Ugh, stripes.

In the day-of-closing post, I posted a photo of the dining area. It has stripes. They have become the bane of my existence. There was a little prep work to do before I got started painting. Normal stuff: taking down the previous owner’s curtains, filling nail holes, discovering why we got a free mirror… It was covering up a little junction box. I later discovered the third matching sconce tucked away in a drawer but I doubt I’ll use it, everything is … Read more…

We bought a house!

That’s right, we bought a house! Those who know me know I’ve been pining for one for a long, long time. We knew we wanted an older home, and though we thought we would end up in a Craftsman-style bungalow, we landed something even better! I’ve never lived in anything with stairs (unless you count those scary attic ladders, I don’t) so this place feels like a mansion. Jeremiah on the other hand grew up in a weird four-story house so stairs … Read more…

(Re)Painted Kitchen

We moved into this house and the kitchen had been recently remodeled. Unfortunately the color of the cabinets made everything feel small and the lack of trim at the top made the space look stumpy. I didn’t initially mind the color or the lack of trim but as the years went on I decided I was tired of living in someone else’s kitchen. After a little research I found that the dreaded oil-based cabinet paint is quickly falling out of popularity and … Read more…

You CAN fix ugly!

The other day I posted about the Burlap Swag Drum Shade, where I mentioned a wood chandelier. I decided someone might light to see that before and after so here it is. A while ago I decided I needed  this pendant from West Elm. Unfortunately I didn’t want to fork over the money when I knew there must be a way to create something similar on my own. When I dragged this little gem home, I probably heard “Uhm, where will this go?” … Read more…

Burlap Swag Drum Shade

A few weeks (months, maybe… it’s been a busy summer) I replaced the awkward light fixture in our dining area. The fixture itself was mounted off center and it provided three down lights that glared terribly (see it up there, all glaring and being off center). Technically I replaced it twice, the first attempt was with an awesome wood and metal chandelier I found at ReHome (Habitat for Humanity’s local resale shop, great stuff sold cheap for a great cause!), I wanted it … Read more…

UPDATE: New chairs!… sort of…

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was having some chairs upholstered with some really chic fabric. As it turns out, in my haste to find the absolute most wonderful print, I neglected to actually consider this fabric’s use. I chose a fabric that although very thick, isn’t woven particularly tight. This means it wrinkles, puckers… but worst of all it won’t hold up well on the chairs because of their broad, flat cushions. Thankfully I have a very kind upholsterer who … Read more…

Vertigo and Ghost Chairs

Though I don’t know that I’ve ever mentioned it before, I love a site called Coco Cozy. “Coco” has a fancy media day job in Hollywood and by night (or, whenever she has free time) blogs and designs textiles. I can’t say I’m not jealous. I can’t even pretend for a few minutes I’m not jealous. Of course the trade off is that I get to see the blog and she has to do all the leg work… but… yeah I’m still … Read more…

New chairs!… sort of…

I finally found an upholsterer and he’s set to start recovering my wonderfully square armchairs soon! I inherited them when my mom’s office upgraded their furniture (uhm… in the 90s I believe) and since then they’ve lived through a stint locked in storage, a few years in our rent houses, a handful of roommates, a couple of boyfriends, two cats and three dogs… as you can tell they really, really need some love. Thanks to slipcovers they’ve only needed reupholstering for the past year or so- … Read more…