Around the House

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I love a good secondhand find. I’ve done my fair share of shopping at estate sales and on Craigslist, but recently I tried shopping an online auction and came away with this little chest for my living room. It was a local […]

Entryway Bench

It’s been a while since I’ve scored something good on Craigslist so I was thrilled to run across this little black bench with a rush seat. I showed a little pic on Instagram, but I finally got around to pulling out my camera to take a few more photos. The seat pops out easily for […]

Painted Pine Hutch

Years ago I had a friend named Kathy whose sons were in the same classes as my kids in elementary school. Kathy and I were in a bunco group together, and she was also in our book club before she moved out of state. Kathy had a unique, effortless sense of style. She was a […]

Things I Love: Library Tables

I’ve been in love with the idea of a library table since I first knew what one was: a large writing table or desk, big enough for more than one person, like you would find in – well – a library. Antique library tables are made of wood and, while some (many?) were made for home libraries, […]

On Nightstands

I’ve haven’t talked a lot about our bedroom on the blog. That’s because it’s a room in transition. My main goal has been to make it less matchy, starting with the bedroom set we bought 28+ years ago when we were still engaged. The bedroom set is a nice one; sturdy and well-built and in amazing […]

Skirting an Antique Chair

Last week I spotted a chair in an estate sale ad and when I arrived she was still there in a storage room and just waiting for me to take her home for $14. She was fairly sturdy. Maybe not sit in every night at the kitchen table sturdy, but sturdy enough for what I […]

French Chair Makeover

I’m a procrastinator of the worst kind. Sometimes that gets me into trouble, and sometimes it works out okay. This was one of the okay times. Months ago I bought three yards of this buffalo check fabric to recover my dining room chairs and then never got around to doing it. When I found these […]

Furniture Idea: Wood Cabinets

Mary Carol Garrity’s post on the Nell Hill’s blog this week is about big, wooden cabinets. Not the installed-in-the-kitchen kind, but the freestanding furniture kind. She says she includes them in every interior design plan she does because: You can put them anywhere.(Even laundry rooms and bathrooms if yours have enough wall space. Sadly, mine […]

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Snow Days and French Chairs

On Tuesday we got slammed with snow. A foot of it. Grant was out of school from Tuesday until Thursday. Lindsey and her roommates got a couple of snowdays at KU. And even Tom came home early to work from home on the day the snow hit. It’s almost unheard of for Tom to alter […]

Giving a Chair New Life…Finally!

Does it seem like reupholsterers are less common today than they once were? My mom had a good one, but he was outside of town and only came in every few months. I guess not as many people reupholster furniture as they once did. But for a while  – actually quite a while – I […]

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