Another Piano Stool Makeover


Not long ago I bought two little antique piano stools from an Armenian diplomat who had listed them on Craigslist. He was leaving the country and was selling practically everything in his apartment. I didn’t really care for the antique velvet upholstery they came with….one was green and the other was red. But the fabric was in very good condition on both of the stools considering their age and I didn’t have the heart to remove it, so I decided to just go ahead and place the new fabric on top of the old ones. Continue reading


Comfy Upholstered Bedroom Bench

I’ve been longing for a comfortable and cushy upholstered bench in my bedroom for quite a while now.  It’s always nice to have a place to sit down in the bedroom besides the bed.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted in any furniture store in my area and ordering a bench or divan online would have been prohibitive, considering the shipping cost as well as customs taxes. So, once more….I had to come up with a way to make it myself.  My inspiration piece was an adorable little upholstered bench that I had seen online on Barjis Design’s website. I had drooled over it for months and of course I’d saved the pic in my files. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Chairs

I love my new house in the mountains. I have a 180 degree view of the central valley below and I can see all the way to the gulf across the valley. Sometimes, on a clear day, I can even see sailboats in the water. I can’t complain. Or rather, I shouldn’t. But of course I do. We bought the house semi-contructed. Apparently the former owners ran out of money and they were not able to complete construction on it, so they sold the house “as is”. This was great for us because we were able to choose and purchase countertops, flooring, windows and fixtures to our taste. Unfortunately however, the floorplan was already laid out and it wasn’t exactly how I would have designed it.  There are a couple of  difficult spots that seem to me like they are wasted spaces. One such area is the little useless niche underneath the stairs. It’s not really part of the living room but it isn’t part of the hallway either. After several months of analyzing, it ocurred to me that a couple of simple chairs might fit under there nicely and I could turn it into a separate little conversation area. Continue reading