Painted Furniture & Staging

Chalk Painting: A Trombone inspired Yellow Chest of Drawers

In my previous chalk painting days, I found one of my favorite parts of redoing a piece was learning about where the piece came from or even the “how” of taking it on as my own. I’m naturally a bit of a Nervous Nelly, when it comes to meeting new people, so when I started the endeavor of furniture picking, I had to step outside of my comfort level and know that I was going to take some chances when it digging for just the right piece to paint. Fortunately, I always made it out without a scratch on each pick up and from time to time would be pleased to find I’d left with a new friendship to put in my Rolodex.

One piece that comes to mind when I think of friends I’ve made along the way, is a…

Blog, Family Mess

5 Reasons Why Hotels are the Worst

I would say our family stays in hotels more than the average bear. We enjoy taking the kids to new places and back to favorite old spots.  We enjoy a night away without kids on the rare occasion and work travel is part of the husbands job description. I can’t speak for the venue husband stays at when he travels, but when we travel together, skimping on a hotel is not something we do. We like a little pampering and luxe and our hotel choices tend to fall in line as such. However, as of late (maybe it’s just a bad run) I have decided hotels are the worst. Maybe like Danny Glover said in Lethal Weapon, “I’m too old for this shtuff,” but here are the five reasons…

Coffee Makes the World Go 'Round
Support Local, Whereabouts

10/40 Coffee Makes the World Go ‘Round

There’s nothing quite like living in a small town and those who live in sprawling cities just wouldn’t understand the excitement that comes when a new place of business moves into town. The slower pace of life allows passerby’s to gaze with wonder and speculation at what the new place will become or what the old is being transformed into. Just recently, a beloved clothing shop on our towns square, relocated across town and as the lights in the little old building went out, we all wondered what would bring it back to life. Each drive around the block, our community caught a glimpse of..

Chalk Painting Furniture Home Bar
Dwellings, Painted Furniture & Staging

Chalk Painting: Creating the Perfect Swanky Bar

A couple of years ago, it seems like ages, I became a furniture painter. I loved chalk painting pieces for myself, starting with my own bathroom vanity, pieces solely to sell, and I even got to paint custom pieces for others. It was a fun time; quite good therapy for a young mom and I felt proud of my work and delighted when someone called me to do something for them.  I would always feel a little bummed when someone said they just wanted white. I loved to create my own colors and when customers turned me loose and said to do what ever I felt like doing, it was a thrill. Such a thrill, in fact, that

My Resolution: Baking Challenge
Blog, Sweet Seasons, Uncategorized

My Resolution: Baking Challenge

Yesterday, the first day of what is to be the best year yet (I seriously LOVED 2017 so 2018 has a big shoes to fill), I read post after post of New Years Resolutions and tried my best to muster up a few of my own. I had nuthin’. I have some big plans for the year starting with using my recently acquired real estate license and growing this life and home blog. I’m just not a resolutions kinda gal it seems, but…