Friday, March 14, 2014


My niece, MiMi, posted on Facebook a site that has some wonderfully simple DIY suggestions. Here is the site: 
And here are a few cool ideas that followed me home.

Pegged to the inside of the cabinet door -- This one I did right away and love how simple it is

Shower baskets for the kiddy car stuff we all carry

Empty baby wipe containers -- great storage boxes

 This one is for the journalers out there --- glue a closeable envelope to the inside of your journal. Keeps the extras organized and in one place.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Our Latest Real Estate Purchase

Another Rental Property in the MANSFIELD PROPERTIES Portfolio

This duplex doesn't look like much from the outside (typical 1967 structure) but it's the location that can't be beat. Only 1 block walk into Fairhaven for the library, multiple restaurants, coffee shops, boutique stores, book stores, and all the charm that Fairhaven has to offer. PLUS these two units have spectacular bay, island and ocean views facing west.

Each unit has a front facing living room with French doors to the divided deck, ample kitchen with small eating area, utility room with washer/dryer and storage. Two bedrooms each have a wall of closets and the central, remodeled bath is at the end of the hall. Spacious double closet in the hallway adds to the storage space. Each unit has a private 1-car garage that is extra wide (more storage space or work-shop. Private, fenced backyards all within a wonderful, quiet neighborhood on the South Hill of Bellingham.

For MANSFIELD PROPERTIES is means double the rent - double the fun. We now own 3 rentals.

Ironically, Andrea rented the unit on the right for her "first" home-away-from-home when she went off to college 12 years ago.  I've got the photos to prove just how adorable these units can be decorated and how much fun it is to live here. 

I've got a long (and growing) To-Do List to spruce-up the place starting with the street appeal. Power wash the driveway, add large stylish house numbers, new mailboxes and attractive sensor lights. Plant something in the small space in front of the hose/utility box. The paint isn't too badly done - light gray and dark blue/gray trim.

IF you have any suggestions -- send them my way.
 I'd love to hear what you would do to change this from drab to fab.