• DIY

    Staircase MakeOver

    My front curved staircase is the first thing you see when entering my home.  The staircase was the reason I fell in love with my house initially but keeping carpeted stairs cleaned and vacuumed was a giant frustration.  After looking into replacing with wood, I decided on tile.  A hardwood replacement would have been far more expensive and required additional tools.  I wanted to create a statement look and love Spanish tile detail.  There are a lot of options for tile, but in the end I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on high end tile for the stairs.  I ended up buying my black and white tiles from…

  • Food

    Healthy Low Carb Seed Crackers

    Avoiding pre-packaged snacks?  Try making these seed crackers from scratch.   They are low carb, gluten free, preservative free, and vegan.  Did I mention delicious???   They are REALLY good!  So good that I have made a double batch weekly for the last several months. As much as I would like to, I can not take credit for this recipe.  I found it in Gwyneth Paltrow’s book, The Clean Plate and she references Chef Magnus Nilsson.  So this is your chance to eat like a skinny celebrity :). Ingredients 1/2 cup flaxseeds 1 Tblsp arrowroot powder 1/4 Tsp salt 3 Tblsp black seasame seeds 3 Tblsp white seasame seeds 3 Tblsp hulled…

  • DIY

    MasterBath Vanity Update

    As we head into our 4th week of being at home, here’s my best attempt to distract myself and feel productive.  This is the second post on our master bath update, check out master bath tub upgrade for the initial post. Because of the detail on the tub, I felt the vanity needed to be simple, clean and modern.   Here is the before pic:   Step 1 Remove the mirror – this was a delicate step because we didn’t want to break the mirror.  This 12 foot long mirror would be saved for the master closet update, hopefully completed in the next few weeks.  We used a long metal…

  • Tiled Bath
    DIY

    Budget Bathroom Makeover with a Wow factor

    I hope all of your are staying safe at home and finding productive and positive ways to spend your days during this very difficult and scary time.  For my family, that means spending some of our time getting those projects done that we haven’t had time for between the usual day to day chaos. I’m really excited about this particular project, because I think it’s something that alot of people can do from a skills perspective, doesn’t require many tools and  it’s quite affordable.  Our master bathroom was dated and boring, built 16+ years ago, it was badly in need of some modern charm and character.   You can see…

  • Green Living

    Upcycled Light Fixtures to Holiday Decor

    When I painted my main room and entry way earlier this year, I was undecided on what to do with the old light fixtures that we replaced.  But then it hit me, these fixtures would make awesome holiday lanterns with a few adjustments.  It’s the best kind of project, the upcycled kind of project!     These fixtures come apart quite easily, I didn’t even need any tools.  Start by unscrewing the very top ring and continuing piece by piece working your way down until you can remove the inside light unit.   After the light bulb center and cords have been removed, unscrew the top and bottom round head…