My Friend Staci

Taking living spaces from disaster to delightful, and proving any home can be fabulous on the cheap.

Somebody Else’s Vacation: The UK

Authors: Staci

This time, the pictures come from my hubby! During his senior year in college (2010) he took a school trip to Engand, Ireland, and Scotland. I certainly wish I could have gone along on this extensive journey! Instead, I spent my time getting to know my new roommate who I’d only met once before relocating to Kansas. I would say...

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Life, Lately

Authors: Staci

Happy St Paddy’s Day, everyone! This post has nothing do to with today’s pseudo holiday but I figured I would at least mention it. Hope you all find a pot of gold or a four-leaf clover somewhere today! Has it been a month since my last post? I’m so sorry, you guys! I have a lot of things swirling around in my head...

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My Wooly Valentine

Authors: Staci

Last Friday night. It was destiny. We were headed over to North Park, one of our favorite neighborhoods, to meet some friends but first I wanted to stop by West Elm to see if they had anything good in their clearance section. I was thinking of desktop organization or a good deal on some kitchen stuff (typical… the obsession...

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Prettiest Baking Cookbooks

Authors: Staci

As much time as I spend in the kitchen, baking is not my strong point. When I have people over, I take care of the appetizers, salads, dinner, etc. but leave dessert as my default answer to the question, “Is there anything I can bring?” (If nobody asks, I usually have some ice cream tucked in the freezer for a backup).

Thes...

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Decorating with the Jacksons

Authors: Staci

And I’m not talkin’ 20-dollar bills (although that would help).

As usual, I have been dreaming up potential living spaces more than ever. This kind of activity has only been increased by constant stalking of real estate listings, looking for the perfect bargain (sometime late summer, maybe?) My problem is that I’m...

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Somebody Else’s Vacation: Mongolia

Authors: Staci

I was thinking back to the old days when neighbors would invite you over to watch a slideshow of their vacation photos. Luckily, I’ve only heard about these get-togethers and haven’t sat through an obligatory session, but then the irony dawned on me that today’s generation does the exact same thing, only in the form...

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Knife Info 101

Authors: Staci

When I began at Sur La Table I had no idea what made a knife nice, especially not what made a knife special enough to spend hundreds of dollars on a single piece. Now I know that there are so many different kinds of steel, and they all perform differently. A great knife is one of the most cost-effective ways to upgrade your cooking...

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Knife Upgrades

Authors: Staci

It has come to my attention that since I’ve worked at Sur La Table for going on a year and a half, that people assume my kitchen is full of top-of-the-line products. Not so! Surprisingly most of my paycheck actually does come home with me (as opposed to being spent at work). We are still using more or less everything we...

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2014 Resolutions

Authors: Staci

I’m probably the last blogger that has gotten around to writing about New Year’s Resolutions… and to post it on a Friday Afternoon? It’s like I don’t know anything about blogging at all! Oh well. I am trying to get back into the swing of things and to post twice weekly, so an 11th hour post is what you...

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A Piano in the Home

Authors: Staci

I believe that the last time I shared photos of the TV wall, the living room looked like this.

I like the art, I like the symmetry, but something seemed to be missing. With the addition of our pine shelves (to the left of the photo), it was getting to shelv-ey around here (what with spanning the whole left wall, and the Expedits...

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