Gray and White and Marble Kitchen Reveal

Two-toned gray and white cabinets, marble subway tile, Carrara countertops, a big farmhouse sink, and brass hardware give this kitchen a classic yet modern look.

Two-toned gray and white cabinets, marble subway tile, Carrara countertops, a big farmhouse sink, and brass hardware give this marble kitchen a classic yet modern look. ______________ A special thanks to Wayfair and Moen for providing products for this space! As a mom of three littles ones who recently celebrated Christmas, trust me when I say that I know the meaning of anticipation.  They … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Organizing Kids’ Closets

No matter the size of the closet (or the number of kids sharing it), these tips will help you create a system that will enable your kids to keep their own spaces organized so you don't have to keep organizing kids' closets over and over again.

No matter the size of the closet (or the number of kids sharing it), these tips will help you create a system that will enable your kids to keep their own spaces organized so you don't have to keep organizing kids' closets over and over again. _______________ Before I begin today, let me tell you that I am NOT one of those color-coded people.  My closets and files are not always pretty to look … [Read more...]

Best Building Tools for DIYers

The Best Building Tools for DIY-ers | perfect for all skill levels, every DIYer will want to add these tools to their list... includes budget options!

Find out the best building tools for DIY-ers.  Beginner to advanced, you'll want all these tools for your next DIY project! _____________ My high school chemistry teacher was from Minnesota.  To her Texas students, that might as well have been the North Pole.  I still remember her waving away our incredulity about temperatures 20° below zero with her matter of fact tone and mid-Western accent: … [Read more...]

Fireplace with Built Ins Inspiration

gorgeous white fireplace mantel

Inspiration and plans for creating a fireplace with built ins... ________________ Last summer when we moved into our house, I knew that the flooring and the fireplace were top on my list to change.  (You can see how we changed the floors here.) I love the concept of a four-sided fireplace, but the stark black metal box (and its bronze decorative painting) was not my style.  Plus, the … [Read more...]

How to Plank a Wall (DIY Shiplap)

How to Plank a Wall: excellent tutorial on getting that diy shiplap look!

I admit that when I first shared this new plank accent wall (my own little "diy shiplap") in my son's room, I thought the reveal might put off my need for sharing the tutorial for some time... Boy was I wrong!  I've had so many requests for how to plank a wall (and a few offers to hire me to do it myself ;) ), that I finally gave in and got to work on this tutorial. Before I continue, the … [Read more...]

Rustic Chic Half Bath

gorgeous rustic, chic bathroom: gold mirror, rustic wood towel rack... perfect balance of high and low |

Please scroll to the bottom of the post for a full source list including paint colors! Remember when we moved into this house over the summer and I declared I was going to make over this half bath from start to finish before I got distracted by other projects in our new home? Ha ha... I may not have followed through exactly as planned, but it's still the same calendar year, and I'm … [Read more...]

How to Build a Simple Mantel

I love how this simple diy mantel changes the fireplace! Find out how to build a simple fireplace mantel (or faux fireplace shelf!) with this easy to follow tutorial |

I shared our recent fireplace makeover earlier this week, and now I'm going to give the promised tutorial for our DIY mantel.  These things were so easy to make, and I think they were just the thing to bring a rather dated gas fireplace insert into a more classic, timeless style. Another great thing about these little "mantels," is that you don't even have to have a fireplace.  You can … [Read more...]

DIY Fireplace Makeover

diy fireplace makeover (full sign)

You guys, I know I promised to take things one room at a time (remember my half bath?), but this fireplace was right in the middle of everything, and I simply couldn't ignore it.  Late night painting and ~$25 later, we now have this. I know I showed it in my fall tour, but to fully appreciate it, you have to remember what it looked like before (see the full before tour here): While I … [Read more...]

Tips for Painting Wainscoting

I love this warm gray bead board! Tips for painting wainscoting |

These tips for painting wainscoting can help you create a beautiful, professional finish in your home! _______________ When every toy in the house is on the floor and my children look at me with anguish and say, "It's too much to do!"  My answer - as trite as it may sound - is always the same: Take it one step at a time. And I feel like I have to tell myself the same thing as I … [Read more...]

Wide Plank Oak Floors

gorgeous wide plank European oak floors: the perfect brown and just a little rustic |

I shared a little sneak peek of our new wood floors last week and on Instagram and got so many questions...  I thought you might like the full reveal. Do you remember what it was like before?  Now there are engineered wood floors (which means a real wood layer over some plywood layers - like a veneer on furniture) by Green World Industries.  We chose a 7.5" oak plank (the "Artisan … [Read more...]

Final Before and After Tour

What a lovely restoration! A 1940 colonial is made beautifully modern and functional while maintaining its original charm: get the full before and after at

If you're here for the next installment of my photography tutorials, my apologies.  You'll have to wait a bit because... We've done it.  We moved into our new home yesterday.  We said goodbye to our beautifully renovated 1940 colonial - aka Maison de Pax.  It didn't feel complete, though, without one final before and after tour.  A tribute, if you will, to the original Maison de Pax. As … [Read more...]

Budgeting Tips for a Kitchen Renovation

awesome budgeting tips for kitchen renovations |

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. First of all, I have to say a HUGE thank you to you all for all the kind words about our recent kitchen renovation. One of my most popular posts ever was 5 Budgeting Tips for a Bathroom Renovation, so I thought it was only fair to share a similar post for our recent kitchen. Before I begin, let me remind you that we had planned a massive … [Read more...]

10 Tips for a Functional Laundry and Mud Room

I love this laundry room! 10+ Tips for Creating a {multi} Functional Laundry and Mud Room |

As I shared in my first reveal of our new laundry room a few weeks ago, we have three children.  Translation?  Laundry, laundry, and more laundry.  Oh, and shoes, bags, and cleaning supplies galore.  Plus, since our 75 year old home has no garage, our laundry room doubles not only as our mudroom but also our tool storage.  As avid DIYers, we might or might not have a lot of those...  So you can … [Read more...]

Source List for Classic White Kitchen

gorgeous classic white kitchen renovation |

Oh dear, my former English teacher self is ashamed at how long it has taken me to put this together for you.  Apologies!  Below is our new classic white kitchen source list (you can see the full tour here) and butler's pantry (full tour here).  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Note: this post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here. Pendant … [Read more...]

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

Awesome budget idea - how to reface cabinets |

Bigger, better, faster, newer... Sometimes I feel like I must have those things.  That I must get rid of all the old things and start over.  And don't get me wrong, new is sometimes nice.  Even wonderful.  But if all we ever did was start over, we'd miss the  beauty of restoration.  Of revival.  And that can be beautiful, indeed. Now I realize that some people might not see this as … [Read more...]