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When I Get My Shack in the Woods


This will be my bath tub. Pretty elegant for a shack in the woods, huh? I wonder if I will kill myself getting in and out of this tub, but I think it's so cute.


Here I am again, talking about home design. I figure since we're spending so much time there we might want to vary our view.


First off, I’m a fan of Paint.


When we moved into this house, it was a lovely little house, except that the interior was gray, gray, and gray.


The mantel and surround of the fireplace were a deep gray, the walls a light gray. The kitchen was gray, the dining room and the little bath off the laundry room were gray.

Well, I popped in with paint. (Daughter gracious painted the ceilings white for us) I painted the walls “Indian muslin.” in the living room and dining room, with white trim. And a pink kitchen—it needed rosying up.


That little bath was influenced by the island where we spend a year. Two walls are lime green, two are mango, white trim, and Aqua towels finish it off.


Daughter dear, who was once a real estate agent, said, “Paint is the easiest thing to change.” People would look at a house and complain about the color of a room.


Maybe you don’t want to go to the time and effort to do a major painting job—I wouldn’t either right now. I’m glad it’s done. However, since we are spending so much time in our homes, we might look for ways of cheaply altering them.

  • My favorite: House plants.

  • · Moving furniture will alter a room.

And here’s some new ones:

  • · Pull your old curtains off the wall, wash and dry them, then dye them. I hadn’t thought of dying them until recently—good old Rit Dye to the rescue. I’ve been known to spruce up towels that were getting a bit faded with dye. Works great.

  • This one is intriguing, paint or wallpaper the front of a sideboard—not your fancy walnut or pecan or cherry wood sideboard, of course, but an old one that was painted a century ago. Wallpaper a drawer, paint other ones, jazz it up.

  • Replace old ugly drawer pulls with new fancy ones.

  • Design your own rug. A 6 x 6 or 8 x 8 throw run doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Get a neutral one, or grass and mask it off and paint or dye it. That would be fun. And you will get it to match your room, or give the kids on with a checkerboard on it. Maybe you don’t want to go to the time and effort to do a major painting job—I wouldn’t either right now. I’m glad it’s done. However, since we are spending so much time in our homes, we might look for ways of cheaply altering them.

I mentioned buying orchids in my last blog. Here's one on my kitchen window sill, this is it's third year, and look what's happening--a spike with buds. December 15, 2020