Today’s post is just a quick little idea for thrifty artwork. If you recall our “before” house tour, you’ll remember that Mike’s office is right off of our living room and front hall entrance.  Mike is an MMA journalist, and trying to incorporate artwork and stuff into his office space that I can live with being seen from other rooms is difficult. Mike loves to collect old books, and over the years we’ve found several different vintage books about martial… Read more »

Check out some of these cute prints, available at  www.etsy.com: Click corresponding number to go to the artist’s Etsy page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Recently, my husband and I celebrated 15 years together.  It is so hard to believe that 15 years have passed so quickly.  I was only 18 when I met him; still a wild, crazy kid.  Don’t believe me? Maybe this will help to paint a clearer picture of who I was: Yeah, that’s me hanging off of a bridge.  And yes, my head is shaved.  This picture was taken by my friend Heather Saitz when she was first learning to… Read more »

On a recent trip to my local St. Vinny’s, I came across what appear to be two original John Haymson pen and watercolour paintings. They are about 3′ ⨯ 1′, and honestly, if they aren’t original paintings, they’re the best prints I’ve ever seen. I had no idea who John Haymson was when I bought the paintings; I just knew I loved them. Here’s a little background info on the artist: John Haymson was born in Austria in 1902. He… Read more »

Hi everyone…. I’ve had a crazy busy week, so sorry for not posting anything even mildly interesting all week. I’ve been so busy with school, the kids, packing and spending our holiday weekend at my parent’s cottage, that I didn’t have a single moment to blog. So I thought I’d post a bit about my living room today. A few years back, I was really into Country Living magazine, and my home was full of antiques and shabby chic decor…. Read more »

Another checkmark on the never-ending list of decorating “to-dos”: The gallery wall in our room is complete. For now. Unless I find artwork that I like even more than these pieces, at which point I will toss these ones in the garage after a short and heart-felt, “It’s not you, it’s me” speech. First I laid the frames out on a big sheet of paper, traced them and marked where the nails need to go. Then I taped the template… Read more »