} A Rustic Powder Room For The World Traveler

Are you a world traveler?

I’m not, but I dream about it, does that count?

If I could just find someone to pay for my world travel, I’d be all over it.

The world, I mean.

I do love to incorporate global touches in my decor.

Like this beautiful kantha blanket in my dining room.  It looks like I brought it back from India, doesn’t it?






My love of all things worldly and travelly and rustic led me to a redo of my powder room.


} Are You Ready For Some Football Pillows?

Hi everyone!  I hope that you have enjoyed the holiday weekend.

I love long weekends.

Except that they are never quite long enough.

We enjoyed the first weekend of college football, cheering, and critiquing and eating, of course.  All from the comfort of our own sofa.

And the Buckeyes won, so that was cool.

My husband and I are Ohio State alumni, and HUGE fans. Our oldest daughter is a junior at OSU, and our son plans to attend next fall.

IF I let him graduate from high school.  Sniff…

I LOVE incorporating our favorite pastime into our home’s decor, but alas, the scarlet and gray (well, at least the scarlet part) are no longer represented in my color scheme.

I guess I’ll have to resort to writing “Go Bucks” and “Michigan Sucks” on all of my chalkboards.  ;)

Or, I thought late one night, I could make a pillow.


} The Great Chandelier Transformation of 2014

Hi everyone!

How’s your Thursday?  We have our first high school marching band performance tonight, so I’m excited.  I hear they have a football game planned for before and after the band performance too.


That’s band mom humor, get it?

Anyhoo, we’ve talked before about how much I dislike the light fixtures we inherited in this house.  I even updated the kitchen light with a swipe or two of paint.

Today we’re talking about the dining room chandy.

It’s of the old world/tuscan/really not my style style.


shelf filler, light 010



} Tour Around Blogland

Hi everyone, Happy Monday!

Is there such a thing?

Of course there is, because today is THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!  I am thrilled that my kids’ brains with be occupied with the acquisition of knowledge, rather than occupied with plotting to kill each other.  ;)

So, today I’m participating in the Tour Through Blogland.  I’m not actually sure who started this tour, but it was a fabulous person because it’s a really great idea.  Each Monday, bloggers first introduce the blogger who invited them,  answer four questions about themselves, and finally introduce the  3 additional bloggers that they have invited!



} How To Increase Your DIY Budget With Swagbucks

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!

What do you have going on this weekend?  I have FOUR DAYS IN A ROW off from my day job, so I’m looking forward to that.  I REALLY need to do some cleaning and organizing in the basement, but hopefully we’ll have time for some fun too.

I have some great news for you today from Swagbucks.  I have posted in the past about how I use Swagbucks and other options to pay for my DIY addiction, and now Swagbucks is an even better “piggy bank!”


} Family Room Tour

Hi friends!

We are in the home stretch of summer break here, my kids go back to school on Monday.  This week is full of schedule pick ups, orthodontist appointments, immunization records…

What have you been up to?

If you’re local, the third edition of the Columbus Arts & Vintage Marketplace is this Sunday from 10am-5pm at the Aladdin Shrine Temple on Steltzer Road.  This third edition promises to be the best one yet!  I would LOVE to see you there.

Okay, so much for current events, would you like to have a tour of my family room?

We’ve lived in this house for 9 years, and I’ve been blogging for 5, but I don’t think I’ve ever photographed the entire room.

It has gone through so many changes and tweaks over the years.

Here’s a shot looking in from the attached kitchen and eating nook.




} Favorite Pins Friday

Well hello again!  Are you ready for the weekend?

I’m driving my daughter and her sweet friend to Detroit to see One Direction in concert.  I’m either the best mom ever, or the most gullible.  Please pray. 


Now for my favorite pins of the week!


} I Heart Vintage Green Ball Jars

Hey reinventing friends!

How are you on this gorgeous late summer day?  Have your kids started back to school yet?  Mine start August 25 (7th grade, 10th grade and 12th grade–yikes!) and August 27 (Junior in college–what??).

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

Sorry, I know that’s a little off topic, but I. CAN’T. WAIT.

To pass the time, let’s talk about Ball jars.

Beautiful vintage green Ball jars.