Category decorating

Peach swirls are better with plants

Over the last two weekends, I’ve been working on making our hall bath much more livable.Β  It’s going to be a while before we’re able to do a full renovation on any of the bathrooms, but they’re all, just… not good. Someone got a good deal on a couple lots of builder-grade beige tile maybe […]

The Living Room

Leaving well enough alone. That, my friends, is for the birds, and people who enjoy a sense of completeness in their lives. Not me, in other words. The living room is the one room in our apartment that I’m not decorating right now. I’m not decorating it so much that I haven’t taken a single […]

Planted

Summer is flying by, and between the productive exhaustion of settling into a new job and the unseasonably mild weather, the inside of the house hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention as my picnic blanket and my bike. I’ve also been spending significant time on the balcony, reading and napping.Β  Adding the church pew has […]

Dispatches from the dining room

After a wholly pleasant and unusually extended Spring, Philly’s heat and humidity has made an appearance in full force. While we’ve put an air conditioning unit in the bedroom for sleeping at night, we’ve resisted turning it on before 10 or putting another one in another part of the house. Frugality and a curious-but-unsubstantiated belief […]

Blog feature on Barn Light Electric!

Guys, I am having one of those NAILED IT! design fail weeks. I started to prep the walls of the studio to paint, but realized I’d have to skim coat most of the room to do a decent job. I started to paint a set of shelves and realized that I was just kind of […]

The 90% bedroom

I hope you had a lovely Memorial day! Ours was spent with friends and family, as it should be, with a distinct lack of paint brushes in hand (refreshing), but also a curious absence of barbecue (regrettable). Happily, paint brushes aren’t beckoning yet, as the bedroom is maybe, sort of, close to being done. It’s […]

A place to sit

You guys. I spent the last five days at the TNNA tradeshow in Indianapolis, a biannual gathering of the best of the knitting business industry all in one place, and as always, I am equal parts inspired and exhausted. I’m going to give my brain a break and save my pictures and commentary for the […]

The radiator cover

At the end of March, the far wall of the dining room looked like this: And now, at the end of April, it looks like this: Still needs some curtains, but so far? Everything I was hoping it would be and more. The radiator cover makeover was an unexpected project, but my favorite change in […]

Nik’s 30th birthday

We pulled it off! Saturday morning, the dining room was still a work space with paint cans, drop cloths, and hardware all over the floor, but that night, the house was clean and we had 70 people who came by to show Nik love for her 30th and eat cake. There was a LOT of […]

Bright ideas

The other day, I stood in the light bulb aisle of Lowe’s meticulously scanning the boxes for the specialty bulb I was looking for. Next to me, a man and a women kept dropping and audibly breaking the bulbs. Not on purpose, but with neither chagrin nor remorse, multiple bulbs slipped from their hands as […]