External and internal decorations

"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."

Antione de Sainte-Exupery

hallway interior door color - Behr Deep BreathI made a decision about the paint color for my hallway doors. If you’ll remember, I had planned to go with one of these colors… But after several days of looking at those colors and still not being able to make up my mind, I finally decided I was having such a hard time because […]

dome from solar tube on roofLighting really does make all the difference in the world. My hallway has always been so dark, and then when I turned the light on, it cast such heavy shadows everywhere. There’s nothing that compares to natural light, so I had a solar tube installed in the hallway. And now here’s what my hallway looks […]

semi-flush light - Conley 2-Light Semi Flush MountHallway Lighting Catastrophe (Plus My Final Five Semi-Flush and Flush Mount Lighting Choices)

finished hallway cabinets - side viewDIY Hallway Linen Cabinets

house floor plan - current - 9-2017 - revisedDesigning A Wheelchair Accessible Master Bathroom

light gray exterior house color options from Sherwin Williams - 5.00 - breakfast room side of the studioMy "DIY vs. Hire Out" List

We are always pleased to get repeat work from a client so we’re delighted to be awarded 2 further projects for the Langham Estate Management... Read more »

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under cabinet roll out drawer storage from Better RemadeI’m kind of glad that my hallway is taking as long as it is, because as soon as I finish the hallway, I’ll be starting on the pantry. And having this extra time has allowed me to really mull over my plans, tweak them, improve upon them, etc. If you missed my last post about […]

hallway paint color options on hallway doorYesterday, Matt and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, so I set aside house projects for the day. But the day before that (Wednesday) was one of the most frustrating DIY days I’ve had in a very long time. I had one goal — install three new prehung doors in the hallway. That should have […]

hallway cabinet progress with doors and drawer front installed - 4 - cat shaped entrance in side of bottom cabinetI’m finally nearing the end of the building process on the hallway cabinets, which means that I should soon be getting to the fun stuff. Over the last two days, I finished building the cabinet doors (using this easy no-special-tools-needed process I shared here), built the drawer, made the drawer front (just like the cabinet […]

easy DIY cabinet doors - how to make cabinet doors with basic tools - 20 - reinstall hinges and test fit for doorsI contemplated purchasing custom cabinet doors for my hallway cabinets, just like the replacement doors I purchased for my kitchen. But the last order I placed took about six weeks to get here, and I didn’t want to wait that long. So I decided to make my own DIY cabinet doors this time. After watching […]

how to make an easy and inexpensive frame for artwork - 7I took a break from cabinet building yesterday to finish my entryway artwork. Specifically, my artwork needed frames so that I could finally hang them on the wall. I wanted something bold and colorful in the entryway, so about three weeks ago, I did a triptych of fluid acrylic abstract paintings. You can read more […]

studio progress as of 8-1-2017I was looking at my list of 2017 home goals (which you can see here) to see just how much progress I’ve made so far this year, and just how much more I have to do if I want to stay on task. I came to the realization that I probably won’t get all the […]

how to build cabinets- 20 - basic cabinet build finished with boxes trimmed outI finally have some hallway cabinet progress to share with you! I wanted these cabinets configured so that there would be a wide, open cabinet section (open, meaning that the 48-inch-wide section would remain open rather than being sectioned off as two separate 24-inch-wide cabinet sections, but it will have doors on it) on the […]

Great meadow mural from AnthropologieI actually worked on a house project yesterday! It felt really good to get back in there and get my hands dirty again. I worked so slowly that I didn’t even get far enough along to show you anything exciting, but I’ll try again for tomorrow. At least the hallway cabinets are in progress! In […]

All refurbishment works at Phoenix Primary School in Peckham, SE1 were completed in good time for the Autumn term. Works included the conversion of the sports block... Read more »

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We have been awarded a new project for Southern Housing Group. Hogarth Court is a sheltered housing complex with 33 properties based in Whitechapel. This is... Read more »

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wallpapered refrigerator via Country LivingI’ve been planning and dreaming about my pantry for almost a year now, and I’ve come up with somewhere around 20 design plans. And yet I’ve never been satisfied with any of the plans I’ve come up with. So last night, I tried to pinpoint the problem, and realized that I was trying way too […]

husky tool chestWell, August is over. I’ve had a couple of other months this year during which I didn’t feel like I got very much accomplished, but August was a compete dud for me. As far as house projects go, August was, by far, the worst month so far this year. Let’s see. In the whole month […]

We’re delighted to have won a place on the NHS Heritage Framework. This much talked about 4-year framework will give us the opportunity to demonstrate... Read more »

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We’ve started a commercial refurbishment project for the Langham Estate at 73-75 Mortimer Street in the West End. Delapidation works are in progress.

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hallway bathroom remodel - after - old linen closet turned into open shelving with cabinet underneath, double doors used to open up space inside the bathroomThis morning, for the first time in weeks, I woke up feeling excited about working on house projects. I really have no idea what’s been going on in my head lately. I thought it was just the organization thing, and while that did play a huge role, it wasn’t all of it. I’ve just had […]

tool chest 1Hey there! I generally don’t post this late in the day, but I literally just finished organizing my new Husky 18-drawer tool chest (I got this one from Home Depot), and a couple of you asked me to show how I organized everything in it. So here it is! For the first time ever in […]

painting kitchen cabinetsI get quite a few emails with various DIY questions each day, and for at least the last three years, the majority of those questions have been about painting furniture and cabinets. I think this is a topic that makes many new DIYers a bit anxious because (1) painting cabinets is a huge job, and […]

entryway artwork - acrylic liquid pour artwork - triptych above credenza - details 1For a long time now, I’ve envisioned some big, bold, and very colorful abstract artwork for the entryway. I know abstract artwork isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I absolutely love it. Well, some of it. So I decided to revisit the idea of acrylic fluid artwork, which is where you use very thinned liquid acrylic […]

After my forced two-week DIY project hiatus, I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I finally finished my entryway credenza (which you can see here if you missed it), and today I’ll be working on some artwork to go over the credenza. And while I’m determined to make progress on my official 2017 […]

entryway credenza makeover - gray and white painted dresser - 3aEntryway Credenza Makeover

electrical planWell, good news, folks! For the first time in two weeks, I woke up this morning actually feeling like I could tackle a DIY project today. And not a moment too soon. If I spend another day sitting still and binge watching Netflix, my mind just might turn to mush. But I did take a […]

finished siding - 1The siding installation on my house is finally finished! The exterior itself is still far from finished…obviously. The siding still needs to be caulked, the whole house needs to be painted, and there are loads of other projects I want to do to add curb appeal to the house, but here’s the progress so far. […]

We’re pleased to be returning to Temple Chambers to carry out a cyclical exterior refurbishment programme, having undertaken the City’s previous cyclical refurbishment works here 10... Read more »

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