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One of the things I did to relieve my frustration last year when my ankle was broken and I couldn’t work on the Schoolhouse was buy things on Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy for the Schoolhouse. It worked. It relieved my frustration (because even though I couldn’t work on the Schoolhouse I found a way to work […]

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True confessions: I’ve done a lot of snarfing over the past year and a half. Now that we’re packing for the big move, I’m reminded of (a) just how much snarfing I’ve done and (b) how amazingly ridiculous it is that anyone ever pays full price for anything. I bought this canoe-shaped bookshelf from Dan, […]

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I am head over heels in love with Ikea’s Dignitet curtain hanging system, which I managed to install on three windows and a sliding glass door 100% by myself (OK, after my husband showed me how to use a bit extender on the drill, but still). Ikea’s been my go-to spot for curtains and curtain […]

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I’m a dedicated shopper but even my mind boggles at the seemingly endless consumption that defines a major remodel. First, you’re shopping for basic infrastructure – things like rebar, cement, beams, 2 x 4s up through 4 x 8s, plywood, and a septic tank. Next, it’s infrastructure stage two – shingles, insulation, sheetrock and cement […]

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Why I love Ikea

I do not love Ikea blindly, nor without reservation. Some things are not the most fabulous quality, and some simply don’t work. But when they do something well it can be very cool. Here are photos of the three best things I’ve found at Ikea this year. I saw these Ikea Maskros lights almost a […]

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