DIY Sheet Music Tree {and a little of this ‘n that…}

sheet music tree

It was quite the birthday weekend for the hubs up at the lake, and now, of course, I'm feeling behind the eight ball just a bit!  My daughter and I take off for NYC right after school on Thursday, so all my to-dos for the next several days need to be checked off by the time I leave for work on Thursday morning... yikes! Anyhow, over Thanksgiving I worked on this little sheet music project and thought I'd share it with you along with a peek at … [Read more...]

DIY Mirrored Pumpkin {Neutral Fall Table Details}

DIY mirrored pumpkin

I'm so enjoying this touch of fall in my newly painted and decorated dining room! The traditional fall colors just wouldn't feel right in this space, so I broke out my white ceramic pumpkin I bought at Target several years ago, and a spray-painted dollar store pumpkin I shared last fall.  I added in some silk ivy on my silver footed tray and the French sheet music candles I made for Valentine's Day.  The vellum has a beautiful warm … [Read more...]

Neutral Fall Tablescape

Neutral fall table

Whew, a busy weekend... tailgating in Athens and taking in the UGA game (Go Dawgs!).  If you follow me on Instagram (heidiopia), you were treated to all kinds of pics from the fun!  Thank goodness for a gorgeous late summer day... and tickets in the club level seating. :-) Sunday I finally got motivated to bring a little fall into my home and I created a neutral fall tablescape in the dining room. A girl's gotta start somewhere, … [Read more...]

DIY Stencil Drapes {Royal Design Studio Stencil Review}

DIY stencil drapes Royal Design Studio

Though it's hard to pick a favorite project in my Ugly Duckling dining room, I think the project that made the biggest difference in my space is my drapes... After living with simple blinds for soooo long, I was completely unprepared with how finished these drapes make my space feel! And this project had a ton of bang for the buck!  Here's how it came about... It all started when I went to Haven.   I was so thrilled to receive a … [Read more...]

DIY Pendant Light Fixture {Dining Room Details}

dining room lights DIY

Achieving the overhead lighting I wanted for my Ugly Duckling Dining Room was by far the most challenging part of this room makeover.  This room used to a be "formal" living room and when I confiscated the beautiful bay windowed well-lit dining room to use for my Mom Cave, the dark "formal" space became our little-used dining room.  Alas, there is no wiring in the ceiling of this room for an overhead fixture. I had to get creative in order … [Read more...]

August’s Favorite Things


Yowza, it's so hard to believe we are rocking into SEPTEMBER!  A whole new crop of Little Ones to acclimate, new routines for my high schoolers, new football season, new goals for a successful school year.  But with all of that comes a whole lotta time constraints.  So if my visiting and commenting on blogs drops off a bit and I may have to post a little less, just know that I'm still here... still writing, DIY'ing as best I can, and reading … [Read more...]

Chalk Paint Secretary {Dining Room Details}

DR secretary after

Oh, how I agonized.  What color to paint, and HOW to paint this beauty... an antique secretary that belonged to my aunt back in her girlhood.  I've had the piece for over 20 years and it was time for some TLC and a makeover so she could really shine!  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to the rescue! I finally had to bite the bullet and start painting. :)  And ended up with this...   A custom paint color of Annie Sloan Paris … [Read more...]

Ugly Duckling Dining Room No More! {Blogging Without Borders}

BWOB dining room after

I am sooo excited to share my Ugly Duckling Dining Room makeover with you!!  This has been a project of stops and starts, but I am thrilled with the end result.   I had to think outside the box AND try things  I'd never done before...  a challenge in every way!  But I think you'll agree that the payoff is huge... and now I will have a fresh and FINISHED dining room for the holidays! Before I get to the big reveal, let me remind you where … [Read more...]

Painted Lady {Inspiration for the Secretary}


Monday already?  We had a busy weekend around here and I continued to press on with my Ugly Duckling dining room projects... slowly.  Lots of interruptions and a few stops and starts, but slow and steady wins the race!  I'll be so excited to share the reveal here next Monday! The light fixture is hung.  The mirror is in place.  But the biggest project I tackled was painting my aunt's secretary. Here she is before... it's been the … [Read more...]

Just for Fun Friday

happy lamp

T.G.I.F!  We made it through the first week of school... though both high schoolers slept though blaring alarms this morning and had to be rousted manually (i.e. by Mom) so they could get to school on time.  Boo to early mornings. Yesterday I made some "Yippee!" kind of headway on the Ugly Duckling dining room, so I thought it would fun to share some little victories in what's turned out to be QUITE to undertaking. Remember my sad lamp on … [Read more...]