After 6 years of using my baby greenhouse that was built from 3 old storm windows, it became apparent this year that it just wasn't big enough for my needs anymore. The biggest issue I deal with is the late spring frosts and early fall frosts that we are prone to at an elevation of 3700 ft (1125 m). What I need is a place where I can keep 2 full grown tomato plants all summer long and not have to worry about them getting killed by frost. This new greenhouse also gives me plenty of room to store my planters in the early spring to keep them from overnight temps that could kill them.
I have made my little fixer-upper house into my perfect home!
When I bought this house, I was in a rough patch of my life. The house needed a lot of work, it was not what I wanted to live in but it was in my price range and in a great location. Six years later, this house has become my dream home. It is a very cozy and happy place for me and my pets. There is still a bit of tweaking to do - but isn't that always the case when you own a home??
It just goes to show that you can have your dreams come true, all you have to do is believe in yourself and it happens!
Welcome to my new cottage style, light and bright home office! I did some major purging of this space and I'm so glad I did. I have half the clutter I used to have and even that doesn't feel as oppressive as it used to feel. And remember how I left that wardrobe? When one of my readers mentioned the fact that it was such a contemporary piece I realized I had been taking the wrong approach to the makeover. Now I love it!
Sometimes it's nice to change things up a bit. My two bathrooms were decorated in a very similar look and since I made over the main bathroom so many times in so many different colours, I decided to change the 2nd bathroom using things I already had on hand.
I really do love sandy beige and white together. It makes me think of beaches and sunny weather, so I pulled out all the accessories I had in those colours and swapped out the old look for the new. What I love about this change is that the sand and white really work well with the sand coloured paint on the walls and the beige and white flooring.
I'm full of good ideas, tips and tricks. They don't always work out the way I thought they would, but I keep at it until I get what I want.
I've been messing around with a lot of paint this year, tweaking my decor to get everything to fit together better. I've also picked up some things on clearance and made over other things that were sitting in the shed or that I found at yard sales. Change is good! Here are some tips and tricks I've used.
Well I was all set to share this project several weeks ago except that I wound up not liking the makeover I gave my wardrobe (what else is new??!). But I'm getting ahead of myself...
My home office has been in need of an overhaul ever since I settled on cottage style decor for this house. For some time it's been that room where I dump all the things I can't use in other rooms because I'm not ready to part with any of it - do you have one of those?? But this year I've been really good at getting rid of stuff that I no longer use or need. That being said, Izzy decided to sample the arm on my living room armchair and since I can't fix what she did, that chair is now in the office as well.
I need a new lamp for my bedroom. Since I already have 3 table lamps sitting in a closet, I decided to make over one of them instead of buying yet another lamp...
Spray paint to the rescue!!!!!! (Isn't paint our best friend??)
Here's the before lamp:
It used to sit in my living room until Max came along. Max knocked this lamp off the table countless times and chewed all around the lampshade. Sigh... It went into a closet and I installed a metal lamp in its place.