Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t – Simple Shoe Storage


One of the things I always said I never wanted to have, was a home without a proper entry way.  Of course, our new home not only opens right into our living room, but because there is no closet near by, you also stumble over a conglomeration of shoes, with some of them being freakishly large.  I tried to temporarily remedy the situation with a shoe rack, while I tended to other, more pressing renovation projects.


But enough is enough, and here is the solution I came up with (this is the view from our front door): Continue reading Now You See Them, Now You Don’t – Simple Shoe Storage

How to Store a Mattress in Plain Sight: Create a Chaise!


Our new home is the first home we ever lived in that had two living areas: One right off the entrance, and one attached to the kitchen area. I have never been a fan of two living rooms because I would rather see the square footage be put to a better use in a separate additional room or in a more spacious layout in general.  And let’s face it: why do you need two living rooms?  Our “problem” was that we didn’t exactly have the furniture to fill the second room.  We had an older Ikea entertainment center that we bought 10 years ago and an extra recliner, but that was it and, since we move so often, I did not like the idea of purchasing another couch.  I had to come up with some additional, functional seating for what was supposed to become a comfy “hangout” area to enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings, read, play board games, and watch TV.  At the same time, we decided to use the space under our son’s bed as storage, which previously was home to an extra twin mattress that now stood upright in our upstairs hallway without a real purpose in life.  So, I added empty space plus extra mattress and came up with, tah-dah: the chaise! Continue reading How to Store a Mattress in Plain Sight: Create a Chaise!

A Seedy Story – Or Growing a Pumpkin Plant


Have you ever eaten a fruit and just stuck its pit into the ground to see what would happen?  My grandmother was one of those people who actually did that.  With her curiosity to see what would happen, combined with and the greenest thumb I had ever seen, she managed to grow a smorgasbord of plants, including a pineapple plant.  I actually watched her finish a peach, contemplate the pit for a few moments, then stick it into a pot with some soil and successfully got it to grow.  Despite the genetic connection, my thumb ended up with a paler shade of brownish-green, and so far, my gardening success has been contained to houseplants and growing a few herbs in the window.

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Upholstery Tutorial


My biggest and most ferocious critics (a.k.a my children) pointed out to me that my “How Karma scratched up my chairs…”-post, wasn’t much of a tutorial and that I should actually talk less about the cats and more about the task on hand.  Since I am that super parent described in the aforementioned post, I will now try to explain how I actually went about my upholstery project: Continue reading Upholstery Tutorial