decorating and design

Vintage Secretary – From Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan (SOLD)

When I first saw this antique secretary, I knew a beautiful swan was waiting to emerge. Her serpentine drawers and cabriole legs hinted at the beauty to come. And a writing surface and cubbies only added to her charm. Hidden under dirt, grim, and layers of pealing and cracking paint a beauty began to emerge! …

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Kitchen Reno-Part 3 (The Transformation)

Our kitchen renovation is finally complete!  Remember where we started? A small cramped kitchen, Becomes an open, airy space. We changed the layout, For better flow and more cabinets. And a non-functional pantry, Becomes functional open concept storage. This is a quick overview of our new kitchen. My next and final post will include details …

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Kitchen Reno-Part 2 (The Wall Came Tumbling Down)

After months of planning, demo day finally arrived. Our kitchen contractor (Enrique Bonilla of Bonilla Home Service in Alexandria, VA) arrived bright and early to start renovations and after a few hours…..   Two rooms became one,    cabinets came out,    and walls were taken down to the studs.  And after a few weeks, new drywall …

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