Shabby Chic in Disguise

created at: 2009-08-10

Am I crazy or isn’t Swedish Country just Shabby Chic tidied up a bit, pink fuzziness removed from the photographs and tighter fitting white slipcovers? From every photo and blog I’ve seen touting Swedish Country, it looks to me like Shabby Chic.Marketing decorating styles has become very similar to selling fashion. If it’s renamed and given a little twist, it can be resold to an entirely new demographic. For some reason this reminds me of the genius of Disney. Continue Reading

The Ikea StyleMeter.

The fabulous flatpackers at Ikea are here to help you. With nine ‘choose your fave’ categories, they’re offering to declare your design taste with the least in the three ‘styles’ they claim to provide. Apparently, I’m 80% Scandanavian, 20% Modern, and not a darn bit country. So, limited, yes, but fun, none the less. I wonder how “Stylemeter” translates from Swedish…

created on: 01/31/09


Style Make Over: Country Conversion

The great thing about country-style furniture is it’s falling out of favor, which means you can pick it up for just about nothing. Another thing, it’s almost always made out of real wood–generally pine–which is more than I can say about most of the furniture at IKEA. The not-so-great thing about country-style furniture, is, well, it’s country–not that there’s anything wrong with that if that’s the way you roll, but if you don’t, you’re going to have to get creative. Continue Reading

IKEA + Country…Can this modern marriage last??

The marriage of IKEA and country might sound doomed, going the way of Brittany and Jason. And Brittany and K Fed. On the other hand, take that very curious couple Courtney Cox and David Arquette. The last time I heard, they were still hitched, proving two contrary styles can, in fact, make it.

Much as all successful marriages, the IKEA + country union will most likely work best if a compromise is made, and the perfect demilitarized zone for this odd couple is modern country, which is also known as contemporary county, country modern, and new country. Continue Reading

How to Salvage and Season Cast Iron Cookware

Antique cast iron cookware is the best there is. If you have an old piece, this guide will show you how to clean, restore, and season those worn cast iron skillets and dutch ovens so that they're good as new. 

Cleaning cast iron cookware | Clean, restore and season cast iron skillet | How to salvage antique cookware

Cast iron is incredible. It’s like nature’s non-stick surface. I have a 12” skillet, a round griddle for tortillas, and a large, rectangular griddle/grill pan, all of which I absolutely baby, adding flavor layer by layer, and avoiding soap, and many times water, at all cost.    Continue Reading