The House That Love Built

After 25 years in Austin, we're moving to San Francisco. Before we go, I say good-bye to the home that's given us so much these past six years.

The Hope that Only You Know

What lies inside that dead-looking twig might just surprise us all.

How to Make Your Own Curtains

Have you ever wondered if you could make your own curtains? You can! Here's how.

The $200 Office Nook Makeover

Great things happen when you are willing to haul your neighbors' trash down the street in your PJs. Read how I made over my office for $200.

Office Nook Makeover: After Photos Tomorrow!

A sneak peek at my office nook makeover! More photos coming tomorrow.

♥ Your Home: Make Your Bed

A quick shake to the sheets, a tug on the quilt, a fluff to the pillows—a tidy bed does wonders for your bedroom, and your state of mind.

Office Nook Makeover: Update

Hello there! Since I last wrote about my plan to make over my office nook, I've made progress! I thought you might like to see how it's going. I bought the shelves (Vittsjo), as well as the trestle legs (Lerberg) for my desk, from IKEA. Assembling them was easier than I had feared. I think… Continue reading Office Nook Makeover: Update

Office Nook Makeover: The Plan

One of my new year's resolutions was to redo my office, but budget constraints kept me paralyzed. Until, that is, my old friend Bulk Trash Pick Up Day brought me a little inspiration.

Kids’ Art Wall with Ribbon & Felt

Another attempt at a kids' art display wall, except this time it was for my daughter's room, so I aimed for a bit more color and cheer. (And I found it in the form of felt!)

The ($2) Children’s Art Wall

Parents are constantly faced with many challenges; one of the less serious—but still maddening—is how to display all the art their kids create. Our children come home from school with a seemingly endless stream of art. Of course, sometimes this "art" is just a huge smear of so-mixed-that-it's-now-brown paint, but sometimes the stuff is wonderful—vibrant… Continue reading The ($2) Children’s Art Wall

THINK v. feel

When I was young, we had a plaque hanging up in our house that said "THINK" in bold block letters. It was my dad's, and it came originally from IBM. I don't know how he got it, seeing as how he never worked for IBM; he vaguely remembers something about an antique auction. But the… Continue reading THINK v. feel

Beauty, Beauty, on the Wall

My husband and I recently experienced a freakish anomaly, an outlier event, an aberration of epic proportions . . . we cooperated over home decor. Odd, disorienting even. It all has to do with a problem that's been plaguing us since we moved into our home two and a half years ago: what to do… Continue reading Beauty, Beauty, on the Wall