A Tree for Silver & Gold

My hubby got me the most beautiful jewelry tree for Christmas this year and it’s helped spruce up one more empty area in our bedroom plus gives me a place to display pretty necklaces and bracelets. What gal doesn’t love that?

Jewelry Tree

I don’t really care for huge bureau mirrors myself but I do like to take a quick peak when I put my earrings on in the morning. One problem with this wall and my preference to keep away from a big bureau mirror is, well….my height. I’m a little on the “wee” size at just about 5′-0″. (You are correct in assuming that “just about” means I miss the mark).

Jewelry Tree

For the past year I’ve had the black shaped mirror resting on the bureau (from a Joss and Main sale) and I could see myself just fine! However, hanging a solo mirror at that low height was definitely not going to look right. I picked up two small square mirrors at target on clearance for $6 and painted them both with gold paint to compliment the black mirror we had. After a little arranging I was able to hang the lower mirror at my height while putting the black mirror up at Jake’s height and then balancing them out with the second smaller square mirror.

Jewelry Tree

I like the mix of materials between the silver and gold that we have going on in this corner and think it adds to the character of spaces.  I still have plans to build or buy a proper full length mirror for a small wall between this area and the closet so am happy this isn’t creating a giant expansive wall of mirror that would compete with that.

Jewelry Tree

I still get a spot to put on my earrings and this little jewelry tree is just so pretty! What a precious hubby I have!

Jewelry Tree is from West Elm and is still available here

A year in review

Blogs can be so informative and inspiring, but they are also an incredible place to document your journey, which is the #1 reason I have this blog.  Recently my husband said, “We didn’t really do much this past year, did we?”.  Well, hunny – yes.  Yes we did.  And that’s why I have this blog.

January we recovered the office chairs, built new shelves in the pantry and painted our master bedroom.


February we spent mostly on our master bedroom installing the plank wall and gallery frames, but we also helped my sister, Monique with her fireplace makeover.

MB Frame Wall

March is vacation month for us,  but we did get the new dining room table and chairs as well as show off the fancy sliding door trim.

Dining Room

April was all about getting out of winter as it usually is and being over anxious for Spring.  We did tackle cleaning and organizing the basement, and I finally painted our PITA closet doors though!  I love those basement shelves and as an update they are still so sturdy and functional!


May is when things get fun for us and we get outside a little bit.  We added edging to the flower beds, built a vegetable garden, dealt with our friendly racoon (repeatedly) as well as other pests.

Raised Bed

In June it was awesome to reveal the brick wall we built over Memorial Day weekend.  So technically it was a May project still! This is when things slowed down for us though.  I spent the summer yes, puttering around the yard and playing golf, but also working on projects for my sisters wedding, which was really fun and just gorgeous!

Wall 6

In July we finally hung some art in our naked bathroom and in August we disappeared entirely! :-)  In September we installed our new pantry light (which I constantly want to leave on because I love it!) and my sister got hitched!


Pantry Light

October finished out with a spruce up to our patio furniture before winter and a new dining room sideboard, which I noticed I never posted about (but will now :) ). During November I showed the units we added to the office.

Patio Set Office

December was….crickets! But it was good and it was fun and we had a lovely holiday with friends and family!

So there it is.  A post I wasn’t going to write, but am glad I did because this is what it’s about – the stories.  Our Story. I hope 2014 was a successful year for you filled with lots of joyful memories, not only of projects completed, but friendships made and smiles shared and all the love in-between!


It’s a Gas! Gas! Gas!

Given that an arctic blast has encompassed most of the United States and here in New England it’s -2 degrees this morning, I thought I’d get a post pulled together to shed some warmth on us all.  You all have seen my living room plenty of times and our amazing built-ins my dad added around our fireplace and hearth, but as a reminder here’s where we’ve been the last few years.

Living Room

As I mentioned in a previous post, Jake and I didn’t do much for gifts for each because we decided to give ourselves a huge gift and convert our fireplace to gas.  It was installed the week before Christmas and we LOVE it!

Living Room

We chose to add just a gas log set which still throws heat, although more minimally than a full insert.  This was a better choice for us since our thermostat is in this room and our house is only one zone.  Too much heat would cause our thermostat to turn off and then we’d have a very chilly second floor.  Plus this gives us what we really wanted – a nice clean burning fire to cozy up to with no mess and no fuss!


The glass doors we chose are bifold and fold back completely on either side which maintains our nice big hearth when the fire is on or off.  We also chose to go with a heavier steel frame which is really sturdy and durable, but also gives the whole thing a very rich look, we think.


When the gas is off the doors close up to seal out any drafts from the chimney.  There were so many door options and glass options, but we’re pretty decisive and were drawn to these options fairly quickly – steel frame, dark bronze color, the modern square handles and clear glass.


There were tons of choices on log sets too and we went with Charred English Oak logs in a 24″ set since we could fit it (standard is 18″) from Real Frye.  The whole process was made so easy since the fireplace store we worked with coordinated everything for us. If you’re in the Boston area, we visited Yankee Fireplace and Grill City in Middleton, MA.  Our sales rep, Sally, helped us with all our choices and was able to provide immediate pricing and feedback.  She also coordinated everything from the plumber for the gas install, the gas log installation, the door measurement and installation – it was all taken care of right from there.  All we had to do was meet them when needed and pay the bill!



It’s a great addition, right in time for these frigid temperatures and it’s beautiful to look at to boot! In the words of the illustrious Rolling Stones, “It’s a Gas! Gas! Gas!”.

What are you getting cozy by this winter?  Stay warm and remember to keep your pets inside and warm too!

We were not assisted or compensated in anyway by Yankee Fireplace and Grill City for this install.  We just really enjoy the process of working with them and wanted to share our opinions!