Although the Yay! is pretty much coming only from Rita (as Cane is prone to using neither exclamation points nor interjections), we’re both really glad you’ve made your way to this page. We can’t wait to give you the lay of our online land.
We used to have a pretty traditional House Tour page, created back when we thought we were going to write a pretty traditional home blog–you know, the kind with a bunch of great tutorials and ideas for DIY home renovation and decor projects.
But…that’s not really what we’ve got going on here. We do have some tutorials and lots of ideas that others seem to like, but we don’t generally deliver the kind of content that goes viral on Pinterest.
We never hopped on the chevron bandwagon, we don’t do holiday decor posts (unless writing about why we generally eschew holiday decor), and we love 70s style.
(The dearth of Pinning is making a whole lot of sense right about now, isn’t it? :-))
We only have one “finished” room in the whole house, but even if we had more, a room-based house tour just doesn’t feel right to us. That’s because somewhere along the way, we realized that our focus really isn’t on lots of projects and finished rooms.
Most of our posts are about things we’re doing (or not doing) to our house, but our real subject is the connection we’re seeing between making a good home and making a good life. And it has been ever since we had a giant epiphany:
We see the truth of this in every DIY project we do, so we decided we need a different kind of tour, one that’s more about the rooms of our life than the rooms of our house. We hope you’ll take some time to wander through, look around, and get a feel for what our online home is all about.
This is one of the biggest rooms of our life. Making things satisfies a great big creative itch that we’ve got to scratch to stay happy. Sometimes we make all-new things. Sometimes we make new things from old things. We’ve included a little bit of both here. (Clicking on an image will take you to its post.)
Another large room in our life. We’d much rather use something old than buy something new, which means that we find ourselves fixing stuff quite a lot. As with the things we make, the things we fix aren’t always “things.” Sometimes they are habits or beliefs or ways of being.
“Some day I hope I can own a big ol’ 70’s split-level in the suburbs!” said neither of us ever. But we’ve come to love our home, and we’ve learned that a big part of “fixing” our home is appreciating it (and the life we’re able to live in it) just as it is.
We are an artist and an English majo–which means we’re wired to ponder. We’re question-lovers, pattern-seekers, meaning-makers, and perpetual procrastinators who love to spend time contemplating the deeper meaning of renovation decisions. Sometimes with a glass of wine in a bubble bath–but more often right here, with our smart, thoughtful community of readers.
We really are damn serious about making a good home and life for our family–but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. A stuck tub–the first of our many mishaps, missteps, and flat-out mistakes–let us know right away that we were not going to be the next Tom Silva. Laughing at ourselves keeps us from crying or yelling when it all goes sideways. (And readers seem to like laughing
at along with us.)
We don’t consider ourselves true retro renovators, but we love preserving and appreciating history. Ours isn’t a time capsule home and we aren’t going to be able to take it all the way back to its roots, but we’re trying to recapture the best parts of its heritage as we make it a comfortable, functional space for today.
We’re just going to come out and say it bluntly: There’s too much crap in this world. We aren’t the greenest folks on the planet, and we do buy some things new, but we like to reuse existing items and materials as much as we can. (No one really needs another new Target tchotchke. There are plenty of them in thrift stores!) We’ve learned that doing so isn’t as simple as it might seem–but we’re getting better at it!
Although we can get all kinds of complicated in our thinking (see Pondering, above), we long to live simply. We’re constantly in search of the sweet spot that exists between loving/acquiring stuff (because we do love some stuff) and not having too much stuff. We like simple routines, simple decor, and simple pleasures.
We’ve found that how we keep house has a huge impact on how we make home and how we feel in our home. We aren’t the most meticulous homekeepers, but we have found a few tricks that work well for us.
In early 2013, we found ourselves bugged with much of the home blogging/design world. It didn’t make us feel good, and we began to wonder if our participation in it was doing good. We started talking/thinking about a philosophy of home design that would work better for us, and we cobbled together an approach that we call UnDesign. (You can see that defined in the first link.)
If you’re still with us, Yay! again!
We hope you’ve enjoyed sampling what we do here. If you want a deeper explanation of our philosophy and what we’re all about, click here to get to our About page. If you’d like to get notifications of new posts, you can find lots of ways to do that here.
Thanks for checking us out!