Office Shelving

In our continued effort to get our tiny house situated, I finally completed the office shelving. We wanted something to go around the bar, and after going through many plans for the shelving, we finally decided on a combination of wood shelves and steel brackets to hold everything into place.

Since we’re renting, I didn’t want to invest in permanent shelving that we couldn’t reuse. By not building the entire thing out of wood, it’ll be much easier to take apart and reassemble.

I built the left side and right side separately and anchored each into the wall, with one metal bracket on each side touching the floor for added support. The trickiest part was putting in the top shelf for our large collection of game boards.

full shelving



Because two brackets prevented the top shelf from easily sliding into place, I had to carve out a notch to fit it in.

shelving notch




A Year of Sunday Mornings: Week Twenty-Nine

avocado toast

This has been a solitary and introspective and perfect few days. It was cold, and I felt nature was playing a cruel joke on us. I wanted to build my little garden and drink iced tea in the sun.

Instead, I had a placid indoor sort of weekend. I took long runs and longer baths. I lingered in the stacks of my favorite bookstore, thumbing through the yellowed pages of mycology texts, and leaving with the perfect 1950s Canadian mushroom text and a slew of other things.

I made toast on the stove and at it in bed with the biggest mug of coffee. And I’ll read more, and run more, and cook more today.

Sometimes, nothing is better than being utterly alone.


Penguin Hardcover Classics

I may have found my dream home. We are going to have a look at it on Saturday and I’m already decorating it in my head.

I’ve always coveted the Penguin Hardcover Classics. I love the idea of a bookshelf lined with their perfect spines. I think it may be our generation’s version of having a set of the Great Books of the Western World — a sort of bourgeois display of my pseudo-intellectual leanings. But I don’t care. They’re pretty.

jane austen penguin classics via amazon

But wait. It gets harder There are also Penguin Drop Caps. With covers designed by Jessica Hische. Damn you, Penguin. I need all the books.

penguin drop caps via the terrier and lobster


DIY Christmas Trees

It’s been years now since I’ve had a real Christmas tree, but hopefully this will be my last tree-less year.

For those like me who are either in small apartments or are without a vehicle to transport a large tree in, here’s a great list of DIY Christmas trees you can make to ensure your home is still festive for the holidays.

Mary and I made the first one when we had an apartment together in Chicago, and it turned out great.

wall charm tree
Tree of Charms from Apartment Therapy

chalkboard tree
Chalkboard Tree from A Leg Up

wall branch tree
Wall Branch Tree from We Heart It

ladder and coat rack tree
Ladder and Coat Rack Tree from Leah Daehling

book tree
Book Tree from Very Merry Vintage Style


School Auction

A closed school in Southwest Detroit recently had an auction to get rid of its contents and I was able to go scour the school and find some really cool stuff. While it’s sad to have another school closing in the area, I can’t deny how fun it was to search an old, four-story school building full of treasures.

green steel box
One of my favorite finds were these steel, green drawers. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to use it yet, but I have plans to build a desk in the near future, and I’m sure this will become part of it.

You can tell the seats on these stools are in pretty bad shape, but I’m hoping to replace them with some nicer, salvaged wood.

glass jar and bird
The bird is from an antique store I went to with Mary (mentioned here), but now I found this cool science bottle to accompany it. No idea what’s actually inside of it.

I love all these books, but the “Let’s Explore the Great Lakes” one specifically has some amazing illustrations inside.

school map


My other favorite find was this school map. Unfortunately, this will have to go into storage until the day I finally have that dream home.

school map - rolled up


school map - bottom



Bike Business

Recently, I came across the bicycle zine delivery service of Théophile’s Papers on Cycle Chic Belgium. Théophile has several indie bookshops and runs a delivery service on his bike. How awesome is that! I love a mobile and green bicycle based business and was curious what else was out there. Here’s what I found.

Hopworks Bike Bar
Hopeworks Bike Bar via Oregon Live

Maid Marian Muffins
Maid Marian Muffins via For the Love of Bikes

Cafe Velo
Cafe Velo via flickr

Theophile's Papers
Théophile’s Papers via Cycle Chic Belgium

Perhaps What good have I done today? will start a craft bike. You never know…