How to Add Craftsman Character to Your Modern-Day Home

By | 2017-08-03T09:12:15+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Built-Ins, 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.” [...]

Dining Room Progress

By | 2016-09-22T10:21:29+00:00 March 24th, 2015|Built-Ins, Dining Room, Paint, Wainscoting|

We’ve made some really good progress in our dining room over the past several weeks.  The dining room has been a work-in-progress in our house for months years – wow, that’s a little embarrassing.  Here’s what it looked like before we got started (sorry about the poor picture quality). We installed the built-in cabinets and wainscoting way back in October 2013 (you can read about that here).  We then hit a snag with the crown [...]

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Charisma Spotlight…Stephen Alexander Homes

By | 2016-09-12T19:40:28+00:00 March 31st, 2014|Built-Ins, Inspiration, Kitchen & Bath Design, Wainscoting|

I’m not sure exactly when I first discovered Stephen Alexander Homes, but they captured my attention right away. They have created some amazing home designs with custom built-ins, gorgeous kitchens and baths, and tons of beautiful wainscoting and trim work.  These pictures have definitely given me some ideas.  I would love to live in one of their homes!  […]

Entry Makeover

By | 2016-09-12T19:03:00+00:00 February 26th, 2014|Decorating, Entry, Wainscoting|

Just finished a makeover to our entry way! We added board and batten wainscoting to the entry and adjacent hallway and changed all the trim around the doors (I’ll cover that in a future post), which really brought a lot of character to the space. Let me know what you think of our entry makeover. […]

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Dining Room Built-In Buffet

By | 2016-09-10T22:36:32+00:00 November 26th, 2013|Built-Ins, Dining Room, Wainscoting|

Hooray…the dining room is just about done! We finished installing the built-in buffet cabinets and countertop – boy, did that require some creativity. Just need to add some crown moulding to the top, and voila…a new, beautiful room that I actually look forward to eating and entertaining in. […]

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