Tags archives: decor

  • 2 year homeaversary

  • Sunday was a two-year anniversary since I signed my life away we closed on our townhouse. While 2014 was an exciting and productive year, this year I can't even say that we dropped the ball, because honestly we never picked the ball up... more than that - we never purchased the ball! But it was nice to take a break and rest. We are gearing up to tackl[...]
  • Chalkboard it is!

  • When I got the console table, I was puzzled with how I should style it. So I asked my friends and readers for advice here using badly photoshopped images as idea starters.  My original inclining was to go with some sort of a mirror or a set of mirrors, but everyone voted on a blackboard instead. I have to say I was shocked, since this is the image I star[...]
  • DIY "Rustic" Shelves

  • Another element that we added to the half bath downstairs (actually, I added alone, Dmitry was busy working on the patio) is rustic shelving. I did not have recycled wood in possession, so we just grabbed some 2"x8" from Home Depot and cut them to the right size. The birch brackets came from Ikea (of course). I distressed the wood using the hammer and a few [...]
  • Spray Painting Bathroom Cabinets (my experience)

  • One room with probably the biggest transformation to date is the half bathroom downstairs. It started as a small idea to simply paint the walls, cabinets, mirror frame, and replace the faucet. But the task was not as simple as it seemed, especially when it came to painting the vanity cabinets. Before After Off I went to dismantli[...]
  • Housewarming

  • Guilty as charged. It's been a month since the last update. I really am not sure where the time went so I will not even try to come up with excuses. But all the busy work over the last year has been leading up to one moment - our first ever HOUSEWARMING!     Our housewarming fell perfectly on the 12 months mark since we closed [...]
  • Accent wall under $25

  • The 1/2 bathroom downstairs is almost done with the updates for this year. Interior cabinets have been painted, walls scraped, plastered, painted, faucet replaced, mirror painted, new light fixture installed, new bathroom door installed and painted, new TP and towel holder installed... Few things remaining: paining cabinet doors and drawers (yo[...]
  • Patio is done! (for now...)

  • I know I have not been posting much, but we have been working on a lot of little (and some big) projects here and there. The bigger project was the half-bath update, which is almost ready for reveal (not yet though). We've also added a new chandelier, new dining table, and I spent 5 hours paining 3 interior doors (more on that in posts to come). One thing[...]
Console discomfiture
  • Console discomfiture

  • Discomfiture... not a word you hear very often, but the new console table I got is making me feel exactly that - defeat! Long story short, we decided to get rid of the Ikea 4x4 KALLAX shelving unit that we currently have positioned on the wall at the end of the dining table, and just go with a small console on the wall between the stairs and the kitchen. [...]
  • DIY West Elm Herringbone Clock

  • It's been a while since the last update. There are just so many little projects going on, but nothing worth sharing yet. Well, not anymore, got a few things done, and one of them I will be sharing today. Since I am in the process of decorating our living room, I have been looking at a lot of living room decor. I've never really shopped at West Elm, ex[...]
  • Paint Your Patio Furniture

  • Overall today was a good day. Got a lot accomplished at work, and finally picked up the glass pieces for my saved from the dumpster patio table. "Woo-hoo!", as Vicky Gunvalson would say (those of you that don't watch the Real Housewives of OC won't get it, and that's probably a good thing!) Like I said, this baby was a dumpster save when we still lived at t[...]
  • Ikea RAST Hack: upholster and stain

  • I've been looking for nightstands for over three months. I couldn't decide what I wanted and then I came across this beauty from Pier 1. But when I showed it to Dmitry, he wasn't impressed and at $350 a piece, it was just too much of a risk to order something he might hate. After all, we should both have a say in the way the room looks (key word h[...]