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There has been an infestation of bees in my neighborhood lately, which is probably why I dreamed I was a beekeeper last night.  Which reminds me, I forgot to tell you about another one of my personal rules, one that I wish everyone would adopt: If you must tell someone about your dream, wrap it up in 10 words or less.  For example: “Alec Baldwin chasing me with knives through a haunted Costco.” And we’re done.

There’s nothing worse than listening to someone drone on and on about their dreams. (Their literal dreams, not like, their hopes and dreams. I’m not a total monster). There’s just nothing you can say to contribute to the conversation.

But anyway, back to being a beekeeper. I have a friend who is a beekeeper. I think he is awesome because he taught himself how to be a beekeeper by watching videos on YouTube. Isn’t that crazy? What if you could do that with any profession? “I’m not a ‘certified’ dentist with a ‘degree’ or anything, but don’t worry. I’ve watched a ton of YouTube videos.  Now open wide!”

But it can be done. Better After reader Sara and her husband bought their house about three years ago and she says, “we did everything ourselves with the help of YouTube and blogs.” That’s absolutely awesome Sara! You’re right up there in self-taught-beekeeper status to me.

Let’s take a look:

dark outdated kitchen before

open shelving kitchen makeover after



The kitchen is my favorite part! I love the open shelving and the wall-o-backsplash.



Whole House Makeover LR After


Whole House Makeover Living Room Before


The living room looks about 25 years younger now.  Love the new floors.

Whole House Makeover Dining Room Before


Whole House Makeover Dining Room After


Major upgrade in the dining room, but I love that she kept the corner built-in and beefed up the chair rail into legit wainscoting.

And here’s a peek outside, isn’t it the cutest? It was charming to begin with, but a fresh coat of paint and and aqua door really make it smile.

Whole House Makeover Outside Before

Whole House Makeover Outside After

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Quirk it out.

I have a few personal rules and guidelines that I live by. For instance, if you put something in my face and ask me to smell it, my automatic response is “Personal rule! I do not smell things that people tell me to smell.”  Another one is that I won’t ever wear a belt that comes pre-attached to a pair of jeans. Nice try, cheap belt.  Another one is that I will absolutely not go swimming in a river and I make no apologies about it whatsoever.

I don’t care if Gwen Stefani was all, “I’ll be your best friend forever and dress you up in my clothes if you just come swim in this river with me!” I’d be like, “Smell ya later, Gwen.”

Anyway. I do have a point. Another one of my personal guidelines is that quirky people are my favorite people! I seek them out. My whole life I’ve been attracted to those types of personalities that veer away from ‘normal.’ They’re the most fun.

Marisa ditched this perfectly normal matchy-matchy scene and created a totally eclectic living and dining area.  I mean, there’s a pirate ship chandelier. She seems like a riot. I think we’d be great friends.





Check out her blog Moky and Marisa to see all the wonderful details up close, and to get a glimpse of that pirate ship lit up at night!

Do you have any personal rules? I’d love to hear them.

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Pulling Up The Carpet

Do you know what purple indoor/outdoor carpet is good for?  Do you? Because I don’t. I can’t think of one instance where you might need purple indoor/outdoor carpet, unless you own and operate some kind of indoor/outdoor bowling alley/casino/children’s playplace.  Then maybe.

I’ll tell you one thing it’s not good for. Upholstery. That’s a firm NO SIR. But that didn’t stop someone from using it to reupholster this poor pair of chairs at some point in time.  Larissa at Prodigal Pieces reports they were so scratchy and uncomfortable, no one in her home could bear to sit in them.

But there’s no denying they had lovely lines underneath. They could wear a feed sack and still look great.

Linen and Floral Chair Makeover Before

Vintage Feed Sack Chair

Oh snap. That’s exactly what she did with the first one.  And not only does it look, well, darling – it looks like something you’d actually want to sit in too. Imagine that.



And I really, really love this linen and floral makeover on the second chair. So feminine and lovely! Do you see the coordinating welting on the edges?  So pretty.

Linen and Floral Chair Makeover

And you have to see the back too!  Check that out at Prodigal Pieces.

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Bathrooms! They’re just like us!

Whenever I see pictures of celebrities in magazines doing things like buying deodorant at Walgreens or walking out of the grocery store with a big box of Cheerios, I can’t help but think “Wow! They really ARE just like us!”

Of course I don’t think that.  I think “Wow. I wonder how much they got paid to ‘candidly’ carry that product with the label ‘randomly’ showing. Probably a butt-load.”  I’m no fool.

But deep down, celebrities really are just like us.  They need deodorant too. This is why (stay with me here) you should never look at some fabulous designer-decorated space and think, “Gosh dang. I could never do that.” FALSE!

Most of the time, those designers starting from the basics too, just like anybody else.  Take this bathroom.  Vanity. Toilet. Window. Nothing special here.


silver wallpaper powder room before




But look at what’s possible! You can have a celebrity-worthy bathroom too! And why shouldn’t you? You’re pretty hot stuff.

From Jessie at The Design Daredevil.  You may remember her incredible dining room transformation too, probably my favorite of all time.

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