4 Happy (House) Anniversary to Me!

>> Monday, January 31, 2011

I can’t believe it..and I almost forgot, to tell you the truth…but one year ago I closed on this little construction site of mine. You know what that means. Time for a week long stroll down memory lane, before & after/still-a-major-work-in-progress style…

Oh yes. The living room. A great place to start. I knew going into this bad boy, that I needed a safe haven to escape from remodeling mess. Let’s revisit the first room completed, and a true testament to the power of refinished hardwoods and fresh paint. Cue the frighteningly dated before shot…


Day 1 involved scary carpet hiding beautiful hardwoods…really a blessing since filthy carpet doubles as an excellent drop cloth for paint…we’ll revisit the wallpaper mural in the dining room tomorrow. It definitely deserves a post of its own.


Lots of hours and gallons of paint later (Sherwin Williams’ Napery, to be exact), it was time to tackle those hidden hardwood floors. Sanded and refinished… 



My heart melted. I can’t even describe the happiness, but we’re still not finished. The orange brick fireplace had to be dealt with. More paint please…


…and after a full year of decorating (and redecorating) we’ve arrived at my living room as it appears today. 





0 Just Listed: 3112 Echo Valley Drive

>> Friday, January 28, 2011

Lovely 3 bedroom/2 bath home in midtown Little Rock's peaceful Echo Valley neighborhood! The kitchen & both bathrooms have been completely remodeled, and the living room boasts a stunning fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Head outside to enjoy large wrap around deck in fully fenced yard that backs up to a wooded area.

Price: $153,900

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3 In the Bag

>> Thursday, January 27, 2011

I could carry on for days about all that I love about this house-o-mine, but one tidbit I’m especially fond of is my closet. As a lifetime resident of older homes, I can appreciate good closet space when I see it and I consider myself one lucky girl to have this space all to myself.

Allow me to elaborate.

Double racks that enable me to hang on to certain clothing items long past their fashionable expiration date…



Shoe rack for, well, shoes…and more shoes…



…and most importantly, this unidentifiable-contraption-turned-jewelry-rack left behind by the previous owner…




While all is fabulous, there is one tiny little detail that’s been haunting me ever since I moved in…this hot mess of a top shelf…

2.5 feet of completely wasted space. Time to nip this one in the bud. After a quick trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond and a solid half hour of attempting to free a few stainless hooks from their packaging, I was ready to organize…

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…and organize I did.




So. Much. Better…and should my 5’9 wingspan fail me while attempting to retrieve a handbag, I know just where to find a stiletto or two to give me a boost.



0 eHow: Sneak a Peak at Spring

>> Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Since my quest for warmer weather is in full force, why not bombard eHow readers with ways to put a little spring time pep in their winter weather step…


I don't know about the weather in your neck of the woods, but around these parts it qualifies as freezing. I do realize that "cold" is a relative term, and that New Englanders reading this post would chuckle at my southern definition of chilly temps, but I think we can agree that come late January we are all craving a taste of spring. While the cold wind carries on outdoors, let's find ways to sneak a little spring influence into our homes...click here to read more




1 Winter Blues

>> Monday, January 24, 2011

It’s that time of year again, and unless you are a serious fan of old man winter, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The time of year where many of us are so over the chilly temps and threat of snow/ice/sleet shutting down southern towns for fear that we’ll all simultaneously fly off of a bridge that “may ice in cold weather.”

I miss the longer days, the warmer weather and the greener yard. It just looks prettier around my construction site when everything is in bloom…





It’s also about the time of year where I begin stalking my camellia bush, willing it to bloom so that I can have free flowers for a few weeks. Come on. You know you wanna…


A little more of this…

…and a little less of this please.




0 Just Listed: 2221 Wentwood Valley Drive #40

>> Friday, January 21, 2011

Charmingly updated condo in Pleasant Valley! 3 bedrooms/2 baths with gas fireplace, tons of storage and one car garage. Separate alcove off of master bedroom doubles as an office/study space. This is one you won't want to miss!

Price: $129,900

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Click here for more photos and information on this wonderful condo!


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