Seems So Obvious

The kitchen in our rental home is large, functional and much nicer than your average rental kitchen.  Although the landlord had clearly anticipated that the original red accent stripe might  not be agreeable to everybody and at some point had it painted black, the stark white blacksplash still lacked a little je ne sais quoi.

Before Tea Before

I just thought it needed a little upgrade – a temporary, cleanable “can be removed without a trace” upgrade.  While I originally thought wall decals would be the “go to” method for this project, I couldn’t find any available pattern (despite an extensive Etsy search) that fit my 3″ x 3″ tiles.  So, as per usual, I improvised.

Using the same method I use to create my china, I created waterslide decals and applied them in various places along the tiles.  The result is a pattern that fits my decor, and the decals can be completely removed from the tile without a trace.  They leave no residue, no sticky substance, and no discoloration. The decals could be sealed making them permanent.  I will, however, need to be cautious in not using anything abrasive to clean the tile, and it remains to be seen whether or not they will hold up to the heat behind the stovetop.

The entire project took about an hour, including creating the template, printing the tiles, cutting them out and applying them.  My boyfriend took one look and said “Huh, why did you never do that before?  Seems so obvious…”

After Stovetop


After Whale

After Skull

After Mango


Not All Business

My home is full of nonsense around every corner. I’m also of the strong opinion that the bathroom need not be all business, which is why my whimsy carries into my bathrooms as well.

I was recently asked by a dear friend of mine who also lived in the Florida Keys for many years if I incorporate any “fish” into my decor (which was a common decor theme in the Keys). As an homage to my wonderful life living on an island, I do, in fact, have my spare bathroom decorated in a decidedly fishy theme.

One of my favorite prints…acquired by an artist at ComiCon a few years ago

A large painting I did myself

Crocheted Jellyfish hang suspended in mason jars

I purchased this painting at the Mystic Arts Festival in 2005 … I think the fish look like olives…

A perfectly nautical shower curtain

…there’s dirty magazines in that basket … shhhhhhhh

My brother insists this is the “face of evil” … I think it’s hilarious! It was made by some gals in Key West.

The sun should shine anywhere it can … even where the sun don’t shine 😉

I think the rug looks like seaweed.

While I had my own custom made shower curtain for many years in my main bathroom (shown HERE), I recently couldn’t resist a new shower curtain … for obvious reasons

It’s awesome and gives a well needed pop of color.

Think Outside the Box

There are not a lot of parameters to how I choose to decorate.  I have a tendency to put things where they don’t seemingly belong, and embellish things in unexpected ways.  As evidenced by THIS POST.   I really just don’t follow any rules … which is why my office chairs (purchased on craigs list several years ago for a mere $10) had themselves a makeover this weekend.


AFTER the application of wall decals … AWESOME! Purchased from NovaDistrict Studio on Etsy (click this pic to link to shop)