A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor

A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor

Walking Downtown Wausau at Dusk It's the perfect time to look inside people's windows in the old houses - the hundred year old houses with the old town flavor.   No, I'm not creepy. I just like to see how other people decorate their homes.   Some of the homes still had the original windows...you know, the ones that when you look through them, they are wavy and distorted? Cool stuff.     NOSTALGIA INSPIRES Not that I want an old house with wavy windows, uh...no. But the flavor of those old houses when they are expertly decorated with quality furnishings creates such a warm fuzzy feeling inside of me. Connecting with those in our past has always been Continue reading

A Sentimental Journey2 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

A Sentimental Journey2 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

As promised, here are the valances Lisa made from her grandmother's pillow cases. What items to you surround yourself with to remind you that you are/were loved? I have my dad's Bible on my living room bookshelf - the one he used right up until his passing, 28 years ago when I was 26 years old. It sits right next to an original The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln, an 1865 book, complete with an old fashioned wood spine and leather cover. Lincoln is one of my heroes of the past. On the bookself next to it is a copper bust of Lincoln, a gift from Jillian and Taylor. Yep, yep, do the math - I admit it - I'm O.L.D. I can see the candle holder my son, Andrew, bought me several Christmases ago, the Woodwick candle Jillian and I bought in Continue reading

Before and After Half Bath

Before and After Half Bath

  We moved into our house October of 2012 It was a foreclosure that had sat for a year unoccupied.   The story of how we found it was quite miraculous. We had moved from the Kalamazoo area in Michigan to Wausau, Wisconsin about 2 1/2 years ago into a tiny rental house. We didn't want to rush into a new house, partly because we had some pretty specific needs in our next house, and partly because we wanted to get a good deal.   We must have looked at 100 houses over the two year span...but that's another story for another day. But today, I'm sharing our little half-bath redesign. It is simple - just a bit of painting made all the difference.   I've had a lot of requests to show Continue reading