Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Fixer Upper" Fan

Like many of you, I love the new HGTV show Fixer Upper. It combines my love for decorating, fixing up, and real estate all in one. I don't often share my faith with you on here, but my husband sent me this video this morning and I just thought I'd share it with y'all.

Maybe you can relate. Or maybe not yet, but this video spoke to me. Here's the link to Joanna's blog. I love scrolling back to her older blog posts to see what she was talking about before she was discovered. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Real Estate Monday: Squirrel Hill

Happy Real Estate Monday. Most of the time I try to stay within a "reasonable" budget, but reasonable is relative, really. Today I'm highlighting a dream home for me. I LOVE the style of this Spanish-looking home, and while, yes, it needs some love, the end result could be A-mazing. So someone please buy this, and let me help you renovate it, ok? Good.
Here's 135 Westland Dr. Squirrel Hill, Pa 15217  a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom villa listed for $640,000.
I believe this is overlooking the back and side of the house. 
The foyer. Look at that awesome stairwell and Spanish tile. I'd rip off the orange carpet on the stairs and either refinish the wood (if in good shape) or paint the stairs a shocking black and white. 

The living room. 
Hang on, let me wipe the drool from my lip. Just kidding. But seriously, wide-plank wooden floors, 20 ft beamed-arched ceilings, a fireplace, and French doors that open onto this luxurious patio. 
Look at that cute Juliet balcony. 

Here's where the renovating starts happening. I'd do something like this with the kitchen (inspiration photos from Domaine Home). 

 I'd be sure to incorporate lots of Spanish tile in the backsplash, and chevron laid wood floors are always fun.

Isn't this the coolest doorway/window you've ever seen? 

How about a hand-carved bar off your entry way? 

Now I kind of like this bathroom, but I'd totally seek to update it a little. Maybe replace the wall paper with something like in this photo

There's lots more pics on the zillow website I listed. As always, if you're in the market for a new house, give me a call, I'd be happy to help you look. Have a wonderful Monday. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Real Estate Monday: South Side

It's about time for another REM post. And, yes, I'm a sucker for staging... anything decorated nicely automatically catches my eye! Can you blame me? Plus, this house makes me long for summer time and bike riding those great trails along the river. Come on warm weather!
75 S 16th Street, Pittsburgh, Pa 15203*** $249,900 3 bed/1.5 bath right on the flat part of the South Side Works area and close to the river. Doesn't get much better, does it?

I found this remodel to be very tasteful and cheery. 
While I'm not the listing agent, feel free to contact me today if you don't already have a Realtor and would like to see this house, or others like it. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to Get Motivated to Clean Your House

Want to know how to get motivated to clean your entire house? Throw a party! Seriously, it's like a kick-in-the-butt jump start to cleaning.
Here's what I'll title "Calm Before the Storm"- aka pre-rescheduled family Christmas party where we stuffed 40+ family members in our little house.

I don't think I ever shared our kitchen backsplash either. Or maybe I did. Either way, our kitchen has never been this clean.
It was fun while it lasted. Here's a couple pictures I took during the party. Bingo is a family tradition- that's why everyone's hunkered down over their cards. 
We also had a little snow ball fight action. My daughter got creamed in the face, poor thing. 
 And what party is complete without some "paint face" as Taliila likes to call it. 

 Plus, I finally took pics of all the furniture in our garage that's for sale. Yay for feeling accomplished! Maybe I'll even get around to redoing some of these pieces. Or you can buy them and send me pics of them redone. :)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Having a Whale of a Time Painting on Glass

Three things you need to know about me:
1. I'm not a collector.
2. I get SADD in the winter.
3. I like to paint things.
With that said, I seem to have this weird (not-so-weird?) collection of whales growing. I had this old glass window laying around that seemed like the perfect medium for a project. What I discovered:
1. painting helps ward off those evil winter time blues, and
2. glass is really fun to paint on.
I had a dream about an orca whale the previous night, and I love this quirky painting at the children's museum, by Jay Ryan:
I hope my sad attempt to copy this painting isn't some sort of copyright infringement. If it is, I'll take this down, but for now consider this the highest form of flattery Mr. Ryan. 

So here's what I figured out when painting on glass:

 If you mess up you can wipe it off and start over,  but once your first layer of paint is dry, it will always show through on the other side.

 I realized this when I covered some "ripples" in the water I painted on this side, and then turned it over, only to find those sneaky ripples still there. 

Observe: front side, no ripples and the paint has lots of texture.
 Back side: very smooth and glossy, with ripples in the water. 
Here's Taliila painting the glass of and old frame. 

My little artist. 

Another thing I think would be fun to try is painting a chalkboard on an old piece of glass. It'd be such a smooth backdrop- I feel like the chalk would just glide over it. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Real Estate Monday: Forest Hills

I haven't done a REM post in a while. Let's see how rusty I am.
This house is one of my favorite styles in Pittsburgh- the Frank Lloyd Wright style. Perfect for showcasing some cool mid century modern furniture. I've actually been in this house a couple years ago, and I find it adorable and quite affordable. Listed for $139,900 is a 3 bed, 2 bath home. Let me know if you'd like to see it in person.

136 Fairfax Rd,Pittsburgh, PA 15221 

Not a very telling picture of the front, but there's a massive deck for some great outdoor living on the front of the house. 

 I love BIG windows! And exposed brick... what a fun living space. 
 The living room flows around to the dining room and kitchen. 

 A kitschy, little powder room with some awesome 70's wall paper. 

  Not a bad master bath for a smaller home. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

How To Do a Collage Wall

I'm kind of a sucker for hanging my art in a collage-like fashion. This trend has been great for me because my house has very little wall space (lots of doors and pass-throughs) and I have a lot of meaningful art I want to display. 
There are a lot of helpful tricks to the trade out there. One good one is laying everything out on the floor so you get an idea of where you want to place your pictures. 
 As you can see, I switched it around a bit once I started putting them up on the wall. 

 More frequently, I just start slightly off center with a focal point, and then build around it. I like adding different textures and types of media to keep things interesting. A lot of my art work is done by family members, or items I've repurposed. Mirrors are also great add-ins and bring light into dark spaces. 
Really there's no rhyme or reason, but I try to keep everything close together so it looks like it's part of a whole. Items hung too far apart lose their collage effect. Make sense? 
The best part is, I can switch pictures in and out of the configuration for a quick change. 


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