Category Archives: Upcycling and other Sports

Recycled Pillow Case Night Gown


I had an old pillow case made from a really soft material with one side torn at the seam.  In other words, the perfect opportunity to try my hands on a pillow case gown.  It was easier than I thought, despite the fact that I read on several blogs that it was easier to make a pillow case dress from brand new material rather than an actual pillow case.

Here is how to do it Continue reading Recycled Pillow Case Night Gown

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!

Stella – Or How an Old Pop-Up Finds a New Identity

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After years of tent-camping, schlepping air mattresses and crates of camping supplies, cleaning and drying the tent afterwards, we decided to venture into the luxurious world of pop-up campers.  Unfortunately, new campers that  fit our family of 4 comfortably still cost upwards of $10,000, and then you are stuck with some “wanna-be” posh decor.  We decided on researching the matter and settled on purchasing a used, almost 20 year old, but extremely well maintained camper that was merely stuck in a cosmetic, early 90’s decor time-warp. Continue reading Stella – Or How an Old Pop-Up Finds a New Identity

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


How Karma scratched up my chairs and how I learned to reupholster them…


Do you remember when your children were very little and you were on your first plane ride with them?  They were so sweet and cuddly and slept most of the time and you wondered what other parents did wrong.  Their toddlers were all over the place while you thoroughly enjoyed the compliments you received from passengers on how wonderful your perfect bundle of joy was.  You, the super parent who seems to be a natural at this “traveling-with-child” business had it all figured out!  Until your next plane ride 6 months later, after baby had become more mobile and worst of all, more vocal…

Buying leather furniture when you have cats has a very similar learning curve, even though the wake-up call is disproportional to the age of your furry family member.  Despite the fact that we heard these crazy stories about cats destroying leather chairs, we ventured out and purchased a set of six beautiful, mid-century inspired dining chairs with a warm, rust-colored leather upholstery.  They were stunning and what was even more stunning were our extremely perfect, well mannered (geriatric) cats, who didn’t even think about raising a claw towards our immaculate new acquisitions.  And again, we were wondering what other pet owners did wrong… Continue reading How Karma scratched up my chairs and how I learned to reupholster them…