October 30, 2013

Repurposed Wall Unit {Take Two}

Quite a few of you were wondering where we got the book shelves that now flank the window seat in our Master Bedroom Redo.
Pottery Barn quilt with built in window seat in master bedroom via
Actually, they have been in our house for quite a while.  We first purchased them as part of a Broyhill wall unit about 15 years ago.  They started out like this...

October 25, 2013

Kitchen and Bath Makeovers Magazine Photo Shoot!!

I still can't believe this really happened.  On Wednesday, Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Makeovers magazine came to do a photo shoot for a feature on our DIY Master Bathroom.     

For weeks before, I was a nervous wreck.  A professional stylist and photographer coming to our humble home??  It didn't seem possible!  We rushed to complete our Master Bedroom redo because I couldn't imagine bringing those professionals upstairs to that 80s shag carpet.  I kept expecting to get a call saying they were sorry for the mistake, wrong blog, nope, not coming to your house.  We deep cleaned every room in our home.  3 kids and 2 dogs make messes.  I kept telling myself it needed the cleaning anyway, so even if they didn't show up, it was worth it.  But the day arrived and they actually came.  

We scrubbed and polished every inch of our bathroom.  It looked naked the morning they arrived.  All of our accessories were put away.  I was excited to see what a professional stylist would do with this space...

carrera marble white cabinet arch mirror in master bathroom via

October 24, 2013

Full Circle

Yesterday, a national magazine came to take pictures of our Master Bathroom...

October 22, 2013

Remodelaholic Feature

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I am so excited that our Master Bath is being featured over at Remodelaholic today.  I am sharing some more information about that project there.  Click on over to check out the post.  Have a great day!

October 21, 2013

Master Bedroom Before & After and Sources

Today I am back to list some of the sources for our Master Bedroom Redo...

Master Bedroom

master bedroom with pottery barn quilt chalkboard monogram hanging lanterns via
We recently completed our Master Bedroom and it is so nice to have a bedroom that reflects us.  Goodbye 80's shag carpet!  While we were painting, we kept wondering why we didn't paint years ago.  It really is incredible how much change a coat of a paint brings.  We painted our headboard with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and it's like a whole new piece of furniture....

October 20, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up

We have been feverishly preparing our house for something that is (hopefully) happening this week.  I have not written about it on the blog yet for fear that it will not actually happen.  When it does, I can't wait to share it here!! 

 I am just about finished taking and editing pictures of our Master Bedroom and I will be posting that early this week.

In the meantime, here are some of my phone pics from the week.  Matty got his Halloween costume.  Are you a Duck Dynasty fan?  My boys are crazy about that show.  Matty has been wearing his Si costume every chance he gets.  When he wears it, he only answers to "Si".  It is disturbing how much he resembles him.... 

October 17, 2013

Adirondacks Fall 2013

  I am sharing a few more pictures from Columbus Day Weekend.  Are you tired of all of these fall foliage pics?  I promise to be back to reveal our finished Master Bedroom soon.

The first few pictures were taken in Schroon Lake, NY....

Fall Foliage Schroon Lake Adirondacks via

October 15, 2013

Fall in Vermont 2013

We are just back from a beautiful weekend of leaf peeping in Upstate NY and Vermont.  Every year, I am amazed at the beauty of the fall foliage up there.  This year, especially, the colors are so incredibly bright.  The weather was gorgeous.  We had 3 picture perfect days.  As usual, I took plenty of pictures.  The following pictures were taken in Vermont in and around Middlebury....

October 9, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie

We are finally getting some fall like temperatures here.  Yay!  It's not quite cool enough to light a fire in the evenings, but I did make one of my family's favorite comfort foods, chicken pot pie.  This recipe is loosely based on Ina Garten's Chicken Pot Pie recipe, but I have made some changes to suit my family.  Mainly, I have lightened it up a bit and changed the vegetables.  Also, although I have previously made her crust and it is yummy, the store bought puff pastry I normally use makes this meal so much easier...