Next on the List – DIY Storage Ottoman

This is Kelly…(who is 90 percent responsible for 50 percent of this blog name). She is NOT allowed on the furniture.   Really! She needs A LOT of reminding! I also use lots of pillows as a deterrent when we aren’t home …but want to stash them somewhere quick when we return. We also like to hunker and watch TV […]

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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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decorating for fall, thanksgiving deoor

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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Norma Desmond - Sunset Boulevard

The Story of “K” and How She Turned Me into a Stripper – Part 1

“Still in the dress she used to wear, faded feathers in her hair, she sits there so refined.”                                                                                     […]

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Kitchen fabric choices

Sneak Preview

With summer vacations at an end and all the kiddos back in school, it’s time for me to set some goals for (finally) getting much of our decor to tie in with our new paint colors. (I know this is backwards…but this is how we roll.) I have a VERY long list, but these are the top priorities (with an occasional diversionary craft […]

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DIY photo ledges, DIY photo shelves, $8 dollar ledges, gallery wall, decorating a long hallway, Valspar Seine

Gallery Wall for a Long Hallway

Remember my original mish mosh attempt at a gallery wall?  Not very impressive. A few pieces of wood and a few lessons learned =Project Completed! I finished the gallery wall in our back hallway (see Part 1) and even with my very novice skills, we’re all super happy with the result! The photo ledges/picture shelves are already filled to the brim […]

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Valspar Seine Paint, Decorating a long hallway

Gallery Wall in the Long Hallway – Part 1

We have two verrrry long hallways in our house. No surprise that one is directly one floor above the other, but the one I’m tackling now is the recently painted downstairs back hall. Truth be told, we have a very nice front foyer, but I guess most people think visiting via the back door is easier. Thinking about it, I […]

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clean dishwasher, dishwasher cleaner. dishwashing detergent

Adventures in Dishwashing Detergent… (it’s not you, it’s me)

I can be a little headstrong. I see those dishwashing detergent commercials and SMH when the family loads their pans and icky casserole dishes into the machine and pulls them out sparkling. Yeah, sure. I’d buy new glasses and give them a first wash and… already want new glasses. Clouds were just always part of our beverage experience. I thought […]

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