Eyes Wide Open

Whenever my sister first sees something she's really excited about, her eyes get really wide, and you can read all over her face that it's made her day.  It cracks me up.  I'm sorry to say that I don't share her same enthusiasm quite as often, but when I do, it's usually about stuff for the house.  Or brightly colored food, like this: Yum.  It has summer snack written all over it. I mentioned before that I managed to book myself a vacation this month, and I'm really looking forward to … [Read more...]

Entryway Changes & An Atlanta Discovery

Today's post is sponsored by Simons.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.I must learn to weld.  That's the thought when I saw this entryway:I have found an entryway that perfectly demonstrates what I want mine to look like.  Only this one was created by Life begins at thirty, right? (love that blog name).  The changes I'd make to turn this look into my own:  handmade art (something like one of these springs to mind), different rug, and a black newel post. That's about it.  It's stunning, … [Read more...]

Sputnik Pursuits

I have said on more than one occasion that I have project A.D.D. (For a brief moment, I was going to call it "PADD" for short.  And then I realized that referring to myself as "succumbing to PADD" or "it's PADD time again" would make me sound like I am really over-sharing).My project A.D.D. is the reason why I can't keep my house clean.  I stop and start so frequently you'd think I was my old Mercury Sable (ba-dum-bum).  And not keeping the house clean is the reason why I can't take updated … [Read more...]

Micro Tiles

Typical me: in the last week, I've spent a few hours skim coating drywall in the dining room (pictures posting of this tomorrow)... and therefore am daydreaming about redoing other rooms.  My kitchen - aka "Moby Dick" as I've been calling it lately because it's my white whale as far as rooms go in this house - is on my mind.At Home in ArkansasI spotted the above picture the other day on another blog and was suddenly struck by how tiny these tiles are.  They appear to be even smaller than the … [Read more...]

Saturday on Six: Hardware Store Jewelry

This weekend, I found myself staring at plumbing supplies for possible DIY jewelry inspiration.  And why not?  This trend is right up my DIY alley.utility rope necklace from Honestly WTFAnother from Honestly WTF - hex nut braceletfrom Style Hurricanecrimp sleeve connector necklace from Stripes & Sequinsfrom One of Each(as if I need to tell you) from P.S. I Made ThisSarahPsst:  Want more?  I love to post sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram.  You can also find me on Hometalk and Twitter at … [Read more...]

Pinterest Challenge: Fall Edition!

"Someday" can really be a tough word when it comes to DIY, can't it?  I have a ton of "someday" projects - when I find the time, or the money, or the right tool, or whatever other excuse I've dreamed up to explain why "someday" isn't today.  So when two of my favorite blogger pals, Katie and Sherry (who I also happened to meet at the Haven conference earlier this year), invited me to co-host this season's Pinterest Challenge, I decided to once again put my foot down with my own self and make … [Read more...]

Child’s Play

I'm a single homeowner with no children (someday I think I'd like to have three boys who love power tools as much as I do - just like Kelly's adorable little one).  So it's no surprise that I don't shop in children's stores - until now.Imagine my surprise to find out (by happy accident on Pinterest) that many of today's children stores are carrying their own chic lines of interior decor.  There are even a few things I want myself!  While adult stores will sometimes carry a more subdued palette, … [Read more...]

Things I Can’t Wait to Build

It's no surprise that the very nanosecond I tell myself to limit the projects I'm doing (so I can get something done and then do more projects, of course), I then get the urge to build everything I see.  Here are just a few I'm itching to create.When shopping at Crate&Barrel last week, I spotted this bedside table.  Perfect for late night blogging, and it looks really simple to make (I already have something similar but doesn't reach the height of the bed in the master, so I've moved it into the … [Read more...]

Pinterest Challenge: Gold Leaf Map Art

gold leaf map art

Pinterest and I have a love/hate relationship right now.  I love being inspired, but its eye candy overload:  I get distracted from things I should be doing, like working on the as yet unfinished drywall repair in the bathroom.  Instead, I wind up working on projects I shouldbe saving for a rainy day - like my new office map art that I made with gold leaf. It just so happens that it’s been pouring this week.  My blogging friends are also total enablers, and come up with awesome share … [Read more...]

My New Rug (A Year In the Making)

(I still have a ton more to recap from the Haven Conference last week, but I thought it might be more interesting to break them up with a few home updates.  This one in particular took a year to find!)About a year ago, I spotted this goooooorgeous room on House of Turquoise:I obsessed over the pictures of this room.  What got my attention the most was the gray and is-that-yellow-or-orange rug:I recently spotted these photos again on The Inspired Room, which only means that this room is enviable … [Read more...]

Burly Hunks


Before this week, I didn't know what burl wood was.  I've even seen it as a desk when I was in Washington, D.C. last year for the Solar Decathlon.  Despite it being love at first sight, I didn't bother to actually find out its name. Come to think of it, that's not that far off from my love life in general over the last year. Anywho, in case you're still not 100% sure about this term, let me show you a few other examples of its sheer awesomeness:     Source: … [Read more...]

If at first you don’t succeed…


...try 800 million more times, and you'll probably get it right.I have been trying in vain to cover the legs for the chair in the study-o for several weeks.  Every time I think I've painted the last coat, it only gets streaky once it's dry.  I've tried this four times now, and I'll be damned if I'm going to paint a fifth coat and still see streaks (I was sure to use a primer that has proven itself time and time again, so I blame the paint rather than blame the primer or method).But, perhaps it's … [Read more...]