A thrifty, green, and easy reupholstery solution

A thrifty, green, and easy reupholstery solution

This project may be the easiest one we’ve ever done (if you don’t count all the indecision and false starts and teeth gnashing that are part of the backstory). It starts with this blue bench: We bought it about a year ago from one of our favorite vintage furniture spots, Lounge Lizard. We got a(…)

A chair, two benches, and a DIY dysfunction

A chair, two benches, and a DIY dysfunction

Just in case I ever give  you the impression that I have this home design thing all figured out–you know, that I’ve got the whole intentional/frugal design thing down–I want you to know that I don’t. Before I can even get to telling you about the bench in the photo above the post title, I’ve(…)

How we do home is how we do life

How we do home is how we do life

Cane and I have a problem we wrestle with. (Maybe you have it, too?) We want to live meaningful lives. We want to spend our limited time doing things that matter. Like so many others, I’ve taken deeply to heart the question Mary Oliver asks in one of my favorite poems: Tell me, what is(…)

UnDesigning our family room’s concrete floor

UnDesigning our family room’s concrete floor

This weekend I heard the words from Rita that I’d been waiting to hear. “Why don’t we start ripping out the carpet downstairs?” Or something like that. We have a kid-friendly family room downstairs with a big, old L-shaped sofa, lots of pillows, blankets and a TV with Netflix. I tend to not venture down(…)

Choosing the right brown

Choosing the right brown

For us, brown is the new white. We know lots of people love a good crisp white, especially on their wood trim. The previous owner of our home sure did, as all the trim in our home was painted white when we moved in. We likely would like white, too, if we lived in a(…)

How to find the perfect shower curtain

How to find the perfect shower curtain

Last fall when we unveiled our 9-months-in-the-making master bathroom renovation, some of you were less than enthusiastic about our shower curtain choice. Totally get that. I was less than enthusiastic, too. Instead of waiting for the right shower curtain, though, we went with that one. The renovation had gone on so long, and was so(…)

Home sweet dream home

Home sweet dream home

Do you have a dream home? Seems like lots of people on Pinterest do. I’m guessing that when it comes to dream homes, most of those pinners (and maybe you, too) are much like I have been for most of my life:  Not pining away for some pie-in-the-sky “dream home,” but also knowing that the(…)