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These are the fabrics I used for the nursery curtains. The red ticking I bought for crazy-cheap at WalMart, and the floral (Moda Summer In The City Strawberry Poppies) I bought last summer & only had one yard of. The striped fabric Jerusalem found in the sale pile at Joanne’s, and if I had seen it, I don’t think I would have looked twice. On it’s own, the wide stripes & pinks were a bit of a departure from what I would normally choose, and it had a circus-tent quality that I was unsure of. But Jerusalem convinced me we could make it work.
Fluffy butter-cream towels. I splurged on these towels when we bought our house. At the time, I didn’t know exactly what color I’d be painting the bathroom (as long as it was not the dark teal-green paint that was on the walls with the maroon floral wallpaper ON THE CEILING) but I did know I wanted butter-cream towels. The rest of my bathroom is accented with bits of green (see yesterday’s post) and more butter-cream yellow. This vintage napkin came in a set which I purchased at the Shoppes at Woodlawn last summer in Little Rock. They were so dainty, I couldn’t resist. And this…I’m not exactly sure what it is or what it’s intended purpose is except that I like it and that’s all that matters. I’m sure it’s a towel of sorts, but it’s way to pretty to actually use. You can’t much tell from the photo, but it’s also a lovely shade of butter-cream yellow, and the flowers are embroidered in brown. I purchased this in Little Rock last summer, as well. The little dish, resembling a gravy boat, I found at an antique store in Seaside, Oregon. Adam & I spent a few days there summer before last and it was my favorite part of our 2+ week vacation. That trip, he was such a trooper, following me from antique store to antique store and never once complaining.
I received several of these vintage botanical prints from my step-dad. He got them from a family friend’s house he was helping to clean out after they passed away. I have them scattered around the house on various shelves. At one point, I had them hung on the wall, but because they’re so small, it just didn’t work. They seem to lend themselves as background-art on a shelf, though.
I don’t know what prompted me to search for vintage trays, but one day I did, and oh, man. This was the first of about 5 that I have, and is probably my favorite. I had to stop looking at them on e-bay because I kept finding more that I HAD to have, and certainly did not need. E-bay is dangerous. I find it best to just stay clear unless I’m looking for something very specific. At any rate, this one is on the side table next to my chair in the living room. It works well to keep a drink from toppling over because the wicker is not really conducive to that. This piece of furniture used to be fairly useless at keeping anything upright but was turned into an extremely functional side table by adding a tray.
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Well, I certainly don’t have the same knack for color & composition as Miss Jerusalem, but here is my blue & green contribution to her week of color ~ a few of my favorite things….
At long last, my new coffee table. No, it’s not round; I gave up on that search. This one did fit in perfectly with the overall look I’ve been transitioning into for the last few years, though ~ cottage, colorful, and comfortable. It was on sale in Pottery Barn, and I doubt I would have bought it had it been full price.
I purchased this darling little bathtub-soapdish from Anthropology when we bought our house. A sweet deal for $10, if I do say so myself. At one point, it used to have soap in it, but because I have a thing against bar soap (hate to use it, love pretty bars in pretty wrapping as decoration….except they get dusty & are impossible to clean, which I also hate), it is now used to hold earings & clips & things.
A couple more of my favorite bathroom items: the green tumbler I bought from See Jane Work a few years back. It came with a little dish, as well, and I think I spent about $16 for the set. And $16 for the set I also purchased in white. Really glad I bought both as they are no longer available. The hand soap was a Christmas gift from my mom. Not only does it alleviate my bar-soap issue, but the bottle is really lovely to look at. And it smells good. Fresh and not a bit overpowering. With as much time that is spent in the bathroom, I think it only fitting that it be filled with pretty things.
An assortment of my favorite green dishes. They have all come from my mom, the miniature planters (candles) from Tanya, the antique apothocary bottles from a day-trip to Tenakee Springs Honey & I took a few summers ago, and the tiny white pitcher from the Habitat for Humanity store (50 cents) last summer in Little Rock.
I have always loved daisies. There is even a photo of me at about age 4 with my face painted in daisies at the State Fair. I bought this blue hand-towel, far too pretty to actually use, in Leavenworth, Washington summer before last. Honey & I spent a little over 2 weeks traveling around Oregon & Washington (we put a lot of mileage on the rental car), and his mom & step-dad thought I would enjoy Leavenworth. I did indeed ~ besides the fact that it was August & about 112 degrees, it was a charming little town with Christmas stores open all year round, and I had a great time with my in-laws.
This “G” is one of the few items Honey brought into the relationship that has had a place of prominance in our home. He remembers it being in his house since he was in kindegarden, and isn’t sure where it came from before that. It was previously painted black, but I of course had to add my cottage-blue flare. It sat in the garage for several months awaiting a second coat, which never happened. I think I had run out of paint. Some of the blue wore off showing the black underneath, but despite its imperfections (or maybe because of them) I decided it needed to be rehung. It is truly one of my favorite things, even before I took Honey’s last name. Because it’s special to him, it’s special to me.
While I was treasure-hunting for colors last night, I took this photo of my Tiffany boxes. As Jerusalem said in her post, there are few colors finer than Tiffany & robin’s egg blue, and I couldn’t agree more. I doubt I’d have the same affinity for a lovely blue Tiffany box if I weren’t so in love with Audrey & Breakfast at Tiffany’s, though.
This picture frame, a wedding gift from Adam’s cousin Sue, has more or less been the inspiration for what is now my decorating style. The frames are handcrafted from pieces of 150 year old cypress plantation buildings, and you can find them here. I loved the frame so much, I hung it on the wall sans photo until I found just the right photo worthy of being placed inside.
As you can see, I kinda like blues & greens…
Pink has never been a prevelant color in my home, but now that we’re having the baby-girl, it seems to be showing up a bit more Below are a few of my favorite pink items, some old, some new.
Too cute pink shoes from my mom. I think she’s been enjoying shopping for her granddaughter ~ what do you think?
This gorgeous bib, handmade by the fabulous Manda at Treefall, couldn’t be more perfect. I’ve been coveting one of Manda’s bibs since I first saw them but was holding off purchasing one until we knew the sex of the baby. Then I found out, if you wait long enough, and you have a mother who knows you love Manda’s creations, she will buy one for you Thanks mom!
These dried rosebuds were given to me by my friend Nicole as a completely random just-saw-them-and-thought-of-you gifts. Aren’t those the best kind of gifts? The rosebuds used to hang in my walk-in closet in our old apartment, but they now add a perfect, delicate touch to my bathroom. I’ve had them for years, and never grow tired of looking at them.
Who doesn’t love beautiful teacups? The first one mom bought for me for my bridal shower, which had a garden-tea-party theme. The second teacup I’ve had for years & years, and I’m sad to say, I can’t remember where it came from. The third teacup, not quite visible in the photo, was from my sister-in-law Michelle (assuming she & by brother ever set a wedding date!). She bought if for me after Adam & I had gotten into a huge fight a few years back, and knew I was extremely distrought over this particular argument. She dropped the teacup off for me, just because. It’s wonderful to have such sweet & thoughtful people in my life.
It’s been so long, it’s hard to know where to begin….
It’s been so long, Honey has pointed out on more than one occasion that it’s been a really long time since I’ve blogged. And honestly, I don’t know why he cares, because he knows what I’ve been doing! I do like that he reads me, though.
It’s been so long that I’ve since forgotten all the little stories that I’ve wanted to share.
It’s been so long that the snow is down to about a foot in my yard.
It’s been so long, I FINALLY found a coffee table!
It’s been so long, I didn’t even post my super-cute Valentine’s card I made for Honey. But you can see it on my Flickr. And FYI, Honey made me a super-sweet Valentine’s card filled with wedding photos & photos of the animals.
Since I turned back into a human after the months of being a raving lunatic, Honey & I have been busy finishing up the many house projects that we (I) have started & not finished. I figured that if we don’t get them done now, before the baby comes, they won’t ever get finished. And with 11 weeks to go, let’s just say I’m motivated.
We emptied out the spare room and it became project-central. First ~ kitchen cupboard doors. Honey was adamently against painting them, and said this project was all me. And it was so much fun, I wanted to spread it out….for a year & a half. That’s right. I started to paint the cupboards & doors somewhere around September of 2006.
It would have been much easier to paint them had I not been 7+ months pregnant. Honey did help prime some doors, but even better? He bought me lillies because I had been working so hard for so many evenings taping off & painting those damn doors. It seemed like the project would NEVER end. And, oh, man, did my back ache.
The colors are Benjamin Moore White Dove and Spring Morning. Once Honey installs the knobs, I’ll post photos of the finished kitchen. Well, if I had my farmhouse sink, it would be finished, but for now, that remains a fantasy.
I re-painted the walls because I had done a crappy job when I painted them originally. Note to self: don’t paint in a poorly lit room. The color is French General’s Plume Bleu, and I love it. I also painted what was the craft room, which is now going to be the nursery, in Plume Bleu, and I love it so much, I’m not re-painting for the baby. And it didn’t have a thing to do with the fact that I’ve got a huge to-do list before she comes.
Next, Honey ripped up the carpet and primed the subfloor with Kilz paint to cover where Riley-Cat peed. Here’s Honey is laying the “vapor barrier” (I had to ask just now what “that red stuff is called”). Doesn’t he look handsome doing manual labor? I think so.
We’d been saving money for months to purchase the flooring for the spare room and for our bedroom, but we waited so long, the flooring we have in the living room, hallway, and nursery had since been discontinued and we had to pick another color & brand altogether.
The new flooring, Pergo, isn’t going down as easily as the Harmonics did. From what Honey tells me at least, and as evidenced by the slow progress he’s making. (Honey, that’s not a complaint, I’m just saying) He thinks he’ll be done by the end of the weekend ~ yippee!
Lots more to share….will write more over the weekend.
I love the holidays. Am fanatical about them. I love that the lamp posts downtown are wrapped in lights and that my favorite shops put up Christmas trees. I even love the Christmas commercials on TV. I love satsuma oranges, and have eaten so many that underneath my thumbnail has turned orange. FYI, Porter also loves satsumas. The first time I gave him a piece of orange, and after he had pierced through the skin, he rubbed his head in it. Strangest thing I’ve ever seen that dog do. Even stranger than the time we took him to the beach & he tried to hunt & catch the fish rather than roll in the dead ones.
My tastes have also changed somewhat over the years. As my mom mentioned, we usually receive a giant box of greenery from family in Oregon. I would use the leftover cedar & boxwood to lay over table tops, shelves, ledges; basically anything that would sit still got greenery. The look I was going for was organic, woodsy: picture a b & b in Vermont. While I’ve always loved antiques, I didn’t necessarily go for vintagey decorations, and aside from my ornament collection from my mom, I would rather have had new than old decorations. Silly, I know. While I still love the woodsy look, I’m trying to incorporate more handmade & vintage items into my decorating.
I love decorating the tree. We usually buy one, but will probably opt for the great, tree hunt once the baby gets older. After my brother & Michelle had got their tree, he asked me what kind we had got. I replied ~ a Grand Fir. He said they had gotten a Noble Fir, the “Cadilac of Christmas trees”. I think I may have mentioned before that we’re slightly competetive with one another…..
This is my living room. I’ve been desperate for a new coffee table for over a year now and even though I haven’t been able to commit to one, I know it will be round. It used to be for purely asthetic reasons, but now it’s also for safety! I can’t be having all those sharp edges with a kid in the house, now can I?!
I don’t much have the energy to write about everything I want to write about, so here’s some photos instead. And PS, is anyone else’s blogger behaving oddly? Links show up as code, as do photos. Weird.
Harvest banner from Miss Jerusalem
Lovely sign made by Miss Jeanetta. My Aunt Georgia framed the tiny quilt for me. She’s really good at giving me family items that she knows I’ll love.
View from my comfy chair tonight.
Brought out my favorite fall candles, a wedding gift from Michelle & her family.
Riley-Cat & Mendy staying warm. This was actually the first time I’ve seen them both laying on the cable box. Mendy is named after the Mendenhall Glacier, where Honey is a guide on the weekends.
And there you have it. Some of my favorite things.
I like my desk placement ~ near the window so I get good light & have a nice view, and also facing the door so no one can sneak up on me. I’d love to have a larger project table with more room to spread out, but once I get the bed in the room, I don’t think there will be space for a larger table. Oh, and I’m missing a sewing station, too.
The tv is not even plugged in yet, & I don’t plan on running cable to the room, but I would like to get a cheap little dvd player. I’m currently watching movies on my laptop, but that of course hinders being able to use the laptop at the same time. I’ve had that tv since I was about 16, one of my first “major” purchases. The lamp, which will eventually get a facelift, was purchased for $3 at the annual community garage sale a few years back.
In my attempt to contain my belongings & to downsize the amount of crap I don’t use & don’t need, I look at every item & analyze whether or not it’s useful, sentimental, or if I really might need it someday. If it doesn’t fit into one of those categories, or if I can’t find a logical place for it to live, it goes in the giveaway pile. I am one of those people that believes everything should have a place, so not having my home organized after 11 months is crazy-making.
Feel free to oooh & aaaah over my supply shelf organization, though! Also still a work in progress, and once I get the shelving hung, I’ll know better where stuff will live. I almost prefer that I’ve waited so long to put this room together because now I know how I want to use the room, what works in terms of furniture & storage & making things I use easily accessable. If it’s a pain in the ass to put away my supplies, I guarantee they will wind up in a pile somewhere.
This shelf has 4 baskets: one holds glues & adhesives, one holds paints & markers, one holds miscellaneous tools, and the 4th holds random bits.
The wicker-drawer-thingy has paper scraps & card stock I’ve already folded for card-making. The wooden paper tray has my 8 1/2 x 11 paper, and the acrylic paper trays have my 12 x 12 paper. Watch me try to organize my 12 x 12 paper ~ solids & printed ~ into 10 slots. No easy task.
Ummm, red & white string? Check! When I first saw it being used in The French Inspired Home, I thought, I MUST HAVE RED & WHITE STRIPED STRING! Recently, I did a google search on red & white string, and saw a link to Tilda’s Bake Shop in a comment on Posie’s blog. At Tilda’s you can get this giant spool of perfect red & white striped string for like, $12. Of course, I paid about that much in shipping, too, but I didn’t mind. Jane’s Apron also had a post about what looks to be the same spool of string. Who knew there were so many people who loved red & white striped string?
This is my first project created in my craft room, and I have to say, it was really nice to have a space of my own, to not drag everything out into the living room to work at the dining table, and then have to drag everything back into my craft room when I’m done. Maybe instead of thinking I’d rather do my crafting in the living room to be near Honey, what I really need is more time to myself. Plus, it obviously saves time not dragging my supplies through the house & reduces the “mess” anxiety because I don’t have piles of paper & adhesives covering the dining table.
They’re a set of blank-inside greeting cards for my MIL’s birthday. There are 2 varieties, 4 of each, with red envelopes. The card was handmade & distressed ~ my first attempt with my new distressing kit. The card is simple, but I like it.
German raspberries, one of my most favorite candies!
If I waited ’til I felt I was done with a room, I’d never post anything. Anyone else feel that their houses are ever really done? Maybe that’s the fun in decorating, the constant changing & rearranging. My co-worker Mary (she’s actually my one employee, but I feel more comfortable calling her my co-worker) asked me the other day what I will do when I am done with my many decorating endeavors. Will I actually be able to sit & enjoy my craft room? Yes! Will I find something else to paint? Probably. That’s just me.
This is my craft room. Originally, this was going to be the beautiful guest room, but I doubt that dream will ever materialize. And anyway, we rarely have guests. I had set up our other spare room as the office/craft room, but I like the view better from this room. Not that I still won’t drag all my supplies out to the living room to work out there, but at least everything will be organized & have a home. Right? Right.
I cursed the person who hung that awful wallpaper boarder. Not because it was so awful, which it was, but because it took me 3 days to get it all off. 3 days of holding my arms in an upright position means 3 days of soreness afterwards. I used fabric softener, the trick I had seen on so many DIY shows, but every square inch had to be scraped off.
The color is French General’s Plume Bleu, and I couldn’t love a shade of blue any more. It has just the right amount of turquoise, and it changes depending on the light. A crisp, white trim is the perfect accent. Eventually, I will (ahem, Honey will) replace all the trim in the house with this, taller trim. I think it looks more historic, more vintage. PS, Honey laid the laminate flooring a few months back.
The apartment building we moved from was built in the early 1900′s, and it had gorgeous woodwork & built-ins. Even the glass panes in the french doors & the built-ins were hand-blown glass. Our apartment still had much of the original wood, meaning it hadn’t been painted white. (Who paints 90 year old wood??) The trim was all this taller style, and I decided that our house also needed taller trim so as to make-believe our house wasn’t built in 1981. A girl can pretend.
Hanging trim, as it turns out, is not as easy as I thought. Not so much the hanging of the trim, but the measuring. I suck at measuring. And trying to measure when there are 45 degree cuts involved, effectively making one side of the trim upwards of a 1/2 inch longer than the other side, is beyond frustrating to me. I was so frustrated in fact, and was afraid Honey would be equally frustrated at having to cut the same piece for the THIRD time, that I tried to sand the piece down instead. It didn’t work. Honey was gracious & cut it a FOURTH time for me, and it finally fit. I gave over the task of measuring to Honey, and after a couple pieces, he had it down. More accurately, I turned over the whole trim project to Honey, and he did a really good job.
Still to be done:
hang curtain rod
find a light fixture
make a curtain for closet door? (for as long as I can remember, I have been taking closet doors off so as to maximize space, but I’m inclined to hang some pretty fabric here to hide the clutter).
bring furniture in