The Big Boy Room Punch List

There’s both benefits and pitfalls to the luxury of redecorating a spare room. Benefit: you can leave the room in a pretty sad state while working on it, and not be too concerned that it look habitable or be all that hospitable because there’s no one waiting to get back into the room to sleep…

The Color Purple

No, not the Alice Walker novel. Just the color. Purple. Our boy is enamored of the color purple. If there’s a purple shirt in his clean pile of clothes to wear, he will pick that one. Whenever we browse the paint chips displays at the local home improvement store, he’ll find the deepest, most saturated,…

The Big Boy Room Next Door

In our conversations with the “client,” we raised the question: would he prefer to repaint his current room, or take over the room next door to his and make that his Big Boy Room? Making it clear that furniture was moveable, and we could mix it up pretty much any way he wanted it regardless…

This room.

We knew nothing about the child that would occupy this room. Only that there would be a baby. Boy or girl, this would be our baby’s room. The pink carpeting was already there; I thought to myself, “paint the ceiling blue, that will balance the pink a bit.” We’d be covered either way, gender-wise. “Put…

Out with the new, in with the old.

Fact: back when this house was built, indoor plumbing wasn’t even a consideration. Pitchers, bowls, and thunder mugs were about as close to de rigueur as one would get. Fact: when the former owners gutted and rebuilt this house’s interior, they took certain liberties. Like putting in a bathroom on the first floor complete with…

Laundry Room: The Price Was Right

When I started planning the laundry room project, I knew that I had bigger plans for this space – but could not justify a budget to make that vision happen right now. That said, I knew I could make this a more pleasant place to work in without a guilt-inducing budget that would leave me…

Shelf Life in the Laundry Room

Things are looking pretty good in the laundry room, I think. Except, every time that I throw a load in the washer or dryer, I’m looking at those shelves. And spied an opportunity to make just a couple little tweaks to make them even better. My old sewing basket – nearly 30 years old, by…

Window Dressing in the Laundry Room

Have I mentioned lately how very fortunate I feel that the room I do laundry in is not in a basement? Up until this house, the laundry rooms I’ve frequented have been located on the lowest level of the house, frequently in an unfinished basement. Lit by a single bulb. Having a room with two…

Cheating on Laundry Room Art

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to have some bits of art around the laundry room. Some that serve no purpose other than to be interesting, others to be useful. This particular piece intersects interesting and useful at the same time. And it took all of 15 minutes to pull together. Another home improvement blog,…

Laundry Room: A Character Refresh at the Table

Perhaps the greatest no-cost improvement I made in the laundry room was swapping out a heavy dated dresser for a table that was bequeathed to us by our old house. How was it bequeathed, you wonder? When I moved into my first house, that table was collecting dust, dirt, and a variety of insects in…