Today’s post is just a quick little idea for thrifty artwork. If you recall our “before” house tour, you’ll remember that Mike’s office is right off of our living room and front hall entrance.  Mike is an MMA journalist, and trying to incorporate artwork and stuff into his office space that I can live with being seen from other rooms is difficult. Mike loves to collect old books, and over the years we’ve found several different vintage books about martial… Read more »

On a recent trip to my local St. Vinny’s, I came across what appear to be two original John Haymson pen and watercolour paintings. They are about 3′ ⨯ 1′, and honestly, if they aren’t original paintings, they’re the best prints I’ve ever seen. I had no idea who John Haymson was when I bought the paintings; I just knew I loved them. Here’s a little background info on the artist: John Haymson was born in Austria in 1902. He… Read more »

One of the biggest challenges of moving into a larger home has been acquiring enough furniture to furbish each of our children’s rooms. Luckily I’ve found lots of great deals at thrift stores and yard sales, but most of the pieces have needed to be refinished in one way or another. I’ve spent my entire summer stripping, sanding, priming, painting, re-upholstering, and there’s no end in sight. I’ve been trying to do a little on each kid’s room rather than… Read more »