Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Happy Spring to ya!  Well.....the calendar says it's Spring but the weather has had a little something else to say.  Instead of sprouting bright green blades of grass and daffodils poking their little heads up out of the ground, our ground is covered in a nice fluffy white layer of snow.  Yours too?

Anyway, let's cut the small talk and go right into the subject of this post, shall we?  I was wondering, would any of you paint the smallest room in your house BLACK?...or something close to black?   Never, maybe, yes?  I would like to hear your thoughts on this!

I have been ready to redo my upstairs bath for a while now and finally got started the other day.  I should be done in a few weeks...Lord willing and I get the time.   It seems TIME is in short supply these days.  Do you ever feel that way?  Life seems to be running away from me lately.  I hope I can catch up soon!

Anyway, I thought you might like to spy my inspiration for this tiny room, take a gander at what I started with  (a word of caution...IT'S UGLY!!!) and take a little peek at my progress so far.  Sound good?   Well, sure it does.  What else do you have to do on this fine (snowy) spring day?

First up...The Inspiration

Okay, so is this a gorgeous powder room or what?  Now tell me....would you consider painting the smallest room in your house black (or a super dark charcoal gray)?  My answer is yes, yes I would...and I AM going to real soon.

Why?   Well because I absolutely LOVE that powder room and because I can pretty much duplicate it...take a gander at what I started with...

Yeah, I know this pic is at a slightly different angle than my inspiration pic and the window is on the opposite side, but can you see it?...Can you see how this bath has a remarkable resemblance to my inspiration pick.   The mirror and chrome sconces are similar to the ones in my inspiration room and if I trade the pink out for white, paint the upper walls black and paint the floor too, I think my little powder room will be as chic and sophisticated as my inspiration room.

So far I have primed EVERYTHING...well at least all the pink.  Believe me, there was A LOT of pink...including the door and linen closet....Whew, a lot of work!!! I am so glad to be done with that part of it and WOW, what a difference it has made already...

I hope to have everything except for the floor done by the weekend.  Wish me luck!

See ya soon and have a fantastic "Spring" day!  Ciao

Friday, March 15, 2013


Happy spring everyone!  Well it's not officially spring yet, but we can pretend, cant' we?  It's supposed to get up to about 70 degrees in my neck of the woods today, so it's not going to be very hard for me to pretend that spring has arrived.  Ahhhhh SPRING....I LOVE YA!!!

So, not to change the subject or anything, but do you all love PINTEREST or what?  I finally opened a Pinterest account a few weeks ago (long story as to why I have waited so long but I will spare you the details).  Anyway, I LOVE PINTEREST.  What a great place to keep all your decorating ideas, recipes, craft ideas, DIY projects...well basically anything and everything you like, organized and easily accessible.  

Recently I have been thinking about spring cleaning and have been pinning cleaning tips and recipes for homemade, all natural cleaners.  Who would've thought that simple things like baking soda and vinegar could do so much.  Not to mention they are completely natural and safe.  They have no harmful toxins which is a plus in my book.  

I have also been pinning some helpful household tips and tricks that I have found across the web.  This morning a friend of mine sent me an email loaded with helpful household tips and travel tips that I thought were Pinterest worthy so I thought I would share them here with all my Pinterest loving friends.  

And....since I know you all want to pin away with ease, I have added a Pinterest button to my blog.  Just run your mouse across the picture you want to pin, click on the large red "P" in the top left corner of the pic and pin away.  It's that easy!  Now onto those tips and tricks I promised...

Well there they are...PIN AWAY my friends, PIN AWAY.

One more thing before I go...if you would like to follow Beyond the Portico on Pinterest search for me under beyondportico (all one word) and you will find me.  My name is Sheila Rodgers.   That's it!  

Have a fantastic day!!!

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