Category Archives: Makeovers

This category will detail furniture and room revamps – in my own house as well as in my clients’ homes. Other topics will be reupholstering, furniture painting and refinishing, plus room rearranging etc.

Decorating the Porch for Fall with an Outdoor Rustic Sign

happy autum sign on front porch

So, I came across a wonderful, rustic Welcome sign made by Shayna of The Woodgrain Cottage – such a nice touch to her absolutely beautiful fall porch. I am in the midst of decorating my front porch and felt that something like that sign would be a great addition.  My husband had an old wooden board taking up space in our shed, sooo… I felt it could have been a little taller…but for now…it was perfect. 

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Blue, Blue, My World is Becoming More Blue!

a serene bedroom in Woodlawn blue

  I have been a non-lover of blue for a long time now…but my taste has been slowly changing. I guess that happens to everyone.  Has this happened to you?   Back in 2007, my husband was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and while he was in the hospital I made a huge change in our Master bedroom, knowing that he would be recuperating for quite awhile. I wanted the room to be as serene and … Continue reading

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Chinese Lantern Pods: An Old Favorite Re-Discovered

blue teapot and orange Chinese lantern pods

I love Chinese lanterns! These colorful beauties are a natural for fall décor. They can be dried and used in wreaths and floral arrangements around the home. One of my clients, Dottie, gave me a beautiful bunch of these plants last week. As soon as I saw them I was transported back to my childhood.

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The Custom Blue Chalk Painted and Stenciled Coffee Table

closeup of design on custom blue coffee table with stencil design and chalk paint

  I finally finished a coffee table I had been working on for a while. I didn’t want to post it until I figured out how to tame the super shine I was getting from the wax I put on the table.  I figured it out soon enough…made the necessary adjustments (not hard – a little more sanding back) and it’s a beautiful finished table.

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5 Things to Paint in a Day (or Less!)

rocker after Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

  I always need some instant gratification…how about you?  I thought I’d post some easy things to do when you want to update some items you already have in your home. Paint is the quickest, easiest and least expensive ways to transform just about anything! Mirrors… And after…

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Fall Colors and Memories Tablescape

fall tablescape on server in dining room

Bringing in Fall Color and Memories into Your Home So today I thought I’d show you a tablescape I did that brings in the last bits of fall foliage from my garden and a few mementos.  I love to bring in memories and special items into any vignette that I do.  

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Bringing More Color into the Dining Room

Rosenbugr fabric and Scandinavian Pink molding sample

Bringing More Color into the Dining Room For today’s post I am showing you my plans for revamping my dining room space. Some will say I have enough color there – but you can never have enough color really!  It just all has to blend. My dining rooms chairs really need an update, badly. So, here’s my revamp plans so far…

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Decorating My Fall Mantel

decorating a fall fireplace mantle

I had been meaning to do this post about my Fall Mantel a week or so ago, but I wasn’t 100% happy with how the photographs came out. After I finished decorating it, the days were either too sunny or too dreary (it’s fall in New York – weather is so unpredictable). But – everyone is blogging about their fall mantels, so here goes! I absolutely love, love, love Fall colors, so bringing them into … Continue reading

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Sneak Peak of a Wood Valance Project

a stained, painted and antiqued wood valance

Just a quick post today to give you a peek of a project I have just finished.  I will post more pics as soon as this lovely wooden valance is installed in my client’s kitchen!  I will have a full tutorial on this very soon – so make sure you are signed up via email to receive my updates. Here’s a closeup…the stencil makes the wood look inlaid.    It started out as bare maple … Continue reading

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Creating Art with Stencils, Plaster and Chalk Paint

closeup of raised stencil artwork using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

 How to Create Some Dimensional Art Pieces with Stencils, Plaster and Chalk Paint I had promised a tutorial on how to do this awhile back on the blog…so here it is

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