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April 23, 2013


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Linda G.

A perfect example of the William Morris quote, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." There's no reason to have a broom that doesn't have a little pizazz. Makes sweeping almost fun. Happy spring from Minnesota! It's still snowing here!


Maybe I am first? Probably not - but I will say it anyway :

A new broom sweeps clean!

You made your look great by the way


Linda G - We've also had a tiny bit of snow these past couple of weeks but nothing that's lasted luckily!


That is cute! I would enjoy sweeping with that.


Are those pull out shelves on top of each set of drawers?


Natalie - They're chopping boards. Standard feature in older Swedish kitchens :).


Such a little thing makes such a big difference.
Miracle girl. I'd never have thought of such a small change at all.


So cute! And yeah, very croquet-esque :)


"Alice: [curtsying] Yes, Your Majesty, but I just wanted to ask you...
Queen of Hearts: I'll ask the questions! Do you play croquet [sweep]?
Alice: Why, yes, Your Majesty.
Queen of Hearts: Then let the game [sweeping] begin!"

As for the push-in chopping boards, we had one just like it in my family home in Warsaw. The home was built in the early 1960's.

Nancy in Canada

We had a built in cutting board in the house that I grew up in that was built in the 1940's. Thanks for the inspiration to turn something as mundane as a broom into something so much more.


Love this....anything to make chores more fun! Very nicely done!


Brilliant idea for fixing the broom head in place! The push broom that I have always swivels on the handle. I'm going to use your angled drill-and-screw solution! And then I'll add some stripes; maybe on the diagonal this time.

As far as the pull-out cutting board goes, our house was built in 1978 and the kitchen has one installed. I don't use it, but it's quaint that it's there. As I examined the house's features and did some research, I found that it has many MCM features. Sometimes I feel like Jan Brady.

Thanks for the tip, Benita! And have a terrific day!

Kathleen S

You. Are. Amazing.


I love that you don't settle for "meh" on anything. Customize and make it yours! Love it!


Peggy, I love the idea of the diagonal stripe, like a barbershop pole. That will be my next broom!


It's wonderful when quotidien things are beautiful as well as useful. Very Shaker-esque. Thanks for the how-to.


Only you, Benita, would think to bring such style to a simple broom. Inspiring.

Would you comment ont he subtle lace pattern on the cabinet doors -- wallpaper or ???


Holland - Read all about it here: http://www.chezlarsson.com/myblog/2012/11/hobby-room-update.html


I buy my brooms pre-assembled.
I loved,loved, LOVED my built in cutting boards. Sadly we remodeled and I lost them :(


Oh this is really neat! I think I might be shopping for a broom in the near future!


Did you once say that you found your outdoor table at ikea? I think I just saw this one in person... it's nice!


Amy - Yes, it's the Falster from IKEA and it's great!

Josseline Wood

Benita could we see a photo of the whole deck? I am trying to rearrange mine and need inspiration :).
Thank you!


Josseline - Check out the archives from May last year, there are some images there http://www.chezlarsson.com/myblog/2012/05/index.html

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