Category Archives: DIY

Thrift shopping, the excitement of the find

My new favorite pass-time is thrift shopping.  I am about to furnish a new home and have been filling in the missing pieces with thrift shop finds.  You would be amazed at the wealth of home furnishings that are hidden among the piles of junk.  Many of my greatest treasures have come from the depths of these piles. 
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Home Tour (I think): Yaakov Sasson’s rooftop gallery

Yaakov Sasson is best described as an eccentric. I talked with him a bit, but I couldn’t quite tell whether he lived here or if this was his work space or gallery. According to Houses From Within “The roof top on Alfasi is not a house but really an institution.” Which doesn’t really answer my question either. I think you’ll see what I’m saying though when you check out his place.
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Above is the hallway to get up to the rooftop. There are so many brilliant elements here. Some of my favorites were:

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Furniture fabric decoupage

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This dresser from the Better Homes and Gardens website got me interested in the craft of decoupaging furniture with fabric.   If you find the right fabric and a good piece of furniture, you can have a dresser like the one featured here.  I can even see starting a small business refurbishing old furniture with this craft…

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Paint transformation: From tossed to treasured

When my neighbor dragged this small dresser in off of the street that someone had tossed, we both got excited.  Not only was the dresser an “antique” it was in very good shape with all it’s parts in working order, including sliding glass doors on the top and a key in the lock on the doors below.
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Outdated bathroom tiles, not anymore…

Wow there are some really ugly, old bathroom tiles out there; I am sure that you’ve seen a few…
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Here’s an old bathroom that is in pretty good shape.  The only problem is that these brownish tiles are dark and don’t do much to add to this small space.   The apartment is a rental and the owner did not want to do an expensive renovation, so she put on her thinking cap and came up with a pretty good economical solution. 

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Living small: Decorating small spaces

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Photo by Better Homes and Gardens
Small spaces can produce big rewards when it comes to decorating.  Although the photo above is a bit odd with that shelf sticking out, adding a side bench to a dining area creates more seating and aesthetic punch.  I have spent many years in apartment dwellings and in a sense “small space” has become my middle name.

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Writing on the walls: Chalk art

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Chalk is one of those materials that draws you into it’s smooth texture and bright color palette.  I love to see kids coloring gleefully on sidewalks or marvel over the works of skilled street artists who work exclusively in chalk. 
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4U Gifts

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Whether you are looking for a full service set of Villeroy & Boch China or the latest OXO kitchen gadget, 4U Gifts in Jerusalem, has got it all. From classic cutlery to local Israeli craftsmanship, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for.

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Making mix and match work

Colorful Mix and Match Table and Chairs
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Furniture from Brazil
Mix and match is very different from “Matchy Matchy“, a term that Shira coined in one of her early posts on Tchochkes.  I believe in combining unique styles with unusual color combinations.  This works best when the colors are balanced within their color groups, like these multi-bright chairs in the room setting above.  Although the chairs are mix and match, they coordinate nicely with the artwork and decorative blue trim. 

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Quicky post – jar frames

Sometimes you come across something and you think ‘THAT IS…

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