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    April 30, 2012
    Coffee Table DIY: Phase 1

    Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for raw wood coffee tables like the one above. Unfortunately, what I found was outside the range of what I was willing to spend ($800 +). But, on a recent visit to Dallas, I found an entire truckload of raw-edge walnut boards at Wood World. My dad was nice enough to drive it to Austin where we started working on it this weekend. It is not an easy task. I haven’t done this before and didn’t realize that the board I saw as smooth was actually covered with saw marks (see below).

    Three hours of sanding later, we had everything smoothed out.

    So far I’m into this thing for $210 of materials:

    board: $120

    electric sander: borrowed

    sandpaper: $10

    four reproduction hairpin legs: $80

    time: 3 hours

    injuries: 0

    Next up: choosing and applying a finish. I’ll keep you posted.

     

     


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    April 27, 2012
    Weekend Test Kitchen: Lemon Cake With Black Tea Icing

    So pretty. Find the recipe and more gorgeous photos at Honey and Jam.

     


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    April 26, 2012
    Etsy Find: Candy-Colored Kilims

    Gorgeous hand-woven rugs in lovely, unexpected shades from Sukan. Starting at $2500.


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    April 25, 2012
    Going the Plaid

    Forgive my Spaceballs joke – and if you didn’t get it you clearly have a much more sophisticated sense of humor than I do. I think I’ve seen that movie 30 times. But, anyway, these plaid benches (made entirely of wood) are simply amazing.


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    April 24, 2012
    Etsy Find: Totes McGoats

    Block printed canvas tote bag, $18.

     


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    April 23, 2012
    Fleece and Flounce

    These new pillows from Anthropologie bring back only my fondest memories of macrame and late 70s style. $98 – $148.


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    April 20, 2012
    Wallpockets

    I absolutely love these wallpockets from Ampersand featured today on Fab.com. I thought they would be ridiculously expensive – as most well-designed, environmentally-friendly things tend to be. But the recycled cardboard cubbies are just $16 a pair.

     

     


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    April 19, 2012
    On the Dot

     

    These Dot Espresso cups might not help get you to work on time, but they could make your mornings a bit cheerier. $22.

    Via Curbly on Pinterest.

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    April 18, 2012
    A Tree in the Forest

    I recently found a shop in Dallas selling an entire shipment of live-edge walnut boards and got inspired to make my own coffee table (post to come in the next few months when I actually get it done). Then I ran across this lovely image on Pinterest and started thinking I might need to head back to Dallas for seconds and make my own headboard.

     


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    April 17, 2012
    Overstock Find

    Cubist Brass Side Table, $178. It’s only discounted by $20 off retail, but with $3 flat rate shipping, it’s a pretty good deal.

     

     


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