Modern Take on Flying Geese Quilt

May 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

I love how this wall quilt incorporates the flying geese quilt pattern and updates it a little:

DSponge Chy Marshal Parker Wall Quilt

Chy and Marshal Parker; found via design*sponge.

It’s from Chy and Marshal Parker’s home; found via design*sponge. I also love the blue-on-blue color scheme. Fantastic!


My Office: Slow Progress 2

August 2, 2013 § 1 Comment

Changing jobs has kept me busy this June and July. Most of my home projects have been on the back burner as I try to adjust to the new circumstances. For me at least, progress happens more slowly than I’d like, but I seem to be getting a handle on things at last.

Unfortunately, the work-related progress still hasn’t translated to home project-related progress. Well, in a minor way. My office re-do has moved from this

Bookcase Standing

…to this:

Slow Bookcase Progress

Sigh. At least all my stuff is off of the floor and protected from dust. Everything still needs to be rearranged and neatened up a bit. I’m sure these metal(!) magazine files from the Ikea As-Is room will help:

Ikea Magazine Files

We happened on a big pile of them the other week, only for $2 each. Score! I can’t wait to have a day to myself and get my hands on those bookcases!

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My Office: Slow Progress 1

July 18, 2013 § 1 Comment

My project to revamp my office for the umpteenth time is moving on, slowly but surely. My (latest) plan involves getting a new bookcase and a new desk for the room. Unfortunately, Ikea doesn’t sell my favorite glass-door bookcase (Smådal) anymore, so I made do with a tall Billy.

Assembling Bookcase

It’s a little shallower than the Smådals, but it doesn’t bother me.

Bookcase Standing

Before I could screw the bookcase into the wall, I had to do something I haven’t done before: change the battery in the stud finder.

Stud Finder Battery

Live and learn! 🙂

I’ve loaded the bookcases with my papers and supplies, but things are still looking for their permanent, most handy homes. Then I can make it look pretty, too.

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Office Wishlist Cleanup

May 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

To while away some in-between-stuff time, I checked whether I might be able to find this adorable tape dispenser I wishlisted a year ago (or so) and then forgot:

Tape Dispenser


It’s even called Hops and Dreams! The seller, ModCloth, is out of stock, which led to some browsing. Which led to a few desirable finds.

This jar is very cute:

Bunny jar


ModCloth. In addition to it being cute, stores that bother with word games get a huge plus in my book!

You always need sticky notes!

Sticky Notes


Again, ModCloth. And maybe coasters:




I wasn’t able to find another source for the Hops and Dreams dispenser. But(t) I did find something else… erm, interesting…

Desk accessory

Kito Design.

Kito Design. Now, this one just hurts my head!

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Bright Colors in Mind

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve been drawn to photos with bright colors lately. Come to think of it, it seems to happen every spring. 🙂 In addition to the ones I already shared in the Picture Pick-Me-Up post, here are a few delightful recent finds.

Green kitchen wall

Kristin and Michael DeKay; photo by Daniel Müller.

Kristin and Michael DeKay; photo by Daniel Müller. Found via design*sponge.

Office with red details

Iwona Ludyga & Mike Mazor; photo by Anne-Claire Rohé.

Iwona Ludyga & Mike Mazor; photo by Anne-Claire Rohé. Found, again, via design*sponge.

Hakea Vicoriae

Zoë Carter, via University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Watercolor painter Zoë Carter, displayed at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Found via Scientific Illustration.

Red Wall

Kim Timmerman.

Stylist Kim Timmerman, found via decor8.


West Elm

West Elm. (I’m much more taken with the wall than the vases, though…)

Keeping It Real: When It Just Doesn’t Work

April 19, 2013 § 4 Comments

I have a problem: my office / guest room. In the four years we’ve lived here, I’ve (re)arranged it three or four times, and it still doesn’t work. My desk – temptingly stupidly placed right inside the door – collects almost all the stuff that come into the office, which means I can’t use it when I need to.

Office Dumping Spot

When the desk is full, I’ll use the sofa and the coffee table. And the chair in the corner. And the breakfast nook table downstairs. And the living room coffee table. Gah!

And I absolutely, absolutely HATE having to clear off a work space before I can start doing whatever it is I was going to do. But I do it, and everything is fine for a while, until I start filling the horizontal surfaces again. Gah!!

This pattern means that I still haven’t found a spot for everything. When everything has a place, it’s easy to put things away. It works well in other areas of our home, after all.

To work out a solution, I busted out my trusty pieces of paper and started playing around with new room configurations. This is the most promising one so far:

Office Plan Spring 2013

I need more desk space, which this plan accounts for. It will not affect the large pieces in the room, except for adding a third glass-door bookcase, so it should be reasonably easy to do. We’ve already bought the bookcase. I’ll try making a second desk by repurposing two low bookcases as endcaps. We’ve got the desktop for that, too. Now we can start putting the furniture together and move things around. But before that, I need to clean up the room to make space. GAH!

Basement: Green Floor Inspiration

September 17, 2012 § 4 Comments

Ever since we decided to spruce up our basement a bit, we’ve been batting ideas around. We know how we want to treat the ceiling and the walls, and have started on both. We have an idea about the stairs, but haven’t made a decision yet. We’re still talking about the layout.

One not-yet-started but already decided detail is the floor. It’s going to be green. Below are some inspiration photos.

This is probably the best comparison – it’s a concrete floor, which we also have:

Green concrete floor


Yonmei; found via Looking at Edinburgh.

This sunroom has a green wood floor and a green ceiling:

Green sunroom floor

Photographer Roger Davies.

Photographer Roger Davies; found via Desire to Inspire.

I also found a couple of pictures with a large, deep green rug:

Bedroom with green rug

Malcolm Patterson and Rodney Smith; photo by Evan Dion / Style At Home.

The basement bedroom of homeowners Malcolm Patterson and Rodney Smith in Toronto; photo by Evan Dion. Style At Home (March 2010).

Meeting room with green rug


From the new Microsoft headquarters in Vienna (Austria), created by the architecture company INNOCAD. Found via Desire to Inspire.

I’ll wrap up a few pics with dark green walls for the fun of it:

Green wall color

Robert and Cortney Novogratz.

Robert and Cortney Novogratz’s Great Barrington home. Very neat quilt, don’t you think?

Green Wall

Photographer Johnny Miller.

Photographer Johnny Miller; found via Desire to Inspire.

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