Move Over Man Cave, Share a She Shed

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Honestly, I find the term "man cave" sort of irritating despite being guilty of using it often enough. So when I saw "she shed", I mentally put a finger down my throat.  But if you can put aside the cliche, it's worth a drool to admire a few of these beauties.  Add this to my list of things my imaginary country house must have.

via BHG sunset mag, this old house

Instead of a she shed, I'd love a space where I could DIY and make a complete mess without having to worry about destroying my house while being inviting and well lit.  A colorful pegboard full of tools perfectly hung, shelves of paint cans, a little hidden speaker to listen while I work and a comfortable chair.  What about you?  What would you find in your dream she shed?

Submit your Room for a Spring Makeover with Lowe's

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Did you know that New York just suffered through one of the bleakest winters** in the country along with Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Hartford, Louisville, Nashville, Newark, Portland and Providence?   Spring has finally arrived around here so absolutely perfect timing for me to share that I'm teaming up with Lowe's and ten other bloggers to makeover a space in each one of those cities!  Do you want a spring room makeover?   Read on...

Have a space that is in need of a little help?  Been putting off a sprucing up project waiting for spring? Just want a change?  Fill out the submission form with the details of the space to be considered. You have until Friday to submit a space so hurry!  We will be reviewing every single entry and make the room selections next week.

Selected projects should be easy refresh projects such: landscaping, outdoor rooms, painting, easy interior updates that can be completed in the course of 24 hours. No dramatic remodels please.

I'm a sucker for a makeover so I can't wait to tackle it.  Not to mention the joy of being teamed up with such great company. The other bloggers that will be part of the panel selecting spaces with me are: beneath my heart the golden sycamore | all things gd city farmhouse  our fifth house liz marie pretty handy girl home stories a to z | just a girl |diy playbook

Chosen homeowners will get one of us along with Lowe's products and volunteers to makeover their space.  You don't want to miss out on this!

To be eligible, you must:
  • Be looking to fix up a space within your residence 
  • Makeover project should be able to be completed within 24 hours 
  • Must live in or in a suburb of:
    • Boston, MA 
    • Buffalo, New York 
    • Detroit, Michigan 
    • Hartford, Connecticut 
    • Louisville, Kentucky 
    • Nashville, Tennessee 
    • Newark, New Jersey 
    • New York City 
    • Portland, Maine 
    • Providence, Rhode Island 
  • Must be the owner of your home. 
  • Be outgoing, energetic, and fun with unique stories to tell. 
  • Be comfortable being on camera and/or interviewed by local media 
  • Be in need of expert design help from one participating blogger. 
  • Be able to make quick decisions in order to keep tight timelines. 
  • Be available for a 2 day period to complete the makeover (between April 20-May 22). 
  • Allow photos of your home to be shared online 
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to apply 
  • Complete the online application form 

This post and project is sponsored by Lowe's but all opinions expressed are mine.

**as per the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index

Hooked | 7 fun hooks made from recycled materials

Monday, April 13, 2015

I'm not really into a lot of kitch but there is something about a fun hook, hanger or rack that I can't resist.  So kudos to the makers of my favorite DIY up cycled hooks.

galvanized pipe hooks by stella bleu designs | vintage key plate hook via the inspired room | diy plastic toy hook by creative soul spectrum | old key hooks by peter cole | spoon hook racks from jj evensong | rolling pin rack by bluebird heaven | vintage tap towel rack via this old house

What do you think of these whimsical hangers?  Fun or foul?  Have you turned something unexpected into a fun place to hang?