mudroom inspiration

I know I'm in the right business because a clean, organized, pretty mudroom makes my heart beat a little faster. Seriously. Sadie Smith at Sadie & Dasie found some beauties that I'm reposting. My favorite is the second one down, that incorporates a few chalkboard surfaces. Mudrooms and entryways are key communication spaces for busy …

clutter or character?

You are a collector. You have a lot of stuff. It reminds you of where you've been, what you've done, and who you love. This Apartment Therapy post kindly reminds us that this is OK. The vast majority of us don't live in pristine, precious houses where every surface is clear and toss pillows are …

my first virtual mood board

I just discovered Olioboard, an online moodboard creator. I started playing around with it yesterday, and got sucked in for an hour. What do you think? For this board, I started with the chair and the trio of bookcases, and wanted to add some fun color and whimsical florals for a feminine touch. The metallic …

storage for small things

I am drawn to storage boxes with compartments, possibly a carryover from carrying around an Artbin in my art school days. Serenity for me is everything in its place. These days it's about Legos and craft supplies. I have yet to find the perfect, portable storage container. I made a pilgrimage to my local Container …

the mom-nook

A place of one's own... isn't that what we all want? A father wants his man-cave, a mother, at least this mother, wants her nook. A place to get cozy with a novel, design magazine, or trashy romance, a place where no one else can be, a place where you're not allowed to be disturbed. …

rocking chair refresh

IĀ spotted this rocker in a local thrift shop. The curved back, carved frame, and overall proportions are lovely, not to mention incredibly comfortable. Reupholstered in this whimsical, bold floral fabric, this old lady could be made young again. I'd keep the dark wood frame, cleaned up and finished with a simple clear wax. Perfect for …