My kitchen

by Faith Parker in ,

Her she is folks, the ugly '90's kitchen. Yes, there is no denying this kitchen is bad, and I do live here and cook here all the time (poor me). This shot was taken 4 years ago, right before we moved in. I would love to follow this picture with a shot of a gorgeous kitchen, like the billion I have in my pinterest file and say "tada, check out my brand-spanking-new fabulous kitchen". But the truth is it is even uglier then this before shot. It has more clutter and looks more used and lived in. Sad I know, but I am working on it folks. My pile of floor, counter and back splash samples is growing, changes are coming...... Image

The kitchen below represents the look and style that I am aiming to achieve. Copious amounts of white, open shelving, brass accents and even herringbone pattern flooring making it just right.


Here is another shot of a beautifully designed and perfectly styled kitchen that will some day be mine!


Chalk paint and other fun home projects

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Yesterday was a wonderful spring day. The weather was warm the sun was shinning, in a word it was flawless. I was confined to the house as my truck was spending some quality time with the mechanic. I love being home, painting and doing DIY projects. Luckily I have a never ending supply of furniture pieces that are begging for some lovin'. So with paint brush in hand I tackled a few projects yesterday. I was dying to makeover this dresser below. I had painted it this deep charcoal color but was not at all happy with the end result.


This is the result of 3 coats of my homemade chalk paint and a little wax to seal and protect the finish

After shot of dresser

After painting the dresser I styled it with some fun accessories.Image

And there we have it, a fun fabulous day at home with a paint brush.

Welcome to my Blog

by Faith Parker in

Image My name is Faith and I am a self proclaimed furniture junky who habitually  scours Craigslist ads like a fiendish crackhead. Luckily I have a small vintage furniture shop so I have an outlet to transform my obsession into a profession.

I love me some home style and interior design blogs. It's my intention to create a fun place that is a collection of inspiring projects, design and styling tips, DIY ideas, and chronicles of my home projects and transformations.

My husband and I purchased a large ranch house in rural Sonoma County, California area about 4 years ago. The house sits on 7 acres of gentle rolling hills, oak and redwood patches and ancient pear and apple orchards. In a word its perfect. The house was built in 1990 so, while the floor plan is great, the dated finishes leave a lot to be desired.23442_332985832128_2042725_n

After purchasing the house and replacing the roof for an additional $42,000 our budget for cosmetic fixes was pretty much nil. So I have done my best with finding things here and there, making the best of a small budget. With the recent real estate rebound we have some equity and a small budget to start tackling some of the projects that I have been dying to get started on.

So follow along as we style, design, paint, and shop. It's bound be fun!