Websites A-Z

Here’s a fun little game. Type each letter of the alphabet, one at a time, into your web browser and see which site automatically pops up. I tried it.

A –
I like to catch up on General Hospital sometimes.

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K –!/teenystweeting (Kirsten Storms, aka Maxi on General Hospital)

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S –  (You can download videos from YouTube here…didn’t know this existed until recently.)

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Have you ever tried this fun little game?

Loving These Links

Living Room Plan, Wall-by-Wall

In Tuesday’s post, I shared the overall floor plan for our living room.

Next, I want to share the elevation drawings I completed during the six week interior design class I’m so glad I was able to take.

What is an elevation drawing? Basically, an elevation is a one dimensional (flat) drawing of the three dimensional space. It is seen ‘head on’ or as if you were facing the particular wall from the front.

The elevation takes the floor plan one step further. You use the same elements in a room, but this time you’re able to get an even better idea of what the final product will look like.

So here is each wall of our living room. For each wall I’ll show you how the wall looked the last time you saw it, the elevation drawing and what the room looks like with the drawing at least partially implemented.

North Wall


Elevation Drawing

Elevation Drawing Partially Implemented

East Wall


Right side of this photo:

Elevation Drawing

Elevation Drawing Partially Implemented

South and West Walls


Elevation Drawings

(This drawing differs slightly from the floor plan in that I opted to use an existing table rather than purchase a new bench.)

Elevation Drawings Partially Implemented

As you can see, drawing elevations helps you see the possibilities for your room without having to make any commitments before you’re ready.

Design Fundamentals, Home Decor

Floor Plan Creating Resources

For now I’ll be sticking with the pencil and paper method when it comes to creating floor plans. It just feels right to me and allows more time to really think through what I’m doing. You might choose to go the online route, so here are some resources that will help you no matter what you decide or want to try.

Pencil and Paper Method

wikiHow – A great step-by-step guide to drawing a floor plan the same way I do it.

Apartment Therapy – Here is a slightly different method. This is a written tutorial with fewer pictures than the one above, but still good.

eHow – The tips at the end of this article are worth a read.

Books Can Help

The Space Planner: A Home Decorating Design Workbook (I have this workbook, it’s awesome.)

Quick Planner: Reusable, Peel & Stick Furniture & Architectural Symbols

Online Fun – The basic program is free and probably enough to get what you need. You can also upgrade to more, increasingly sophisticated options.You can also add color, texture and furniture to your design.

American Drew – It’s a simple tool, one where you can enter the size of the room then place simple pieces of furniture. – Free “drag and drop” floor plan creating options.

Smart Draw – You can start with ready-made templates on this site. It’s free to try. If you like it you’ll have to purchase a subscription.

Design Fundamentals, Home Decor

When In Doubt, Draw It Out

Yesterday, I post a recap of the progress we had made in the living room between the time I started blogging and my last living-room-related post.

Here’s where we left off…

As I said yesterday, progress had been made. But a finished room this was not.

And then I learned how to draw a floor plan. You probably don’t know this, but in January of this year I took at 6 week design class at Kendall College of Art and Design and it changed the was a look at designing a room. This class was one of the highlights of my year and I learned so many great things that I’ve been applying to our home since. I just haven’t blogged about it yet!

So, as a homework assignment for class, I measured every corner of the living room and all of the furniture we had in the room.

With the help of my instructor and class mates (including Megan and Laura), this is the floor plan we came up with.


Drawing a floor plan is easy. And even if it wasn’t, it would be worth it. I’m not expert (yet) so I won’t give you a tutorial. But I will post some resources later this week. Essentially what you need is a pencil and graph paper. Once you’ve measured your room you just draw it out to scale on the graph paper. Then, cut out furniture using sticky notes. In my floor plan, green represents existing furniture and purple represents furniture I would need to purchase.

What I like about this floor plan is that there is a good flow and it’s easy to walk through the room. Watching TV is comfortable, but the TV (inside the media cabinet/armoire) is not the focal point of the room.

Once the floor plan was just right on paper, it was time to actually move the furniture I had into place to make sure this layout would work before we made any more big purchases to fill in the missing pieces. The floor plan ended up looking just as good in real life as it did on paper. So it was time to take the next step…drawing elevations. More on that soon.

Design Fundamentals, Home Decor

Living Room Recap

Yikes…it’ been a long time since I’ve posted any pictures of our living room. A lot has changed since the last time. Before I show you where we are now, let’s recap where we’ve been.

The first time I showed you our living room, it looked like this:

At this point, we never used this room and the furniture was only thrown in so the room didn’t echo. And, we didn’t want our house to look abandoned. This is one of the only rooms you can see from the street.

Next, a few well placed accessories temporarily warmed up the space and made it at least a little more inviting.

I attempted to make the space look more “lived in” by adding a table cloth which Jake was not shy about hating.

He wasn’t wrong.

I fell in love with this huge painting from Pier One and brought it home immediately, even though I didn’t quite know where to put it.

Things started to look up when I got the itch to start rearranging furniture.

The room felt instantly cozier with the couch on an angle like this.We replaced the ugly green wing-backs with two hand-me-downs from my parents. At this point, I actually started using this room to read. Previously Moose was this room’s only occupant.

We invested in an armoire, a rug and a different chair…

At this point, things were looking pretty good. Except the other corner. That dang corner that I just could not figure out what to do with…

…and that’s when I learned the most important decorating lesson I’ve learned yet. “When in doubt, draw it out.”

More on that tomorrow.

Home Decor

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know I tried a new cookie recipe the other night. I promised to let you know if they were good or not. I have one word for you…YUM. This recipe is for soft/chewy cookie lovers and not those of you who like a crispier cookie. The recipe is by Kelsey at Apple a Day. She recommends using a stand mixer, but I didn’t feel like lugging mine up from the basement and a hand mixer seemed to work just fine.

Cookie photo by thepinkpeppercorn.
Food, From the Kitchen

Christmas Cards? No, Christmas Books.

Sending yet another Christmas card this year with Moose on the cover seemed a bit silly and self-indulgent. So instead, I took the same amount of money I would normally spend on printing and mailing cards and bought some books.

While I’m sure my friends and family find Moose to be adorable, you can’t quite beat the looks on the faces of the kids in that video.


One Fun Thing: Downloadable Papercrafts

Why would a motorcycle company offer these amazing, intricate and free downloadable papercrafts?

I have no idea. But I’m glad they did.

Craft Projects, One Fun Thing

Dance, Inspired by Deanna

I can’t think about my friend Deanna without some old-school booty music popping into my head. So, when her 30th birthday came around, I knew what I had to do. I made her these posters and put one of them in a frame. She liked them and I thought you might to. Maybe you have a friend who makes you sing back that thang up every time you think of her. (Go ahead and click the link to listen. You know you want to.)

Click image to download the PDF. All can be printed on letter sized paper and crop marks indicate an 8 x 10 final print.

Download and print if you wanna be a baller.

Home Decor

Candle Holder from Hot Dog Jar?

Samantha posted this super cute candle holder project using a tall hot dog jar. But as cute as it is, all I could think is: “What? Hot dogs come in jars?

Sure enough. It’s a British thing.

My first thought was “eww…weird.” But I suppose it’s not that different than plastic wrap. And with the jar you get some hot dog flavored water. Bonus.

Photos via This Home Sweet Home and Around the Hill.
Craft Projects