Posts tagged ‘Shopping’

February 22, 2011

Corner Office

by Cait

I was ridiculously excited last week when my backordered fabric arrived from Fabric.com about a month early.  I wasted no time in making three panels for the art room and while we were at Ikea this past weekend we bought clips to hang them.  I don’t know that I love the look of the clips, but I do enjoy not having to stand on a chair to open/close the curtains thanks to the fact that they slide easily.  (Ok, who am I kidding, I rarely opened the old curtains, I mainly left that task to Robert.)

As a quick reminder, here is the before.

Art Room

And the (hurriedly taken before the sun went down yesterday) afters.  (We’ll take better photos this weekend.)


The fabric we used is Premier Prints Suzani Slub Texture Yellow/White, and we like it so much that we’re using Premier Prints Suzani Chocolate/Natural in our bedroom.

Aside from the curtains, we are making very slow progress on this room.  We having painted the closet or started on the new closet desk (the hairpin legs arrived, but we couldn’t fit a 96 in counter top in a Beetle with three adults- go figure).  As far as what to do next, I’m thinking about having the metal side chair powder coated (it’s pretty rusty from living in my parents garage, and the idea of something tougher than spray paint is appealing), or picking/ordering a rug.  I recently found one on Overstock similar to the West Elm Ferris rug, but I think I’m still leaning towards jute or sisal…

February 9, 2011

A Ledgedly

by Cait

Ok, the title of this post is a ridiculously bad pun, please forgive me.

A while back we had the idea to make metal picture ledges the ran the length of our living room windows, which are 105″ long.

images from West Elm

The shelves from West Elm only come in 2′, 3′ or 4′ sections.  We were going to have Robert’s best friend Ryan make us some, but the metal brake he and his dad have only bends 2′ sections.  To save him the effort of welding and smoothing at least four 2′ sections together into one long section, we decided to ask a buddy of Robert’s who works at a machine shop how big their metal brake was.  Unfortunately it turns out that the machine shop’s brake is only 6′ long.  I’m trying to decide if that is long enough, especially since there will be long curtains on the living room windows soon, meaning they will covering the ledge area part of the time.  (Yes, I want long curtains and I am also semi-married to the idea of ledges below the windows.  Is that weird?)

Anyone have any advice for us on the subject?  Should we just abandon the idea of long shelves and get Ryan to make us a couple 2′ ones for over the tv?

February 5, 2011

Making Light of the Situation

by Cait

Since I sometimes have decorating ADHD an inability to focus on one space at a time, I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to decide what kind of light I want over the living room table (as I mentioned here).  The current frontrunners are:

The Victory pendant is a bit more than we want to spend & might blend into the wall too much, the Eden may be a bit big, and we would most likely DIY a slightly smaller version of the West Elm Cluster Bulb Pendant.  Also, if we got tired of the bare bulb look of the DIYed Cluster Bulb look, we could always add cage to them.  (Which is a much more pleasant option if you have access to a large number of wire coat hangers and/or a friend who has a tendency to get bored and make things, rather than paying $110-195 a pop.)

Apologies for the blurry HTC pic, I tend to get text messages like this after I ask Ryan about making something

I also have it on semi-good authority from the Birthday Fairy that the light over the table needs to at least coordinate with the light I wanted to replace the living room fan with from West Elm.  Said Birthday Fairy recently said something like “It would need to coordinate with the West Elm light which I might possibly have purchased when it was 20% off. But I didn’t.”

I guess it would have been helpful to wait about a week in case I “maybe, possibly” receive something light-like for my birthday,  but at least it looks like the DIY Cluster Bulb pendant won’t clash with the Flush Mount?

February 3, 2011

Out of Order

by Cait

Sometimes I pick things a little out of order.  But it’s ok, I certainly know how to have a good time doing it.  Tonight for example, it’s raining (but not leaking like last time!), Robert had class, and I am staring at fabric swatches, both real and digital.  I think I am destined to have a binder ring of fabric swatches.  (I have gotten the urge to make new curtains for preeeetty much the entire house, but I’m going to try and limit myself to maybe making some pillows.)

I’m currently loving Premier Prints ZigZag Village Rust in the art room.  I really wish I could see it with my backordered curtain fabric (UH-217, top left)  sometime before April, but in the interest in getting things done, I’m going to go with my gut and order enough for the closet curtain.

all fabric from fabric.com

As for the kitchen window, you can see I thought I was going to like Waverly Leaf Garland Spa (UH-708) so I bought a yard of it.  Once I got it in the kitchen (and texted Robert a picture) I was leaning towards Waverly Sun N Shade Lenox Horizon (UF-784).  Then I remembered that I had just bought a new ironing board cover (Waverly Sun N Shade Lovely Lattice Lagoon UD-517H), so I stuck the package in the window, further confusing myself.  Thankfully when Robert got home we decided on Sun N Shade Lenox Horizon.

 

Oh and?  The closet color is changing because of all this fabric picking.  The pallet is pretty much staying the same, but instead of painting the closet Morrocan Spice and getting a more neutral fabric for the closet curtain, we’re going to use the leftover paint from our hallway and use the Premier Prints ZigZag Village Rust.

Phew!

January 30, 2011

Office Space

by Cait

Since in haven’t ordered the curtains I wanted for the art room yet, I have enjoyed daydreaming about other rug and curtain options.  Especially when my mom, sister and I spend the better part of an afternoon emailing about inexpensive rug options for my sister’s 500sqft apartment that she’s moving into in April (design board of that coming soon).  I like to imagine that my art room is the fair-haired cousin to Sara @ Russet Street Reno’s art room (because her art room is dead sexy and I like thinking of myself in the same sentence as her since her house is amazing.  Have you seen her woman cave?  Love!)  Truthfully though, our art room is a messy mish-mash of styles and no where near as awesome as Sara’s turned out.

Since I am already in love with Urban Outfitter’s Woodland Garden curtains and I know I like natural fiber rugs I am considering this sisal rug from Overstock.  Initially I thought that a 5×8 rug would fit, and was going to go with the Ikea Tarnby that y’all know I love so much, but then I did a test fit with the 4’4 x 6’5 Ikea Gislev we have on my side of our bed (because the measuring tape is in the shed and I am lazy) and realize that a 5×8 would be WAY too big.

Then I realized that the vision I had for the art room is a bit girly, and since Robert uses the computer in art room’s closet for watching YouTube and looking up parts for the CJ-7 homework I should probably make the space gender neutral.  Plus, I would need to shorten my beloved Woodland Garden curtains from the top (since they don’t come in a 63″ length) or the patterned part would hang behind the Ikea Jonas desk (although ours is white) we use as a project table.  Though Robert liked the idea of the Woodland Garden curtains too and shortening them is not a big deal, I figured we should probably take the opportunity to make the art room/office a shared space, rather than just my taste.  I considered wussing out using the same curtains from the library, but I didn’t want to use the same statement-making curtains in more than one area (which is why we’re going to stencil curtains rather than use those for the living room, too, actually).  I figured picking a color to paint the closet would be a good starting place.  Since the room is already a bit of a bold color (Valspar’s Reflection Pond) we knew it needed to be bold so that it stood out.  Robert’s favorite color is red, but since I didn’t want to paint any part of our house fire engine red we decided a slightly more muted color might work best.  I was thinking something coral-y without too much pink and Robert agreed.

I looked through my old Pottery Barn Colors paint decks and found a color called Morrocan Spice by Benjamin Moore  in the Spring 2010 one.  We will probably match it to Valspar, since we love their paint (and it’s cheaper).  Then I found fabric that was similar to the curtains we both love in the library and took advantage of a sale that made it $5.58 a yard (with a 15% off coupon code from Retail Me Not on top of that).  Buying fabric sight unseen is probably a bad idea, but I ordered online-only curtains and they were awesome, so much finger-crossing is going on about the fabric.  I’m thinking that a natural weave rug is still the way to go (especially with the busy curtains).

The closet office is currently rocking this bungee chair I’ve had since high school, and a shower curtain (image from Urban Outfitters, ours is from Target and came with hooks) that we bought to use for something on the back porch but are making due with since we took the bifold doors down.  After the fabric I ordered arrives we’ll pick out something to make a closet curtain.  The desk surface is an Ikea Vika table top and L-brackets (which was about $15 total), but it doesn’t span the entire closet (we were going to put shelves on one side), we made it a little too high to work comfortably and we feel like it’s going to come crashing down when we lean our arms on it (although the L-brakcets will hold up just fine).  The closet is just over 8 feet long (97 inches) and 24 5/8 inches deep, but the longest Vika surface is only about 80 inches long, so we’ll need to DIY a work surface with something from Lowe’s or Home Depot that coordinates with the Jonas desk.

Swivel chair image from here, basket image from here

To go with the paint colors, fabric and rug mentioned above we are thinking about:

  • Swivel Chair – We have a chair in the shed that I rescued from the side of the road that I’m hoping to refinish and use in place of the bungee chair.
  • Other Chairs – I think that the Crate&Barrel Delta could be a good option for two other chairs; they are certainly easier on the wallet than trying to find two Emeco Heritage chairs, but a bit more than we want to spend.  We may just end up redoing the fabric and/or color on the existing chairs.
  • Desk – As I mentioned, we have to DIY a desktop and in looking for legs for the closet desk I found the  Vika Moliden legs that would coordinate with the Delta/Emeco chairs.
  • Shelving & Storage – Over the desk I’d like to put a shelf similar to Ikea’s Lack shelves with storage boxes or baskets.

Is anyone else thinking about how to organize their home office space?

January 23, 2011

Undecided

by Cait

I was at Target earlier today without Robert (which doesn’t happen very often) and saw this rug for $20.  Rather than stretch it out on the floor in the store and snap a pic to text him, I just decided to get it and we’d return it later if he hated it, especially since it was the last one.

Well, we can’t decide.  I think I like it, but sometimes I think it’s too brown.  Robert thinks he likes it, but isn’t sure either.

I thought that it might be the floor throwing us off, and finally had the idea to use some of the floor samples we have to give us an idea of what it would look like in the kitchen with something other than tile.  It probably also would have worked to just put the rug on the wood floor, but it’s a different color and I wanted to see it with the kitchen lighting.

What do y’all think?  Is the rug a winner or not?

January 14, 2011

100th Post

by Cait

It seems as thought the 100th blog post is kind of a big deal in the blog world.  Since I can’t just skip it and come back to it like I would an important page in a paper journal or sketchbook (like the first page, I skip that one a lot), I’m merely going to acknowledge it and move on (for now).  I will probably do a brief look back at the past six months and 100 posts, and spell out a few goals from here on out.  Oh, and for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Facebook, the domain move for the big 1-0-0 was completely coincidental, haha,.

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I haven’t talked about our kitchen much, aside from a post about our Budget Kitchen Redo back in August (where as a newbie new-er-bie blogger I forgot about our new sink!) and a couple of mentions in small smattering of other areas.  Heck, I even forgot to add the kitchen to the Our House page originally, which is funny because it’s not like we haven’t made a lot of (relatively minor) changes, or don’t cook a lot.

Back in September of 2009 our kitchen looked like this:

Kitchen

Currently it looks like this (and again, you can read more about what we did here):

Kitchen

We feel very fortunate to have had such a nice starting place with our kitchen, considering my parents  live a couple of blocks away and they made-it-work with their far-from-jaw-dropping kitchen for 27 years before redoing it (the new kitchen is very jaw dropping, and I’d love to do a post on it soon).  Hopefully we are not making do with our kitchen for that long, but we thought it was high time to give a bit more detail on what we’d like to do to make the room more “us”.

altered counter image from here; rug image from here

The Plan:

  • Faucet from Home Depot – I got hooked on this type of faucet from reading Urban Grace, and was browsing in a local home outlet and nearly bought one in polished chrome for $99.  Thankfully I reminded myself we prefer brushed finishes, did some quick iPhoning (that’s a verb now), and we’re going to look at Home Depot tomorrow, since we like our $25 Glacier Bay faucet in the bathroom.
  • Rug – Our kitchen needs a 3.5×5.5 rug, which is hard enough to find, but we are thinking jute. I wish the Tarnby came in a size smaller than what we have in the living room. I’m considering this one from Overstock, but don’t want to pay that much for a kitchen rug.
  • Flooring – We really love our original oak floors (and the floor we bought from ReStore), but we also love the look for reclaimed pine floor and like the idea of planks running lengthwise in our kitchen.  However, we don’t know that we really want to replace our kitchen’s tile with real wood, so we’re considering vinyl (I know, I know) and laminate.  We ordered some vinyl samples from Armstrong but don’t really like the texture, and we think we remember liking Pergo at Lowe’s, so we’d like to take a look at Lakeshore Pine (especially since we don’t understand the pricing online…) Edit: the area of our kitchen that we need to floor is roughly 78 square feet, so we’re looking at about $290, and we have a couple of Lowe’s gift cards to help with that expense.

What We Aren’t Tackling… Yet:

  • Counters – We have seen some awesome concrete counters, but we aren’t confident to rip our coated-Formica out and replace it with DIY concrete
  • Backsplash – When we redo our counters we are thinking white subway tile with black grout
  • Fridge – As we mentioned in our very-wishful Black Friday post, we would love a new KitchenAid fridge, but that most likely isn’t in the cards right now.
  • Lighting – We love the light we added over the sink, and the one you can’t see in either of our photos is pretty unoffensive at the moment, so unless we score a killer deal

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We are so proud of all the things we have accomplished in the past six months and 100 posts.  We had a blast doing things like writing a guest post and being featured in an online magazine.  Both were incredibly exciting and we would be thrilled to be asked to do it all again.  We would also love to do more design boards (both for us and anyone who might be interested),  and we get a big kick out of recommending paint colors for some reason (I think it’s staring at all the pretty paint chips).  One day we’d like to have an online shop, but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.

A few things we are going to avoid (at least for the time being) is advertising and giveaways.  While we aren’t sure we’re in the Ad-Free Blogging camp, we have no idea who would want to advertise on our itty-bitty blog or how to go about any of that, and we usually skip giveaway posts on other blogs.

What about you guys, any blogging goals or kitchen plans of your own?

January 11, 2011

Shedding Light on the Situation

by Cait

As I mentioned yesterday, we are trying to decide what to do as far as lighting in the living room.  Currently we have a ceiling fan with light, a lamp on our new sofa table (more about that later), a lamp on the side table we moved from the guest room, and a stool with a lamp balanced on it (a very temporary solution).  Shamefully I still have not taken an updated photo of our living room, but you can see the lamp on the side table below (the one with the white shade) and the lamp with the grey shade now lives on our Hemnes sofa table (I first mentioned wanting that here).  The ceiling fan was to my right as I took this picture, and the wall with the trees is just beyond that.



As I said yesterday, we are thinking of hanging a pendant light over the table in the living room.  The one I have been considering is the Eden pendant from CB2 (below).  The only problems with this choice are that I prefer the color the shade appears when on (right), and I think the diameter for the shade is a bit to large for our space.

I am also ridiculously in love with West Elm’s Drum Sconce and Flat Flush Mount Light.  Well actually, as far as the sconces go, I really, really love the way they look, but I’m not sure they are the best choice in this area.  I could very easily see putting one of these on either side of our bed, but I love our touch lights from Target, partly because I am lazy (I know you can get touch kits to make pretty much any lamp a touch lamp, but for now I think we’ll stick with our Target lights and drool over the ones at West Elm).  I think that the Flush Mount would be a big improvement over the current low-hanging ceiling fan (our tall friend, Jason, wouldn’t hit his head anymore!), and I have looked at a bunch of similar options from Overstock and Lamps Plus but I keep coming back to West Elm based on the size and construction.   Another thing going for the Flush Mount is that we could potentially use a gift card from our credit card reward points (although we don’t exactly rack those up quickly, so that would mean waiting longer for the light).

Even supposing we have solved the ceiling fan issue with the Flush Mount, I still want a light over/near the table that could be turned on independently of the Flush Mount.  Another CB2 find that caught my eye (but scared my wallet) is the Firefly Pendant Light.  It reminds me a bit of the light fixture we made for the dining room, and if we remove the ceiling fan we will have 4 seeded glass globes we don’t need so I could DIY another fixture. The correlation between the two would be nice, since the tables are in eye-shot of each other.

On a side note, Robert recently asked me about moving the hutch back over there, so we’ll see what happens!

There are a couple other lights that I am in love with, but that didn’t make the cut for this space (and for length purposes I’m not including them in this round up of choices).  Maybe soon I will do another post on lights that have caught my attention recently.

Has anyone else made a light fixture, replaced a ceiling fan with a light or put a light where there previously wasn’t one?  (Which reminds me I need to post about the process of putting the light over our sink.)  Personally I love Kara Paslay’s DIY Mason Jar Chandelier, and if you haven’t seen it you should check it out!

December 14, 2010

Dodged that Bullet!

by Cait

I think I may be falling in love with graphic print curtains.  I blame the guest bedroom  (and the ones I mentioned on our Christmas wish list post).

My newest love?

These Geo Leaf print curtains from West Elm.  Now, explaining the title of the post, the length we would have needed was $19.99 a panel, which made my love for them even more dangerous.  The saving grace was the fact that they sold out in the length, and our windows that I was considering them for are 105 inches wide and these panels are only 48 inches.  Phew!

Has anyone else ever been relieved when something goes out of stock?

Now, please, don’t anyone suggest similar curtains, my wallet may not be able to take it!

November 10, 2010

A Roadblock

by Cait

So, how does a simple update involving my beloved West Elm sconces, some gift cards and a couple battery operated candles end in a roadblock?

Notice that there is only one scone here.

Let’s just say it involved a die grinder.

At least this gives us a chance to buy more AAA batteries?  And contemplate a third scone?