Re-Design Your Sofa!

Do you just love your sofa but wish you could give it a little makeover? Perhaps the cushions are worn and flat or the fabric is outdated? Or! What if you have just changed your decor style? Changing my decor style is exactly what happened. My last upholsterer informed me that my “before” sofa below is very well made. It has a hardwood frame, hand tied springs, and was made with foam and feather cushions. BUT . . . . . . I just wanted a new look. Research and Design Begins I wanted an English armed sofa. However, searching for a quality sofa similar to this one I had turned out to be a searching for a needle in a hay stack! I research so many sofas, their sizes, and cushion spring construction but couldn’t find a sofa with the same quality, and a sofa that fit my budget! And, to top it off, all the sofas I looked at were either too long (84-86″) or the size of “Love Seats” which I didn’t want. I need the same 72″ sofa (not common, I know) but I have a relatively small formal living room, so 72″ is a perfect fit for how I wanted to design the room around the fireplace. It’s time to re-design my sofa! So I gave up . . . until one day I walked into one of my favorite pre-owned home furniture store and stumbled upon a master upholsterer with furniture design and reconstructed… read more

Our First Visit to Guam

Why Guam? Well, why not Guam? We haven’t been there before and our friends are stationed there for three years. So it only took us eight months to see them after they left the states. We decided to cut the eleven hour flight in half and layover in Honolulu. Bruce hadn’t been there before so it worked out great. An evening and afternoon in Honolulu and we had a great time walking the lively beach city. The last time I was in Honolulu was in 2004 and I was sick in bed. All I wanted was a malasada but I just couldn’t stomach it. So, this time, I made it the first item on the list to do before we got on the place for Guam. We hopped on the city bus and headed to Lenards for malasadas and a coffee. It was sooo good! Bruce’s first steps in the waters of Waikiki beach. We made to Guam! It’s an additional 6 hours from Hawaii, but we finally got to see our friends and their three kids. They kids were a bit shy at first but seeing them at the airport was a nice surprise! First order of business after a night of good nights sleep, touring Andersen Airfare Base and then it was off to Dededo beach. This beach is basically enjoyed by the military as it is only accessible from the base. Haley and the kids go to this beach just about everyday. The waters are mostly calm… read more

Giant Gingerbread Cookies for the Christmas for gift giving

GIANT Gingerbread Cookies

Giant Gingerbread Cookie are easy and fun to make for holiday and Christmas gift giving. Make the best gingerbread cookies for friends and family.

Before and After stained contractor interior doors DIY

Before and After – Builder Grade Interior Doors Turned Into A Distressed Beauties!

My love of chalk painted started when I stumbled upon a home decor boutique in Monument, CO. The store displayed their decor items on furniture that had been treated to look “worn” and had that “chipped paint” look I liked. The shop owner showed me the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan that was used to create these timeless pieces. Then, he showed me the classroom where he offered Chalk Paint classes. Of course, I took the classes and I was hooked. This was the answer I had been looking for for many years. I had many pieces of furniture I had collected from garage sales and thrift stores that just needed to be refinished and brought back to life. My first project, my dining room Louis chairs that I have for over 10 years. I used layers upon layers of paint to emulate old world French furniture. I utilized the techniques I had learned from class and discovered a few techniques of my own. The Interior Door Project A Wish Come True I searched through many resources to find the right interior doors. But it took longer than I expected. Of course, if the budget had been unlimited, it would have been a “bit” easier and faster to accomplish. But I wasn’t part of unlimited budget decor club so I needed to search for ideas that were within my realm of spending. However, when it came right down to it, I kept saving the exact same dark distressed door, over… read more

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