Archive for the 'before & after' Category

Upcycled diaper storage

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Our bedroom used to be a sanctuary. A cool green, sheer-curtains, blissfully serene, no-kids-toys-allowed kind of sanctuary. Well, then Kid #2 happened and we needed somewhere to put… everything. She’s sleeping in the guest room right now, but the changing table, diaper pail, pack n’ play and all her clothes are stored HERE. See this […]

Shirt makeover tutorial

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Sofía goes to this awesome preschool that does field trips all the time, to parks, the zoo, the library, that sort of thing. They all wear red shirts when they go out together. We looked around for a few days for solid red shirts for her, but all we could find was a Snow White […]


Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Certain parts of the garden are starting to mature and become more like what I had in mind for them. For instance, remember what the pool bed used to look like? I ripped out the ivy only to find that the beds had been filled with rock. I opted to layer good soil on top […]

Bathroom remodel!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

We are blessed to have two full and one half bathrooms in this house; none of them up to date but all in good working order. Anyone else would probably be fine with them… but the designer in me is just itching to bring them up to their full, gorgeous potential. The main hallway bathroom, […]

Another room down

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

While Grandma and Grandpa were here, Sofía and I took advantage of the free babysitting to give her room a little bit of a facelift. Her room was a pale pink already; but she’s a fun girl and deserves a fun, punchy color. Besides, she’d been begging to paint her room – I don’t know […]

Backsplash finished!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Josh got the blog & accompanying photo gallery all moved and set up in their new location. There shouldn’t be any problems…. except that for some reason my automatic photo uploader isn’t working. This is trivial, but it means I have to edit each photo’s size and upload them by hand, which is annoying enough […]

Quick mini tree skirt

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

We found a Christmas tree in our basement today! Ok, that’s not quite accurate. We knew the previous owners had left us one, but it was bundled and swathed up in black plastic bags and we never really got around to bringing it up. But today Sofía was playing down there with me while I […]

Slipcover done!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

It was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. I actually had to rip apart the sides multiple times, and then tear out the seat and recut it (smaller, thank goodness), before it would fit like I wanted it to. But… it’s finally done! And I think it looks pretty good. I’m really happy […]

Playroom reveal

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

It’s finally finished! Two years of planning and griping and wishing for a new floor, and finally it’s done. Before/Before/After: We haven’t done anything about the lighting yet – we’re thinking about eventually getting a couple of Solatubes (like skylights, but tubular so they look like large can lights). They’re not that expensive, so maybe […]

Old made new

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

A sweet relative driving cross-country was generous enough to bring along my late grandma’s old sewing chest and deliver it to me. Made by my grandfather, I remember it as a fixture in her sewing room. I’m not sure what all the nooks and crannies were for, but he sure worked hard on it and […]