When One Door Closes…

When One Door Closes…

…You make a table!  That’s how the saying goes, right?  :) Exactly one year ago this week Mike and I bought a car load of salvaged items from Arhaus Furniture. (Gotta love referencing Instagram for info like this) See the wood door panels with the jute string? We paid $100 each for them. We liked … Continue reading

The Peril of Hipster Economics

The Peril of Hipster Economics

Such a complex topic. I get frustrated when people see the world in ones and zeros and this is why! “Struggling US cities of the rust belt and heartland lack the investment of coastal contemporaries, but have in turn been spared the rapid displacement of hipster economics. Buffered by their eternal uncoolness, these slow-changing cities … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday Part III

Throwback Thursday Part III

Flashback to our city home in Buffalo, NY.  We really loved some of the quirky touches that came with our 1926 foursquare in the historic neighborhood of Park Meadow.  A few things didn’t make the cut though. Two of which were the painted-on “runner” on the stairway landing and this eclectic-meets-rickety-main bath: The shower definitely … Continue reading

Loads of Fun!

Loads of Fun!

Let’s be honest. In many ways Pinterest is the devil.  Tempting us with desserts that call for a dozen candy bars, a can of chocolate frosting and a jar of peanut butter  with names like Better Than Sex Cake or Sin Brownies or whatever.  Fear not! I pinned a 3 Days to Six-Pack Abs article right after … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday Part II

Throwback Thursday Part II

Hi Everyone! Mike and I are between projects right now so every other Thursday I’ll post about one of our projects completed BRBBB (Before RustBeltBeautiful blog!) ;) This week I would like to highlight our 1926 four-post home’s master bedroom closet makeover!  In addition to the closets, we refinished the floors,  added crown molding, a … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday and Happy Birthday

Throwback Thursday and Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday dear Rustbeltbeautiful.com, Happy Birthday to us! :) Photo and banner from Esty Seller, Burlap Girl One year already. THANK YOU for sticking with me as I figure this whole blog thing out. Who am I kidding!? As I figure this whole LIFE thing out!  My … Continue reading

Grand Opening!

Grand Opening!

About a month ago I was on the web searching for some jewelry and I came across Chloe + Isabel. I immediately fell in love with just about everything.  It didn’t take long to realize that this business was a direct-sales company.  If you have known me for any amount of time you may know … Continue reading

Cooking up a Kitchen

Cooking up a Kitchen

The Before Photo: Not too shabby for 80′s cabinets and 90′s Uba Tuba Granite We never intended to update the kitchen.  We thought we would strip the wallpaper and at most, add a true backsplash. But over the summer Mike took a trip to the Kraftmaid outlet (Located just 45 minutes from us in Warren, … Continue reading

Who’s the Coolest Person in Buffalo?

Who’s the Coolest Person in Buffalo?

What a question… Does it mean well-known? Noteworthy? Cutting Edge?  I can’t say the leading Cancer Researcher if Mo wants Ani DiFranco… hmmm… Who would be your pick? Work related question: Who’s the coolest person who lives in Buffalo? — Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) January 13, 2014

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

I mentioned before that Mike and I were in full beast mode getting our house together before the holidays. The very last thing we did (like the day before all the guests arrived) was paint the foyer, hang photos and upgrade our chandelier. What can I say, deadlines are very motivating! Remember this beauty of … Continue reading