Recreating a lovely farmhouse dining room on the cheap

Hello there... It's been a long while, as I hit pause on this blog while I waited for the glut of holiday-related merchandise to be cleared from the shelves out there. And once I hit pause, it was very difficult to have momentum again. But here we go at last... Based on feedback from you, …

Portable butcher block kitchen island

Every now and then, I'll go outside of the usual price range I look at and highlight something extraordinarily well-made. On an absolute level the price tag may be expensive, but considering the beauty and quality, it will still be an 'inspired bargain'. Here is one such piece: a gorgeous, portable, end-grain butcher block kitchen …

Gray microsuede bench with distressed legs

Benches are great pinch-hitters as far as seating goes. This particular one captured my interest because of the soft, gray color that would feel right at home with today's gray-heavy decorating models, is made of a microsuede type material that would likely repel dirt, and the heavily distressed off-white legs, giving the whole piece an …