I hope everyone survived the snowpocalypse last week. We did get a few more inches of snow here in Louisville, KY but we missed out on the big snowfall that hit much of the East Coast thank goodness. I don’t know about you but I am OVER the snow! I have started some Lavender, Lamb’s Ear and Salvia seedlings in hopes of being able to get outside and work in the yard in the next 6 weeks or so… I think I need some outdoor time badly!
We began working on our kitchen island last week and over this past weekend. So far we have painted the kitchen, added a backsplash and added some pendant lights over the island. My original plan was to paint the island a cream color and leave the other cabinets as is, but after looking at the wear on the other cabinets I decided to paint them all… just not all at once.
I’ll share with you where we are now as there are some final touches left to do in order for the island to be considered finished. I had already removed the shoe molding and toe kick at this point in the process.
It’s a nice size island and the shape works great in this kitchen, but as you can see the back boards have had a lot of wear and tear from people sitting there. It’s also very plain looking so I wanted to add some detail and interest to it.
I drew up this mock of what I wanted the island sides to look like. I used Word, because my drawing skills suck, so I could show my hubby what I was thinking about doing. I think the rendering came out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!
After removing the toe kick and shoe molding I removed all of the doors and drawer fronts, being sure to number them as I removed them. I filled in the bottom hole on each door because I am going to install new hardware.
We built a top for our pool table so we can use it as a table when we need to, I’m using it to paint the drawer fronts and doors which is much better than putting them on the floor. I first cleaned them all with Formula 409 and a scrub sponge and then sanded any areas necessary before priming them.
I didn’t have enough plastic triangles so these small plastic drink cups were the PERFECT solution! They kept the pieces stable and I happen to have a bunch of them on hand.
The fronts are still wet, but you get the idea… I used a soft bristle Purdy brush and a foam roller to get the smoothest finish I could. The paint is Benjamin Moore Advance in Black Iron, the paint is self leveling and has a nice hard finish once cured.
My hubby cut all of the trim for the island. I am the installer and caulker extraordinaire!
I was so happy I got to use my new “toy”! I got this fabulous deal at Home Depot right before Christmas on a air compressor and 2 nail gun set. I really did want need this… the smallest nails our other gun can handle is 2” and that was WAY to long for this project. We used Liquid Nails and 1” nails for all of the trim. The baseboard is 4.25” and matches the rest of the trim in the house.
The trim I chose is actually chair rail backing, which has great detail on it and I really like it used this way. Seriously my friend caulk and I have spent a lot of time together on this project!
This is after one coat of paint. I have to wait 16 hours between coats, which seems like forever, but I can get a good feel for how this is going to finish up!
I am still waiting for my appliques to come in and then I have to prime, paint and install the center detail work, but I am thrilled with how it looks so far. The addition of the trim really bulks up the cabinet and the paint helps this piece look brand new!
So now you know what I will be working on this week… I hope my back can stand it! I will share with you some good before and after shots once it’s all complete.
Hope you all have a great week ahead, thanks as always for stopping by!
Until next time…
First let me start off by saying I am SICK of the snow! We had 56 degree weather on Saturday which melted all of the old snow, but yesterday it snowed again and we got another 5 inches! This is a picture of part of the backyard this morning! Seriously I really cannot wait until Spring!!
So enough complaining… onto the project right?!
Ok, so maybe the color of the year is not technically “purple” but “Radiant Orchid” is basically purple right?
My oldest daughter, Sierra, painted her room over the Christmas holiday. I guess she REALLY didn’t like boring beige and really wanted a color that suited her. We spent a little time picking out just the right combination of colors that would coordinate with the Provence painted furniture pieces already in the room. The colors we chose were “Elderberry Wine” and “Lavender Wash” both are Benjamin Moore colors from their Color Stories series.
Pretty much every room in the house had been painted this beige color prior to the house going on the market. I know that people say beige sells, but let me tell you I have NEVER sold a house with beige walls! Are we really saying that most people cannot look past someone else’s paint color choices? Aren’t we just going to paint the walls once we get in the house anyway? Enough of that rant… here we go with the updated room.
This is a small bedroom, but it still fits a queen sized bed, a chair, 2 nightstands, a little table and a dresser. It’s just the perfect size for her and I love how her headboard POPS against the Elderberry Wine paint.
The soft purple shade of the Lavender Wash coordinates beautifully with the rest of the colors and helps lighten the room up significantly.
I removed the existing curtains and replaced them with some sheers I had picked up at Ikea for the last house, they have fabulous sheers. This room is on the back side of the house and doesn’t get morning sun so the sheers are really more decorative. The artwork is a Sierra original from elementary school, works perfect in here doesn’t it?
The Papasan chair she just HAD to have several years ago, but she NEVER sits in it… you know what it gets used as… a dumping ground for clean clothes!
At least she can come in here and relax and watch her shows. She loves her new colors and I do too! I’m not a big purple fan, but these colors balance subtle and bold very well I think! She is the only one with a completely finished bedroom and bathroom… I guess I should be working on the others soon right?! Well instead we started tiling the kitchen backsplash Saturday and I was planning on grouting it today… we will see how that goes…
Hope you like Sierra’s new purple room!
Thanks as always for stopping by…
Until next time!
P.S. I hope we don’t get anymore snow, but I think that we will stay safe & warm!
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This mirror framing project is part of the girl’s bathroom remodel that we just finished. The addition of the frames to the mirrors was not only super easy but it made a big difference in the look of the room. It’s kind of hard to see just how big this mirror is but let me tell you it’s H-U-G-E! it’s 5 feet wide by 5 feet tall, it goes all of the way from the top of the vanity to the ceiling. The light fixture is mounted through the mirror in case you are wondering…
For some reason all of the mirrors in the house are like this…
I’ve just never seen so many big mirrors… seriously check this out, the master bath mirrors!
The two mirrors you see straight on are all “my” side of the bathroom, the reflection you see on the right is my hubby’s “side”… his mirror is 6 feet wide by 5 feet tall!! I think mirrors must have been super cheap when they built this house!
So back to the girl’s mirrors…
I really do like the size of the mirrors in their space, but they were just so boring, so we decided to add a little trim to help jazz them up a little. First we cut regular primed wood molding (at a 45 degree angle) to fit.. Then I spray painted the backs of the frames black. Why black you ask? Well, the last time I framed a mirror I painted the backs white because I was painting the fronts of the frames white. However these frames will be painted a color so painting the back of the frame black makes it look like a shadow and will allow me to change the frame color in the future.
We installed the frames two different ways…
The first one we installed without painting the front of the frame first, it was purchased primed.
The second one we decided to paint the frame before installing it.
We used clear Loctite caulk to adhere the frames to the mirror. I applied the caulk near the outer edges so you don’t see caulk reflected in the mirror. We pressed the frame in place and held it in place with painters tape for about 24 hours… these frames aren’t going to be removed easily! I caulked the corners of the frames the next day and then painted the frames where necessary.
I preferred the installation of the already painted frame, I didn’t have to cut in around it and didn’t make a mess on the mirror, this is the way to go in my opinion.
We also changed out the ugly glass light shades to these very pretty glass shades I bought at Lowes.
They look like milk glass and have a pretty, classic shape. Changing the shades made a huge difference in the way the light fixture now looks.
Much better right? The framing project was super easy, totally a DIY job! If you have something to cut the trim with you can do it!
Hope you like this project, it was by far the easiest thing I have done to beautify the house so far!
Thanks as always for stopping by…
YAY!!! We are finished with the installation of wood planks on the bathroom walls! We started it just before Christmas and I am so happy it is finally done! Check out the first part of this post HERE for more detailed instructions on HOW we did it, but for now just enjoy the After photos!
Here is the BEFORE of one of the vanity areas
The tub & toilet area… and yes I know it’s a lot of doors! I wish they had used some pocket doors in this space…
The other vanity area… see the brass knobs & hinges on all of the doors too? Those I replaced a couple of months ago.
Here is the AFTER of Brie’s (the youngest) vanity. Her bedroom will be painted blue so the blue around her frame will coordinate with that when it gets painted… sometime next century maybe
The mirror frame is painted Anderson Blue and is a Benjamin Moore color, I will write a how to post on the mirror framing next.
Other than replacing all of the brass doorknobs and vanity light shades, I reused all of the existing fixtures. I’ll replace the vanity knobs after I paint it… maybe…
This is a close up of the detail on the wall planks. It starts with horizontal pine planks, then a small chair rail, then vertical tongue and groove bead board, then crown molding… so worth it I think! The paint color is Sherwin Williams Velvet White, it is the same color used on all of the trim throughout the house.
This is Sierra’s side, the purple is “Elderberry Wine” by Benjamin Moore and is the same color as an accent wall in her bedroom (I will share that makeover with you soon).
We also changed out the globes on the light fixture in this room as well.
This is the tub & toilet area of the bathroom. The shower curtain I sewed for them a few years ago and since the colors still work it’s staying, plus I really love it.
I also replaced the original “boob” light for this more traditional looking light, it’s very big and I almost didn’t have enough clearance for the door to close… I completely adore it! I found it on line at Lamps Plus if you’re interested.
I also reinstalled their “spa” basket and added a framed print that we had in storage. I also reused the toilet paper holder we already had instead of reinstalling the roll holder on the wall. The girls prefer the stand holder because it holds extra rolls and is easy to change the rolls… I’m all about making it easier for them whenever I can!
The soaps are lavender and make the bathroom smell wonderful!
I think the Before and After shot really shows the HUGE improvement!
I hope you enjoyed this “little” bathroom makeover. While the installation part of the planks and trim were by no means hard, the amount of caulking, hole filling and painting was pretty time consuming. I think I’m going to take a little painting break!
I love the results of the bathroom makeover and I hope to never have to paint this area again!
Thanks as always for stopping by!
Until next time…
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Even though I say it’s finished, I’m still thinking about my stenciling and maybe putting up some crown molding… so lets just called it finished for now ok?
This is what we started with…
Pretty boring right? Everything was your basic builders grade and not really something I was digging.
So I started with painting the room, I had a good amount of leftover paint from the Family room so I used it in here as well. The color is Smoke & Mirrors, it’s part of the Color Stories series by Benjamin Moore, it changes color significantly based on the light. The color is basically a gray but can shift for a brown gray to a purple gray, kind of cool right?
I stenciled one of the walls (still deciding if I like the one wall stenciled or not) with “Forest Floor Damask” by Royal Design Studios. I love the stencil, it’s the focal wall I’m still deciding on…
I painted the vanity with “Smoke Signal” by American Paint Company, it’s a clay and chalk based paint. I just cleaned the vanity with Formula 409, then painted it with 2 coats of the paint… super easy… no priming necessary!
After it dried I distressed and sealed the vanity with wax. I also filled in one of the holes on the doors and installed new glass knobs instead of pulls.
My SAH replaced the sink, faucet and top with a beautiful marble, pump style faucet and Kohler under mount sink. I replaced the light fixture and mirror, you know the “easy” things to replace…
I’m the caulker around here so I caulked all of the seams on the marble and touched up the paint around the backsplashes. I LOVE everything about this new vanity & sink! We chose to install a smaller sink than what was there previously so there was more marble visible… who needs a big sink in the powder room anyway?
I’m enjoying the change and pretty happy to have checked this project off of the list!
I am still working on the girls bathrooms and will be able to show you those updates soon!
Thanks as always for stopping by…
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My Super Awesome Hubby (SAH) and I had a little “fun” over the holidays… well to tell the truth it was not fun, but I’m smitten with the (almost) final results so I guess it was all worth it! I’m dividing the post into two parts because I’m not quite done yet…
Our youngest and oldest daughter share a Jack and Jill bathroom (see red outlined area on the plans below) which means they each have their own vanity space but they share a tub and toilet area which is connected. This setup works exceptionally well for children with similar habits, as in messy kids with messy kids, clean kids with clean kids… these are the 2 clean ones… well mostly clean anyway
The bathroom was wallpapered, the paper wasn’t bad just not for us, so it had to go!
So Sierra (our eldest) and I took it down (hey she volunteered I promise)!! It came down SUPER fast, in full sheets, with minimal effort… how lucky can you get right?
I had originally planned on just painting the walls but then I remembered this bathroom (check it out on my Pinterest page) I fell in love with the design and I wanted to replicate it in my own home…
So here we go!
First we bought about 12 packages of these EverTrue V Groove pine wood planks & 4 packages of EverTrue Wainscot from Lowes. We also picked up some crown molding & small chair rail piece to finish off the look. In case you are interested we spent roughly $450 for everything this project.
Hubby cut the boards to size and I installed them one by one leveling each board or every other board depending on how accurate or lazy I was feeling at the time, but mostly it was every board.
I would not have even attempted to do this project if we didn’t have a nail gun! I attached each board to the wall with a dab of Power Grab and a couple of nails. I had marked the stud locations using a stud finder and a level… these boards are NOT coming off of these walls!
After installing all of the horizontal planks I then installed the vertical tongue and groove boards. I placed the nails in such a way that the crown molding and chair rail would cover them so I didn’t need to fill those holes… a small time saver!
I was filling holes and caulking while Hubby was measuring and cutting… the process worked out very well for us and went pretty fast in the vanity areas.
Because the boards are so thin we were able to slip them behind the toilet without having to remove it… SCORE!! By the way I filled all of the holes with vinyl wall spackle, it sands smooth, leave no identifiable hole, dried super fast and was very easy to work with. I think I got a little nail happy on these boards… yikes!
We used the jigsaw to make cuts around light switches and other obstructions and here we cutout for the showerhead and then glued the piece back in… worked like a charm!
Also you can see here that I filled all of the grooves (shower area only) with caulk, a preventative measure in case moisture gets up there, I don’t want it to get behind the boards and cause problems.
Now you should see a clearer picture of where this is all going! We installed crown (no instructions because we are SOOO not qualified to give them, this was a bear) and the small chair rail. I caulked where the crown met the ceiling and where the chair rail met the horizontal boards, but not where they met the bead board… I don’t like the way that caulk fills the grooves on the bead board. The corners, interior and exterior, get caulked as well… I was caulking for a LONG time!
So we are well past the halfway point but not yet finished…
I almost forgot… we have framed the mirrors and changed out the globes as well.
The going is a little slower than anticipated due to some carpal tunnel problems with my right hand / wrist and I am clearly unable to paint very well with my left which seems ridiculous but true!
I’m hoping to wrap up the wall painting this weekend. If you are interested I would say this project is a solid 2 out of 5 on the skill level, the most difficult cuts being the miter ones, but it is rather time consuming so keep that in mind!
I’d love to hear what you think of the space so far… I love reading your comments!
Thanks for stopping by…
Until next time!
Happy new year everyone!!! Did you miss me?? OK… so it TOTALLY may look like I am being slack because I’m not posting anything, but I promise I am working on the house… I’m just not finishing anything!!!
However I will share with you some of my work in progress and maybe some super good excuses as to why they are not complete!
First off we have completed painting the walls and ceiling in the dining room…
I have no rug and no art work for the long wall pictured… I have ideas and I am looking but I haven’t found what I want yet so this one may be a while before it’s done. However having said that I am SUPER happy with the navy blue walls in here, they really are gorgeous!
The Family Room is mostly done, I just have to do something to one of the pieces in here to mark it off the list…
The powder room… well that would have been done, my mom brought the sink and marble countertop to me from Richmond, but they sent the wrong size sink… ARGH… of course my SAH had already removed the old sink before we realized this…
So… we are washing our hands in the kitchen until the sink gets here… hopefully soon.
I’m also contemplating this wall in the powder room… I love it, but I can’t decide whether to stencil the whole room or leave just this one wall… I feel like it might look like I was being lazy, but this seriously took me a long time and was quite a pain. What do you think?
Also over winter break we started another project (which was TOTALLY not planned) but I am more than thrilled with the results so far. We removed all of the wallpaper in the girls Jack & Jill bathroom and started installing wood paneling and custom mirror frames.
I have finished one coat of paint on both vanity areas, but the bath area looks like this…
Brie says it looks like a sauna, which it does, but it won’t when it’s compete… I cannot wait to show you the finial results!!!
The plan is to finish the paneling this weekend and I hope to finish painting as well. I have a lot of sanding and caulking to do first… not to mention I am planning on painting the vanities too, maybe that will be phase 2…
I am hoping to share some finished areas soon, maybe we’ll get lucky and our sink will come in this weekend!
Hope you all had a great new year and as always thanks for stopping by!
Until next time!
I hope everyone who got snow enjoyed a little snow day! I know we did here, we got about 5 inches of powdery snow so I took the opportunity to get some pictures of the Sunroom to share with you.
This Sunroom is hands down one of my favorite rooms in our new home here in Kentucky. One of the reasons I like it so much is because of the view, it feels like you are in a tree house!
BEFORE (picture taken this past August)
The Sunroom leads out to the deck and has a cased opening over the kitchen sink (seen to the right).
This is the view from the room looking back through the kitchen eating area into the Family room. All the floors had JUST been refinished prior to us buying the house… so thankful for that because they really are pretty!
In addition to the green paint there were also some not very well covered up ceiling stains from a roof leak which has now been repaired. The first thing we did was apply a primer to the ceiling stains and paint the ceiling.
Also during this time we had all of the windows on the back of the house replaced, something like 25 windows! We would have liked to have replaced all of them, but the investment was quite substantial for just the back windows and they had the most issues. The back windows get hit with the afternoon sun and a lot of the seals on the original windows were broken, which allowed moisture in between the panes and gave them a foggy, dirty appearance. They did NOT look good…
In addition to the broken seals the original builder grade windows were just not very efficient. Particularly in the Sunroom which was hot in the summer and cool in the winter, not a good combination for our favorite room to have.
We chose a vertical style window in order to have an uninterrupted view and we could replace 2 windows with one unit, a HUGE savings in addition to being gorgeous!
The Sunroom is back in business just in time for Christmas!!
The paint color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (HC-170), it is a light gray / blue color.
I did choose to reinstall the original blinds, I really like the texture they bring to the room. I will replace them at some point, but for now they work perfectly. With our new windows I don’t have to close the blinds in the afternoon to keep the room from over heating… the only time I have to close them is to keep the sun out of my eyes!
This is such a cozy spot!
I have two of these vintage stands I bought off of Craig’s List a couple of years ago, they are very versatile and adore them!
This is another favorite piece of mine, I got it at auction, it has adjustable height iron legs and at one time had a hinged top to it. I added the marble piece to the center and now use it as a small side table, but I think it may have been a piano stool… if you have an idea of what it was originally please let me know!
The rug I purchased from Joss & Main, it’s thick, soft and just the perfect shade! I also bought the poufs from there too, they are indoor / outdoor so they can also be used for extra seating on the deck if need be.
I found a great use for the extra Christmas balls we decided not to use on the tree this year…
This is my favorite spot to relax, I get to look out into the tree tops! The vintage frames I originally had in my office with picture of past projects, but I changed out the photos for nature shots I took on vacations. I love looking at them and remembering the trips, easy instant art!
I have finished the Family room too and will share that with you soon, but we just started the Dining Room, I’ll share a little sneak peak with you…
No that’s not black, it’s navy blue and I am in L-O-V-E with the transformation! I’m hoping to finish the painting today!
I hope you liked my Sunroom makeover! I know I am enjoying relaxing in it and enjoying the fact that it is DONE!!
Thanks as always for stopping by…
Until next time!
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I feel a little like Samantha Stevens from Bewitched when I say that but unfortunately unlike her I couldn’t just wiggle my nose and make the brass disappear… what I could do was patiently replace all of it door by door, so much fun
Now I know you all know what brass I’m talking about, but what is a post without a few pictures right? Pictured below is our foyer coat closet, it is pretty much the first thing you see when you walk in the door… brass… brass… and more brass..
My reluctance to get this project started was because we have so many doors, 32 or so, and I wanted to change both the hinges and knobs. Not only did I assume that it would be very expensive to do, but I also thought it would take me FOR-EV-ER…
I took a trip to Home Depot and bought a value pack of 12 hinges for $23, which comes to about $6 a door (I’ve got serious math skilz right?). I also picked up the door knobs for $10 each. The knobs are Defiant brand and they looked just like another name brand knob that was priced at $20… I have no why such a price difference but I am happy with the ones I chose.
The first knob I replaced took about 8 minutes, mainly because I didn’t know what I was doing, but the rest of the knobs took about 3 minutes to replace! It’s a simple process, unscrew all of the knob pieces then put the new knob pieces back in the same place. All of the holes lined up perfectly for me, whew! The knobs seem well made and I like the way they look.
(Yup, another super awesome visual)
I also replaced the door hinges at the same time as the knob. At first I thought I would have to remove the door to do this, but I didn’t! I just unscrewed and replaced one hinge at a time with the door still in its jamb. I did not remove the pin, I screwed the hinge on with both sides still together. The hinges are Everbilt brand and seem strong, the screws are well made and slightly longer than the original screws which allowed them to catch the wood well. The whole process for both hinges and knobs took me just under 10 minutes per door. I did use my screwgun, but you could totally do it with a screwdriver it just would take a lot longer.
The worst part about this project for me was getting all of the grime on my hands…
(my visuals are just getting better and better)
I just hate getting this grime on me, but I can’t wear gloves when dealing with little screws…
So for $16 a door I feel like my house is slowly but surely being brought up to date. Yes, I could have painted the original brass knobs and hinges, but to me it was worth the money to just have it DONE! I swear this one small change makes such a huge difference and helps this house feel more like OUR home.
PS It helps to have awesome music jamming in your headphones while doing this very boring project…just saying!
Thanks as always for stopping by!
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I don’t know about you, but I have a heck of a time finding just the right rug. Don’t get me wrong, if money was no issue I might be able to find one pretty quickly, but finding the right pattern, color, size at the right price is exhausting and most of the time frustrating for me! I have had a rug custom made in the past, not only was it expensive but when we moved we couldn’t use it in the new house, very frustrating so I’m not going down that road this time. So here I am again in a new house, with hardwood floors, and I am in need of a rug (or 6). Our Family Room is 15×24 and temporarily we were using a rug we bought from Pottery Barn 5 years ago, while this rug is soft underfoot it is VERY scratchy to my daughter who lays on the floor a lot. Also it SHEDS… not just normal shedding, oh no… this thing sheds small rabbits!!! You would think after 5 years of vacuuming this thing would be done shedding, but no it’s not! It’s so bad I have to vacuum at least twice a week or else it looks like I haven’t vacuumed in months! Why am I telling you all of this you may ask? Because I want to warn you that’s why… unless you want to vacuum EVERY.SINGLE.DAY then I would suggest you don’t walk, but run away from this rug… the “Chunky Wool and Natural Jute” rug or as I like to call it…
THE DUST BUNNY CULPRIT / MY RUG FROM HELL
So now what do I do for a rug?
I have a long narrow room (odd size and large)…
I don’t have an unlimited budget…
I’m clearly picky…
After much some thought I looked into FLOR carpet tiles for my solution and oh what a perfect solution it is!
You can pretty much design your own rug pattern and size… check!
It’s pet and child friendly… check!
It’s easy to take care of… check!
It’s dust bunny free… check and CHECK!
It’s very affordable… check!
I ordered a few samples and as a family we chose this for the Family Room:
It’s a soft grey color and while it is not “plush” it is very soft underfoot and kid approved! I purchased 70 tiles and it was easy (if not a little tough on the back) to put down. I spent $1,106 on this rug PLUS a nice runner for the mudroom. I think that’s awesome considering how much space I needed to cover!
Umm… I don’t know if you are like me and your dogs follow you EVERYWHERE?! It’s their part time job, their full time job is stalking squirrel and deer through our windows. Since their all time favorite thing to do is follow me from room to room, you get to enjoy them today too!
Here is Chewy, he is a Schnoodle and yes he is in dire need of a haircut and a bath! But while you are enjoying his furriness checkout the rug pattern… we lined up the tiles one way all around the border of the rug then turned them to the side on the inside of the rug…
Here is handsome… our blue Weimaraner Oscar, who even though wouldn’t move so I could get a good shot, couldn’t be bothered to look at me… he’s so weird!
I have a paint sample for the walls all picked out, Ben Moore Coventry Gray, and I am hoping it will be the one because I REALLY want to get started painting these walls and ceiling!
Oh, I almost forgot, here is the mudroom rug… this one is called Reoriented (in Teal) it is so cool!
This rug is not as soft underfoot, but it’s perfect for the mudroom.
If you haven’t heard of, or thought about, using FLOR tiles in your home you may want to consider them… they just might work for your needs too!
So what do you think? Will you consider this a solution for any areas in your home?