A long time coming.

I have to confess that I painted our foyer months and MONTHS ago. 
I was really excited about the project {so excited that I never took a before picture}. I painted our little entryway and I love it but then I lost steam. I never got around to organizing the closet. I left a piece of fabric draped over a curtain rod for ages before I finally sat down for 20 min to make it an actual valance. And I still haven't found baskets I like for the shelf.

But I can't wait any longer! Come on in!

I took the broken door off the closet shortly after we moved in. 
It really makes the tiny space look bigger and I forces us to keep it tidy. 

 I love thick neutral stripes. It gives the space a bit of a clean nautical feel and I think the stripes are a good fit for such a small space.

 We added lots of hooks and baskets to maximize the storage. Our house definitely has a lack of closet space and this is a hard working area. Its our drop zone for shoes, coats, bags and odds and 

 I bought these crates from this little salvage shop on the side of the road for only $5 each!
I bought four but they are too tall for the first shelf so I'm still trying to find baskets for that shelf.

Did I mention I'm obsessed with the stripes?
Brew took a little longer to warm up to them....

There are great stripe tutorials all over pinterest and I didn't do a great job of taking pictures when I did ours. But its pretty simple. I just used painters tape and a measuring tape {and a lot of patience!}.

Does anyone have any big Memorial Weekend plans?
We have some yard work calling our name!

Thanks for stopping by!


Dear Bertha Sieber

Dear Bertha Sieber,

Firstly, let me say you have superb taste. You were way before your time when it comes to design and decor. You may have been the queen of rustic chic and that makes you my hero!

 However, in addition to being on the leading edge of style, I imagine you were also a sensible girl. 

In your long trek {from I imagine somewhere in Eastern Europe} to Philadelphia, Amerika, your trunk was probably packed full of necessities- parchment and quills, books, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, your nicest gown {in the even you meet any handsome strangers in your journey}, and who knows what else!

 I imagine you boarding some great ship {thankfully not the Titanic} and sailing across the Atlantic and then boarding a train in New York, luggage in tow, to travel down to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, to your new home, which I'm sure was also the perfect mix of form and function.

 Bertha Sieber, you were my kind of girl! Your trunk proves that!
Instead of rushing out to your local Pottery Barn to buy the Conway Trunk (for a bargain $899-yikes!},


You probably went right down to you local market and picked out this beautiful piece of original, handmade craftsmanship complete with personalization.

 The hand-painted lettering, the galvanized metal trim, the rustic wood grain....

Now Bertha, who knows how your trunk came to arrive at the Lucketts Spring Market all these years later, just waiting for the right person to take it home? But thank-you! It is perfect.

Thanks for stopping by!


Best Birthday Ever!

Hello visitors!
{I haven't said that in a while...}

Its been a whirlwind here at The Sideways House! Its been a very busy spring to say the least. So its been nice to have a little break this week. And just in time for my birthday!

I got two beautiful flower arrangements! One from my favorite cousin and one from my favorite {only} husband. I don't know which is prettier!

But the highlight of my year birthday was going to the Lucketts Spring Market and meeting THE Miss Mustard Seed!! {The one who inspired me to start painting furniture and blogging!}

I had a total stalker fan moment. My mortified hubby was taking this picture. So exciting!

 I bought a few things at Lucketts {one of which I hope to share this week} and of course I had to get my book signed! I'm already planning next years trip!

And my perfect day finished with a romantic dinner at Ouzo Bay. 
{I highly recommend it if you are in the Baltimore area!}

I have some projects I'm hoping to finish up and photograph so I can share them soon!

Thanks for stopping by!