Deck Railing Refresh – What a Difference!

Our deck has gone through several transformations over the years. When we bought the house 20 years ago, the back yard featured a dilapidated deck structure with only one level, broken boards on the skirt, and wisteria gone wild climbing over Continue reading Deck Railing Refresh – What a Difference!

Inspiration – Mr. McGregor’s Garden

I love to travel, and have been lucky enough to do quite a bit of it since I’ve retired.  For me, one of the perks is the exposure to new architecture, interiors, food, and lifestyle. Take for instance, our last trip Continue reading Inspiration – Mr. McGregor’s Garden

Easy Solar Mini Lanterns

Want a quick DIY project for the weekend? I have the perfect project. I’ve been sharing our deck refresh. If you missed it you can go here & here. Did you happen to notice those cute little lanterns on the elephant Continue reading Easy Solar Mini Lanterns

Deck Tour Part 2

There’s nothing like the promise of a few out of town visitors to spur one into action. Am I right? Why is it that we can live with our homes in a certain state, and then suddenly we see it Continue reading Deck Tour Part 2

Update Your Yard With Birdhouses

I’m not one for using a lot of yard art, but a couple of well placed birdhouses might just lend the perfect touch to your patio or backyard. From atop a lone tower… to perching on a fence, They could Continue reading Update Your Yard With Birdhouses

Home Tour

As some of you may know, we recently visited friends in the San Diego area.  They have a gorgeous newly remodeled home, Let’s take a tour. Today we’ll visit the outside. Southern California is known for its wonderful year round Continue reading Home Tour

Exploring the Nooks and Crannies

I have a fascination with alleys. Whenever we travel I try to notice all those little alleyways that often hold surprises and design gems.  You never know what you’ll find. Don’t you just want to walk down here to find Continue reading Exploring the Nooks and Crannies

Oops – Making Sense of a Mess

As many of you may know we are still in a drought here in California – the worst in recent history.  So last summer we decided to begin to transition our yard into drought tolerant landscaping.  Much of it is already Continue reading Oops – Making Sense of a Mess

Enhancing Practical Objects #3

Not long ago I started a series on beautifying those necessary eyesores, you know…trash cans, utility boxes, and more.  If you missed parts 1 & 2 you can find them here & here.  Look what I found – Can you Continue reading Enhancing Practical Objects #3

Enhancing Practical Objects Part 2

Everyday objects that make life so much easier don’t need to be boring.   I recently wrote about embellishing some otherwise public eyesores here.  But it’s such an intriguing topic, I wanted to continue the discussion.  This time about objects that Continue reading Enhancing Practical Objects Part 2

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