Archive for October, 2010

October 27, 2010

Is It Crazy That

by Cait

Other TableHello, slightly boring space.

Is it crazy that I want to paint the wall behind our second table in the living room and then paint white trees on it?

I’m thinking that I could probably freehand something like this fairly easily.
(image from etsy)

I’m leaning towards something like this, but with a — wait for it — grey wall (because I’m still on a grey kick).  Luckily I have a husband whose attitude towards paint is “if we hate it, we can paint over it” instead of being the kind of person who would freak out and act like I’ve ruined our house.  And he likes the idea of the grey and the trees, woohoo!

October 26, 2010

Word To My Mother

by Cait

Alternate title for this entry: The One In Which I Brag About My Mom

For anyone who doesn’t have the good fortune of knowing my mom, she is amazing and you’re missing out.  Seriously.  My mom is creative, resourceful, thrifty, well-informed, eco conscious and hilarious.  She’s the mom who not only made a lot of the clothes my sister & I wore growing up and thought up countless inventions long before they were mass-produced, but she is a constant trendsetter.  (Those vintage soda crates being sold at Pottery Barn?  Yeah, she’s had one as a spice rack for years AND she tracked one down for me when I went off to college, so we have one in our kitchen now.)

All of these wonderful attributes mean that not only is my mom the perfect person to bounce ideas off of when trying to do something for our house, but she picks out design elements that I never would have considered (because I am sometimes boring and set in my ways).  She and my dad got us this awesome green, faux crocidile skin “truckette” it as an anniversary present and, together with the rug we purchased with a generous gift from Robert’s parents, it helps our living room go from a random collection of styles to eclectic & trendy.  (I find it funny how the green of the truck is coincidentally repeated in a patch on the pillow my mom made, the Ikea candle on the table, and even Dots’ pillow and Freckles’ artichoke.)  My mom also mentioned that two of the trunks would make a good coffee table for someone who either didn’t have the money for one or didn’t want a more traditional coffee table.  One of my favorite parts about it is that it makes a much better side table than thes stool Freckles was constantly ducking under (which resulted in several spilled drinks).

See that patchwork pillow on our couch?  My mom made that before she went to college.
Also, that recliner no longer lives in our living room, so I need to take a new picture. Again.

I should also mention that since we took some bifold closet doors down (more on that later) we are going to make an easily moveable screen similar to the one John & Sherry made to make the erg less of an eyesore.

October 25, 2010

That’s the Plan

by Cait

While I don’t doubt anyone’s ability to read a menu bar, I thought I’d humor myself and take a minute to introduce our new section of the blog that I mentioned on Friday.

For anyone who is like me and wants to know where rooms in bloggers’ houses are in relation to others, we whipped up this floor plan because everyone is doing it to make it easier to visualize.

October 25, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

by Cait

This weekend was great, as we allowed ourselves to relax and accomplish what I had loosely outlined on my weekend wishlist at our own pace.


Go figure, daytime photos actually show the natural lighting conditions!
Look, we DID buy two Tarnby’s!

A Weekend Wishlist:

  • Bike rides
  • Time with friends and family
  • Take time to do non-blog things
  • Take time to do non-blog things (it’s important, so it gets two bullets)
  • Finish floorplan of house for blog  See our floor plan here
  • Get the second Tarnby rug under the guest bed
  • Take better blog pictures
  • Work on pallet project
  • Get plexiglass cut
  • Hang porch fan
  • Plan porch light

While we didn’t accomplish everything I listed on Friday, we are firm believers in taking time to relax on weekends and mentally prepare for the work week ahead, so we feel great about the things we did get done.  Also as I alluded to on Friday, we use weekends to get more intensive house cleaning done since we both get home from work (and Robert from school) so late during the week, so we got that out of the way as well. We also took on a few other things that weren’t on the list (which we’ll post about later this week).

Hope everyone else enjoyed their weekend!

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October 22, 2010

A To Do List of Sorts

by Cait

I warn you, I am about to say something shocking.  So please, sit down, cover the kiddies’ eyes & ears and brace yourselves.  I’ll wait.

LibraryTo help with the shock, please enjoy this photo of our library.
You can picture yourself seated in that chair, I know I am.

I may have Saturday off this weekend.

For those of you unfamiliar with R and my lives away from the blog (ie- you aren’t my mother, my mother-in-law, or one of our friends), I work for a company that gets very busy this time of year, which usually results in massive amounts of overtime.  I like overtime pay, I do not like having no time to see my husband, family, friends, dogs, house, etc.  But as my parents always say, it’s time or money.  I am impatient, I like time and money, but we can’t always have our cake and eat it, too.  Mmm cake.

Ok, I am done with the cliches for now and am moving on to this fascinating list of things I hope to accomplish this weekend.

A Weekend Wishlist:

  • Bike rides
  • Time with friends and family
  • Take time to do non-blog things
  • Take time to do non-blog things (it’s important, so it gets two bullets)
  • Finish floorplan of house for blog
  • Get the second Tarnby rug under the guest bed
  • Take better blog pictures
  • Work on pallet project
  • Get plexiglass cut
  • Hang porch fan
  • Plan porch light

You will notice that I have given bike rides top billing.  Around here we are incredibly focused on being healthy.  Oh wait, perhaps I have confused our lives with that of my marathon running sister.  Again. (Hi sis, if you even read this!)  Robert and I semi-recently bought bicycles, and the weather is just about perfect for riding right now.  In our neighborhood/part of town bikes come in quite handy for things like going to see my parents who live a few blocks away, visiting my best friend who lives on the other side of the neighborhood, going to Publix, and (if we’re feeling especially motivated/daring) biking to get bagels, pizza, or any other not-so-healthy food that strikes our fancy in Trendy Local Neighborhood.

I have tried to make it so that this list is fairly evenly split between blog type tasks and relaxing weekend type tasks (“Take time to do non-blog things” should really be more than two bullets, because our weekends tend to be spontaneous).  There may or may not also be some cleaning of our house that is messier than I like to admit.  And relax, you can count on me to post an equally thrilling list of what was and wasn’t accomplished next week.  I know you were worried.

Happy Friday, y’all!  Hope the remainder of your weekend is free of run-on sentences, cross outs, reposts of old house pictures and sarcasm!  (Unless you enjoy these things as much as I obviously do, in which case… Party on, Wayne!)

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October 21, 2010

Adults Need Craft Time, Too

by Cait

You may have noticed that after we picked up my beloved Tarnby rug(s) I changed the wish list on our sidebar around.  Thankfully for my wallet (and anyone wondering what to get me for Christmas… just kidding!) I haven’t scooped any of these items up by some small miracle, especially when I had one of those West Elm sconces in my hot little hand recently.  There are a couple other things I have been lusting over that I haven’t added to the list because I think I could DIY them fairly easily.

Technically this wasn’t for sale at Anthro, it was just something used in the store.

Sorry for the iPhone picture, but when I saw this in our local Anthropologie I had to snap a picture because I had recently seen this project over at ReadyMade and knew this awesome light was made using the same technique. A slightly smaller version of this would look great in our guest room if we decide to ditch the ceiling fan in favor of a table fan.

from etsy

I am not even going to pretend I know how to knit, but a similar pillow could be made using an old sweater.  We all now I love my sweaters too much to do this to the grey one I bought last fall, but I could see this being done with a thrift store sweater or any cheap sweater (especially under the sewing guidance of a friend, since I am terrible at getting the tension right on my machine – yes Emiley, that means you!)  Now to find the time to seek out cheap sweaters…

Anyone else DIYed something they saw and fell in love with recently?

October 19, 2010

One Nightstand

by Cait

As I mentioned here, we recently brought home two of my beloved Tarnby rugs.  Fortunately I can say that I am even more smitten with this rug now that we have it in our living room.  Unfortunately the second rug has remained rolled up in the guest room because just when we thought things were slowing down they started speeding up again.

I’ve been buried under a mound of Tylenol Cold and Kleenex drafting posts on the guest room mini makeover.  I’m tracking down a few receipts for the cost breakdown, so I decided to post this incredibly easy Malm nightstand hack while I work on that.

The idea was born when I saw a picture of a workspace made from a three or four Malm nightstands wall mounted next to each other.  The website for that hack was in Spanish, and it looked overcomplicated, but after seeing how Jen over at The House of Wood hung her headboard it seemed so obvious.  A french cleat.

After stumping the guys at Home Depot by asking for a french cleat (we overlooked it in the hardware section and they had no idea what one was) we used the hardware that attaches the Malm’s shelf to level this part of the cleat.

Then we screwed the other piece into the wall.  Since a lot of french cleats come with a handy built in level and drywall screws, all you need is a drill and whatever you’re hanging (unless you’re hanging it on a plaster wall, but that isn’t the case in our guest room).

Cost Breakdown
French Cleat: $14.97
Malm: $49.99

Total: $64.96

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October 15, 2010

Guest Room Reveal

by Cait

The mini makeover of our guest room is being revealed today by the lovely Kara at Kara Paslay Designs, so please check that out!

We’ll have more details on the mini makeover, as well as a few more changes we’ve made very soon.  We were hoping to have all the projects completed in time for the reveal, but rain and other things in our non-blog life prevented this from happening.  Hopefully y’all don’t hate me, and you’ll check back to see the rest of the pieces come together!

Also I feel like I should add that while looking at this from my work computer that the color of the images looks very, very different.  I’m hoping this is just because my work monitor is a piece of crap, because (believe it or not!)  I do actually know how to white balance!  The color in the “just before” photo is the closest to what Spun Honey actually looks like, and hopefully things look fine to y’all and you won’t stop reading just based on that.

A big welcome to anyone who is new to the blog! Thanks so much for checking us out (hopefully not in a creepy stalker/pervy kind of way)!

October 13, 2010

YHL is Full of Good Ideas

by Cait

I love it when YHL gives me ideas for how to improve things about our house!  As I mentioned in our DIY Wish List, I really, really want to transform our 14×28 foot unfinished screen porch into a sunroom like the one John & Sherry have.

From YHL

I have always thought that something like this would be wonderful in Florida, especially if we found a way to regulate the temperature a little better.  Currently our porch has two fans, which help a lot since even the screened top portion of our porch’s walls do not provide the best airflow in the sorching summer heat.  I know that glassing the porch in will make it even hotter, so I love the idea of keeping at least one of the fans and adding sliding glass doors like in John & Sherry’s sunroom.  Anyone familiar with out blog is probably aware of the fact that most ceiling fans tend to bug me, unless they are something fun & quirky or simple & unobtrusive.  I had recently mentioned to Robert that I would really like the Sanibel Fan by Hunter for our porch/future sunroom, but they’re not exactly as budget friendly the $50 special from Home Depot or Lowe’s. 

From Hunter Fan Co

 Then this past weekend I was jonesing for a ReStore fix we happened to stop into our local Habitat fo Humanity ReStore and they had this exact fan for $50!  I was stoked!  I love me some gently used home decor (plus I’m not exactly keen on the idea of shelling out 300 bucks for an outdoor fan that will probably get gross).

Now you’re all thinking “That’s fantastic, Cait, but John & Sherry have never mentioned a fan in their sunroom.  So get to the point!”  Well, anyone who saw the post on YHL today may have already guessed my point: YHL recently added a baseboard heater to their sunroom, gaining extra, livable square feet.

Both from YHL

Again, you’re thinking “Great, but John & Sherry live in Virginia and you live in Florida, so…?”  Well, sometimes in the winter it gets ridiculously cold in Florida, ok?  I know, anyone who lives north of here just fell out of their chairs laughing at me, but last winter we had a record breaking streak of nights with below freezing temperatures.  This was especially annoying when our heater went out we wanted to use our porch.  And also as YHL mentioned, depending on your states guidelines, adding a simple baseboard heater to a sunroom instantly adds square footage to your house.  In YHL’s case this bumped their house from 1300 to 1550 square feet, and for us it means that when we convert our porch to a sunroom and add a baseboard heater it’ll jump from 1850 (which is already plenty, trust me) to a whopping 2240!  I know that converting our porch to a sunroom will cost more than the $250 John & Sherry spent to gain more square footage, but it makes the idea of converting our porch even more appealing.  Just another way in which I have to bow down to the genius that is YHL and steal their ideas borrow their ideas and give wicked props to them for the inspiration.

October 10, 2010

ZOMG

by Cait

Things are starting to slow down around here. The CJ-7 runs, but is having axle worked on (long, not-related-to-house story possibly to be told later), we had a belated anniversary Date Night at one of our favorite restaurants on Friday, and thankfully my managers mentioned the words “minimum amount of overtime”. While the large paychecks were nice, not having any time to spend the money or work on the house was getting really old.  This weekend we took a Sunday break from football trip down to Home Decor Mecca — otherwise known as a city two hours from us that has an Ikea, a Crate and Barrel and (as recently discovered, and by “recently” I mean “today”) a Z Gallerie.  We bought this tea light holder, which looks great on the cleaned off coffee table with the box that holds our remotes in the living room.


Part of the reason we went to Ikea/etc was to finally get the Tarnby rug I’d been rug stalking at Ikea.  We checked the inventory and saw there were four in stock, so we decided it was time to put the generous anniversary gift from Robert’s parents towards the rug for the living room.  And then we bought one for the guest room, too.  Turns out you can fit two 5’11” x 8’2″ jute rugs in a Beetle.  Now the only question is, should we get this console table to go behind the sofa, or try to get one of the last remaining Expedit 5x5s?  What do y’all think?