Chain ReHAB!

Today’s rehab post comes courtesy of my friends Kate & Bridget. They wanted to replace their blah IKEA kitchen table and chairs, and Kate & her mom stumbled upon an incredible deal: a sturdy wood dining table (conveniently already painted white), THREE leaves (convenient for big dinner parties in their Philadelphia townhouse) and 6 chairs…….. for the UNREAL price of $85.

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The dark striped seat covers didn’t jive with their color scheme, so Kate & her mom used some new foam, staples/glue, and tan & white pattern fabric to give the set new life and complement the wood work.

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Easy Re-Upholstery

Staging your home or decorating your apartment? I’ve seen a ton of great chair re-habs on ApartmentTherapy.com lately and have been keeping my eye out for a re-do piece. With some paint, fabric, foam and a staple gun or straight pins, you too can work wonders. This bench grabbed my eye on the website today- I love the bright colors. I’ll be posting a similar DIY my friends did to a beat up kitchen table and chairs next week!

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Hanging in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Living and traveling through Asia has definitely changed my idea of what a ‘house’ looks like. For instance, in Halong Bay, Vietnam over 1,600 fishermen (& their families!) live in floating houses. They even have a school!

 

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IKEA hackers!

Looking to add some class to that IKEA table you’ve had forever? Or been lusting after a super $$ coffee table, but would rather DIY. Check out this awesome hack of the IKEA Lack coffee table- AMAZING results.

Welcome to my Ancestral home in Italy… FOR REAL!

Back when I studied abroad in Rome during college, I re-connected with our Italian relatives- also the Brandolinis- who live in the Abruzzo region of Italy. We’ve since met up numerous times, the last being this May when I got to spend 2 weeks hanging out with everyone. Check out my family home in Cellino Attanasio. Our relatives then sold it to buy an earthquake proof home up the hill a little further that allowed them to house their hardware/furniture store above their living space. That’s the matriarch greeting us by her front door, and a photo of us in her her kitchen! Oh what could have been had my relative never emigrated to the US of A…….

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Check out this amazing kitchen from a house tour on ApartmentTherapy.com (click picture to take you to the tour). Would you ever believe its from a house that is under 1,000 square feet?! Having a small home doesn’t need to mean sacrificing comfort or style.

Could you imagine if this was your home? This is in the country of Lao on the Chao Praya river.

Doubt this home would cost too much… but homes prices in the US are expected to rise at least 3.3% annually through 2017! Click on the photo to read more about the market!

The Chinese government built a highway around this man’s home when he refused to sell it to make way. This happens often enough in China that these houses are referred to as ‘nail houses’. This man did eventually sell and move…click through the picture for the full article

I love interior design and crafting, and am a licensed Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach , working on a team (Cindy & Bob) with over 25 years experience.

Need some help finding the perfect place in Philadelphia or its surrounding areas? Samantha.Brandolini@foxroach.com!

Green & BRIGHT! DIY Terrarium & Flowers on the cheap

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