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the fixer’s manifesto

the fixer’s manifesto

i was raised with the idea that if something is broken, you fix it. if your pants are too long, you hem them. if you dream something up, and it doesn’t already exist (heck, even if it does), you make …

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the great barn door roundup

the great barn door roundup

projects at the long house have been really slow moving since the baby came along, but a year into it, we are ready to tackle something new. the bathroom in the basement has been totally torn out, from the studs …

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the grass is greener

the grass is greener

so there are a few items i am pretty excited to talk about when it comes to catching up the blog since the baby hiatus. funnily enough they are all related: investing a stupid amount of time researching to make …

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anatomy of a chair

anatomy of a chair

the most challenging nursery project for me (other than trying to make decisions while a baby was eating my brain) was reupholstering the rocking chair. i’ve done my fair share of upholstery, but the simple stuff: chair seats, cushions, headboards. …

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rock-a-bye

rock-a-bye

so here it is, the newest room at the long house. truth be told, i’d love to move into it if the kid isn’t wild about it. then again, when the kid starts flexing his of her design muscles, i …

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…and we’re back!

…and we’re back!

when i look and see that it’s been 5 weeks since i’ve posted anything, i feel a teensy bit guilty, a bit like a slacker, and then, after i rewind, juuuuust fine. while i love documenting what’s happening at the …

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a little sunday before and after

a little sunday before and after

sometime last year, we picked up a couple really nice, sturdy heywood wakefield school chairs at an antique shop when we were up in des moines. we had been looking for something to go with our dining table, single chairs …

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slowly…

slowly…

after taking an uncharacteristic turn and over thinking every single detail, piece by piece this little room is slowly coming together. there are a few detail shots to share today, followed by a full reveal in a few weeks when …

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paralysis by analysis

paralysis by analysis

one of my favorite beej-isms is the phrase “paralysis by anaysis”. not only does it roll right off the tongue, it’s also an affliction i’m quite familiar with. it is polar opposite to another favorite phrase i often tell myself, …

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details friday

details friday

hmm, maybe every friday should be details friday? where one of those tiny little things that you always stare at and think “one day, one day i will take 3 minutes and make you shine!” actually gets the royal treatment. …

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pending

pending

it has started. the kid is sucking every ounce of free time, and it’s still tucked safely inside the melon i swallowed. i guess it’s not really the kid’s fault, he or she probably doesn’t care all that much about …

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so close, yet so far…

so close, yet so far…

 

part of the reason this blog has sat vacant for awhile is because we spent february in thailand. the other part is i got lazy about documenting things, and i know people would rather look at pictures than read …

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organized

organized

Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.

-John Maeda

 
 

this quote speaks volumes to my sensibilities, to a constant inner and outer struggle of being a collector and a maker, while, at the same time, piles and …

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