I like to think that I am like my dad — the good parts, of course. There weren’t actually any bad parts, just some that you might not want to display in mixed company. My father immigrated to the U.S from Valleyfield, Quebec, somewhere around 1950. He was ninth in a line of twelve children [...]
Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity For this Airbnb hostess, the arrival of spring signals time to roll up my sleeves and get to work. With Airbnb taking the lead as the budget conscious traveler’s answer to quality, comfortable, temporary housing, the number of local hosts is on the rise. This means to stay competitive I need [...]
Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity Who doesn’t love a warm fire on a damp New England night? I've always loved my fireplace, but the stone was too rustic and yellow for my taste—and what I really wanted was to upgrade from wood burning to a gas insert. The insert would require purchasing the unit and lining [...]
Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity I’ve been upcycling and repurposing since I watched Grandma paint salvaged stands for her spider plant collections when I was a girl. We used to call it “yard-sailing” or “junk shopping”—and while we may have upgraded the name of one of my all-time favorite activities, the sense of purpose and pleasure [...]
Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity It’s just days before the beginning of the new year and I’m reclining in front of a fire thinking about all of the things on my “to do” list here at home, when it occurs to me---I love my home. I live in a #verybradyhouse. It's a 1980’s contemporary with floating staircase, [...]
Nothing distinguishes a house from the pack like unique, one of a kind, home décor. If you’re like me you watch the home networks and see these amazing designers magically pull incredible, functional, “I wish I had one!” objects out of their back pockets. Where do they come from? Most of us puruse the aisles of our local home goods stores and yes, I too love these places for bedding and basics. But where do they find the really unique pieces?
Two years ago I took the leap to join Airbnb. My neighbors told me I was nuts. “You’re going to let people sleep in your bed? Touch your things? What if they steal something?” Let’s do some quick math…
If you've done this before you tedious and time-consuming painting raw wood is. You scrub the walls, patch and sand, shellac each and every knot, apply two coats of high quality primer, then finish with two coats of interior paint
This reclaimed whale project is a simple, low-cost DIY that even someone who has never used a jig saw can accomplish quickly and easily.