Laundry room before and after photos

A Great Winter Project– Organize & Spruce Up Your Laundry Room

If you’re like me, you’re missing working in the garden and the opportunity to paint in the garage or with the windows open. However since we’re in the dead of winter facing a new year, this is a great time to work on de-cluttering and reorganizing, starting with your laundry room. Check out these before and photos of a laundry room makeover…


Reader Q and A – Dining Room Space Planning

Hello , I have 9′ ceilings in my 12×11 Dining Room. Would it be OK to purchase an antique cabinet that is only 12″ from the ceiling (5′x8′x19″deep) !  I have floor to ceiling windows.  I love this piece but wanted to make sure it didn’t overwhelm the room! Thank you Tonja The chairs against … Continue reading


Incorporating Branches, Logs, and Pinecones into a Table Centerpiece

It’s been a busy holiday season this year!  I ended up doing a TV spot on holiday decorating which then inspired me to change my holiday decorating theme.  I was inspired by a cedar tree that had come down in my yard, and I managed to save some of the logs, (from becoming fireplace burning wood), for … Continue reading

After photo

Staging Tips and Examples to Help Your Home Stand Out Above the Rest

These before and after photos can help inspire you with ideas for staging your home or condo to help your real estate stand out from the rest when you put it on the market.  In Portland, OR the rental market is thriving right now, and some landlords are staging their show units for targeting their ideal target market.  In … Continue reading


This is What Became of My Son’s Bunk Bed After He Grew Out of it

It happened really quickly…  I started noticing my son wasn’t sleeping well when he was 16, and realized he had grown out of his bunk bed much too fast.  I hadn’t budgeted new bedroom furniture for him yet, and I didn’t want him to lose any more sleep so I had to act quickly.  I … Continue reading

1990's Living Room Before Makeover

Is Your Home Stuck in a Time Warp? Here are Some Suggestions for Updating Your Decor!

This living room had a great look in the 1980’s – 1990’s, but it was ready for an update now that it’s 20 – 30 years later. Read on for room updating tips and to view the “after” photos of this room…

Sheer custom draperies

Cost-Effective Ideas for Changing Out Your Window Treatments in Summer

Changing your window treatments with the seasons might sound impractical and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on for great cost-effective ideas for changing out your window treatments in summer to sheer draperies or fabric shades…

Design ideas for home office

Reader Q and A – Where to Put a Home Office Space

I recently received a home office design question from Nicky in Sweden…

“Hi, We have bought a one bedroom 70 square flat in Stockholm Sweden and need your advice and help. How can we create an isolated working area according to the drawing attached?…

Announcing the winner of stencil giveaway

The winner of our stencil giveaway (chosen randomly) was Atieno Okelo Williams .

Hopefully she’ll share photos of her project, which sounds really interesting…

Creative ideas for outdoor spaces

Inspiration & Tips for Decorating Outdoor Rooms

As I am sitting here writing this, I am wishing. yes wishing for summer weather to arrive here in Portland, OR because I am ready for it! Once the nice weather arrives in the Northwest, we need to take full advantage of it, and creating comfortable and inviting outdoor living spaces is a great way to do it. You may be waiting until you feel you have a decent budget to work with, however you don’t need to. While there are some iems that are worth investing in quality, there are many ways to save when creating outdoor spaces….