Thinking about Yellow? I did

The wall doesn’t go all the way up. It’s at the top of a staircase that only I use to get to my bedroom. The color is very loud, but it’s used sparingly as a secret ray of sunshine as you walk by. Color gives that otherwise overlooked corner of the house some architectural interest. […]

To Paint or not to Paint- Shiny New Steps

I held off painting my back porch steps for years. I loved the texture of the flagstone, but they didn’t really go with the style of the house. After putting drought tolerant landscaping in, the steps sort of just felt even more blah against the gravel. As the painters put the finishing touches on our […]

Before and after Black n Blue

The story goes that I wanted to paint my house black about 6 years ago. Such a bold statement didn’t sit well with the rest of the family, so we settled on a very neutral tan. The complete opposite of bold. Once all the drought tolerant landscaping went in, there wasn’t enough contrast between gravel […]

Before and after. White is the new black

Going from black to white has done More for my mood than for the house I think. We see this big garage door from the bustling kitchen. A constant dose of black is a sub-conscience downer I’m just realizing today, as white takes over. Instead of absorbing the light, this big surface reflects the California […]

How to Rope Finials Before and After

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with nautical knots; it’s a life long thing actually. So, recently I decided to add the monkey fist to my decor as finials in my bedroom. Turns out sailors have many talents because tricky, albeit useful, knot tying must be one of them. After researching how to monkey fist […]

How to Cut the Draft under the Door

I’ve learned that improving one thing in my house often leads to other things needing an update. In other words, an endless can of worms. This is why I usually clear a weekend before starting even the smallest project. The draft coming from under the laundry door for example. How did it get there? Well, […]

Before and After my Bathroom

Before and after. I can’t believe I lived with that bathroom for so long. I think it was over 2 years after we moved in and I still have to remove the old gross shower door for a new one. But the new look makes this little bathroom look glamorous while really increasing resell value. […]

Guest Bathroom Before and After

Ever wonder if only some tiles can be removed? My guest bathroom had this blue trim tile with checkerboard theme in the shower. This may have looked great back in 80’s?, but this tile & pattern made it impossible for me to blend this room into the overall look of my house. Not to mention […]

Paint my House- how to choose a color

One of the hardest choices I’ve had to make as a home owner is what color to paint the exterior. The time is now to choose again. I’m very excited to go dark this time. The mysterious contenders: I think the left one is too bright, the middle one too blah, and the right one […]

How to Tile – DIY Mosaic in my Bathroom

Watch me tile my bathroom wall with chocolate brown abalone mosaic tiles. Realtor Tip: To add resale value to your home, choose neutral colors & finishes. When it’s time to resell, just about any buyer will appreciate the hard work you’ve done and see themselves enjoying the upgrades you’ve made. Tiling my own bathroom was […]