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August 15, 2014

Here's something that I've never done before:
repost a popular post.

Hubby and I are on a mini-road trip so I dug through the old
files and pulled out a fun Before & After Friday from 2012.

You're asking, "Wait - isn't this the After?"  Well, in a way, it is the After but this
After was a while ago. (?) It's actually the nursery of Kathleen Hertzler's son, Ryder.
But Ryder now needs a BBR (Big Boy Room) so Kathleen, of Maple Leaves and Sycamore Trees, decided to go with a rustic, vintage theme:

How much do you love the fan and that fabulous barn wood ceiling?! 

Ryder's accessories are darling.

Who would have thought of using an outdoor light fixture?  Kathleen!

Notice the barn wood on the back of the bookcase?
Attention to detail is the sign of a make-over master.

What a great repurposing idea - a tool box to hold books.


You can view the charming transformation here.  Enjoy! 

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How sad is this 1940's bungalow?  Yea, pretty sad.

But now it's happy:
This darling house also has a HUGE secret:  it was featured in the May issue of 
This Old House magazine!  Not only was it restored on the outside,
it had a complete re-do on the inside, too.  Visit Bella Rustica Cottage
for more photos.

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Kristi of The Speckled Dog created a hutch
out of two pieces she picked up at a thrift shop:

Then she worked her magic and created this incredible nautical set:

LOVE the light blue accent paint.  Great job.

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Do you ever run across French-style nesting tables that were popular in the 80s?
     Before:                                                                                  After:

flea market makeovers
Such a touch of elegance.  I would be tempted to separate
them and use them throughout the house. 
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What can you do with a (sort-of ordinary) vintage
dresser that someone else tried to make-over?

Make it into a great bar/entertaining station: 
better after
LOVE the wood cutting board finish on top and the slanted stripes are fab.
Plenty of room to store supplies and aren't those glass pulls great?

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How can one of the smallest rooms in a
house be the biggest challenge to renovate?!
Jennifer Rizzo shared her amazing "lou re-do"
photos and the results are inspiring:



The tile floor, the glass shelf, the paneling - what a difference.
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You know that I'm partial to restoring furniture to its original state whenever possible:
                    Before:                                                                  After:

This little beauty received the full TLC treatment at Dumped & Discovered.  
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Lastly, this week's What A Difference Award goes to Brooke of Inside-Out Design:

You're probably thinking, "That can't possibly be the same coffee table."
Well, it is and it's darling.  Give Brooke a hammer, a saw and a glue gun then turn her loose.  The results will be outstanding.

Thanks for stopping by and remember -
whatever you do this weekend, be amazing at it!

See you Monday!


  1. Love, love, love that big boy room! Wow!

    1. It's adorable, isn't it? The attention to detail is amazing.

  2. As always inspirational, loved the big boy room.

    1. So much attention to detail - this is one of the best Before & After posts I've ever featured. A really great room for a little boy.

  3. Gosh I love your blog, you make me hopeful, you give me something to imagine,to try , to do, i love everything you put on inspires me, and since I'm stuck in an apt albeit very big, I need all the help i can get, so in advance thank you very much have a great weekend!

    1. You're so sweet! Thank you so very much for spending a small part of your day with me. You're at the perfect place in your life to decide what type of dwelling you' you want to ll surround yourself with - whether it's an apartment, a condo, a rental house or your own house - now is the perfect time to experiment with style, color, and furniture design. "Bloom where you are planted", whether it's in a rental or your own house. Educate yourself about styles, fabrics, lamps, and all types of decorating accessories. Study the designers you like best and try to imitate their formula for a successful design when it comes to completely decorating a symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing room.

  4. My very favorite things on blogs are before and after pictures and all of those were great
    have a great vacation I just got back and it was sooooo good to have a great vacation in New York City

    1. Thanks fore the encouragement. Having a blog is very similar to having a baby - you don't want to leave it for any length of time and you want to make sure it thrives and grows. I hate being 'on the road' because it's kind of hard to blog long distance, away from familiar surroundings. Change of subject - several years ago I chaperoned my daughter's class trip to NYC and I still consider it the most amazing vacation I've ever had. So much fun! Would love to go back and take in more stage shows.