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Archive for March, 2009

Miss Manners


A few months ago I put up a post about Specialty Pet Training and it’s wonderful owner Anne O’Neil.  I couldn’t resist another post about Anne and her AMAZING dog training skills.  I am able to finally say this with out crying so here it goes……this past January we lost our German Short haired Pointer Cricket when she was hit by a car.  It was devastating to loose such a blessing of an animal at the young age of 13 months.  Anne was such a comfort to us and has been with us through it all, little did she know we would be back at puppy phase as soon as we had the chance. Our 4 month old Brittany Spaniel Caddo Brown is now in our lives and has recently graduated from Anne’s puppy kindergarten, Yea Caddo….Sit…..Stay….Stay….GOOD GIRL!  I am such a proud mama! 

Raising a puppy for the second time in a year has been quite the challenge! We have managed to avoid the loss or total destruction of any expensive shoes, furniture or carpet for the second time.   So with all of that said enjoy a few shots of Miss Uptown Caddo Brown, she is already on track to be a great hunting partner for my hubby!



Here are my two girls (Caddo Left & Cricket Right) side by side. I love puppy head shots!  It”s amazing and wonderful to see Caddo so attached to Cricket’s favorite toys. 


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Bungalow Bathroom Remodel

Our Fort Worth Bungalow remodel didn’t stop with the kitchen, the existing bathroom needed a major face lift as well.  The bathroom layout had to stay but with the addition of an updated vanity and a rustic “barn door” to enclose the new washer and dryer, this bathroom would fix up in a snap. We  were working on a small budget so we kept the floors and area around the bathtub neutral by adding a travertine “look” tile.  The existing tub would stay but lots of elbow grease brought back a new gleaming white finish.  The fresh dusty blue wall color updated the space and brought the cottage feel back to the room.

Before: This bathroom looked pitiful when I first walked in. The floors, ceiling and existing sink area had to go.  The door opened into the vanity area so changing the direction of the swing would be crucial to the function of the bathroom. The existing vanity area will need to go in order to make room for a washer and dryer.  Once again, the ceiling tiles will be replaced with new sheetrock and the one existing light fixture does not do the room any favors!


The Result: This small bathroom now has light, charm and functions as the home’s laundry room too!  It’s amazing what you can fit into a small room when you make the most of your existing space. With out tearing out any walls, we were able to open up this bathroom and create a place for the owner and their guest to freshen up.  By changing the swing of the door, we created a nice walkway from then entry to the back of the bathroom.  The addition of wall sconces on either side of the vanity brings a much needed light for getting ready.
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Before & After Bungalow Kitchen


There is nothing I enjoy more than taking a home so neglected and unloved and turning it into a place to call home. This Fort Worth Bungalow needed more than just love, it needed to be gutted and that’s exactly what we had to do.  Bungalows hold a special place in my heart, they have such a spirit and their history is written all over the walls, floors and in this case….the smoke stained outline of where pictures were hung on the walls! Yep, you guessed it… in this house once lived a smoker.

The owner wanted this 1200 square foot home to be updated but he also wanted to keep the charm that comes along with owning a cottage style bungalow. We replaced the sheetrock throughout the home and gave the new walls a soft buttery yellow coat of paint.  The existing hardwood floors were in decent shape so fortunately we did not have to replace them or have them re-finished. All that was left to tackle was the kitchen and bath (see bungalow bath remodel). These are to two areas that buyers always look to be updated with plenty of storage, new appliances and a layout that actually works. With all of these detail in mind, we completely changed the layout of the kitchen, added new cabinets for more storage and brought in a glass mosaic back splash to finish off the updated cottage look.  The breakfast area  off the kitchen also received new paint and updated fixtures to complete the look.

Before: Yikes! This kitchen was NOT a place to prepare a meal. Everything was out dated including the HUGE 1950’s range! The layout was awkward, there was a doorway at the back of the kitchen and the floor and ceiling tiles had to go pronto.  We closed off the door and replaced all of the cabinets, countertops, floors and appliances for a fresh and clean looking kitchen.


The results:  A combination of updated fixtures, classic details and a soft color palette expand the space into a relaxing yet sophisticated cottage bungalow.  Our updated cottage bungalow kitchen is now an open and bright place to prepare a small meal for two  or entertain a gathering of friends and family. Enjoy the before and afters!



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