rocking chair refresh

I¬†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 …

kitchen before-and-after

I had a lot of fun designing my first kitchen project. There is a level of detail in designing kitchens that is dizzying, but the most critical part is the floor plan. I picture myself using the space, cooking, cleaning, entertaining, and the design flows from there. This condo is on the third floor of …

simple, lovely home

Often, a room just needs a simple, lovely thing to make it feel more like home. For me, a vase of freshly-picked flowers on the dining table does the trick. My garden at home is purely decorative. In spite of my design focus of function over form, there is not a single edible plant in …

got toys? storage that’s easy on the eyes

As someone who knows what it feels like to step on an errant Lego barefoot, I'm passionate about attractive and functional storage solutions for toys. DailyCandy has handily served up 17 options that are fun, stylish, and don't require you to work primary-colored plastic into your decor. via 71 Places to Put Things Away - …

and it was all yellow

Whether bright or subdued, yellow says sunshine, smiles, sunflowers and springtime. I love it as a statement color -- used generously ALL OVER a room -- or as a pop of color in an otherwise neutral room. Here are some favorites I've collected on my online travels. It's not often you see a fireplace given …

not everyone reads e-books

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. ¬†-- Henry Ward Beecher I am one of the few people who still read actual books. I have a hard time letting go of them, too, so I understand the need for walls lined with bookshelves. Whether or …