Category Archives: furnishing

Shopping Craigslist: You Win Some, You Lose Some

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I spent a couple of weeks back in the city and, although I hated being separated from our beloved Dream House, I used the time productively. And by productively I mean that I spent most of my time shopping for the house.

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Before & After: The Dining Room Gets Subdued Restyling


Although the dining room is in no way finished – we still need dining chairs, a sideboard or buffet, new window treatments and some other finishing touches – it has definitely seen a lot of improvement over the past couple of months. Here’s a peek at how the room has come together so far…

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Hello, $10 Secondhand Bedside Table. I Think I Love You.

030514-bedside-tableIn anticipation of our weekend house guests, I spent some time last week trying to finish off rooms. In the master bedroom, there was a metal crate resting between the two vintage twin beds as a sort of makeshift bedside table (as you can see in this progress post). Since our guests would be using this room I thought it would be nice to replace the crate with an actual table. After scouring every inch of the antique mall I found the perfect little painted table … and it was only $10!

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Perfectly Imperfect: Our $29 Dining Room Table


I’ve been looking for a dining room table for a couple of months now but have always bulked at prices. This is our first dining room in many years and, knowing that we’ll frequently entertain in the Dream House, I want a rectangular table to will seat six. I fell in love with a couple of tables from West Elm but I couldn’t justify spending upwards of $600 on a table right now. So imagine my delight when I came across a rustic old table for $29 at the antique mall!

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Before & After: Making Progress in the Master Bedroom

022014-master-bedroom01There’s nothing better than putting before and after pics side by side (or top to bottom as the case may be) to see the progress that’s being made on the Dream House. This is especially important when we start getting impatient with ourselves and feeling like we’re not getting enough done. So let’s take a look at how the master bedroom has changed since we moved in a three months ago.

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