You Really Haven’t Lived Until…

You really haven’t lived until, you’ve removed wallpaper.

wallpaperWhat started out as some innocent picking, quickly turned into the waking of a sleeping giant.

Oh yeah.  Layers and layers of paper and tissue thin remnants and the adhesive and all kinds of other bologna lurking behind what I now consider, benign-looking-enough wall paper.

I’ve officially entered into the evil world of DIY Diff, and sanding blocks and putty knives and wall compound and it aint pretty.

But I’m committed now, and can soon file this under the category of: “Stuff I learned how to do, but now that I know, would never do again.”

The good news is that I’m almost done.  And will hopefully soon have a handy dandy “after” image to share with you soon.

P.S. Did I mention there are four more rooms with wall paper to address?  Maybe I should let those giants sleep a while.

Happy Hump Day.

Lighten Up

Pardon the title, I just can’t see to let a good pun go.

Anyhoo, we scored at an industrial salvage store in Philadelphia a few weeks ago.  Found several gems including an old enameled industrial barn light fixture.

There were a few spots in the house I had in mind for it, including replacing ceiling fans, but couldn’t quite convince Pouf Daddy (see Jan. posts) to let those go.

So we landed on the kitchen and changing out this fixture





It has some dings and history (but overall in great shape), all the better for a great patina and story.

light2What do you think?  I kind of love it.

Well friends, I must be off.  St. Pattys Day prep calls.  Leaving you with this for Irish Blessing today:

“May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness comes through your door. “

A Simple Decor Tip

Less can often be more.

Sometimes, “taking away” is as effective as “adding to” when designing.  New sconces were on my decorating “wish list,” but suffice it to say I am in the DIY stage of things now.

Luckily my design savvy brother visited this weekend and suggested using the current ones, taking away the frosted belled glass shades and adding an Edison bulb.

Hallway sconce Before

sconce1and After

sconce2Feels more “Au current” eh?  Pardon the pun.

There are lots of fun shapes of Edison bulbs and it’s cool to see the filaments inside, though they don’t photograph well, so I couldn’t show a pic. of it alight, though trust me it’s a cool glow.  I’m headed to the hardware store now to experiment (goodbye 80’s bathroom vanity lights) with more.

Come back tomorrow to see the before and after featuring a new (actually a really old enameled barn light) installation.

It’s going to be an illuminating (sorry I just can’t stop with the puns) week!



Little Moments, are Actually the Big Ones

The kids are on two different school schedules this year, one starts redonk-ulously early.  I’ve never been a morning person, so we fumble in the dark getting the first one ready for the bus.   By the time, the second one’s ready, there are actually moments of found time, before the rattly bus rounds the corner.

So today, we attempt to finish the book we’ve been reading at bedtime for months now.  The classic, Charlotte’s Web, my childhood copy, is in tatters with a duck tape binding.

There are two chapters to go.

I sit next to my little six year old’s wiggly self and read a-loud.  I have to admit as the multi-tasking mother I am, sometimes I do this and while I’m reading, the words come out, but I am thinking of other things.

Then suddenly, as tears stream down her face as we learn of Charlotte’s ultimate demise, I am keenly paying attention.


A lump forms in my throat as I read the words, that Wilbur shares with Charlotte’s baby spiders,

“I think it’s only fair to tell you, that I was devoted to your mother.  I owe my very life to her.  She was brilliant, beautiful and loyal to the end.  I shall always treasure her memory.  To you her daughters, I pledge my friendship forever and ever.”

Tears now stream down my face.  The wiggly body now perfectly still, looks at me for first time as I cry in front of her.

Maybe I am becoming a morning person after all?

So this is for the mothers, daughters and true friends today.  Here’s to those moments, big and small…

You Know You’re in New England…

Well folks, it’s been two months or so since we’ve moved from the Northwest to Northeast.  Thought it would be a fun time to share some of my findings and observations with you thus far.

We’ve all heard it, March is supposed to be: “in like a lion, out like a lamb.”  I can’t lie, I’m hanging on to that “out like a lamb part.”  Yup, the weather this winter has been quite epic here, so that is definitely a theme so far, but will continue to collect observations to share for future posts.

So here it is, my Top 10 List so far.

“You know you’re in New England When…”

10. Ice dams (gutters freezing) are all your neighbors and town are talking about

blog2Suddenly you start buying products like “roof rakes” and “roof melt” pictured here that are like chalky hockey pucks that you try to “toss onto your roof” as the package says, to melt snow and free the dams (frozen water) in the gutters, but unless you have a pitching arm like Nolan Ryan, I find it doesn’t work–I was frankly glad to not knock out a window. Next!

9. You hear the words “wicked” “Noreaster” “coffee regular” and breakfast sandwiches served “on a roll” a lot.  Usually all strung together as part of the same sentence

DunkinCoffeeSo wicked means “a lot,” Noreaster means “wicked storm,” “coffee regular” means with cream and sugar, and “breakfast on a roll” is what is sounds like. Much like this: “Can you believe we are going to get another wicked Noreaster? And I’ll take a coffee regular with an egg sandwich on a roll.”

8. Christmas wreaths and decor are still up…in March. Connecticut loves Christmas and well into what is supposed to be spring

LS016049In fairness, most of it is outside–think wreaths and garland, is actually pretty charming.

7. “New England Style” = has cranberries in it


and also can mean chowda with cream in it of course.

6. School gets cancelled or delayed a lot

blog3An informal kind of “home schooling” becomes normal. Two hour delay today in fact, otherwise this post would have been up 2 hours ago.

5. Maple syrup/sugaring is a weekend activity

blog1p.s. this winter it’s been too cold for the sap to run.  wow!

4. You spot some people playing Paddle outdoors, when there is snow on the ground


New Englanders are a hearty breed.

3. LL Bean=Winter Couture

tumblr_mk4fr4Fmov1qajhjjo1_500Pedicures are not emphasized this time of year.

2. Folks bring their A-game to prepare for storms

blog4Stocking up on food, water, wood, salt to melt ice, gas for generators, even filling bathtubs with water in the event of losing power are all par for the course.

1. Your home isn’t considered “old” unless it’s Circa 1700’s



and even these seem to be surviving winter(s)!

Stay tuned for my spring edition once we are more at the “out like a lamb” stage.

Have a great week all!



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