My Favorite Hallway

My Favorite Hallway

hallway - barqueandbite.comI admit, I have a favorite corner of the house… Ok, technically it’s a hallway (a teeny tiny one).  It’s the 4×4 space that leads into the master bedroom. It’s not much,  but I pass by it more than any other area in my home on a daily basis.
Since I moved in, that “hallway” has been a work in progress. My friend Suzanne gave me the white table, and it happened to fit the space perfectly. I added a few knickknacks to the table and hung a blank frame as “filler” on the wall until inspiration struck.DSC_0491 sm

Now, that “filler” has become the most versatile decoration in my home! It’s actually just a pre-made frame from Hobby Lobby that I had glass cut to fit, and I add a new masterpiece (created in Adobe Illustrator and printed at my local FedEx office) whenever I get the itch!

For “everyday” use, I enjoy a Randy Rogers Band quote from the song, “Let it Go”. It has sentimental meaning and keeps me grounded.  For Halloween, I swap the frame to display my “If the broom fits, ride it” artwork.  Over Christmas, I love seeing one of halloweenmy favorite holiday hymns, “Joy to the World” enlarged on the wall.  Eventually, I plan to have a design for every occasion and season, and a few extras for in-between.  Who knew there could be so much flexibility in one empty frame?christmas

Over the past two years, the little  table has collected a few more items- a wooden “violin”, a vintage leather jewelry box, and a Kodak Brownie Movie camera… along with more antique books (I can’t help but save them when I see them at estate sales).  I never knew how much I could enjoy such a tiny corner of my home, but now that it’s a collection of items (and custom artwork) I love, it’s my very happy (small) space!

Two Electricians and a Pinterest Moment

Two Electricians and a Pinterest Moment

DSC_0847smYesterday I shared an unexpected Pinterest moment- with two electricians installing a new light fixture in my kitchen.  I know it sounds odd, but it was  fun.

I’ve had a new light fixture for my kitchen sitting in the garage for at least 6 months – putting off installation because  a) I didn’t want to take time off for an electrician to come  and b) hire a contractor to patch the ceiling afterwardsoriginal recessed hole

Well, I finally bit the bullet this week.

When the electricians started the installation, I had an idea {light bulb moment if you will}.  Instead of paying the contractor to patch the ceiling, I could cover the gap with some sort of object.  I’ve seen “medallions” at Home Depot, but that’s not really my style.  I needed something thin but large enough to cover the hole – like a book cover!book spine

When I told them my idea, the electricians gave me a funny look… but when I came back with some glue, I noticed both of them snapping pics with their phones.  They looked a little embarrassed until I grabbed my phone and took some too.  Then they didn’t bother hiding their excitement about the unique challenge.  They just kept saying back and forth, “Yeah, I think this could work.” (nodding)  It made me laugh when one of them said, “My girlfriend will just kill me if I don’t take photos of this.  She has me doing Pinterest projects just about every weekend.” {atta girl}

spine cut outFirst, I removed the cover from an old book (it was coming apart anyway), then I glued it to some scrap cardboard and trimmed the excess away with scissors.glued spine  One of the guys used a utility knife to cut the shape of the electrical box out of the middle (so it would be flush with the ceiling).  When hanging the fixture, they positioned the book to cover the gap and it was perfect!  In fact, I think the blue/gray color of the cover beautifully matched the finish of the fixture – success!

DSC_0822smLooks like a little creativity and resourcefulness saved me over $100 on patching the ceiling, gave the fixture a unique look AND  it was really fun!   As a bonus, the electricians gave me a 10% discount on their labor cost (because I think they rather enjoyed the project too).

What do you think?  Have you ever used anything unconventional to solve a problem in your decor?



Guest Room Redo

Guest Room Redo

beforeguestroomPlease don’t judge how terrible my guest room was before.  I knew it was bad.  When I moved in two years ago, it was runner-up for LAST thing on the list of projects for the new house, and I just kept ignoring it.

I just recently decided it was time for a change!


Ok, ok, fine.  That’s not entirely true.

THIS is the real reason for the sudden change. (see above photo for WHY).  ——->

More specifically, what she did to my coverlet in the guest room was the deciding factor.  Once it was sufficiently destroyed for no apparent reason (I promise, she’s a good dog and generally not a chewer), I thought it was at least time for new bedding…  But new the new bedding project turned into re-arranging the room, and re-arranging the room just turned into a little bit more of a makeover than I had planned on!  I didn’t do anything major – mostly just moving around existing items and adding a few new pieces to the mix, so I wouldn’t really call it renovation… but I will say the transformation is huge – and I love the result!  I posted the window hanging DIY as a different post, which you can see here.  Here are a few pics of the AFTER (my favorite detail is the last one):


















































































Don’t you just love the embroidered sheets?  I saw something similar to this idea in a magazine about 10 years ago and kept the clipping… I’ve been dying to do this for the longest time!

Here’s the rundown on the old/new (for anyone who is curious):

OLD- Antique windows (from a garage sale), draperies, shimmer accent pillow, taller black lamp and shade, black photo frame (moved from my bedroom), brass headboard (hard to see in the pics), side tables (used to have in the living room, had forever), vintage glass milk jar, silver coasters from Anthropologie (a gift), antique dresser with mirror (confiscated from mom’s house years ago), vintage books (I’m a bit of an addict, so I have a ton), the furry llama (one of my favorite random items in my house), chevron frame (thanks to my friend Linda, still needs a photo), guitar in the corner by the dresser – you can’t see (from college, still never learned to play).

NEW – Turquoise glass lamp with burlap shade (TJ Maxx find), birdie accent pillow (TJ Maxx), Blue chevron shams and duvet cover (Urban Outfitters), palm potted plant (Lowe’s), flat screen television (I’ve asked for one 2 Christmases in a row to no avail – so I bought myself one at a Pawn Shop… felt SO rebelious!), white sheets (Tuesday Morning)- monogrammed with my custom idea, new down comforter and queen mattress pillowtop (Bed Bath & Bey0nd), down pillow- specifically for my momma (, hydrangeas (from my florist friend, just because I love them so much).

So what do you think?  Do you like the change?

“Windows to Nowhere” DIY

“Windows to Nowhere” DIY

I’ve always been been fascinated with interesting doors and windows – particularly antique ones.  In fact, for years (and in two different homes), I’ve had old windows mounted to the wall for decoration.  My dad refers to them as “windows to nowhere” – he thinks they’re pretty silly – but I don’t care because they make me happy!

Mounting vintage windows (and doors) is actually pretty easy, if you have the right tools and a little help.  For this installment, my mother was kind enough to assist.  It’s a lot easier with two people, but if you have to go it alone, you can (I’ve done it before).  If you’re interested in hanging your own antique window “art”, you will need the following:

– a stud finder (I have a Zircon and I love it because it’s really easy to use!)

– painter’s tapebraces

– a pencil

– a drill with 7/64″ drill bit

– a Phillips head screwdriver

– Corner Braces (I used 4 per window – mine were 1-1/2 inches x 5/8 inch)

– wood screws – 1 inch long (just make sure they are they same width as the ones included in the Corner Brace packages)

– windows to hang, glass cleaned beforehand (also make sure that there are no jagged or loose panes of glass that could be dangerous)


Stepsstud finder

1.  Use a stud finder to indicate where the studs are on the wall.  I used a small piece of the painter’s tape to quickly mark the location of each stud.

tape outline22.  Ask your assistant to hold up each window, roughly where you would like it to hang.  Take a step back and see if it appears straight on the wall.  If it looks correct to your eye, most likely it will be.  Mark the corners with painter’s tape and use a pencil to mark the bottom edge of the window on the wall, as close to the stud as possible (by eye-balling your  “stud marker” tape).

drill3.  Use the stud finder to verify that your pencil mark are indeed on a stud, then use the drill to get your first hold started.  You don’t have to go all the way through, you  just want the drilled hole to “guide” the screw in straight for the next step.

corner screw4.  Place the corner brace as shown (prepared to serve as a bottom bracket for your window), with hole you just drilled centered in the bottom hole on the brace.  With the brace in place, mark the location of the top hole with a pencil  Then use the drill the repeat step 3 for the second hole.  Using the wood screws, not the screws included with the corner brace, use the screwdriver and tighten the brace to the wall (trying to keep it level).

corner finished5.  Using your pre-taped guides for corners and your secured corner braces (as a “placement shelf”), reposition the window.  Using the stud finder again, verify where you will need the top braces, and just like Steps 3 and 4, secure the brace to the wall on each side.  Once the window is finally positioned, use the drill to “start” the hole you will be screwing  in on the top on each side of the brace.  You could probably use both holes, but mine was plenty secure with just using the outer-most one.

top screw6.  Next, use the smaller screws included in the corner brace kit and the screwdriver to secure the window on the top.  Repeat this process on the bottom with the braces that the window is resting on.  Repeat these steps for each window you want to hang.


Here’s the end result in my guest room:





Hanging these three windows only took about an hour and half with the help of my mom.  What do you think?