Welcome to our cabin – the view “before”

When we decided to search for a cabin on a lake, we had no idea where to start! We’ve vacationed on a few of the largest lakes in New England over the years that are gorgeous places for families, boating and relaxing. However, lake-front properties on these well known lakes are way out of our price range. Luckily, there are many many beautiful lakes in New England. We spent months researching options on-line. We compared, lake size, water quality, READ MORE


1970s Brick Fireplace Makeover

The giant brick fireplace in our new-to-us 1970s colonial definitely takes center stage in our family room. It’s 11ft tall by 10ft wide!  But, it felt extremely dark and dated when we first saw this space with our realtor.  Our last house had a gas fireplace which was a nice convenience, but not the same feel as a wood-burning fireplace. We were looking forward to having such a show-stopper in the family room…once we made a READ MORE


1970s Kitchen & Dining Room Reno-Part 1

The kitchen and dining space needed to be renovated before we could even move in to our 1970s colonial. The dining room had wall-to-wall shag carpet. It was completely closed off from the rest of the house. There was a door between the dining room and the kitchen. The walls were covered in wallpaper, although it was a light color and is hard to appreciate in the photos. The ceilings through out the space were textured. The READ MORE


Framed Fabric Wall Hanging

Our new family room has high ceilings. On one side of the room is our floor to ceiling brick fireplace. The opposite wall is 11 ft high with a large open wall space between the windows. It needed a big and affordable focal point! I’ve always admired fabric wall hangings. My sister-in-law has several in her home that always catch my eye. This seemed like the perfect budget-friendly solution for this space. I fell in READ MORE