All these "simplify" posts made me think I'd better show why I feel like we need to pare down. I'm thinking a little self-imposed homework/look book/workbook is sorely needed. You know, a little something like The Marion House Book did.

We (half-) jokingly call our style "Trash Americana". I think I first heard the phrase at a Wilco show, but maybe Mr. Tweedy described the band as Trash Electro-Americana? Whatever, living in a Wilco world isn't really my cup of whiskey; especially not since that last album. The style is also evidence as to why I think this Abe Lincoln needlepoint is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. (found on

I'm on a fairly strict self-imposed spending freeze, though, so I didn't bid on it. Someone else will have to give ol' honest Abe a good home.

A little bit about our stuff: Painting of creepy monkey face by Charlie--I love it so much I had it framed. The space between the painting and the boat are an in-process spot. I've got all sorts of little bits and pieces of art to put up, but I'm not sure what I want to put there. Big boat and display cabinet were both free--the boat from one of Charlie's freelance gigs, the display case from an architectural model we were getting rid of here at work.

Nautical float also a freebie that came home with C. Doily Skulls/assemblage art by C's friend Robert Childers. The wooden school-type clock was a new purchase--a gift for C for Christmas. Ship copper wire string art from Goodwill. The yellow fiberglass kids chair was from an attic sale. Vintage coffee table from eBay. I don't care for this grouping, but since it's behind the sofa I don't see it much and it's just going to stay there.

Plycraft Chair was a Craigslist purchase. The guy swore he took a Herman Miller tag off it, but it didn't take too much research to find out it's not an Eames chair. We're halfway through reupholstering it in tan leather.  The sofa was also a Craigslist find (though not a cheap score by any means) and was recently reupholstered in Alexander Girard for Herman Miller fabric. The best we can guess is that the frame and design are by Knoll.