Greetings friends! I’ve arrived safely in Nashville, y’all!! I love this place, they have rocking chairs in the airport while you wait for your luggage. Well that’s just down home southern hospitality if you ask me. The BBQ here is divine, and I can’t wait to head downtown to hear some live music later this week!
So I had this great post for yesterday answering a reader’s question, “Should You Start a Blog?” and I worked on it for two hours and then. . . dun dun dun. . it disappeared into thin air. It’s lost somewhere in the stratosphere between the Grand Canyon and Dallas. Grrrr. It was the perfectly timed question given I’m at a blog conference this week, the same one I was at last year. I’ll do my best to recreate it later today. Pinky swear.
Meanwhile, ooohhh goody goody, look who’s here today! Only one of my new favorites! Please welcome Ms. Shelley from House of Smiths. Take it away lovely lady.
“Hello, my fellow Centsational readers,
Shelley here, from House of Smiths!
Let me introduce myself :
I’m a proud Mom to three adorable girls, and am lucky enough to have a hubby who is as passionate about life, DIY’ing and making our “house” a HOME, as I am!
I’m so happy that Kate asked me to do a little guest post for her, while she’s away!
House of Smiths is a collaboration of home diy, crafting, family, and all the humor that we find in it, along the way!
I thought it would be fun to share with you fabulous readers, a top 5 round up of some of our most favorite projects that we’ve worked on this past year, around the house!
First I have to ask you… have you ever said to your house…
“House?… do you think it would be possible to change our style, completely?”
wait… you don’t “talk” to your house…hmm… lol…
Well, I’m here to tell you, you CAN! And it won’t break the bank!
Here are a few ways that we took OUR home from a dark “Tuscan-type look” with reds, blacks, and browns…
To a fresh, bright, airier feeling home, that we enjoy being in everyday!
Or big “kickoff” started with the Laundry Room.
It was dark, cluttered, and well… probably a lot like every other laundry room in America. ha!
With the help of a little paint, trim, and repainted thrift store chandelier…
Our Laundry Room space has turned into a place we don’t dread, anymore!
Next we moved onto our 3 girls’s bathroom.
Again, it was a dark, small space that needed some brightening up!
Nothing was wrong with it, before, but just not the “look” we were going for, anymore.
Along with a fresh coat of paint, we added a fun wall treatment…
and an instant room enlargen-ing (I know, not a world…lol) framed out beadboard trimmed ceiling!
And a simple, custom chunky frame to the mirror!
Just outside our (now bright) bathroom, was our hallway and entryway.
So onto that, we started!
Next, we moved onto the kitchen.
Our first “plan of action” was to get the pantry in order.
That thing looked like a bomb went off in it, and I KNEW I had to get it under control.
Cue: Orgnization OVERHAUL…ha!
It’s been SO nice to actually be able to FIND what we need, when we need it, now!
One of our simplest projects that we tackled were our kitchen shelves.
Not a “House of Smiths original” by any means, but the space that it provides us for decorating throughout the year, due to the lack of a fireplace mantel, REALLY makes them one of my most favorite projects to date! :)
We are SO excited to start in on some more projects in 2011!
We have a Master bathroom redo, and a garage makeover in the works, along with lots of other small projects to check off, on our list of “things to do”.
so much to do, so little time. ha!
Thank you SO MUCH Kate for having us! We love your blog, and find inspiration in it, daily :)
And a big thank you to all of you, “centsational” readers, for letting me pop in and say Hi!
We hope you find yourselves in our neck of the woods, sometime soon, and if you are…
Feel free to stop by the house and say hi!
Isn’t she marvelous? Could you die looking at her pantry? I saw it last year as did many of you, but I never get tired of looking at it. Mental note: must makeover my own pantry Shelley style! I adore House of Smiths and I know you will too !
I’ll be back soon if I can piece that other post together. Now I’m off to attend some workshops, have a fabulous day friends, see you tomorrow !!