a north shore Chicago suburb). Most of the homes in the area were built in the Arts & Crafts style of the 1920's, and the cobblestone streets are lined with enormous mature trees. When I looked at the houses in that incredible neighborhood, the first word that came to mind was “character.” [...]

A Quick Laundry Room Progress Update

By | 2017-07-16T21:07:57+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Built-Ins, DIY Projects, Laundry Room|

Today was just one of those days... You know, the kind of day where you go to Home Depot to place an order for some doors, and nothing seems to go right.  The kind of day where your daughter accidentally hits your son in the face, which leads to your son raging and name calling, which leads to your husband yanking your son out of Home Depot...all in front of [...]

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Mudroom Makeover – So Happy with this Functional New Design

By | 2017-05-06T17:11:41+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Built-Ins, DIY Projects, Mudroom|

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  My honey brought me home my favorite white wine and chocolates, and we watched 24 Legacy, so I was a happy girl.  After 22 years together, it doesn’t take much! Hooray, it’s finished!!! I painted the mudroom earlier this week, and now it’s all ready for use.  This new design is so much more functional, and I just love seeing [...]

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So Excited that the Mudroom is Almost Finished

By | 2017-02-03T18:45:08+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Built-Ins, DIY Projects, Mudroom|

Happy Friday Everyone!  I’m feeling particularly happy today because our mudroom makeover is almost finished! Eeeeee! Just to remind you, here’s where we started. You can read about why we decided it would be a good idea to demolish a perfectly good mudroom in Mudroom Makeover: Part I. […]

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Bookshelves and Cabinets and Trim, Oh My!

By | 2016-09-12T08:51:51+00:00 May 25th, 2015|Built-Ins, Kids Bedroom|

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  It is so fantastic having an extra day in the weekend.  We had a great mix of fun and work these past few days.  We took a day-trip to Carmel (one of our favorite places) with the kids and our 14-year-old dog, and we also got a ton of stuff done in my daughter’s room.  I can now say that I see the light at the end [...]

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Bookcases Installed

By | 2016-09-12T08:52:48+00:00 May 12th, 2015|Built-Ins, DIY Projects, Kids Bedroom|

This past weekend, we installed the bookcases on either side of the big window in my daughter’s room. We still need to install the shelves, but they need primer and paint first (I’m so sick of painting right now). This project is taking a very long time, and I think we’re all getting ready for it to be done with. […]

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Making Time for Makeovers

By | 2016-09-12T08:53:37+00:00 May 3rd, 2015|Built-Ins, DIY Projects, Kids Bedroom|

“When in doubt, choose the kids.  There will be plenty of time later to choose work.” – Anna Quindlen I had hoped we might finish up the installation in my daughter’s room this weekend, but alas, we didn’t make it.  Saturday was filled with baseball games, and barbecues, and then Sunday came around, and I thought, “Finally!  Today is the day we can get all of the work done.” [...]

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Built-in Side Cabinets

By | 2016-09-12T08:54:39+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Built-Ins, DIY Projects, Kids Bedroom|

There seems to come a time in every big DIY project when you say to yourself, “I don’t know if this is going to turn out.” That was how we were feeling last week. It seemed like there was so much to do in our daughter’s room to realize the built-in vision that I had, and we were at a point where we just didn’t know exactly how we were going [...]

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