Decor

Work table / bed headboard

Ikea does it again. A while ago I decided that the table I was using as a work surface / headboard was too much hassle and set out to get something better.   Eventually I came across Ikea's Norberg table, which immediately stroke me as the perfect solution to my dilemma. Now I have a working table, easy to open ...

Inexpensive Decoration for Your Walls - Decorate your home without breaking the bank.

My tastes in decoration may not be  very conventional. I prefer clean spaces, uncluttered. I dislike overdone furniture, tight spaces, excess knickknackery. I also love unique things, things that reflect our life and family. This doesn't necessarily mean expensive things, just things we have a connection to. Attractive home decor is not for the rich only, ...

Cute lamps made from marmalade jars (how to)

Just as I mentioned in a previous post, I made some more lanterns from marmalade jars to show you the how-to process. They turned out beautifully! You can see the detailed step-by-step in this post. There are just a couple of differences between this and the previous ones. I originally made this with the intention of ...

Sometimes I make things that I mean to share with you and then I just forget. Sometimes I even make pictures of them and one day I come across them and think, "hmm, did I write a post about this?".This was not the case with these cushions. The project further below, however, is pretty old.I found the blue fabric ...

Christmas felt ornament banner

Kids have no patience. The Search for the Perfect Twigs have been postponed due to all the rain that has fallen here as of lately, so Nadia has been bugging me about the ornaments we made last week. In lieu of a tree, and wile I get something I like, I just made a banner. I ...

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Ever since I left my parents' home I don't remember ever owning a Christmas tree. At most I would scatter a few ornaments here and there; most years I couldn't even bother to do that. Amazing how having kids changes everything. Nadia wants a tree, so I told her we would have some sort of tree. ...

I made these frames for our bedroom months ago, and they had sat empty for the longest time. I really can't figure what to do with them. The muse has deserted me.Since I am going for a palette that includes green in our bedroom, I found some pretty scrapbooking paper in my stash and framed it. Not ...

One of the main reasons why we bought a four-poster bed is because we love the look of beds with canopies, not the overdone, Victorian type, but the tropical, breezy type. We found a mosquito net canopy on eBay years ago that gave us exactly the look we were looking for. Unfortunately, because we had ...

Bedroom dilemmas

Ok, let's go in our bedroom.  I think this is the most pictures I have ever posted of it, mostly because we have done nothing of import in it since we moved in. Isn't it always like that? Mom and dad' bedroom usually is the armpit of the home, and the last place to get ...

Taa daa!Ok, more like "taa daa!".Remember I posted how I was painting this bench a few weeks back? I forgot to show you when I finished.This is the first sight you'll see when you enter our home. Since were were not granted the wish of a proper foyer, entryway, or some such, we have carved a little ...

Unless you wish to end up looking like Wile E. Coyote at the end of an episode, you better make sure your stairs are well lit.I love how pendants and chandeliers make a statement when used to illuminate stairwells. In our old home we used a grand, but modern chandelier. Here there is really not ...

If you were to choose a type of flower that conveys the essence of tropical beauty, that has to be orchids.Orchids have an elegant simplicity matched with such bright colors that I find very pleasant. And despite their not being too hard to maintain, I still manage to kill a few every year. I brought a ...

aeron slipcover

This is something I intended to do for almost a year. When I first thought of sewing this slipcover I didn't anticipate it would be this difficult.The first thing that I did was check online if somebody had done it before, and I couldn't find anything, why would anyone anyway? Making a slipcover for a ...

006 and Penny-wise

My spousal unit is a huge fan of James Bond movies (aren't all men?). Whenever there is a Bond Marathon on TV he sits there for hours watching the same movies he already knows by memory. When he started working for his company years ago they assigned him a mail code. It was 006. It's become ...

Curtain call

Almost every afternoon we get treated to one of nature's most spectacular shows.  It's a show that we never tire of watching, and every afternoon we are eager to see the curtain rising. Or rather, curtains. Because our apartment faces west there is a lot of sun coming our way in the afternoon. At some point, when ...

When I was putting together our Swiss Army Room I knew exactly what I needed, down to the inch. A key piece in this ensemble was a table that would be used for multiple purposes in this room. I needed something that had the exact width to fit in the space, something that would be comfortable as a ...

With family size shrinking, and extended family becoming more dispersed, it is not uncommon nowadays for people to have some sort of sleeping arrangement for their guests. It is less common to have a dedicated guest bedroom.For a  lot of us the guest bedroom shares space with other functions, after all space is precious in ...

Sealife shadowboxes

You've caught peeks of these a couple of times, they have been moved around and I've made some changes to them, but let me show you one of my favorite, cheapest wall decoration. When I moved to PuntaCana I had most of the things we brought with us stored for more than a year and a ...

Cushions are like jewelry to a well-dressed lady: the right amount goes a long way.I don't like over-pillowfied spaces, instead of projecting comfort it actually becomes uncomfortable. Is there anything worse than sitting upright in a sofa with too many cushions? And if you are a guest at someone's home you won't dare move them around. If it's ...

I am a big fan of removable covers on sofas. In fact, I think it should be mandatory on all sofas, because, unless you refrain from actually sitting on said sofas, it is inevitable that eventually an accident will happen.When sofas do not have removable covers, a slipcover is your sanity's best ally. I am not ...

Cool closet doors

Did you ever read that post about the fake closet I built in our Swiss Army Room?  It cost all of 50 dollars (see how I built it). I think it is mucho cool. You see, tthis cannot be a closet if it doesn't have doors, right? The thing is that I still cannot afford ...

Corkboard picture frames

The good thing about using my own photos for decorating our walls is that I can change them any time I feel like it. I have a pretty good printer, and use lab-quality ink and paper to print my photos, so I can print new ones when it strikes my fancy, and they don't cost ...

If you have been around here a while you've probably noticed two things: I like reusing things instead of buying new ones, and I've made a lot of pictures of these arrangements on our buffet. One of these arrangements is one of my most-favorited photos on Flickr and was featured by Decor8. What most people haven't ...

Now that we had to pack our things, yet again, I noticed that as of lately I have been adding a lot of white accessories to our home. Some are bought, some were made by me. Some are old, some I just bought.White is timeless. Color trends come and go, but white remains fashionable long after the ...

A couple of years back I bought a big bag of leather scrap at ebay. So far I've only used it to make parts of some of my handbags.I wanted to make some bunting for our entry, which right now I can't show you because we are still homeless (sort of), but I took the ...

In one of those Shoot the Breeze Moments, our close friends the Gs and us have talked about what we would do if we win the lottery. We are convinced (and willing to be proved wrong if necessary, in the name of science, of course) that our lives would not change dramatically if that were to ...

At least in pictures.I had a hard time thinking what I'd do with the wall going up the stairs. I also had a hard time finding a place for the family pictures that, before we moved here, we had on a very large built-in shelf in our entry. What to do?Elementary, my dear Watson!The biggest ...

Decor Ideas for a Tropical-Inspired Living Room

Must a home have a living room? Two different verdicts have been reached in our home. I think we should have one, and just because we almost always sit outside in the terrace doesn't mean that sometimes we won't still need a more intimate sitting arrangement. Or one inside. A home needs a living room, says I. My husband thinks ...

In Nadia's room there is a wall that is mostly occupied by two doors, between the doors there is a sliver of wall, one that pretty much defies any attempt at decoration. It's pretty hard to hang anything in such narrow space without it feeling overwhelming. I handed over some felt, safety scissors and buttons to ...

This simple hanger is on one of my bedroom walls. It's another example on how sometimes I see things headed for the garbage and instead think "this could come handy".Lets you think I am some sort of "clutter bug", I actually like clean, organized spaces, and get rid of anything that I have no use ...

You would think that a little sprucing up for the smallest room in our home would be quite easy. A day at most. After all, this is a room that is smaller than our closet (my husband's and mine). The thing is that a room this small has its own challenges, not least of which ...

Our buffet is one of the spots in our home that I never know what to do with. The place suffers from occasional attacks of meh! and I haven't yet decided what I want to do with it. Except that I know that buffet is not staying there (too dark, and I need more storage ...

And who doesn't?Before they became the gigantic corporation, best-known for funny TV ads, Swedish meatballs and enormous stores, the Swedish manufacturer was known throughout Scandinavia for crummy, cheap furniture. They've come a long way.A full decade before Ikea opened a store in Santo Domingo (the first in Latin America), I was already trailing their famous ...