The gateway Drexel Hack: Throw pillows!


One of the first things that I noticed about  all our Drexel couches was that the cushions (or throw pillows, depending on where you’re from) are the standard 20 x 20 square. To my delight it was  easy to unzip the covers and



The process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment.

Mix & Match


I have officially hacked, closeted, arranged or stored every piece of Drexel that is practical for our current apartment. Now I’m having fun looking for fresh ways to mix in pieces that can travel with us

Room Refresh (pardon my virtual dust!)

AdaptationHouse_Updates will get some structural updates in the next few weeks – I’m working on ways to show larger, better photos, wider post pages and an overall more clean look. Bear with me while I play with the CSS and theme code on my own… thinks might look funny for a bit, but you know I’m a […]

Checkout Checklist: Fall 2015


Hi guys! I just made myself a shop-ahead checklist: I don’t want to miss out on anything for the upcoming Fall/Winter season because it didn’t get here on time.  It occurred to me that I wish someone had shared something like this last year

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Covered Coffee Table: Drexel Hack #6


Our Drexel Heritage coffee table scratches and stains so easily. If it wasn’t an eyesore to begin with, it became one just a few months into post. The GSO “solution” of putting one of the dining table scratch pads on top as a protector was.  just. wrong. So I have been staring at this thing (above) and percolating this project […]

Summer Reading


Through all the changes in life, I have carried my original hobby, my endless source of inspiration and wanderlust and knowledge: reading!  Summer reading is a thing for me.

“Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts… there is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.”  Hubbard

Silly Little Drexel Hack


Every time I walked into my studio, and from each sideways glance while seated at my computer, my eyes were assaulted by the wooden scallop from the Drexel Heritage Computer Hutch we are stuck with.  I couldn’t stand to look at this eyesore for one more second:

Adaptations Along the Way


Pushing my rented stroller through the Siena city center. As I mentioned in my post last week,  we just got back from our first R&R.

Picture Perfect


Have you seen these?! A fellow DS-spouse friend (who will be departing for her first post soon!) brought indie mats to my attention, and I’m so in love.