Hi my name is Sheila, writer and editor of Beyond the Portico.  I am a full time Legal Secretary, wife of 21 years to my husband Andrew and mother of two beautiful children, Kayla and AJ.  Homemaking is my hobby and my passion. 

In September of 2010 the economy forced us to sell our beautiful modern mansion for something more affordable.  I just knew that I wanted an older home. You know the kind, something with a little history.  Something with charm and character galore.  Well, we found exactly what we were looking for and it was in our price range.  Built in 1939 and left empty for several years, there are many, many needed updates and repairs, but she is a solid house with lots of charm and character.  I must admit I have never lived in or decorated anything quite like her so this blog is simply a journal of my endeavors to fix up and decorate my beautiful 1939 charmer of a home.  I invite you into my journey to fix her up and dress her in timeless fashion.

I hope to let you in on all the follies and successes of this adventure, and I hope to inspire and encourage all those other ladies like myself who find themselves forever working to make their house a beautiful home. 

I will share with you every little juicy tidbit of information I can that might help you in your domestic pursuits...

MY HOUSE, how she looked the day we moved in...

I think this adorable little screened porch was what sold me on this house.
I just know it will be my most favorite room of all!


My color choices to date:

Living Rm.---Beige Buckhorn by Colorplace Paints, satin sheen
Dining Rm.---Beige Buckhorn by Colorplace Paints, satin sheen
Main floor bedroom.---Gray Marble by Olympic paints, satin sheen
Kitchen---Beige Buckhorn by Colorplace Paints, satin sheen (top); Wal-mart brand off the shelf white, semi-gloss (bottom).
Upstairs bath---Rugged Suede by Valspar, satin sheen (top) and off the shelf white by Olympic Paints, semi-gloss sheen (bottom).
Master bedroom---Cinder Pebble Gray by Colorplace Paints, satin sheen.

I love feedback, so your comments and advice are always welcome!  If you have questions feel free to drop me a line, I will be sure to answer quickly.

Thanks for visiting BTP today and I hope you will stop by often to see what's going on.  I'm always working on something.  Until then...

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