DIY: Author Wall Installation
Years ago, when I was scouring home blogs and sites for designs or art pieces – I’m not the only person who still has a file for such a thing on their desktop instead of using something like Pinterest, right? – I came across a wallpaper I just loved. It was black and white, a little faded, and it bore the names of many authors who had inspired me to pursue my own writing. It was also wildly expensive; it didn’t match anything else I liked; and I didn’t have a library to put it in (which, of course, was where I wanted it to go). I tossed it in the folder anyway, the little image outlasting dozens of deletions and begging for a home.
Flash forward to two years ago and J and I purchased a house, a house wherein we built a library (or rather, where we built me an office that happens to be crowded by books). The wallpaper, somehow, was still available (!!!). It was also still expensive and in black and white and devoid of the many female authors whose work I find inspiring. The other issue was that the wall I wanted to use needed something less, well, flat. And so, an idea was born: an author wall installation. (more…)
DIY: How to Refinish a China Cabinet
We hunted for a china cabinet for two years and yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds. It is an unfortunate truth that our china – a not particularly fine 1920s half-set purchased from a vintage shop in the Midwest for a song – sat in a box, untouched, since before we even moved into this house. (more…)
DIY: How to Turn A Window into A Mirror
Our house, built in 1960, has many large rooms, an attention to detail in trim work, and a certain charm that new-built houses tend to lack. That said, it is missing the grand foyer I’ve so loved in many homes. The ceiling opens into the second floor above the staircase, but the rest of the foyer appears rather small. It should come as no surprise, then, that on our first tour of the house – when we already knew this was the one – we decided a mirror on the largest wall would help the room feel lighter.