A New Year and a New “Look” for our Home!

Phew!  What a whirlwind the last 3 months of 2014 were for us.  I feel like I should be wearing a neck brace from being whipped all around from all of the frenetic activities!

I thought I would start off the New Year with pictures of our home’s new floors and wall color.

I LOVE the Garrison Laminate Floors (in Avignon) that we choose. Why laminate floors over real hardwood?  We choose laminate because for our lifestyle/ house activity it was going to serve us better over the long haul.

Remember, we live in an 1,176 sg. ft. house, so that does not give us a lot of options when it comes to traffic patterns.  It would not take long for our “patterns” to wear on hardwood and the thought of the mess and expense of having to re-finish the floors was not appealing.  At all.  Plus with a black lab and kids coming and going, the floors would be distressed whether I wanted them to or not.

The other main reason was cost.  It always seems to come down to the old mighty dollar, doesn’t it?  Laminate is typically about a third of the cost of hardwood.  I don’t know about you, but that is a BIG deciding factor for us.  We could re-do our floors a couple of times and still be under what hardwood would have cost us.

I know.  I know.  “You choose laminate over real hardwood?”  Yup.  And I would do it again.  In fact, I did.  We had laminate in our kitchen/ dining area for nearly 13 years and I LOVED it!!!  We did not have ONE scratch, divot, or mark.  There was no fading (even though the we are flooded with late afternoon sunlight).  I could only imagine what our 80 pound dog would have done to hardwood floors coming in and out of our slider.

The Laminate vs. Hardwood debate can go on and on.  Laminate (a good quality product) does not scratch, fade, warp, and as stated earlier was way easier on our budget.  Plus, have you seen the selection of laminates available today?  Truly beautiful options are available.  Check out Garrison, SHAW, US Floors to name a few.  (I am now selling flooring as a consultant for Sterling Carpet & Flooring.)

We also repainted the entire house except for our master bedroom and Baby Girl’s room.  We used Dunne Edwards “Crisp Muslin”.  I loved our HD Behr “Butter Cookie” paint which was a warm, creamy yellow and going with a cooler gray took some time to get used to.  Which is partly why I did not post pics immediately.  I just needed to fall in love with the new look.  Good news is I fell in love, hard!  I hope you like the new look too!

So without further ado, here are our new look~


{Dunn Edwards “Crisp Muslin”}


{Garrison Laminate “Avignon”. STERLING CARPET & FLOORING}


{This hutch was natural pine that I painted ASCP Pure White and distressed a bit.}


{Next on our “Wish List” is a new sectional. Baby Girl loves arranging the pillows. Sometimes I just do not have the heart to re-arrange them after she is finished.}

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Until next time,
Butterscotch Lady

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Boutique Time!!!


It is that time of year!  Our Annual Holiday Boutique is THIS WEEKEND!!!

I have been a busy mom these days working with clients, taking care of Baby Girl who just had 2 wisdom teeth pulled and getting ready for our Annual Holiday Boutique.  Three friends of mine and I have been putting on our Boutique for several years and each year it is more and more successful.  My girlfriend is so sweet to open up her home and host the event.

I have been collecting and painting furniture, painting canvas’, making (my much-loved) homemade hot cocoa mix, painting chalkboard trays…

Here is a small sneak peek of some of the goodies!

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Just think you could be all finished with your holiday shopping before the turkey is even in the oven!

I would love to see you this weekend!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady


EASY Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial


I have had several friends asking me about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lately.   If you haven’t heard about ASCP, then perhaps you are reading my blog for the first time (or you have been under a rock? hee hee!) .  I LOVE ASCP!!! Yes, it is a bit pricey.  I pay $42 with tax […]

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We are ALL Mad Here!

{Cocktails at the Fess Parker in Santa Barbara}

It has been a whirlwind around here lately! Working with flooring and event clients, the kid’s HB Junior Lifeguards, 4th of July… Last weekend I set up for a wedding, then I took the train to Santa Barbara with my SIL and two friends for 36 hours of FUN, LAUGHTER, RINGO STARR and an early celebration for […]

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Happy 4th of July!!! A day early :)


I know I still need to post pictures from the Mad Hatter Party but this week has just gotten away from me! I can not believe that tomorrow is the 4th of July…2014!!!!! This year is flying by WAY TOO QUICKLY! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Surf City is known for having the largest 4th of July parade west […]

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The Mad Hatter INVITES you to a party!


A few weeks ago Buddy had his Academy for the Performing Arts Theatre Guild End of Year Awards Banquet. My friend and I had signed on to Chair the event for a second year in a row. There were times when I would think, “Am I CrAzY for doing this again?” The answer lays somewhere […]

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Hello, Again!


Boy, oh boy!!! The past several months have gone by in such a whirlwind that I don’t even know where to begin… I have added a new service to “Butterscotch Lady”~ FLOORING!!! I am so thrilled to be partnering with Sterling Carpet & Flooring in Anaheim, Ca. I am working independently as a Sales Consultant […]

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Changes in store for 2014!


Am I too late?!?  Is it still ok to wish everyone a Happy 2014?!? I hope you had an amazing Holiday Season filled with love, family & friends and lots of laughter! I have been so busy these last few months with clients (YAY!!!), The Holidays, family, laundry, cooking, errands, you know trying to manage […]

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Baby Girl’s 11th Birthday Party

{A sweet dessert bar}

Difficult to believe but Baby Girl just celebrated her 11th birthday yesterday!  I can’t believe that the baby we wished for, for soooo long, is 11 years old!!!  Where did the time go?  Time keeps moving so quickly and without my permission. I wish there was a “pause” button so I could just sit within […]

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Come On In and Make Yourself at Home!


If you have been following Butterscotch Lady since the beginning or have read my older posts, then you will know that we have a very small house (1,176 sq ft to be precise!).  With 3 adults (Buddy is now 16 and 6’1 so he counts as an adult!) a tween and a black lab, it […]

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