How to Paint the Front Door Red

It’s Spring here at the Neeland Cottage! Today, I painted our front door bright red, because every cottage needs a bright red front door. It’s true. Look it up on Pinterest if you don’t believe me.   I thought I’d take this opportunity to school everybody on how to paint doors. How to Paint a […]

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Before and After: Organizing Craft Supplies with an Ikea Expedit Bookcase

I’ve tried to keep our small home organized, while housing two people who love costumes, cooking, books, movies, games, crafts, home brewing, gardening, cluttered rooms, and dislike dishes and laundry. We’ve had some successes. Our small kitchen is packed with organizing hacks. Our bedroom is a quiet haven, where everything has its place. Our DVD […]

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Design Notebook: Amy’s Fabulous Ladies’ Parlor

My friend Amy recently bought a new house, and was recently seeking my opinion about what to do with their front room. Naturally, I took this as an invitation to design the entire thing and then expect her to go out and buy everything I suggested. Some Parameters The room in question is the first […]

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Before and After: Amy’s Candy Apple Red Kitchen

So this week and last week, I helped my friend Amy paint her new kitchen. Before One of the great things about buying a place that has been spruced up for sale is that there is often new paint, or even new cabinets installed, just to woo you, the lucky buyer, into deciding that this […]

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How to Paint a Room, with Before and After pictures

Last week, I helped some good friends paint their family room and kitchen. They have a large, suburban home with builder-basic paints and finishes, so there was a lot of room for transformation just by putting some color up on the walls. Here are the before-and-after shots of both rooms, followed by some tips for […]

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Before and After: Master Bedroom Re-Do

Hello Internetters. One of our most recent projects was re-doing the Master Bedroom. (Well, we call it the Master Bedroom because we sleep in it, and it’s bigger than the other bedroom and the library. It’s not a suite or anything.) When we got married, it was important for us to have a brand-new bedroom […]

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Before and After: Neeland Cottage Curb Appeal

So, I was looking through some old photos and found a Before photo from when I bought the house. This Before and After doesn’t represent a current project, but the cumulation of changes, decisions, and investments made in the past three years. Here it is! This was the house in late summer/early fall of 2009. […]

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Before and After: Veggie Garden Winter Weeding

Today it was bright and sunny, and it was a beautiful day to work in the yard. If there’s one thing the entire wedding planning process taught me, it’s that if you have the time and energy to do something now that will help you later, DO IT, because chances are pretty darn good that […]

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