Author Archives: Ray

home reno: basement episode 1

As soon as we knew we knew the house was going to be ours, we brought in a contractor to take a look.  There were a few items in the house I knew I just could not deal living with.  Some I could tackle.  For others, it was time to bring in the big [pro] […]

one glass craft – wrap choker

Have you seen chokers popping up, like, everywhere?  Hellooo, 90’s! There’s this one at Nasty Gal: via Nasty Gal here Sincerely Jules wearing this one: via Sincerely Jules here Mary Orton of Memorandum here: via Memorandum here And honestly, the Gigi/Kendall/random other gorgeous models and starlets gang have also been sporting them which made me […]

lighting package – the whole shabang

I’ve been really thinking about how to transform the house bit-by-bit, but it’s hard when you want the whole house to have a consistency and “flow.”  So, for lighting, I decided I might as well do what I’d do for any project: a lighting package. Part of me wants to embrace moody dark metal that would […]

the elusive art of rug layering

Have you ever found what you thought was the perfect thing, until you realized it wasn’t, but you could not let go of it?  I feel like this may be a metaphor for a lot of things in life… But, in this case, I’m talking about an area rug. First, I bought an 8×10 that […]

the “before” house tour

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least!  We signed the papers and closed on our dream “starter home,” painted a whole bunch that weekend, packed up the apartment and moved in on Thursday [with the help of my wonderful in-laws], unpacked and organized throughout the next week until my parents […]

exterior updates

Monday evening we had a best feeling…after signing paper after paper, after paper, we were handed the keys to our house!!!  It was so cool going back to the house afterward, 6-pack in hand, and cheers-ing to being official home owners! Now, the fun begins…. Even before our offer was accepted, when we talked about […]

fast, and [kind of] healthy

My girl friends and I are always talking about how it’s tough to work hard, play hard, be a good friend/girlfriend/wife/sister/daughter/coworker, stay actually connected to everyone…and on top of it, eat healthy.  So, we did a quick round of recipe swap.  I shared my oh-so-simple seared wasabi and sesame tuna, but this is another favorite […]