Turquoise Knob Roundup

Using knobs is often a fast, easy and affordable way to update existing furniture.  I often use Anthropologie knobs because they are some of the most beautiful and unique you can find. This particular knob is no longer available at Anthropologie, but I've found them...

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Top 5 Tax Tips for Procrastinators…like me.

Spring time is here, and unfortunately tax time goes hand in hand with Spring.  For those of you who don't know, between my husband and I we own 5 companies which means 6 sets of books between all of those.  I also have a background in mortgage finance, and took my...

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Thrift Store Tuesday Ep. 4- Mid Century Modern finds

In this episode of Thrift Store Tuesday,....An example of a fantastic waterfall MCM coffee table and when not to buy a piece, even though it's adorable!   In this case, being disciplined and not buying anything bit me in the butt.  Regrets!  Watch and you will see...

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Thrift Store Tuesday Ep 3

; In this episode of Thrift Store Tuesday, I found a vintage bedroom set that was hideously ugly.  But!....I show you what it could look like with fresh paint.  I also talk about choosing only one part of the set, not the whole thing.  Matchy matchy furniture sets are...

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Thrift Store Tuesday Ep 2

In this episode of Thrift Store Tuesday, I found a slipper chair, a set of Chinoiserie style dining chairs and a Rattan Etagere. Most of these items could easily be overlooked for various reasons. First up, is a slipper chair. This is the perfect size chair to use in...

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Bringing back the bedroom vanity

PHOTOS: Erika Bierman Not many of us have a sweet little spot in our bedrooms to primp and get ready any more. But why the heck not? If space allows, it is so worth carving out a space that is 100% feminine and all for you. In this particular case, we used her...

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Fresh flowers…nature’s design!

  I used to think that fresh flowers were such a waste of money. I mean, you buy them, then they are dead 3-7 days later. But all of that has changed now. They aren't just for Valentines day! And you don't have to wait for someone else to buy them for you! In...

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A farmhouse inspired office for two

This was a couple who wanted a complete makeover but were working with a limited budget. I knew that in order to give them what they wanted, we would have to gut the whole thing and start over,...but how to do that on such a small budget? She was a huge Fixer-Upper...

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How to style an old sofa

Sometimes it just isn’t in the budget, or it’s a favorite gathering spot, or it’s just an old friend.  The one you always flop into at the end of a long day that has comforted you through tears and has so many fond memories you don't want to give it up. The fact is...

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Finding inspiration in the small things

We have these lovely Formosa trees in my neighborhood. Depending on where you were raised, you might call them Mimosa trees, but either name does not take away the beauty of these fluffy pink blossoms. I stopped and appreciated the blooms today. Just for a moment, but...

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