A. Neal

Nightstand Niptuck


What a Deal!

A solid wood nightstand for $15?! I haven’t been in this furniture buying business long, but I’d call that bargain! Real wood (not the cheap particle board stuff) is durable, and once it’s stripped down to its original form, the revamping possibilities are endless! I of course scoured Pinterest to find ideas on how to give this little nightstand a makeover.

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Dressed up Dresser!


This dresser was not cute. It might have been at one time with the flowers and what I believe was once clean, white paint. But after years of dust, wear and tear, and stickers, it had undoubtedly lost its appeal. Despite how it looked, it was still functional as a dresser; it just needed a little face lift.

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Underrated Holiday Decor

If you’re anything like me, you are ready to bring out the Christmas decorations mere hours after eating Thanksgiving turkey. The excitement for Christmas is too much and let’s face it, there’s a reason it’s called the most wonderful time of the year. 

In an effort to one day decorate my house in a way that would put Martha Stewart to shame, I try to add to my collection of ornaments, lights, and other little random decorations each year (usually by shopping for them after Christmas when everything is on sale). In my hunt to find a good bargain, I keep a keen eye out for sales on my favorite form of holiday decor: wrapping paper!

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I’ll Be Home for the Holidays

For the first time in years I will actually be home for the holidays, and by home I mean my house in Virginia Beach. Originally from Michigan (where the heart is), Kyle and I have made the 14+ hour drive north, holiday season after holiday season, to spend some quality time with family and friends. Each year has been a whirlwind filled with fun times, good food, snowy roads, and memories made. It goes without saying that the decision to forgo the trip this year is bittersweet; however, we are looking forward to waking up in our own space Christmas morning- just me, Kyle, and of course Gatsby.

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