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tufted sofa reveal

After much deconstructing, button-making, tuft-tying, fabric-stapling, trim-gluing, tack-hammering and cushion-sewing, the tufted sofa is finally done!! I feel like some confetti should've fallen from the sky when Kriste and I put the final cushion in place.  It didn't, but it should have.  This sofa has been the most challenging and high-maintenance piece of upholstery I have taken on to date,  (read more …)

braided jute & tack trim

The body of the tufted sofa is finally finished!  This has definitely been the most challenging upholstery project I've taken on, but it's shaping up nicely and now it's all smooth sailing with the cushions.  (I feel like I need to knock on some wood or something now!) Here's a peek at how the body turned out... Did you notice anything? Well, if you're very observant, you may have noticed  (read more …)

why I use my silver everyday

I've talked about this before, but it's worth talking about again. When I shared pictures of my new drawer organizers, I received a few comments and questions about my flatware.  The most common one was, "Do you really use your silver everyday?" The answer is yes, I really do.  Even with two young boys, I do.  Even with a husband who would be content using plastic picnic ware, I do. It wasn't  (read more …)

“farmhouse” finds

When shopping for a retail space or event, I used to just buy whatever I liked and felt I could make a profit on.  A few years ago, I learned that it was easier to focus my shopping/making/painting efforts around a loose theme.  This year, in homage to our new MMS Milk Paint Color, the theme for Lucketts will be "Farmhouse White." Kriste and I have been developing the idea a little further, since  (read more …)

there is a time & a place for burlap

Remember when we were all collectively wooed by burlap?  It's cheap.  It's neutral.  It brings lots of texture to the space.  And, did I mention that it's cheap? So, burlap was everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  Curtains, wreaths, dust ruffles, pillows, upholstery, table linens...  burlap wasn't off limits for anything home decor.  It still isn't, really.  If you run a search for burlap on Pinterest, the  (read more …)

favorite Ikea finds

We live about 90 minutes away from an Ikea, so I don't go there often.  Maybe once every three or four years.  On Friday, my mom and I made the trek and spent the day "doing Ikea."  It really is like a theme park.  Wear comfortable shoes, get your map, make your lists, so you don't miss anything.  Make your plans, so you hit lunch at the right time.  It's an event. I went with a pretty sizable  (read more …)

favorite things | antique flatware

I'm sometimes asked what I look for when I'm out shopping for things for my home or things to sell.  The broad, non-specific answer is that I look for whatever speaks to me.  Certain things just capture my attention.  I like them. Why do you like what you like?  You just do. One of the things that I am a total sucker for is antique flatware, specifically bone-handled, French ivory and Bakelite.  (read more …)

the awl that quite possibly saved my life

Remember my struggles with the tufted sofa?  I'm not usually paranoid about inanimate objects, but I felt like I needed to keep an eye on that one.  It silently threatened to "do me in" with its seemingly bulletproof batting and ridiculous amount of tufts. I finally learned how to speak a language this sofa would understand... Let's just say that the sofa got the point.  It understood the awl  (read more …)