Think Outside the (Mail) Box

Moving 5 times in 10 years will make anyone – even a graphic designer like me – want to cut down on mail. Not only is forwarding a pain, but there are so many random things like magazines that still don’t seem to end up where they’re supposed to.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris


“Think, Travel, Celebrate, Charm, Decorate, Dress, Live – colorfully.” Kate Spade Style, by Kate Spade. One of the few books I insisted on bringing along (most went into storage for this post). Sitting out on a side table in my studio, its presence alone makes the Drexel armchair feel chic. Whenever I browse the pages I […]

Creativity is intelligence having fun.  Albert Einstein

UAB Box Brilliance

I’m so happy to be documenting and sharing the ideas of others in this FS life! This one is from Sandra Para, who has more great ideas for upcycling UAB boxes on her Pinterest page. Below is her story about adapting to a new post – and creating a headboard from UAB boxes. “When we found out our next […]

Removable Kitchen “Backsplash”

An early Adaptation House enthusiast alerted me to this AWESOME removable vinyl idea. (EDIT: Her name is Amy Kennedy Penuel, and she writes the charming blog “The Crafty Foreign Service” where she posted about these herself).  These are made by Landee on Etsy (one of those bloggers with seemingly infinite ideas and time to execute them – […]

Happy Holidays!

This just sums it up.  Lemons, lemonade and all that.  Yes. (found this image on this Facebook page, inexplicably)

Modern Man Cave

When we lived in Virginia, M made several comments about having a “man cave”. Our home was tiny, and it’s not like I was buying floral tablecloths, but he did have a point. I kind of felt bad about it. This time around, I’m making a conscious effort to incorporate masculine elements and more of his likes into our main spaces. Here’s my favorite […]

“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.”
Saul Bass

Ektorp Sans Ikea

Whenever someone goes looking to cover  the ubiquitous (and hideous) Drexel flat-top patterned couches, the Ektorp is mentioned. Ikea slipcovers are versatile, affordable, and quickly update the feel of a couch. But Ikea ships very few  products,