In the dog house?

On a car ride through the city, I spotted what I believed to be a diamond in the rough… the very rough. At the sight of what looked like carved wood, sitting at the side of the road, next to garbage bags I was compelled to stop. Inspecting away I went. It was a carved…

School is in :)

Dedicated workspaces and good organization are rather helpful if not necessary for keeping your sanity, in my opinion. For myself, the time to set up a school space in our home, came this fall. I’d found a table by the curb side a few years ago and decided to finally fix and use it. As…

Flexing them creative muscles!

This little cupboard came into my hands, like most of my projects, without a plan or an idea to go with it. Isn’t that how so much of life goes…. A new client was looking for extra storage for her daughter’s room. I suggested several storage solutions but none suited her until I sent a…

A long time coming :)

When we moved into our home, some thought needed to be put into storage and organization. One of the areas that needed attention was the entrance, where shoes, flip flops and sandals resided. Despite the shoe shelves I’d built and installed at the bottom of the closet there, our footwear collection had become unruly… difficult…

Chalkboard numéro deux

One day, on my way home (as many of my stories go), I drove by a painting that had been put on the side of the road, along with several trash bags. Of course I stopped to take a closer look. Although the frame was not of the best quality (the fancy bits were moulded…

Under the radar

I am always attracted to and struck by the beauty of object with great patina, markings of time and people passed by. Perhaps it’s the patina itself I love so much and not even the object- is that possible? (I’m convinced that certain things I own, I do so BECAUSE they’re old and worn and…

Has spring really sprung?

So we’ve had a nice day or two….. and the days are getting longer. Everyone I know is feeling the excitement and wanting more light and good weather 🙂 Since I love spring, and Easter (a nice time to mark the end of winter), I decided to make an arrangement for the entrance table. I…

Comme sur des roulettes :)

“Just like on rollers” is the expression 🙂 which is the equivalent of saying that something “goes swimmingly” or “without a hitch”… Kinda like I’d like my tidying and house cleaning to go 🙂 always. Like many I think, I’ve been “Konmari” ing my house lately. I’d heard about Mari Kondo from various friends a…

Calling out into the night….

Yes, this old chest was calling out into the night, begging to be rescued, as we passed it by some time ago. It was sitting at the side of the road, in the dark, rather lonely I am sure. Of course I had to stop… but not wanting to use solvants (and this old guy…

Finding the balance

Near our home, these pieces of furniture and remnants were placed by the road… I didn’t think much of any of it, although I did kinda like the pieces of lumber that had once made a bed frame…. The second or third time I passed by (at a few days interval), it dawned on me…

Ratty rattan…

On a visit to one of my favourite second hand shops, I found this childrens’ chair. After having seen a similar one at an antiques fair earlier that week, with at 90$ price tag, this one being sold for five dollars was very enticing 🙂 Although I thoroughly enjoy white, the paint was looking ratty…

What a little stain can do….

A little stain can ruin your favourite blouse… but it can sure do wonders for things made of wood…. Around the corner from our home, this little play house had been placed for sale, by the curb side. Driving by I spotted it and immediately began thinking of how to rearrange our yard to include…