Archive for September, 2010

September 17, 2010

Fall Foliage

by Cait

A brief post to say that we decided it was time to freshen up our tables for fall (because, you know, now that it’s a chilly 79 degrees here in Florida some mornings it’s fall).  We hit up HomeGoods for some fall table linens and shopped in the decor store that is our house for center piece items.

We picked up this pack of napkins and placemats for $9.99

A second pack of the same napkins (sans placemats) was $5.99, and we got two 2-packs of placemats at $5.99

Everything else we had on hand already.  The wooden basket, salt shakers and drip coffee maker were wedding presents, the candle and candle holder are clearance Target purchases from last year, the trivets were made using 25 cent tiles from a local home supply outlet, the bronze-ish ball is from my mom (I was tinking about painting it white until now) and the things that look like puddles on the living room table are coasters we bought on Amazon.

Total cost: $27.96

We picked up a few other things while we were at HomeGoods that I’ll probably do a short post about later.  I also want to make our front door wreath a little more fall-themed, and I debated about making the centerpieces for out tables a little more Pottery Barn-esque.  I may work on that in the coming weeks, but for now it’s a lot better than the spring&summer-y linens we had on the table.

Have you made any fall decor changes at your house?

September 15, 2010


by Cait

Today marks one year of home ownership here at Hernando House, and we thought we’d celebrate with a few simple things that make us happy (since we’re not a big enough blog for sponsored giveaways… yet?).

First up, we answered our soap question when we learned from a little Googling and a Facebook tip (thanks, Susan!) that we could save some dough thanks to a promotion at the Mrs Meyer’s website.  We stocked up on dish soap, hand soap, a room freshening spray and counter top spray, all in our favorite Geranium scent.

Second, my sweet hubby brought my shoe cabinet into the bedroom (yeah, it had been lounging on the porch, we move quickly like that) for me. And lastly, I did the following.

(Yes, we have to add cold water with the shower head.  But not to worry, that just means we have more projects to do later.)

And on a side note, it’s interesting to us that a lot of our friends also bought or rented out a house and made it a goal to be moved in by their wedding anniversary.

Do you celebrate housiversaries?  We’d love to hear about what you do to celebrate events in your lives!

September 13, 2010

Pallet Craft Update

by Cait

In the wake of this weekend’s football, new baby cuteness and DIY Fail I am stopping in this morning with a quick update about the stack of pallets in our yard.  And because I am evil I’m not going to reveal exactly what we’re doing with the pallets, but they do have something to do with the guest room.

Last week we went to Lowe’s and bought an air compressor and brad nailer kit, thinking that we could surely break down the pallets quickly and with this new toy in hand the actual pallet-crafting portion would be no problem.

Well, the breaking the pallets down part didn’t go quite as well as we were hoping, even though we followed the advice of Katie over at Bower Power.  I think this is because we were using an 18v battery-powered sawzall (it’s all we had!) instead of a corded one like Jeremy probably used and the pallets we have are probably a lot older than what they had.  So Robert went back to Lowe’s and bought a big-ass crowbar (yes, that’s a technical term, kind of like a BFH. …what, you don’t know what a BFH is? no worries, you’re not missing much), which he quickly determined is probably going to work better for him for this task (possibly combined with borrowing his dad’s corded sawzall).

That’s all I have to say this morning, but we’re hoping that Plan D with the liquor cabinet paper works, so I have something slightly more exciting to post about tomorrow.  Hopefully everyone is still on an opening weekend football high like I am!

September 11, 2010

DIY Fail!

by Cait

What’s that?  That would be my DIY FAIL of a liquor cabinet.  See, I got a little cocky after Design*Sponge’s post Thursday, so I came home from work today (which marks six days in a row) and decided it was time to paint the inside of the liquor cabinet and paper the bottom of it.  Who cares that Barb used wallpaper?  She said wallpaper or paper, dammit!  So I stuck my head in the dark hole that is the liquor cabinet, laid down some Modge Podge, and attempted to paper the bottom surface. Three times.  The first time it ripped, but the Modge Podge was wet enough that it came right up.  Second time I was ballsy and just eyeballed the paper (WHY?!) so of course it wasn’t wide enough, but again it peeled right up.  Third time?  Well, the third time was going well, and it looked awesome, but of course I managed to mess it up with some spectacular dumbassery.  We smoothed most of the bubbles out, and started to apply the coat of Modge Podge to the top and I accidentally used waaaaaaay too much, so I was using a putty knife to remove the excess and it ripped.  D’oh!  There had been a couple of other tiiiny rips, and I just smoothed them out and they weren’t noticeable, but this time a chunk of paper came off and balled up into a tiny, unusable mess.  Awesome.  I started pulling the paper back off the surface, but of course by that point it was starting to dry, so we spent some time scraping paper off with the putty knife and now we are waiting for it to dry so we can sand it off and try again.  Oh yes, I am a glutton for punishment, and that tiny sliver of what it will look like was fabulous, so of course I must try again.

Hopefully we’ll be back soon with a picture of a successful attempt.

September 10, 2010

Ruh Roh

by Cait

Dear YHL,

I love you, and I am addicted to your crack-like blog, but I just bought a piece of art I didn’t really need thanks to your post this morning and the fact that it was a green and yellow giclee on canvas in the style of art that I did my IB Extended Essay on in high school.  Apparently nostalgia + my favorite color = disaster.  Oh well, it’s disaster that will look lovely in our living room.

Image from Amazon, bought piece at Bulx



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September 9, 2010

Question for Reader: Dish Soap and Hand Soap

by Cait

Dear The Interwebz,

From Mrs Meyers

I recently discovered that Bath & Body Works discontinued our favorite foaming hand soap, Wild Honeysuckle.  Maybe this is old news (it probably is, since I can’t even find a picture to post), but because I only ever go in B&BW when 1) we run out of soap, 2) they have sales and/or 3) when I’m with Emiley.  And I say “when we run out of soap” as if we buy their soap a lot, which we don’t, we just bought four bottles the last time we were there and it was on sale and it took us awhile to use all of since we’re never home.  But it did smell really, really good, so we were kind of addicted while it lasted.

Anyway, point is, we need a new hand soap. We’re trying to go greener, so I’m pretending not to be too crushed about the loss of my BFF Wild Honeysuckle, and I’m thinking about getting some variety of Dr Bronner’s soap, but I have never seen any in person so I wouldn’t know what scent to buy.  (Or maybe I have seen it at Whole Foods and just don’t remember?)

Which brings me to my next point!  We also just ran out of our unscented Mrs Meyer’s dish soap that we bought a while back at TJ Maxx (along with our Geranium scented surface wipes), and when I went to their website to browse their products neither of those were on the site.  I assume this is because things go to TJ Maxx to die when they’re being phased out, but my question is, are they phasing out my beloved Geranium altogether, or just in surface wipes?  I saw an article in O at Home (yes, it was from a two year old magazine, I got it from my mom, we trade magazines and then leave them in waiting rooms so that someone else won’t be waiting for their friend to have a c-section and be forced to read “Loving Your Grandbaby”, but I digress) about the maker of Mrs Meyer’s and how supposedly people don’t like to clean with floral scents, so now I’m scared!  Hold me!

Why does everything I like get discontinued?!  I live in Florida, of course I like floral scents!  (Ok, maybe that was a stretch, even with the Spanish meaning and whatever.)

The title of this post should probably just be “Old News” or “Behind the Times”.  Please, five readers, inform me!  Is Geranium going away?  What hand soap do you use?  Am I insane for liking floral scented soap?


September 9, 2010

Attack of the Billion Projects!

by Cait

Ok, so we don’t actually have a billion projects going on, but I may have been a little ambitious in thinking that we could tackle both the chair and the liquor cabinet after work last night.  Especially since we’ve both been working 10+ hour days and coming home dead tired.  We did at least the chair is mostly finished and ready for its upcoming debut in the guest bedroom, even after wandering around Lowe’s having to go to Lowe’s for more paint.  We picked the darkest yellow on the swatch with Valspar Spun Honey (the room color), but because I am an excellent blogger, I forgot the name of it.  Something about sunsets.  (Quick, use your super powers and read the name on the sample can below!) 

Behold, our messy porch!  Why yes, that is gravel that some former homeowner thought was a good idea.

And now that you know that our porch is kind of a hot mess (and you haven’t even seen the mismatching and obviously not laid at the same time tiles on the floor, or the half-assed attempt at walls by the former owner!) I can leave you with this picture, which shows that for our next trick we have these lovely things sitting in our yard until we start sanding them down into end tables.  Hooray free stumps!

I’ll be back tomorrow (same bat time, same bat channel) with either the liquor cabinet progress, or more details on that lovely stack of pallets in our backyard that I showed in the last post (because that’s how we roll, stacks of unattractive things in the yard). Unless I collapse from the exhaustion of trying to juggle work, projects, and the most important task of all: taking gelato to my best friend who just had a baby.

September 8, 2010

Nothing (Much) to See Here

by Cait

Just a quick post to say that nothing was done in the way of the shoe cabinet or the liquor cabinet last night because we welcomed the arrival of my best friend’s son, Carter, as those who follows us on Facebook might have seen.  He’s a handsome, happy, healthy baby at 6lb 11.5oz and 19.5 in long, and I probably most certainly held him for far longer than any one person really should (but I did let the grandmothers hold him first!).  Also, his feisty, redheaded mom has already taught him to stick his tongue out, which he did immediately upon meeting me, and I wholeheartedly approve!

In other news, tonight Robert and I plan to give the first time parent’s and baby some alone time finish working on this chair (which may make an appearance in our upcoming guest room reveal), and tackle part of the liquor cabinet.  And some time next month Hernando House will be guest blogging, so check back for those details soon.

Curbside Chair

September 7, 2010

Shoes Required: Part 2

by Cait

When I left off last time (see Part 1 here) I had picked a paint color, hardware and paper for the top of the shoe cabinet.  Over the weekend I took some Valspar Seaside Villa paint to it.  I skipped the primer step because with the age of the piece I wanted the more of the antique and little less “crisp”.  This isn’t the technique I’d use for everything but, for the most part, if you aren’t dead set on things being perfect (and nothing in our house is, it’s more well-loved and broken in) it works just fine, especially if you just use high quality paint.  If we were painting a crisp, new piece I’d prime and then either roll or use a paint sprayer to spray it.

It still needs some work but it’s getting there.

Oh and also, we have this currently sitting in our backyard.  I’ll give a cookie to whoever knows what we’re planning to do with these (and no, Emiley, it doesn’t count that we told you!)

Does anyone else have multiple projects going on at once like we do?

September 6, 2010

DIY Wish List

by Cait

We all know a DIYer’s work is never done, so I thought I’d post a wish list of what we have been dreaming about for our house.  Currently most of it is outdoor projects, but we have a few things we’re dreaming of inside, too.  I’ve linked to the sites that either inspired or helped shape what we’re dreaming of.

For starters, I really want a patio like the one Sherry & John over at Young House Love have.  Whenever brick pavers go on sale at Lowe’s I start talking about wanting a patio below the living room windows.  We have yet to work out the details on how big we want ours (our backyard is not even close to the size of YHL’s) but big enough for an outdoor table and some lounge chairs would be nice.

From Young House Love

Also I would love to turn our porch (which I don’t think I’ve actually shown on the blog before) into a sunroom like the one Sherry&John have.  We’ll have to do this in a couple of steps because of some of the quirks of our porch (oh, and that whole pool table factor), so this is on the 5 Year Plan kind of time frame for sure.  We may do an intermediate step to make our porch more like Sara at Russet Street Reno‘s first, and then go for something like YHL’s when our budget allows.  Mainly I’m just  longing for windows instead of screens.

From Young House Love

From Russet Street Reno

When we eventually have our sunroom I’d love to add a half bath because I’m lazy it’ll be great while lounging in our future sunroom, playing pool, or easier to get to when enjoying the next item listed below.  I want to do our half bath in a more rustic style, but I didnt see a picture of exactly what I want and since I was already borrowing other images from YHL I figured I’d snag their half bath photos as well (mad props to S&J for having such a gorgeous and inspiring house!)

From Young House Love

This summer I officially added a pool to my list.  When we bought our house we figured that a pool wasn’t necessary because we live with in 20 minutes of a beach, Robert’s parents have a pool, and pools cost too freaking much to maintain.  But this summer it was so hot that Robert and I decided a soak in the guest bath’s garden tub was a good way to cool down after working outside, and we started day dreaming about a small galvanized tub outside to soak in.  Then The Brick House introduced us to the idea of a stock tank pool.  We don’t want ours nearly as deep as the one seen below (but that’s a gorgeous picture, isn’t it?) so it’ll be about $290 from Tractor Supply for one that’s about chest deep when sitting (8’x2′), plus the filter, and maybe a partial deck surrounding it.

From bigBANG studio seen on The Brick House

And with the decision for a pool came the decision that we needed an outdoor shower, for rinsing off before taking a dip.  Really my mom (and Pottery Barn Bathrooms) planted the idea for this, and it will be good for rinsing off after yard work anyway.  One like this could be put on the random concrete pad in the corner outside the living room and laundry room and we would use fence panels to save money (and hassle of building them).  The use of the preexisting pad would also save money and give us a shorter distance to run hot water (which would be nice in fall and, if brave enough, winter).

From Charles and Hudson

And in the incredibly far off plans (you know, after we win the lottery and buy the neighbor’s lot), we’d love to expand the current “guest suite” (guest room, walk-in closet, and bathroom) when we make it our bedroom after our future kids are born, make the laundry room bigger and build a 2 car garage and a wet room style bathroom with an art studio space above (yeah, we’re crazy and would love our 4/2 to eventually be a 4/3.5).

What about y’all?  What additions are you dreaming up for your house?  Or what would your dream house have?