Author: tonya

A HUTCH RISES UP (FROM THE BASEMENT)

A HUTCH RISES UP (FROM THE BASEMENT)

When we bought our house, the previous owner left us little-to-no treasures. There was no secret bag of money under the floor boards, no Picassos inside the flue. Well… there was this hutch in the storage space under the front porch. The same space that […]

GARDEN TOUR » MOM’S HOUSE

GARDEN TOUR » MOM’S HOUSE

After sharing my modest yard, it dawned on me that the yard I should really be celebrating doesn’t belong to me at all. It is my mother’s. If I have any sort of green thumb, or artistic bone in my body, it is all due […]

MY ADDICTION TO FREE

MY ADDICTION TO FREE

I’m totally not ashamed to pick something out of the trash. I like to think I “have vision” and if there is even an inkling of rehab and potential, if the cost is $0, I’m likely to throw whathaveyou in the back of my Jeep. […]

CATCHING UP » THE BACKYARD

CATCHING UP » THE BACKYARD

I hate how often I don’t get to post on here. It’s a casualty of our current lifestyle, I suppose. Any time that is not devoted to my child, is devoted to my job. That’s just how it is. Ever since becoming parents, Mike and […]

SUCCULENTS AS A DISTRACTION

SUCCULENTS AS A DISTRACTION

I’m supposed to be working right now. And oh, won’t my client be angry to see me blogging instead! But the heart wants what it wants, or rather, my lack of creative focus has stifled me and I need a side project so I can […]

CORD WRANGLING

CORD WRANGLING

I previously revealed the new built-ins in the living room and shown how our TV sits above the fireplace, but I failed to get into detail of how we got it up there and where are all the cords?! So… For components, we have a […]

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PETS

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PETS

This post is a departure from the usual home and renovation topics. But it’s what’s on my mind today, and really, a lot of days lately. Yesterday after Thora and Mike left for their tri-weekly trip to the YMCA, I spent the morning cleaning cat […]

AN OLD-FASHION WEED PULL

AN OLD-FASHION WEED PULL

This past weekend, I found myself in the rare position of not having to work. Any other freelancers out there, particularly those with kids and no nanny budget, know what I’m talking about. Usually, weekends do not exist. Neither do evenings or early mornings, but […]

CATCHING UP » THE LIVING ROOM

CATCHING UP » THE LIVING ROOM

The living room has come a long way. Not all the way to completion mind you, oh no, not ever. But certainly a far cry from when I first laid eyes on it. We started here: Looking at this picture is surreal. We were so […]

I SEE A RED DOOR

I SEE A RED DOOR

Well actually, it was more of a salmon color, and dirty white. But you get the idea. I wanted to paint it black. So I did. Oh my goodness, isn’t that SO much better? It’s down right rich. An instant upgrade to a sad, old […]