the dark side

However light the current decorating trends may take us,
I remain charmed by the dark side.
Sitting in my rocking chair this morning before the sun rises,
 I am more at home than ever with my dark wood, candles, books,
and simple furniture.
 Accessories, recently re-curated, catch my eye
as I sit back with a fresh cup of coffee
to enjoy the dark side a wee bit before the day turns busy.


It was the perfect size for this spot in our "new" old room.
This called for a makeover!
Yes!  That's more like it!

fit and trim

I wanted corner guards to protect some corners from gouging.
We'd added some to a few corners upstairs some time ago.
I'm CERTAIN we didn't pay the $30-$50 they "go" for now on the internet,
and no local lumber or big box stores had them available.
we purchased 8' lengths of corner trim at $2.98@.
My handy husband cut proper lengths and carefully fashioned trim
from a piece of scrap trim to top each piece.
The photo turned out light, but you can get the idea of how each guard is topped.
I'm ecstatic!
Now five new corners in our house are fit and trim
at a very affordable price.

masculine vibes

 While not finalized (is it ever?),
I've had a good time adding masculine vibes
 to our newly remodeled bathroom.
This shelf & its contents, for instance...
Hubby attached the wooden towel rack to the bottom
after a few adaptations to make it fit.
Everything here was repurposed, by the way,
and probably purchased at a thrift store or garage sale.

and then there were five

Disclaimer:  These photos were taken at night.
I'm well aware that their quality is less than wonderful.
 Clean up has commenced.
With only one small possibility of construction dust remaining,
 I could wait no longer to begin my trial arranging of the
dining area of our kitchen.
A lamp or two were added. 
And then there were five!
We took a break from it all this evening
and played a game of Upwords
by their light.

one more thing

 Just as our project was nearing completion,
we had one final brainstorm (and not a small one)..
Fortunately, our general contractor was able to fit it into his schedule.
We're removing the French doors and installing
a "regular" door.
Drywall will fill in the gap.
This will allow for a little extra wall space
to accommodate a small chest of drawers near one of the closets
in the newly formed bedroom..
It ALSO means extra wall space on THIS side --
the dining area of our kitchen.
It's a win-win decision
(except for a little more dust and a few more days of disruption).

going gray

We're making a bold (for us) move and going gray 
for our remodeled bathroom!
DARK gray.
There will be plenty of white trim.  
Hubby is applying the first coat this evening.
I'm going to like it!
 My Facebook critics weighed in:
"Sophisticated and calming...
Dramatic and classy."
I HOPE so!
My best half - after installing our new lights.....

anxious no more

In my last post I said I was "anxious" to get these chairs finished.
I'm anxious no more.
It took three coats of chalk paint.
Then we sanded and my husband applied clear wax and buffed them.
The old, velvet seats were reattached.
And I'm pleased.  VERY pleased.


downsizing, consolidating, organizing and decluttering.
(And those chairs from the previous post?
They've had two coats of chalk paint and he says they need one more.
I'm getting quite anxious here!)

almost. not quite.

Almost.  Not quite...
One more coat of (homemade) chalk paint, a coat of wax and a buffing...
Stay tuned.

spoken for

 It came home like this.
 My man crafted a front and pull for a broken drawer
 and painted, distressed and waxed the entire cabinet.
It is spoken for already!
The majority of our married lives,
we have enjoyed putting a fresh spin on worn-out furniture.
It's our way of contributing to a green environment.

cozy or chaotic?

"If you thought I found this room attractive,
would you still want to be my friend?  (Just checking.)"
Wednesday, I passed an hour or so in the library
where I thumbed through magazines.
I was drawn irresistibly to this photo and took a photo of it.
Eventually I posted it on my Facebook page along with that question.
I received feedback - some assuring me friendship isn't based on decorating style.
Others said things like:"It's my kind of green (all shades of green are my kind of green)! It looks like a room filled memories and warmth! A great place to sit a spell!"
"I would...enjoy visiting your beautiful and unique home."
"Cozy."  "Yes, it looks very comfortable and comforting."
"Collected and cozy." 
"Cozy and stimulating at the same time."
One said tactfully, "I see some interesting things in it!"
Another honestly commented, "Sorry, but my eyes got tired!"
"My kind of cozy."
"Colorful, bold, interesting and artsy!  I think of Henri Matisse with all the patterns,"
Friend Diana said, "Yeah.  I like that stuff." 
By the way, I DO like this room.  
It says, "Welcome!  Come in and sit a spell.  
Look around.  Let my color and comfort embrace you."
(And we even have a small bedroom painted this color.
It was a mistake, but I've grown to like it.)
OK.  It's YOUR turn.  What would YOU say about this room?


There we were.  Minding our own business.
On the way to somewhere.
Suddenly!  Garage sales peppered all OVER the small town we were passing through!
 One thing led to another and
almost before we knew what happened,
we were the ecstatic owners of three new items!
It was so unintentional.