Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you from me and my family! 

We're spending New Year's Eve at home, and decided to take some family pictures before the Christmas decorations are taken down. We've never had a picture taken of the four of us, and my new camera made it possible to have some nice pictures. I'm getting pretty good at using it now.

Our first Christmas in our new home (Home Tour)

Christmas tree

I had fun decorating for our first Christmas in our new home. It hasn't been without its challenges though. Come on in and take a look and join us for the holidays...

Updating a table lamp

Antique Lamp
Found two of these lamps at an antique shop.
This past Friday, I went shopping with my best friend. We had a wonderful time as usual, and I found two of these wonderful lamps.  I fell in love with them immediately. They were a steal at $19.99 each, especially since they came with the lamp shades.  There was only one problem...

Small change in the kitchen -- Huge impact

Something in my kitchen has been bugging me big time ever since my dishwasher was installed. To fix it, I recently made a small change, and that change has had a huge impact on my happiness level! Look at this picture and see if you can figure out what's bothering me about my kitchen.

Black hole under dishwasher
How the toe kick looked after the dishwasher was installed
Can you guess what it is that bugs me?

Learning how to use my DSLR camera

I've always used my phone to take the pictures on this blog, and now I've invested in a DSLR camera. Let me say right off the bat that there is a definite learning curve. However, the results are going to be so worth it. Here are some of the pictures I've taken since buying my camera.

Jasper Close Up
Jasper - Such a handsome boy!
I didn't just take a picture of Jasper and stop there. I have a few more to share.

My "haunted" dining room table

My Craigslist Table
My "Haunted" Dining Room Table
October is only a couple days away, and the internet is alive with "haunted" stories and Halloween decorating ideas. You know what, though? Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays, but I do have a scary story to share. Okay, not scary. My "haunted" dining room table is not scary, and I'm not sure it's actually haunted, but it is one of my best Craigslist finds.

Mini bathroom makeover

Built-in cabinet gets a mini-makeover
The finished cabinet.
Paint and new hardware made a huge difference in how our bathroom cabinet looks. It also made a huge difference in how the entire bathroom looks. This cabinet had some serious issues that had to be addressed sooner rather than later.

My favorite time in our house

The days that I enjoy my house the most are the days when it's raining. I know that sounds weird, but it so relaxing to sit in the sitting room with a cup of coffee listening to the rain.

The sitting room with coffee
My favorite place to sit
It's such a lovely room, and it's coming together quite nicely. Oh sure, there are some things that I want to change.

The Scene-Stealer in My Kitchen

Completely renovated kitchen
Completely renovated kitchen is being upstaged.
When you go through all the work to completely renovate your kitchen, you expect it to be the star of the show. You hope your friends will ooh and ahh over all your hard work, because you put your heart into it. At least, that's what I expected, but you know what? There is scene-stealer in my kitchen, and it is upstaging my new kitchen big time. 

What a difference a year makes!

Dining Room before and after
The dining room when we first looked at the house, and now...
A year ago today, we closed on our house.  We renovated for eight months and moved in about four months ago. When I look back at the pictures, even I am amazed by how different the house looks. The changes are so dramatic.

Look what I found!!!

Introducing my next project!  I can't wait to show you what I have planned for this baby!!!

Treadle Sewing Machine
Treadle Sewing machine, circa 1890-1899.
Yes it is going to be repurposed. We're just working out the actual design for how we want to use it. I know Jim's excited, because he took it right down to the basement and started dismantling it right away. He didn't even give me a chance to take before pictures, so these were taken by my friend who sold it to me.

Treadle Sewing Machine front
The lid and one of the drawer bases are in really bad shape, but the rest looks pretty good.
It didn't have side drawers, but that's okay. Those are fairly easy to find if we decide we need them. The center drawer does work, which I'm pretty excited about. I'm hoping to be able to keep as much of the original wooden casing as possible. 

Sears Roebuck and Co. Cast Iron Legs
Missing the treadle and wheel, but oh so cool! This one's pretty rare.
This is the part Jim likes the best, and I have to admit I really like it too. I've never seen one made by Sear Roebuck and Co.  The ones I've seen have always been Singers, so I think this one is pretty rare.

Stay tuned for updates, but in the meantime...

What would you do with it?

Don't forget to leave a comment!

Launching My NEW Website!!

Launching My NEW Website!
My NEW website is live! 
I'm so excited to announce that I've launched my new website!  It's easier to navigate and offers so much more to you than the other website did.  I love the clean look of it, and how it features images of various art and interior designs that I've done. There is even a place to sign up

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I've moved my blog over to my new website. If you don't want to miss out on the excitement, I hope you'll follow my blog on Bloglovin.  It's a great way to get updated whenever I post something new.  With the new website, you don't want to miss a single post, because it's going to be incredible!!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Follow my blog
Big things are on the horizon, and you're going to love what you see.  Check out my new website at Loribeth Clark.  New designs, new focus, and a lot of fun.  Let's make your home beautiful together!

My French Country Kitchen

I love my new house!!! And I especially love my French Country Kitchen. I don't just "love" it.  I LUUUuuuvvvvv it! It is my happy place. We moved in the beginning of April, and it is home. There's no other way to explain it. Honestly, before we moved in, I was starting to think it wasn't ever going to happen--I mean, eight months of renovating? Seriously! Who does that??? But it was worth it, because it feels so good to finally be home.

Feeling at Home in my French Country Kitchen

Breakfast Nook
Our Breakfast Nook in the kitchen helped make our house feel like home.

We're Finally Moving In!

Be sure to check the comments for updates. I'll be commenting there so you know how it's going. 

Encouragement is VERY welcome!!!  I think I'm going to need it! 

The movers have been hired.  Almost everything in the new house has been painted from top to bottom. The curtains are hung.  The last of the utilities are being transferred.  There are no more reasons to delay.  The house is ready for someone to live in it again!  
Jasper in a moving box.
Jasper is determined not to be left behind. He really doesn't need to worry.

Peeling Paint? ARRRRGH!!! Fix it WITHOUT scraping!

Peeling Paint Solution

I learned a lesson about primer the hard way in our kitchen and bathroom when I painted.

DO IT! Even when you don't think you need to!  But if you forget, I found a solution.

Sneak peek at our finished 1950's ranch reno

Sitting room

After SIX months of renovating the 1950s ranch home we bought last summer, the time as finally come to move in! In honor of this long awaited occasion, I thought I'd share some pictures of our finished renovation!!

Preview of the renovations

Living room and Kitchen

We are finally winding down with our renovations!  The electrician and the plumber have both finished up there work, so now we're down to little finishing details. Gone is the 1970's wallpaper and paneling. Gone is all the carpet. Curtains are being hung. Now it's looking fresh and new with a bit of a vintage vibe.

My word for 2016

Happy New Year!!!

I can't believe we're already ten days into the New Year.  I should have posted my word for the year days ago, but I've been having some trouble choosing one this year. In the past, my word has been so clear that I didn't even have to think about it.  This year, it's eluded me.

Last year, I chose "embrace," which fit perfectly. It was a wonderful word that helped me guide me. I felt a need to embrace things in my life. Such as...Whenever my roots needed to be touched up, I felt ugly. So, I embraced embraced my natural hair color, and I've never felt more beautiful. We bought a new house, and I embraced the renovations it needed.  

It should be easy to find a word for this year. There are so many changes going on in my life... Then I thought maybe "change" should be my word, but it didn't feel right. A word that you choose to guide you through the year needs to feel right. It needs to fit. "Change" didn't fit, even though it is happening. Somehow it felt limiting, and bit like I had no control.

I needed a word that was as wonderful as last year's word, and I needed it before the year was over. I was starting to think I'd never find the right word, then tonight it came to me! It became very clear just like it had in the past. It just took a little longer to recognize it.

So what did I choose?



Develop is my word for 2016!

Why is it perfect?  Well, we'll be moving into our new house this year, so I'll be developing new routines and new ways of doing things. We'll have new neighbors, so I'll hopefully be developing some new friendships. I'll have an actual home office, so I'll be developing my business.  And, of course, I'll be continuing to develop myself personally and professionally.

Do you have a word for the year or do you do resolutions? 

Share it in the comments section below and tell me why you chose it.