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Only One Handbag

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I recently had a conversation with co-worker who has a passion for handbags. She has lost count of the number of bags she’s collected over the years. She stores them in a big trunk and says she could open a shop.

Needless to say, my co-worker was shocked to learn that I only own one handbag. Yep, only ONE. I like to keep things to a minimal. Same goes for handbags. My mom was the same way. She used to own just one decent handbag at a time and wear it until it fell apart. I do the same. I wear the purses into the ground until they fall of my body and then get a new one.  Not every woman owns a closet’s (or trunk) worth of handbags.

Some would argue that two handbags are necessary. One for regular use, and one small clutch for “special” events like weddings, funerals, etc.  True, but I don’t go anywhere dressy enough for an “evening bag”.

Not only do I own just one handbag, but I like mine plain. I’m not a fan of buckles, chains, and other decor on my bag. Some of my earlier bags came from thrift stores. I carried them for years as they had plenty of life left in them.

Three months ago, my old purse fell apart ( I wore it for three years) and I replaced it with a simple brown handbag. Originally for Target ($40), I found it at Bargain Hunt for just $4.80. No, it’s not a designer bag, but it’s sturdy and practical, and I know I’ll be able to use it for several years. It’s large enough to hold my essentials, a water bottle, and my camera.

I know a lot of women love handbags and may even get addicted to buying them. I firmly believe  the prices of these handbags are often inflated because of the brand, but anyone willing to spend a few hundred or thousand dollars on a bag should be willing to make it worth its money. That said, I still don’t understand the obsession with expensive bags.  It’s a name you’re paying for! Same goes for shoes, dresses, or perhaps worst of all blue jeans.

Anyway, one bag is enough for me, much less complicated.

What about you? Could you or do you wear one bag until it dies?

 

DIY Modern Entryway Table

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This modern entryway table is a quick and inexpensive project almost anyone can do. If you have a drill and screws, you can do it. In one day.

Anna Elyce Smith Creating modern, livable, lovable homes for budgets big + small. Denver, CO + beyond.

This is what I hoped to accomplish. I envisioned a clean, simple entryway table that’s functional  and modern. (via pinterest)

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I spent $21 on the boards. Three 1 x 2’s  and three 1 x 4’s. Home Depot cut the larger pieces for me. At home, I cut the smaller pieces to make two rectangles.

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I drilled pilot holes and used wood glue. Pilot holes are necessary since this type of wood splinters easily.diy modern entryway table

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Next, I glued together the pieces for the top.

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After I sanded and smoothed the pieces with 80 grit sand paper, I painted the legs a semi gloss black (leftover paint).

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I flipped the top upside down and attached the rectangles with three screws.

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Next, I attached the two horizontal pieces to the bottom of the table. Same process: pilot holes, glue,  2 inch screws.

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I sealed the top with two coats of General Finishes Satin Polyacrylic. This poly is fast drying, non-yellowing, and water based.

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I like the dark and natural wood color contrast.

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If you want or need a modern entryway table, I hope you will try this simple tutorial.

Hope you’re all enjoying summer. If you want to keep up with all my projects, follow along on Instragam and Facebook.

Have a great week! xo Sabine

Simple Plywood Headboard

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Today’s post is for those who love to simplify. The older I get, the more I crave a minimalist home. I want it simple, practical and clutter-free.

A few months back, I bought a new mattress and smart base for my teenage son.  I also gave him my faux leather headboard. The headboard had a more masculine feel, which complimented his new bed and bedding. This left me without one so I decided to DIY a tufted headboard. The more I thought about it, the more I leaned toward a simple plywood headboard.

I saw a few on Pinterest, and most of them were from European homes.  It’s true, most Europeans are used to smaller homes, cars, simple furniture, simple home decor, etc.

I went to Lowe’s to pick a quality 3/4 inch plywood. It was around $20, and a friendly man cut it for me to my desired size. At home, I sanded the rough edges. With the scrap plywood, I built a simple nightstand. So easy.

This look may not be for everyone, but it suites me. I like the simple, clean look; the price, and easy “build”. If I get bored with it, I’ll add some padding, wrap it in fabric and call it a day.

For more headboard makeovers, check out this post on the Joss & Main website.

Have a wonderful week!