Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hello, is anybody still there?

So, I got this new job. It is amazing, fantastic and busy.  My home time has been spent with my "men" and laundry. Not necessarily in that order.

But I got two- you know two- more than one- comment from one of my favorite bloggers and it was just what I needed to get started again. So in the past three months (besides this new job) a few things have changed.  My shelter mag subscriptions have increased gotten out of control, I have gone through a couple cans of white spray paint and I color coded our bookshelf.

Got the idea from Lonny Magazine. It makes me serenely happy whenever a new issue is out.

I thought it was genius. Mine still needs a few trinkets but here is the before:

And a few afters:

Note the hip fish dress I was wearing at 5 years old. Especially fab with my stylish haircut.

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

You Had Me at Office Supplies

I love them SO much that when the catalog would pass my desk at work I would have to restrain myself. Though the funny thing was that I never really ordered anything, nothing was cute. And I wanted cute. Damn cute.  A few years ago I found this site.  It has been a problem ever since.

Have you ever been complimented on your paper clips? I have. They were Italian.
What? Did you think I was not serious about my LOVE?

In case you had any doubt here is a poem to demonstrate my adoration.

It may be fine, medium, black or blue.

Though writing on a manila one would never do. 

They make me smile when I put them in a pile.

I can add up all the reasons,

that they should change with the seasons.
all photos from see Jane work

Saturday, September 4, 2010


I am one.  It all started during a time of oversized blazers and scooped neck leotards.

 circa 1992. I am the one sporting the blanket/rug blazer. 
Don't I look like a complete arse?

And it continues today. This lunchbox is my current British obsession.

I realised that I did not have anything that truly represented my love for all things English. So I found some items that could be my own little British invasion for my American home.

This poster would be fab framed in our family room/basement. 
Or this lovely vintage tea tin for jewelry, cotton balls or wait for it....tea.

This would be a little much, right?
photo from Wikipedia Creative Commons
Anyone for a spot of tea?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Serenity Now!"

I have read if you want to redo your house you should take photos of EVERYTHING to really see what you like and don't like. I will and add it as a little house tour though in the meantime I am collecting photos of rooms that I not only like but that give me that "ahh" feeling. 

Do you think rooms can have or give you a feeling?  I used to like dark wood and darker colors but my taste has changed. Still clean, uncluttered though in softer, lighter colors. These colors are calming and fresh though my love for them has created a small problem. I need to back away from the white spray paint. 

all photos are from DecorPad 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Light it Up

I am in the process of a small bedroom update. Our bedroom is tiny and we have a California king bed. Do NOT get me started on finding sheets for it.
For the bedroom I want to add a headboard and floating nightstands. Today may be the day that my husband makes my headboard frame.  I have been asking REALLY NICELY for WEEKS now.

The nightstands we have now are old. I love old but it bugs me that they are not the same height. I am envisioning planks painted white secured to the wall. I can then use baskets underneath for books, etc.

I will keep you posted....

Anyway, I did a major laundry room clean up and  came across this lamp.  The shape is great and we need another bedside lamp so....I spray painted the base white and used some grey ribbon to wrap the lampshade.

I saw this idea on some DIY show. I just wrapped and wrapped and tied the ends together on the inside on the shade.

Now the base looks great though the shade is odd. I don't think it is the ribbon but really what did I expect? A quick can't even remember where I saw it idea and a couple of tries would make me the ribbon lampshade wrapping world champion? Please. And I don't think the 100 watt bulb I have in there is an award winning idea either.

Well, I am off to find the ribbon lampshade wrapping champion... they've got to have a blog, right?

Oh, and here is the NO WAY IN HELL is this the finished project.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pottery.....did you think I was going to say Barn?

So there is this pottery sale once a year near my house. It is filled with local artists and their stuff that did not sell throughout the year. Or something like that. I am not a huge fan of pottery- some of it is a little hippie dippy for me but actually in the 4 years that I have been going, I may be getting a little hippie dippy myself.

Here are some of my past purchases. Everything I have gotten is around $5. 

This is for holding soap- I love it for jewelry.

This did not come white. Don't you LOVE white spray paint?

This is ok. Bought anything you thought you should like but don't? 

And what I got today:

I love this. The artist even wrapped it for me. 

Cute, right?

Want to come next year?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

No excuses... but you will get some anyway

Not that there are a ton of people (yet :)) keeping up with my little blog but I should have posted SOMETHING this month. Here are some reasons why I haven't:

1) some of my favorite people came to visit (one even crawled for the first time),

2) went to the beach with these people,

3) is there a 3rd excuse? No, but we had a great time.

I guess I don't need a specific project to post something but it is (in theory) a way to finish or at least start something. Here is my current to do list:

1) make headboard using YHL tutorial

2) use the amazing shells I now have for something

3) paint, paint and PAINT

4) label, label and LABEL

5) divide and conquer another yard sale

6) do-it-myself art project (using an amazing curtain, art frame and staples - similar to headboard project)

7) redo a lampshade- easy project but did not buy enough ribbon

So what is on your to-do list? All excuses accepted.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Welcome to the family

When we were first living together my husband tried to get plants in the house. I thought they looked too seventies. Um, huh? was his response. Or translated, "How the HELL can a PLANT look too seventies?"

I think there was some macrame involved at the time, left over from some misplaced bachelor decorating fiasco. Oh, BTW we were not dating in the 1970's I was an INFANT. 

So we have this unused corner in our dining room (please, I would love a dining room). So we have this unused corner in the room where we eat. The only thing there is this carbon monoxide alarm.

Good for safety, not for decorating.  This gave me an opportunity to buy another one of these. Bliss. 

And this.  
Thanks to YoungHouseLove's post about How About Orange's Ikea name game. Does it count if it is from Ikea? 

I would like to welcome PƅLMKE to the family.

         My advice? Watch out for these two. 

                                                 Looks can be deceiving.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Oh la la

One of my oldest friends-- wait, here is my gift to her. I AM the older one but we have know each other since we were 10.

Remember 10? I was all about the monogrammed sweaters and saddle shoes. What? I WAS cool. Stop it.

Anyway, me and another friend hosted a baby shower for her this past Saturday. She wanted to go to Paris before the baby came (I suppose they don't allow them there or else she could go after with the baby) but we did a very subtle "bring Paris to her" shower. 

Small shower about 20 people and my friend the baby has a small cupcake obsession so I made coconut and key lime cupcakes. 

Yes, that is an Eiffel Tower. Could have gone either way- ended up really working. 

and look how good the leftovers were....

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How long has this been going on?

I like the library. You know they have books there? I know, I am really unveiling a mystery here but stay with me.

I have frequented libraries for YEARS but NEVER ever thought of getting HOME design books there until yesterday. 

I am embarrassingly excited about this.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Keep the Memory, Not the Item

My grandma's estate sale starts today. She is 96 and still going strong but had to move out of her house earlier this year to an assisted living home. This was the house my Mom grew up in -- they bought the house in 1950. Can you imagine?

I have so many memories tied up with the house and all the items in it. I took some, and all the photos dating back to the 40's which is now a new project for me.

There are things that I wish we could take but we just don't have the room. Like an old nickel slot machine that I spent hours playing when I was little.

I am not going to stop by the sale- I feel like I would want to take it all- somehow bring the memories home to my house.

I keep telling myself that you can have the memory without having the item.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Hang it Up

We have a few blank walls. More now that the basement is finished. It is bothering me. 

What we have I like and except for the frames they are either my photos ...

or the boys art work (no theme rooms, I always just framed their art)....

or framed free images (like vintage wallpaper online)... 

please ignore mess on desk

or have the boys drawn at a local festival.

So now what? Any ideas?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Have a Seat

I will get to all the other projects I attempted this weekend- teaser: I have a large wet wool rug on our driveway. 

I know! We are the greatest neighbors.

Anyway, I moved out this old blue velvet wing chair (jealous?) from our main room to the basement where all chairs go to live out their days in our house.

I kept eyeing this type of chair thinking it would give the room a beachy look. Side note, husband thought it was ridiculous to put outside chairs inside. This from a man who calls flip flops shower sandals.

I hit the yard sale jackpot this weekend and grabbed two of them! 

Spray painted them white and then put them inside. Um. No.

Since my husband does not even read know I have this blog... he was right. 

Chairs were then moved to front yard. Um. No. 

Side yard. Um. No.

I was not giving up without a fight.  Then this happened. An odd shaped porch and two chairs met one sunny afternoon.

It was love at first (ok 4th sight).