Hello and welcome!
At Shine Your Light I share home improvement tutorials and simple, affordable interior design ideas. I love enjoying life with family and friends so you’ll find some entertaining posts from time to time as well!
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.
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 just graduated from high school (during the Covid-19 quarantine!)
In that time my blog has grown up too!
Projects from Shine Your Light have been featured on many online publications, and I’ve worked with lots of respected brands. I’ve also had the opportunity to get to know many other talented and creative DIY and design bloggers and serve my local community hand in hand with some of them on some very special projects.
How Shine Your Light Came To Be
I’ve always been a maker.
When I was a kid I had the cardboard version of the Barbie Dream House (yep! that was a thing) and spent hours coloring those cardboard walls with markers, decorating the rooms with leftover wallpaper from my mom’s stash, and making Barbie many strapless dresses by cutting the toes off of socks and tying a ribbon around the waist (you can imagine how well received that was by my mom!!)
As our own kids grew I painted many a room and piece of furniture, and eventually caught the renovation bug big time (this might have been fortified by HGTV and this new phenomenon called DIY blogs 😃). When in 2010 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 project house.
Mark was not as excited about this idea (particularly when we would look at a house on the market that I would reject because it was too nice and didn’t need any work) but somehow I talked him into a glorious 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!
My father-in-law is fond of saying that I shrink the square footage of our homes with all the layers of paint I’ve put on the walls through the years 😁.
Since we moved here I’ve honed my skills with the guidance of family, friends and many a Youtube video 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 from start to finish
AFTER – we did the demo ourselves and then had the floors professionally installed and finished.
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 DIY PROJECTS up above for many tutorials throughout the years, from home improvements to decor, art, organization and everything in between.
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Over the years I’ve also shared bits of our real life. In September 2019 our life changed dramatically when I was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. My beautiful, vibrant, active mom was diagnosed with a different form of cancer that is totally unrelated to mine early in 2020. 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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Why Shine Your Light?
My blog name was inspired by this Van Morrison song.