Archive | March, 2012

Detailing

27 Mar

Aloha dear friends.  I apologize ahead of time- this will be my only post this week.  It’s going to be a busy week filled with both the good and the bad. B’s wedding is this weekend  (obviously this falls into the “good” category) and she has some amazing vintagey details planned, so hopefully she’ll let me post some of her awesomeness here next week.

Currently, while I impatiently wait for my new medicine cabinet, my mind is thinking about details.  I really need to start ‘finishing’ rooms in this house before I go completely crazy.  The living room and bedroom are both at a comfortable point, but I would in NO way call them complete.  I know my house will be ever-evolving, but I want to get everything to a point where I’m excited to show you pictures.  Until I actually have a free moment to do something about it, I’m going to look at pretty pictures for inspiration.  Care to join me?

Have a great week!

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Springing

21 Mar

Happy Spring!!

I absolutely love the smell of spring air.  I know the winter wasn’t terrible this year weather-wise, but it’s never fun being forced indoors for months at a time.  I welcome Spring with open arms!  As a Spring baby- its always been my favorite season.  I even smelled someone barbequing on my walk home from the train station last night.  That just puts a smile on my face.

As I always say, I’m solar powered, so I’m excited to get back on track with projects.  B’s bachelorette is Saturday and wedding the weekend after- so exciting!  I’ll be glad to refocus after it, though.

I think the bathroom knows that it’s in my sights.  Yesterday morning, the troublesome medicine cabinet bid me ‘good morning’ by dumping a shelf on me.  So I fought back!  Look what I just ordered:

AAANNNDD

a stencil!  But it’s not for the wall- think higher.  You guessed it!  The ceiling’s going to become all zazzy and exciting.  (HA, I totally just realized that the stencil picture has a mirror just like the one I ordered.  It must be meant to be!)

I can’t wait to get these and get started!

The arrival of spring also means that tag-sale season will be starting soon.  Hopefully I’ll find all kinds of amazing treasures to share with you.  I did go to 4 estate sales this past weekend, but everything was either grossly overpriced or completely falling apart.  C’est la vie.

Bathroom Love

15 Mar

I’m really itching to have enough free time to tackle one of my large home projects (like the dining room that I mentioned here), but woe is me, that’s not happening as soon as I’d like.  Instead of whining about it (any more), I’m taking other action: the Bathroom!!!  It’s a tiny little thing and it’s our only bathroom (unless you count the lone toilet in the basement).

Here’s what it looks like today:

The only things I added were the off-centered shelf (its centered above the toilet but still looks weird) a shower curtain, and baskets to organize our linen shelves.  After living with it this way for over a year, it needs a little bit of love.  Not a lot of love, just a little bit.  Naturally, the first place I go to for ideas is Pinterest.

Our current medicine cabinet is a cheap warehouse store basic and it has a mind of its own.  Seriously.  It will spontaneously spit the shelves out and cause an avalanche without notice.  If I actually liked the look of it, I would permanently affix the shelves, but now it gives me a good excuse reason why we need to replace it.  I love the look of wall-mounted mirrors sans medicine cabinet, but in this house, we need all the storage we can get.  Opening up the 112 year old wall to try and recess a cabinet would undoubtedly open a can of worms that I don’t feeling like dealing with, so surface mounted it is!
Here are the contenders.


The next order of business is paint.  The current color doesn’t bother me and it matches our shower curtain (but then again, almost any color does).  There are 2 major issues I have with the paint:

  • #1- we have no way to touch up the holes and blemishes left by the previous homeowner.  That’s actually why I haven’t bothered to fix the shelf placement- I can’t touch up the wall behind it, so for now, it will cover up the issues.
  • Problem #2 is the paint itself.  Not the color, but the actual paint.  Now, I know that bathrooms get steamy and condensation will inevitably run down the walls.  I get that.  This seems to be an extreme case.  Even when the walls are dry, it looks like we’re in a horror movie with blood dripping down the walls (the burnt orange color just enhances this effect).  Pleasant picture, right?  I tried to photograph it, but there’s not enough natural light in there for a good pic with my crappy camera and the flash didn’t show the dripping- trust me, though, it’s there, its visible, and it bugs me to no end.  The only way to clean it is to attack the walls with a magic eraser, but then the drips are right back after the first shower.  It’s a losing battle.  I plan to get quality bathroom paint so this doesn’t happen again.

….and of course I’m changing the color.  I’m thinking a dramatic dark silvery-gray-graphite.

After I repaint and hang a new medicine cabinet, like every other room in our house, it needs some serious styling.

My plan is to bang this project out in a weekend and with a budget of $200.  Instant gratification room make-over- my favorite kind.  My other planned make-overs won’t be nearly as quick and easy, so I should savor this one.

images via: pinterest; wayfair 1, 2;

Winter Edition

14 Mar

Ok, so, I’m not so proud of this latest pinterest challenge project, but I loves me a challenge, so I’ll suck it up and show it to you anyway.

Before I get to my latest project, I’ll show you my past Pinterest Challenge successes:

Pinterest Challenge: Summer Edition- Custom Plate Art

Pinterest Challenge: Fall Edition- Coffee Table Bench

and now onto Pinterest Challege: Winter Edition…..

Kitty Scratcher/Tower

I kinda phoned this one in, I’ll admit.  It’s less of a diy/design project and more of a pathetic attempt of a crazy cat owner to get the bear cat to stop scratching the stairs and upstairs carpets.  I picked this project of the three I was considering only because it was the quickest.  I did some hard-core lounging this weekend (and by hard-core lounging I mean bouts of tv catch-up intermixed with hours of scrubbing my severely neglected house) and didn’t get around to any challenge-related stuff.  It was a DIY free weekend- the first I can remember in recent history- and it was a very welcome change.   But that break left me with Monday night to shop and get something together by today to show you guys so I didn’t COMPLETELY embarrass myself.  Don’t worry, the other projects I was considering will definitely be done, and SOON- I have big plans for them.

The ‘Pin’ that I picked to tackle this time was originally from lowescreativeideas.com

I think it won me over partly because the cat in the picture looks a lot like Charlie

I decided to buy 2 different sizes of tubes to play around with it a bit.  This may or may not have been so successful (read: may not have been so successful).  BUT it did give me the opportunity to use a fun carpet sample that would have been too small for one of the larger tubes.  It was just dry enough to take clamps off this morning, so I don’t know yet if the kittens will actually use it, although they have been sniffing around it, so it’s looking hopeful.  They were, however not cooperative models.  Open windows and food dishes were MUCH more interesting.

Consider this post my apology for half-a**ing this season’s challenge, but it’s also a promise.  I VOW that the inevitable Spring Edition of the Pinterest Challenge will BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF (or if its warm and you aren’t wearing socks, it’ll blow your shoes/sandals/flip-flops off) so be prepared.

If you haven’t already, hop on over to the lovely ladies who hosted this season’s Challenge and check out their awesome projects.

Katie @ Bower Power Blog’s Watercolor Jellyfish

Sherry @ Young House Love’s Pouf

Cassie @ Hi Sugarplum’s Faux Antlers

Erin @ The Great Indoors’ Mason Jar Candle Chandelier

Seriously AMAZING projects- great job guys!!!

 

It’s Happening Again

9 Mar

That’s right, Katie of Bower Power Blog and Sherry of Young House Love have issued the Winter Pinterest Challenge.  You probably know by now, that I am a sucker can’t resist a good challenge.  I’m powerless against Pinterest.  I’m defenseless against DIY.

If you missed the last two season’s pinterest challenges (seen here and here)- The Challenge is intended to get us pin-addicts to stop pinning cool DIY projects and DO the cool DIY projects.

I haven’t decided which project to tackle- I go a little pin-happy sometimes, so I have a LOT to choose from.  Whichever I choose, it’s not going be very large- gotta give myself a breather from those.

Here are the pins that I’m debating on tackling:

  • Kitty Scratcher/Tower
  • Custom Herringbone Painting

OR

  • Animal Coat Hooks (for the nephew’s room naturally)

I keep changing my mind every 5 minutes, so by the time I get to DOing this weekend, who knows what I’ll decide on.  Which one are you voting for?

Argyle Baby

7 Mar

I wanted to share this with you weeks ago, but Mom asked me to wait until she gave them to my sister.  Even though my sister saw the plans and fabric, she hadn’t seen the finished product until her shower this past weekend.

So, without further adieu…

Look at what Mom made for my nephew!


There’s a ‘mommy-sized’ one and a ‘baby-sized’ one (with the diamonds scaled accordingly of course).  How cute are they?!?!  It’s even more fitting since my brother-in-law LOVES argyle.  It only makes sense that we’ve adopted that as an unofficial inspiration for the nursery.  It’s gonna rock!!

This kid is going to have an awesome Nana, don’t you think?

Check out the design for his room as it develops on my pinterest board: Future Nephews Room.

I’m willing the universe to give me a nephew for my birthday.  I was born on my grandma’s 60th birthday and I thought it was always such a cool connection.  My sister is due 2 days after my birthday, so I’ve been telling her stomach that April 30th is a GREAT day to be born- and it runs in the family.  I hope he listens, he would be an awesome 88th birthday gift for Grandma!

Oh Baby!

6 Mar

Shower accomplished!

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves (with only minor captions, since I certainly can’t keep my mouth completely shut).

We asked all the guests to bring a picture of themselves as a baby. They became part of the decor AND people had fun guessing who was who.

Homemade Red Velvet cake pops

We had guests fill out "Wishes for Baby"

I’ll come back later in the week to give more detail about certain projects.  Any requests?  What shower details do you want to hear more about?