I created this very cute recipe card book for my sister-in-law to be someday for Christmas! I am in love with it and so is she! I created the 6 different recipe card designs in Photoshop and printed them directly onto 4×6 index cards. I used my scrapbooking supplies to create the cover and dividers. I had previously purchased a thin plastic sheet to protect a mini album I made for my nephew and had some pieces left over, so I cut the 6×6 sheet down to 4×6 and hole punched it so Rae could use it to protect whatever recipe card she is viewing at the time from splatters and smudges. Brilliant right? Here are some pictures of the book. I took them with my new iPhone 4S, I’m still learning how to take good pictures with it, so I apologize a few photos are slightly blurry :/
I have a great DIY project for all you savvy home renovators today! Spray paint those ugly brass/gold colored hinges that come with any new door to match the finish of your knobs or handles. Rustoleum has some great metallic and hammered finish spray paint available in several colors that very closely match door hardware from Schlage, Kwickset, etc. You can find the Rustoleum spray paint at any home improvement or hardware store near you. For our hinges, I chose the dark bronze metallic paint because it was the closest match to the new oil rubbed bronze Schlage knobs we had picked out. I will post pictures soon.
*UPDATE* 16 September 2011
Since I’ve updated our hinges I have used the Metallic Bronze spray-paint on some knobs and handles for my Mom, the door stops and on the old grungy address numbers that came with the house. It was so much cheaper then buying new ones! Next up, an old outdoor light fixture!
I cannot believe it has already been a month since B and I received the keys to our first home! We have jumped right in and made some significant progress over the past four weeks. The very first thing we did was tackle the mold issue. Luckily, B’s Uncle is very good friends with a mold removal specialist, because we discovered that bleaching the black mold would only spread it further, which would definitely make me very sick since I am very allergic to every kind of mold, dust, and dander species out there. But, I’m not quite “bubble-boy” or in my case girl material, so basically, it won’t kill me. Our whole mold experience actually taught myself and my dad, the very educated on all the latest building methods for humid and cold climates builder and professor, a few good-to-know things and I would be happy to share them with anyone that would like to know. Just send me an email and I’ll get back to you on the mold subject.
So… back to the renovation update… Once the mold was gone, we immediately gutted the entire interior of the home, stripping it down to just the plaster walls and original wood flooring. B and his buddies made several small updates to the plumbing, electrical, and ductwork, mainly to just replace the bad stuff. Over the past week and a half we have ordered all new vinyl windows, installed new hardwood flooring in the kitchen, installed a new bathtub along with new ceramic tile on the floor and for the tub surround in the bathroom, and have worked diligently at removing the paint from the basement block walls. Oh, and I almost forgot, we started hanging drywall over the weekend also. I’d say we’ve been pretty busy! I think B’s goal is to be able to move into the house before June comes around. But when I say move in, I mean he just wants the house to be “livable”, so basically that means getting a new toilet and sink installed in the bathroom and purchasing a fridge to go with his microwave to take care of the bare necessities. I’m glad we’re not married yet, I love my completely finished accommodations hahaha. This is turning into one long update! So, I would like to end with some good news I would like to share, B’s sister and brother-in-law are expecting the first grand-baby, a boy, the first week in October! Yay! I can’t wait to be an Aunt!!
April Progress Photos
House Renovation Progress Pictures
To kick off my weekly “finds” posting series, I thought I’d start by sharing the home office furniture I have wanted for years from Pottery Barn. Someday, when we build our “dream home”, it will have a rather large home office on the main floor. I also want it to be the room where crafts are made, homework is done, and art is created. I love to paint with watercolors and acrylics whenever I can find the time or see something that sparks my inspiration, which is usually some building 99% of the time… shocking I know. Haha
Ok, so I think I’ve come up with a pretty good arrangement for the 3 season room. By pretty good, I mean great if it will fit. We haven’t taken any measurements of the room yet so that is on my to-do list for this evening. I would like to build a “boot bench” similar to the picture below, so we have a place to store all our shoes. Then to take care of our coats and stuff, I think an armoire would work fine, but ideally, I would like to build a custom wardrobe cabinet or lockers for optimum storage capacity. I have created a quick preliminary layout to display my visualization and I have included it below for you to view.
Lastly, I think the best way to cover up the concrete floor budget-wise is to paint it a light color. I was thinking white or cream at first, then I remembered that the room will mainly be used as a mudroom, and B is a builder and almost always comes home wearing muddy boots, so those colors are probably not the best for us. So, now I’m thinking a light brown or tan, maybe a sage green or a lighter bluish-gray if I can convince B, which won’t be easy, since he is a typical guy who likes things to be “normal” and more traditional. Well, that’s all for today. Time to go scrape paint off the basement walls. Yay…
Well hello readers! I have a little bit of a design delemia.
We have an attached sunroom or more like a 3 season porch that is on a concrete slab and is not heated. The problem is, B and I don't really use enclosed porches like that as another sitting area like most people. Both of our parents have them on their homes and we never use them. Because the dining area in the eat-in kitchen is fairly small, I'd like to eventually use the porch for additional dining when the weather is warm. But the crucial thing we need is a mudroom because that is our main entrance from the driveway and there is absolutely NO closet anywhere near that back door! Normally I would do a big bench with storage underneath and shelves with hooks above it. However, there are windows taking up 3 of the 4 walls and a door on the 4th, so wall space is very limited. I have hit a creative design block and I don't know how to do storage areas with windows everywhere! SO fusterating! Anyways, if any of you have some good ideas, just include them in a comment. Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Oh and I forgot to mention, we live in Michigan and do a ton of outdoor recreation, therefore, we have a lot of stuff we need to store.
On a side note. We already plan on taking down the hideous T-11 since it is covering up the original beautiful wainscoting that we will most likely be covering with a fresh coat of white paint. My idea for the ceiling is to install tongue and groove or just straight boards and paint it white to look something like the picture below.
Yes, I am having a Homer Simpson moment…
… sorry I had to wipe the drool from my face. Anyways, I came across this sweet new donut cake pan from Williams-Sonoma and fell in love with it immediately! So I thought I’d share it with you.
My Decorating Personality Is “Cozy Casual”
You’re about comfort and warmth, favoring warm, traditional rooms made for relaxing with family and friends. Your ideal decor draws on English and early-American furniture designs, as well as laid-back country, cottage, and farmhouse styles. Weathered, low-maintenance furnishings are easy, inviting, and built for daily life. Think golden retrievers, fuzzy slippers, and just about any movie by Nancy Meyers.
♥ Plush upholstery, often slip-covered, with roll or square arms and skirts or ball feet.
♥ Indestructible tables with turned legs, trestles, or substantial pedestal bases.
♥ Warm wood tones with rustic or distressed finishes.
♥ Natural fabrics, like cotton and wool.
♥ Solid textiles, simple stripes, or unfussy florals in muted colors.
This article is dead on with my style! I absolutely love items from Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, Ethan Allen, and Williams-Sonoma! I feel like this style hardly ever goes out of style, instead it just seems to adapt to whatever the current style is by incorporating a few elements. Also, in my experience, if you want to sell a house, make some changes to your current interior decorations to reflect more of the “Comfy Casual” style. I have found that the sense of home feeling one gets from the decor has a very positive influence on buyers. If you would like to read more, you can view the full article from Real Simple here.