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Mom’s Fabulous 50’s Kitchen

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This fun 50’s Breakfast Room belongs to my mom and stepdad.  My mom wanted to decorate with a 50’s/diner theme and I think it turned out really great.  It is even more impressive when you know what the room looked like when they bought the house.


Here is their kitchen with its 50’s make-over.

And below is the creepy BEFORE picture.

Isn’t this how the kitchen is supposed to look when the house is on the market??? Oh. My. Word!

Another view of the current style….

And another terrifying BEFORE shot.

Another wall in the kitchen…..

And below we have a BEFORE shot of the same wall.

When Mom first found her ‘dream house’, I thought she had lost her mind!  =)   To say the place was disgusting is an understatement.  After they bought the house, we removed trash by thedumptruck load!  (Luckily my brother-in-law owned a dumptruck…It definitely came in handy.)

The house was a disgusting, dirty ‘cat box’ with walls reeking of nicotine.  What an undertaking!!  But with lots of TLC (and disinfectant) it has evolved into a wonderful, welcoming home.

Let’s take closer look at the breakfast room!  Cheerful yellow walls and red gingham curtains serve as a perfect backdrop for all of the 50’s and diner memorabilia.  The red table is such a great focal point that adds to the diner theme.

One major change in this space was replacing the single window on the end wall with a double window.   The ‘wood’ floor is vinyl–easy to clean!

The Drive In ticket in the photo below is from The Trianon, where my mom actually worked!  Isn’t that so fun???

The hamburger and fries ‘meal’ was ordered online from a restaurant supply website.

The kitchen is filled with more diner decor.

For the keyholder, we added cuphooks to a painted  board.  The bottle caps add some fun.

We painted the backsplash in the kitchen with chalkboard paint so that Mom can add ‘menu items’ to the wall.

Dishwashing soap and hand soap are kept in mustard and ketchup bottles, while the dish scrubber sits in an A&W mug.

The wallpaper border was our ‘inspiration piece’- It has a fun 50’s feel to it.

Frames hold class rings and actual photos of my parents from high school.  I love how these things make the room so personal while adding the perfect 50’s vibe.

45RPM records make great wall decorations!  The jukebox replica and original Wassell’s Dance poster echo the wallpaper ‘sockhop’ theme.

The metal sign on the refrigerator is painted with chalkboard paint so the message can be updated.   Magnets placed behind the sign hold it firmly in place.

I am still amazed when I look at the BEFORE and AFTER photos of these wonderful rooms!  The rest of the rooms are just as great so you can be sure I will be sharing more of this wonderful home!!!


A Project! – Pull Out Trash Can

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What’s behind Door #1???

Yesterday my son helped me revamp our ‘trash can stuck in a cabinet’.  It is now a Pull Out Trash Can!

Fancy, huh???

I was SO excited that we were starting the project that I didn’t get any ‘before’ photos.  But here is a shot after we have taken off the cabinet door and are in the process of measuring to position the sliders.  To start, I measured the depth of the cabinet and trotted over to my Home Depot to buy some drawer slides that attach to the sides of a cabinet.  Mine are 22 inches long.

To start, I measured the depth of the cabinet and trotted over to my Home Depot to buy some drawer slides that attach to the sides of a cabinet.  Mine are 22 inches long.

We used the extra shelf from the cabinet to make the top of the pull-out.  We drew the opening size for the trash can and Scott used the jig saw to cut out the shape.  Underneath we attached a box that hold the rails.  It now slides in and out so easily.  I love it!!!


Thanks to Scott for all of his hard work!


If you decide you might want to make your own Pull Out Trash Can, check out this great website.  Lindsay has easy to follow instructions and photos of each step along the way.

I have decided that doing these little projects puts me in a happy mood.

Who would have thought that throwing away trash could be so much FUN!

Fun Baby Gift– Cupcake Onesies!

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I found this great idea for a baby gift on Pinterest and wanted to share it with you!

(Here is the link to the original idea from–so creative!)

Onesies and socks are rolled together to make a cute box of ‘cupcakes’!!!

I started by buying a fun display box for cupcakes and some large cupcake liners from Hobby Lobby.   I found some adorable onesies and socks and was ready to go to work.  (Solid color socks work best but they were difficult to find.  Also, the onesies that I used are 3 month size. Anything larger would probably be difficult to fit into the cupcake liners.)

Fold the onesie into thirds and place a rolled sock at one end.  Roll up the onesie with the sock sticking up a bit from the center, as shown below.

Place the rolled onesie into the cupcake liner and place in the box.

Continue making ‘cupcakes’ until you have filled the box.  (I even rolled several socks together to make one of the cupcakes, since I didn’t have six onesies.)


Sometimes the wrapping makes the gift, don’t ya think????

Peggy and Dave’s Home Sweet Home

I am so excited to take you on a virtual tour of Peggy and Dave’s AMAZING outdoor spaces!!  These two folks are unbelievably talented and creative.  They think up a neat project and the next thing you know….it is DONE!  (Being friends with Peggy could be dangerous to the self-esteem…as in “Ok, now I feel like a slug- Peggy has finished 34 projects and I have managed to MAYBE buy the supplies for one. LOL)

Here is the front of their home.  Isn’t it inviting???

It is definitely past the prime gardening season in Indiana but there are still lots of things blooming in the flowerbeds!

This pink and yellow lantana is one of my favorite flowers!

Orange and yellow lantana

They have a wonderful deck attached to the back of their home.  As you step onto the deck, this amazing stained glass piece adds privacy.  Peggy made the stained glass windows and Dave added the frame and iron scrollwork. Talk about a great team!

I covet this, by the way.    =)

The photo below is looking from the covered patio/garage back toward the deck.  You can see the coveted stained glass piece in the background.

The stained glass window hanging from the garage is ANOTHER of Peggy’s original designs!

While lounging on the deck, you can watch all of the fish in the amazing pond.  I am pretty sure some of the koi are the size of large cats!  The water plants and plantings all around the pond are wonderful.  There is always something in bloom!

Feeding time in the fish pond!

Amazing to still have lillies blooming in mid-September!

The deck has a fountain and plenty of wonderful plants.  Peggy designed and made these beautiful mosaic pots.

They added a little ‘river bed’ that flows from under this huge rock and winds around the side of the deck.   (I LOVE this rock because it was a birthday present to ME from my son, Scott! One of my best surprises ever!!   Peggy and Dave ‘adopted’ it when I moved to San Diego.  And transporting it was quite an adventure.)

There are even little goldfish that swim in it.  So fun!!

Looking out from the deck, you see the swimming pool that was added this summer.

Dave added a covered patio to his garage–and now it is the perfect place to sit by the pool. ( On the wall is the shell towel rack that I showed you in a previous post.)

Next to the patio is a flower bed that contains this unique piece.  It started out as an antique bed that belonged to Peggy’s grandmother.  She had it made into a bench and then added the stained glass mosaic.  I think it is amazing!

Metal bed made into a garden bench

Peggy also ‘planted’ a few of these fun flowers made from various plates and bowls that she picked up from local thrift shops.  They add great color and a fun touch of whimsy.

And finally, another of my very favorite things is their swing and pergola. Peggy dreamed this up and they both worked hard to get it completed.  I absolutely love everything about it!!  The stained glass windows, again, are original designs by Peggy.  I could sit there all summer!!!

Peggy and Dave’s home is a feast for the eyes and it is good for the soul.  It is peaceful and beautiful….and I know they work really hard to make it so wonderful.

Now, what is that verse about ‘Thou shalt not covet’…?

Designing a Photo Wall

Designing a Photo Wall

A large grouping of photos or art can be difficult to arrange but here are a few tips to make the task a bit easier.


First of all, gather all of the photos and frames that you might want to use and lay them out on the floor.  Play around with different arrangements until you find something that you like.  Use a tape measure so that your design will correspond with the size of the wall space.


When you have a design that you like TAKE A PHOTO of it with your digital camera so that you can refer back to it as you are working on the wall.

Arrange your photos on the floor.

Next, take some heavy craft paper and trace outlines of all of your frames or accent pieces.    (I didn’t have heavy paper…and I am impatient…so I used wrapping paper instead.  I recommend using the heavier paper because it is much easier to work with on the wall.)

Tape templates onto your wall.

A thrifty way to unify the look of your frames is to paint them all the same color.  I used a satin black spray paint.

Painting frames the same color can unify the design.

Awesome tip:  Pound tacks into the back of the frames to elevate them while they are being painted.  No more sticking to your drop cloth or having puddles of paint stuck to the edges.

Elevate the frames with tacks to make painting quick and easy.


ANOTHER awesome tip:  To locate the exact location of your frame hanging hardware, use your printer and photocopy the back of the frame.

If the frame is larger than the scanning surface of the printer, only copy the portion of the frame where the hanger is located.  Then tape the image to your original template to show where the hardware is located.

Copy the back of your frame using your printer.
Frame too large? Just copy the end with the hanger and tape it to the larger outline of the frame.


Position your templates on the wall using painters tape or masking tape.  I used a level to make sure everything was lining up correctly.

Position templates exactly where you want them.


You can put the nails or screws right through the template.

Nail right through the template!


Then tear off the paper template and hang your frame!


JUST right!



This template method makes designing a photo wall really easy.  You can even do it by yourself!  No need to bribe a friend to help hold frames on the wall while you spend hours debating if it’s ‘right’.  Your friends will thank you.  Trust me on this one.

I am not calling this wall finished just yet.  I am thinking of adding a very narrow bench.  And maybe even bring some of the wood element to the top of the wall with a wooden sign of some sort.  We’ll see!

Now it just needs a little bench…and maybe a plant? =)

Since I’m not busy changing the world today….

                                         I know it isn’t important in the scheme of life


                                                     I switched my area rugs today.

                                                            (Insert smiley face here.)

The lighting on these photos leaves a lot to be desired.  But hopefully you get the idea.

So…which one do YOU like better, brown paisley (left) or cream with color bursts (right)?

Half Bath Painting

Like the rest of the condo, the half bath between our living room and kitchen/dining area started out white.  White fixtures, white walls and ceiling, white vinyl.  A blank slate for sure!  I found a cute rug and matching towels at Target that served as my inspiration.

I love the stripes and all of the colors.

After several trips to the paint center (and bringing  home enough sample cards to paper a room with) I decided on Behr Kittery Point Green.  I am famous for painting and repainting until I get ‘just the right’ color…but I don’t have the budget for that !  ( …or the energy now that I am *ahem* older)

Behr Kittery Point Gre

 The color gives me sporadic thoughts of pistachio desserts, but overall I like the choice for the space…..for now, at least.  =)

I have always loved the blue painted wall shelf.  I added some fun beachy accessories and also some extra touches of blue.

Hadley Pottery Sailboat Mug

I found those sand dollars on the beach!

The downside of having a pedestal sink is that there is no built-in storage in the room.  The room is a good size so I was able to fit in a metal baker’s rack from Walmart.  It was black went I bought it but some white spray paint made it just right.  =)

These baskets from TJMaxx are a great fit!

I found the fish at the Hadley Factory in Louisville.

I framed this fun poster and put it on the long wall behind the door.

The room is coming along.  The biggest challenge is the mirror.  It is a cheap builder-grade mirror that is SECURELY glued to the drywall.  I am debating how to update it without having to pull it off and damage the wall.  I have seen some fun ideas with shells, rope, or tile but I need more inspiration!


If you have an idea, I would LOVE to hear from you!

Now that the half bath is painted, there are NO MORE WHITE WALLS on the second floor of the condo.

Progress.  =)