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Heather June 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Hi Chris: Thanks for the Bona shout out. I see you’re using an older version of our Hardwood Floor Mop (which is good…but not as good as some of our new stuff!). We’d love to send you one of our new (literally launching this month) Motion Hardwood Floor Mop. It has sonic technology that does the scrubbing for you.

Let me know if you’d like to give it a shot.



Darlene Rugg June 3, 2011 at 2:03 am

In your post about the Eureka Steam Mop you mentioned that you had something else that would clean the grout in ceramic tile. I had purchased the hard floor cleaner that looks similar to the one in your first picture but it does not reach into the grout. Can you please tell me what you have found that works. Thanks


Jami Encina July 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Can you tell me where to go on your site to find out how to make the kids bookshelves? I saw them on pinterest. Thank you.



Cindy July 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Love your blog! I have a desk and file drawers from PB outlet that are the mocha color and I’d love to paint them white. What kind of paint did you use and did you use a primer?



Marilyn August 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Hi there
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your site…I LOVE IT! Love the Show & Share..I look forward to it just the same as I look forward to my favorite tv show{Big Brother right now lol}
I am slowly getting into the blogging and getting some long overdue finishing touches on my home…
Come visit my site sometime..I would be honored….


Catherine August 18, 2011 at 12:07 am


I just found your blog during the whole Haven tickets craze the last couple of days. Wish I could come, but I live in Alberta and that is a mighty long way. Love your blog. It has become a daily must read for me. I also teach and my husband is also tattooed and a little…ummmm… outgoing, so I feel ya! I loved your post on blog buttons and was wondering if you would ever consider doing more posts on using blogs. There are soooo many things to figure out….


Chris August 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

That’s awesome, Catherine! How nice to “meet” someone with a similar hubby! Sure do wish you could come to the conference, though! Don’t you worry–we’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks for stopping by!


Lisa biedebach September 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Hi. I just noticed that I won the Matthew Meade bookazine. Yippee! My address is 301 misty meadow Allen tx 75013

Thanks so much,


Megan November 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I would like to thank you so much for your inspiration and creative ideas! I just discovered your blog and I love it! I personally have a tumblr account and I hope you don’t mind that I put up some of your ideas on my site. The above address is where you can find them! I love it. I can’t wait to explore some more!


Charli January 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Hi, I just popped over from another blog I found on pinterst……anyway….I want to paint my buffet with the Same BM paint that you painted yours with. I noticed that you painted it and your bar stools in 2010 so my question is how have they held up? I want to do my chairs too and with 4 little kids they get a lot of use and I don’t want to take the time to paint them to have them all chipped up in a year. Thanks for your time! Loving the blog!!


Melinda February 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

We are painting our kitchen cabinets. I want them to be antique white and am having a hard time picking the color! Is there a benjamin moore color you have used or would suggest fir antique white? Thanks!


betty February 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

What are the colors of the black door and walls. Love the combination.


Meg February 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I loved your DIY high gloss buffet instructions but now that I need to find them to paint my son’s dresser I am getting an error message! What happened to the awesome post?

Can you fix the link? Or re-post it?
Thanks, I love your blog!


Chris February 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

Sorry, Meg. I’m working on it! I screwed something up and can’t get it back! :(


Jerrie February 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

I don’t know how I techno-stumbled on to your blog (it started with the fonts on Pinterest) but I love it! I don’t “follow” blogs, or know much about them other than what they are, but yours is visually appealing, funny, and quite informative. Love it. Thanks and keep up the great work!


theresa July 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Help!! I am looking for the blog about the black Ben Moore paint~ went there today and they are telling me to use an OIL based paint for metal instead?! HELP I am new to this I spray painted a 1940’s table I was told by an art friend not to sand due to lead! The legs look awesome but the table top not so much. I have a hutch and a buffet still to do!!!I found your blog about not sanding and thought I was in the clear until they told me they don’t have it…hmmm just thought maybe I can find it on line? If not any tips would be great! Love your work!
Thank you!!


Sheila Hallmark July 25, 2012 at 8:19 am

Your feedburner to signup by email isn’t working. Thanks! sheila


Debi Beiland July 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I absolutely love your blog! I have used many of your ideas and sometimes your ideas spur a few of my own! I snagged some awesome ceiling to floor grommet top curtains from Joss & Main the other day for my breakfast nook. I had been looking for months and nothing struck me. When I found them for under $50 I was thrilled. I want the curtains to extend the length of the wall not just over the windows and my wall is 135″. Can you give me an idea of what I might use for a curtain rod other that purchasing a rod? They are so expensive and hard to find in that length! I like a clean and contemporary look without a lot of fussing. Lowes doesn’t have a dowel rod that I think is thick enough. Can you offer a “cheap” suggestion?


Chris August 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Thank you, Debi! Hmmm….let’s see. What about some piping (plumbing tubes) or some copper tubing. Not sure how much those are, but you could simply paint them black/Oil Rubbed Bronze. You’d probably have to support them with some brackets across the wall, but it would be pretty inexpensive (I think). I’ll keep thinking, but maybe that’s an idea! :)


Jill August 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I ab solutely love the room you painted with the tree mural I am doing one in my daughters room which I just painted a beautiful beachy blue with white painted wood floors. I love the animal print rug. would you mind sharing where you found it?

Thanks so much!



August August 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I know that you’re extremely busy and have a life of your own, but I could really use your help. We’re redoing our master bedroom -it’s too dark. I have yet to find someone that shares the same interest in decor as me, besides you, and was wondering if you’d be interested in some tips.

Obviously, you can’t come to my house -well, you could, but you live about a zillion miles away, so it might be hard . . . but I thought that if I sent you a picture of our bedroom suite with a few pictures of what I want (neutral -browns, whites, simple, clean . . . etc) you could just shoot me some ideas.

I’m don’t mean for you to totally decorate. Heck, I’d be completely content if you just told me what color paint you thought would look good. I just don’t know what to do. You could even do a blog post if you wanted, I don’t care, I’m that desperate.

Okay, I’ll stop begging. But seriously, please consider it. Like I said -nothing big -paint color or a comforter idea -ANYTHING!



Susana Rylander August 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hi there, your sense of decorating style is awesome. I mean REALLY1
anyway, quick question. i could not find any details about painting the builders vanity in your kids bathroom. Our master bath vanity needed some updating and so we changed the “builders'” countertop to granite. But, now 4 years later i see it is time to either paint it or get a nice vanity. Might be worth a shot to paint it rather than toss it.
Advice? can i do it right in the bathroom? sand it? prime? etc etc etc? thanks!


Bernadette @b3hd August 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hmm…can’t seem to find the contact or email info to send you the rest of the mini blog post I wrote re: truncating. All said, I’m sure you’re way ahead of the game there (especially since you don’t like truncating yourself) so it’s all good.

See you around!


Allison September 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Hello, thank you so much for for your blog. It’s so inspiring! You have really nice taste.
I love the carpet in your living room. Do you remember the name of carpet and color? It’s perfect!


Chris September 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Thank you, Allison! What a great comment! I SO wish I could help you on that one. I’m sure we have it on file somewhere, but it might take a bit for me to think about where it might be. Until then, I really have no idea. Shame on me. :( Sorry!


Maria samuels September 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm


Maria Samuels here from Instyle Modern. I came across your site while doing some research and got to see your fabulous blog. I thought it might interest you to know that we’ve just made a infographic entitled “DIY vs Interior Designer”. I think it is something you and your readers will appreciate. Here’s a link to it, the embed code is on the bottom.


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judy September 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Hi Chris! I recently started following your blog and am in LOVE with your style and creativity. That said, I am going to pick your brain (not literally, of course ;) I have a large 5 foot around wooden spool, like those used to store electrical wire, and need an idea to use it for. I was considering a table, but not sure how it would turn out. I have several of these and would love to send you one (so I could copy you) so you could work with it. Give me ideas, please!!!


judy September 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Above is the link to show you a picture of what I am talking about.



Chris September 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

You lucky girl! I would love to get my hands on one of those! Is it tall enough to be a table? If so, that’s what I would use it for. If you don’t think it’ll work (leg room below), you could always place a round piece of glass on top to extend the circumference a bit. I would pair it with some plain parsons chairs (like in my dining room) and call it good. The table speaks for itself! :) Could you use it as a coffee table? Obviously, I don’t know the exact measurements, but if it’s too tall, you could always cut it down. Don’t be afraid to stain it if you want a richer look to it. It would look great if you have a sectional! I would prefer to use it inside, but since I don’t have a spot for it, I would seal the heck out of that thing and use it on a patio. If you can use it inside, consider yourself lucky! It’s so cool!!


Carolyn September 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm


I love what you did in your son’s room with the wooden looking planks behind the bed. Do you have a post about that or can you give me any info. on how to do it ? Thanks!


Chris September 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I did two posts on it, Carolyn! You just have to type it in the search bar or the FAQ page on the blog. Thanks!


Heather September 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Hi! Just wanted to let you know I just got my BHG magazine….I recognized the wall first! It was so fun to see someone I “know”. Congrats!


Chris September 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

Oh thanks, Heather! It seems everyone has seen it but me! I haven’t received it in the mail yet, and it’s not on newsstands. :( Soon, I hope.


Amy C September 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Saw your article in Better Homes and Gardens. Are you from Creek? I think I recognize your picture. If you are, you went to Jr. Prom with my brother. (Leaving last names out on this blog, I am sure you can figure out mine!)


Chris September 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I AM, Amy! Boyd is my brother, and I believe you were/are? good friends with Alicia! :) Hello! I hope your brother’s doing well! I haven’t seen him in over 20 years! Crazy how time flies, eh? (Feel free to e-mail me at for more privacy.)


Jenni September 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Hi Chris!! I just saw your article in BHG and was surprised to see you were from Rockford! I live just “down the road” in Grand Rapids:) I’m very excited to check out the rest of your blog now…congrats on being featured in the magazine!! Also…I LOVE the pallet wall, I’ve been trying to convince my hubby to do that in our front living room for forever…but it’s not working!!:(


Chris September 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Thank you, Jenni! It’s nice to “meet” some neighbors from the area! Good luck with the wall. :)


Marcia Malamphy September 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

Hi there,
So anxious to hear about Maximus. I had a little Dachshund who has bloat and it was very scarey; she turned blue. Very expensive surgery and she always thought she was hungry after that event which cost us a fortune. Your dog is very special to many of us and we always love to see his pics.
You were my first blog that I devoured. Would love to see if you like the chalk painting? Annie Sloan, of course.
Our best to Maximus.


maria October 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

Have you already tiled your back splash? Well if not, go to and check out what they have going on over there! They paint back splashes!! They look just like real tile… even better in some cases! Just an option to consider to keep the cost down… Good luck!


kristin October 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Thanks for the reply regarding the shops in GR. I have added you to my blog list and spent a good portion of my day today checking out your tips regarding paint and curtains. Thanks–your a crafty and creative girl and I needed those tips! Trying to fix some too short curtains in our breakfast nook that also need a dose of color (was thinking of adding fabric but nice to see someone do it before I give it a go!) I am also going to be painting a small table for my youngest to use as her “new” big girl desk. Great work and very nice blog!I am excited to see what you have for us in the future!!


Michelle O October 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love your blog! I’d like to go back and read your past entries, but I can’t find the beginning. Have you ever considered putting an archives link on your home page?

Thanks !


Teba Brenes November 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

Hello !

We have a kickstarter project called Flowers Playing Cards
and thought you might like it. Can you please help us spread the word!

Thank you sooo much!
Sebastian and Jeremiah
AlieN InK


Aimee C December 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hello , I love love your tween’s bedroom and was wondering if you stained the wood pallets that are on the wall? and if so what color? Thanks for the inspiration, your style is a lot like mine so it’s nice to see different ideas. thanks again.


Chris December 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I did not, Aimee. I just found pallets that were worn from being outside. It took some time to pick them all out. Thank you!


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Lindsay December 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Hey, your home is beautiful! I loved looking through your blog. I wanted to know what color of grey paint you used in your sons room. I really like it. love that old wood plank wall too. Let me know when you get a chance.


Catherine December 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I absolutely love your little girl’s room. Wondering what color you used for the walls and where you go her bedspread? Great website.


Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hi Catherine! Here’s everything for you in one post! Good luck!


Deirdre January 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm


We want to feature you and your site in an article we are creating that will post on our site in Feb. I need to email you a few things. Can you please shoot me an email? FYI, our site received over 1 Million visits per month! Love your site!



Stephanie January 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I was just browsing through your home photos and I realized how similar the rooms are in our house- weird. Anyways, I love your ideas…enough so that I may just steal some of them ;) Hope ya don’t mind.


Katy January 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm


I noticed you had a lot of pictures on your blog, but I think that video clips would be a much better way to showcase your talent with interior design projects.

You should check out this app and consider using it for your blog! It’s still in beta, but you can get on the beta list if you are interested!

Here is an example of a Shortwave thread:


Barbara January 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Hi Chris…..just a note…..your link to organizing dishes only takes me to “whats in my drawers”…..dying to see your tips on dishes….please fix! Thanks…..


Chris January 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Thank you, Barbara!! I’ll go look into it right now!


Jamie B January 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hi there.. I just wanted to thank you for posting the tutorial for the Valentine’s Day hand sanitizers, soaps and lotions for teacher. I think they are darling! I tried to leave a comment on the post but I couldn’t find the little comment box. Also, I’ve just finished a Valentine’s Day crafts round-up and hope it’s okay that I have featured those and linked back here to your tutorial here. Here’s the link to the round-up:

Thank you :)


Kim E. January 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I am a novice blogger/DIYer/repurposer, I am attempting a project requiring furniture painting. I live in Phoenix (a large metro city, but you wouldn’t know it). I have discovered after many trips to every corner of the desert that your favorite Ben Moore wood and metal paint has been discontinued. What is your second choice? I was feeling very confident about my project with your tutorial as my guide but now I am wary. Seeking your obvious professional advice. Thanks.


Debbie January 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I discovered you through pinterest and love your style. I am looking forward to attempting some of your paint projects. I wanted to pass along a hint that someone shared with me and has spared me serious injury. Get yourself a box of rubber fingertips. They are made to use when sorting paper. You can find them at an office supply store. They are only a few dollars and they are sold in boxes of 12. If you wear one on your thumb and forefinger you should not burn your fingers when using hot glue. I had to remember to store them with the glue gun but they work wonders!


Charlsie Tyson February 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

Hey Chris! I saw your “I Did It” page in BHG Magazine in Oct of 2012. The room looked amazing! I have been looking for a rug very similar to the one I saw in the room shown. It would be greatly appreciated if you could steer me in the direction as to where I could find this great rug! Thanks so much for your time & hope to hear from you soon!


Victoria Ramos November 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Hi I JustWanted To Know Where I Can Answer Your Question On The Silhouette Cameo Giveaway?
“Tell Me— What Would You Make With It?”
But Any Who The Cameo Would Definitely Come In Handy For Me Most When I Volunteer To Update The Bulletins In My Sons Kindergarten Class Room. Scissoring Is A Thing Of The Past And It Would Give Me More Time To Add My Personal Touch.
Thanks For Your Time.


Joyce Makin December 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I cant remember how I found your site but it is my fav! Love the decor, your style and the projects… I even have my husband in on painting the dining table black. :)


dennis April 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm

May the Lord Jesus’ healing hands touch you and heal and deliver you from the cancer and all the negative effects of the sickness and bring you back to life and wholeness Chris!


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