This has been the #1 project I’ve wanted to do since the day we moved in years ago and IT FINALLY HAPPENED: a walnut room divider between our family and dining room!!!!Where we began: Normally I’m all for preserving original details, but I didn’t love the ornate 60’s iron rail that divided these two rooms. … More DIY Mid Century Walnut Room Divider
This will probably be the last time this room makes an appearance on here, as it belongs to my daughter who is getting older and I want her to go wild with her own direction for her space. This iteration is shared with her permission to show how easy it is to switch up the … More Color Block Repaint + Virtual Learning Space
We finally finally finally bought the light I’ve been dreaming of for the laundry room – this wild, punchy yellow starburst from Sazerac Stitches. The laundry room (a generous title for what is actually a little alcove between the kitchen and the garage) doesn’t often make it to the top of the priority list in … More Yellow Laundry Light!
Kitchen pass throughs, aka window-like openings in the wall between the kitchen and dining room, aren’t a common house feature these days. But they can be found in many mid century homes – ours included. While I’m all for keeping quirky old-school details, this particular quirk in this particular house needed some reworking. With the … More Kitchen Pass Through Turned Room Divider
Whoa what a week! What was, 7 days ago, a packed schedule and no time to keep up the ol weirdo blog has turned into 4 wide open weeks (wait no maybe 8!!) – so hello! I hope everyone out there is doing their part by social distancing the heck out your life! The schools … More Shelf Rearrange + Projects While Social Distancing!
In the slowest march ever to make our space function at max potential, we bought an orange couch for the family room! It was hard for me to say goodbye since it had been with us since the beginning, but we parted with out beloved vintage sectional in an effort to be more practical at … More Orange Couch!
Subtle but magical changes happened in our bedroom! Though not hugely different from last time I shared after I hung the grasscloth, the last few months have brought some furniture additions and subtractions, enough that a full freshening up was in order. The One Room Challenge last May was the catalyst. With the unplanned acquisition of … More Main Bedroom Furniture Swaps
Buckle up for a long post about a 20 foot wall of luan wood! Done on the smallest budget you could imagine! Changing the entire feel of the house! Hopefully this info can help you add period-appropriate wood walls to your mid century house, or send you in the right direction if you are replacing … More DIY Mid Century Luan Wood Walls
One Room Challenge finale post and I’m feeling pretty darn good about it! I have a “new” den I’m in love with and the space is already serving our family better than it ever has. As an ORC first timer, the accountability and defined timeline has been interesting. I love that it kept me on … More Den Reveal – ORC Week 6
I’m one of those nuts who is moved by clay. I love “art” (meaning very debatable, but I’m referring to visual art here) in general, and ceramics in particular. And I’m trying overall in my home to have less but have better. With that, I’m trying to avoid spending money on mediocrity so that I … More Dining Room Art
In honor of our sweet little 60’s ranch and five tumultuous years together, I’m sharing a whole house tour! I’ve never shared the whole place at once, mostly because we’ve been in constant project mode since moving in. But this summer, just shy of 5 years of owning it, our entire home was shot for … More Five Year House Tour
A few months ago I finally got around to hanging grasscloth wallpaper in our bedroom and THE IMPROVEMENT CANNOT BE OVERSTATED! It just feels incredibly warmer, even though the wall was painted the same shade before. I worked up the courage to drill into the wallpaper to rehang our sconces so, besides future wood flooring installation … More Bedroom with Grasscloth!
Do you have a room you just can’t get to work? Mine is my family room. Every time I share I say the same thing. It bugs me that I can’t get my favorite room in our house to submit to my will. And even though I have big fun future plans in here to … More Couch Problems
How do we feel about bookshelves in dining rooms? Kinda weird, right? It’s not my preference, but with our current room/furniture arrangement, having our long and low bookshelf along our dining room wall is what works right now. I loved its previous home in the den, hated its short-lived residency in our family room (I guess … More Dining Room Bookshelves
We’re still living in what I call “phase 1” of our kitchen redo. Phase 1 started, and was mostly completed, soon after we moved in but some recent finishing touches have made it as good as it’s gonna get until we move on to bigger (probably not major…though I’m taking suggestions!) changes in the future.The … More Kitchen!
Guess what? We finished baseboards in our den years after we put the wood floors down because sometimes doing everything yourself takes a long time pat on the back anyways and to commemorate the accomplishment, I figured an updated room tour was in order. I seem to share this space yearly during holidays (last year and year … More Den
The room that is almost always covered in Legos is making an appearance today! Way back in December we removed the grungy carpet from our son’s bedroom and gave it a dramatic facelift with new hardwood floors. You can see this room in all its former carpeted glory here. Taking a cue from the new … More My Son’s Room: Wood Floors!
Recently, we made some improvements to really finish up our daughter’s room. To get an idea of the before, see here, here and even here when it was originally our kids’ shared room. The room had a lot going for it already: generous size, lots of windows, best light, not to mention the biggest closet. The pink wasn’t … More Coral Pink Bedroom Upgrades
OH MY GOODNESS THIS BATHROOM IS FINALLY PULLED TOGETHER AND IT’S ALL THAT I DREAMED IT COULD BE. A blue and gold dream! This space didn’t come to us looking like it belonged in the 60’s, but so much original goodness was hiding behind “updates” that all we needed to do was remove, repair, and … More Vintage Blue Bathroom!
I’ve been trying to get our current dining room situation to work for our family for years and it just wasn’t. We finally decided to invest in a new table that was the right size and offered a more durable surface, this Lippa reproduction tulip table. VERDICT: A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER IN EVERY WAY! (Sources at the … More Dining Room Tulip Table