Powder Room Additions

April 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

In 2009, I wrote this post about some renovations we did to our downstairs powder room. Why is it I’m always talking about bathrooms?! I think it’s because after the kitchen, it’s the second place in a home that sorely shows its age when it’s out of date. While this isn’t a House 2.0 update (I promise you, that’s coming), it’s been a mini-crusade of mine to finish off the mental checklist for this little […]

The Master House List

November 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Last night I sat down and typed up a spreadsheet that included each room in our house and a list of all the projects I’d like to do for those rooms. A lot of the projects are of a “someday/maybe” nature, but nevertheless I wanted to write down all the things I’ve had floating around my head. Once I recorded them all, I freaked out a little because the list is substantial! Mind if I […]

Ombre Lamp Shade

November 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Ok, so I took a stab at dying my living room lamp shades and there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is, the dip dye didn’t work well for me. I’m not certain why; maybe the fabric on my shades is synthetic and wouldn’t hold the dye or maybe the dye solution was too diluted because I had to put it in a tub big enough to hold the shades. Regardless, It didn’t […]

Lamp Fetish

November 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I started writing today’s post and realized that I might have a problem. Hi, my name is Vanessa, and I LOVE LAMPS. Ok, now that we have that out of the way, on with the blog post. First, I have to announce the arrival of our dining room lamp. It came from the same place as our bedroom lamp and took forever to get to us–8 weeks from ordering to delivery. Sheesh! I thought I’d […]

House 2.0 September Update

September 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve said anything about the House 2.0 project. So I figured I’d give a quick run-down of what’s happened since I last talked about it. We installed the mantel! and I am in LOVE!! The warmth and rustic quality to the wood really make that wall pop. Plus, we purchased a print by Patty Baker (a somewhat local NY artist) from Art.com. It’s one of my favorite things about the […]

And We Have a Winner

September 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I was really having a hard time deciding between fabric samples for the dining room chairs; I’m not the most decisive gal on the block, for sure. But as I gave it more thought, I realized that my paltry 6 swatches from one online seller just wasn’t enough to make a good decision. I decided to head out to the big box craft store (rhymes with Sudan) to have a look around. This store really […]


August 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I don’t know why I troll craigslist looking for items that I’m not really in the market for. I guess I just want to see what’s out there. Specifically, I’ve been looking at mid-century modern dining room sets. We didn’t really NEED a new table and chairs, but the whole premise behind this House 2.0 project was that we would have a new dining room large enough to accommodate one. Plus, our existing dinging room […]

Baby Proofing

June 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

Admittedly, I haven’t been all that diligent about baby proofing every crevice of our house. Mostly because I’m in the same room with him 90% of the time. Although there have been a few close calls with the stairs going to the den! And I REALLY need to get those stopper thinggies for my office drawers. But the one thing I absolutely HAVE to do is replace the floor lamp in his bedroom. He has […]

Desperately Seeking…

May 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Barn wood I know it sounds weird. But let me explain. I want to put a new mantle above our fireplace. The old one is hopelessly narrow, and won’t hold so much as a candle. Well, that’s not entirely true… It’ll hold a candle but not much else. Anyway, I want something deeper and a little more natural than the 4″ white ledge we’ve got working now. Something like this, perhaps. Yes, please!! In fact, […]

Carpet Cringe

May 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Now that the April Song Challenge is over (for me, at least) I can get back to posting about our House 2.0 project. Admittedly, we haven’t gotten very far. What can I say, it’s been a SUPER-BUSY month. Here’s what we’ve done so far… Sold a bunch of our unwanted stuff on Craigslist — woo!! Purchased a larger area rug for the dining room. More on that in another post Brainstormed, conceptualized, dreamed Had someone […]

Made in the Shade

March 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

Remember when I bought this groovy lamp off craigslist? Well, I finally got around to replacing the shade. It was no easy task since all the replacement shades I saw in stores just weren’t right. Well I found a site online that will custom create your replacement shade. FenchelShades.com recreated the old shade for a pretty good price, I think – $42 (plus shipping). Normally I wouldn’t spend that much on a shade, but I’ve […]

Big-Girl Bedroom

March 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

For years Mike and I have made due with a mish-mosh of bedroom furniture — none of it matching, but somehow functioning — until a few weeks ago when a local furniture shop sent out a flyer with a “can’t-pass-up” deal. 4 years 0% interest, no money down, no minimum purchase! How can they afford to do that?? I know how. They prey on people who screw up (one late payment and your interest rate […]