Lighting is one of my favourite elements to pick for a room and one of the last to get installed. (There’s a reason for this: when I wrote about living in US houses vs. Australian ones, I mentioned that all electrical DIY jobs are illegal here unless performed by a licensed electrician.) Well, the light I chose for the study has finally been installed… so come and play the game with me of Which Light Is Right. Continue reading »
You might be thinking to yourself, “Aren’t magazine files already easy to find and pretty cheap?” It gets even easier and cheaper, my friend. One sheet of plywood = EIGHTEEN files! And at $3.50 a pop, no less. The bookshelf in my study just got re-organised in a sturdy, stylish way. Continue reading »
My first DIY project was four years ago, when I got a $30 desk from a tip shop. This desk was a big, solid beast, ex-government issue, large enough to fit a desktop and sketchbooks, and in need of some cosmetic attention. Continue reading »
- Sometimes you’re busy, and you’d really like a cup of tea, but you don’t want to walk away from the computer for ten minutes while you wait for the stovetop kettle to boil (or worse, return to the study and forget about it, leaving it to make a shrieking racket until someone else hears it).