Thankful Day

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying the day with friends and family and food! Even if you aren’t celebrating Thanksgiving, or already did (Hi Canada!) there is never a wrong time of the year to be grateful for all the wonderful things in our lives.  And I’m thankful for you! Thank you so much for coming here and reading this blog, taking time to send comments and emails, and enriching my life with your talents and kindness. If we were all sitting down to dinner together, I’d raise my glass to you, friend.

And now, to get everyone in the mood for turkey time, here’s a stunning dining room makeover from Lauren at Lauren Liess.

Planked Ceiling Dining Room Before


Planked Ceiling Dining Room


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Just in time for turkey!

Thanksgiving is almost here! Do you have company coming? Is your kitchen ready for the big day? Here’s a little checklist to make sure things are in order.  Do you have any of the following:

  • Broken Stove
  • Rotting countertops
  • No Dishwasher
  • Leaky sink
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Cracked linoleum
  • Tiny fridge
  • Unfunctional layout

What if you had ALL of them? That would be a bigger bummer than burning the turkey. (Or in my case, forgetting to thaw the turkey.  There’s still time, right??)

But that lengthy list of limitations is exactly what Colleen was dealing with in her old kitchen. Sheesh, I’d never want to cook. I never really want to cook no matter where I am, but still. I’d never ever want to cook.  So she undertook a lengthy renovation which involved moving the window and door to the outside, plus tearing down the wall on the right and opening up and rearranging the whole layout.

White and Gray Kitchen Before

White and Gray Kitchen

Worth it! I can’t believe it’s the same space! It looks like a million bucks, but Colleen did this on a serious budget. She saved big by installing her own IKEA cabinets and using faux-stone countertops.  There are so many great details to see, go check out her blog for a closer look at Lemon Thistle.

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My Dining Room Makeover

Hey gang! So, we’ve been in our house for about a year and a half now, and I know for some people that’s more than enough time to get their act together and have the entire house 100% decorated and styled to their heart’s content.  Are you one of those people? Congratulations, I hate you.

Just kidding. I don’t hate you, I want to be you. But that’s just not the way I work, and I suspect most of us are the same way. Creating a home you love that truly reflects your style is long, loooong process. Fraught with trial and error. Heck, even just nailing down your ‘style’ is tricky business.

So, while the overwhelming majority of my house is still builder-beige and there are plenty of empty walls patiently waiting for attention, I’m slowly trying to make progress.

I’ve been working on my dining room, and while I’m not totally content with it yet, it’s coming along! This is what it looked like last year at Christmas time.  Shield your eyes from the festiveness about to assault you:

dining room makeover before

WHEW. That was overwhelming.

Since then, I’ve made just a few simple changes in here, namely curtains, a new light fixture, a tiny little bit of paint, and a new rug, and here is the result:

dining room makeover after  dining room rug black and white

I liked the old rug, it just was way too off-white to look good with all the white-white furniture in here, so it has moved to a different room. I LOVE the new rug, it’s super duper soft, and the hexagon pattern is echoed in the mirror on the wall.

I also painted the ceiling black and now, much like Mick Jagger, I want to paint everything black. It’s so dramatic!  Unpainted ceilings: so not dramatic. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

painted ceiling before

But, like I said, getting to that point is often a LOT of trial and error. For example: I thought I would use a popular deep gray called Peppercorn and that it would look duh, awesome, so I slapped on a quart and it did not look awesome.

I’ve used it successfully in other places in my house, but in this room it just looked purple. And also, a quart was nowhere near enough.  So, stupidly, I went back to the store and had them mix up another quart of Peppercorn. And they didn’t mix it exactly the same as the first time, so my second coat was slightly lighter (and more purpley) than the first coat, which meant my second coat was null and void.  It looked like garbage.  I left it like that for about a week while I pouted.

Then I thought, “Lindsey, look deep into your heart. What do you REALLY want?” And I had to tell myself the truth.  I wanted a black ceiling. None of this gentle gray nonsense.


repainting the ceiling black

This time I bought a gallon of black (lightened by 10%), and within the first few brush strokes, I knew I had done the right thing.

repainting the ceiling

Oooh, do you notice that perfectly straight line? It’s all thanks to my ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE painting tool of all time, and I’ve only recently discovered it, but I will never paint anything without it. No joke.

It’s the Shur-Line Paint Edger, it’s super inexpensive, and you will never have to use painter’s tape to mask off edges again.  It’s the only reason I was able to paint FIVE coats of paint on the ceiling without spending 1000 hours taping and losing my mind, my will to live, and all blood-flow to my brain.


dining room with black ceiling

dining room table plaid runner

The orb chandelier is a slight step up from the builder fixture that was there before. Understatement.

gray curtain close up

The curtains are from Budget Blinds and I’m pretty thrilled with them.  They offer LONG lengths, which is so hard to find. They have tons of options to choose from, I went with charcoal linen, and was happy to see that they come fully lined. I was even able to customize my grommet color to make sure it matched my curtain rod.

long gray curtains

I actually have two panels on each side, four panels total, because I like a nice full look. I definitely recommend!

(My fiddle leaf fig will die immediately if I move it from that spot).


orb chandilier in dining room    thanksgiving tablescape

I’m currently displaying my pretty pumpkin collection for Thanksgiving/Fall; I try to find a new one each year. Also, do you like my plaid table runner? Just kidding, it’s a scarf! A huge huge scarf.  You can find that huge huge scarf at Target.

And here are the sources for everything else!

Apex Hexagon Rug from RugsUSA (It’s 70% off right now!!)

Shur-Line Paint Edger

Curtains from Budget Blinds.

Orb Chrome Chandelier from

Huge Huge Scarf


Thanks for reading friend, hope you enjoyed.  Have a great weekend.


<<This post contains affiliate links; curtains were provided courtesy of Budget Blinds; all words and opinions are my own.

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Toddler Terrorist and a Kitchen Makeover

I wish I had some fun words of funness to share with you today, but I don’t.  All my mental energy has been spent dealing with my toddler, which is roughly equivalent to high-stakes terrorist negotiations. If you have a toddler, or have ever met a toddler, you know. They will relentlessly dictate every aspect of your life, from eating to sleeping, to using the bathroom, to merely walking from room to room.  Let me give you a rundown of our last five minutes:

He is happily playing with his toys, so I sneak away for a quick minute and get on the computer.

He immediately senses something productive attempting to happen.

He dramatically bangs open the office door and announces “HELLO! I POOPY!”

I pretend I don’t see him. He bangs both fists on my keyboard. He throws the computer mouse across the room.

I say, “Go play!” He pulls the paper out of the printer and stuffs it back in.

“Just give me one minute!” I plead. He empties my desk drawers and screams so loudly my vision blurs.

“I’m going to write all about you and put it on the internet,” I threaten. He sweetly holds up a toy giraffe, “Horse?” he says. Awww. He’s adorable.

“Let’s go change that diaper,” I say and pick him up. He immediately begins thrashing wildly about while clawing at my face and yanking my hair as if he has never met me before and I’m attempting to kidnap him. I’m 90% sure he just pulled off one of my moles.

I collapse on the floor, defeated. He happily resumes playing with his toys, on my face.

Anyway. I’m tired.

In other news, here’s a gorgeous kitchen makeover from Nina. Perhaps I too will have a beautiful and sparkling kitchen one day, when my toddler has outgrown his ‘forcefully-spit-everything-you-put-into-my-mouth-out’ stage and I return to feeling like a fully-functioning human again.

White Kitchen with Subway Tile Before


White Kitchen with Subway Tile

Would you believe that most everything you see here was a DIY? Check out Nina’s blog Everyday Enchanting to get a closer look.


And don’t forget, today is the LAST DAY to purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! Don’t wait, it really is such a great deal.

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