Friday, December 23, 2011

Ceiling treatment for the wall

I have FINALLY come up with a design element I want in my bathroom: a wainscot made from tin ceiling tiles. It will be awesome!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Michealangelo Pistoletto – Venus of the Rags

I really need a new rug for the kitchen. Buying a new rug is definitely not in the budget. Being a seamstress, I have tons of fabric scraps, and being a mom of boys, I have plenty of clothes that are too worn out to donate... so, I think I'll be making my own rag rug! This seems like an especially good way to use old sheets. Also, one made of old towels would be great for a bath mat!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Your glue problem solved!

Generally, I believe that in this day and age, anything and everything has been thought of before. But sometimes I still find myself thinking, "Wow, someone actually thought of that and it actually exists!". I had that reaction when I came across This To That, a website that tells you exactly what kind of glue to use under almost any circumstances. So simple and wonderful. It even includes tips to increase your gluing success! Then I find myself wondering, "What will they think of next?"

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

When in Rome

I'm planning to use a lot of Roman Shades around the house, and I want to make them myself. This tutorial from Martha Stewart ought to do the trick!

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Bath products are expensive and most of them are filled with harmful chemical fragrances and skin-irritating detergents.

Well, there is good news! You can make your own from all-natural ingredients and it won't cost much at all! These make EXCELLENT gifts, too!

From Apartment Therapy:

What You Need

4 cups of Water
4 oz Castille Soap (like Dr. Bronner's which you can buy scented or unscented and it's totally green and can be used for cleaning around the house and your body)
3 oz of either Glycerin* or Coconut Oil (both lather well and are skin softeners)
Essential Oil (use your imagination to come up with fun and exciting combos!)
Container for your concoction (non glass is best for near the bath)
Bath Tub

(you can also add a couple-- and I really do mean just a couple, because too many could stain the bathtub-- drops of food coloring to the mix to make the bubble bath just a little more fun)

*Glycerin is any pure soap, normally a transparent bar, made without synthetic detergents. You can buy it online or sometimes at the drugstore. Pure vegetable glycerin is usually available at Whole Foods Market. If you buy drugstore or craft store glycerin, be aware that it is likely petroleum based.


1. Mix water with castille and glycerin or coconut oil.

2. Add 4-5 drops of your choice of essential oil.

3. Mix well.

4. Pour your bubble bath into the container. It should keep for quite a while.

5. Fill bathtub with water and pour in a couple of ounces of bubble bath.

6. Take a deep breath and soak.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Case closed

This collection of awesomely revamped armoires may be just what I need to solve a few storage problems around the house!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Elaine and Gary

I often feel like I live under a rock, so I'm sure I'm the last to discover the hilarious blog Catalog Living... but just in case you have also not yet discovered it, I am sharing it and hoping you enjoy!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Inspirational Attic

I have recently begun dabbling in the daunting task of organizing the attic space. After coming across this amazing attic and am feeling more motivated and inspired to get things ship shape up there!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bathroom space savers

Since I am pretty sure we have the smallest bathroom outside of an airplane, I am very keen on finding clever space savers that look chic.

I'm really liking this towel bar/shower curtain rod,

This is a simple and narrow storage option:

This piece would give us more space to store our toiletries as well as a space to hang some towels:

I've also always liked these swing-arm towel bars:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Stinky Rose

I planted garlic today! And the rosemary I transplanted about a week ago is so far doing really nicely in its new spot.