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the sanded floors

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This weekend, we finally took the plunge and sanded down our floors.  I've been wanting to for a long time...well, and not wanting to at the same time.  It's a total pain.  It's messy and it's really hard work, but I got it in my mind that I really wanted it done before decorating for Christmas and then closing out 2014 and Jeff went along with it. In can you haven't seen them before, this is  (read more …)

there’s no turning back now…

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Thursday morning I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to get a head-start on sanding the floors.  I've had refinishing them on my to-do list for over a year now, but it is a very not-fun, messy job and I've been putting it off and delaying and procrastinating.  I've been on a mission of late to get things in the house finished, so it's time to tackle the floors.  I want to get them done before  (read more …)

a chandelier, watering live evergreens & blue checks

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The living room is in the front of our house, which faces south.  Most of the day, the room gets beautiful light..streaming through the dining room and front windows in the morning and in long, golden beams through the west-facing windows in the afternoon.  At night, though, this room is dark.  That is because it has no overhead lighting.  The house was built in the 1940's and having lots of  (read more …)

a girl can change her mind (and often does)

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Soooo...the curtain saga continues.  I've confessed that rugs are my nemesis, but now that I've switched to sisal and jute blends, I've made peace with rugs.  It seems like curtains might be my new nemesis.  I think the struggle I have with curtains is that it's not a design choice that's easily (or inexpensively) changed.  In a room with one window...okay, it's not that big of a deal.  But my  (read more …)

blue spruce in a bucket

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I have mentioned it a couple of times already...I am really excited to decorate for Christmas this year!  It's just like old times when the countdown would begin leading up to the day after Thanksgiving and I could finally haul out the bins and put the Christmas music on.  For the past few years, I've been burned out on Christmas decorating.  Decorating for retail spaces and freelance projects all  (read more …)

pillows for the family room

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I made a few pillows for my family room yesterday and made a few more today.  It felt so good to work on the details of a room and towards the goal of finishing.  I tend to get a room finished enough and then move onto other things, never circling back to finish.  Then months later, maybe even years, I'll find the fabric I planned to use, the supplies for a project or frames waiting to be filled  (read more …)

painted “swedish” bench

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I always have a hard time getting refocused after a big event or project.  I seem to work at my best when there is a date looming, but at the same time, I dislike the pressure of deadlines.  So, I'm conflicted.  I love and hate due dates.  To combat the unfocused work approach, I decided to knock out a few projects that have been on my list for some time.  I grabbed the bench at the table in our  (read more …)

time-saving tips for painting a room

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I shared the other day that I painted three ceilings and one room in just a few hours...while the boys were at home...in my jammies.  Truth be told, I could've painted the living room and the hallway, too, but I was getting a little sick of looking at a roller!  So, several readers asked how I get things done so fast and I thought I would share my tricks. These tips will help you get a room  (read more …)