UnDesigning

Do you have what it takes to be a craigslist goddess?

Do you have what it takes to be a craigslist goddess?

Last week I had jury duty. What, you may be wondering, does that have to do with being a craigslist goddess? Well, not much, really. Because (as it will soon be apparent) I am not, in fact, a craigslist goddess. So maybe I should have given this post a different title: Craigslist Goddess Wannabe. However,(…)

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Rita has been politely asking me for a while now to write up the post on the benches I made in the kitchen. I’ve been putting it off for a while. I was writing it this summer when I woke up one morning with Bell’s Palsy. (I think Rita wrote about it somewhere on the(…)

Simple 70s-inspired storage solutions

Simple 70s-inspired storage solutions

Back in the spring, Cane and I signed up for an online design class. I wanted to figure out how to design our family room so that it would work and look better. You know, so that the family would actually use the space and keep “family room” from being a misnomer. Although I became(…)

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(…)

Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright

Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright

Rita and I had a really nice summer day last weekend. We’veĀ  been so busy with DIY projects that we decided to take a day off and make a short road trip. About an hour and a half drive from us in Silverton, Oregon is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, the Gordon House. It’s the(…)

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(…)

Making a summer project plan

Making a summer project plan

We are in the midst of what I think of as The Dream Time. Both Cane and I work in schools, so we are at the beginning of summer break. For some reason, the weeks between the end of school (in late mid-June) and the 4th of July always seem like not-real time. It feels(…)