What’s Up – House Projects, Life and More

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I had a decorating post planned for yesterday, but before I had all the photos taken for it, Ed and I got a very exciting phone call and dropped everything, packed our bags and headed for a 6 hour drive to meet our just-born granddaughter!

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Here she is…. XOXO  :-) I can’t put her down.  It is going to be so hard leaving after a few days. I think we will be traveling to a whole lot more now that this cute addition to the family has made her arrival.

When I get home, I will finish taking the photos for the decorating post I had started. Until then, I thought I would share a few other things that made my week.

I finally settled on how we are going to transform the exterior of our house. After 3 years of thoughts, ideas, colors, sampling paint colors, and affordable options to update the exterior, we are going to keep it simple by painting the green a neutral color, leaving the brick as it is, and re-staining all the decking around the house and dock. Then we’ll add some modern architectural details on the front of the house, new steps for the front entry, and then new landscaping to finish it all off.

I am still drawing up those plans and am hoping to get the whole project started in a few weeks.

The other big project that I have planned to start this spring is having the hardwood floor in the kitchen and living room refinished and stained by Bona Flooring. They are more than a company that makes and sells mops and wood floor cleaner. They also provide products for the installation, maintenance and renovation of wood floors. They have beautiful colors and finishes – I want to go matte or a finish with less sheen.  So stay tuned to follow the process and see the before and after as I share it with you.

And moving on to what I found inspiring online this week…

Here is a very creative way to make a unique headboard.

Have you seen this fascinating show on Netflix?  I can’t stop watching. It is so interesting and eye-opening.

Since I began walking every day last year to get 10,000 steps in a day, I found I enjoy listening to podcasts. Every episode on this podcast about decorating answers basic questions that will help you make your decor the best it can be in all aspects of design. I also like the interviews to learn tips and tricks from designers. I have been using these ear buds that are like pajamas for your ears and never pop out like regular ear buds do. Ed got me a pair and now sells them on his website.

Not a perfect size 6?  A real-life guide to swimsuits for women.

I first stumbled upon these tealight holders to place out on the deck, but then I found this one and liked it even better. I bought a few of them earlier this week. I plan to use them once the weather warms up and we start eating meals and entertaining out on the deck.

Have a creative idea to invent something new? Keep at it. His ideas didn’t always work, but he kept trying and made history.

Buying a new lamp or shade for an existing light in your home? Read this first. 

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  1. Congratulations on your beautiful grand daughter!! I always say my heart grew two sizes bigger after our grand daughter was born!!

  2. Ahhh, the circle of life draws all the family together! Ed and you will so love being grandparents! Such a lucky little girl! Congratulations to you all. Be quick on those pictures because they change way too fast!

  3. Diane, you are amazing! How you can talk about decorating with the birth of your beautiful granddaughter, Zoe? Congratulations and enjoy every moment!!!