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Project: DIY Shower Curtain

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I bought a grommet punch & nickel-plated grommets at my favorite local craft store, Brooklyn Mercantile, for a total of about $20.  The IKEA curtains were $50 for a set of two.  So, Becky and I each got a custom made linen shower curtain for $35.  Not bad for an afternoon’s work! Of course you… Read more

Out house chic bathroom

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The outhouse chic bathroom is still a work in progress.   But I’m loving my long soaks in the vintage claw foot tub.   The reproduction shower set came from Vintage Tub & Bath and it works great. The reclaimed mushroom wood wainscoting will get a second coat of milk paint to calm it down… Read more

It’s great to be home

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We are all settled in to our newly renovated kitchen.   It is great to be back in our home, but the to-do list is long and the bills are daunting.  Forgive the blog silence, but Scott and I have been busy traveling, unpacking & DIY’ing. Here’s our kitchen to-do list that we hope to complete… Read more

In defense of antlers

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I heart antlers.   I started collecting them a few years ago on a trip to Montana.  I especially like the weathered, gray, unpolished variety laid out on a mantel or a rustic winter table-scape.  I recently read some antler squeamishness on one of my favorite blogs An Urban Cottage and I wanted to set… Read more

Out House chic in our vintage bathroom

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Here is a preview image of our white-washed, mushroom wood wainscoting for the soon-to-be installed guest bath.  Scott said, “It will look like a shed with a toilet in it.  Let’s carve a half-moon in the door.”  I prefer to call it Outhouse Chic. This post comes right on the heals of my “happy accidents“ post- um,… Read more

Emily Henderson, Design Star

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I’m just thrilled that Emily Henderson is HGTV’s new design star.  Finally, there’s something I’ll want to watch on TV!  I love Emily’s vintage, midcentury, eclectic style.  Here are a few more peeks at her home by the equally talented photographer Teri Lyn Fisher.  You can see the rest of Emily’s design style on her… Read more

Kitchen Cabinet Inspiration

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This lovely kitchen from Domino by photographer Melanie Acevedo reminds me that kitchen cabinets don’t have to be white.  I wasn’t interested in stained wood or laminate cabinets for our kitchen renovation.  I ultimately decided that we needed white painted cabinets to open up our tiny space, but I love these dark, matte, painted cabinets. … Read more

The Hunt: Junkyard Chic

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I don’t have any pretty photos today, so I’m just going to show you some quick pix of my latest junkyard find.  I bought this solid wood vintage medicine cabinet with original beveled mirror ($60) on a recent Brooklyn thrift store junket and quickly sprayed it white so that I could hang it over my… Read more

Project : diy furniture facelift

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I apologize that I don’t have a BEFORE picture, but here is the simple process:  I removed the chair seat with a screw driver and stretched some new fabric over the leather seat, stapling it to the bottom of the wooden seat base.  I sprayed the frame with 2 coats of glossy white paint, allowed… Read more

Sleek appliances for our small galley kitchen big budget

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Redoing the small galley kitchen of our brownstone apartment is eating up a BIG part of our renovation budget. We have splurged on some pricey European appliances because they tend to have a shallower profile, which we need in this narrow space. Our kitchen is not only a workspace, it is also the throughway to… Read more