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Let the Games Begin…


And so it begins, after all the gut-wrenching, agonizing, and debating, the final plan goes into action. Note: the plan below is version 21B—meaning my friend, travel “husband,” and fabulously talented architect, John Gilmer, and I have gone through 21 different iterations of the house until we started knocking down walls! Version 1 was about three times over the amount I wanted to spend. What can I say? John and I both have champagne tastes but I’m on a Poland Spring water budget!  So, we got realistic.  We whittled.  We got smarter and months later we had hammered out a wonderful plan that met my needs and my budget. . . so far – fingers crossed.

Above, John and I at Castle Coole during our Palladian Ireland tour.  We met because of Mum.  She invited me to accompany her on an architectural tour of Sweden (launching my passion for such adventures). John and I were seated next to one another at our welcome dinner and we’ve been fast friends and traveling companions ever since!  I am forever grateful for that trip to Sweden! Thanks, Mum.

Above, John and Stephen Drucker with Nicky Haslam when we toured John Folwer’s hunting lodge, lovingly and fabulously restored by Haslam.

Below, the astounding Drottningholm in Sweden…..

I think visiting places and palaces like this may have contributed to my champagne tastes?

Below, you see Mum’s house’s original layout, followed by the new floor plan. The house was built in 1950, and it seems back then there was an entirely different way of designating and dividing up space. My mother had done some renovations ten years ago (she preferred to spend on the garden rather than on the house), adding the sunroom by enclosing what had been a screened porch, updating the downstairs bathroom – which I feel bad about ripping out, and updating the kitchen which I am leaving mostly in tact.

New floor plan below…

What I learned from living in my midcentury ranch house is that I like open space that can morph into whatever you need it to be—intimate dining or full-on entertaining, reading quietly by the fire or watching movies on the small screen with my Berkshire International Film Festival friends.

The big change is taking the original living room and turning it into a downstairs master bedroom. I was thinking of aging Clumber Spaniels who hate stairs and resale value.  Taking the living room for the master created the need to open up the original sitting room by the kitchen and making it into the living room.

In the end, John and I really liked the configuration, where conversation can flow from the kitchen into the great room and through the dining room. That open space will give me lots of flexibility for entertaining, whether it’s for two or twenty, and, of course, for decorating. . . .

On that note, I’ll mention today’s giveaway—and it’s a doozy. To win a $500 Pine Cone Hill gift card, all you have to do is write a comment below telling us which part of your house you’d most like to renovate. The contest begins on Tuesday, May 15, and runs through Thursday, May 17, at 11:59 p.m. EST! (Read the full contest rules here.) 

Congratulations to our winner, Jennifer from Massachusetts!


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Kelly May 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

I’m so ready to renovate my living room…take it from dull beiges and dark greens to more aquas, greens and maybe some oranges splashes….i love your house plans what a wonderful home it will be….

Jaybird May 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

Your houseplan looks wonderful and may be just what your Mom would have done if she had been able :^)
MY KITCHEN!!! Yes, I am shouting!! My kitchen is 6′ square, and not helped one bit by the fact of my being a dish-a-holic!!
Red Neck Chic told me to get right over here and see what you are doing!
Thanks for posting,

Jane May 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

Although I love, love, love my house, if I could anything, I’d renovate the bathroom to put in a soaking tub and another sink. I might also try to add (somewhere) a meditation cove or nook or sacred space. I’m looking forward to winning the wonderful shopping spree at Pine Cone Hill 🙂

JC May 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

The kitchen! I have a running list of all the things I’d want to incorporate into a new kitchen to make it more functional and beautiful.

Anne May 15, 2012 at 10:54 am

The bedroom! And I would love to use beautiful Pine Cone Hill products.

lenore May 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

My reading room needs some help.Filled with so many mismatched garage sale finds.

Jennifer May 15, 2012 at 11:07 am

The Family Room!! – Our family room is used all day and is open to the kitchen – seeing something all day everyday causes you get tired of the color scheme and fabrics. An update to the room we use most often would feel like an update to the whole house!

Tammy May 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

I would love to renovate our Master Bath!

Jennie May 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’d really love to redo our den and create a screened-in back porch area – my whole family loves to spend time outdoors…

Kim May 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

The living room, dining room kitchen area–I would like to open the three spaces up so they flow together.

Jenny May 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

Both of our bathrooms are SO outdated, they are first on my wishlist! 🙂

Debra May 15, 2012 at 11:24 am

Has to be the master bedroom and bath. The bath is living in a time warp!

Marilyn Hergenrader May 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

Please, please pick me for the Pine Cone Hill gift card. You’d actually be picking a very, very excited 12-soon-to-be-13 year old girl, who has anxiously been awaiting the time and money for us to change her bedroom from her nursery colors/bedding to a “big girl” teen room. She LOVES Pine Cone Hill and had already picked out her bedding from their lines. With 2 older siblings and 1 headed to college, we just haven’t found the time or $$$ to make her wish a reality. She would be thrilled to be the recipient of the gift card, because it would start the transformation!

Marilyn Hergenrader May 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

Just in case you’re wondering, I am the mother of the anxious yet hopeful 12 year old girl!

Abby May 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

We’re so flattered that your daughter loves Pine Cone Hill! We wish you the best of luck in the contest!

Jen Byron May 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

The Yard! I so want a farmers porch in the front and a patio in the back…
If it has to be inside the house, I would say the kitchen, but the downstairs bathroom needs it much more! NO matter what paint/method we try the paint ALWAYS peels and I HATE the lights

Pam Lapere May 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

No doubt about it, I would renovate the garage which my husband uses for his office. This guy works so hard to meet our family’s needs but has never had a decent looking or functional work space in this house. We have aging mums, boomerang college kids and daughter/granddaughter moving in and out when daddy is away at war. Therefore, even though we have 4 bedrooms, one of which was dedicated to being his soon-to-be office, those rooms remain filled leaving him in an awkward, hot and ugly office! Pam pblapere@att.net

Jackie May 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

The room in my home which I would most like to renovate is our master bedroom. I would love to get rid of the 1970’s paneling, and the….BLUE SHAG carpeting. I would love to refinish the dresser and end tables, and put together a beautiful bed with coordinating linens and decorative pillows instead of the ugly mismatched things I have now. To create a colorful, soothing, comforting room to sleep in would be wonderful. Right now it’s a room I actually hate to go into. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂


Betsy May 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

We are in the middle of renovating our basement and I am saving for a Dash and Albert wool rug. Our kitchen is the room that most need of a renovation. Our home was built in 1929 and the kitchen was last remodeled in the early 1980’s the cabinets are homemade.

Jennifer May 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

My master bathroom needs all kinds of help. It’s altogether poorly designed and filled with cheap fixtures.

Felicia May 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

I’d love to add some color to our bland beige master bedroom. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had a lovely dose of color and I’d love some beautiful, crisp new bedding!

Pat Shevlin May 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

As a way of opening my shy half acre I bulldozed my grandious driveway to put in a pool and bring the land back to people not cars. The only problem is that now, staring back at the end of my 16×40 simple but beautiful pool is a garage with its overhead door literally falling off. Do I wish I were looking at a pool house – let me count the ways!

Debbie York May 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Goodness…where to start…maybe with a match? LOL
Seriously…I would start with my 1970’s kitchen complete with harvest gold sink. I’ve mananged on a limited budget to bring the house into the 21st Century, but this project is beyond my money at the present…but it’ll get done!
So glad Robelyn at Red.Neck Chic told me about you. It’s always a treat to visit.

Tina May 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

The dream of my completed sewing room seems but a distant memory.
Over 800 sq. in a bonus room, but with no closets or cabinets or a bathroom.
It’s full to the brink with fabric and furniture, but I’d love to re-do the whole space!

Kim May 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

We have a very large room over our two car garage that I would LOVE more than anything to turn into a master bedroom with our very own bathroom that we wouldn’t have to share with the kids!

kathy May 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I would choose the kitchen, it is sufficient but very small. I dream of this on a daily basis. Thanks!

Jen Fogel May 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Where everyone congregates…..the KITCHEN!!!

Gretchen May 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I would love to redo my living room – it is dark as a cave. I would tear out the window, install French doors onto the patio. It also needs crown moulding. This is just basic stuff, I could do so much more with the correct resources. What a lovely give-away. Thank you!

Glenda May 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I’d love a new bath! Mine’s a strange shape, like a galley kitchen, dark and with a huge old garden tub that I’ve never used. Sigh…

tracy burke May 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I badly need to re-do my miserable, tired bedroom.

Beth Carpenter May 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Definitely my bedroom! It use to feel like a relaxing retreat now it is just a place to crash!

robelyn May 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I have this… thing. This monstrosity of a… thing. It separates my kitchen from my living room (open floor plan kitchen/living/dining). I HATE it (such a strong, yet heartfelt word) and scowl at it each time I wander past it. It’s an extension of my kitchen counter space – but it seems to attract junk. And more junk. I WILL go at it with a sledge hammer. I might even do that today now that I’m sitting and glaring at it…


Great. Not only do you inspire me but you now have me thinking about taking demolition up as a part-time job.

;-D I love your house and your plans!!!

Abby May 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

Wow, we love your passion for demolition–just be careful! Oh, and make sure to share the results with us, too 😉

Jennifer May 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I would love to renovate my bedroom!! Looking to make it more of refined romantic style rather than so dark and masculine!

Fawn Dixon May 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

My kitchen!!!!!!!!! It’s old, broken and ugly!! And I have a family
of 6 and make everything!! from scratch.

Anne May 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

The nursery. Well getting started on the nursery is more like it. Just a few more months till baby is here and nothing has been done. oops!

Linda Weber May 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

My kitchen. Very dated and not very functional. I love to cook and entertain!

Jenny May 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Definitely the kitchen!

Debra Lee May 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

My basement and laundry room need help!

Mitzi Beach May 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

My guest room for sure! We totally renovated a 1929 home down to the studs even moving stairs like you are doing but my very small guest room needs lots of attention…starting with your love Pine Cone Hill fabrics!
I love what “you are doing to the place”!

Kathleen Keefe May 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I live in a 1920’s Colonial Cape in CT, with my husband and three children. I love all it’s charm even though, I am not creative with my decorating. I would love to update the upstairs bathroom, which is horrendous. A tub was built in the dormer, so no one could stand up to shower. The wasted space is awful, and I don’t know what to do as my children are growing and the money is not.

Krista M. May 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Like so many other readers, my kitchen needs HELP! Thanks for the chance to enter this contest!

Annette Taylor May 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I would love to revovate my living/dining room since they are really all one room!! Thanks for this lovely giveaway!!

Lacey R May 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

My kitchen! It’s so outdated and has builder-grade materials. I cringe every time I spend more than a second looking at my cabinets. : (

Winnie M. May 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I am so ready to re-do my 60’s ranch house’s original kitchen. The linoleum floors and the plastic faux-wood panel inserts in the cabinets..yes..it time. I would love to open up the kitchen and dining room (separated by a row of hanging cabinets).LOVE Pine Cone Hill..esp. your tent sale. I was there last Memorial Day..wow..amazing.

Meghan May 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm

We’re on our third home and our third complete renovation. I always want to start with the kitchen.

Susan Gosman May 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

That’s an easy one – the bathroom in my 90 year old house! I have done it a million times in my head – and would love to do it one day for real.

Danielle May 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Spare Bedroom — Would love to have a warm inviting space for my guests to stay – especially friends that have moved away from the Berkshires but love to come home and visit especially during the summer months!

M Glennon May 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I would love to renovate our master bedroom! Two growing kids and an 1850 farmhouse have left mom and dad’s room neglected in the decorative arts! An amazing Pine Cone Hill quilt (wedding gift ) and a beat up old (but beloved) tiger maple night stand would go well with some lovely new linens, pillows, and headboard. Fingers crossed!

Judy May 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Today it’s my screend porch. I live at the ocean in a beach house we have been gradually renovating for years. It’s time for my porch to become a quaint cottage sleeping porch.

Vickie Fletcher May 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I would love for my bedroom to be made over.I want it to be a oasis is lifes day to day struggles.A place to dream and read and feel like the world can not touch you.

Kathleen May 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Actually, my husband just completed our new full second floor. We have added one extra bedroom, an extremely large family/media room, and a large bath with steam shower, an d a front and side deck with railings. In its creation, my husband installed French doors and windows all around, with 10 skylights. It truly is a dream come true!

Mary May 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Renovate? Definitely my kitchen to add a mudroom and avoid wet dog feet everywhere! Redecorate? That would be the master bedroom which needs a major color lift!

Ciara May 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

MY ROOM!!! I’m trying to find the time! I need to paint my vanity, find an area rug,organize my closet, get new bedding etc… With my 6 month old it wont get done for a while.

Victoria Athens May 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I think you came up with a very livable configuration for your mother’s house. As for a remdel for myself, if you had asked this question five months ago, I would have said my kitchen. Now that my kitchen reno is finally, finally drawing to a close, I would have to say my guest bath which needs an update.

Regina May 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Time to freshen up the finished basement and bring it into this century! Some paint and new furniture is probably all it needs!

Laura May 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I would love to renovate my upstairs. It’s partially finished and would be a wonderful space for an expanded master suite and studio.

Tori Rowland May 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I am soooo ready to do something in my living room! Our upholstered furniture has seen it’s better days; plus, tastes change over time and mine definitely have since this couch came into our home…Definitely!
Thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous giveaway! Will be hard to decide which beautiful things to choose with so many great options. But, I am looking forward to the task. 😉
Happy Day!

ruth May 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm

We gutted our little house 12 years ago and turned a summer cabin into a year-round home. The project went severely over budget so my husband decided to custom make and install all the trim. He frequently travels for business so the project is still only about half done. The kitchen is most in need of serious attention with many design elements yet to be installed. I’m not complaining…our home is in beautiful northern Michigan. Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to retire!

Sara Appel May 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I most want to expand my bedroom! Ooooo and then really the kitchen has to be taken on…This house doesn’t have just one place to remodel. Could use a few good tweaks and updates.

Cheryl May 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I also live in a mid-century ranch. so many places to spend…but I’d go for the granddaughter’s bedroom!

Jane May 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I would open up the space between the kitchen of my 1926 foursquare and the dining room in an architecturally “authentic” way, and extend the wood floors into the kitchen.

Jessica Dougherty May 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I have lots of plans for my living room & dining room…but on a tight budget! A gift certificate would certainly help!!!

rebecca May 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I’d love to renovate my office space. It’s the catch-all room right now, and I’d love to give it more of an identity!

Susan Wisner May 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

The backyard. It is mostly cement and it would need a large transformation to make it look a lot more inviting.

Kate May 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Oh, how I long for a new deck! Our view is beautiful, but our deck is just yucky.

Cathy Haynes May 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Oh! I dream of doing my bedroom over! I love the creams and whites and all the soft beautiful colors. I just retired after teaching 36 years so I can now lay in my bed and daydream about redoing my bedroom! Half the fun is imagining what it will look like!

Beth Trainor May 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I would love to remodel/add furniture to my living room so we could have more space to have guests watch the slide shows my husband creates from all the summer fun we all (about 15) of us have!!

Linda D May 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

My kitchen is dreary and needs a happy facelift!

Carmen May 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

How exciting to get to work on the house! My own house is fairly new, and was built for me. I’m very fortunate that there is little I would renovate; my wish list is new flooring and cabinets in the baths, and french doors on my sunroom.

Andrea C May 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

My bedroom is the most neglected space in our home..starting on the journey of empty nesters as the two oldest children graduate college in one week and have a soon to be 16 year old home already planning his college future..sigh..

Diane Y May 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I would love to tear down walls between my dining room and kitchen to make one huge room in the back of my house.

Tashanna Catron May 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I would love to redecorate my living room. My husband and I hired someone to remodel and they didn’t do a great job! We’ve been so busy with working and raising the kids. This would a great help to get us started to completely remodel the whole house… thanks!!

Sheila May 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

My deck would love to turn it into a 3 season porch with combination wood screen/glass divided light doors. Screens in summer, glass from late fall to late spring and of course a wood stove to expand its use even more.

Leslie May 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I love this small house we have. Its cozy and warm and still big enough for friends and family! I would love to re-design the kitchen to be, not only bigger but a part of the dining area so cooking and eating and visiting can all happen together. The house is older and has some wonderful architectural elements I would keep, but some walls need to come down to open up the space. Much like you have done to create your new Great Room. I love to cook but have not felt the joy of it since we moved here. I would like to have the space to create and feed those I love with the MY love of cooking! I have the designs in my head….:)

Ellen May 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Our bathroom. The rest of our condo has been upgraded, but the bathroom still has the original builder-grade cabinets and tile. I’d love to make it a beautiful oasis with luxurious linens.

Vikki May 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I would renovate my bathroom. Take out the tub and put in a walk-in shower with the big rain showerhead. But with the $500 card , I would redecorate my bedroom with your beautiful bedding!!

Colleen Burns Brown May 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

My husband and I bought an old house 13 years ago. We live on the second and third floor. 6 years ago my husband decided to gut the downstairs kitchen while I was at work…and pregnant!!! We now have a beautiful 5 year old son and when you enter my house you walk into the gutted kitchen! Needless to say I would live to do over that kitchen and start process of doing the house over!!

Seana May 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I would most like to renovate our one and only tiny full bathroom! With three kids 6 and under there is no elbow room so we get cozy in there at bath time 🙂 I would like to maximize the space while keeping a period look. I do love my Pine Cone Hill shower curtain. It’s a start!

Kathleen Gillis May 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

We’ve recently sold our house and hope our offer on a big ole fixer upper is accepted in the next few days. This place needs everything – walls, floors, and of course killer furnishings. Our greatest challenge, no matter where we live, is making the place kid-friendly without allowing it to turn into a crack den for Fisher Price. Sadly there are few color schemes that work with plastic, primary red/yellow/blue…we could use some help.

Gail Gallagher May 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm

My bedroom! I have just purchased the Ivory Louisa duvet and pillow shams and I am ready to move forward towards a complete redo!

Mollie Coburn May 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

My living room. We live a couple of miles from the beach. I would love to bring a beachy theme into our house!

karen May 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

My home office. It is the room that I spend the most amount of time in, yet I spent the least amount of time designing and decorating it. I bought my house three years ago and planned to have a bright, cheery, and inspiring space to work it, but yet I never seem to find the time or money to make it into the room that I know it can be.

Kelly May 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Where to start….we have a 5000+ square foot fixer upper that was built in 1767.
With the exception of the few rooms we have redone, they ALL badly
need help.

Barbara Medeiros May 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I have to say, it would have to be my master bedroom, we have a 3 bedroom ranch with 1 bath but would love to make it a 2 bedroom & make the other bedroom a walking closet with master bath! of course this is a dream…but if we can’t hope & dream what is there! 🙂

Lynn May 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

What a lovely open floor plan and I look forward to the updates during your remodel. The most deserving room in my home for a reno would be my kitchen.
Everything does happen there from the practical to the sublime and all else in between :o)

Judith Ross-McNab May 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

My bedroom is the same bedroom that I shared with my husband of 23 years. We have now been divorced for nearly as long as we were married. I am no longer a married woman. I am no longer a young or middle aged woman. I am struggling to have a yellow bedroom that brings light and peace to me. I am finding yellow the most difficult color I have ever tried use in designing/decorating. I need help. And it would be nice to have a tiny balcony off my 2nd story bedroom.

Jen P. May 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I’d love to knock out the back wall of my house and extend the dining room/kitchen about 15 feet.

Laurenne Teachout May 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Definitely the bathroom. I’ve had the same shower curtain and towels for far too long. I’d love something bright and fresh.

Dorothy B May 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I’d like to redo the kitchen/family room combo. May I say, I love your Clumber spaniel reference. My daugter and her husband recently lost their Clumber spaniel, much to everyone’s sadness. A cuter, sweeter dog could not exist! I like other dog lovers, and I really like this giveaway. 🙂 Such beautiful things!

Mandy May 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

We have been planning to renovate the kitchen for some time now. It desperately needs it!

Susan Moore May 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Although I am extremely grateful for the beautiful house that I live in…I would love, love, love to renovate my kitchen!! I love to cook and would immediately replace my stove from electric to gas and I want to create a breakfast nook and incorporate a farm/country look and use some of Pine Cone Hill’s fabulous fabrics!!
Best wishes to all!!!

Jill Feig May 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I would really like to renovate my master bedroom – it’s too monotone and does not reflect our personalities.

Rebecca Dutill May 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Thank you so very much for the give-away!
I would love to renovate my Living/Kitchen/Dining area becaue it is one big open space.
Florida hugs,
Becca =)

Terri W. May 16, 2012 at 12:31 am

If I were practical I’d say our master bath as it greatly needs renovation, but I’d rather redo (and double the size of) my tiny little studio room.

Kelly May 16, 2012 at 12:40 am

Wow, would love to win this! I’m actually looking at renovating my house right now and am going to do some work on my combined living room/dining room. Redoing my hardwood floors and painting are the first steps

Deanna G. May 16, 2012 at 1:13 am

I’d most like to renovate our hall bathroom. Our house is very old & the plumbing & walls are in there in need of serious repair.

Autumn Hathaway May 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

I think the great room would be so much fun to decorate. The central place for everyone to gather…including the dogs of course! Good idea on putting the master bedroom downstairs.

Jilian May 16, 2012 at 8:58 am

We bought our house about three years ago, and updated most of it then (the bathrooms could still use a little love)

but the part I’d really like to work on is our outdoor space. We never go out and have a wonderful backyard. Wish I could make it inviting for my family.

kristen Foster May 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

I’m working on my TV room now:) New sofas ordered!

susan May 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

What a wonderful new floor plan of this charming home! I will enjoy seeing the progress. I would love to get moving on the renovation of bedroom number 3 in our small cottage home. Right now, it is the catch all space for renovation supplies. How I dream of a wonderful soft finished space filled with Pine Cone Hill products.

Kimberly May 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

A year ago, I would have said my kitchen, but we just did that and I’m so pleased with the results! Now, in my house, I think I’d most like to renovate the laundry room of all places. It’s cramped with white walls, white cabinets and old vinyl flooring that’s peeling up. I spend far too much time in its bleakness. But, if money were no object, I would renovate my yard with professional landscaping. I’m the opposite of your mother, I spend the money inside. I think your new floor plan is wonderful!

Mary May 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

I would truly love to renovate our kitchen……..mainly just replacing the counter tops and painting the cabinets! I love everything else about it! I am not a cook so I am not into the fancy appliances, but I do love the design part of a home…prefer warm and cozy!

Pattie C May 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

We just bought a mid-century split and are renovating all of it. We have everything but the family room/office planned so that is where we need the most help, that and the 5 horrible bathrooms.

L Weber May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

My whole house is in need of a renovation! We’re still at the ‘trying to figure out what’s possible’ stage… But, right now, I am most desperate to rip out the two sad, back-to-back bathrooms and start from scratch. Thanks for all the inspiration in your blog! And good luck with your own renovation – looking forward to following your progress…

Judy May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

A $500 gift card from my favorite designer is just the incentive — and budget — I would need to renovate and redecorate my son’s old bedroom. We live in Manhattan where a guest room is a great luxury, but finances have been tight. My dream guest room is currently full of junk and in need of a big clean up, good paint job and, of course, curtains, bedding, and a rug from Pine Cone Hill! If selected as the winner I promise to do Pine Cone Hill, and all the house guests I will have, proud!!!

Stesse May 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

I would LOVE to renovate our teeny tiny kitchen (which is conveniently next to an oversize full bathroom)… I’d expand it a bit, turn the full bath into a 3/4 bath, add a washer/dryer so I don’t have to trek out to the garage… new countertops, appliances that don’t show every handprint, spot, and speck of dust… oh it’s nice to daydream on a Wednesday morning!

Cherie May 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

I would love to knock out a wall separating my kitchen and living room to have that great open entertaining space you talk about. Love your plans!

Colleen May 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

I’d love to redo the open space that contains the entry area and living room, making better use of the small space and creating some “pop” with different colors.

Katy May 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I would love to redecorate the Master!

Hayley May 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I’d love to renovate my kitchen!

lynda May 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

My bedroom! It is dull dull dull would love to perk it up with some color!

colleen May 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

wow the whole mess but would prob have to start with the guest bath it has horror!!!!! CARPET why do people still do that???

Monica Flegg May 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

The room in our home that I would most like to renovate is our kitchen. It is cheerful and busy with an entourage of kids and dogs,
Scurrying through, and it’s showing it’s age!

Jennifer May 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Oh, my gosh – the kitchen, for sure! Our little cottage was built in 1954 — and we’re making do in that same tiny space until we muster up the energy to renovate the entire main part of the house (it all flows together).

Elliott May 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Would like to renovate the master bath and put a jacuzzi tub in it

Cynthia Christensen May 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

The Tribute to your Mother is just wonderful. Linda Merrill, Surroundings offered her followers to visit your Blog. What a gift! She truly is a lovely lady. You also are amazing. Whew! you have been through some serious gut wrenching challenges and loss. Reading about your journey, has touched my heart deeply. I’m cheering you on, dear one. It is as if the Lord has trimmed his rose so she can fully blossom and yield a sweet fragrance to Him. You are in His garden and he is caring for you. It may not always feel like it but He is tilling the soil, managing your nourishment. pruning, when necessary, and watching you flower. And you are flowering. He is the Master Gardener, you are the rose and we are the witnesses. So, as Mary Englebreit says, “Bloom where you are planted.” You are there on purpose, for His purposes. Soar. Enjoy the process and thank you for letting us share. ♥

Mary May 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

Opening up the first floor rooms with French doors and bay windows would be the lower-budget renovation. Gutting and updating the kitchen would be the mid-level redo. Add a new roof with skylights and siding with insulation, and our home renovations would be a dream come true. Plan and dream, dream and plan!

Mary May 17, 2012 at 7:57 am

PS I also have to say that your new floor plan is so tastefully done. The new plane is so open yet also classic in a way that suits the overall architecture. I think you’re going to love living in your “new” space! I also think your mother would heartily approve of the changes (to the kitchen) and will be cheering you on. I wish you peace and patience in the months ahead 😉 , and many years of happiness there in the years ahead 🙂 !

Shelly May 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

My blog mentions a lot of the progress we’ve done to our sad little abode. But the outside of the house is still unsightly and looks like a 1950s reject. I would love to update it and turn into the classic cottage it is begging to be. I need a money tree first!

Sandra May 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

We have a “beach box” at the coast. My husband and I have seven grandchildren and they all love to spend time here during the summer months. This gift card would help tremendously in sprucing up one or two of the bedrooms for their (and my) enjoyment.

Amy May 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I’ve never been happy with my family room, I just can’t seem to get it right!

Christine May 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Definitely my kitchen!!! So much I would love to do to make it a great place to cook and hang out. Hopefully someday soon!

alice tanner May 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I would like to renovate the room we use as an office. In the 25 years we have been in our house, it has been a dining room, a bedroom, a sitting room, and now an office. It needs everything! Floor, walls, and ceiling. Also a new exterior door. It’s barely been touched, other than different furniture for its different purposes, so it’s ready!

lulu May 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

No question I’d renovate our bathroom if given half the chance. Our 104 year old home has only one full bath for our family of 4, and some of the fixtures look original to the house – but not in a good way. We need better space planning!

birdie blue May 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

i’d dearly love to renovate my kitchen. with four daughters always angling to cook along side me, i’d love to reconfigure the space.

thanks so much for the opportunity.

maudia lanzotti May 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

There are three busy generations living in my house and our “mud” room is well, muddy and needs major work!

Stacey May 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm

We are actually in the process of moving back to our home state of Texas in the next 7 days. This will be our first time since our kids were born that they won’t live at home. I would like to create perfect bedrooms for them that reflect their personalities but a more adult version….you know, a great place to come home to.

Melissa May 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

My kitchen! Would love some new appliances and cabinets!

Laura May 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

My condo’s only bathroom, which I’ve painted a very regrettable “porcelain” or, as I’ve dubbed it, My Little Pony Purple. Each of the other rooms have been repainted over the original owners’ brownish bland, to rave reviews, but I clearly lost my color selection mojo on the final space. Now I’m completely blocked (or gun shy) on picking a replacement scheme. Help!

robin jones May 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Easy answer….our Master Bathroom that we already had gutted but have not made a final decision on the new design so it
remains unfinished.

Diane V. August 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

My bedroom and master bathroom! I have a clawfoot tub sitting in my garage that I dream of soaking in some day. The tub needs refinishing and I am at a loss as to how and where to begin. I think I know what i want the final room to look like, I just don’t know how to make it a reality.


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