Post Update: I was so surprised this morning to see that my Anthropologie Initial Stand was chosen as one of Flamingo Toes Crush of the Week!  Oh my goodness!  What an honor! If you’re coming over from Beverly site, welcome, thanks for coming over and be sure to check out my other projects!


We’ve been making quite a few changes around the house. Partly for the showings. Partly because I can’t not decorate. Let’s discuss shall we?

Guest Room
Do you suffer from the dreaded ‘boob light?’ We have 7 in this house. Or at least we did. Now we have 6. Another one bites the dust. 🙂

I went to the thrift store with my mom and saw this totally cute yet totally ugly light for $9. You know the kind- bright brass with glass panels with etched with some floral spray. People thought I was crazy but I gave the lovely lady my $9 and took that baby home.

After removing the glass panels and giving it a good scrubbing it was time for her to meet my friend Mr. Spray Paint. 🙂

I carefully wrapped the light sockets and the wiring in plastic bags and tape to ensure no overspray got on them. I gave the light two coats of Krylon’s Fusion for Plastic spray paint in Nickel Shimmer. I flipped the light over and painted the other side. After letting it dry it was time to enlist the hubby’s help.

The hubby was worried that the light would make the room too dark but actually it’s a lot brighter than the boob. AND it’s super cute. 🙂

Hope you like it. Cause I also bought one from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore store for $4.25! I’m hoping to spray paint it and hang it up in our closet which is also currently sporting a boob light.

Lower Level Bathroom

We did a lot of renovating in our lower level bathroom. From painting and new floors to a new shower and vanity top, it’s practically brand new. One thing I always wanted was more storage. As you can see there was a little space at the end of the vanity that would be perfect for a tall cabinet. For the longest time I used this (fabulous) cabinet made from an antique radio. However, the glass in the door made it hard to stash stuff and it didn’t offer much in additional storage.

As I mentioned, shortly after moving in we gutted our kitchen. We gave away most of the cabinets except for the tall pantry cabinet. That lived in our garage these past 5 years holding sports gear and tarps. After discovering that it was the EXACT dimensions of the available space in the bathroom, I cleared it out, cleaned it up and my mom and I carried that (incredibly heavy and awkward) cabinet down to the bathroom. You should have seen it. I’m sure we looked hilarious.

Once it was in the spot I thought the door made the already monstrous cabinet look too monstrous so I took off the door and left the open storage. However the cabinet shelves were really thin and looked kind of cheap. Hubby to the rescue!

After bolting it to the wall, and searching around in the massive pile of wood scraps in the garage we were able to find some pieces of thin stock and a piece of molding that really jazzed up the plain Jane cabinet. A quick coat of paint and tada! Lots of storage! I know it is still open storage but at least the cabinet is big enough that we can throw the unsightly things into big baskets. 🙂

New Painting

I bought a large canvas about a year ago (seriously).  I was planning on making something similar to the Cherry Blossom Birdies canvas from Oops Daisy and about 6 months ago I painted the background.  But then I chickened out. I loved the swirls so much I was afraid to paint anything else. On Wednesday night I laid in bed and just could not sleep. I had an idea for a painting and the canvas all I needed was some courage.  After convincing myself that if I really hated it I could just repaint it, I knew I had to do it. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, right?

After painting it (tutorial coming soon) I hung the painting over our bed. I’m not sure it will stay here but right now I really like it there.  I feel like our room needs a pop of color amist the gray of winter.  With the new canvas, new pillows and the snazzy acrylic tray hanging out at the end of my bed  it’s definitely getting colorful in here! 🙂

So what do you think of our most recent projects around the house? Have you been working on anything lately? I’d love to hear!

Lots of Love,



3 thoughts on “Ch-ch-changes

  1. […] promised here is the tutorial for the cherry blossom painting I mentioned here. As I said previously, I already had the canvas so all I needed was more craft paint (yes, I need […]

  2. kelly o'connor says:

    Erin, I am addicted to your blog! Love it!

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