My cats’ clawing habit inspired this chair makeover.

17 Chair Makeover MyFixitUpLife Theresa crochet twine after

When we moved into this home, the armchair was already here. It was the previous owner’s armchair, and her family had lived in the home since it was built in 1903. The armchair has a long history in this home.

I selected a material mix based on cat claw repellent nailhead trim plus claw-loving natural colored twine. And this time I chose a darker stain for the wood. see more

Star stitches! Crazy about a pair of twine crochet handbags that I made

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A pretty hue of twine inspired a fun pair of crochet handbags. I discovered the star crochet stitch, and I fell hard. First, I made a bracelet with some brown twine leftover from another project. Then I spied this green twine at Lowe’s, and was immediately inspired to make a … see more

How about a fun plant stand made with cabinets from Habitat ReStore?

8 After Theresa MyFixitUpLife Habitat ReStore Philly cabinet upcycle bench plants sunroom

I love shopping Habitat ReStore for so many reasons.

The first is the amazing and unique finds, from vintage pieces to trendy new items from well-known stores.

The second reason is that the items are donated, so the money I spend goes to helping build homes for others. So I get a more awesome home, and so does someone else!

I shared this upcycle with Habitat for Humanity, and they shared it on the Habitat ReStore blog. I hope you’ll click below and be as inspired to shop, repurpose and make stuff as we are. see more

A chandelier over a bathtub may look romantic, but read this first.

Chandelier over bathtub MyFixitUpLife DIY dont HOUZZ

Chandelier over a bathtub? Well, you shouldn’t be able to stand in your bathtub and change the lightbulb. Here’s why. I spied this little thumbnail on Houzz today. White bathrooms are still enormously popular, and always look so fresh and clean for a perfect ‘after’ photo. While the image is … see more

Home design solutions for better living with Alzheimer’s disease

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For something that seems as simple as eating, it can be confusing when there are perception and sensory issues from the disease. Patterns, options, and color can be difficult to interpret for some with Alzheimer’s. There are a few things that we can do to make the experience of sharing a meal with an Alzheimer’s loved one better and way less stressful for everyone. see more