Upcycling Trunk: From Box to Storage Table

Upcycling Trunk: From Box to Storage Table

    It is hard for me to pass a cool looking vintage trunk at the thrift store! Or at the curb…. Within one week, i came across two and got both of them. We just moved across the country and we don’t really have any furniture. So I turned one of...
Updating a Curbside Treasure

Updating a Curbside Treasure

        I found this great table at the curb, two blocks from my house. It was heavy and crazy big, I couldn’t lift it let alone shove it into more car (since I couldn’t lift it but it wouldn’t have fit anyways). About half an...
My (Culinary) Life as a Pastry Chef

My (Culinary) Life as a Pastry Chef

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday! Like every Thursday, I am writing about my past culinary career as a chef. In 1996, I started as a chef apprentice at the Steigenberger Inselhotel in Southern Germany. Besides other departments in the kitchen, I was trained (at...
Upcycling: From Favorite Shirt to Favorite Pillow

Upcycling: From Favorite Shirt to Favorite Pillow

Turn shirt inside out Place existing pillow on shirt Draw around pillow Keep 1/2 inch allowance, cut square / rectangular Pin in place, stitch along seam Unbutton, turn pillow cover right side out Insert the pillow and button back up   And there’s your...
How to Organize Books

How to Organize Books

Here’s the problem: you love books and you have lots of them. How to get them organized? If you are like me, you want to be surrounded by your books, they are like friends who follow you through your life. My books remind me of the stages of my life I have gone...
What to Do with Reclaimed Fence Wood?

What to Do with Reclaimed Fence Wood?

This is the stuff dreams are made from: reclaimed wood! For a while, I lived in the suburbs of Dallas, so I had access to lots of free weathered wood. Lots of high fences and lots of tornadoes (quite scary at times!). But while they had to be replaced, I was ready to...
DIY Chevron Pattern Tabletops

DIY Chevron Pattern Tabletops

I don’t know how you feel, but isn’t chevron stripes already outdated (sooo 2012, you might say!). It’s become so popular that it has become irritating to my eyes. Chevron everywhere. Bags, mirrors, tables, chairs, curtains, socks, rugs, shirts,...
Diy Candle Holders from Banisters

Diy Candle Holders from Banisters

For a while I didn’t even know what to do with this weird set of -what are they anyways?- church pews, staircase banisters? I found this set on the curb and shoved it into my car for later use. They looked great with potential but what could I do with them?...
How to Paint Concrete Stairs

How to Paint Concrete Stairs

When getting into a project, I always forget to take the before picture! So, I moved into this old house with lots of add-ons and this weird concrete staircase leading to the basement. I’d say, it is was the ugliest place in the house until I gave it this...
Turning a Dining Table Set into Outdoor Furniture

Turning a Dining Table Set into Outdoor Furniture

Finally I am back to working on projects I love and blogging! In October 2013, I decided to move from Dallas to Portland (because I miss trees……), so I did not really have any projects to work on or anything to blog about. Due to the move, Flavor Designs...