Decorating for Halloween – Recharged!

It was looking as if Jack Skellington had abandoned Halloween again…. As a young homeowner, I poured through fall magazines and envisioned lovely fall decor, colorful autumn leaf arrangements and wreaths; and made all of those things along with fall porch displays featuring baskets and pumpkins. I still enjoy Pinterest and bloggers’ posts of garlands and burlap and wool (oh […]

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Decorating Hacks – Color Everything from Walls to Pillows

Yesterday, I shared how adding a few punches of color could freshen up a room. It did…a little. But check out this TOTAL room makeover! Same room as yesterday, but a COMPLETELY different feel, would you agree? Frankly, I’m a little stunned myself! I’d love to say I cleared out the room and painted it (including the fifth wall, i.e., […]

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Seasonal Decorating and Accessories – Shop in your Closet (and elsewhere)

Dear Bassett Furniture: This was the last week of your 9 Weeks/9 Makeovers Sweepstakes and though I’ve entered dozens of times, I haven’t heard from you once in the past 8 weeks…which means I’ll not likely hear from you after this final week, either. Thank you, anyway.    Sincerely, ~Em Who wouldn’t want to win a makeover? Budget-free decisions, professional […]

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Details and TMI: Stripping, Staining, Finishing, Mistakes, Fixes

What a happy day to find out that people liked the dresser makeover! I don’t always go into a ton of details on my posts because, well to be honest, I didn’t think people really read my blog…there are a LOT of DIYers out there! But, thanks to Hometalk, people were pretty interested in the dresser.  SO…this is the complete […]

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The Story of K and How She Turned Me into a Stripper – Part 2 (of 2)

You’ll have to forgive me for the original “Story of K” post. We watch a lot of old movies and the whole “noir” thing was stuck in my head. I kept narrating all of my household chores. “Em slowly carried the bundle up the stairs, marking her travels like Hansel and Gretel…but it wasn’t breadcrumbs strewn behind her…it was socks and underwear […]

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