HI! I’m so happy you’re here!
At Shine Your Light you’ll find home improvement tutorials and simple, affordable interior design ideas, as well as occasional food and drink recipes and ideas for entertaining.
I live in Massachusetts with my husband Mark and our three kids who were in elementary school when I started this blog, and now our youngest is about to graduate from high school!
I love interior design, particularly that you can make any space your own with color, art, fabric. It can be casual, sophisticated, bohemian, artsy, moody, eclectic, classic – whatever you envision. It’s a blank canvas and you’re the artist.
When we decided to sell our big, beautiful, newer home and downsize so that we could do more living and less mortgage paying, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to buy a house that needed some love and renovate it! Mark was not as excited about a project house but somehow I talked him into an 80s fixer upper that needed a ton of cosmetic updates.
I couldn’t wait to get started and literally started painting all this peach and orange oak the day we bought the house!
I painted many rooms and pieces of furniture before this house, but since we moved here I’ve honed my DIY skills to also include demo, building, finish carpentry, wood refinishing, tiling, basic electrical and plumbing, landscaping and stonework. I’m still working on that list!
Sometimes Mark joins me on projects and sometimes we call in the pros for help, but much of the work I’ve done myself from installing moulding throughout the house to building a wall of bookcases, remodeling our fireplace and built-ins and installing a stone veneered fire pit and pea stone patio with surrounding garden.
AFTER – A DIY START TO FINISH
AFTER – WE DID THE DEMO AND THEN HAD NEW HARDWOODS PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED AND FINISHED
My mantra has always been if I can do it, so can you, and my sincerest wish is that I can inspire or encourage others with what I share here.
Ten years and a few million projects later, we’re still working on making all our visions for this house come true, and having fun doing it! You can check out the project gallery for many tutorials throughout the years, from home improvements to decor, art, organization and everything in between.
Through this blog I’ve also had the opportunity to get to know many other talented and creative DIY and design bloggers, and to serve my local community hand in hand with some of them on some very special projects.
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Over the years I’ve also shared bits of our real life. This past September our life changed dramatically when I was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Two months ago my beautiful, vibrant, active mom was diagnosed with a different form of cancer that is totally unrelated to mine – we don’t have much history of cancer in our family so it’s just an unfortunate coincidence.
Together my mom and I are planning on surviving, thriving…
and I’m still DIYing 🙂
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Shine Your Light is my happy place and I truly hope for you it will be a source of encouragement and inspiration to make your own house into the home of your dreams; a lighthearted stop along your way.
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My blog name was inspired by this Van Morrison song