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I couldn’t stand it another minute…I had to share my news with you: Today, I took a picture of a wall of windows.  And it was…… A SUCCESS. For those of you who don’t shoot interior room shots very often, I realize this may be very un-exciting to you.  And I get that, I really do. But for those of you who do: Either you, too, have finally taken the time to learn how to do it, or you simply avoid taking photographs which involve a sun-filled window during daylight hours (like I have done for way too long). This last Christmas, my husband graciously purchased me an online photography course through ShootFlyShoot and I’ve been giddy to work through the video tutorials of this course.  Just last week I finally scheduled an afternoon during which I knew there would still be light outside (our sun still starts to set…

I call this piece my Old World Dresser. My eye is always drawn to unique pieces of furniture, particularly ones I know are hand-painted. Wisteria magazine, for me, is a heavenly walk down painted~furniture lane. I was recently inspired by this one, and this one.  No doubt you can see their inspiration in this Old World Dresser. This piece is one of those rare finds in my area, an original Drexel Heritage.  The lines are beautiful, most of the hardware was there, but it needed quite a bit of detail work before I could paint it. One side was missing a trim piece, so rather than try to mimic the original, my husband removed the piece that was left and fashioned two new, matching pieces of trim instead.  His attention to detail continually impresses me…just look at that beveled edge. The top of the dresser was laminate (why…

I read somewhere awhile back…maybe in House Beautiful magazine?…. that most people never finish the last 10% of a room.  The last 10% is the final details, the little ribbons and bows, the perfect colored vase, the right picture frame. I must admit I am truly guilty of this.  Guilty of “finishing” before I’m really finished.  It’s somehow easier to select paint for a room, arrange furniture, decide on colors, etc. than sticking to the discipline of all those final details. But what I’m learning is that the final details are so much FUN, which is why I persisted through sweat and tears, canceled travel plans, power outages, and online digital glitches to complete our Little Miss’s space this week. And we’re pretty tickled about it, she and I. Her walls were already turquoise (BM Gulf Stream), but with our recent love of orange and yellow, we wanted to incorporate those colors into her space. I think we managed…

Hello to all!  I know…I know…it’s been quiet up here on the ridge lately so I thought I’d update you on some recent projects going on around here because boy, we are “gettin’ ‘er dun” these last couple weeks.  I don’t know what the difference is this year compared to past summers.  Are we more motivated?  Have more time at home?  Finally have a little extra moulah to complete some exterior to-do’s?  Probably a bit of all three. Our numero uno project this spring/summer coincided with the kids’ homeschool project to build three garden boxes and plant some vegetables. This is a first for the Coon family. Ever. I must admit the whole thing loomed dreadfully overwhelming since I had no idea what I (we) were doing.  How deep and wide do you build the boxes?  How on earth do you prepare proper soil?  What grows well up here?  How far apart do you…

Happy Monday to all!  I walked onto our deck this morning and knew immediately something was different. It smelled like spring…. It felt like spring…. Oh please, Lord, can it finally be SPRING? And of course as soon as I smelt and felt and hoped for spring in the air, my energy surged and everywhere I looked I wanedt to tackle a project.  Organize the shop for my hubby while’s he’s gone this week and surprise him?  Sure!  Repaint the family room downstairs?  Sure!  Tackle the two new dressers I recently purchased?  Sure!  Finally finish hanging the window treatment in my bathroom?  Sure! Oh yeah, and make sure my kids get their homeschool done today?  Not so sure 🙂 Only, there’s no way I can do all these things in one day, so hi-ho-…..hi-ho….it’s off to PRIORITIZING I go. Before I began anything else, I worked on finishing this sleigh bed for…

Mom called me over the weekend wondering why she couldn’t find a picture of her buffet on my blog. “Haven’t you put a picture of it on there yet?  I’m headed to Momma’s in April and I really want her to see it!” Mom doesn’t visit my blog very often (computer things are still a bit overwhelming), but when she does visit she’s always looking for something specific.  Mom’s flying to Phoenix April 12th, still three weeks from now; however, I will admit her buffet certainly deserves a place of honor here today because it truly is a pretty piece. Here are a few teaser shots: And here it sits in her family room~ Mom is currently using thid piece as a media console, thus the equipment on top.  Doesn’t make for the prettiest shots, but that’s real life, folks. Here is a before picture: I distressed this one pretty heavily to bring out…

One of those gorgeous Saturday mornings last summer, my sister and I hooked up for a rare, joint garage sale-ing adventure.  We both love to garage sale, but we don’t often indulge together.When we came across this little dresser, I tried to convince myself it was probably best left behind.Not only were all the little wooden buttons mismatched (this picture shows the dresser sporting brand new ones),the front molding had been poorly repaired and was barely hanging on.This dresser marks the first time I’ve removed a piece of molding on my lonesome, removed all the nails, hauled out our air compressor nailer, and nailed it back on correctly.No husband’s help or nuttin’.  Made me kinda feel like a rock star.But really, those two fixes weren’t the bulk of this dresser’s issues.  The drawers ~ all three of them ~ were downright wonky.I do not tackle wonky drawers on my lonesome.  In truth, I am scared to tackle wonky…

“It’s the Most…Wonderful Time….of the Year….!!”Dear Lord, please help me remember this as I look at my December calendar and begin to feel anxiety welling up within me.  I long for a Christmas season full of evenings building puzzles with my family, apple cider brewing on the stove, calm moments lovingly wrapping gifts (not frantically searching for a gift bag as we dash out the door to a party), and sipping egg nog while watching old Christmas movies.I look forward to slowly unwrapping our ceramic Nativity Scene, pausing to study each lamb, shepherd and wise man as we remember the holiness of Christ’s birth.Thursday our tree made its debut, and Christmas time officially began at the Coon household.  We decided to place it in a different spot this year: the middle of our living/kitchen/dining area. Were told by the original owners/builders when we purchased this house that they installed an outlet…

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve written.  Funny thing is, blog post ideas continually roll through my mind on a daily basis – a condition I’m convinced is consistent with bloggers everywhere.Even Mr. Wonderful is known to throw out on occasional, “This would be a good blog post!”Now if only I had the efficiency/time/organization/bliss to sit and blog about each idea.  Ahhhh well, a litte MERRY will have to do for today :)My daughter and I had fun crafting a MERRY garland yesterday, inspired by the glitter letters I see this time of year all over blog land.We started with these Chipboard Letters from JoAnn Fabric – letters I almost believed did not exist in this town. Who says God isn’t concerned with little crafting details in a girl’s life?The cherry on top was to learn at the checkout that they were no longer a stock item, had actually been discontinued, and “Ma’am, we can…

I’m heading to Kenai for the weekend to celebrate a birthday with my what-seems-like life-long friend, Shelli.  So excited because she has a Keurig machine, a very quiet house, and HGTV. Does it get any better than that?? As I head out the door today, I look around and see so many unfinished projects around here, but I think it’ll be good to get away, take a breather, and gain some fresh perspective.  Be it homeschool or design or life plans, a fresh perspective is always a good thing. When I return, I’m hoping to tackle the rest of our Master Bedroom makeover.  We still need some pops of color, a few new pieces of bedding, accessories…..all those little things that make it a representation of the M. and me. Here is a (night-time) picture of our master room Before.  What a difference curtain panels make! I also want to…