• DIY,  Home & Decor

    My Grandmother’s Mahogany Veneer Dresser Makeover

    Several years ago my grandmother gave me her old high boy.  She was running out of space but didn’t want to get rid of it & knew that I would keep it & take care of it. She’s had this with a full bedroom set for at least 50 years – AND she bought it 2nd hand back in the 1960’s! It’s a mahogany veneer dresser that needed a makeover to fit in with my style.  I wanted to give a little face lift for a while, but didn’t want Grandmother upset with any changes I might make. Finally, when we moved into our current home & I gave our…

  • Sustainable Living Rooms
    Home & Decor,  Sustainable Home

    How to Create a Beautiful Sustainable Living Room

    Following up on my Living Room Layout Guide I wanted to show you a practical way to create a beautiful sustainable living room. There are 3 things I always hear when it comes to sourcing an eco-friendly home: 1. It’s hard to find great looking items that are “sustainable” Shopping sustainably isn’t as hard as it seems. Believe it or not, there are retailers large & small, well-known & hidden gems that are dedicated to environmental & social responsibility.  I’ll bet that some of the retailers you already buy from have some sort of policy in place or specific product lines that are eco-friendly to some degree. 2. Eco-friendly furniture…

  • Home & Decor

    Backyard Makeover Update: The Patio Extension

    Hey y’all!  It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on what’s been going on around the 4th house.  Since I got the green light to kick off the boot & start walking again, I have been busy trying get things back to “normal” around here. Remember my excitement at participating in the One Room Challenge again this spring?  I was happy to find a way to join in even though I had a broken foot & was under strict guidelines about what I could physically do.  I chose to work on our backyard since it required more planning from me & all the heavy duty work had to be…

  • Home & Decor,  Sustainable Home

    What is Green Design?

    I’ve been getting this question quite a bit lately.  “What is Green Interior Design?  What do you mean by “Sustainable Design”?” I don’t think people are asking for a technical definition of green design – they can google that.  More specifically, folks want to know what it means from a practical point of view.  “What does it mean to me?  How does Green Design affect me?”   Isn’t that always what we want to know? Generally green design is about using energy efficient lighting, non-toxic materials (from low- or no-voc paints to adhesives to materials used in producing furniture & accessories), sustainably sourced rugs & textiles, renewable wood products, and carefully choosing…

  • Home & Decor

    Never Leave IKEA Without These 10 Things

    There are people who turn their noses up at big box stores and then there are those of us who know & appreciate their value.  The biggest of the big boxes has to be IKEA.  I know people who make regularly scheduled pilgrimages to IKEA whether they have a specific project going on or not.  I am one of them! I’m lucky enough to have an IKEA store in my city so it’s not a bad trek for me, although nothing in this city is “close”.  I don’t go often but every few months I get an itch and make my way down I-10. Without fail, I never leave IKEA…