I’ve been searching for a vintage outdoor sofa for awhile, ideally an iron set with hairpin legs, and have come up with nothing. Ready for a patio napping spot now and not willing to spend $2k on something new, we decided to build what we wanted – floating side tables and all! It cost us … More DIY Plywood Outdoor Couch
Playing a little chronological catch up here with a project we did in May and June: redoing the backyard grass. If ever a small task has snowballed, it’s the one where we had some extra dirt left over from another project and thought maybe we should use it to level out a few areas of … More Fresh Grass
A note: I have to start by saying BLACK LIVES MATTER. This is a relatively trivial blog about house projects and creating a home you love – all that means nothing in the face of injustice and oppression and systemic racism. So non-Black readers: thank you for showing up here today but, if you aren’t … More Front Yard Updates
We finally finally finally bought the light I’ve been dreaming of for the laundry room – this wild, punchy yellow starburst from Sazerac Stitches. The laundry room (a generous title for what is actually a little alcove between the kitchen and the garage) doesn’t often make it to the top of the priority list in … More Yellow Laundry Light!
Kitchen pass throughs, aka window-like openings in the wall between the kitchen and dining room, aren’t a common house feature these days. But they can be found in many mid century homes – ours included. While I’m all for keeping quirky old-school details, this particular quirk in this particular house needed some reworking. With the … More Kitchen Pass Through Turned Room Divider
Following years of avoiding things that tie me down, it felt like it was time to venture back into vegetable gardening – on a small scale. Since we obviously aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, why not? I wanted a smallish, modern, movable, non-wood raised bed and I’m really happy with the one I ended up … More Modern Container Garden
Hi wow how are you? Life is weird and overwhelming right now. And I say that knowing full well that my family’s coronavirus hardships are nothing compared to many right now. (In commiseration if you need to hear it: the transition to homeschooling has NOT been a smooth one in our house – and I’ve … More Pottery
Whoa what a week! What was, 7 days ago, a packed schedule and no time to keep up the ol weirdo blog has turned into 4 wide open weeks (wait no maybe 8!!) – so hello! I hope everyone out there is doing their part by social distancing the heck out your life! The schools … More Shelf Rearrange + Projects While Social Distancing!
In the slowest march ever to make our space function at max potential, we bought an orange couch for the family room! It was hard for me to say goodbye since it had been with us since the beginning, but we parted with out beloved vintage sectional in an effort to be more practical at … More Orange Couch!
Meant to post this in November, but better late than never: SoCal locals you have a few more days to check out the California Cool: Mid Century Modernism on the Central Coast exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County! It is indeed super cool and absolutely worth a drive to see! (Make a night of … More California Cool Central Coast Modernism Exhibit
Though I usually enjoy end of year looking back/looking forward wrap ups, I almost skipped it this time around because the whole new decade thing brought on what can only be described as a dramatic mid life crisis haha! A lot shifted for me in the past year and I haven’t yet found my footing, … More Decade Thoughts
Welcome to the Walking In A Winter Wonderland Holiday Home Tour! A group of nearly 20 bloggers have been sharing tours of our holiday homes all week – and today is the day for mine! If you have hopped over from the gorgeous Sarah Johnson blog, then HELLO! Your next stop will be the lovely Decor … More Holiday Home Tour
Hi everybody! Today I’m partnering up with King of Christmas and some wonderful women to bring you a PARADE OF TREES! The best kind of parade, right?! The six of us are sharing looks at our Christmas trees, generously provided by King of Christmas (plus 10% off for any of you who are in the market … More Parade of Trees 2019 Featuring King of Christmas
I’m not generally one to do gift guides, but I thought this one might be of help if you are searching for a little something for that minimal leaning mid century design nerd in your life. Here is a mega list of my favorite mid century design + architecture (plus a few IMO must have … More Gifts for Mid Century Nerds: Architecture + Design Books!
We have been anxious to replace our backyard fence since the day we bought our house six years ago. You can see kinda where we started in this post. Those images are overly generous. In real life, the scene was utter fence clutter. We started thinking about this project last fall when the house was … More Corrugated Polycarbonate Privacy Fence
I’ve gotten so many questions about our bamboo blinds in the past month, oddly enough. I struggled to find a ton of info on natural window covering options before purchasing, so in the interest of having a one-stop destination for those inquiries, I’m going to share where we bought our blinds and what to know … More Bamboo Blinds Pros/Cons
Happy October everybody! I’m gonna give a quick tour of our simple but festive Halloween decorations. If you have been here for a while, you know I love holiday decorations that 1. are easy to store! 2. offer big impact in a minimal way and 3. are mid-century/modern/retro leaning in design. Source links at the … More Retro Halloween Decorations!
Subtle but magical changes happened in our bedroom! Though not hugely different from last time I shared after I hung the grasscloth, the last few months have brought some furniture additions and subtractions, enough that a full freshening up was in order. The One Room Challenge last May was the catalyst. With the unplanned acquisition of … More Main Bedroom Furniture Swaps
Random post today about a “project” I had no intention of ever mentioning, but it was such a positive experience that I wanted to quickly share: modern and minimal photo books!As a kid I loved flipping through our family photo albums and I always promised myself I would stay on top of managing that area … More Modern Family Photo Albums
September and October are our hottest months of the year. Weird right. We don’t have AC because it’s generally not that hot (though we did purchase a portable unit for rare heat waves), so we rely heavily on our ceiling fans over these warmer months. Design-wise, I’d much rather have a cute light on a … More Modern Ceiling Fan Roundup!