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August 28th, 2010 - 2:19 pm § in guest, tools

what color is a mink?

I’ve just bought a small wardrobe for our guestroom. Not an exciting purchase, but a practical one, and a necessary one. It’s described as “mink and chocolate brown,” which confused me for a second. This was because to me as an American, minks are chocolate brown, as on the r[...]

August 17th, 2010 - 9:43 pm § in DIY, thinking

i love felt

And here’s an idea I’m definitely stealing. Gotta find some old wool blankets. Okay, a LOT of old wool blankets. There’s a bench to be made. Wait, two benches. I’ll bet they’re really comfy. I need a small bench for the kitchen. And a big bench for the hallway. Only I t[...]

August 17th, 2010 - 9:33 pm § in library/dining, thinking

mark the spot

Yes. I’ll admit it. I’m the kind of person who alphabetizes her CD collection. Luckily, I no longer have a CD collection, as it’s now all on my drives. But these, designed by Hiroshi Sasagawa, are cute. I may have to steal this idea somewhat. Get some quilting template materials, o[...]

August 17th, 2010 - 8:59 pm § in kitchen, shopping

mouth blown wine glasses

When we first moved into our old house, J’s sister gave us some lovely wine glasses that we loved more the more we used them. They feel great in the hand, weighted toward the bottom of the glass, so they don’t feel tippy or top heavy, they’re casual, so you don’t feel silly d[...]

August 16th, 2010 - 10:21 am § in thinking, tools

trendy? me?

You know what I really dislike? I really dislike when you’re imagining your new room, and you think…”ooh, I have that zebra fabric remnant I got that one time years ago…I’ll cover the chair seats with that, that’ll be original and fun!”… only to discov[...]

August 13th, 2010 - 11:09 pm § in bedroom, thinking

compromise vs. budget

Okay, I’ve been giving some thought lately to a quote from an interior designer who was being interviewed on a design website. When asked by the interviewer whether people should have a vision for a room and how closely they should follow that, he said something like, “Never compromise. [...]