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  • dresser drawers in a tiny apartment.

    This isn’t a post about babies sleeping in dresser drawers, but you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking so. It’s still the first joke people make when talking about welcoming a child into a small…

    May 2, 2016 11 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #122: Skip the coffee table. We don’t own a coffee table. We had one in our very first apartment in North Carolina—a funky little table that a neighbor gave us for free. It…

    June 3, 2015 32 Comments
  • make your own: upholstery cleaner.

    Upholstery might be a slightly grand word for the bit of cotton canvas stretched over a 70 year-old wooden frame, but no matter. I’ve also used this same combination of simple dish soap and…

    April 30, 2015 21 Comments
  • teaching an old dresser new tricks.

    Here’s a little lesson in teaching an old dog new tricks. Well, an old dresser anyway. My mom and dad helped us do a furniture swap a few weeks ago. They brought us this changing…

    May 8, 2014 13 Comments
  • painting furniture.

    For someone who can be eager to get rid of certain things, I develop fierce attachments to other things. And chalk it up to too much time spent in museums and studying about them,…

    March 10, 2014 38 Comments
  • one woman’s trash.

    living near a college campus can have its downsides: late-night parties, slum-lords, terrible parking, but come may, most undergrads start to move out and in the piles that they leave behind on sidewalks you…

    June 3, 2010 13 Comments