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Teen Boy's Haven

Teen Boy's Haven
Decorating for a teenage boy can be difficult, especially when he is interested in all sorts of things and you want the design to last for several years. Read on to see what we did and the nine projects that helped make it truly his space. Continue reading

Who Doesn't Love an Upcycle?

Who Doesn't Love an Upcycle?
Buying furniture second-hand can give you great quality for a bargain price. But usually you need to invest a little time and sweat equity into making your pieces into something for the modern world. Check out how I did just that in one of our bedrooms at Century View Lodge and get inspired to try it in your own home. Continue reading

Just Had To Have It

Just Had To Have It
When we purchased Century View Lodge in Blue Ridge, we had to furnish it top to bottom which was the perfect opportunity to shop second hand and succumb to my need to have what spoke to me. Such was the case with one of the first purchases, a small occasional table I found at a thrift store. It was solid wood, I loved the legs, and I knew it could be used as an end table or nightstand. Plus, who can argue with $20?   Continue reading

Helping Family Members Downsize-The Dining Room

Helping Family Members Downsize-The Dining Room
It's totally normal to have a lot of stuff. After all, we are Americans. For better or for worse, we are massive consumers. Just look at the number of storage facilities there are dotting the landscape. But there comes a time when we have to part with our belongings, usually because we are downsizing. Continue reading

Helping Family Members Downsize-The Paper

Helping Family Members Downsize-The Paper
The home office can either be the most organized room in the house or a place where all paper goes to die. Everyone has their own systems which can range from everything having a place to piles stacked to the ceiling. It's hard to adapt to another person's methods and take over the reigns. Continue reading

Helping Family Members Downsize- The Garage

Helping Family Members Downsize- The Garage
Does the idea of dealing with an excess of STUFF stress you out? This can be especially daunting when said stuff is not actually yours. My dear mom passed away last year leaving my dad in our childhood home loaded with memories and 66 years-worth of accumulation, 45 of them being in the same house Continue reading

Scrap Wood Trim Picture Frames

Scrap Wood Trim Picture Frames
This particular scrap frame project uses plywood, old fencing, and lots of random trim pieces, some old, some new, some with paint, others natural or stained. Each one is different and full of texture. Continue reading