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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dark outdated kitchen before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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Hold the Avocado

My grandpa always used to say “Do something new to your house once a year.” Repaint, replace, repair, update, upkeep, whatever it needs. That’s probably why his home and yard were both immaculate well into his eighties.

When Better After reader Elizabeth got married, she moved into her husband’s home and inherited quite the opposite. It was the home he had grown up in, and it hadn’t been updated once in 30 years! This is exactly how you end up with an avocado sink in 2015. Heed Grandpa’s advice, my friends. Heed it.

Fortunately, she was able to do it all at once, and replaced everything from top to bottom.  I love the marble herringbone backsplash, and look! Cabinets that aren’t white! (I do love white cabinets, but it’s always nice to see something different for a change).  Fabulous job Elizabeth!

Kitchen with Dark Cupboards and Light Backsplash Before

Kitchen with Dark Cupboards and Light Backsplash Makeover |

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Some Kitchens Get All The Breaks

Hey there, happy Monday! I hope you have a great week ahead.  I woke up today with Rod Stewart’s song “Some Guys Have All The Luck” running through my head on repeat, so I hope that’s not some sort of sign about my upcoming week. Great, now it’s stuck in your head too.  Sorry.

Anyway, just like some guys, some kitchens have all the luck, and then there’s this kitchen. Lindsey didn’t love one thing about it. She had a teensy budget to work with, but (luckily) she had plenty of courage to jump in and transform it on her own. She did almost all the work herself to create this fabulous kitchen transformation for less than $500!

See all the details on her blog This Delightful Life.

Blue and White Kitchen Before

Blue and White Kitchen Makeover |


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