My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 28}

Nothing exciting to reveal in this update…
in fact, since most of these shots are forlorn
and do not in the slightest reflect the
joy I feel about how the fixer is
coming along and working for us,
this is a better indicator:

a few moons before the fixer took over

I truly love living here even with
all the loose ends and inconveniences!


We are not jazzed with our major beadboard fail.

Since it expands, contracts and objects to humidity,

I had a Ron Burgundy moment:

Anchorman Regret Decision GIF

Stay tuned to see if we end up tiling those walls instead.

For now, we are keeping the wide opening between

the dining/library and living rooms as is.

Now that we have entertained a few times,

the flow seems to work.

I’m not a fan of our Dutch Parsons table

behind the sofa, but it’s functional so we’ll see

if I can get used to it…in case you failed to notice,

I am evolving into quite the imperfectionista, and I’m

thinking this house is just the one for such evolution.

So while I won’t require a PERFECT master bath,
a better functioning one would be ever so lovely.
Remember how it looked?

The toilet front and center?


We gutted this bad boy and have divided it

for privacy in the toilet/shower area.

Future vanity area.

Clawfoot tub will be here.

Looking from inside shower.

The angles of the roofline will give it
a cozy factor.

The shower taking shape.

The new kitchen has been functioning better than 
it did at this stage.

I have to decide whether I’ll live with our
harvest table which is decidedly too large for the
wee breakfast area but such a sentimental item.
Not showing you that part of the kitchen til it looks less ridiculous.

Hold on to your hats, I actually put pretty things on the walls!


The large piece is by Melissa James,
and the smaller ones are by me.

These are some of my favorite neighbors, and I blow kisses
to them everyday when I drive past.

Lessons Learned In Week 28:
Lots of them but mainly this…
if you still possess a sense of humor at week 28,
then you are an extremely emotionally healthy
and resilient human being because there are
more ups and downs and headaches
and sacrifices than I can say.

But still we laugh!

Reaction GIF: laugh, eating, Steve Carell, Brick Tamland, Anchorman

We say ‘we are way too old for this shit,’
and ‘give me back my perfect house!’
and we mean it.

Reaction GIF: no, scream, Will Ferrell, Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

Then we pop more Motrin, I massage my beloved’s
tired feet, and we begin another project.

Coming Soon:

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in this DIY adventure by
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Peace to you right where you are and…



  1. January 29, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    It looks incredible, Michele! Just love your choices in the kitchen and the artwork is amazing – what a talent you have, my friend!! Can't wait to see more!

    • February 2, 2016 / 10:10 am

      thanks, ladies! i hope i can survive this reno and show you more!

  2. January 29, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    What an awesome post Michele – I love how you have incorporated Ron Burgundy into the equation! Your home is coming together beautifully and it is such fun following along! Have a lovely weekend my friend!

    • February 2, 2016 / 10:11 am

      not enough humor in interior design if you ask me–we do not take ourselves overly serious in this household! thanks.

  3. February 4, 2016 / 1:11 am

    Hahaha!!! I will have a smile on my face for the rest of the night!! What a fabulous post!! Your home is beautiful… you are a talent. Let's just a say a Renaissance Women!!!
    Much love to you!

  4. February 5, 2016 / 2:29 am

    Its coming along very well!! I love your Fjord neighbors!! xo K

  5. February 10, 2016 / 3:46 am

    Oh I love seeing all the progress, you guys really keep me motivated. Bummer about that beadboard expanding already. Hmm we live and learn in the DIYer world. The kitchen looks gorgeous-can't wait to see more although I know all about leaving out chunks of a room for later photos hahaha.
    You are so lucky to have deer around you, oh how I miss living next to them. There's something so pure and gentle about their presence, I'm pretty sure they wear invisible halos.

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