let the sun shine in

Thank you to Tori @ The Ramblings for awarding me with the prestigious Sunshine Blogger Award – her blog is ha!-larious, so I am of course quite honored. How this works is that I have to answer 11 of her questions, then pass on 11 of my own questions to […]

diy: white brick

The first project Rob and I Rob tackled in our house was to paint the brick around our fireplace white. This came as no surprise to anyone who knows us or who had visited our apartment in the South Bronx, where we had white walls, white furniture, white plates and…white […]

diy shed: rusty to rustic

RUSTY SHED, BEFORE: We had every intention of painting this eyesore at the side of our house. We even bought the paint. I shouldn’t be too disrespectful because this shed is extremely useful: it houses our lawnmower, garbage cans, snow blower, rakes, shovels, etc. It just looked a little creepy […]

happy home improvement month!

Here at The Home Tome headquarters we have officially (and arbitrarily) declared this to be Home Improvement Month, a.k.a HIMP Month (not to be confused with HUMP Month, HEMP Month, or GIMP Month.) We will be celebrating do-it-yourself projects, projects that are hired out, and projects that remain woefully un-done. […]

cloud control

I have always been a big fan of mother nature: she’s creative, she’s in control, and she’s one hell of a multi-tasker. I think what I most respect is her design sensibility. Maybe I’ve just had my head in the clouds lately, but it seems to me that she’s taking […]

marvelous marushka

A few weeks back, before things were blooming outside, my friend Suzanne at Inspire; to breathe posed the question: have florals hit your home? She has all kinds of cool flowery items with a vintage feel around her house: framed wallpaper, sweet paintings, and funky little boxes. Check them out […]

Nifty Shades of Grey

Everyone’s got their undies in a bundle over that book, Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s tantalizing and all, but, really, isn’t fifty shades a bit excessive? Over at the home tome headquarters, I wouldn’t say that grey is the dominant color, but we have a few shades and we think […]

Go 3G: Glamour Gardening Gloves

I was wondering: Why-o-why do all my flowers die? Why do all the weeds I pull grow right back? And what about those bulbs I planted – nothing ever appeared! Alas, I have finally figured out that it’s because…I didn’t have these: Glamour Gardening Gloves! (a.k.a. the other 3G) These […]

on the subject of eggs…

We’ve got eggs on the brain here at the home tome. And not just because my own eggs are rapidly aging, declining, disappearing and/or shriveling up into tiny little Yodas. Feel the force around you… Anyway! We also have eggs on the brain because of Easter and this funky grey […]

how to make a weed bouquet

The arrival of spring means that a lot of beautiful things are about to bloom. It also means that some not-so-beautiful things are about to arrive as well… I’m talking about every lawn’s enemy: weeds. We have have a cringe-worthy abundance of these, but I’ve figured out how to make […]

questions asked this weekend

To the lone crocus that just poked up through the rock path by the side of our house: Are you a bit early for the party? Will your friends be meeting you here? Regarding The Hunger Games, which I discovered to be an addictive page-turner: Is the fact that so […]

salt and pepper party

Please join me in celebrating salt, pepper, and the shakers that contain them. Who is invited: Six lucky guests who also appreciate these tasty condiments and sprinkle them excessively onto foods that probably don’t need them (of course, you’ll never know whether these foods need more flavoring or not, since […]

mega monstera leaf

Dear Guinness Book of World Records, I am writing to tell you about our Monstera Leaf a.k.a. Monstera deliciosa. We keep these around the house for decorative purposes – I like how they bring in a tropical vibe. And I appreciate how they have a long life expectancy – they […]

seeing red

If I turn my face toward the sun and close my eyes, I see red. When I go back to my native Wisconsin, I see lots of barns that are red. If I get a paper cut while sorting the mail, the liquid that oozes out of my finger is, […]

mock moss, etc.

I don’t know what compelled me to buy these “moss” pebbles at the dollar store. It might have had something to do with the fact that they cost…a dollar. And I seem to have some sort of fixation with artificial things lately (i.e. fake flowers, fake comments…) I like moss. […]