Finally Facing Facts in the Foyer

There comes a time in every home blogger’s life when she has to face the reality that her foyer rug just isn’t working out. Well, or maybe it’s just me. This is how my foyer used to look: I bought the blue batik rug from Urban Outfitters (it looks like it’s not available anymore), and I really loved it. It … Continue reading

Updating the House Tour: Foyer (and a new rug!)

  I decided to go with the foyer for the next part of the house tour to get updated because 1. it’s small and easy to clean to get it ready and 2. it has a new rug! with birds on it! Let’s start there.   I’ve had my eye on this rug from Urban Outfitters for months now, but … Continue reading

The Case of the Missing Coat Closet

This is not a post I was planning to write this week, but, since I found out about it, it’s the only thing I can think about it, so I should probably share. A house just went up for sale in our neighborhood a few days ago. This is noteworthy (to us) in and of itself because it’s a very … Continue reading

The Coat Rack And Shoe Bench: Nine Months Later

It’s nine months (to the day!) since I posted about the coat rack and bench that we made for our foyer: A couple of people have asked me if it looks the same now as it did back then. Hahahahahahahaha! It does not. (Really, I’d feel pretty silly if we made that big old coat rack with all those hooks … Continue reading

How to Make Giant Paper Snowflakes: Step by Step Photo Tutorial

Funny thing: my post for last year’s Dare to Deck the Halls? Also giant snowflakes. But! Last year I was too timid to write my own tutorial, so I found one on another blog and linked to it. Really, there are a gazillion tutorials on making these snowflakes; the world probably does not need another one. But, uhh, I’m writing … Continue reading

The House with TWO Christmas Trees

I was planning to call this post, “A Tale of Two Christmas Trees,” but then Amber over at Wills Casa just wrote a post called “A Tale of Two Carraras,” so I thought I’d better go in a different direction. I ended up with a much more obscure literary reference. Anyone read The House Without a Christmas Tree? (that’s an affiliate link, … Continue reading

Pumpkin Parade Features + Chalkboard Baby Gate

We had almost a hundred great projects linked up to the Pumpkin Parade last week! Thanks so much to everyone who shared their projects! Since this was my very first time co-hosting a link party, it was also my first time getting to pick features. Which was fun, but also a lot of responsibility. What if I picked the wrong features?! … Continue reading

The World is Too Full of Rugs

I feel like I’m referencing a poem with that title, but, if I am, I don’t know which one it is. (a ha! I googled. I knew it sounded familiar! Wordsworth: THE world is too much with us; late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:Little we see in Nature that is ours;We have given our hearts away, … Continue reading

A More or Less Free Mirror for the Foyer

We’re still kind of finding our groove with getting projects done now that Dave is back at work, so I just have a tiny one for you today. But free! Or, well, upcycled? That’s what you say, right? I did not leave my house for any of the materials used in this project, is what I’m getting at. Background: after … Continue reading

The Big House List, Part 1: Downstairs

Aww….summer. If you are us, summer means a couple of months of two adults being home. Summer is the best part of Dave’s job. We love summer. Except that it’s really, really hot. But you can’t have everything. Summer is, theoretically, a good time to knock out projects. Last summer, Dave built a fence. We thought that maybe Dave should … Continue reading