bathroom makeover for less than $300

bathroom mini makeover

We didn’t quite have the time to do a total overhaul on the upstairs bathroom like we did downstairs. However, with only a couple hundred dollars and some paint, we did have the chance to give this bathroom a mini renovation. The main must-go-now component was, strangely enough, the white vanity. As far as ugly […]

the kids’ reading nook- a little tour

cozy kid's reading nook

One kind of crazy thing about a really fast, really unexpected move is that we’re closing on our house in a few weeks and I haven’t even shown you pictures of any of it yet (well, except the wreck of demolition, the in-progress kitchen and the finally finished craft room). I kept putting off sharing […]

copper barn light ikea hack

copper barn light IKEA hack

I have this special talent for finding and falling in love with expensive things. I have a knack for it, really- if you need someone to come with you to a store to pinpoint the most expensive item (with price tags hidden, of course), I am your girl. Strangely, I haven’t found much use for […]

a project a week for 2013

a project a week for 2013

You might’ve noticed last post (or in some other gushing-about-my-love-for-making-list-post along the way) that I love making lists and getting organized. I also love New Year’s for the push to do just that. I also have a really unfinished house. I feel like we’ve spent the last four months making our new house into a […]

goodbye final bagster, hello light at the end of the tunnel

cousins sitting in the new kitchen

Friends, it is a happy day at the Gentry casa. A really happy day because…. *drumroll please*… the new house is guest-ready. Well, ‘ready’ might be a bit strong- perhaps ‘guest-safe’ is more accurate? Regardless, the last few months of house projects (and the last week of frenzied project-finishing, trim-and-door-painting, working-our-tails-off and very-little-sleeping) have paid […]


house demo

That’s what my life feels like right now- c.r.a.z.y.t.o.w.n. Between one almost-packed house and one whirlwind-of-renovations house, working into the wee hours while the kids sleep, and enough carpet staple removal (and plaster chipping! and DUST!) to fill their lifetime quotas, things have been a little a lot nuts this month. Honestly, I am wishing […]

color palette keeper


So I am totally getting ahead of myself by choosing color palettes for rooms in the new house that are (ahem) not quite ready for decor. And by ‘not quite ready,’ I mean, most of them don’t have flooring. Some don’t even have drywall. None have a single item of decor (there is a Serena […]