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Five years is a long time right?  I mean think about all that can happen in that time.  For our family, the last 5 years have had so many life changing events that sometimes I am amazed how much has happened and where we have landed.  And so the idea of repainting and sprucing up the decor throughout the house surfaced in my mind.   I’ve had trouble with the repainting part since the paint in our house really isn’t that old.  Then again, how often should one repaint the inside of a home?  I hit the internet hoping to find a magical number, but came up empty handed.  Some people were on a 10 year schedule while others just waited until the walls began to look dingy.  Then of course, there were people that repainted and changed up the décor in their home every 2 years.   So I sat myself down and tried to come up with my own justification list.  Once complete, I would run it past my hubby for feedback as I do value his opinion.  The list went something like this:

  1. 5 years is an eternity in the decorating world!
  2. Flat paint was used throughout our house (need I say more).  I LOVE the look of flat paint, but let’s face it, it just isn’t practical with kids.
  3. Paint is 60% of the décor.
  4. I am a project person.  I enjoy the buzz and action of a great project – especially my own.
  5. I am helping a small local business – namely our painter who is fantastic.
  6. Its winter.  How does this point support repainting the house?  It really doesn’t but I threw it in anyway. The house will inevitably become a disaster with furniture being moved around so that the painter can access walls and such.   Dust will be kicked up and fumes from the paint will be evident.  We tend to be more at home in the winter (hence I can clean up easier) and the thought of opening the windows during winter to cleanse the air seems so much more appealing than mixing it with hot humid summer air.  Did I mention its winter?
  7. The paint on our walls has aged and I can no longer repaint high traffic areas without painting the entire wall.  I noticed this after about the 3rd year.

I looked at my husband and waited for a response.  Well?  “Do it”.  Wait a minute.  Did he just agree?  Woot woot!!  So it’s settled.  We hope to start this project in the next 2 weeks and anticipate that it will take about 6 months to a year to get it where we want it to be.  I don’t expect that the painting will take that long but rather the redecorating.  I also don’t plan to get rid of all the furniture – in fact I plan on keeping most of it.  Reorganizing and adding a few new pieces is what I hope to do in changing up the look in most rooms.  My heart flutters with excitement!

How often do you repaint the inside of your home?

Images:  House of Many Hues


February 2, 2013   No Comments

Sample Sale

It was Friday night and for the first time in a while, we had no plans.  None.  Hubby had no interest in leaving the house due to his cold and I wanted to do anything but stay home.  So I had a ‘date’ with my oldest daughter!  I took her to the Michigan Design Center – can you say Sample Sale?  About twice a year, the MDC has a Sample Sale open to the public where designer furniture, accessories, and even fabric samples go up for sale at reduced cost. 

I’ve posted about this Sample Sale before (search:  Michigan Design Center) and I usually find a few items (it’s tough to walk out empty handed!).  This trip included a fabric find and a heavy weight white wall paper made with beady dots.  It has such lovely sparkle to it that I’m thinking of making an inspiration board with it.

There was so much to see that we spent about 2 1/2 hours just taking everything in.   We even came across one of my favorite paintings up for sale.  I visit her every time we come to the MDC but this time it was different.  She wasn’t in her usual suite location (there are about 40 suites at the MDC), but rather part of a display in one of the designer suites.  I honestly can’t remember how much the painting costs, but it was waaay beyond my budget.  Wish I had a skirt just like hers…

Gorgeous furniture and fabrics in every corner.  But be prepared.  The pricing, while discounted, still can run in the thousands for some items.   I happen to key in on a narrow dresser that had beautiful lines and wasn’t too tall – but the cost was nearly $5k.  Don’t get me wrong -  you can definitely find affordable items, just be prepared for the occasional sticker shock.

Cost to enter the showrooms is $5.  Sign up with your email and they’ll send you $2 off the entrance.  Kids under 12 are free!

My daughter even scored this cute zebra bag (above)!

It was nearing 9pm and we were getting hungry.  The MDC has a cafe on sight, but just our luck it had closed shortly before we got there.  So we ended our ‘date’ with dinner at Noodles and Company and discussed the snow falling and all that we saw in the showrooms.  Awesome night!

Images:  House of Many Hues


January 28, 2013   No Comments

Curtains and More Curtains

Prior to the start of the weekend, I promised myself that I would finalize the fabric for the sofa I’m about to get re-upholstered.  I finished all of my experiments and was satisfied with the results.  So I grab the credit card and placed the order!  Yay!  The fabric should be delivered in about a week since it was a special order.  The cost of the fabric was nearly $400.  But before you cringe at the price, I did order a high end commercial grade fabric.  There were MANY options available that were much cheaper, but my hope in using a commercial grade fabric is to never need to re-upholster this sofa again.  Time will tell.

Once I got the sofa fabric out of the way, I felt energized to work on my basement windows that have desperately needed some dressing up.  I know I have mentioned this a few times before and never seem to get anywhere with it.  I somehow found myself stuck with what to do with two of the four windows.   Many months ago, I bought two double rods and put them up on the windows that face south.  I was really lucky and came across some garage sale finds – linen curtains that were the right size for these rods and the right price – $1 each.   And that’s as far as I got.  Well, I’m happy to say that not only a decision was made but orders were placed.  The two east facing windows will be getting 2” faux wood blinds in white (you’ll be surprised where these are coming from), while the south facing windows will get the top rod (of the double rod) finished off with some velvety curtains.  Have I mentioned how much I heart velvet?

If you didn’t already lose all respect for me when I mentioned the Tori Spelling book I purchased, then I might be walking on a very thin line when I tell you that I bought the blinds from Wal-Mart.  After doing some research on 2” faux wood blinds, the reviews from the Wal-Mart ones rose to the top.  Over and over I read how people had purchased more expensive blinds from other sources and found these to be superior.  The blinds have a 4.7 star rating out of 5 with 200+ reviews (you can check it out here).  Pricing was also a plus at $39 each – an unbelievable price for windows that are rather large.  Then for the icing on the cake – shipping to my house for both blinds was only $2.99.  Did I win any of you back?


Sofa fabric – Decorative Fabric Direct

2” Faux Blinds – Wal-Mart

Velvety Curtains  - Curtain Works

Images:  House of Many Hues (CurtainWorks Ad)


May 1, 2012   No Comments

Massage + Magazines

Hello peeps!  I hope that your week is coming to a wonderful close.  I know mine was rather busy but I did manage to have one day where I spent time on myself.  Not often does it happen that I set time aside with no husband, no kids – just me.  Part of my me day included a massage and what a treat it was.  Danielle, my assigned masseuse, worked on all the knots in my upper back and kept a Zen like atmosphere for me throughout the session.  Her soft words reminded me that it was time to relax and enjoy.  I also managed to hit up a used book sale at my local library and load up on books (even some audio ones), magazines, and CD’s.  Some titles included were Martinis, Food & Home Entertainment Cookbook One, Moving On, some House Beautiful mags, and more.  I’m ashamed to admit that I did also buy Tori Spelling’s latest book.  Stop, I can hear your disappointment and judgments.  I’m not trying to justify the purchase but for some reason when watching her tv show, Tori &Dean, I am continuously intrigued by her candid honesty and the dysfunctional life she leads – just like the rest of us.   Let’s just file this book under ‘Entertainment’, shall we?  Nevertheless, I discovered for the first time that my ‘me’ day was spent 100% guilt free.  This has NEVER happened since having kids.

OH my, do I love the table on the cover of this House Beautiful magazine above.  I think I’ll be curling up with this one tonight – an awesome find at the library for only .25 cents.

Images:  House of Many Hues


April 26, 2012   No Comments

And the Giveaway WINNER is….

Today is the day that the winner for the book giveaway is selected.  Thank you all for your emails, submissions, and kind words!  Using the random number generator, the number 6 was pulled.   Our winner for the [the nest] home design book is… (drum roll) … MaryBeth C!

Thank you for all your continued support!


March 16, 2012   No Comments

Happy 2nd Birthday House of Many Hues + [the nest] Home Design Book Giveaway

The House of Many Hues will celebrate its 2nd birthday this month with another book giveaway!  This years birthday giveaway is a copy of [the nest] Home Design book.  If you don’t have this book in your collection, you are missing out!  It is chuck full of beautiful photos and offers a practical guide to the beginner decorator.

If you would like to enter the giveaway, the rules are as follows:

1.  Leave a comment here with your first name, the initial of your last name, and a couple words why you love House of Many Hues.

2.  Include a valid email address (don’t worry, only I will be able to see your email).

3.  One entry per person.

The winner will be announced in a new post on Friday, March 16, 2012.

Thank you for your continued support.

Good luck everyone!


March 2, 2012   8 Comments

I Have No Words

I am feeling ever so sad so if you are not in the mood to be brought down, avoid reading this post.  You may remember me mentioning that my very good friend’s dad wasn’t doing so well.  A few years ago he had suffered a heart attack and then later found out he had a tumor on his lung.  After 3 years of battling and hoping and trying it all ended Sunday evening.  I want to tell my friend that it will get better, but my own experience doesn’t prove that – at least not yet.  For me, it seems that as time goes by I miss my dad more and more and carry him everywhere I go.  In my mind I keep a file of all that he has missed and wonder how big this file will grow over time.  Yes, people tell me that he is watching down on us, but that doesn’t seem to help me any.  And so right now I have no words for my friend.  Instead, I plan to hold his hand and let him know that I’m here for him.

Images: sisterspock


February 21, 2012   No Comments

My Secondhand Finds

I don’t believe I’ve shared with you any finds in quite some time and they are starting to add up so I’ll share just a few as to not overwhelm you (or make me look like I need a shopping intervention)!

Forgive me if I’ve shared my chair before  – although, I don’t think I have.  I bought this sturdy chair last summer for my computer desk (I gave up on the Mod one) and just loved it.  I went to a sample sale a few weeks ago and bought fabric for $1 each.  I used one of the fabrics (normally priced at $155 per yard – that was on the tag) to reupholster my chair.  The fabric is a charcoal  tweed with some wool made by  Pollack.  Here is how it came out…

Next, I came across some little finds, but nevertheless just made me happy!  I’m trying to decide which photo to put in the frame (the one in the photo is stock).  But I did find a spot for it – right on my nightstand.

You may feel that my next find is a little more on the pricey side (comparing to the one’s above).  BUT, I could not walk away from this one (actually, I did and then ran back the next morning).  It’s as close to brand new as can be and when I found out that this velvety chair normally retails online for almost $400, the asking price seemed reasonable.

I’ve spent a few Saturday mornings sitting here with kids as I read a story book.  Oh, and get this, the seat cushion lifts up and has built in storage!

BTW, I’m working on my newsletter publication and plan to send it out in the next few weeks.  If  you’ve never received one and are interested, sign up with your email address (top right side of the site).  Have a great evening!

Images:  House of Many Hues

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February 14, 2012   No Comments