• 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…

  • Home & Decor

    Decked Out Apartment Living Room For A Swank Young Couple

    Hey y’all! I’ve got another Room Remix to share & this time it’s part of the Spring Into Action Blog Hop!  If this is your 1st time here, welcome in!  If you’re visiting from Ola’s blog J’Adore Le Decor thanks so much for stopping by! When my baby sister got married almost 2 years ago, there were 2 things I couldn’t wait for… a niece & the chance to decorate their first place.  I’m still waiting on my niece but I’ve finally gotten the chance to decorate their apartment! Technically it’s not their 1st place, but we’re calling it that since they didn’t stay in the other for very long.  When they moved…

  • Home & Decor

    Finding Inspiration For A Kid’s Media Room

    When we moved into our current home 2 years ago, we had to set some priorities about which spaces needed to be setup first.  Once everyone’s bedrooms were in place at least, we had some decisions to make.  The open common areas needed to be done, but in what order? What’s more important, the media room or my office?  The kids room or the formal dining room?  The patio or the master suite? In the Fall of 2016, I participated in the One Room Challenge for the 1st time& thought I’d decided to work on our Kid’s Media Room.  I had it all planned out & everything. And then we went…

  • Home & Decor

    7 Easy Budget Friendly Interior Design Tricks to Transform Your Kitchen

    I have a service called the Xtraordinary Room Remix where I makeover a room for a specified budget by making small changes with big impact. I’ve just wrapped a kitchen project that is bigger than a Room Remix & but not a full remodel & I’ve recently made a few changes to my own kitchen that have made a world of difference. Now that I’m done with both of these projects, I’m sharing some easy interior design tips that will transform your kitchen. These are the best ways to update your kitchen quickly, easily, & on a budget. 7 Easy & Budget Friendly Interior Design Tricks to Transform Your Kitchen…

  • Home & Decor

    Recovering From Hurricane Harvey

    Houston is the biggest small town in the world. For as big as we are, we know no strangers.  In the past week, Hurricane Harvey dumped a ton of water on Texas – trillions of gallons.  While most of our city (and many surrounding areas including our neighbors to the south & east) is underwater, many of our friends, family & neighbors who were flooded out of their homes are headed home to assess the damage & begin the arduous process of rebuilding. This process can provide closure & make victims feel better knowing what they are facing.  And no doubt it feels better to take action than to sit, be still,…

  • Home & Decor

    7 Decorating Tips to Get The Home Office You Need With The Space You Have

    They say everything is bigger in Texas and from what I’ve seen, that may very well be true. But that’s all changing pretty fast around here. High rises are on the rise, and even in what may be considered large homes, families are getting bigger (with more kids or the resurgence of extended families), pets are taking over, and more professionals are working from home than ever before. Any or all of these can contribute to less and less space until 1 day you look around and find yourself working on a tiny “student desk” in a random corner with a TV tray for a printer stand and a stack…

  • Home & Decor

    3 Easy Ways to Welcome Spring and Bring the Outdoors In

    Spring has sprung and there’s so much to do, checklists for this and checklists for that.  Well, add 1 more checklist to the list.  This one is a little different from what you’ve already seen – no spring cleaning, no full on redecorating for the season, not even small swaps to “bring on spring”.  Nope, this one is about low or no cost ways to welcome spring.  Spend as much or as little as you want.   3 Easy Ways to Welcome Spring and Bring the Outdoors In Farmhouse Bedroom by Millbrook Architects & Building Designers Crisp Architects Open Up! Pull back the curtains and open every window possible.  Let…

  • The Green Life

    Living The Green Life

    It’s St. Patrick’s Day, it’s Spring (finally) and EVERYthing is all about Green!  Green clothes, green food, green BEER (mmm), green grass (is it weird that I love the smell of fresh cut grass?).  All in good fun. I want to talk about green in another sense… our environment.  It’s far too early for green beer, but I’m sitting in my green living room wearing my green crazy socks feeling inspired to talk with you about “Going Green” and living “The Green Life”. I’ve heard it said that “it ain’t easy going green” but what I have noticed over my own journey is that it really isn’t that hard either.…

  • Before and Afters
    Home & Decor

    How to Makeover a Rush Cane Chair

      This is the story of 2 rush cane chairs that needed a little makeover. Not an overhaul and nothing to destroy the original cane seats.  Just a little cut and color. I have these rush cane chairs that have been sitting around taking up space – useful chairs but not being used (also pretty with interesting historical design significance).  I got a great deal on 6 of them thinking I’d be able to use them for some project at some point.  I do that sometimes because I have a severe case of can’t-pass-up-a-great-deal-itis.  And even though I do not carry inventory, some things just can’t stay in the store (or resale shop or consignment…

  • Home & Decor,  Musings

    The Simplicity of the Post Holiday Home

    This week, our home is very quiet – the 3 youngest children have gone back to school, and the 1 that is home is the college kid.  You know what that means…. all HE does is eat and sleep!  I already miss the crazy fun of the holidays with everyone home, but I just have to say “Ahhhhh” to the joy and simplicity of the post holiday home! All this extreme quiet made me think about the visual noise that bombards us in everyday life and especially during the holidays. On a daily basis, most of us spend countless hours online, on electronic devices, watching TV, etc.  Add to that…