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Reimagining Your House

Sometimes the house you’re in, works. It works for the way you live and the way your family spends its time. But maybe the exterior just needs some updating and you want to make it look more like…you.

I reimagined my house from the way it is now…


to the modern craftsman I know it could be!




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Living Room Facelift, Restoration Hardware Knock-Off, and DIY Painting

For four years I enjoyed my DIY version of Jackson Pollock on the living room wall. The colors were right but the scale was off, the style wasn’t me and the whole room itself needed balancing and color calibrating. I had subjected this room to the standard of “cheapest possible” and learned that sometimes it doesn’t pay.

You can see the living room in this post from 2012. My intent was okay but the execution was just, not.


So in the past year I grounded the room with a rug, some pillows from Etsy, added circular sconces and made some new DIY paintings using a sponge dabbing effect you can read about here on the West Elm blog.

diy-art-1The room finally came together around a gorgeous Restoration Hardware knock-off coffee table.

I really don’t say enough thank yous to the man in this house that makes my furniture dreams come true. He did the spec/build and I did the staining and pickling treatment plus 6 coats of clear polyurethane.

Here are some in-progress shots from our real-life garage/studio/playroom/drop-zone/disaster…

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And the unbelievable look-alike in the finished living room…

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Grown Up Guest Room in Gray

The nursery was a serene and calm room, painted in a quiet gray with a wish for a gentle, sleep-through-the-night babyhood. It mostly happened that way, but I don’t know if we can quite credit the paint color.

You’ll remember it looked like this and we blogged about it here.


Well, a few years passed and we moved the (mostly) precious big boy to a room next to his brother’s, leaving this space open for a guest room redo which we blogged about here.

It was a colorful, happy room.

Guest Room 8

Well this year I wanted the room to accommodate not just guests a few times a year but a small work space for use throughout the year. We added plantation shutters, used Sherwin-Williams’ Peppercorn gray as a deep accents on the bed and the far wall, and added a desk and feminine chandelier.

Here are a few pictures of the room I’m now planning to keep exactly like this for a long, long time.




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Making Curb Appeal with Color

It was five years ago this month that we moved into our house in the #1 Best Place to Live in America.

Today is my reminiscing…


Two years later I painted the front door red for some warmth and a focal point.


And then 2 years after that I painted the shutters a deeper tone of the green-gray on the siding. It softened the exterior quite a bit.

Soulful House Exterior - Day

Especially at night.

Soulful House Exterior - Night

So here’s to yesterday, and today, and whatever tomorrow will be…

House Front 1

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