A Fireplace Remodel

When we moved into our home, it wasn’t the most beautiful.  The openness and basic bones were great, the views were incredible and all the space was sublime.  However, the builder had a thing for beige everything, orangey hardwood floors (still something I want to change), ugly formica countertops trimmed in wood, and hideous light […]

A rustic cabin transformation – Coming soon!

The progress we are making on my parent’s new log home in the mountains is significant and, even though I left my Canon battery charger in Florida and can’t shoot this professionally, I can share some iPhone shots of the family room.  Be watching for some posts on what we’ve done to modernize and lighten […]

Trimming Crepe Myrtle Trees

When it comes to the Southern garden, Crepe Myrtles are a must.  Their late summer blossoms add beautiful color and a graceful canopy to the garden and their sculptural trunk structure is worthy of the spotlights.  But care must be taken to keep them in the best shape or they can become unruly and lose their structure.  That […]

Ikea Billy Bookcases to Built-Ins

As promised, here is the tutorial for creating beautiful, built-in bookcases for a fraction of the cost of hiring a carpenter and having them built.  Although I would have preferred to have them stretch wall to wall, we had to contend with unequal measurements and a window.  We chose instead to have three sections. We […]

Formal Living Room to Office/Library

When we moved into our home ten years ago, the 12′ x 12′ “formal” living room was awkardly located immediately to the right of the front entry and looked like this when we first visited (and subsequently purchased) the house: It was a silly little room and I had no idea what to do with […]

Potted Plants – Decorating Trick

So you have a beautiful container and bought a lovely little plant for it.  What can you do to give it some decorator magic?  With just a couple of dollars and a quick trip to your local arts and crafts store, you can purchase moss and make that plant a standout!  There are various types, but […]