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 fixtures.  The dishwasher and stove… Read More

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 things up, and how we’ve… Read More

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 means bringing out the loppers… Read More

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 purchased three sets of bookcases… Read More