August 13th, 2010 - 10:43 pm § in shopping

win win win

When I first started asking people where to find the sort of shops where you can get cheap second-hand furniture, everyone kept saying, “and of course, you have to get out to Emmaus.” So I did, and everyone was right.[...]

August 13th, 2010 - 9:41 pm § in DIY, tools

lookit, i DIM*.

*Did It Myself. Of course. Never one to let a minor defect get in the way, that’s me. In fact, sometimes minor defects are good, because then you can be the pushy broad who walks up to the counter carrying said article with said minor defects in your sweaty paws and ask if you can [...][...]

August 13th, 2010 - 9:06 pm § in DIY, library/dining, tools

diy anaglypta repair

After a lovely but quick dinner out between J’s working hours, I spent a slightly boring but meditative hour repairing anaglypta with filler (UK)/spackle (US). I discovered that an unbent paper clip with a loop on one end makes an excellent tiny little sculpting tool. However, afterwards, I go[...]

August 11th, 2010 - 10:07 pm § in sitting room, thinking

living & evolving

As time goes by, ideas start evolving…the bedroom has been going through its own evolving, and the living room is as well. The living room is starting to go all blank-canvas, with the plan for the furniture going whiter and whiter…the whole thing still grounded by the ┬áleather armchair [...]

August 10th, 2010 - 11:00 pm § in bedroom

bedroom eyes

I’ve been concentrating mainly on the bedroom lately. (I find that if I try to actively decorate more than one room at a time, the room starts losing focus. That doesn’t mean I won’t buy or make anything for another room if I find a bargain or something that’s perfect, it jus[...]

August 10th, 2010 - 9:44 pm § in sitting room

class hand-me-downs

One of the things I’ve always envied is when you look at some gorgeous home magazine or website, and the owners say things like, “my mother gave us that armchair” or “my cousin was throwing out that artwork”. My sisters and I tend not to give each other furniture. Eithe[...]