Living Room- During

Today I know two things for sure.One- I need a wide angle lens so that I can properly photograph my rooms.And two- My living room is in desperate need of the stuff I call “spice”.I am stuck in that yucky “my-room-is-a-blank-canvas-because-funds-are-tight-right-now” phase.Not to mention, I haven’t decided which accent color(s) I’m going to use in […]

Estate Sale Dresser

This darling dresser came from an estate sale just down the street.I love it, except that it’s knobless. (Is that a word?)So, let me ask you all, what kind of knobs would YOU put on it?There’s two places for knobs in the skinny drawer on top, and two places for knobs on the big drawer […]

Living Room Accessories

The Living Room is slowly, but surely, coming together. Here are some things I’ve got going on so far: My blinds: My chocolatey drapes, from Lowes: And a chair I got at Eastbrook Flea Market for $35. I’m going to have it upholstered in something creamy-white. Not sure about the pattern, I can’t wait to […]

Fireplace Re-do

When we moved in last October, our fireplace mantle was orange and laquery. (And, yes, “lacquery” is now officially a word in my vocabulary) Not to mention, waaaay to puny. Take a look: So I went out and bought a 1×8 pine board and stained it my favorite color- Walnut! (Insert the sound of screeching […]

First Day of the Rest of My Life

Today is the BIG day. My LAST day at the job I have worked at since August of 2005. I can’t believe it’s finally arrived- and that I’ll be able to create Lettered Olive, full-time. What a cool feeling. In honor of this special day, I have created a Blog Award. It’s the “My Blog […]

Kitchen Cabinetry

I’ve had a lot of people email about and comment on my black kitchen cabinets.I always considered myself more of a white cabinet kind of girl.But when I learned (the hard way) that polyurethane painted on top of white paint, turns yellow…I knew I would never be happy with the durability level un-polyed white cabinetry […]

Vacation Location

I am in the mood for a vacation! Thursday is my last day at work. So, of course, time is moving ULTRA slow this week. But, anyways, speaking of vacations…For all of those in, or around, northern Alabama- you should check this place out: Kevin and I have stayed here three times in the […]

Reading Room – Sneak Peek

I wanted to give you a few sneak peeks at the room I’m calling the “Reading Room”.It used to be a bathroom, but when we moved in, there was no toilet, no sink, no vanity. Nothing. Just a plywood floor and one window. It’s only six feet wide by six feet long. Hmmmm….the perfect size […]

Guest Room Bedding

I got my pillow!It came in the mail yesterday, and I couldn’t get to the mailbox fast enough.I swear, I RAN across the front yard. Here’s what the Guest Room Bedding is looking like today. I think I may put two big Euro Pillows behind the Standard ones. Just to make it super luxurious for […]

China Hutch Re-do

I’m more of a Walnut gal, than a Cherry gal. So the doors, drawers and inside of my China Hutch has really been bothering me. When things bother me, I usually call my Mom or go straight for a paintbrush. In this case, I went for the brush. I painted the drawer fronts and the […]

La Maisonette

I took another little “web trip” overseas again this morning. Oh, I might as well go ahead and say it…my name is Layla, and I’m a France-a-holic. I found the perfect place to stay when we go there. It’s called “La Maisonette”, which means “small house” in French. Too cute! The description reads, “…La Maisonette […]

Look what I won on Ebay!

I bought it for the Guest Room bed.As soon as it arrives, I’ll take pictures of the whole ensemble I’ve got going on in there. I can’t seem to make any commitments on the MASTER bedroom bedding yet though. I’ll keep you posted on whether or not I have any epiphanies regarding that matter. For […]

Bin Pulls and T.G.I.F

I’m still trying to get used to using them to open the drawers. I got so used to not having anything to pull them open by! My computer was freaking out yesterday, so I didn’t get to post my weekly “T.G.I.T” post. So here it is today! T.G.I.F – Accessories What a fab mix of […]

Marvin Commission

“Shellmo” over at commissioned me to paint her darling kitty, Marvin. Here’s how he turned out- And now that I’m starting to feel like myself again, I’m going to attach the pretty new bin pulls, I won on Ebay, to the drawer fronts in the kitchen. I’ll post pictures tonight! Is it wrong to […]


I haven’t posted in a few days because I have been battling Vertigo.At least I think that’s what it is.I woke up in the middle of the night on the 5th, at 3:15 a.m. to be exact, and could not make the room stop spinning. It was beyond scary.I’ve had this happen before (back in […]