DIY Christmas Tree Stand

This DIY Christmas tree stand is actually a knock-off of Jaime’s over at, but I had to adjust it a bit to fit my larger tree base and I wanted my tree to be off of the ground – so I needed it to have a shelf insert as well.

I’m showing my building plans for those of you (like me) that found Jaime’s a bit confusing, and/or needed a DIY Christmas tree stand for a larger tree.

First off, […]

November 5th, 2017|BUILD IT, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

100 Things 2 Do Before the Holidays

Yup, it’s that time!

Time to get your 100 Things 2 Do Before the Holidays checklist and post it on your fridge to keep you ahead of the game this Holiday Season.

The goal of this list is not to make you feel overwhelmed or over-burdened – quite the opposite actually. It’s meant to help you space out those seasonal chores so that you can actually participate in Christmas, and not just facilitate it.

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November 4th, 2017|100 LISTS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

One Room Challenge – Week 5 – Marble workspace

It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I’m almost done!

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But… the final reveal isn’t until November 16th, so I have to space out my remaining few projects to keep you on the edge of your seats.

Okay, okay – it’s not an “edge of your seat” type makeover, but it is pretty dramatic – or pretty and […]

November 2nd, 2017|DECOR|2 Comments

Choosing a kitchen faucet – go hands-free!

I received the Pfister Raya faucet in exchange for providing a review to my readers.

I’ve mentioned before that we built our house back in 2005 and, as with any build, costs were a constant concern so we opted for “builder’s grade” on a few essentials, like faucets, because we knew we could upgrade down the road.

One of our budget-buys was this little kitchen faucet.

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October 31st, 2017|CLEAN, DECOR|0 Comments

Instagram Builder’s Challenge 4 – Dad’s DIY media console

Have you heard of the Instagram Builder’s Challenge?

It’s a twice-a-year challenge put out by Desert Woodworks and partnering with: Lazy Guy DIY, Toolbox Divas, Glacier Built and Furniture by Pete – to challenge builders and DIYers to create, experiment, learn, swear and potentially win prizes for their submission to the challenge.

I’ve wanted to participate for a year or so now, but never built up the nerve – I mean, who am I to enter […]

October 30th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|2 Comments

How to make a lamp

This is a sponsored post; MD Building Products provided the metal sheeting used for this project.

Yup – I actually learned how to make a lamp this past weekend and it is SO SIMPLE!

You could make a lamp out of just about anything, all you need is this little lamp kit.

I had a vision in mind though; we have a huge sofa, and behind […]

October 23rd, 2017|BUILD IT, DECOR|4 Comments

One Room Challenge – Week 3

It’s week 3 of the One Room Challenge – also known as ORC – and there’s a chance I’ve bit off more than I can chew.

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Not only did I sign up to take part in the ORC hosted by Calling It Home, but I decided yesterday that I was going to also take up the IG Builder’s […]

October 20th, 2017|DECOR|0 Comments

Stone fireplace surround

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Wait till you see what I did yesterday – A DIY fireplace surround in STONE!

I met with Aspect Peel & Stick Tiles when I was at the Haven conference in July and their displays were gorgeous.  I was offered the opportunity to try some out, but could not think of a single place to put them until I mentioned it to my Dad…

turns out he had a fireplace in his […]

October 17th, 2017|DECOR, DIY|2 Comments

Refinished Liquor Cabinet

I worked on a commissioned piece this week – a very ornate liquor cabinet that the owner wanted toned down a bit:

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I can’t help it, but as I was looking at the photos all I could think was;

A little bit of silver in my life,

A little bit of gold by its side.

A little bit of beige in the sun,

A […]

October 14th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|0 Comments

One Room Challenge – Week 2

This post is a bit of a cheater because I actually did the work over a month ago – but since it is all part of my One Room Challenge makeover, I’m going to share it again today as my efforts for Week 2


Week 1 – the before of our home office

My home office mood board:

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If […]

October 12th, 2017|DECOR|0 Comments