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"A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away."

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I’ve been spending the last couple of days working on my hallway bathroom makeover that I mentioned earlier this week. I should have it finished up this weekend and be ready to move on to other projects. But y’all, I’m pretty excited because after years and years of struggling with staining pine, I think I’ve finally found the magic method for getting rid of those hideous (to me) orange and yellow undertones that come through when you put stain on pine. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with pine for well over a decade now. I love it because it’s cheap and abundantly available. But I hate it because getting it just the right color with stain is virtually impossible. But my pine-staining woes may be a thing of the past! This bathroom countertop is one that I built from 2″ x 3″ pine lumber four years ago when I remodeled this hallway bathroom. I had such a hard time getting the finish right and getting rid of all of those orange and yellow undertones in the wood that I ended up with a really dark, almost opaque finish on the countertop. It definitely wasn’t what I had envisioned when I […]

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I’m starting to seriously think about and make plans for my studio/back entry/half bathroom area, and as you probably already know, what I really want on the front wall of my studio is a bold, colorful watercolor floral wallpaper. But after months and months of searching for the perfect pattern with no success (believe me, I’ve searched all major wallpaper companies, Etsy, Bluebellgray, Spoonflower, and on, and on), I’ve finally decided that my only option is to create my own custom wallpaper pattern. I knew I wanted something really bold (like really, really bold) with very little negative space. Rather than precious bouquets of flowers neatly bundled with lots of blank space between them, I wanted it to look more like an explosion of flowers all over the wallpaper. I made a couple of designs, and this is the one I liked the most… See what I mean about an explosion of flowers? 😀 There are no precious little bouquets of flowers on that wall! I’ve shown y’all before how to turn a very simple acrylic painting into a repeatable wallpaper design, but for my studio, I’m almost certain that I want watercolor flowers on that wall. And while I’m […]

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Do you have a room or area in your house that you walk into and just think ‘‘ugh…this just isn’t right’? Well, that’s how I feel every time I walk into my hallway bathroom, which is generally a few times a day. And y’all, no finished area in our houses should make us feel that way. As much as I’ve been trying over the last couple of years to avoid redoing areas that I’ve deemed are finished, I just can’t commit to living with my hallway bathroom looking like it does now for another year. Now granted, what I have now is way better than what I started out with… In 2015, I remodeled that bathroom, ripping it down to the studs, ceiling joists, and floor joists, and completely rebuilt it. And after that remodel, it looked like this… You can see more of that hallway bathroom before and after here… Hallway Bathroom Remodel – Before And After But then at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018, during the hallway remodel, I decided to paint all of the hallway doors teal, which meant that the bathroom vanity color needed to change. And because nothing else I tried seemed to work with the dark […]

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I’m back today with a little more info about my pantry remodel. If you missed the big “before and after” post filled with photos of my newly finished pantry remodel, you can see it here: I had intended to include a short video tour in yesterday’s post, but after encountering technical difficulty after difficulty with my computer on Wednesday, it was all I could do to just get photos edited. So I finally gave up on the video and went to bed. But I gave it another try yesterday (after doing quite a bit of computer maintenance to make things run smoother), so I thought I’d go ahead and share it today. (Having difficulty with that video? You can click here to view it on YouTube.) I also wanted to take a moment and answer a couple of questions that I was asked by several people yesterday. First, let’s talk about under cabinet lighting. How I installed my under cabinet LED tape lighting Several people wanted the details on just how I installed the lighting in my pantry, so let me show you some close up photos of just how and where everything is attached. You can click here to […]

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I finally have before and after pictures of my finished butler’s pantry remodel to show you! The actual pantry took me ten-and-a-half weeks to build and finish, which was much more than I had bargained for when I decided to be a guest participant in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge. I must have been delusional to think I could get this room done in five weeks, including building the cabinets from scratch, building a wood countertop, building floating shelves, painting the freezer, building pull-out shelves, and hand-tinting over 200 resin/alcohol ink tiles. But that challenge was just what I needed to give me the motivation to get started on the pantry. And while I didn’t finish it during the challenge, I did meet my main goal of finishing it by the end of 2018. I’ll give you the whole tour, and show you lots of before (waaaaay before, as well as before the One Room Challenge) pictures. But first, did you notice that I’m calling it a butler’s pantry now? I was reluctant to use that term because it seems so fancy and highfalutin for my house. But just calling it a pantry seems misleading since the only food […]

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Breakfast room remodel

Happy 2019, y’all! Wow…2019. I hope all of you had a wonderful ending to 2018. I personally sat on my butt on my bed, snuggled under my comfy blanket and glued to Netflix, for the entire last week. It was glorious. I didn’t do one single home-related project over the last eight days. I didn’t cook. I didn’t clean. If it couldn’t be done from a seating position on my bed in front of the TV, it didn’t get done. That’s why you’ll notice that the blog has a new look (which could be done on my laptop while I sat in bed), but I don’t yet have pictures of the pantry to show you. It’s kind of difficult to take pictures of the pantry from my bed. 😀 Those are coming very soon, and I’ll probably even show a preview on Instagram. But today, it’s back to reality, and back to work. I’m shedding my comfy blanket, returning custody of the TV remote to Matt, and gearing up for what I believe will be an exciting and very productive year. My week off was amazing and just what I needed to get rested and refreshed, but I’m excited to […]

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Well, hello there, y’all! I’ve been having such a great week off, binge watching all of the cheesy holiday romcoms I can find (with a little Bird Box thrown in) before the calendar rolls over to January 1st. I still have two more days of Netflix binging planned, but before we officially say goodbye to 2018, I wanted to review my home goals list for the year and see just how much I got done. I didn’t get everything on my list finished, but I didn’t expect to. I’d have to actually be Wonder Woman to complete a list like that. But I am very pleased with the progress I made this year. Let’s take a look, shall we? House Exterior: At the beginning of the year, the exterior of our house looked like this… I had test samples of paint on the stone, and I hadn’t even started on the front porch makeover. So here are the things that got done on the house exterior in 2018: We hired some people to paint the exterior. Click here to see. I built and installed ten shutters. Click here to see the studio shutters, and click here to see the other shutters. I […]

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We are heading for completion on a remedial project for the Gateway Housing Association. A first project for this client, the refurbishment works are to... Read more »

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1-27 Fenner Close, SE16 Client – London Borough of Southwark Summary of works: An Internal and External Refurbishment project which was part of Southwark’s Major... Read more »

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We have started internal decorations and repairs at Defoe Nursery School in North London, N16. We are working with Kennedy Woods Architecture Ltd. and works... Read more »

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pantry progress - door trim and wall paintedY’all, I felt so productive yesterday! I was getting things done, crossing things off the list, and feeling so energized that when 11:00pm rolled around, Matt had to actually convince me that it really was time to stop and wind down for the night. I felt like I could have worked all night…or at least […]

pantry progress - freezer cabinet finishedI don’t know if y’all are getting tired of my daily updates yet, but I can tell you that this whole accountability thing is just exactly what I needed. Knowing that at the end of every day, I’m going to have to give y’all an update on what I’ve actually accomplished (or failed to accomplish) […]

Pantry remodel progress -- tall floor-to-ceiling cabinet painted and finishedMy pantry progress continues, but yesterday could be described as “slow and steady.” I thought things would go much faster since most of the items remaining on my list were painting, and I really enjoy painting. But I got a late start, started off slowly, and then couldn’t seem to pick up the pace at […]

Walk-in pantry remodel progress - cabinet with three deep pull-out shelves with full-extension drawer slidesGood morning, y’all! As promised, I’m here for my daily accountability to show you what I got done in the pantry yesterday. Unlike Friday, yesterday wasn’t about getting lots of little tiny projects crossed off the list. Yesterday was about getting the one (probably) biggest project crossed off of the list — building the four […]

Yesterday morning, I declared that I was going to be accountable and share updates with y’all every single day on my pantry progress until it’s completely finished. Well, are you ready to see how much I got done yesterday? Here’s the list I made before I got started. I’m one of those people who prefers […]

Items left to finish in my pantry makeover projectAlright, y’all. I need your help. I need you to hold me accountable to get my pantry done before I take my end-of-year break and we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019. For my own mental health, I need to have this pantry project wrapped up before this year ends, but this last week, […]

installing LED tape lights around front porch roof - lights installed and turned on at nightYesterday, I crossed off a fairly easy item from my “to do” list. I installed more lighting around my front porch by placing LED tape lights just behind the fascia board on the front of the porch roof. Here’s how it looked last night once the sun went down. This is only the beginning of […]

Well, I’ve decided that this will be the penultimate pantry remodel post. The next time I post about the pantry, it will be the final before and after. These daily accountability posts have been so tremendously helpful in keeping me focused and on target for getting the pantry finished, but the time has come for […]

I have a few more pull-out shelves to build and install in the pantry before I can call it finished, but I decided that before I make those, I really need to have a general idea of what’s going in them so that I’ll know how much height each one will need. So that required […]

DIY pull-out vertical storage drawer for cookie sheets, pizza pans, cutting boards, etc.I’m back with another kitchen/pantry organization project that I’m pretty excited about. I worked more on my pantry yesterday, and I spent the afternoon building and installing this custom DIY pull-out slotted drawer for baking sheets, pizza pans and baking dishes. It’s nothing fancy — no fancy corner joints or hidden dowels. It’s just a […]

I’ve been so focused on my pantry lately that I haven’t taken much (or any) time to do relaxing, artsy things — the types of things that actually refresh and rejuvenate me. So I decided to take some time yesterday and do just that by finishing up four new macro photography collections. If you missed […]

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LONDON SE1 Client: Leathermarket JMB Contract Value: £1.4m Summary of works: A major social housing refurbishment project for Leathermarket JMB, a resident-run organisation that manages over... Read more »

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17-18 MARGARET STREET, LONDON W1W Client: The Langham Estate Summary of works: A commercial refurbishment project which included internal and external decorations to the communal... Read more »

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We’re very happy to support the Christmas Festivities of Queensborough Community Centre, who are London’s first neighbourhood HUB aimed at improving the quality of life... Read more »

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We have been awarded two new Commercial Refurbishment projects for the Langham Estate. We will be starting works after Christmas to the common parts of... Read more »

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Well, hey there! Last week was pretty sparse as far as posts and pantry progress went, but y’all! There are only five more weeks in this year! And I woke up this morning feeling energized, excited and ready to sprint to the finish line and see just how much I can get done before we […]

I’ve been working steadily (although at a somewhat slower pace) on my pantry, but I still don’t have the final “taaaa daaaaa” to show you just yet. But I also didn’t want to go an entire week without giving y’all an update, and since tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States, and Matt wants me […]

“I only need one more week to finish my pantry, ” she said confidently last Thursday. Ha! Hahahaha! Haha! I should know by now to never say things like that. The “one more week” mark has come and gone, and I still have a punch list as long as my arm (which, thankfully, is a […]

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