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Decorate my dining room, pretty please

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Readers, please help this wayward blogger.  Renovation of the dining room on the parlor floor of our brownstone apartment is DONE.  But as you can see, this naked room is crying out for decor.  And a mop, but that’s a story for another post.  I thought I would decorate the minute we moved back in,… Read more

The Hunt: Vintage Buys At The Brooklyn Flea

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I hope everyone had a spectacular 4th of July weekend!  Scott and I spent it here in HOT Brooklyn because he’s furiously making new work for a show on August 6th and I’ve been busy on a fun freelance project.  Here are a few pix from my recent visit to the Brooklyn Flea in Fort… Read more

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