Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cat-Proof Furniture (We hope!)

The four chairs we bought for our living room two years ago have finally fulfilled their destiny.  By that I mean our cat has essentially destroyed them.

The Humane Society successfully guilted us into not having kitty declawed sixteen years ago when we adopted him, and we have been unsuccesssfully shooing him from furniture to his scratching post and trimming threads from numerous pieces of furniture ever since.  Mike also trims the cat's claws regularly, but it's really no use.  We love that old guy, but he owes us a few hundred dollars in damages at least.

These most recent victims were pretty inexpensive, but I did love them.  So retro and elegant all at once, weren't they?  That's not the case once they're threadbare, sadly.

I noticed that the chairs in our dining room that we got around the same time did not suffer the same fate as the living room beauties, and kitty has not been any more gentle with them.  It appears that Ikea has discreetly discovered not only the formula for mass market style but cat-proof fabric.

With that knowledge, we went for some Jennylund chairs this time.

I had actually considered them the first time around, but Mike found them uncomfortable.  His opinion (and fitness routine...ahem) has changed since then.  Still, I worried we and perhaps guests would find them a little too snug, but as I type this post curled up in one, I'm finding myself less concerned.  I see these  actually getting more use than their wider predecessors.

We also replaced the rugs in our living room and family room and bought better rug pads.  The old natural fiber ones were stylish, but they shed a little bit and got a few snags over the last couple of years.  We're hoping the new ones will serve us better and will be a little cozier for playing on the floor.  Our kids are getting bigger, but a cozy floor is still important.

We're all enjoying the changes.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Staircase Update

I recall looking at the photo below several years ago when it was just of a staircase in a house on the market.  Like the fireplace surround, the kitchen counter tops, and so many other parts of this house we now live in, I disliked this staircase before it was even ours, but I felt inspired by it.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Years of Living in During

It's funny to think back.

Buzz and Jessie-9

We bought this house in the fall of 2013.  The kids were three and a half with another couple years of preschool/child care ahead of them.  Mike had over an hour commute to and from work each day.  My dad was the only one of our kids' grandparents who had retired at that point.  I started this blog that winter.

So little has changed, and yet so much.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Transform Old Dishes Into Mercury Glass

Transform old dishes into mercury glass.

After giving a pair of glass lamps a mercury glass makeover some years back, I now have a hard time looking at any clear glass decorative item without fantasizing about tackling it with some Krylon Looking Glass paint.   It's such a quick, easy, and fun project!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Decorate for Four Holidays with Two Pillows

Throw pillows are typically a quick and affordable way to transition the look of a space from one season to the next.  However, the cost and storage space for a year's worth of them can add up quickly, so DIY pillow covers are always my preference.  The ones I made recently using $7 IKEA pillow covers, printable iron-on transfer paper, and digital vintage holiday images that I purchased for pocket change on Etsy are my new favorites.  I designed them so I can simply flip them to display the next holiday's image when the other passes.  Talk about an easy transition!

I probably shouldn't admit this, but having a couple of new throw pillows ready for each of the next four holidays has given me a little peace of mind.  Creating them could not have been much easier, and now I know my home will feel a little cozier...

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Large Scale Wall Art: Patent Drawing Engineering Prints

Large scale wall art tends to come with a large scale price tag, so I was pleased to find an affordable and visually satisfying solution for our two-story living room.  .ngineering prints of patent drawings have an industrial and graphic quality and are easy on the wallet!

DIY Engineering Print Patent Drawing Wall Art

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Four Chairs Sitting Room Arrangement

Since we have a somewhat traditional family room with a sectional couch, fireplace, and our TV, our living room inspired me as a space where we could have a little fun.  We could determine how we wanted it to function and forego the standard couch and chair or couch and loveseat type arrangements.  We could get a couple of settees, or a chaise lounge, or...what else?

With other projects taking priority, I had time to consider our living room over the last couple of years and ultimately determined that an arrangement of four chairs circling a round coffee table would be best. 

Four Chairs Sitting Room Arrangement