Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cool Fish Bowls

We haven't had fish in quite some time and we have been debating whether or not to get more. If we do, we will definitely be getting one of these cool bowls.

















Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The folks over at http://www.bakeitpretty.com/ have some AWESOME goodies. So, take a stroll on over there and have a look . . . .












Monday, September 28, 2009

Want an Herb Garden?

It doesn't get much easier than this! Joe gave this to me and I can't wait to get started!


This set contains

4 - Three Inch Terra Cotta Pots
4 - Matching Saucers
4 - Plastic Saucers Liners
4 - Chia Growing Sponges
6 - Seed Packets (Dill, Sweet Basil, Curled Parsley, Chives, Cilantro, Sweet Marjoram)
6 - Plant markers

Get your own at http://www.chia.com/.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

No More Water Marks!

We just purchased a table that we found on Craigslist. It was a beautiful table, but it needed some love. The woman who sold it to us explained that it was covered with white marks due to water damage. She didn't know how to get rid of them, so she bought a new table. "You can cover the table with a table cloth," she explained to us. Hee Hee. I knew better.

I armed myself with Restore-A-Finish and steel wool pads. Look closely at that picture, - you can see those ugly water marks. Ick!


With some gentle scrubbing action . . . Poof! Like magic, the water marks disappeared! Then, I polished my pretty table with some Orange Glo . . . .
And now, the table looks brand new!
Now, we're looking forward to hosting our first dinner party with our new dining table!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Recommended Reading

Check out a few of these great books that the folks over at Real Simple recommend.


Real Simple says: The sequel to the designer duo’s first book, Let’s Get Comfortable, this features budget-friendly updates, furniture-rearranging pointers, and novel ways to incorporate color. Preorder for October 27 release. To buy: $35, Clarkson Potter, amazon.com.
Real Simple says: New York City interior designer Griffin offers step-by-step how-tos and insider advice to help you create a functional interior tailored to your personality and lifestyle. Preorder for the November 3 paperback release. To buy: $25, Gotham Books, amazon.com.

Real Simple says: Known for his eclectic aesthetic and exquisite antiques collections, the Belgium-based interior designer shows you how to mix artifacts of different periods and styles (Chinese porcelain with English furniture, say), without evoking a stuffy museum feel. Features 23 homes. To buy: $75, Flammarion, barnesandnoble.com.


Real Simple says: Kemble knows how (and when) to break the rules: This New York City–based interior designer introduces just the right amount of levity into straitlaced interiors to create sophisticated spaces that still look welcoming. The book is full of problem-solving tips (how to work with awkward floor plans) and product suggestions (rugs, lighting). To buy: $45, Crown Publishing Group, barnesandnoble.com.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nook Madness

In our house we have a nook. Our nook has been empty since we moved in . . . but it certainly was not empty before. You see, when we saw our house for the first time, it was filled to the brim with junk. The poor nook was used to cram odds and ends into a place where they could be hidden. We figured that we would end up doing something fabulous with the nook . . . but didn't know just what. Well, we are finally tackling the nook. Below are some photos that we used to get our creative juices flowing. Once we are finished with our nook project, we will be sure to share the results.














These are photos that I have collected over time. I do not know who to credit. If any of these photos belong to you, please let me know.

Bathroom Inspiration





All photos from BHG.com.
Even if you have a tiny bathroom, you can take elements of style from a bathroom that you see in a magazine or online. Maybe you are inspired by the colors, the textures, the lighting. Our hall bath is very similar to the blue and white bathroom above.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Watering Cans Aren't Just For Watering Anymore







Hmm . . . maybe a trip to a flea market or garage sale is in order. I think I should stock up on these things. What a wonderful centerpiece one of these would make!

Living Room Inspiration





All photos are from BHG.com.

DIY Artwork #2




Maybe nature artwork isn't your thing. Are you a wine lover? Snap some photos of your favorite wine labels or of all the corks that you've accumulated. Blow up the photos, matte and frame them . . . VOILA! Instant artwork!


DIY Artwork

Before we moved in to our house, we painted EVERYTHING, - the ceilings, the walls, the baseboard. Our poor house had been painted every color of the rainbow and must have breathed a sigh of relief when we rescued it. Once the horrific colors were gone, the house finally started to feel like it was ours. But what really made our house feel like home was when we began to hang our pictures and artwork. I hate when I go to someone's house and see blank walls. People always say that they haven't found the right piece yet or that they can't afford beautiful artwork. Why not make the artwork yourself? We have created somewhat of a gallery in our hallway of photos that we took in Hawaii. It was easy! We selected the pictures, blew them up to poster size, then matted and framed them. We always buy our frames at Michael's (http://www.michaels.com/). They often offer a 40% off coupon in their advertisement. Inexpensive artwork and one-of -a-kind!







Friday, September 11, 2009

Style Inspiration

As we gear up to design and decorate our dining room, we are coming across more and more beautiful pictures that are inspiring us. Here are just a few:









All from House Beautiful Magazine.





Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thanks for Visiting!

Welcome to our blog! As Realtors and homeowners, people ask us for ideas about home improvement all the time. After recently purchasing a home that some would call "a junker" (we just call it a house that needs some extra love), we are coming up with more ideas than ever. We are hoping to use this blog as a way to share our ideas and hopefully hear some of yours. We want to share the experiences that come along with being a homeowner (the good and the bad), and we want to hear about your experiences as well. So, follow our journey and feel free to laugh at our expense!