Hi! I’m Marieza and I’m so glad you are here.
I would love to show you how to transform a house from “builder-grade boring” into the home of your dreams. I can also show you how to stretch a small budget seven ways to Sunday by learning to DIY all the things! Let’s go!
What This Site Has To Offer You
Home Improvement Projects
I share, step by step, how I learn to do home remodeling and maintenance projects myself, and show you that YOU can do it too! If you are just here for inspiration, that is also cool!
Always on a tight budget, stretching every dollar to the max, I share how you can make your home beautiful without breaking the bank.
Seasonal decor – I live for Christmas decorating!
Fall does not “fall” far behind (I love cheesy puns!).
I write regular blog posts for Dixie Belle Paint and you can expect to see painted furniture and other paint projects, at least once a month.
You will occasionally see how-to posts on making wreaths, Christmas decorations, sewing projects, centerpieces, etc.
Drawers, closets, storage room, garages, art and craft supplies – there is always something to organize!
Want to know more?
Let me tell you where our story began, with all the twists and turns of an exciting life as a family – making a home.
The History Of My Home And Family
At the very beginning of this millennium, a boy and a girl with stars in their eyes, and love in their hearts, decided to make a home together. We were young and poor and had to be creative to make our home cozy and beautiful.
Two little girls came along a few years later to complete our family.
This all happened on the other side of the world, in a different hemisphere.
Our Life in South Africa
Where the girls played with goats on my dad’s farm.
Where blazing hot December months meant we could decorate thorn trees with bows to look more festive for Christmas.
And where I transformed our dream home into everything we wanted, room by room.
Then We Started Dreaming of Something New
We were longing for something else. Living somewhere near the Rocky Mountains was part of that dream.
We schemed, and we planned, and we made it work.
We made the move with all our sentimental furniture (some inherited from my grandparents), and all five of our pets (three cats and a dog) because it would not feel like home without them.
Our New Beginning In Canada
Moving to a new country is, in some ways, like pressing the reset button.
It is exciting and refreshing and new and one of the scariest things we have ever done!!!
In Canada, we had to learn how to shovel snow, what clothes to wear when it’s -40 outside, and all those things that weren’t a part of our previous life.
We now live in a builder-grade home that we chose for the green space on three sides and the view of the Rockies. Our dream come true!
The house is becoming less builder-grade, one DIY at a time.
The powder room was the first to get a makeover with Wallpaper and Board and Batten.
There are many more projects to come and you can subscribe below to join me on this exciting journey. I promise you will never be bored!