Category Archives: Home Decor

Home Reno: Installing New Hardwood Floors

Our Victorian-style home has undergone a number of alterations in the 16-plus years since we had it built. One of our latest projects — installing new hardwood floors in the family room — was one of the easiest. It helps that I have a … Continue reading

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DIY: Painting Concrete

To the left is a photo of an old concrete wall sconce in original condition. I wanted to repaint it, but I’m not a painter in the artsy, beautiful sense of painting. That said, I did it. And you can too. … Continue reading

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Not Too Shabby: How to Turn a Tweet into a Store Visit

Recently I posted this photo (left) to Twitter. It is a lamp that I bought at Goodwill for $5, then I repainted and rewired it. I’ve been on a real do-it-yourself (DIY) project bender, mostly lamps over the past few months. Normally I post a photo and … Continue reading

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DIY Reupholstering an Ottoman: It’s Usually Something

One do-it-yourself (DIY) project I haven’t tackled since college (and that college chair was, well, pretty ugly by the time I was done) is reupholstering. I saw a sweet (but beat up) ottoman at Goodwill. I paid $5 for it and brought … Continue reading

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Sewing: A Life-Changing Way to Create Practical Beauty

I think that the single greatest gift my Mom nurtured in me was my interest in sewing. My desire to make my own clothes, to create practical beauty, if you will.  The year she sent me to sewing school (was I even in … Continue reading

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How Many Snedens Does It Take to Hang a Mirror?

From the beginning the mirror was a challenge: It was difficult to find a mirror that measured 3′ x 4′. And once we did find one the sales staff was flummoxed as to how to wrap the mirror so we could safely transport … Continue reading

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Sewing with My Mom: Quilts, Chair Covers and Valences Coming Right Up!

My Mom lives in Arizona, land of sunshine, heat and cactus. I like to visit her pretty home in Sun City; she lives in a 3-bedroom ranch that she has transformed into what I think  of as “quilting central.” Mom … Continue reading

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Mirrors: Giving New Life to Old Things

We are renovating/sprucing up our 13-year-old Victorian-style home. I think layering old things and new things gives our home a lived-in yet beautiful vibe. That’s one reason why I thrift: to find old items that I can use as is … Continue reading

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Thrift Shopping: Dirty Little Secret or Brag Worthy?

Curb cruising and thrifting (okay, and dumpster jumping in the old days) is part of who I am. I’ve rescued worn down and cast-off furniture and home accessories from curbs all over the tri-state (okay, and beyond) area. I love … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland in a Jar

Magazine and catalog photos inspire me; I’ll even try to re-create a particularly pretty vignette in my home. It’s kinda like a hobby. I think. Or maybe it’s just that I get bored staring at the same things. The contents … Continue reading

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