Dining in the New Year: Boyd Street Bungalow

Already wishing for a new dining nook area here at Boyd Street Bungalow to allow more space (what I have now) and here is what I would like to do.  Found the table at Wayfair.com but now need to figure out how to make the corner seating.  This will all begin in the new year.  🙂  Just tucking this away to remind me.  Stay tuned..


Designing with the Rule of Three

We all have our special collections or nicknacks sitting around our home, right?

Heaven knows, I have plenty!  Too much, in fact.  Trying to pare down now here at Boyd Street and at my other old house but that’s another blog for another day… 🙂

The question is.. how do we keep these objects from looking like a hodgepodge of what-nots or thrift store finds and instead display them in an eye appealing,  cohesive design?  Lamps Plus has given 3 good decorating tips in their blog for achieving this look.  The first is the Rule of Three as pictured below.  The concept is that items grouped in threes have more visual appeal.

"Decorating Design Tips"


The triangle in the picture above shows the group of three and how the bottom objects lead the eye to the picture.  For more tips, be sure to click on the LampsPlus link above.  I found it very helpful!


Happy Birthday Lucy: I Still Love You!

I grew up watching I Love Lucy. 

Of course, every home did not have a television set but it helped that my Dad sold TV’s at his butane business in my small Mississippi hometown of Hazlehurst.  He always boasted that we had the first color TV in Hazlehurst.  I don’t know this for a fact but I do know my little face was glued to that TV set for as many hours as my parents would let me watch.

"Happy Birthday I Love Lucy"

And my favorite show was I Love Lucy.  I still watch every re-run I can catch.  It takes me back to a time when life was less complicated, wholesome and somehow, a slower pace.  It calms me down.  Lucy made you laugh when you were sad and happier when you were happy.

Today would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday.  The Early Show had a video of Lucy this morning which is worth watching…

We Still Love Lucy on her 100th

"I Love Lucy"

As a tribute to Lucy, Boyd Street would like to jot down here just a few of her amazing quotes showing what a strong, independent, hard working woman she was…

I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.

Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’ t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. 

Lucille Ball

Happy Birthday, Lucy!!  I still love you!

Speaking of Dogs: Pets & Designer Rooms (BHG)

No sooner had I posted this morning about decorating for my dogs

I read about Pets and Designer Rooms over at Better Homes and Gardens.  I am a pet lover and truly believe you cannot have a real home without a pet.  Take a look at all the rooms at the link above.

Here’s a pooch sitting on a chintz chair..

"Designing a Room with Pets in Mind"

Better Homes and Gardens

and, of course, we can’t forget those cute felines.  Here’s China the Cat with Ming fabric.

Better Homes and Gardens


A Pop of Orange: Wonder What It Is

Had to say goodbye yesterday…

..to one of my favorite furniture resale stores, Poor Ol’ Bob’s Gettin’ Place in Fairfield, Illinois.  After ten years, they are going out of business.  Bob and his wife Barb have such a flair for selecting pre-owned furniture and decor.   Mostly gathered from estate sales in the St. Louis area, their inventory changed every week and you never knew what “I Can’t Live Without” piece of furniture you would find next.  It definitely kept you on your toes for a good bargain and kept you coming back week after week.

While I was there picking up a piece of furniture I had purchased last year (more on this later), I had to buy one last thing for the road, so to speak.

"Coffee Table Landscape"

Do you see it?  It’s that big pop of ORANGE sitting on the table!  Whatever is it?  You can remove the top so it would be good for storage.  What about to house remotes or paint it at Halloween?  🙂  I don’t know but it was unique enough for me to say “I gotta have it.”

Regardless, it is at home at Boyd Street now and will always be a reminder to me of the good shopping days at Poor Ol’ Bob’s Gettin’ Place.

Decorating for the Dogs: Who Me?

While drinking coffee this morning…

..and reading the latest posts on my Boyd Street Bungalow Facebook page,  I happened upon a post by Lamps Plus talking about decorating for the dog days.  That title perked up my attention thinking they were sprucing up for the last days of summer.  But no… actually it is all about making your pets comfortable in your home.  Had to laugh because I share my office with my best buddies, Milo, Buffy and Abby (or they let me use the room.)

"Decorating for your Dog"

This small room off the kitchen can also be used as a spare guest room when needed.  Just take off the protective dog blanket and whoola, you have an extra bed for overnight guests.

Note to self:  Must paint paneling!

Seems Abby got kicked off the bed…

There was never a doubt I would make a special place for the dogs in my house.  Do you have a special place for your pet?

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Kitchen Catch-All: Solution to a Messy Counter

I don’t know if your home is like Boyd Street’s…

but somehow keys, mail, magazines, grocery lists and heaven knows what else always seem to land on the small kitchen island.  No matter how hard I try to organize and clean each day, it still looks like a mess.

But… the other day while shopping in the office section at Walmart, I came upon what I think is a great solution!

"Kitchen Catch-All"

It’s made of canvas, has metal grommets and hooks and is made to be hung on the wall or as I did here, on the side of an island or desk.  Not too bad for $14!  There are pockets for magazines, bills, grocery lists, and hooks for keys, etc.

I really think someone “handy” could make their own.  If I had my rathers, the bottom pockets would be deeper to hold a business size envelope vertically and the large compartment could have ties on the side to expand or hold items tightly.  Could have been a brighter color, too 🙂

But for now . . .

the messy counter has been eliminated.  Will let you know how long this lasts!  Do you have special ways to keep your counter tops clean?  Would love to hear about them!


Boyd Street Tomatoes: Nothing better..

Was it just about a month ago …

I was wishing for the taste of a homegrown garden tomato?  Well, now I have tomatoes GALORE and am loving it. This year I only planted those nice big ones.. Big Boys and Better Boys.. where one slice will just about cover a sandwich. Nothing better than the distinctive taste of a ripe tomato, still warm from the sun, with a little salt and mayo on bread. Bacon and lettuce are nice but I like the simplicity of just the tomato.

"Homegrown Tomatoes"

The only problem is they are all getting ripe at the same time and am wondering what to do with all this homegrown produce.  The weather is too hot to do much canning.  I really need some easy solutions to save these rare treats.

Help me out here.. What is your favorite ways to use an abundance of tomatoes?

Happy Thursday…

Solution for Old Paneling: Whitewashing (BHG)

We have all heard of painting old paneling . . .

I have certainly done my share and it turns out great as long as you prime and paint correctly. However, I stumbled upon another idea today over at Better Homes and Gardens website and I thought I would share…

"Whitewash Old Paneling"


Unlike painting, whitewashing will still let the pattern of the wood show through allowing an element of texture which would highlight a beachy or cottage style room.  Other accents like a woven mat or tray also add interest.

So, before you grab the paint can, think twice about the look you want to achieve.  Whitewashing is ages old.. even Tom Sawyer did his fair share.  Here’s a short tutorial on how to whitewash.. How to Whitewash Paneling.

Remember.. use your imagination, repurpose and have fun!


House Crashing: Style For Miles (Young House Love)

Read about at one of my favorite DIY blogs, Young House Love

"Young House Love House Crash"

Young House Love

Take a look at what Sherry and John are up to now… another house crash… this time in the Richmond area and a house so beautifully decorated that they use it for commercials and photoshoots.  Love the painted ladder on the front porch.  Click the photo above to read more…


A Cottage Home: White and Blue Make An Impact (BHG)

White has always been a favorite of mine in decorating but when paired with blue, it really pops (told you I was coming around to liking blue.)  A recent post by BHG shows unique ideas in this decor and thinking outside the box.  Five stars for this BHG post and I’m putting this living room and kitchen in my “inspiration” box!

"White and Blue Cottage Living Room"

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

This kitchen makes me want to start baking something.  What a neat idea for an old window!

"White and Blue Cottage Kitchen"

Better Homes and Gardens


Be sure to follow the link above to see all the pictures of this inspiring cottage re-do.


Just Move the House: Country Cottage Relocation (Southern Living)

I am really not a fan of blue.. aqua, yes..  but my tastes are changing.  Now after 3 years and all the interior painting at Boyd Street Bungalow being completed, don’t tell me it is time to start over!  Wonder what paint color was used on this paneled wall in the Country Cottage Relocation featured in Southern Living?

"White and Blue Country Kitchen"

Looks like they used the same color in the bathroom.  The white and blue really pop!

"White and Blue Country Bathroom"

Think these pictures will definitely go in my inspiration book.


Self-Stick Metal Backsplash Tiles: Where Have I Been?

While watching a DIY kitchen make over show this morning, I saw a commercial for Self-Stick Metal Backsplash Tiles.  Whoa.. my ears picked up!  I have heard of cutting sheet metal to make backsplashes and adhering them with construction glue, but these would actually make a pattern!  Pictured below are tiles from AspectIdeas.com.

"Self-Stick Backsplash Tiles"

All you have to do is make sure your surface is level and even and prime with a fresh coat of high-quality oil-based primer (not latex, vinyl or PVA-based primer).  Work from the center out.  You can also add more adhesion by using a 100% polyurethane (tube) adhesive, such as Liquid Nails, PL400, DAP, Locktite or Titebond.  This brand is also resistant to heat up to 200 degrees for use behind the stove (check your appliance book for specific information).  Tiles are 3″ x 6″ and are sold in eight-tile packs (enough for one square foot).

"Aspect Self-Stick Wall Tiles"

Cutting tiles is relatively easy with a chop or jig saw.  If this is not available in your tool inventory, try a four-inch brick set chisel and utility knife with a sharp blade.

To caulk or not to caulk?  It is not necessary but you can use a non-sanded grout or  colored or white silicone caulking which is much easier to apply and will give the surface a water-tight seal.

Looks like Home Depot carries this product, along with a similar one pictured below that comes in 4 x 4 tiles.

I’m feeling a project coming on!!  Have you used this product?  Let us know.  Want to do a home renovation project this summer?  This may just be the one for you!

Enjoy and happy renovating..

Vintage Inspired Bedroom (A Well Dressed Home)

Being the vintage lover of all things that we are, we are truly inspired by this master bedroom make over of Jennifer’s of Momento Designs.   She worked with her friend, Emily of A Well Dressed Home   to achieve this fabulous retreat.

Look at the unusual wall treatment.  Just wait until you see what they did with the vintage inspired bird cage.  Click the link above to read the whole story.

Creating a Breakfast Nook (Southern Living)

Love this breakfast nook created by Lindsay Bierman in his kitchen space. Since we love lighting, we really enjoyed the large pendant light that swings over the table.  The simple white laminate table with the Louis XVI style chairs adds just the right touch to this all white kitchen.

Watch the video at the link above and enjoy…

Sun Room Chandelier: With a Beach Theme

Typical of a 1950’s ranch home, this old house came with a single carport which had been been converted into a room to have additional living space.  Since it is next door to the kitchen, we’ve been using it as a part dining room and part TV room.  It’s the room with many names but currently it is called the “sun room.”  Recently added is a thrift store long wooden table with dark wood top and white legs.   Since the room has little lighting, it really needed a light fixture for over the table.  The room has a beach theme from our many trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Thus we picked a Lamps Plus chandelier (on closeout) with a somewhat nautical theme with its wrapped iron roping effect and 6- light chandelier arms.   To complete the look, we purchased silk shantung shades from CSN Stores (5 of them were on clearance!).

"White Candelebra Chandelier"

Although the fixture was made to hardwire install, we chose to use a swag light kit so it could be plugged into the wall.  Converting this was no easy job since electrical skills we lack.  However, with the help of our friend John, super handyman and jack of all trades, we were able to have it installed in less than an hour.

It will take one more visit from John to get the light working properly since there is still an on-off switch to install on the wire.  We also want to drape the chain to the corner and have it run down the wall to the outlet.  Neither one of us had a ladder!  Another hint for a great looking chandelier is to have a dimmer which we have ordered from Amazon.  It’s just the type you plug in and convert any lamp to a dimming one!

All in all, we are very pleased with the results.  The room is taking shape in bits and pieces and it will be a joy to show the total look as soon as it is finished!

Thanks to John and his daughter for helping me once again “make this old house a new home.”

Beach Inspiration by Behr Paint

Nothing gets me ready for summer more than a beach inspired room and Behr Paint on Facebook has certainly helped me out.  The paint on the walls is their Country Beige 760C-2 highlighted by the brisk white trim, Ultra Pure White 1850.   The sheer white curtains, textural accents, white furniture seating and accents of blue, make me think the beach is right outside my back door.


A New Life for an Old Drawer

As I was googling (and goofing) around this morning, drinking my second cup of coffee, and trying to find a DIY project for an old dresser turned into sideboard (more on that later), I ran across this very creative idea by Miki40 on Curbly using an old drawer and repurposing it for a sandwich station.  How creative is that!  Read more on how to make a sandwich station out of a recycled drawer here

"Old Drawer Turned into Sandwich Center"

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Raise the Ceiling: A Romantic Bedroom

Another space enlarging touch for a small bedroom is to be creative with fabric by drawing the eye up to the ceiling.  Love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens.  This instant canopy made with swing arm curtain rods and fabric really makes the whole room pop!!

The romantic and elegant chandelier also draws your attention to the ceiling.  Loving the one pictured with its cottage feel.  Here’s one I found at lampsplus.com which may be a good alternative.

or this swag one that plugs into the wall if you have no electrical skills or would like to drape over a side table..

Whether you use sheer fabric for a more romantic, wispy look or you coordinate fabric with existing furniture or drapes in the room,  this space enlarging idea is a winner in my book.  Here’s another space saving idea for a bedroom headboard we posted today.  Have fun!

Shelves to Headboard: A Space Saving Idea

Many of you who own older homes have the same problem I have – small bedrooms with every nook has to be maximized.  Here is a handy idea from Better Homes and Gardens  of turning book shelves into a headboard which not only provide much needed storage but also act as a piece of art.

These units could be found by looking in thrift stores or here are some already painted white available at Target.  A couple of these would do the trick!

Fill it full with books, pictures, artwork and what-nots for a very impressive focal point in your bedroom.

A Delicious Light Summer Supper

Father’s Day Weekend involved a trip to Kentucky Lake where my friend and excellent cook, Paul, had cooked up the perfect Friday night summer supper.  This Mississippi transplant, turned into a Southern Illinois Yankee Lady, is still use to plain Southern cooking, so it is always a delight to see what’s cooking at Paul’s house.

If you have never tasted the distinctive flavor of an artichoke, then you are in for a treat.  There is very little preparation involved  in serving it this way except for trimming the top and boiling in salted water for about 30 minutes.  The trick is in knowing how to eat it which I was taught this weekend.  Each leaf has a tender meaty tip at the end.  Just tear the leaf off and dip it in a sauce such as this lemon butter dip seen here and scrape the very end with your teeth to enjoy the meaty flavor.  As you get down to the center, the leaves become a little more tender and more can be eaten than just the tip.  The best part, of course, is the “heart.”  Use a knife to remove the spiny tendrils at the top and then dig in for some fancy eating!

"Artichoke and Lemon Butter Dip"

The next course was a fresh California Chicken Salad atop Romaine lettuce leaves with ripe tomatoes.  The chicken with its green grapes and toasted slivered almonds was served with a curry mayonaise.  This was possibly the most delicious chicken salad I have ever eaten!  Yummy!!

"California Chicken Salad"

We call him “The Cook” and he is certainly a fantastic one.  It’s his hobby but he could open his own restaurant.  Thanks, Paul, for another meal and a refreshing summer supper and by the way… Happy Father’s Day.

A Room with Many Names

The single car garage in my ranch home had been converted into an extra room many years ago.  I am using it as a dining room/sitting room which I optimistically call my “sun room,”  although right now with only one window and a small window on the exterior door, there is not much “sun.”   The walls have been painted a subdued yellow to brighten things up.  The color picked was a no brainer since two old yellow and green club chairs make their home in front of a corner tv in this room (still looking for the right slipcovers).  The room houses family pictures and momentos from the annual family beach vacations.  Here is our newest acquisition.. a handcrafted white Amish cupboard or sideboard.

Purchased this gem at a nearby shop called “Serendipity.”  Love the clean lines and the beadboard back.

Fun things fill the shelves such as the jar of sand and shells from Gulf Shores and the picture of an Irish Currach, both presents from friends.   The little cupcake on the green vintage luncheon tray is actually a candle.  The white frame sadly still needs a family picture.. ah.. which to choose!

The newest acquisition for this room is a white farmhouse table picked up at a thrift store which will be added later.. as soon as we get some work done around this old house!!

Design on my Dime

In my spare time during the summers, I’ve been renovating a 1950s ranch style home purchased in 2008.  From painting to plumbing, it has been one DIY project after another.  Just for fun, I thought I would start this blog to take you on my never ending journey in making this old house a home.  Not much has been done to the “curb appeal” ( John Gidding.. I need you!),  but much has been done inside to change the decor from 70s and 80s shag carpet, mucho wall paper, pink kitchen cabinets and a not so modern pink (yes..again) bathroom.  It has been trial and error with emphasis on error but enjoy your visit and hopefully you will learn from my mistakes.

Pictures to follow ..  Work needs to be done around this old house!!

Old Desk New Again ({show&tell})

Sweet Pickins via {show&tell}

Love this desk redo by {show&tell} and will definitely make a note of the colors used..

“Color = Summit Gray by Sherwin Williams

Stain = Kona by Rustoleum (my new favorite brand of stain)”

Follow the link to see the before and more after pictures of the results.


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