09.1.2014 / Pillow Fight!

I hope you’re enjoying a nice relaxing long weekend.  Can someone please explain to me how September just happened??  I digress….


Along with a new sofa comes the need for some new pillows.  Yes, the need.  I’ve come to the conclusion that it must be in the female DNA because men just don’t get pillows.  Every single time I say something about a new pillow, Hubby responds with “ya know, I was just thinking we didn’t have enough pillows.”  You are right, Hubby, one can never have enough pillows!  Who’s with me???  Pillows are a relatively inexpensive and non-committal way to instantly switch up a room.


Exhibit A- our new sofa.  While I love the simplicity of just the single center pillow (a HomeGoods find that I still adore), functionality-wise, we need to add a pillow on each side.  I want something fun and colorful that won’t compete with the adjacent ikat chair or the orange/coral pillow.  That’s not too much to ask.




  1. Fanner Diamond Pillow Cover in Platinum from West Elm.  Simplicity with artistic flare in the form of texture
  2. British Bouquet pillow from Caitlin Wilson Textiles.  Color and fun.
  3. Embroidered Dot Pillow Cover in Blue Lagoon from West Elm.  So pretty and simple.  It would be rather simple to take this as an inspiration and create a custom version.
  4. Paint Palette Pillow via Tonic Living.  The fabric itself is also available from Tonic Living and I think is the current front-runner in my sofa race.  An artsy floral with enough color that it can hold up next to the existing pillow.
  5. Blue, Purple, and Green Linen Pillow Cover from Pillow Flight on etsy.  This shop has such great affordable options!  I’m also a sucker for paisley-inspired florals.  I think I need to veer out of the box, though.
  6. Cowhide Pillow Cover from Wisteria.  I’m not going to lie and tell you I love the cowhide… It would not be very comfortable to rest your head on during detective show binge-watching… BUT I love the style/idea here.  Creating a pattern with individual fabric pieces and leaving raw edges- beautiful.  With felt, jersey, or some other cozy material I’d be totally sold.

I could day dream about pillows all day if I wasn’t careful.  So many options!  Such pretty fabrics!  Endless possibilities!  I bit pillow-crazy? maybe!


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08.29.2014 / Meet Millie- Part Two

After showing you the outside of fliphouse #4, Millie, yesterday, today I’ll finally let you in!  I guarantee, it won’t disappoint- and keep in mind, these are the BEFORE pictures.  This house was built in 1902 and is 2,550sf so this will be a doozy of a post.  A lot of my job on this house (outside of the complete update of kitchen and bathrooms) is just cleaning up and restoring what’s already existing.  Because most of what’s existing is phenomenal.

Come on in!


I’m hoping to save the wood door, but I’m not sure what to do about the collection of locks…. only one of which is currently functional.


The floor however… buh. bye.  If possible, I’ll be tiling right over this baby (since it is most likely asbestos I’d rather not mess with it)


If you take the first door on your left, you’ll find the first of 3 living areas.  And the first of 2 fireplaces.



Can we also talk about these light fixtures for a hot second?  Hubba. Hubba.


Before we head to the second living area, lets head out to the sun room


I actually dig the yellow, but everything needs a complete refresh.


It all looks worse the closer you get.  Especially the windows- they’re pretty busted up…. but they’re original!


Back inside, beyond the first living area is… another living area where I’m currently stashing staging furniture.


Here we find the first 2 built-ins on our tour.  Only one of the original panes of glass is broken.



Through the pocket door, we move on to the next living area, although I’ve decided this one should be called the library or study…


Don’t let the paneling fool you.


The plate rail is original… not the faux wood paneling.


They did a surprisingly good job finding fake paneling the right color, though.  Sadly for me, it’s covering ancient wallpaper.


The reason I’m calling this room the library/study is on the opposite wall: built-ins 3 and 4.  They are beautiful, but like almost everything else in this house, they need love and repair.


The back ‘reading area’ falls directly below the bath tub….. can you guess how I know?


The little door on the side of the room is actually quite exciting for me.  It’s currently a pass-through to the kitchen with a small closet.


When I’m done, it will be a first floor powder room complete with built-in #5.


Before we head to the kitchen, let’s head back to the dining room which is located between the kitchen and first living room right off the entry way.


Here we also find fire place #2 (the back side of the other one) and built-ins #6 and 7.


My favorite view of this room by far, though is the staircase, curved wall and stained glass door into the living areas.


At long last, lets head to the last room on this floor, the kitchen.


I plan to repair the original cabinets and reface the once that are clearly newer (and by newer I mean probably 50s)


And I definitely need to do some reworking of the layout.  The stove/fridge placement makes for the most awkward kitchen entry in all of time.  And maybe I’ll even add a plug for the fridge so it doesn’t have to be plugged into an extension cord… in the dining room.


Before I take you upstairs to the bedroom, I want to show you the basement.  I have a love/hate relationship with it.

Hate: scary bathroom (that I’ll tackle if the budget allows by the end) and icky laundry area.



Love: seascape murals everywhere you turn.  I’m not touching these!



Complete with awning and bathing beauties.


If I haven’t lost you yet, we’ll go back up the stairs and up to the second floor…

In the second floor hallway, built-in #8 is an adorable little bench just outside the bathroom.


..and then we find a very blue bathroom.  Ya think this is original to the house?? (spoiler alert: it’s not)


Within the bathroom, however, our built-in count rises to 9.


Now the first of 3 bedroom.  Can I interest you in pink?


Logically, the only light switch in the room is located across the room from where you enter.


Luckily, aside from the lack of real outlets, the next bedroom is a bit more subdued.


I see a trunk refurb project in my future.


The master is pretty cool in my option, but since it’s the largest bedroom, it’s also where I’m currently stashing all the bedroom staging furniture, so you’ll have to try and see the room beyond the pile.


Aside from being the biggest bedroom, this room also has 3 (!) closets.  The largest one with double doors, a window, and 2 more built-ins (that brings our total so far to 11)


Millie was totally ahead of the trends- she had cup pulls about 110 years before they were the rage.


Closet 2 is the smallest and lacks any fun built-ins.  I call this picture “Flipper Chic”- I got all fancy with the pose just for you.


The other walk-in closet sports an original mirror in the door (swoon)


and the last of the built-ins in the house.  12!  12 built-in amazingness… all which need love to be fully functional.


Not as exciting as anything else, there also an attic which I’ve demoed half of since this picture.  Gotta get my electrician started on the good ol’ knob and tube!


And with that, we’ve reached the end of the tour.  Congrats on making it all the way through with me!!

Are you as excited about this house’s possibilities as I am??


08.28.2014 / Meet Millie- Part One

Without further adieu, I’d like to introduce you to Millie, fliphouse #4.  Today I’ll just be giving you the exterior tour, and tomorrow I’ll let you inside.





Mr. Hedge-trimmer is going to have a very pivotal roll in this exterior make-over since, as you can see, the house is practically hiding in the jungle.


The location of this house, though, is pretty special.  It’s part of a block of 6 antique bungalows that are off of the absolutely most charming ‘terrace’ (aka sidewalk) you have ever seen complete with working gas lamps.


Clearly Millie, the jungle directly on the right, is the delinquent of the block and needs to be brought up to par.

Returning to the front yard…



The porch needs a bit of love, repair, and lots of paint.



I love the sunroom, but the door’s knob, hinges, and lock are all painted over.  I know I said the porch needed paint, but that’s a little excessive.


I need to work on the view from this room, though- you can’t even get to this side yard, it’s so overgrown (see the little Terrace beyond?)


On the opposite side of the house, it’s only marginally better.  A bit less overgrown but with a falling down fence.


The back yard is sure to be a selling feature once I’m done, though.  I’m sure it once was the homeowner’s secret garden oasis, but it’s a bit far from that these days.


It’s not very deep, but it expands on 3 sides of the property.  This is the back and has a brick patio on the far side and grass in front.  My job here is to weed as much as necessary to reveal the lovely landscaped garden that once was.  On the garage side of the house, there’s a would-be-charming outdoor eating area



I’m tempted to call this the lanai (a la Golden Girls).


Our last stop on the exterior tour is back on the opposite side of the house.  There we find a questionably structured deck off the back of the sun room and the so-overgrown-you-can’t-get-to side yard.



As with the inside which you’ll see tomorrow, the exterior of this house isn’t about demoing and starting from scratch.  Instead it’s about fixing, repairing, and restoring the beauty that once was.  I’ve got my hedge trimmer and weed whacker primed and ready to go!

To be continued…..


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