Chef Worthy Kitchen on a Budget

If you know me at all, you know I love a good looking, hard working kitchen. In my house in Virginia, I am lucky enough to say that I have the best of the best – a commercial style range (48 inches!), huge fan, armoire refrigerator, refrigerator drawers in my cabinets, a super quiet dishwasher, […]

Mohawk Flooring–The Downstairs Install

Time for an update, everyone. The Mohawk Flooring? All of the laminate and carpeting I struggled with picking out? It came. Before we ordered all of it, though, Jimmie, the owner of Floored in Christiansburg, VA, came over to the house to make sure everything (and I do mean everything) was measured perfectly. He assessed […]

New Flooring Update…Mohawk Carpet and Laminate

Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you my nasty, nasty floors, and you judged me for living in what appeared to be squalor, and we kinda stopped being friends? Well, folks, we can be friends again. Thanks to Mohawk, whom I met last year at a really fun conference where they were letting […]

Outdoor Improvements with Lowes {And a Giveaway!}

I know you’re supposed to relax in the summer.  Or, at least I’ve HEARD that’s what you are supposed to do. Except I never see anyone actually relaxing.  There are yards to mow, weeds to whack, grills to clean, gardens to tend.  Basically, more work than in the winter. And hotter. But, things need to […]

Front Porch Makeover…and a Giveaway from Lowe’s!

Remember how I was embarrassed to show you the “Before” photos of my Living Room before I updated it last month? Yeah, that was nothing. For this month’s Home Improvement project with Lowe’s Creative Ideas, our goal was to freshen up our Curb Appeal. I don’t have a curb.  But – I do have a […]

Lowe’s Living Room Springtime Makeover

I’m almost embarrassed to show you these Befores.  You see, we’ve been living with this rug, this couch, these curtains, well, everything in here – for over 5 years.  I’ve always liked it. Yes, it was somewhat dark, what with the dark walls and the dark rug, but it showed of our traveling lifestyle well, […]

How To: Fresh Smelling Homemade Cleaners

I’m a sucker for store-bought cleaners.  They SMELL clean.  They smell powerful.  They’re likely harmful, yes, but I feel so good about the cleanliness when I’m done using them because they SMELL  like I’ve accomplished something. Sound like you? If you’re like me, maybe that’s why you have been putting off making your own cleaners […]

Kids Bath to Guest Bath (and back!) Makeover

I think this is a quandary many homes have. You have a guest bath, out in the hall.  It’s also the bathroom your kids use. So what do you do? Do you decorate it all adult-like, to be more appealing to your guests, or do you go the kid route, and hope your guests understand […]