Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fire pit ideas (link)

Here are some beautiful fire pit ideas from 30 Backyard Fire Pit Designs 

I want a fire pit for my backyard; I think I prefer round to square, and I definitely want a wood-burning one for the look and smell--and toasting marshmallows and roasting wieners.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Downsizing (link)

Here are some helpful suggestions from for when you need to downsize: Things to consider before you downsize

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Outdoor disguises (link)

Here are some suggestions from on how to cover up nuisances outside and improve your landscape: 10 ideas for your outdoors

I need to hide a compost bin; the backyard is too new and bare. Maybe that fake bush would work...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Renovation mistakes to avoid (link)

Measure twice, cut once, etc. Making a plan and avoiding mistakes. From Reno Mistakes That Could Cost You

Yes! And don't gut everything just because you see those flippers with sledge hammers on "reality" shows. And every time you decide to remove something that was trendy back in the day, think twice about today's trends!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Remodeling update

Replacing the carpet in the living room was a really big project. The adhesive was stubborn! Our contractor had to rent a machine and do a lot of manual scraping besides to get rid of it, but the porcelain tile floor is beautiful! It's American Olean Stoneview Sky Gray/Matte; the tiles are 12 by 24 (actually 23,81 by 11.81). It's a wavy gray pattern, and we love it. Oh, the last two boxes of tile had broken and cracked tiles so he had to run down to Lowe's to get more. Fortunately they were in stock!

Then he finished our brick accent wall in the foyer; we had to order more bricks because we ran out. It is impressive; the bricks (1/2" thin brick) are tumbled so it looks old, though you do notice some of the white wall behind it because they are tumbled.... It's on the wall with the door so you don't see it until you turn around. We mixed the colors: Dixie Clay and Boston Mill (separate boxes). Btw, our contractor was James Stewart, who was patient and thorough, and we appreciate his help in making our house a home.

Next up was the screened back porch; that took several days because it kept storming; the guys were often wet, but they persevered and finished up late one night (before dark though). Today we bought two troughs for the downspouts and a door mat for the back screened door. I want to get an outdoor rug or two to dress it up--and a table for eating out there that's weather proof. 

Next up: Choosing a roofer.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Interesting ways to use wallpaper (link)

Check out the variety of ways you can use wallpaper besides on your walls: Wallpaper It 

I don't even want to think about trying to apply it to a ceiling! But I came across some old wallpaper recently that is pretty and subtle. I have yet to figure out how or where to use it. I need to line some drawers and cabinets, but this won't work for that... I'll have to look at it again--and these ideas.