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  • Reply Jeannine May 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm


    I just wanted to say, your blog is amazing! I’ve decided I’m going to give DIY a try. I’ve always been a fan of creating things, but when it comes to home decor I’m kind of an idiot. I”m going to attempt the IKEA two tone entry way table as my first project. If successful, I may attempt to paint my large dresser a fun color. Fingers crossed! Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration, and the step by step instructions. Much appreciated!


  • Reply Hilary Arthur June 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Hi Emily! Your blog and home are lovely!! I am reaching out with a quick question! I have a two hundred year old home that my husband and I are slowly renovating! We have loads of beautiful windows and I hate the idea of covering them up with lots of fabric curtains. Can you tell me where you got your roller shades from? thank you for your help! – Hilary

    • Reply thesweetbeast June 13, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Hi Hilary! Congrats on that old home. We got our roller shades from IKEA – they’re called SKOGSKLÖVER. The smallest size just happened to fit our windows PERFECTLY but they do offer 8 different widths and they might be long enough (76 3/4″) for big old windows. I hope they’ll work for you!

  • Reply Naomi Waite June 22, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Hi Emily!

    I saw your house on Design sponge and am in LOVE with your blush bathroom. Would you mind telling me what colour and brand it was?

    Thanks so much!


    • Reply thesweetbeast June 26, 2017 at 9:51 am


      The paint is Behr Marquee Cockleshell. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Anonymous September 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Emily,
    I thought you should know that someone is passing off your photo as her own. Being a fellow creative, I really find this infuriating . It’s one thing to share a photo and provide photo credit, but it’s a another thing to claim a photo as your own.

    Here’s the link:

    Maybe you know the person, but it appears as though there’s no connection.

    • Reply thesweetbeast September 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much, I have asked her to tag me or remove the image, we’ll see what happens. I really appreciate you looking out for me!

  • Reply Kat October 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I just found your blog. I like to read the about section of new blogs I like, just to see what the blogger says. Undecorating your house… what can that mean? Holy crap! The paint! The rugs! That FAN with the matching wallpaper! I found that little gem while in a public place and laughed til I cried. I’ve seen people spend tens of thousands on kitchens and have no where near the impact of the $600 you spent on yours. Great job!

  • Reply Jessica Schiller October 12, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Hi Emily! A friend of mine shared your blog and I LOVE it. I am originally from Pittsburgh and now live just outside of Boston. I spent a long time looking for a home that reminded me of the charm of the brick tudor homes from my childhood and FINALLY found one! All of the wood trim is still in tact and unpainted on our first floor, very similar to yours, and I was wondering what, if anything, you have done to help preserve/clean up/repair yours? I’d love to give mine a refresh, including filling in some spots and re-finishing some areas that have staining. Thanks!

    • Reply thesweetbeast October 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Hi there! Thank you so much – glad you’re here :) So excited for you that you have all that unpainted wood trim! I clean my trim with Orange Glo and water. The finish on our trim is shellac and I’ve learned you can reactivate shellac with denatured alcohol and restore the finish – here’s an article with more on shellac and restoring it if you have shellac – . I also recommend checking out @mychicagobungalow on Instagram, she has some great highlights saved of restoring her woodwork with shellac finish. hope that helps!

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