“Her pictures are REALLY bugging me!”

I feel your pain!  They’ve always bugged me, too! Last week, Hometalk featured my summary post about the overmantel project. (Everyone who is sick of the overmantel project, raise your hand.  Mine is also raised, lol.  I’m already on to the next thing(s).) I’m grateful for the positive comments I received, as well as the constructive criticism…because I am NOT a decorator […]

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DIY Fireplace Overmantel Project – Lessons Learned

What? You’re NOT planning to build a fireplace overmantel?!  Believe me, no worries!  Not everyone needs a DIY Mirror Tile Overmantel. However…I always seem to find at least one tip from tutorials I read that are of value later. So here’s a takeaway tip for anyone: DO NOT (ever, ever, ever) leave things on the top of a ladder…even if you think you’ll […]

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Hey! Whatever Happened to that Overmantel Project?

March 29th. That was the last time I mentioned my “big” idea to build an overmantel for this fireplace. If you’re new, I’d been searching for a way to fill that GIANT wall space and came across this picture on Houzz. This became my inspiration:   Six weeks later, on April 22, I put a few pictures up on Facebook. (I […]

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Everyday Adventures …. and a Recommendation for Your Must-Read List

One of the everyday adventures that has occupied some of our time this year is eldercare. Mr. D&D and I are blessed to still have three of our four parents, ranging in age from 80 to 92. The opportunity to help your parents is a gift…and we’re shoulder high in opportunity this month. So, I’m just checking in to say that […]

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Have a Plan in Place, Because the Skunk Always Wins

There are certain things in life that may never happen to you… but if they did, you’d be glad to have a $3 action plan in place. Two weeks ago, I’d have said “Hmm, I should do that someday.”  Now that I’m a “veteran,” LET ME ASSURE YOU: Skunks don’t ask if you’re ready for them. They shoot first, ask […]

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Bad Jack Got Skunked

Not all “everyday adventures” are good ones. Bad Jack got skunked last night. Poor little dude raced into the house and brought with him a nose-burning nightmare (semi lol). Before he had a chance to run around, we whisked him to the laundry tubs to clean and contain him (first mistake…this is a must-do-outside task). Our kids did a quick […]

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Options for a Round Pedestal End Table – Buy or DIY?

Our upholstered furniture will be coming later this month (see this for more details)…and although I’m behind (not surprisingly) in my preparations, one of the tasks on my to do list is to come up with an option for this Round Pedestal End Table. This is the table that was suggested by the decorator (official decision maker) for our family […]

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Living Room Plan

I mentioned recently that we’re in a bit of a redecorating mode (Ha ha. Aren’t we always?)… We have one year left before our youngest starts college, so this could be a very narrow financial window to make that investment. We’ve always bought our furniture piecemeal in the past, with budget as the primary design element. Here’s the typical scenario: […]

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Turning Gold into Silver and a Tip Share: “Free Hardware Fridays”

Today’s post is a quick fix to turn gold into silver…or to be specific, brass into nickel. (I also have a tip share below for scoring free cabinet hardware for my fellow DIYers.) I mentioned last week that we’re (finally) going to catch up to our painting spree and update our house with new decor. There’s nothing like inviting a professional into […]

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“Uncle!” (Using a Professional to Help with Decisions)

I had ZERO idea when I woke up today that I would be writing this post. If you’ve spent any time in my archives (when I was all alone here), you’d know about my frequent bouts of decorating paralysis…like here and here. I know when I like something, but don’t always know how to choose something similar for myself. Wall […]

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