Art, DIY, Home Decor

How to Enjoy Summer All Year Long

Hydrangeas: The word alone makes me happy inside.  Just looking at them makes me want to grab a blankie and dive right in for a cozy nap (although, the neighbors might be a little disturbed by that visual reality).  I can’t get enough of them, and that’s very obvious given the multiple varieties I have planted ring around my home.…

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Art, DIY, Family Life, Home Decor

How to Make a Wood Burned Growth Chart

Family traditions are such a beautiful way of passing down the significance of life’s daily events from generation to generation. I have so many sweet memories of my family’s traditions; my mom always worked so hard to keep them alive in our household.  One of my favorites is a practice that I still carry on for my children, and I…

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Art, DIY, Family Life, Home Decor, Inspiration

The Making of a Family (Sign)

Some time ago our church was working through purging some “goodies” that had accumulated in storage.  The staff asked if members might have any interest in these items, and if so, to please take them home. Because I am so fond of free junk, I grabbed a handful of treasures and packed our already full-of-children vehicle with lots of crap…

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DIY, Home Renovation

How to Build a Faux Brick Wall

Hands down, the most talked about element in the Mulberry House is the faux brick wall.  Not one person stepping into the dining room for the first time thought that it wasn’t real exposed brick.  In fact, after we informed people that we built the feature wall out of 4X8 hardboard wall panels, most of them moved closer to feel it because…

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Home Renovation

The Crestview Project

The Crestview project was technically the first home renovation my husband and I tackled without actually living in the home upon completion.  We purchased it strictly to transform the home for someone else to enjoy.  If you take into account the homes we have renovated and lived in, then the Crestview house would be our fourth remodel project. It has been…

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DIY, Home Renovation

Gel Stain

I am a storyteller.  I love to make people laugh.  I am very animated.  For these reasons, some might label me as “dramatic” in the theatrical sense of the word.  However, in my opinion I am not a dramatic person in daily life.  It is difficult to excite me.  I am generally very calm and level.  Unless I discover something…

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Home Renovation, Inspiration

The Mulberry House

In June of 2016, my husband and I accomplished a goal we’d dreamed about for many years.  We had gutted, renovated, and sold a house that had sat empty for 8.5 years.  The sense of achievement I felt after completing that project is indescribable.  As soon as we handed over the keys to our friends, I felt anxious to begin…

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Disclosure & Privacy

COMMENTS POLICY Be Kind to One Another. I’m not perfect.  I make many mistakes.  I guarantee I will make statements with which not everyone will agree.  However, I will do my best to give you my best.  I promise that everything I put on The Restoring House will be 100% true in MY experience.  Everyone is different and has contrasting…

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