Our move up north!

The entrance to our new neighborhood – first time living on dirt roads!

If you’ve followed me for a while you know how much Dave and I loved our patio and how much time we spent out there. One evening we were enjoying a cocktail on the patio and dreaming about moving up north, getting out of Phoenix and into a country setting with cooler weather. We’d had this conversation many times before. But this time was different. We looked at each other and said ‘what are we waiting for’? We were so fortunate that Dave has a career spanned … Read more

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Dining Table Makeover

Dave and I bought this table and chairs on Craigslist years ago. I love it, love the texture on the table and the rush seats on the chairs. For the past couple of years I’ve been saying I’m going to refinish the table top. This was the year! I wanted to get it done before the summer heat here in Arizona arrives.

Sanding the top was the first step. I used my handy Ryobi sander with a 120 grit paper. It didn’t take much elbow grease because most of the original finish had worn off. Once I was finished sanding … Read more

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Under the Stairs!

I’m always impressed with how creative people are when it comes to making good use of the space underneath a staircase. I’ve assembled a few favorites in case you’d like to add something fun to your home, or if you just love looking like I do!

Beautiful use of the space! Could be used as a coffee bar too!

I would bet most children would adore this play space!

Photo found on Pinterest. Please message me if you know the source.

So many folks are working from home these days and may not have the extra room to do … Read more

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Shopping at The Art of Rust!

Decorating with rust, metal and unique finds!

Dave and I stumbled on to this store recently and I could have spent the afternoon there! Filled with chippy wood, rusty metal and unique finds!

The shop is The Art of Rust, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Follow them on FB @ The Art of Rust and IG @ The Art of Rust to see all of their new shipments and special events. Check their website here for their hours before you visit because they travel now and then to shop for new product.

It’s a small shop, most of it is outdoors, … Read more

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Weekly Faves!

I run across so many beautiful pieces, several great deals and I just can’t stop! It’s an addiction.

Sometimes all it takes is a couple of new items to freshen up a room. I’m a huge believer in buying what you love, regardless of style. Makes your home your personality and that, to me, is charm.

Don’t you love these pumpkins!?!

Click on a photo for all the details ~

Happy decorating! As always, thank you for being here with me. ~ Lisa

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Black & Natural = Cozy!

Who doesn’t love black and natural combined in a room?!? You could add a little zing of color too, maybe cognac or chartreuse…what ever color blows your skirt up! Black and natural, to me, is warm and timeless.

This chair is a must have!

Cutting boards are a common thrift store find too, just sand them down a bit and seal them with hemp oil (makes it food friendly). I see them all the time in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

The little marble and wood cake stand sits on my kitchen counter for my diffuser and sugar bowl. … Read more

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Kitchen remodel is done!

Dave and I have owned this home for four years now. I knew when we bought it I would want to update the kitchen at some point, but we were fortunate in that it was clean and definitely usable in the meantime.

This was the original version. Laminate counter tops, decent cabinets in that ever so popular honey color, standard sink.

For the past couple of years I knew I wanted to paint the cabinets and I was leaning towards a grey/green color. The cabinets are a good quality and didn’t have any issues, so painting them was going to … Read more

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My Second Hand Home

I was thinking the other day how my home is like a museum of all of my favorite belongings. Isn’t it amazing that there are no two homes decorated alike? Each one has the personality of the dweller. I just love this! My home is jam packed with hand me downs, either from my Mom or my sister (interior designer so this stuff is good!!) or things I’ve bought at garage sales and thrift shops. I’m a scavenger, if you don’t know that already about me. A good deal will make my entire day. Maybe two days.

So, I’m going … Read more

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New Year = Fresh Start!

The beginning of every new year motivates me to simplify, organize, minimize and start fresh. I always have a new outlook each year and want to do better, feel better and organize more. Guess it’s similar to buying a treadmill or joining a gym, but I’m over trying those.

I surveyed 20 people, men and women, who love to organize and these are the top 10 picks in their “can’t live without” category. Here we go, in no particular order:

  • 1. I’m sure you’ve heard of Marie Kondo and her life changing book ~ Spark Joy. She has a new
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