The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Kitchen Reno Part Two


Although I still love love love our kitchen, my loyalty stops at the desk area. We’ve had a pathetic excuse for a “drop zone/family office” for 3 years now. See below. The pile of junk is a never-ending struggle, and I realize this will never change. However, I am keen to at least get some […]

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Design Challenge from Chairish

Chrome Sputnik Chandelier from Chairish.com

Imagine my surprise (and glee!) when I was contacted by a representative of Chairish.com, an online consignment marketplace for exceptional pre-owned furniture and home décor. They were posing a challenge to design-obsessed bloggers everywhere: to use pieces of midcentury modern furniture on their site and create a styleboard for an eclectic room. To quote my daughter “it’s […]

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It’s About Time! Facelift

Morris Chair before and after

The long terms goals for my living room remain the same: comfort, comfort, comfort, but not at the expense of style. Oh yeah, and I don’t want to pay alot, either. Which is why we still don’t have the living room that lives in my head. But I plod on, because some day, this is […]

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Newly Acquired Items

Vintage Telefunken LP + Radio

So I bought this… Thinking it could be used in our powder room. Actually, I was at a silent auction, put in a bid on a whim, and didn’t expect to actually win. So I didn’t really actually measure the thing and it turns out, it’s too big. So sad! So I think I will […]

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Ahem. So I said I would “get back in this saddle”, so to speak. And here we are in the middle of March. I could give you a list of excuses, but we all know what it’s like to busy, right?! And there was this time when I was able to go BACK to New […]

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Electric slide

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Many moons ago, I was as an electrical engineer. The two most annoying side effects of this occupation were 1) the corny jokes “what an electrifying job!” (yes I really got that one) and 2) the assumption that I knew something about household wiring. Electricians are a trade, whereby they are highly skilled and trained […]

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Rifle Paper Co

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A client once told me that his department had done research into internet searches and it turns out that most people are incorrect about how they found a particular website. Apparently our memories fail us when we want to know exactly what brings us to a site in cyberspace. So if you are contacted by […]

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Noritake Progression China

Noritake Progression China - Palos Verde

Can’t even tell you how it all started. Somehow I came across some pieces on Etsy of some great looking vintage china. Somewhere in the back of my mind that thought stayed with me. Then, during one of my usual haunts to BFM (Bibles for Missions, which in these parts, is THE place to thrift […]

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Dreaming of a new home

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…okay, not really. But my curiousity got the better of me when I saw that you could visit the London Hospital Dream Home and take a tour! Always love a good chance to snoop around…and they let me take pictures, so you can have a look as well! First off, this place is HUGE. Not […]

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Do you know Etsy? You must. A few years ago it was still a rather behind-the-scenes kinda thing but it has grown over time, and for good reason. Etsy is an online marketplace that specializes in handmade and vintage articles. Everything from textiles to furniture to jewelry; it’s all here. What’s great is that you […]

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