Before & After

Project: Rhododendron Porch Railing

Project: Rhododendron Porch Railing

When I first bought the log cabin, the porch only had a top rail. I like the look of natural branch railings. Ivy, rhododendron, azalea or mountain laurel is used in place of balusters between the top and bottom rails to create an organic porch […]

Project: Refinishing Hardwood Floor

Project: Refinishing Hardwood Floor

When I bought the log cabin, it had sculptured white carpeting. I had files of photos torn out of magazines. I looked through those and did a lot of research. I wanted solid flooring. Not a veneer or a synthetic. Flooring Choices: Species: What kind […]

Project: Kudzu to Apple Trees

Project: Kudzu to Apple Trees

When I bought the log cabin, the yard was completely full of thorns and kudzu. The first year, I started clearing it myself. It grew faster than I could cut it. I was covered in cuts and scratches. And it still looked as bad as […]

Planning the Kitchen

Planning the Kitchen

There are lots of options, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. You need a sink, a stove and a refrigerator. You most likely want a dishwasher and a microwave. You need some storage and some workspace. You need room to walk. I really prefer […]

Project: Replacing the Trim Before & After

Project: Replacing the Trim Before & After

When I bought the cabin, it had clam shell trim on all the windows and doors. Replacing it all was not a big project. And what a difference it made! I measured, counted and bought wood. I pre-stained it all and pulled off the old […]

Project: Building a King Sized Bed

Project: Building a King Sized Bed

I found a bed that I just loved. Except it was a Full and we needed a King. I had looked for a long time and I couldn’t find a King-sized bed I liked. Or just didn’t hate. I negotiated with Warren Morris of Mesa […]

Project: Kitchen Before & After

Project: Kitchen Before & After

This is what my kitchen looked like when I bought the house. To begin with, I decided to repair these cabinets. That pantry was just a big box, like a closet. It was jammed right up against the window. The corner between the little cabinet […]