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Friday, June 8, 2012

Not Happy...

with the appearance of this blog!  Please forgive me as I redecorate!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

It's been a minute...

Whew...February was a whirl wind of month. I can not believe it is really March 1st. I wanted to post a few pictures of the finished chair and wainscoting projects. Both were MONSTERS!!! I absolutely love how each turned out and wouldn't trade a moment of the time, anguish, and frustrations that went into both projects.

The Chair...

I really believe the number one factor to consider when reupholstering furniture is the shape of the piece. Curves are particularly hard to deal with. If you are considering an upholstery project I suggest trying straight armed pieces first. Practice with clearance fabrics in similar textures and weights. There is nothing worse that spending money on fabric and not coming away with a perfect piece.


I have the great fortune of having two men at my disposal for my "heavy" projects. The beauty of this paneling is, that it wasn't heavy. Since we decided to utilize a lightweight and inexpensive fiber board for our base paneling for this project, we were able to splurge a bit on our upper and lower trim moldings. We ripped 1/4 in. birch paneling for our uprights. After a good primer coat, we lightly sanded all surfaces and applied two good coats of gloss paint. As you can tell, this treatment is a little over half the height of the wall. Remember to carefully measure for your electrical outlets. Measuring mishaps and hasty cutting can lead to disaster!

Happy March!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Crush of the Week

When I think of Valentine's Day, I always think of a lovely, candle lit dinner with a nice bottle of wine!  From that dreamy vision comes this weeks crush...

                                           Vintage Oak Hanging Wine Glass Rack

This beautiful, hanging stem holder is made from reclaimed oak wine barrel staves!  Each piece has it's own character and markings from barrel straps and the wine contained inside.  The chain is included, mounting hardware is sold separately so that you can match your decor.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Red Velvet Brownies, Just in Time for Valentines Day

We were so busy sawing, nailing, and spackling this weekend, (and the wainscot project still continues...sigh...) that I didn't have time to try this recipe that I found in last months edition of SLM.  I hope that someone will make it and let me know if it is a winner!!! 
Looks pretty yummy, enjoy!


Red Velvet Brownies


  • 1 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1-oz.) bottle red liquid food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)
  • Garnish: white chocolate curls


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.
  2. 2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  3. 3. Bake at 350° for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours).
  4. 4. Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; gently remove foil. Spread Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting on top of brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Garnish, if desired.
Line pan with foil by trimming two long foil pieces to a 9-inch width. Fit strips, crossing each other, in the pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla

This Weeks Crush

Hanging Hurricane Pillar Holder

Love it!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Amping Up for a Creative Weekend!

Hurray!  It's Thursday!  I am preparing for a very productive weekend.  We have been in the process of applying a high "wainscoting" to our bedroom walls that hopefully, will be complete this weekend.  I will post a semi before and after picture under a new tab labeled "projects".  I will make sure to make note of all the helps and hinders for anyone wanting to try this themselves. 

I also have plans to make a slipcover for an old chair Stef had stored in the barn at the farm.  He doesn't know it yet, but I think it's going to get new legs too.  If not legs, I know it is going to get shiny steel cup casters!  I will post before and afters for sure...I just know it will end up being my favorite chair. 

In the middle of all this, I am planning on trying a new dessert to post for Valentines Day.  It looks so decadent.  The recipe promises that it is relatively simple to make.  Let's hope so, I've already got quite a bit on my plate.  :)

Does anyone else have big plans for the weekend?  Post your projects and recipes, please!!!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Crush of the Week

I have found myself inspired by the industrial of late.  So much so, that we have "papered" a wall in our home with sheet metal.  (That turned out amazing, by the way!)  Industrial, once again, has inspired today's crush. 

This is our "Urban Chair".  I love how the chair legs look as if they were taken off a chair at an old school, while the back rest arms are so modern.  Bits and pieces, old and new, in harmonious union.  I'm putting one near that sheet metal wall.  Where will yours be?                                                                                         

Friday, January 13, 2012

Bust, busy, busy!

It's been a few weeks since we've had time to update the blog. We have been very busy testing the website and adding new products. We have so many more to go!

As spring approaches we will begin rolling out new outdoor furniture and "rehabilitated" finds from here and there.  Until that time it would be very helpful if all of you would search for "distinctly home" on google and click the +1 button. This will help to improve our search engine rankings.

I will begin to resume the crush of the week this weekend!!!  As always, if you are looking for something in particular let us know. We may have it!

Happy shopping,
Stef and Shannon

Friday, December 16, 2011

Crushes of the Day!

Since I have been quiet the past few days, I decided to have two crushes today to make up for lost time!
The first is this cute little vintage paper chandelier.  I hope someone will take a picture of where they hang theirs and post it for everyone to see. 

The second is this gorgeous refurbished armories.  I love how the smell of old wood scents items that are stored inside.  The wrought iron embellishments are so tasteful on this piece, this is one that you will keep forever.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crush of the Day

                                                                        Ikat Dresser

This makes my heart go pitter-patter!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Crush of the day

I'm in love, with this piece!  I have been daydreaming of all the places I could admire it, how I could show it off, and who else would love this as much as I do.  This is a bit over the top I know, but I just can't help myself.  I am going through an architectural phase.  I look to the details in everything these days.  Simple is over for me.  I thought I could cure myself by obtaining a few choice pieces.  It has only fueled the fire.  Perhaps this beauty will fuel your fire as well.  If not, we have something that will!

Happy shopping!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Product of the day-Customizable Family Name Print

It's all about "family" with our personalized Family Name Sign, an ideal housewarming present or holiday gift for any loving family. This high-quality print, framed in black, features a fresh floral background and tender words of love in an attractive script font. The recipient's surname is front and center, the first letter in a handsome traditional script. Additional personalization can include names of family members, a favorite verse, or a custom message. Includes a custom black, beveled 23" x 19" wood frame and 3" mat with acrylic front. Print measures 13 3/4" x 11 3/4". Select print color and personalize family name with name up to 20 characters and bottom line with up to 60 characters.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Rehabilitated dresser from Craigslist.

Please excuse my junk on the top of this cutie that we kept for ourselves! The hardware is original to the piece. This is a frequently used cracked finish that we can do in any color.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Grand Re-Opening of Distinctly Home

Whew!  It's been a long road, and the new Distinctly Home website is up and running!  New products are being added all the time and our new emphasis is on custom furniture!  We are also rehabilitating "vintage" pieces.  Photos will be posted very soon.  If you have been dreaming of something, let us know.  We would love to customize something just for you.