October 5th, 2012

I made a new coffee table for the den and so can you! You know, if you want to or whatever. I don’t care! It’s your coffee and a place to put it, homeslice.

The den has always been my nemesis in terms of awkward layout, weird wainscoting and overall browntown-ness and remained so despite a year living with that gorgeous tulip table. Sometimes marble isn’t able to solve all your problems, so when I ran across this wood slab top on Craigslist I thought, hey, why not throw in some more brown to browntown and maybe – just maybe – add a touch of neon pizazz to fix this mess of a room.


– Table Top (I found this slab on Craigslist – eBay is a great source or THIS might work for you, but any top can work)
Hairpin Legs (Logan from OneFortyThree made these ones – oh, and check out his shop too)
Florescent Spray Paint
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
3M Advanced Abrasives Sandpaper (I used the 150 and 220 grit)
3M TEKK Protection Saftey Gear (gloves, mask, ect.)
Orange Glo Spray Cleaner
Howard Feed & Wax
Cordless Drill
– Tape Measure
– Screws (length and type best suited for your table top)
– Rags


1. My wood slab had some surface scratches and vintage grim that needed to be ‘refreshed’, so I started hand-sanding with the rougher 150 grit sandpaper to knock down the majority of the damage and finished up with the very fine 220 grit for a nice smooth finish.

*Tip Corner: Depending on how rough your wood is or if it has any sort of lacquer or stain finish, you might prefer using a power sander to expedite the sanding process. Wear some eye protection and a mask if power sanding off any kind of preexisting finish, ’cause seriously who knows what it is or if you should ingest it (you really probably shouldn’t FYI). Anyways, my wood was in pretty good shape and didn’t need a ton of sanding to look and feel good.

2. After sanding, go ahead and remove all the dust and icky stuff with some Orange Glo Spray and a clean rag in order to prep the wood for the final buff.

3. Sometimes when refinishing wood I’ll use Danish Oil to restore and treat the wood and then buff it, but this slab was already in pretty good shape and didn’t really need it, so I finished up by buffing on some Howard Feed & Wax (aka my favorite thing ever).

*Tip Corner: After years of gross oil hands turning into gross oily hobo hair (when I inevitably touched my hair with my oily hands) I finally threw on some gloves and avoided the whole situation. Now I am an adult. An adult doing things safely or something.

4. After the top was all finished up I flipped it over and roughly placed the hairpin legs to eyeball where they should go.

5. Once placement was decided, I taped off the legs at 4″ to prep them for the neon spray paint.

*Tip Corner: I taped the legs all the way down in order to avoid any over-spray. Why? Because I’m a messy and lazy spray painter, duh.

6. I threw on some gloves to avoid that messy nozzle spray paint finger thing that always happens and then gave each leg a few coats of paint. Also, go ahead and wear a mask and some eye protection for extra safety – you know, if you go all willy-nilly and spray paint crazy and want to protect stuff like your health. SAFETY.

*FYI, florescent spray paint seems thinner than normal paint and ended up taking more coats than I expected.

7. I screwed on the legs and then pulled off the tape.

BOOM. Done.

Easy-peasy custom neon fun times.

I’m super happy with how the coffee table turned out and really enjoy this little florescent touch to what has always been browntown central. Now if that lame wainscoting would just disappear without me having to do anything…


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September 28th, 2012


We decided on a name! The name is annoyingly ridiculous! Apologies in advance! Ok, so what is it?

Bea Arthur ‘Featherfoot’ Beepers

Yeah, well, we mainly call her ‘Bea’ for expediency or ‘Beepers’ when she squeaks or howls. Occasionally we’ll throw out a ‘Featherfoot’ when shes acting like a creepy hippie. She’s spayed, fully vaccinated, flea free and generally incredibly amazing, but we are  now officially crazy dog herding people. For reals.


It’s Friday, otherwise know as the official round up day of the internet, so here’s a little peak at some of the stuff I’ve been rounding up on the old Craigslist.

Of course, I’m a compulsive CL scavenger and save an insane amount of listings while sending a ridiculous amount of pointless email inquires considering that I rarely buy. I mean, really it’s like 5% of the time that everything works out and I find something I want at a good price, drive out and grab it and then somehow don’t get murdered. Anyways, it takes a delicate combination of price, ease, need and willpower for me to follow through and meet up with a stranger to buy their old unwanted crap.

CL is a pain. Mostly. But I just can’t stop chasing that dragon.

Above are a few samples from the past month of my saved CL posts – which total out to be seven things I’m watching and one thing I’m buying. But those are cute things dummy! Why not buy everything?! Well, some are overpriced, some are basically inconvenient, some sellers are unreachable and a special few are constantly reposted because the seller is cray-cray.

Which one made the cut?

Hint hint, it’s not that Lafer sofa and it’s bigger than Bea. Stay tuned? Hopefully it will be in the house? if everything works out?


Have a sweet ass weekend.


September 26th, 2012

Being distracted by projects and traveling and other such nonsense like losing my camera battery charger, I’ve generally been MIA from the interwebs for much longer than I’d expected as well as so clutter-minded that this post has somehow floated around forgotten in draft limbo for an unreasonably long while.

How long, you ask? One month? Nope. Many multiple months? Yup.


Anyway, many many moons ago, I pulled together my props and helped style up some interiors Laure was shooting for a campaign launching the new BIG Jambox by Jawbone. Like the original smaller scale Jambox wireless speaker, this bigger version is just as portable and designed by Yves Behar and also makes the sounds go BOOM. This photo shoot was actually my first experience with any sort of Jambox and I have to admit that it sounded pretty impressive just streaming music from our phones while we worked. Oh, and that wireless thing is so very nice seeing that I despise nothing more in the world than seeing wire clutter. Plus it recharges up like any other mobile thing.

I totally want one, dammit.

Ok, get it together lady.

BAM. Some of my favorite photos from the shoot:

Mmmmmmmm. Yum.

Of course all these gorgeous photos were shot by my favorite photographer Laure Joliet, who is as always fantastic to work with  as is the ever awesome Heather. We three shot the campaign really quickly by hitting up 3 locations a day for 4 days in a row and pulled together a large stylish collection of images featuring the BIG Jambox – all of which can be seen here on pinterest.

We did it! Yeah!

Thanks again to Tracy, Gregory, Simon, Laura, Elsie, Abby, Erin and Jerome for sharing all of your beautiful homes and being so generously accommodating to us and thank you forever Laure and Heather for being the best.