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Caring For Your Hand Stamped Jewelry :  A Guide For Giving It a Facelift

Caring For Your Hand Stamped Jewelry : A Guide For Giving It a Facelift

As mentioned in my previous post, the best way to clean aluminum jewelry is with soap and water (Dawn dishwashing soap being my favorite). With a little wash down and a good polishing rub from a clean towel, your piece will shine like new. As […]

Aluminum Jewelry: Maintaining That Upscale Look

Aluminum Jewelry: Maintaining That Upscale Look

Aluminum jewelry has been gaining in popularity over the past few years, with jewelers as well as consumers. A large portion of my business is taking a customers’ idea or motivation and translating it into a hand stamped piece of jewelry. More often that not, […]

Master Bath Shenanigans

Master Bath Shenanigans

When I first purchased the Lake house it only had two bathrooms.  The bath that was located on the main floor connected the master bedroom to the kitchen?!  Say what?? Yes, (not a typo) …the kitchen. Over the lifespan of  this home, several additions were added the the original A frame structure. I’m guessing that this particular alteration was done to save money, but it was just weird, so it was one of the first major projects I tackled.  The space itself was fairly large, so with much research and discussion, I decided to divide the space into a dedicated master bath and a small powder room.  Hands down one of the best decisions I made.  The results speak for themselves.

 

Lake House Master Bath -Before
Lake House Master Bath -Before  UGH…The wall paper took forever to remove.

 

Lake House Master Bath -Before
Lake House Master Bath -Before

 

Lake House Master Bath - After
Lake House Master Bath – After

 

Master Bath - After
Master Bath – After

 

Lake Master Bath After
View from the master bedroom.

 

New walk in shower

 

Lake House Powder Room - After
Lake House Powder Room – After
It’s time for a time out

It’s time for a time out

Everyone needs a break once in awhile.  Sitting on the beach would be ideal, but a nice couch nap might just do the trick 🙂 Happy Friday!

Transformation is harder than you think!

Transformation is harder than you think!

Not knowing what I was getting myself into I thought a few gallons of paint and a nice couch or two would transform this ugly duckling,  but this house was like a beautiful Monet watercolor.  Gazing from afar, your eyes reveal an exquisite landscape of […]

Landscaping, Siding and Shingles.. Oh My.

Landscaping, Siding and Shingles.. Oh My.

The outside of the house was the most daunting task and is still in progress.  Since that is where we spend the majority of our time when we are there, that was my top priority.  New siding, a new roof, and new deck were all added to the house.  A small retaining wall was affixed to the patio to provide more usable space and a walkway leads down to the dock.

 

Before and After Photos of the Dock.  A new dock was built to to provide respite from the sun and to house our kayaks and paddle boat.A single slip boat dock with a floater.
Before and after photos of the deck and back of house.
Smith Mountain Lake House

Smith Mountain Lake House

A couple of years ago, I realized a dream and purchased a small summer home on Smith Mountain Lake.  Initially purchased as an escape, it has magically turned into a surprisingly sound investment.  This labor of love (mostly labor) has been filled with many hiccups […]


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