Have Ideas, Will Repurpose: Our Home Improvement Ideas

Places In The Home hails from the house I grew up in.

My parent’s built the house in 1965, and in the forty years they lived in the house it underwent two major renovations.

My partner in this crazy home improvement ideas life, Dave the Builder, convinced me we are up to the challenge of home improvement ideas renovation.

The standard issue formal living room/dining room combination of the 1960’s ranch house served its entertaining, special occasion event, and makeshift photography studio for homecoming and prom pictures purposes for many years.

Thankfully, my mother received the all good things and trends come to an end memo and did away with the design relic during the great renovation of 1986.

My mother design ideas included turning the formal living room into a formal dining room, and repurposing the small formal dining space into a sitting parlor.

What designs worked then do not work now, so here’s the new home improvement ideas plan:  keep the formal dining room space in place, but with one major design modification.

I’m a huge fan of taking down walls and opening up a space to new design and decor possibilities, so taking down the wall between the sitting parlor and the kitchen it is.

With the home improvement ideas flowing, it’s bye-bye swinging ’60s, get down tonight ’70s, and don’t you forget about how you hated the decorating trends of the ’80s interior design.

As soon as the subject of home improvement ideas came up, Dave the Builder read my mind.

“The wall is coming down, isn’t it?”

Yes, Dave.

Yes it is.

It’s really the only option.

Running the numbers through my head convinced me even more I was on the right track.

It would be much more cost efficient to repurpose existing rooms in order to emphasize function, relaxed formality, and flow.

Although eight foot ceilings are not exactly a hot design favorite, they’re not a design deal breaker either.

As I snapped the shot the bulb went out. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

We vaulted the ceiling in the foyer and added the decorative molding to accommodate our taste.

For less than $200 we added the beveled glass panes to the front door unit.

The five figure estimate from the architect to raise the ceilings throughout the house put a big “that ain’t happening” damper on that idea real fast.

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Change comes again.



Subtle replacements, salvaged fixtures, deeply discounted flooring and wholesale lots helped to make this a cost efficient update.



Two and a half rooms down with a few more to come.

Change has come.


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Go With The Interior Decorating Flow

It came to me one evening as I was going over the afternoon spent with family that the walls and windows of a home frame so much more than the house, they frame the life lived within.  Think of it in terms of a baseball diamond.   The entire game starts and ends at home plate.  The bases represent milestones in the lives we lead, the good & bad in between, and the memories made along the way.

Your home should provide the calm in the storm, and reflect the personalities of those seeking shelter.  Scarlett O’Hara worked her fingers to the bone in war ravaged fields, and Dorothy walked off a month’s worth of calories on the yellow brick road for it.  A rebel with a cause and a Kansas farm girl both knew the score.  Home, there really is no place like it.

Each space within the home should have a personality all its own.  I feel I’ve done my best interior decorating work when a space stands on its own while creating a key essential- the all important and pleasing interior decorating flow.  In the name of all that is tasteful, try not to be guilty of subjecting others to a interior decorating snafu guaranteed to result in Pretty Baby Face Syndrome (PBFS). Allow me to explain.

Your close friends have recently had a baby and all they can talk about is how precious little Johnnie or little Susie is.  The proud parents present their bundle of joy and immediately you begin to experience Pretty Baby Face Syndrome(PBFS).  It’s too late at this point, and the window of control over your reaction has just closed.  Smack dab across the middle of your face is one part fear and two parts shock.

I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here by saying  precious is probably not the first word that comes to your scrambled mind.  Being the good friend you are (and an even better actor) you will gracefully pull it all together, aiming in the end to save not only the day, but the friendship as well.  Time will bring beauty to the baby. Together, you and I will bring beauty to your home. I’m big on celebrating the homeowner’s individuality and decorating choices. You own, lease, or rent the house- stand tall and own your interior design, decorating and home decor choices.  Just remember to go with the interior decorating flow.

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