Fixing

Finally painting our bookcase

Finally painting our bookcase

Ever have a project that hangs out on your to-do list forever? This one was mine: I’d been meaning to paint it ever since we moved to this house (two years ago in August). That bright, orange-y red just never blended in with the other things in this room, especially when the walls were still(…)

KISSing our family room fireplace

KISSing our family room fireplace

A for-real comment from my 1st grade report card: Obviously, I was born the English major I eventually became. An inability to accept an easy, simple answer served me well when it came to detecting and analyzing literary motifs (a HIGHLY useful life skill, I might add ;-)). It has not, however, served me so(…)

Reading Round-up

Reading Round-up

As we shared earlier this summer, we’ve been doing some writing for a new site called Purple Clover. We haven’t been linking to that writing from here, mostly because that site has a different focus from ours. However, I’ve written a few pieces that I thought all of you might find relevant/interesting, and we’re rounding(…)

Ikea as investment furniture

Ikea as investment furniture

Dear Ikea, We know that haters love to hate on you. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard all the mean things they say about your stuff: It’s cheap. It’s generic and soul-less. It’s for just-starting-out kids (not real grown-ups). It’s for those without style who think you can buy style. (And that’s just about your stuff–not(…)

Real-people progress

Real-people progress

Earlier this week, I was thinking about how I wanted to write a post, because it seems like I haven’t been writing much lately at all (here, anyway) and I’ve really been missing it. I was missing writing/thinking about home, and I was missing talking with all of you in the comments. Problem was, I(…)