Ahhh, the holidays!

We are in full Christmas mode at our house!  Traditionally, the tree and decorations go up on Black Friday.  I refuse to go out that day and just stay home enjoying some nice Christmas music, some strong coffee and putting all these beautiful decorations up.  Every year I tend to forget what I did the year before in terms of what… Read More

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

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