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Have you ever done this kind of thing?

Have you ever done this kind of thing?

Remember that easy-breezy chair make-over project I was going to knock out and share with you absolutely fo sho no later than today? (You know, the one we wrote about here and here.) Well, maybe these pictures will explain how it’s gone down better than a thousand words ever could. And that’s where we are.(…)

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(…)

How we’re beating the heat this summer

How we’re beating the heat this summer

I am a Northwest native. Well, not technically. My family has been in the northwest only as far back as the early 1900s–but most of them came from northern Europe, and I’m guessing that they stopped wandering and settled in here because  when they got to this land of grey sky, green trees, and cool(…)

I love strippers

I love strippers

This will be a quick story about my descent from eco-friendly home renovation guy to chemical warfare guy. It’s either a story of redemption or a sad tale of lost opportunities. I’m not sure yet which one. Since February, I’ve been chipping away at getting all the glue off our downstairs family room floor a(…)

The upside of ants

The upside of ants

Once again, we are late to post. Once again, there will likely be only one post this week. It’s not that we don’t have things to say. To paraphrase an old favorite of mine:  So many blog posts, so little time. (That applies to both the writing and the reading of them. I’ve been missing(…)

A split-entry gallery wall. Or not…

When I woke up on Saturday morning, this post was almost in the can. It went like this: We knew right after moving into our split-entry house that we weren’t going to want any tables or coat racks or storage hooks in the entry. The space is just too small. We did know, though, that(…)

How to live happily ever after… When your castle is way less than fairy-tale ready

As we shared in our last post, Cane and I recently had a sorta fight. We never fight. It’s not that we’re special (or stuffing all our bad feelings behind a wall of denial)–it’s just that usually we talk about our frustrations/hurts/disappointments/etc. way before we get to anything that even resembles a fight. And resolve(…)