Category furniture

Painted chairs

A quick look through my phone revealed I have over 100 browser windows open, alternating between news articles and home renovation ideas. I couldn’t find, though, the picture that has been stuck in my head for a few weeks now. It was just a painted chair in an entryway, simple, but that’s what I’ve had […]

The bench

When we renovated the kitchen, I had my eye on a particular piece of wood in our building’s basement. Untouched for years, it appeared to be an old support beam from when the twin homes were converted into 6 apartment units in the 1910s. I thought it would make a good shelf along the sink […]

The church pew

Have I told you about our porch? Probably not, because it’s mostly been a clutter-filled workspace where lonely tomato plants go to die (sorry, Nik, it’s true). But that’s about to change! It’s a pretty large space with a lot of potential, and I want it to be an extension of our living space. This […]

Treasure(d) island

From the beginning of the kitchen design, we envisioned a kitchen island, a place to sit and drink coffee in the morning or a glass of wine while cooking at night. We initially considered the Stenstorp from Ikea, but it was both slightly too big and too much Ikea for the space. I then thought […]

Craigslist: my personal worst and best

When I was 20 and vegan and eating an abundance of vegan McMuffins, I answered a Craiglist ad for nutritional yeast. “We’re moving! 5 lbs! Free.” When I showed up on the South Philly doorstep, it was swarming with other Craiglist-free opportunists undeterred by the harried young woman who was watching her things being carried […]