Monday, January 13

A little more on that pink paint.

If you recall, this is where we began. Terrible wallpaper. Tons of it.'re not fooling anyone! 
Poor me. So very naive. 
Embarrassingly, this was the result of my attempts to remove the dining room wallpaper by myself. This was the first room we tackled, and then we gave up. After a while, it took on a sort of charm, and whenever we talked about getting it fixed once and for all, family members said we should keep it. But no, the destructo-chic had to go. If you recall, we eventually hired a contractor to come and repair the walls in the dining room, mudroom, powder room, hall and foyer, and the master bedroom. I can't believe we had so much wallpaper. I swear, I've blocked out the bad memories at this point.

So yeah, this was my mess. You can see here where I attempted to patch some of the tears, mostly to see how the plaster would take. 

And then, suddenly, it looked like this. It was such an amazing transformation, and it happened so quickly. I went to work, and when I came home, this is what I found. One day of professional work. Note to self, pay someone to do this crap right away. Do not attempt!

And the finished room. In order to save a little money, I opted to paint myself. Our contractor prepped and primed the walls so they were 100% ready to be painted. I convinced Dave to let me paint it pink. I told him he just had to trust me, and that since I was painting it myself anyway, I should get to pick the color. So, pink it is. The color is Benjamin Moore Rosemist, a pale pink with a hint of purple in it. It is really lovely, and not overwhelmingly pink at all.

I pulled the color from the fabric I bought for the curtains (below). I still need to put this together, it is next on my list, seriously. I have black cotton duck for the header, and Sea of Tears, from Tula Pink, for the drapes themselves. The panels will just be decorative. The vellum roller shade is still in place if we ever want total privacy (from the deer?) in that room.

Tula Pink - Parisville Collection, Sea of Tears, in Dusk
bought on, my go-to for fabric.

Maybe I will work on this tonight. Blog accountability! I just need my sewing machine, and my trusty staple gun to recover the header, which you can see in the first picture at the top of this post. That little ruffle is stitched on FOR LIFE, so I'll be cutting it off as close to the base as I can, and then putting on a layer of batting to cover any remnants.

Thursday, January 9

Target Threshold is killing it.

Target's Threshold line just keeps getting better and better. I find myself wishing I had an empty house I needed to fill up. Where were you four years ago?!? This collection of furniture and home accessories is fresh and fun, yet full of timeless pieces. Here are a few of my current favorites...

Round Metal Honeycomb Accent Table, Gold - $80
Tufted Ottoman, Pink and Gold - $70
Iron Wire Table - $60
Carved Wood Mirror - $40
Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart - $130
Wood and Metal Accent Table - $50 (on clearance!)
Double Gourd Lamp Base - $30
Tray Top Table - $70
Campaign Desk - $150
Fretwork Accent Table - $90

Thursday, January 2

The collection begins.

A's chair collection is off to a great start. Even before she was born she had her first Eames chair, a molded plastic armchair rocker, or RAR. I refused to buy one of those hideous gliders, and well, I found pretty much everything else out there to be terrible. Especially for some of the prices. I refuse to buy a hideous glider, but I especially refuse to spend $700 on one. Nope, nope, nope.

I decided on the Aqua Sky color, and I ordered from (they offered free shipping)

It was a lot smaller than I expected once it arrived and was unwrapped, but it fits perfectly in her room.
The second piece in her collection is a child size replica of the Eames LCW, which I purchased from
Little As soon as I saw this, I was smitten.

The "Woody" from
I mean, come on now with this cuteness. It came unassembled and took me about 5 minutes to put together. It is often out of stock (it currently is unavailable), but after some patient waiting and watching I managed to get one on a major sale. I still consider it a splurge, because I spend $60 on a decorative chair for a baby, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. It sits in her playroom and she climbs up and sits on it all the time. The base is wide enough that I don't need to worry (too much) about her tipping it over.
Next up on my list:
The "Mini Bert"
A mini version of the Bertoia wire chair, 2 for $178, also available on

Lou Lou Ghost chair


Friday, December 27

Renovation: The Family Room

Part of our recent renovation included replacing the floors in the family room, which were the same as what used to be in the kitchen. It's hard to see in the photos, but the wood was buckling in several places. There were also such deep grooves between the boards that we've been battling little sticks of polyurethane coming out for years. That and just generally looking dated, it was time to replace the floor.
 We also decided to remove the redundant sliding glass door, which we never once used in our nearly four years here. We only started using it during the kitchen reno, to let the dogs in and out. It was drafty and is always blocked by furniture anyway. I say redundant because there is a sliding glass door off the kitchen just a few feet away. So silly.
The Family Room - Before
The Family Room - Before
We never used this slider until a few weeks before it was taken out.

We decided to go with a pre-finished solid hardwood floor, for a few reasons. One was the price. We were able to get a wider plank (we chose 4") for a more reasonable cost than a traditionally installed hardwood floor would have been. It was also faster to install, and there was no mess or chemicals.

Ooooh! Shiny new floors!
A mid-painting view of the new double-hung window that replaced the door. (And a bonus shot of our most recent foster, Spanky Jones)

  It is so much cozier in this room now. I was always hesitant to paint this room because it gets such nice light, especially in the morning, but the primer white was getting old, and dirty. I picked a pale shade, Benjamin Moore's Olympic Mountains. It was quite a challenge to paint off-white over white. But after a solid second coat, it all turned out nice and even. Between the windows, fireplace, doorways and pass-through, there isn't a ton of wall space, so I managed to make one can of paint work. I thought I was going to have to make a last minute run to Home Depot, but I pulled it off. It's a big room, and I painted it all by myself. Then I celebrated with some much deserved bubbly.

I also finally hung the curtains I bought over a year ago. In my head they were a lot darker, but when I got them out I was surprised to find they were nearly the same color as the new wall paint. Once I clear out the Christmas crap, I'll update with a final photo. 

Friday, October 11

The Bambina

She takes up all of our free time (and most of our sleep), but we wouldn't have it any other way. She graced our presence two weeks and one day early, on the day of one of my best friend's weddings. (I was really looking forward to that wedding, dammit. I fully plan on guilting her with this later in life) Anyway, she is sweet and beautiful and perfect in every way. We got really lucky with this one.

Coming back!

and with big news! I've been a little busy lately, as you can see by my total lack of posts since last summer, but the blog is back in business. We're smack dab in the middle of a renovation project that has currently overtaken our whole house. In just a few weeks it will be complete, and it's going to feel like we're living in a brand new home. Right now the final touches are being put on the kitchen, and from there our contractors will move to the family room to work on a window/door replacement and will then tear up and replace the existing hardwoods.

All of this was spurred by the worsening condition of the kitchen and family room floors. The hardwood was splitting and bowing, making it difficult to walk on, and impossible to put a crawling baby on. Did I mention we had a baby?  The bambina is almost one, and we really needed to take steps to make sure she could get around safely. Where the kitchen was concerned, if the floor was coming up, then everything was coming out. Crooked tiles, brass trim counter tops (oh yes, brass trim), over sized soffits...all of it. Pictures of the final product to come soon!

While that has been going on, we've also been working on making over the powder room and creating a playroom in one of the spare bedrooms. I'm hoping to get the playroom wrapped up this weekend, with a little sewing help from my mom.

More to come! I promise!

Wednesday, July 25

Sneak peek!

The dining room is painted! The dining room is painted!   (Ahem, update here!)

And yes, it's pink. I love it. I keep going in there just to check it out. I thought we'd be stuck with the distressed drywall forever. I'm so happy with how it looks. More to come on that soon!

Monday, May 28

I hate to say it...

but I was disappointed in the Domino issue. It really saddens me to say this, but it is true.

After seeing a friend on Facebook had picked up a copy, I went on the search for mine. It was not at my local grocery store, so I headed to Barnes and Noble. I had to dig through the stands to find the last two copies, or what I assumed were the last two copies, because everyone was rushing out to scoop this up, right? The cashier at checkout was intrigued by the magazine, so I told her how great it used to be and what a big deal this issue was, and also that I'd taken the only ones they had. Sorry, chica, these are mine!

When I got home I made a cup of tea and made myself comfortable on the loveseat. Being about 10 weeks pregnant at the time I'd become used to allowing myself lazy evenings on the couch. Anyway, there I sat. I was almost scared to open the cover. Scared to be disappointed. What if it wasn't fabulous?? And so I dug in. I read the whole thing cover to cover. If I had never seen the magazine before, I would have thought it was great. But I have poured through every issue, repeatedly, and this mash up quasi Domino didn't really do it for me. There was nothing new. It read like a homework assignment left until the last minute, and then smashed together from old content. As I read in another review, it was "repackaged", which is a perfect description. I think they could have done a better job.

Another issue is slated to come out this fall. My hope is they'll put a little more effort into freshening this one up, instead of just completely recycling from old issues. I'll be there to buy that issue too, but maybe just one copy this time.


One week from today marks the start of the wallpaper removal. I'm not sure I'm quite ready for the quick transformation our home is about to take. I need to get some artwork and photos ready to get up on all these freshly painted walls we're going to have.

This also means I only have one week to pick a paint color for the bedroom. No pressure, right? I'm sweating this one even more than normal since we'll be paying someone else to do the painting. I need to make sure we love this color. At least I have it narrowed down to blue, now to just pick a shade.

I'm thinking this will call for a mini makeover of the bedroom so I'll be searching for new curtains and curtain rods too. I've already printed dozens of wedding photos so we can plaster those in frames around the bedroom. We are obsessed with our wedding photos and can't wait to get them up on the wall.

Sunday, April 1

Sometimes, dreams really do come true.

At least, they sort of do. Domino magazine will be making a brief comeback this month in the form of Domino's Quick Fixes, a single edition stacked with inexpensive spruce ups and DIY home projects. I will be checking newsstands regularly until I get my copy (or two).

Look what I found searching for old Domino covers! I'm not sure how I feel about those chalky neutrals, but I do spy a chubby little Boston in that photo.

Is it possible?

Could it be true? This might be, gulp, wait for it, the end of the wallpaper. We are finally taking charge. We have a few people coming over this week to give us estimates on wallpaper removal for the hallway and our bedroom, and repairs to the dining room and guest bath. I can't even imagine what it will be like to see nice, clean paint on those walls instead of this hideous wallpaper everywhere. It's going to feel like a brand new house again.

In case you forgot just what we're dealing with here.

I know what I'm going to be dreaming of tonight...

ETA: I just realized this means I'll have to decide on a wall color for the bedroom. Eek! We already have paint for the hallway (gray), but I've been having a hard time deciding on what to do for our bedroom. Now I know I want some soothing shade of pale blue, but narrowing that down? Oye! Time to break out the fan deck and my piles of magazines and paint chips.

Saturday, March 31

Where did my painting weather go?!?

Now of course I knew that 80 degrees in March was too good to be true. That doesn't mean I can't miss it when it's gone. I was all prepped and ready for three painting projects, but now it's gone cold again. It snowed today! I hope everything that is blooming can survive this little cold patch.

Wednesday, March 21

Meet Oscar.

Oscar is our newest foster. He's been with us about six weeks now and is currently taking applications for his new forever family. Oscar was found as a stray before he was pulled into rescue. He needed to be neutered and brought up to date on all of this vaccines, but all of that has been taken care of. He is a wonderful dog and will make a great family pet. Half Beagle, half Boston Terrier, he is an absolute sweetheart. How about those ears?!

Tuesday, March 20

Trash picked.

Remember this little stool? Soon after buying it I decided that it would be better off as part of a pair. My intention would be to put the pair in front of the dining room window, assuming the dining room is ever finished, to hold most of my houseplants. The dining room gets great light through the huge picture window, so I'd love to make a mini botanical garden in that room. The height of the stool is perfect for in front of the window.

I thought it would take me a while to track one down, but I got lucky on a trip back from the store recently. Driving down a fairly busy street I spotted a little twin stool on the side of the road. I got myself turned around and quickly scooped it up. It was dusty and dirty and in need of repair, but hey, it was free! It still had a moving company sticker on it, so I imagine that maybe the caning was damaged in transit and it was relegated to the basement until it was time to be tossed. Or maybe it was already broken and just didn't make the cut in the new house. Either way, score one for me.

The stools aren't 100% identical, but they are close enough for me. My plan is to paint them both, either black or cream, put a piece of glass on top and then top them off with the plants. Since I'm going to put glass and plants on top anyway, I'm not too worried about fixing the broken caning. I may try to glue the ends back into place, but at this point in time, I won't be replacing it.

I'm taking off Thursday and Friday this week to work on some projects around the house, including these. I'm so excited to have all this warm, sunny spray painting weather so early in the year. My front yard is going to be a little furniture factory the next few days. Wish me luck!