Confessions of a chair addict

Confessions of a chair addict

Hi. My name is Rita, and I’m a chair addict. Chair make-overs are my favorite kind of before/after DIY blog posts, and I’ve pretty much never met an old chair that I didn’t think I could save. When I bought that first one I had no idea what kind of path I was starting down. It(…)

What if Facebook were around 80 years ago?

What if Facebook were around 80 years ago?

It probably wouldn’t look that different from today’s Facebook. You’d still have line-ups of beautiful young women in party dresses: And the posed, wanna-be-artsy portraits they take of each other when boys aren’t around: There’d be photos of handsome young men doing their own kind of posing: Like today, there would also be those awkward(…)

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,(…)

The poor planner’s key to home renovation success

The poor planner’s key to home renovation success

Rita and I have one of those modern families. We both have children with ex-spouses, and managing time around holidays is always quite a balancing act. We have to deal with 3 households in 3 different cities and (at least) 3 different ideas about how holidays work. Last December we had a plan that Rita(…)

Life, death, and laundry

Life, death, and laundry

Around here, we like to say that how we do home is how we do life. As I walked around our home on Saturday morning, the truth of that was quite apparent to me. How have we been doing home/life for the past few weeks? On-the-fly. Half-assed. The opposite of intentionally. Meal planning means I’ve(…)

Our kind of quickie: a bathroom makeover

Our kind of quickie: a bathroom makeover

When we tackled the renovation of our first bathroom, I was a DIY virgin. Sure, I’d fooled around some. In my previous house I’d done a lot of painting. Cane helped me put in some new flooring, and we’d overhauled one of the bathrooms there by swapping out a boxy cabinet for a pedestal sink and(…)

Oh, holy night

Oh, holy night

Yesterday was the Solstice, the shortest day of the year, the official beginning of winter. I love the paradox inherent in winter: While the first day of the season is the beginning of our walk toward increasing light, it is also the first day of the most barren weeks of the year. As I shared(…)