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Great design is made with a little inspiration! For example, the French chair on the right was our inspiration behind the redesigned chair on the left.  Here you'll find all of our home decor and design ideas.

Home Decor & Design Idea Blogs

  • Hi
    HI EVERYONE   I AM ON A SCAVENGER HUNT  WILL POST MY FINDINGS IN A DAY OR TWO   STAY TUNED   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in […]
  • Custom Made For Me Do You Want One Made For You?
    My guest bathroom is a bit small.  It has a bubble tub/shower which I only use as a tub.  I am trying to avoid having a shower curtain in the room.  I feel the bath is so small, a shower curtain cuts the room line, making it appear even smaller.  I […]
  • Shower dilemma continues. The house remodeling project that never ends
    Now for the continuing story of my house remodel project.  We started two years ago after deciding not to sell the place. It needed upgrading and we started with new paint, new carpet, kitchen remodel, mini bath redo, upgrading lighting, garden […]
  • Shower Dilemma…Need Help. Cultured Marble vs Porcelain Tiles
    Got a shout from John yesterday to come downstairs.  He saw water staining on the downstairs bedroom drop ceiling tile. When he removed the tile water just poured out, and the insulation was soaking.  After testing various scenarios,,, leaking pipe, […]
  • Campbell Soup Chicken Recipe…not tooo shabby
    One day I needed to make dinner in a hurry, and we had very little in the frig.  To make matters worse, John had had some dental work, so something soft was needed.  I had no eggs.  I decided to make a chicken casserole of some kind.  I had to use […]
  • Something Lovely…Perhaps a new trend in 2018 decor I can live with. BUT NOT THE MAIN CONCEPT -WALLPAPER
    Yesterday I was going thru my emails and came upon a post by a very creative person. You might well be familiar with the name Marian Parsons- the creator of Miss Mustard Seed.  I have been following her for about ten years now, and she has been one […]
  • VINTAGE SEWING MACHINES, Quilters, Fabric Stitchers, Seamstresses, Antiquers – Want a great decor item?
    Give us an old vintage sewing machine and watch what we can do!     Our Redesign Antiques Department has been taking these old beauties and restoring them to new items of elegance.   THE MACHINE HEAD We have taken a few of the old […]
  • Gold Granite. Gold the new chrome.
    I have been updating the house for about two years now.  If you have been following me, you’ll remember I first put this condo up for sale three years ago when the housing market was pretty bad in my area.  After two or three years of sporadic […]
  • SIDE GARDEN COMPLETED
    A couple of years ago our home association began to experience problems with water drainage in our allotment.  Homes that never had water or damp issues began to experience water in basements, buckling of basement walls, dampness, and mold […]
  • KEEPSAKE BOXES ON ETSY NOW
    John has been in the workshop this past month making keepsake boxes.  I did share a post on how he makes the box a few weeks ago. You can see that post here.   The boxes are a bit more complicated than a hinge top box.  These boxes have two handmade […]
  • ANTIQUE PICKING IN OHIO
    A few months ago I shared our favorite antique/junk picking site in Ireland.  I never did get that sign I wanted…maybe if it’s still there when we get back :)).  See here. Ohio picking around me isn’t easy.  I really have to work […]
  • The Redo on the Jewelry Armoire
    I have been in the process of upgrading our condo in Ohio. Over the past three years, I’ve repainted to the neutral grays and grudges, added furniture, redid the kitchen to white cabinets and added new granite, new carpet, and added or […]
  • Garlic Shrimp Recipe
    Earth Fare health food market opened near me. As you know, I have been trying to eat more healthy.  If you have been with me a while, you will remember I tried a new agey nutrition therapy that did not work for me, but I did learn something about my […]
  • SALE ON TABLES- SEE ETSY STORE- Wind ‘N’ Whimsey online store
    This not quite 5 ft table- it’s 58 inches long and is handmade with special detailing.  Oak stained walnut on top and painted creamy white lower apron and legs.  We also offer the chair set with gray linen upholstery. This beauty is just right […]
  • NEW IN OUR SHOP – TWO DRAWER WOOD STOAGE BOXES- How to make
    THE INSPIRATION I posted about the antiques John worked on in Ireland. Specifically, the Victorian ladies dressing table side pieces he removed and made into storage boxes.here and here    We are now offering handmade storage boxes.  These […]
  • Craven Dunhill Pottery Fireplace Tile- Antique- Victorian- Art Noveau
    We have a collection of Antiques in Ireland.  Periodically we bring some items over to Ohio for the enjoyment of our USA customers.  One unique item is a fireplace tile.  The old cast iron fireplaces of the Victorian home had pretty tiles lining the […]
  • ROUNDUP HERBICIDES AND YOU
    Today I am writing about a subject very personal and close to my heart.  I have to warn you, this post is probably not for some of my readers, and if you want to stop reading and go to something else, I understand.  I hope to see you again on […]
  • THE RULE OF THREE THE ODD MAN OUT WINS
    I have always heard of the rule of three.  I have used it in my garden mainly, but I also use it in home decor. I did a bit of research for this post and found this rule was bigger and more powerful than I ever knew. The rule of three is a tenant […]
  • IRISH ART A LITTLE BIT OF IRELAND FOR YOUR HOME
    I have recently embarked on the genealogy DNA searches.  I got my results back from 23 and Me just recently, and I did get some unexpected results.  I did confirm my roots are from Ireland and Great Britain.  Years ago I went to Ireland to locate my […]
  • THE WALKWAY GARDEN- WHAT SHOULD YOU PLANT IN A WLAKWAY GARDEN
    I have a walkway that goes up to the front door from the drive/street. I have planted multiple flowers and shrubs in this little area and haven’t yet found a combination that works for me.  The area is only 20 inches wide and about 20 feet […]
  • THE BEST OF BOTH WORLD- WOOD & PAINT
    When John and I started this adventure, milk paint was all the rage.  John, a cabinet maker, and former antique dealer HATED the idea of painting wood.  But I saw a ‘cuteness’  in redoing an old wood piece with a coat of paint.  However, […]
  • NEW BEDROOM DECOR MUST HAVE FOR 2018
    As I continue to restyle my home, I went to my local furniture store to buy a new mattress and box spring for the lower level bedroom.  I threw away that set last year.  My college-aged son at that time had spilled a bottle of coke on it…the […]
  • NEW WHIMSEYS AND PEBBLE ART
    Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!  I have been busy in the craft corner creating new art for sale.  I have a range of items for review.  First is a pen and pencil sketch of the Wood Deer.  The inspiration for this came from Pinterest.  If you go to my  […]
  • Garden Review- Aim for a Pollinators Garden
    Our condo area had a problem with the old drainage downspouts last year.  A work crew nearly destroyed our back garden repairing a water drainage problem in the lower back area of the condo.  Contractors came and dug a big hole and trench to install […]
  • ONE WAY TO ORGANIZE SMALL CRAFT AREA ON A BUDGET
    I  worked as a medical-legal researcher for years.  Sometimes called a nurse-paralegal.  I had my own consulting business and worked for hospital defense attorneys and also plaintiff attorneys.  Medical-legal cases are usually quite complicated and […]
  • VINTAGE SCHOOL DESK. NEW OXFORD NEEDS A NEW HOME
    I always thought this old school desk was from Ohio. I found it in an Ohio thrift store.  However, after researching a bit about Oxford Ohio I found it was the home of Miami University but the schools and especially the grammar schools were never […]
  • Spring Gardens Bulbs; How to take care of cut Hyacinths
    SPRINGTIME The weatherman says we are at least a month behind in NE Ohio.  I thought I would be much further along in my gardens by now. My condo association has been dealing with water drainage issues for the past couple of years.  The old house […]
  • Pottery Barn like Dining Table
    John made a gorgeous country style table and bench last summer which we still have for sale.  It is a beautiful thing and probably one of my most favorite works he has done.  I love it because the wood is naturally rustic…it is made of milled […]
  • celtic angel 4The Celtic Lady Has Sold! Now to more Pebble Art N’ Doodles
    As You Know… Whimsey is my favorite part of the shop. First I have an announcement.  We have sold the Celtic Lady to a lady in New Mexico.  I do hope she enjoys the piece.  JR had richly embellished her piece with gold thread and beads- it […]
  • Taking Orders for Curio Boxes
    What is a curio??   When I searched the word I found curio as cabinets as seen on the main image here from Howard Miller. Howards tells you to showcase your treasures and family mementos in one of his wood cabinets. But did you know? A curio is also […]
  • Garden Ideas: Grow Your Own Veggies
    Today is over 89 degrees in Ohio…but it’s going to snow on Sunday.  Craziest weather I have ever seen! The weather got me in the mood to think about my garden.  In the condo, I have a ring of gardens around the place so there is a good […]
  • New Age Healthy Eating – Update #1
    If you remember, I talked a bit about going to a new age type approach for health and I was stressing healthy eating. I wrote about it in my chlorinated chicken blog here. My neighbor told me there was a fantastic local doctor’s program that […]
  • CONDO LIVING. NEED HELP…IS THIS A CRAZY IDEA OR WHAT?
    Well, I am finally back in Ohio.  I’m still working on getting the condo back in working order.  Probably take months to do this but that’s the fun, isn’t it?  There are always a few problems when I get back. This time  I needed to […]
  • Appliance Shopping in Hartville
    Arrived in Ohio late Monday evening after being in airplanes and airports for over 20 hours and hit the pillow after imbibing in a large glass of white wine.  Awoke just stiff all over.  Guess my body doesn’t like sitting for that long.  WhenI […]
  • OLIVE OIL – A CAUTIONARY TALE- PART TWO
    Who would have thought that these beautiful, gentle orchards could be the backdrop for nefarious activity? In the distant past, olive oil held monetary value.  A highly valued asset, it was traded as money. To own olive trees was to hold […]
  • OLIVE OIL – A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS- PART ONE
    As I mentioned in a prior post, I am starting a health experiment next month.  I have an appointment with an Integrated health physician in Ohio.  I am going to see if these new agey ideas I once thought silly have more merit than I gave them.  […]
  • New Refurbished Kitchen Hutch Completed
    Remember the old mahogany hutch John found and was cleaning up? It was at the end of the WabiSAbi post. See my past post here. Well, he finished the cabinet and we put it on DoneDeal…the Irish equivalent of Craigs List.  It looks great! Here […]
  • A TALE OF TWO PORK TENDERLOINS
    PORK LOIN – 2 WAYS I hope no one is offended by the raw meat photo! While I love veggies I am NOT a vegetarian. THE FOLLOWING IS A COPY FROM Gina Homolka for Skinnytaste.  I did not make this but used it as a base recipe and changed it for my […]
  • AT LONG LAST- MY STYLE DEFINED- WABI SABI
    HOME TRENDS FOR 2018.  Not sure I’m ready for brass again- I just got rid of most of it! While recently reading about new home styles for 2018 I came across an article.  As I read it, a smile came to my lips, then a grin, and then WHOOPIE […]
  • What is an Antique? OUR TILES- TREASURED CERAMICS AT LEAST 100 YEARS OLD
    The standard train of thought is that an item must be 100 years old to be called an antique.  Now I know for a fact that most antique stores have items they call antiques that are about 50years old and some even consider items from the 1970s to be […]
  • Lobster Lobster Lobster
    Yesterday my sister sent me a link to the Phantom Gourmet’s video about the Nordic Lodge in Rhode Island on their world greatest lobster buffet.video here. It really made my mouth water.  I love seafood and lobster is one of my all-time […]
  • 6 STEPS ON HOW TO MAKE NATURAL TWIG WREATHS
    I find I love a more naturalist form than a heavily designed produced form in many things.  If you come to the house you can easily see I am not a minimalist at all.  I love all my bits and pieces and I do tend to fill a room with […]
  • CHANGED MY MIND? MILK PAINT TO THE RESCUE!
    Last summer I painted a vintage sewing machine desk a blue-gray and added gray antiquing wax.  John had refinished the vintage sewing machine metal base.  He cleaned it up and painted it black.  I thought that looked nice against the […]
  • WHATS AN IRISH SCONE?
    Most scones in Ireland are called British scones in the American food vernacular. But there is a difference between an American scone and A British/Irish scone. The American Scone/biscuit has mostly the same ingredients as the scone here in Ireland: […]
  • AM I THE BAD GUY HERE?
    I arose to SNOW this morning in Wexford- an extremely unusual event.  They have been talking about the “Beast from the East” all week- storm from Siberia coming west across Europe and then this weekend ii’s Storm Emma’s turn […]
  • WHEAT- Foodie Dangers Part 2
    Hi- I admit it..I am a foodie, I love food, good food at least. I like well prepared, tasty, fresh ingredients sourced meals.  I also like pizza- good pizza, and even some fast food meals.  I have actually given up on most fast foods, not for the […]
  • CHLORINATED CHICKEN !!! Foodie Dangers Part 1
    Brexit, England’s leaving of the EU, has opened my eyes to things I never knew.  It started with this headline “Hormonal beef and chlorine chicken could be coming to UK if trade deal with US goes ahead .”                           […]
  • French Country Chic Chairs
    Decor is selling 3 yards of feedback fabric for $40.00 per yard. We are selling the entire chair for less!  $65 for the entire chair…see our shop page, please.  I already said I was getting Spring fever and one of the things I do now is to […]
  • MAJOLICA
    I love the old fireplace tiles we have – antiques from the late 1800s & early 1900s. John took these from old cast iron fireplaces when he had a fireplace & antique store in Dublin. We offer some of those antiques for sale here and in […]
  • TO MILK PAINT OR NOT TO….THAT’S THE QUESTION
    I started out milk painting and waxing furniture after finding Miss Mustard Seed online a few years ago and actually have followed her ever since.  Looking at her old blog, she apparently started blogging in 2009.  I never knew that.  I started […]
  • IRISH PICKING PART 2…WOOD TABLE TOP 2 DRAWER CABINETS
    A few day ago I posted following a trip to our favorite Picker or antique dealer here in Wexford Ireland.  Pat Reville. John sanded down two pieces from this stash The gorgeous dark purple-black mahogany sanded out to show a deep rich color of the […]
  • Decor Design 2018: Whats in What out Really? Part One- Kitchen Counter Tops
    I think the January organize and clean push has abated.  I, for one, am glad to see that go…I don’t start that nonsense until March when I get the Spring clean bug.   Lately, I’ve been reading the internet decor sites […]
  • JOINERY TUTORIAL Why it cost so much to ship our furniture
    John is a professional joiner/carpenter.  He uses learned skills from a professional trade school in England as a young man…so when he makes furniture he does not use nails…he mainly uses joinery–the joining together of a piece of wood within […]
  • Today I posted an item for over gulp….. $1,000.00
    This is a rare Minton Chica works tile.  We have ten.  In the European cast iron fireplaces, the sides of each were lined with 5 tiles of a pretty pattern. I suppose you would have to be a collector to understand why these tiles are collector items […]
  • HOW WE DO IRISH PICKING
    You might call it Picking in the states but in Ireland, we go have a Root Around.  In order to create new pieces from old, John has to source antiques.  To go to buy a piece from an antique shop here would cost you an arm and a leg.  […]
  • Chandeliers
    I love crystal chandeliers and the great thing about them as they are found in ALL decor styles.  When we had the kitchen makeover last year ( I’ll post on that later) we put in a new kitchen..kind of. The condo was very dark with oak […]
  • Tree Branch Animal Doodles
    Three or four years ago, I got a tin box of cookies for a Christmas present. A squarish tin of a red and green plaid with a fantasized deer on the cover. I loved it. All the swirls in the deer and in the deer antlers were raised and I delighted in […]
  • WHIMSY Pebble Art
    Still In Ireland where I have learned a new technique…art form…Pebble art. The really is a lot of this on the internet, which gave me the inspiration to do the same. It is very relaxing but requires a bit more thinking that I assumed […]
  • let it snow so we can craftLET IT SNOW….
    I know you guys are getting hit with a really bad winter this year. I am happy to know we chose this winter to go to Ireland. And here’s hoping next winter is much nicer in Ohio! We have had a few days with a good frost but no snow…no […]
  • YARNS N WHIMSY UPDATE
    JR CrossStitch has been working on the Winter Angel gown. The finished piece measures 15.5 by 17 with 32 count. Framed it measures about 20 x 24 inches. This will be absolutely wonderful when complete Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in […]
  • Love the Finish
    We made this table 6 ft dining table with bench a while ago. I have loved watching the new blog for General Finishes…some beautiful wood furniture on there. We used their stain on this table…I think that is why it looks so rich It has a […]
  • RAMBLING IN THE WORKSHOP….FOUND A PROJECT
    MY NEW PROJECT I was rummaging around in John’s workshop.. you have to see this place to believe it…John saves everything..bits of wood, old mahogany, old metal pulls, anything actually he thinks he might need someday…To say […]
  • The Art of Furniture Restoration
    As you know we are in Ireland. John is redesigning bits of antique furniture for use in a more modern and smaller home than the large mini-mansions that once housed these huge pieces. I showed you the old Rocco elaborate dresser piece the other day. […]
  • John’s back in the workshop
    Do you love period dramas? I do. I gorged on non stop Downton Abby, Pride & Prejudice, etc. Right now I am into The Crown on Netflicks. I only allow myself two maybe three episode a day- smile One thing I like, beside the history, it looking at […]
  • SNOW IN DUBLIN
    Wow, it’s snowing in Dublin. We have escaped that down here in the sunny southeast of Ireland. It is cold though, 32 degrees but the sun is out and the sky a azure blue….lovely winter day. Posted for sale a gorgeous Victorian Fireplace […]
  • celtic angelCELTIC CHRISTMAS COMPLETE!
    This beautiful cross stitch art piece has just been completed by cross-stitch artist JR who shares her work on our Etsy store and Facebook page YarnsNWhimsy. A direct button to the Etsy shop can be found on our Redesign Antiques webpage. Celtic […]
  • THE PAINTER WAS HERE.GALLERY WALL
    The painter has come to correct my color faux-pas. The gallery wall’s dark gray has been changed to a creamy white. We have to wait for the paint to cure before we can hang any items. I am constrained a bit by the hangers on the wall now. You […]
  • GALLEY WALL…MISTAKES MADE
    We all make mistakes when decorating …some worse than others. We redid our upper level in the condo this past summer. Added new paint: going to a more neutral palette of grays and grunge. Added white cabinets in the kitchen, some new furniture […]
  • GRAPEVINE WREATHS
    Got a few grapevine wreaths on sale. You know how you love something, buy it, but forget it was a once living thing. Dried flowers may dry our completely after a few years! Mine were so dry they shed flowers every time I dusted around them. So they […]
  • CROSS STITCH ARTIST LEGACY
    As you know, we sponsor a couple of fabric artists- a knitter and a cross stitcher. Today I wanted to give you some information about the work of Cross-Stitch by JR. She has been a cross stitcher for over 20 years. One of her most loved designers […]
  • Ya Love Them Yea Yea Yea
    Fantastic vintage bomber jacket This jacket came from a very famous London England shop…height of fashion in the late 1960’s early 1970’s hip crowd! called PepeJean – Denim Deluxe. would have seen a lot of guys on Penny Lane […]
  • OUR FRIENDS AT YARN N WHIMSEY
    Cross stitch by J is in the process of completing this wonderful lady. She has specilized in female figures in the past. She completed the Lavendar & Lace Seasonal Angle series by artist Marilyn Imblum a few years ago. Belw is the Spring angel […]
  • The PAINTING IS DONE!
    Deciding to paint the upstairs of the Condo AND the ceilings has been one of the most work intensive projects and frustrating to date.  I suppose getting it all done at once now seems worth it but the process took two weeks of total disarray. But […]
  • OUR LAST TWO DRAWER BOX
    TREADLE SEWING MACHINE DRAWERS This is our last treadle sewing machine drawer set.  I think it is perfect for a Krubs coffee pod holder…but you may have a slew of other uses.This two drawer set is made of tiger oak with  a very rich veneer.  […]
  • DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
    You know all those little things you save that look lost on your dresser or table but their still real cute or mean something special? This little shelf is made just for you. It measures 25 x 25 inches with a 2.3 shelf diameter so only little items […]
  • condo redo cont-the kitchen
    Our kitchen was a fairly dark room. We only had the one window over the sink and the French doors onto the roofed sun room at the end of the eating area- so it was pretty dark. It all kind of blended into the oak before. We had oak cabinets, brown […]
  • THE BELL AND LAMP …sounds like a pub but its a table
    In Great Britain and Ireland, they have named their pubs’ many different names and types of names. Wikipedia lists a plethora of names and headings for pubs- names for animals, royalty, animals. etc. Also in Great Britain and Ireland, many […]
  • HOME SWEEET HOME REDO CONT
    Last year I decided not to sell our condo…long story but decision made. Instead we decided to upgrade- put in 1. carpets and 2. new kitchen appliances and 3. granite counters. Now we are painting……as expert decor person would see […]
  • RUSTIC BARN Our friend at YarnsWhimsey has aded a cross stitch item by J
    Our friend Yarns N Whimsey has just added another Cross Stitch creation by J to their Facebook and Etsy Shop She has over 20 years experience in cross stitch art- some of her large work selling in the $hundreds. Best know for a series of large […]
  • NEW TABLES – what style are they ?
    Newly revamped tables for offer. Both made of solid oak and set into vintage treadle sewing machines. First is a 30 inch tall side table with a three drawer top cabinet and center drawer- chrome pulls. Table has been hand stained with dark brown […]
  • PAINT COLORS- DO YOU STILL LIKE THE GRAY NEUTRAL?
    Well I am finally going to do some updating in the living/sitting room. I have painted the feature wall “Elephant Ear” . I love the gray/beige -greige color ..it has a hint of blues and purples. I found it at Barrow and Fall in Ireland […]