This has been the #1 project I’ve wanted to do since the day we moved in years ago and IT FINALLY HAPPENED: a walnut room divider between our family and dining room!!!!Where we began: Normally I’m all for preserving original details, but I didn’t love the ornate 60’s iron rail that divided these two rooms. … More DIY Mid Century Walnut Room Divider
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!
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
Buckle up for a long post about a 20 foot wall of luan wood! Done on the smallest budget you could imagine! Changing the entire feel of the house! Hopefully this info can help you add period-appropriate wood walls to your mid century house, or send you in the right direction if you are replacing … More DIY Mid Century Luan Wood Walls
Throne. I bought this rattan chair. Ok, so I clearly don’t need any more chairs. But I’ve been hunting for a vintage chair like this for years and decided to give into this affordable and gigantic placeholder when it was 40% off over the holidays. I’m SO into it. The chair/throne brings so much character to … More Stuff
I wasn’t going to do a full on holiday house tour this year because I kinda already did one. But I’ve been having great success lately designing our puzzling family room, so I thought maybe all dressed up for the holidays would be a fun way to share the changes! Plus, this year I haven’t put … More Christmas Home Tour
Do you have a room you just can’t get to work? Mine is my family room. Every time I share I say the same thing. It bugs me that I can’t get my favorite room in our house to submit to my will. And even though I have big fun future plans in here to … More Couch Problems
I think I need to start a blog post category just called “Chairs and their Covers.” I have a problem. You may remember that I bought this dream vintage Bertoia diamond chair a few months ago but the pumpkin-orange original cushion cover was unexpectedly unsalvageable. It was immediately clear that this was a job beyond my sewing … More Diamond Chair Cover Thoughts
It’s that time! Our aluminum tree is up in our family room! Last year it was in the den and we did a flocked tree in here, but in the interest of simplicity, we are keeping things nice and minimal in 2017, which always ends up being my favorite way to decorate for Christmas. I’m … More Oh, Christmas Tree!
This is an entire post about a chair! But first, let’s catch up: I’m sure every person you know in California is all like ‘hooray fall weather has arrived’ and you are like ‘shut up Californians.’ But seriously, it finally cooled down and got all gloomy and wonderful just in time for Halloween. My husband … More Bertoia Diamond Chair Cover
I’m clearing out closets left and right, and stumbled upon these cushions in the back of one of them. The previous owners had the cushions made for our fireplace in our family room. I liberated that hearth immediately when we moved in, but held on to the cushions for later review because I saw their … More Fireplace Cushions…Yea or Nay?
Hey all! Today I’m sharing the 17th rearrangement of our family room. OK I lost count at 10, but there’s been many versions. A little context. This room was the room that sold me on this house. Rock fireplace + sunken living room = take my money. Unanticipated, it’s the room that I can’t figure out. It’s constantly in a state … More Family Room Rearrange
I’ve been putting in time in the family room, trying to get to a place where things just make more sense, but I’ve been stalled on this built-in cabinet. I’ll admit that it’s useful, displaying pottery hoards/Salton Sea relics in an uncluttered way up top and housing board games below. On the flip side, it competes with the fireplace … More Painting Built-Ins
Down to the wire! Popping in for a last minute post to share our other tree – so flocked – and a semi-clean family room before the big day. Though we rarely get a live tree, nothing says Christmas quite like a real tree covered in fake snow. A west coast invention I’m sure! My grandma always had the … More California White Christmas
Halloween, I’m feeling you! The kids have their costumes gathered, there’s been a few tarantula sightings on our street (THE BEST!), the weather is finally cooling down, and the decorations are up. I’m one of those who can’t help myself this time of year and ends up buying all the crap. When the trees start … More Halloween Inside
I’m not sure that this is a true “restoration” because I never saw what this fireplace’s original deal was. I can only speculate that it was a sweet 60’s mesh curtain instead of the fancy brass door affair our house came with. Again, only speculation so I’ll use the term loosely. I have dreamed of the day … More Mid Century Fireplace Screen Restoration
Barring personal type items and things that are toxic (radioactive red Fiesta), I will almost always choose the vintage version of something over a new one. When it comes to furniture, I’m a design fan and collecting vintage makes my heart soar, though I think many modern companies are coming out with beautiful work too and I’m … More Vintage vs Reproduction Couches
You can read all about my complaints, loves, and confusions about this wacky sunken room in a post from a few months ago, check out my dream family rooms here, and see the converse side of this room in my last post about the dining area. The only update has been white walls. Can I get a high-five?! It … More Family Room Freshness
I can’t seem to sync myself with the holidays this year! It feels like Halloween should have just passed and everyone should put their Christmas decorations away for a few weeks. I’m not being Grinchy – it’s just that this time of year is my favorite and I’m uncomfortable with how fast things are moving. Is this what … More Buying a Vintage Aluminum Christmas Tree