The first step you should take before diving into any interior decorating project (even just an update) is to ask yourself these four important questions.  Why are you redecorating?  Who will use the room?  What will the room be used for? When will it be used?   Ignoring these questions means you run the risk of ending up with a room that doesn't work and doesn't really make you happy.

Grab a pad and pencil or your smartphone and make two lists  "Keeping" and "Replacing" If you want to replace some of the furniture, make a plan to either sell or give it away.  If you decide to keep some pieces, but you feel they no longer work in the space, make use of them in other rooms in your home.

You will need to know the dimensions of the room when it comes time to purchase new furniture. You don't want to end up with furniture that is too big or awkwardly too small.

If you don't already have a Pinterest account set one up and create a board of the room you will be updating. Search for pins of that room and pin your favorite pictures to your board.   Here is mine if you want to take a peek. If you're not interested in Pinterest you can always look through home decor magazines.

Contemporary, Traditional, Mid-Century Modern, Farmhouse, Coastal, Boho Chic, Eclectic, Shabby Chic, Scandinavian, Gothic/Dramatic, Minimal. Articulating your style is the key to creating a room that really reflects it!  If you are not sure what your style is, here is a fun and quick  Design Style Quiz for you to take. My design style is coastal clean and uncluttered.  I like neutrals with splashes of blue and green and  I tend toward thrift and antique furniture as well as new modern pieces.  Mixing different styles of furniture pieces together makes for an interesting space and less cookie cutter.

Ok friends, I'm going to stop here, for now, I hope these steps help you to create a space that you will really love, make you happy, and want to use. Before you go take a look at what I am working on in my own home.

I am updating our dining room and starting with a blank slate. Our dining room is the hub of our home it's open to the kitchen and functions as a dining room as well as an entryway and gateway to the backyard.  I plan on purchasing new furniture as well as using what I have. I sold our large dining set and hope to replace it with something smaller. This is what the dining room looked like before I sold the dining set.


Now the dining room looks like this

Here's my plan for this space: Purchase new dining chairs and a smaller table, replace the antique stainless steel cabinet with a sideboard, add an area rug, replace the outdated ceiling fan, which you can't see because I always crop it out of the picture. Purchase wall sconces and purchase a new fireplace door.  


 I'll be back with more updates and hopefully a furnished room. Meanwhile, I'll just dream of these gorgeous dining rooms that I found on Pinterest.

Hi, friends...One of my favorite root vegetables is beets!!   They are high in vitamins and minerals, high in dietary fiber and they contain healthy amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B, and iron.


You can purchase beets at the grocery store or you can make a trip to your local farm stand.  I purchased a bunch at the farm stand and decided to try them in a salad.  I usually buy red beets, but when I saw these orange beauties I thought I'd give them a try. They have a milder taste than the red ones, so if you're not a fan of beets these might be for you.  A 4-ounce orange beet contains about 42 calories and makes for a low-calorie healthy addition to your diet. They are also a good source of calcium.

Don't toss the greens!  Did you know you can eat the beet greens?  Chop them and saute them with olive oil and garlic.  They are delicious!

  Ingredients for the salad:
                                                                  Beets red or orange

lettuce of your choice

goat cheese


balsamic vinegar

extra virgin olive oil

Boil the beets, you can roast them if you'd like (I haven't tried that yet)  Let them cool to room temperature then peel, slice and arrange on a plate. Add lettuce, goat cheese, and walnuts.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil



This makes for a nutritious lunch or snack!!

Psst, don't forget to save the juice after you boil the beets.  Drinking beet juice can give you stamina and energy! Who wouldn't love that!

Bring on the checks with this simple repurpose and make your summer entertaining easy with these blue and white gingham coasters. This two-tone check pattern is classic and never really goes out of style, for me, it speaks summer, particularly the blue and white.  You can make these classic cuties in about 15 minutes and enjoy them all summer long.

Blue and White Gingham Coasters

The coasters are simply made with jelly jar lids and handmade cork inserts.  Are you ready to get started?  Follow the 3 easy steps below to make your own. 



Place the lid on top of the cork tile then use your pencil to trace around the lid. 

Using your scissors cut around the circle.

Trim the cork to fit inside the lid.

Place the cork inside the jar lid.  It should fit snug under the lip of the lid.

Repeat the steps for the rest of the lids.

That's it!  Don't you just love an easy tutorial?  

Looking for a healthy and refreshing summer drink?  Try my favorite 

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