Now that we're already moving onward and upward past all the holiday cheermeisters and apocalyptic mayhem, I'm squeezing in the last of the Christmas pics... similarly the way it feels to squeeze into a pair of skinny jeans sometimes. Here comes New Year's!
Last year, hidden away in a dusty corner of one of my favorite antique stores, I discovered this decorative wooden bench. The $20 price tag and carved details were too good to ignore and I quickly scooped it up. Even with its (original) dingy blue legs and worn crushed velvet body, I hoped that one day I could restore its soulless existence into something more appealing. After a little black paint and the beautiful design of this hand-woven Malian mud cloth, it looks better than ever!