It’s no secret that I love Pinterest.  It’s so helpful to bookmark and categorize images, inspiration, recipes, and projects in a visual format.  I love seeing what my family and friends are looking and taking inspiration from them, as well.

Pinterest ScreenshotAs a part-time blogger and DIY enthusiast I do also pin my own projects.  It doesn’t hurt to try to improve site traffic!  :-)   My most pinned project to date surprises me though.  I mean, I was really excited about it because I’m an organizing nerd like that but I guess there are lots of others out there just like me!  Ready? Here it is:


Yup… that’s it.  This lovely image is from this post on organizing our shed and it has been re-pinned over 300 times.  Not tens of thousands by any means, but it’s a photo of axes and scrap lumber and not a lovely living room or inspiring kitchen.  Crazy.

I’d be lying if I weren’t wishing it were my dresser makeover (which I’m still madly in love with!), the brick wall we built or, heck, even the hydrangea wreath I made last fall seems more pin-worthy!  But the people have spoken.  And shed organization is on top of their lists.

Go figure!

A little Mid-Century in Me

In my heart of hearts, I would love to have a house that could fit in some pieces of mid-century modern furniture.  I love the clean lines, solid wood tones, and general appreciation for craftsmanship.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

It’s not all wood tones and neutrals either.  Color mixes in very well and gives everything a clean but lived in feel.

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Even in retail it looks chic and modern without being cold and uninviting.


Domaine Home

I’d only pick a few pieces and I really prefer mid century furniture over a majority of the accessories.  The sofas and chairs I’m especially attracted to.


Thrive Home Furnishings

A mid century sectional might fit with out house and may even be represented a bit in our current sectional.  I don’t think we could add anything else in though, really.  Any more pieces like that I fear would define our style as mid century and dictate the directions we could go in the future.

Living Room

Maybe Birdie would like a touch of mid century too, though?

Pet Bowl


What do you think of mid century modern?  Do you mix your styles?

Things that make you go… “Umm…yeah, NO.”

We’ve known for a bit that our dining room is going to under go some changes to become more our style.  We started with getting a new dining table and chairs a little earlier this year and have plans for added crown molding and shadow boxes beneath the chair rail and things like that.  I’ve always thought having a sideboard in this space would really help with serving and laying out pretty pieces and decorations.  Truth be told I also fell in love with the idea of having a space to layout a little Christmas village too! We found this piece online and I pinned it to my dining room board loving it immediately.


But there’s no way we can afford that… it’s about $2,000 on sale and I reserve  that amount of money for things I can get more personal with … like a sectional sofa or something!  It’s also incredibly long at 105″ and would fit, but would take up the entire wall end to end, and I wasn’t sure we wanted to get something quite that big.  BUT a few months ago, we came across a piece at Home Decorators that reminded us of this piece in shape and style.

sideboard / cabinet

We just waited until it went on sale with free shipping and decided we could swallow the $550 price tag much more easily.  We have some changes and additions we’re going to make to it which I’ll share down the line, though.  So we have it and the boxes look fantastic!  We have the matter of our current hutch and getting rid of that before we can set this piece up and get started, though.

Dining Room

I love this hutch, but that’s the wall I really want to place the sideboard on.  It’s got awesome wood fretwork details on the glass doors and we added puck lights to the inside so we have accent lighting in it at night.  It’s from the 1920′s and in pretty great shape as well, after I gave it a spruce up with Howard’s Restora-finish years ago.

Anyway, I thought we’d try to move it to see if we could keep it.  So we emptied it out and slid it to the nook where the secretary desk is in the picture above and moved that to the basement for the time being.

Dining Room

The result was a pretty instant, “Ummm… NO!” from both Jake and I.  I pretty much knew in my head it wasn’t going to work there, even without the extra furniture we have in here like the floral chair (which we’ve since sold) and the dresser, which is waiting to be relocated to the front room.  I didn’t even care that I was taking blog pictures with all that mess… just ick. It looks all squished there and closes the room in entirely.

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Yuck yuck yuck.   So it has to go, unfortunately.  I love it, but it just doesn’t fit with our future plans for this space or style we have.  I know it won’t sell quickly since antiques can be so particular, but I couldn’t even leave it here for a while.  This room was making my eyes hurt, so I unpacked it all and we moved it right back to where it was before!

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Sometimes you have to move some things around so you can see it and say, “Yeah, no… no way”.

Anyone else moving some furniture around or trying to make some spaces work better for you?