Wednesday, February 26, 2014

De-Boob Lighting: One Room at a Time

I let the builder put up their ugly standard boob lights as I wasn't ready to make lighting decisions with no furniture or design plans yet. But boob lights have got to go. The current count is this:
  1. The Office
  2. Dining Room
  3. Spare Bedroom
And I think that's it. We've gotten rid of one pair of boob (lights) already that resided in Charley's room and in the foyer. So we are moving right along in our journey. 

(Speaking of lighting, have I ever mentioned the space ship light they put up in our kitchen? That has also GOT TO GO in lieu of some recessed lights, but that's a story for another day.)

So the office. We are STILL working on it. Still needs paint. And I'm not sold on the decor just yet. The bookshelves need to be redecorated, and the travel collage wall needs a couple more things which I've been working on. And that awful terrarium I tried to create just like YHL's needs to go too. But, the worst part of the whole room is the boob light. 


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The whole post is about the boob light and yet I didn't even feel the need to include it in any of those pictures. Oy vey. But we all know what a boob (light) looks like right?

So, I need some help. I've been looking at one light for a while (imagine that....it's a Young House Love original) thinking it will work, but another one showed up today on Joss & Main that I like too, but none of them scream out BUY ME. I'll even steal the pictures from the websites and share them here so you won't have to go clicking on hyperlinks getting your little pointer finger tired.

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The Young House Love one
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The Joss & Main one

So I was thinking the YHL one because it sort of played off the globes, travel-ly things in the room and I like the look of it. & it's pretty affordable. The other one is still affordable and I just like it. But would another pattern over a patterned desk be too much pattern? I have a hard time answering that since I am a lover of all the patterns. Bring on the patterns!

What are we thinking? I'm going to need you to decide in the next 2 days and 20 hours because the Joss & Main one is only for sale for that long. Do we like either of these, or something else entirely? Links would be fabulous. Also, I'm not into $400 light fixtures, so if you link me to something that expensive that I end up loving I'm coming to beat you. It's like a wedding dress. You just don't try on dresses out of your budget because OF COURSE you will love it. So be a doll and rid my house of one more boob light, would ya?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Here's the Skinny on my Foyer

I've always wanted a foyer. Wanted a place to decorate with tables and coat hooks and umbrella stands, the works. So of course I was really excited we chose a floor plan with a proper foyer and couldn't wait to decorate it. So we get into the house and immediately I am thinking that I want to find reclaimed wood out of which we can make some grand tables for either side of the foyer. I hold off decorating at all until I find the wood for the tables I envision in my mind. Keep in mind that most of my foyer decorating dreams were done when I wasn't actually at home. So.

One day I decide I need to measure out the nooks which will contain these dream tables of mine. And when I actually stand there and look at the space in which I have to work in, I'm a little less enthused about my dream tables.

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Those grand tables I was envisioning were going to have to be a whopping 9" wide. If I did find an awesome piece of reclaimed wood, I could almost guarantee it would be wider than this, and then I'd have to chop up an awesome piece of reclaimed wood. I'm liking that idea less and less. 

So then I think I am going to find a cheap thrifted foyer table and chop it in half down the middle to make two SKINNY foyer tables. One half-table on one side, and the other half on the other. But the length of the table can only be 35 or so inches and I'm just not finding anything I want. So I wait some more. 

Finally a few weeks ago John and I took a day date to Home Depot and just wander the aisles. While there, I decide a piece of wood and two stair balusters (only $4 each) as legs would be exactly what I was looking for and I could paint them any color I wanted.  Sold. We bought the stair balusters and paint that day. The rest of the wood we'd need we already had in scrap piles at home.

John assembled the tables and attached them to the wall. Some 2x4s as the inset piece, the stair balusters as legs, and a 1x9 as the table top with the edges rounded with a router. He then attached them to the freshly painted white walls at 35" tall, which is what I'd read as a standard foyer table height. Only, I hated them. The skinny little tables had SUCH chicken legs. I tried to live with it and think of creative ways to fill the space underneath but I just wasn't loving them. So my sweet husband ripped them out of the freshly painted walls, lowered them by 5", patched and repainted the walls and attached them once again. & then he painted them. He's kind of great, right?

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So anyways, after all that was done I was giddy with excitement. The decor room was dwindled down to just a few things and this would empty it even more. After some playing around, this is what I ended up with. Keep in mind that I do plan on painting the plant stand underneath the table on the left, and also both window frames on the walls. (Remember the reddish one from here?) But I couldn't wait that long to share it with you. (If you are my friend on Instagram you've already seen this since I shared it about .02 seconds after I was finished. I'm a little impatient.)

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That tiny blue cup underneath the table on the right doesn't actually belong there unless you ask the short blond that lives here.


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I really, really, really, really love them. And here are a few of my favorite details.

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A few mismatched $1 vases from yard sales, a couple of Goodwill books, and some tissue paper flowers Charley and I made yesterday.
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I took apart the set of engineer's floor plans we had from the house build, rolled up each page, tied them with twine and stuck them in these baskets. I didn't want to frame them to display them, but wanted to use them somehow in our home. This is kind of perfect.
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This was so plain to me before the twine, and I don't know why I love it so much now. But I do.

And for those of you interested (hi Laura!), the only decor that is not from Goodwill or yard sales or was given to me free are those wicker balls in the white vase, and the tall grass thing that was from the IKEA as-is section. 

The only thing that could be more welcoming is a giant WELCOME banner hanging in the entryway. But, we all know how I feel about words on decor. So, this is going to have to be welcoming enough. I feel skinny and welcome already. Okay. Maybe not skinny. But definitely welcome.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

7 Quick Takes

  1. This is currently my view.

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    It's a Wednesday, so normally I'd be at work. But due to the inch or two of snow we got yesterday, the 5-10" expected to fall today and the inch of ice expected tonight, we got a snow day off of work! I'm playing on the computer in the office, Charley's taking an early nap on the couch and John went in to work to gather things so he can work from home on his snow day off. Overachiever.
  2. We hit the lottery earlier this week. Okay, not really, but we did get an unexpected check in the mail from our escrow account because they way overestimated our taxes last year. Like, a couple thousand dollars overestimated. I wish we were young and irresponsible again because it'd be fun to just take that money shopping instead of being responsible with it.
  3. Scratch that - nap never happened so now she's joined me in the office.

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  4. Do you have the app Waze? It's another map application, which I was skeptical of because I'm such a big fan of Google Maps. But Waze is so awesome. It lets users update for traffic, cars on the shoulder, speed traps, etc. And it's just a one or two button touch to update the map if you see something, so not dangerous at all in my opinion. I do a lot of driving every day. This thing has saved me so much time!
  5. Have I ever mentioned how much I love the crock pot? Because I do. Like, really love it. Last week we had 4 of 5 dinners on the weekdays prepared in the crock pot. But I only have about 6 go-to crock pot recipes that are tried and true. I need more. Got any? And not any of those 4-hours-on-high recipes either. We are gone all day; we need all day recipes. Are there any recipes for sides that can be made in the crock pot? I do have 2 crock pots so that would be extra awesome to have a meal AND side done when I got home.
  6. I'm afraid to say anything for fear of jinxing it, but potty training is still going great. Except for one episode I'm calling poopmageddon. It was pretty awful, but the universe thought I was skating through potty training too easily and brought me back down to Earth in one fell swoop. I get it, universe. I get it. Now that that's over, I hope we're back to smooth skating from here on out.
  7. Charley got her "first" haircut! I say "first" because I had trimmed a couple of long pieces before because they were so much longer than the rest of her hair and just looked goofy. But I had my friend Melissa over (the same one that cuts my hair) (her daughter Ella is Charley's BFF...see photo evidence below)

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    and she gave her her official first haircut. I am SO glad she did it. She didn't really take much off at all, but the overall shape and everything is just so much better. I don't know how that happened with the few little wisps she took off, but she knows what she's doing.

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