Hey all, hope you had a fun Halloween yesterday! My mister and I spent the weekend tackling a storage solution we’ve been meaning to get to for some time. Up in our little guest studio above the garage (affectionately nicknamed the ‘Garage Mahal’) we finally built ourselves a wall of bookcases to store books and other collectibles. Continue reading
Greetings all, how was your weekend ? It was rainy and wet here in Northern California, but I say that’s perfect weather for watching football and a good DIY project.
You’ve seen tufted headboards in boutique hotels, everywhere in interior decor and in designer bedrooms. Fabric covered headboards are a great way to add an elegant touch to a bedroom with all kinds of different fabrics. Last weekend I decided to tackle a simple tufted headboard for my teenage daughter’s bedroom. We didn’t want anything too fancy or formal, just some soft curves, a few buttons, and a little tufting for some sophistication. It took about five hours from start to finish, with the tufting taking up most of the time, but I’m really liking the final headboard in her room.
There are plenty of tutorials to be found online for fabric covered headboards, and for tufting, including my own how-to from this bench project, but here’s the step by step on how I created this this casual look for a fabric covered headboard. Continue reading
My go-to tofu recipe. You cannot go wrong with these easy, sweet, spicy marinade.
Ingredients (for two portions): Continue reading
Hi, friends! How’s your day going? Honestly, I’m pretty stressed out. Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode between running two websites, writing a book, and running an acupuncture clinic. I don’t mean to complain, but it’s really just one of those days.
I’m going to create a mailing list so we can motivate each other. You don’t have to start the challenge on my Day 1 (March 4) to participate.
There are numerous isolated military bases around the world, but few as remote as Johnston Atoll. Located in the central Pacific and comprising little more than a vast runway, it’s not hard to imagine what sort of “under the radar” pursuits went on here over the years. Continue reading
Many of us would jump at the opportunity to live in a period property. The thought of reclaiming the character intrinsic within those old features and integrating it into a modern living space is irresistable, barring the price tag of course! Here’s a selection of fine yet derelict mansions, which are currently more the subject or urban exploration than revival. But if money were no object, how would you fancy taking on one of these abandoned buildings as a renovation project? Continue reading
All over the world, grand mansions, stately homes and other opulent residences that have fallen into ruin are reminders of an elegant past and the changing nature of the times. Underscoring both a rich history and the transience of existence, the reasons behind their abandonment may range from lost fortunes and changing fashions to war, violence and myriad other factors. Today, the crumbling remnants of these great houses serve as a window in time and offer urban explorers the opportunity to capture the ruins in all their glory. In this article, we’ll travel to 20 of the most impressive abandoned mansions across the world. Continue reading