Cheap Rugs and Wallpaper Musings

I’m sure I’ve talked about this before, but back at our old house, we had the most beautiful rug in all the world in our living room. At least that’s how I remember it. It was a big old oriental rug, mostly red, worn down just perfectly. It made the room feel so cozy, and it made my feet happy, … Continue reading

15 Resources for Choosing White and Black Paint Colors: Your Guide to All the Guides

Remember that time when we spent ONE HUNDRED YEARS tiling our master bathroom and then totally abandoned the room and did nothing else in there for months? Yes, well, all that is about to change! Any month now. But I’m always thinking about our master bath, you see. I go in there pretty much every single day. I brush my … Continue reading

Painting and Re-upholstering our Mismatched Kitchen Chairs…..at long last!

This project has been on our list for nearly as long as I can remember. Or at least for a long time. Back when we made the farmhouse table for the kitchen, almost exactly a year ago, I starting rounding up mismatched chairs from thrift stores, with┬áthe plan that eventually they’d all be painted the same color. And, look, now … Continue reading

Hobbit Gallery Wall: or How I ALMOST Made the Coolest Gallery Wall of All Time

Let me tell you a little cautionary tale about how important careful reading skills are. Awhile back, I came across this post about art from The Hobbit on the blog, Brain Pickings. The post featured artwork from different editions of The Hobbit from all over the world, like this illustration by Tove Jansson: Gollum?! Is that YOU?! It was pretty … Continue reading

Special Guest House: My Mom’s! Plus the Least Comprehensive Haven Recap You’ll Ever Read

Update! Part 2 of the tour is up now. See the upstairs, including the two bedrooms and the master bath, here! I am still quite sleepy and mentally drained from my weekend at Haven (a blogging conference for DIY/Home bloggers). I wasn’t sure going into it whether I was going to write a full scale blog post about it, but … Continue reading

DIY Honeycomb Hexagon Shelves

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I know hexagon shelves are a dime a dozen these days, but I wanted to make some for Milo and August’s room because they’re awesome. We have a special affection for hexagons around here because two of our bathrooms came with hex tile. Our house had hexagons before hexagons were cool. … Continue reading

Blue and Gold Star: This Year’s Quick 4th of July Project

Historically, I’m not the best at either decorating for the 4th of July or putting stuff on my front door to make it look all pretty and seasonally appropriate. So with this project I tried to fix both of those things, with mixed results. Last year’s sole 4th of July project was these pinwheels. This year I pulled out a … Continue reading

New Red Beds and Our Homeright Paint Sprayer Experience

Kids’ new beds: painted! If you read a lot of blogs, you’ve probably seen Homeright paint spraying paraphernalia here and there because Homeright works with bloggers quite a bit. We did not get our paint sprayer for free. Not because we’re above all that (and, of course, I am so pure and noble and honest that I would not lie … Continue reading

Updating Milo and August’s Forest Room

I promised embarrassing pictures of mess, and I wasn’t lying! I’m going to post a less embarrassing picture of how the kids’ room looked back before we started messing around with it first, though. This is back before we made their lego table and before we hung up their Ikea Ekorre chairs, but aside from that (and extra mess) things … Continue reading