Living Room Tweaks

Until recently, our living room looked like this. And I liked it. I thought it was mostly finished. But then my mom gave me a beautiful leather sofa that was a much better fit for this room size-wise. I liked the darker color of the sofa in the room too; it seemed to ground it. So […]

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 […]

Secondhand Finds: Florida Edition

I said I had learned my lesson about buying heavy things while traveling. But the week after Christmas we visited my parents in Florida and my mom took me to an antique mall near where they live. When I spotted this lamp I knew I couldn’t leave it behind. I fell hard for the colors and the […]

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Creating a Family Photo Wall

Sometime during the 1930’s, my grandfather, his ten siblings, and his father sat for a portrait at a Kansas City studio. They weren’t a wealthy family – they were just a few years off of their western Kansas farm and several of them were working in the Kansas City packing houses – so I’m not […]

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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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