Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

July 18, 2014

Show Me Love

I thoroughly enjoy tackling DIY projects and decorating our space, especially because it almost always means spending quality time with my Handy Hubby.  Sometimes a fabulous outcome is just icing.  Folks commending us on a job well done?  That's the cherry on top.  Before I get any hungrier (I'm on Weight Watchers - how many point is icing?!?), let me cut to the chase:  I owe a huge thanks to some fabulous folks who gave the lakehouse and our projects a little love recently.

Most recently I was a guest blogger on House of Turquoise - which is obviously the mother-ship for a turquoise-loving gal like me.  I'm so flattered to have been asked, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting other folks who love turquoise as much as me!

The turquoise kitchen reveal has been getting a lot of attention, which feels surreal because for a looooong time it looked like thisCentsational Girl added our kitchen to her "Best of DIY" collection.  Wow!

Delineate Your Dwelling featured the kitchen in the latest link party.

I really enjoyed link parties after the kitchen reveal - something I rarely do.  But partying lead to neat things, like The Makers choosing me as their featured blogger!

Yep, linky parties were a real ego boost because a Stroll Thru Life also featured the kitchen, as did My Re-purposed Life

Apartment Therapy also featured the space, which always yields a flurry of surprising comments.  . 

Some folks want me to add more colour.  It's a good idea, but....NEVER!!  I am in love with the kitchen palette which, to be fair, is different shades of aqua, blue, grey, cream and pale green.  See?  So varied.  Adding orange and yellow is like adding oreo cookie crumbs to a butterscotch sundae for me.  Certainly that sounds enticing to some (and I certainly do love butterscotch and oreos separately), but I just want to savor my butterscotch.  And then maybe eat some oreos later.  How many points are oreos? 

But I know the feeling - there are many homes in blogland and in magazines that I'm just itching to tweak (or do-over completely).  Sorry for causing any twitchy fingers, but I'm happy as a clam in the kitchen.  And the turquoise laundry room, which Lindsey featured on Better After.

This is an oldie, but a goodie: my painted fireplace was featured on Remodelaholic.

In other news, Brit + Co featured my Ikea Expedit Hack in a fun round-up of Ikea shelf hacks.

Not only did I get many pats on the back for DIYing, my thrifting prowess even earned me some fist-bumps.  Vintage Revivals included my Eames find in their newsletter, and then the secret mid-century sectional I have stashed in my garage was featured on the VR blog!

I do my best to keep track of all features on my Press Page but if you see some link love I've missed, let me know.  I'm so appreciative of the support.  But, more important than accolades: you!  Thanks for reading.  I love sharing my projects and hearing your feedback. 


  1. Congratulations on all these mentions Tanya, they are well-deserved!

  2. Wow you have been all over the place. Congratulations. That is awesome. I was also *so* relieved to read that you do, in fact, eat spaghetti sauce. Phew ;)

  3. That must be an awesome feeling! Congratulations! I've had stuff on AT before, and boy some people can be so mean! My kitchen was just entered into The Big Reveal, and although no one has commented yet, I'm honestly a little scared. Props to you!

    1. I'm going to check that out right now! Good luck!!!

  4. EEEK that so exciting Tanya!! Congratulation and they are all so well deserved. I looove your home and all that youre doing to it:)


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