My Home: renovation, revelation, and rejuvenation

You may recall our place

looked like these images about a year ago

(and that I love bargains and spent next to nothing

on furnishings/bling).

After 5 years I’m ready for updates,

the most significant one being the


nearly complete in the basement.

(It’s cute! No pics today, but soon!).

With the renovation downstairs comes

fresh inspiration for upstairs…

you know how home improvement works, right?



one successfully enhanced room makes the one

next to it look downright forlorn so the improvement


Even the SCREW MENOPAUSE artwork on the desk is gone as the new motto

APPROACHING MENOPAUSE IS SEXY AGAIN has emerged & may be my book’s title.

My rooms are already different than these photos.

I’m craving more youthfulness.

No new stuff to write home about or even new

paint colors, but stuff is re-arranged.

Time to inject more evidence

of who we are as a family right now in time.

(This is the


fresh awareness that our

needs and attitudes are different

some 5 years later.)

Keeping track?

That makes TWO.

Two excuses you can borrow

to justify redocorating:

1) home improvement is viral.

2) our needs change.

Our doors are NOT changing!

Looking forward to re-styling,

but it’ll take time and energy so

I’ll have to spend less time blogging surfing

obsessing swooning watching Bravo belly dancing

procrastinating and get

down to bizzzzzness.

Get the rear in gear.

Do my thang.

all photos mine

And I feel readyish.

Even a few months ago, the thought

of tackling the rooms was an exhausting exercise.

Now, a sense of


almost as if it is spring.

Thanks so much for joining this journey,

for adding to the beauty with your positive

energy and encouragement as the

seasons of life (and the blog!) change.

If you love shabby chic, you can still win one of

three copies of Rachel’s new book at

my giveaway here.


Peace to you right where you are.




  1. October 27, 2011 / 2:32 am

    Wow I can tell that you do not have children. Very beautiful. I would love this, but mine would be showered with different colored polka dots left by my kids. Then it would just look dirty. Visiting from Tip Junkie hop.

  2. October 27, 2011 / 2:43 am

    Ha! you are too kind. i have teens in the house! but see, dust and handprints don't show up in photos…it's sort of magical. having floors the color of toast crumbs is another great tip!


  3. October 27, 2011 / 3:01 am

    Wow, where to begin? I am loving the complete change you did here. I am slowly edging toward a little edgy decor in our home too. I am laughing so hard at your "title" of your next book. Yeah, I can relate.

  4. October 27, 2011 / 3:02 am

    I love love love your place. Whatever you do will be fab. So funny pounds4pennies didn't think you have kids. You go girl!

  5. October 27, 2011 / 3:10 am

    Michele, your house is gorgeous… wow…
    i love the "screw menopause", but "menopause is sexy" is good too. I'm not sure what you're up to with the changes, but i'm sure it will be amazing…


  6. October 27, 2011 / 3:11 am

    I am laughing at your comment about liking my hair, Michele!

    I will be anxious to see what you do to these positively serene rooms and spaces!

    Five years is a good time to refresh! I find myself on that same timeline changing things out here!

    Keep us posted.

  7. October 27, 2011 / 3:16 am

    Your house is beyond beautiful. It looks clean and peaceful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. October 27, 2011 / 3:37 am


    i am hoping everyone gets the humor in 'menopause is sexy AGAIN.' makes me laugh every time i read it in all its ridiculous glory.


  9. October 27, 2011 / 3:54 am

    …Your home is so beYOUtiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with me at my party. I'll be sharing your post on my Facebook Page.

  10. October 27, 2011 / 5:50 am

    Loyally following all your projects! And loving them all.

    That's right – do not touch the plank doors!

    Love to you,


  11. October 27, 2011 / 8:59 am

    "Menopause is SEXY again"— Hahahaha! Okay, hilarious. I say yes, print it on.

    Oh and gulp, Mich, your house is a wonderland. I love each and every part of it. So darn pretty. Would love to see the transformed bit, although I dont know how it can get better than this, but maybe it can. For now, Im in love with your house.

  12. October 27, 2011 / 9:49 am

    I totally hear you…we are going through the same thing here at our "burb" home…we've been here for 16 years and totally time to redo what we have off to college and a 6 year old at the other end who is just starting her life with a 16 year old in between…it is nice to incorporate their lives in the home…getting ready to paint the maple kitchen that we put in ourselves about 11 years ago…Your kitchen is a HUGE inspiration to me…I LOVE it…simply elegant and beautiful, but totally livable too…very serene…thx for your blog..I so enjoy it!!…Happy redecorating…can't wait to see what you come up with….xo, Mariaelena

  13. October 27, 2011 / 12:38 pm

    Hi Michele, Love you hair too~! And now after seeing your lovely collages of a dreamy home I will be excited to see the changes that come~I know that decorating is never static.

  14. October 27, 2011 / 5:16 pm

    Just an update! Have added the butterfly stamp in the same post 🙂

  15. October 27, 2011 / 5:30 pm

    What a lovely home…can't imagine what changes you will make. You visited my blog a while ago but I'm catching up finally and wanted to stop by. I'll be coming back to see what you've done with your house. Sorry it took me so long to get here…I'm a new follower too!

  16. October 27, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    Oooh exciting!!!! I cant't wait to see what you have up your pretty little sleeve! Your home is so gorgeous and I LURVE your doors!!!!!

  17. October 27, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    Your home is beautiful!


  18. October 28, 2011 / 3:02 am

    oh, i love your home!!!

  19. October 28, 2011 / 3:43 am

    OMG! Can I move into your home, please?!?! 🙂 It is just so GORGEOUS!!! 🙂 Love, love, love all of it!!! 🙂 I've got a teenager too!!! AND a little one as well!!! 🙂 Anyway, take care and enjoy your night!!!


  20. October 28, 2011 / 1:03 pm

    I'm in awe. Your home is simply stunning! I agree with the first comment about the kids; I could never have a home like that with my little boy running around!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog…I'm glad I got to come see yours!

  21. October 28, 2011 / 8:59 pm

    I don't know where to begin as I am in total awe!! Your home is gorgeous and elegant in such a fresh and young atmosphere, just lovely, congrats! Have a wonderful weekend pretty lady. FABBY

  22. October 29, 2011 / 9:25 am

    First, I must say and repeat those that have commented before, your place as represented in these pics is SO gorgeous, SO serene, SO lush… it is truly truly a thing of beauty.

    Ok, so we said that, right? Good.

    Now, what I want to say is that yes, I totally understand – we all need change, our lives change, our vision of beauty changes, we are innundated with fresh inspiration and what do we do with that?? Our surroundings must change so that we can continually feel that our spirits are ALIVE…

    Can't wait to see what you've done and how you've injected new life in your home! Go for it baby!

    Hope your weekend is fabulous. And I love the book title – hasn't approaching menopause ALWAYS been sexy though? 😉


  23. October 29, 2011 / 7:44 pm

    Oh I just love your home. EVERYTHING is so gorgeous!!I hear you BIG time on the changes on the blog, in your home, in your design style, in life… Wherever your heart leads you on all that- I know it will be lovely!! 🙂 Thanks for linking up! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  24. October 30, 2011 / 11:01 am

    It's such a treat to see your beautiful home, my lovely, it's so serene and GORGEOUS. Whatever changes you're making I'm sure will only make it more beautiful and I can't wait to see the magic you work in your fabulous home!

    Hope you're having a fabulous weekend, pretty lady!

    Meera xx

  25. October 30, 2011 / 11:26 am

    Well….nothing wrong with a little change! It looks fab to me but I am sure you can make it even prettier!!!

  26. October 31, 2011 / 1:52 pm

    Beautiful! How did you paint your furniture? I painted an end table and it didn't come out so great! Your furniture looks wonderful
    Blessings My Friend,

  27. October 31, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    Your home is jaw dropping gorgeous! It should be in pages of design books and magazines. In fact, I won't be surprised if it already is. Really gorgeous! Happy Monday!

  28. October 31, 2011 / 7:21 pm

    your home is amazing.

  29. October 31, 2011 / 7:33 pm

    ok now you're just makin' me blush. i can't wait for the re-styling to wrap up so i can share!


  30. November 1, 2011 / 12:25 am

    Yes, it is always a domino effect when you make changes in the home. Can't wait to see all your changes.

  31. November 1, 2011 / 4:41 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I LOVE it! Found your blog form the Tuesdays Treasure party. I'm your newest follower.

  32. November 1, 2011 / 4:53 pm

    Your decor is exquisite and your blog is definitely lovely!!

  33. November 1, 2011 / 11:48 pm

    I'm a girl who likes change so much that I am personally frustrated by that constant need. (As are my nearest and dearest, I am sure.) I tend to recover pillows as my first line of attack. I used to just buy (or make) new pillows, but there is just NOT room for the leftovers. Pillow "slipcovers" take up much less room. Anyway, I am happy to meet a friend with my same … disease.

    Good to hear that menopause is coming back. You might even say it's … hot.


  34. November 2, 2011 / 12:33 am

    Thanks so much for the sweet comments and invite to your beautiful blog! Serious eye candy here!! 🙂
    Happy new follower,
    Fancy Frugal Life

  35. November 2, 2011 / 1:37 am

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to last weeks show and share. We hope to see you and your newest project on Wednesday.

    A mommy's life…with a touch of YELLOW

  36. November 2, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    Beautiful snapshots! Lovely home! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

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