When it comes to home decor, the most exciting and fun part is styling and decorating. More times than I can count, I’ve been asked how to dress a coffee table that will be both beautiful, and functional. Unlike a formal living room, a coffee table in a family room is the main hub of family gatherings. Friends and family alike typically kick off their shoes, prop their feet up on a coffee table, uncork a bottle of wine, and settle in for some TV time, movie nights with popcorn, play board games, maybe even catch up on some paperwork.… View Post

Is it spring yet? I know the calendar says it’s spring, but it’s barely recognizable from my neck of the woods. Most states are well into spring while here in Alaska spring doesn’t go full swing until May. Waiting until then to share a mini home tour with a few spring decor inspirations would be weird, even confusing. All photos are pinnable, but the main Pinterest image is at the bottom of this post. This rocker is one that I gave a paint finish nearly ten years ago. The real test of quality with a paint finish is when it can withstand… View Post

Am I late to the game? Maybe? Maybe not. Today I want to share more about me, the triumphs, and my journey over the past year. I want to delve into the things that plague my mind, the blessings, along with some of what really happened behind the scenes in a blog post and life.  However, I am a bit late with this post, but that’s because I was busy making an iMovie, my first video, and the first real one on my Youtube channel!  It took about 70 hours in 5 days to put together. So…. Welcome, 2016 !!! …and… View Post

Telling a tale of a sweet little romantic cottage bookshelf.   Who  loves a happy story?  You know… one of those sappy stories that begin with a rough patch that later evolves into a sweet tale, and instead of concluding with a tear-tear jerker actually ends with a happy ending? That’s the kind of happy story I’m talking about. I especially love the types of stories that for a moment, make me feel as if all is right with the world. In general, I love stories of all kinds. Between personal memoirs, legends of heroism and valor, triumph after struggle and folktales about… View Post

I can give you a few reasons how stripping is like the school bully. Stripping  is not my idea of a good time.  Not only is it a tedious job, but it is labor intensive. Being on my hands and knees, contorting into unnatural positions, while trying to maintain some sense of balance isn’t even the worst of it. The  hand and wrist pain that ensues from scraping, wiping, more scraping, scrubbing with steel wool coupled with awkward bending and leaning, cranking neck muscles to inspect nooks and crannies. Stripping is not for the faint of heart. It is back-breaking grueling work. I… View Post