Gold In The Kitchen

gold kitchen faucet

Delta Trinsic Faucet (center) // Nautical Bathroom // The Hunted Interior’s Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen // White and Gray Kitchen Cabinets with Brass Pulls // The Lettered Cottage’s How to Add Height to Builder Grade Cabinets // The Lettered Cottage’s Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen // Life in Grace’s Brass Pendant Lights // Blue-Gray Glass Backsplash […]

Summer, Interrupted


This summer has been fraught with challenges.   It started with the book deadline. Looming large in June. A July 1 submission date. So I postponed summer until July 2. Disregarded the calendar and the weather. Fully intending to emerge fresh and ready and victorious on July 2. Ready to visit our city’s sites. Homegrown […]

Tissue Paper Banner

banner how to

I may or may or may not be freaking out right about now.   Seriously.   In one week I have to turn in the book copy. Introductions and tutorials. With, hopefully, some wise and witty prose. Oh, and I’m trying to keep the snark away.   That’s a tough one for me. And let’s […]

Power Washing & $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

Screen Porch blue and white

I miss the Mighty Men.   And no, they aren’t characters from an old Saturday morning cartoon.   The Mighty Men are the male counterparts to the Mighty Maids. Though, come to think of it, not all Mighty Men are necessarily male …   I think.   I’ve never met the Mighty Men. I just […]

Flip Flop DIY

flip flop switch flop

Once upon a time I had a bit of a shoe thing. Some might call it a fetish. Others an obsession.   Me? I called it options … At the bottom of my closet sprawled a selection of pumps and wedges, boots and ballet flats, sandals and peep toe shoes. Nowhere as extensive as the […]

The Book Deal


The headline pretty much says it all, right?   Yes, there is a book deal. And no, it’s not for my YA fantasy fiction novel that I wrote seven years ago …   I wish.   It involves crafts using a particular glass vessel that some use for canning and preserving food.   Now, I’ve […]

The Screen Porch

navy white fabric

Summer arrived in Chicago with a vengeance.   There was no save the date card sent out months in advance. There was no phone call announcing it’s arrival. There was no gentle knock on the door asking if it could come in for a visit …     Oh no.   Summer blew in here […]

Weather Talk & Touches of Spring

blue green living room

I really don’t want to talk about the weather.   It’s so boring.   It’s hot in the summer. It’s cold in the winter. Surprise, surprise.   Summer can’t come soon enough. Summer can’t be over soon enough. Winter is too harsh. Winter is too mild. I wish it would snow on Christmas. I wish […]

Cracked Marble Jewelry

cracked marble

This blog post and cracked marble jewelry project  first appeared on Made From Pinterest. As a teenage girl growing up in Paramus, New Jersey I worked at the mall. As did many of my high school classmates. Paramus Park Mall was legendary in New Jersey. It may have even been one of the first enclosed […]

How To Stencil A Wall

how to stencil

There are some diy projects that wait until my husband travels on business.   Please tell me I’m not alone.   I’m not worried he won’t like it. Okay, that’s not 100% true. I just don’t want him to see the project during the during. Because the during is not always pretty. The during can be downright scary. […]

Paint This! Blue Bedrooms

blue bedroom ideas

Sometimes I wonder …   I wonder if I would pick blue for our master bedroom if I was picking colors today. Or last month. Or last year, for that matter.   You see, the color choices for the master bedroom were made close to five years ago. With the deal of the century $1-a-yard […]

It’s The Little Things | Take 2

diamond ring

I was in the kitchen the other day making a snack when I spotted the 12-pack of caffeine free Diet Coke. Nestled in an awkward spot between the radiator cover and the refrigerator …   its designated resting place.   My husband picked up that 12-pack of caffeine free Diet Coke for me earlier in […]

How To Paint Wrought Iron

paint iron fence

  Peer pressure. Or more like neighbor pressure. I try not to succumb. But it’s pretty hard to ignore when you live in a city where your next door neighbor is mere inches away.   And when your rusty and peeling wrought iron fence butts up against their newly painted and refreshed one, well that […]

It’s The Little Things & Lemon Sorbet

lemon sorbet recipe no ice cream maker

Twenty years. That’s a long time.   A really long time.   It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that 20 years ago today Mike and I tied the knot.   Today.   May 21.   In Larchmont, NY.   20 years ago!!!   No surprise, our wedding has been on my […]

Master Bedroom Reveal

blue and brown bedroom

I never know what to say when revealing a room remodel.   Do I give all the details about what I did?   Um, paint. Sew a little. Buy a rug. Make the bed …   Do I embarrass myself with an admission about how long it took me to finish this project?   Five years […]

Paint This! IKEA Hacks

painted ikea furniture

Bar Cart VITTSJO Laptop Table Hack from Style Me Pretty | Mondrian Dresser MICKE Computer Work Station Hack from IKEA | Dipped Leg SVALBO IKEA Hack from The Sweet Beast | IKEA Step Stool Hack from Serendipity Refined | Kitchen Sideboard TARVA Dresser IKEA Hack from All Things G&D | IKEA RAST Hack Dresser from […]

Teen Girl Room | Inspiration


Chandelier, IKEA | Faux Fur Pillows, Pottery Barn | Sunburst Wall Decor, Decorpad | Jewelry Holder Empty Frames, Pottery Barn (no longer available) | Black Iron Twin Daybed, Walmart | IKEA Step Stool Side Table, Stylizmo | White Armoire, Kawaii Home | Smocked Drapes, Pottery Barn | Oval Mirror, IKEA   Have you met my […]

Healthy Gumbo Recipe

weight watchers recipe

Please don’t tell Emeril, but this gumbo recipe doesn’t start with a roux. No seafood sacrificed their seafaring lives for this stew. And the real kicker? I made it in a crock pot.   Oh, and it’s low-fat too. Just 5 Weight Watchers points per serving.   Sorry Emeril.   And with that said, it […]

IKEA Tarva Hack

white dresser

I wish I could tell you this IKEA Tarva dresser makeover was my idea …   it wasn’t.   I wish I could tell you I painted it Pure White using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because I had a vision that a white dresser would be the perfect addition to our master bedroom makeover … […]

Paint This! Fabric

paint fabric

Painted Herringbone Table Runner from Centsational Girl | Easy Painted Fabric Banner from Nellie Bellie | Faux Grain Sack Look Painted Pillow from It All Started With Paint | Painted Fabric Gift Bags from Lotts & Lots | Painted Fabric Lampshade from My Champagne Taste | Spray Painted Curtains from Life on Mars | How […]