Art.

The dimensions of my living room and the general layout of the architecture made it hard to decide on an acceptable furniture arrangement.  It’s kind of a long rectangle, with high ceilings.  The steps and a doorway to the studio/basement breaks up the space, and the black doors that lead outside are in the middle of the opposite wall.  The cutout of open shelves leaves basically only one logical place to put a TV (what would be our family room is actually my studio, so the living room space has to be multi-functional, housing both the TV, our piano, and lots of toys).  Storage is well managed, but with where I had to place the couch and the TV, we had this one super awkward wall that’s tall, but not too wide, that has posed problems from the day we moved in.  I settled on this art arrangement for a good while, but it always felt a little off.

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A lot of our neighbors put the TV on that bigger wall, and then they have either poorly placed couch that’s way too far away (on the opposite wall, across the room!), or they put the couch where I have mine, but get a creak in their neck when they watch Jimmy Fallon on the late night because the couch isn’t across from the tube.  Anyway, I like the TV on the small wall, because it doesn’t attract all the attention in the space, and it’s an appropriate viewing distance from the couch, so we didn’t have to buy an embarrassingly huge flat screen.  But it leaves this really difficult wall to manage.  The sconces felt too silly, fussy and formal before, and I had always wanted them to add a little contradictory informality and quirkiness.  So here is the wall now, with additional art pieces incorporated.  It isn’t perfectly symmetrical, but more of an offset mix of work.  Feels much better to me.

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Anyone else struggle with a competing TV and large wall?  My suggestion is to please forgo the whole DIY wall art/decor b.s. and live with it as is, until you can build a collection of actual artwork by artists you want to support, or find out what’s happening at your local non-profit art organizations or small scale local galleries, and buy work from those venues.  Art can be more affordable than you’d expect, and even so, supporting the arts helps the economy exponentially.  The arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity each year (according to the non-profit advocacy group Americans for the Arts).  Arts education programs provide so many opportunities for children in your community, fostering creativity and self-esteem, teaching problem-solving skills, and ultimately inspiring kids to stay in school.  If you’re willing to spend the big bucks on TVs and furniture that don’t give back, then maybe it’s time to reconsider!

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It’s almost Friday!  My boy starts Preschool tomorrow morning, and it feels like such a big moment in our house.  You may or may not find me sitting in my car across the street from the school in the Grocery store parking lot.  Yup.

 

Kate

 

 

 

 

Tile Choices for the Hall Bath.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably caught on that I was having a hard time making the final tile choices.  I went into things with a general idea of what I wanted, or maybe more specifically, what I didn’t want.  No scroll work, no over-doing it with little fussy decorative glass tiles.  No color, no bright accents, seriously, just simple white tile and maybe a hint of black in the floor.  I figured that it would be super simple to nail down the details and get that stuff ordered.

Here is a shot of my first round of deliberations after checking out the showroom:

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For the floor, it was more of a material choice, since I was pretty sure I wanted to go with the basket-weave pattern.  I ended up choosing marble since it was my first and gut choice, although I seriously considered porcelain.  J. liked the scale of the octagon pattern the most, but he wasn’t nearly as committed to it as I was to the basket-weave (per usual!), so we didn’t really have to discuss it much.  Even though the basket-weave is trending right now, I think of it as a reoccurring classic, one that waves in popularity every 20-25 years.  I don’t think you can go wrong when that’s the case.

My parents house was built in the 1930s, and this marble pinwheel tile is in all of the bathrooms.  I know that influenced my choice a lot.

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At the tile showroom, marble basket-weave was close to 20 dollars a square foot, and porcelain was closer to 7 dollars a square foot, but we really liked the luminosity and sharp flat shape of the marble over porcelain, so we still felt like it was worth the splurge.  Plus we’ve seen how beautifully it’s aged at my parents house, so we figured why not.  And then I actually found a great deal on the same tile from Amazon!  Ordering online is a bit scary, but from the reviews, this particular vendor is very easy to contact and no one has reported any issues.  I’ll keep you posted on our experience.  The tile should arrive this week!

Moving on, I surprisingly had the hardest time with the wall tile, which at first seemed like the easiest part in the decision process.  I knew  that in general I wanted subway tile with darker grout, like this:

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This is another one of those things where you may find that everyone is using subway tile right now, and it has to be considered whether or not this bathroom will feel dated in 5-10 years.  Will our new subway tile eventually read like the old square format tiles that we just ripped out?  I’m obviously going with no, because subway tile seems to be part of this phenomenon I talked about earlier where elements become classics simply because their inherent clean, tailored look gets reinvented over and over again.

I love this look from Pinterest above, but it is just a little too sleek for my house.  I need a little more finish, per say.  So I mined through transitions that wouldn’t read too cold or sleek.  Considering it’s a colonial-style townhouse, I wanted something a bit more traditional, versus deciding based completely on my aesthetic (seems like a good notion for future resale, too).  I chose all white shoe/molding for the transition from floor to wall.  And as for the top cap, we went with a Victorian chair rail instead of a bullnose, like this accent border tile below:

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Coming to this decision was kind of tough.  Firstly, it was an additional $250 dollars to buy chair rail tile, just to get a little bit of traditional in the space, versus going with a basic bullnose tile.  Plus, I didn’t know how to transition the chair rail from the walls that would be capped with it at 4 1/2 feet into the shower alcove (which would have tile to the ceiling and not need a cap).

I knew that the bathroom would look just fine without it, albeit a little more sterile, but absolutely fine.  And considering we were spending around 1,000 on wall tile, it felt like the design “splurge” was the fact that we were tiling the entire room, rather than just in the shower alcove.

But still so, I went with my gut, and we will cap the tile with the chair rail where it only goes up 4 1/2 feet, but use it as a continuous accent all the way around the room, and into the shower alcove (instead of having to transition it, or stop it somehow).  It will gussy up the space a bit, and even though I’m using darker grout, it will still feel traditional enough.

Anyway, here is the final combination (minus the shoe floor/wall transition tile):

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Seems simple enough, but it took a lot to get around to it.  And as I mentioned before, although subway tile is an economical choice (when you choose machine stamped), I chose it because I want the bathroom to be low-key decoratively, and I knew we’d be needing a lot of it, since I wasn’t willing to just tile in the shower alcove.  Not only will the room look a lot nicer, it will be much more practical, too.  Dry wall behind a potty that will be used primarily by two little boys is just a bad combo.

Lastly, I’m still very uncertain of the grout color.  I want the same grout color on the floor and the walls.  I don’t want to go black, but I’m feeling a little scared to go with my gut by choosing charcoal.  So the compromise would be a lighter iteration, this Delorean Gray, seen below:

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But, I feel like it might not be enough contrast.  Should I just own it, take a risk and just go with a dark charcoal, or play it safe?

Happy Thursday, all— I’m ready for the weekend!

 

Kate

 

Hi, just call me Fickle.

So remember when I said after I found a chandelier, I’d basically be done with the dining room? Yeh, we’ll scratch that…. Maybe.

Check this out:

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Well? Well? Yes and more yes to that wallpaper. Oh, and I’ll take the vase, gilding, and those ironic chairs. It’s so good. Maybe a little too literal, obviously, of the classic blue/white combo, but I usually fall down the side of more is more double plus good and less is just, well–less! So of course I’m drawn to this image. But let’s stay focused- back to that wallpaper.

Before you think it, keep in mind, I don’t have a lot of actual wall in my dining room. Much like the moulding breaks up the wall in this space, I have the shelving/cut out and the built-ins, so it would be an oh-so-pretty adornment. I also have no windows to soften the space with fabric/curtains, so it feels awfully dry humored in there. I know a potential future home buyer may stick their nose up to it, but I think you gotta live your way and fight the mundane no matter. I mean look at these perfect little icons, they just swallow you up.

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And before you tell me no, just know I already ran it by my tastemaker bestie who said yes. I know, lucky me to have a friend who not only has impeccable taste, but also gets how shit works in mah brain.

Ok it’s trash day, I shouldn’t admit how much I like that fact, but I think I just did.

Kate

The living room

We’ve lived with the paint for a few weeks now.  I think the color (Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray) is just right for our space.  It definitely feels a lot more cozy, considering the massively awkward high ceilings in the room.

I’m glad it worked out, because I plan to never paint this room ever again while we live here (even if I can’t hold myself to that, I’m certain J. will!)  It’s our main living space, so when it’s out of commission, and you have two kids, it’s very hard to manage the day to day. J. rolled, and I did all the cutting in that I could reach, i.e. the bottom half of the room.

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We also got around to repairing that large gaping hole in the wall from when we had to repair a leak….  And see that ceiling color?  All the ceilings in the house were that dingy yellow color, and we’ve been phasing them out for what feels like FOREVER.  This one was the toughest to date.  See how BROWN yuck this color comes out when it’s wet?  These pictures show best how SCURRED I was when we started cutting and rolling.   It has much more cool tones when dry.

 

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I really wanted to blend away those awful corner brackets– the previous owner used them in all the rooms where they added molding, so they never had to actually cut the corners properly, lazy lazy.  They are such an eyesore, and drive me nuts.  I was certain they would stand out even worse with the darker color, so in order to make them less noticeable, we installed picture molding about 8 inches below the molding, and painted it the same glossy white as the trim.

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Problem solved!  The finish is much cleaner and very sparkly white!  Our kid knows his ladders.  Goodbye awful purple walls and big hole

 

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Here is a little before and after action (not the prettiest angle of the space, but shows the changes well).

When we moved in:

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And a shit ton of paint later (even on the awful builder brass light fixtures):

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Here is a reminder of the awful first gray I chose, and the many hours on that ladder painting out the builder wood molding.  Check out all of the awful first pieces of furniture we had in here!

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It most recently looked like this:

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It’s just so obvious that the artwork placement on the wall isn’t ideal, and I can’t decide if the sconces are goofy or just quirky enough.

 

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The other side looks better, sailfish and all.  The blue of the fish is so much more vibrant now, good thing or not!

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The black door and new silk (amazing free) curtains made a big difference, too.

 

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Before and after:

 

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One of the most time consuming aspects of this little update was that white wall going up the steps.  When we moved in, it was faux-finished in some awful cream and gray sandy textured paint.  See before:

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We had previously tried to lightly sand it, but this time we sanded the shit out of it, and finally got most of the grit off.  I got to pick from my white samples after all– we used Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White up the steps.

Another before- the stairwell is to the left:

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And now:

 

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It’s a transitional space and it really didn’t make sense as the dining room wall color or the living room wall color, and the angle is kind of more ceiling than wall, so white was the answer.

 

Oh!  And check out this new cabinet we put in.  Seriously, everyone needs one of these.

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It takes up no space:

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It’s completely unassuming, and then bam:

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Shoes, lots of them:

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Particularly my husband’s shoes, which after 8 years of marriage, they still magically FALL off wherever he is standing.  Now, he shoves them in here, since, you know, making it all the way up the steps and into our bedroom closet would be impossible.  The whole bottom row fits a few of my everyday shoes, and all [two pairs] of L’s.  Even though we don’t enforce a strict no-shoes-in-the-house to our guests, we all kind of prefer to wear house shoes when we’re home.  So for us, it’s perfect.

Space permitting, you could easily use this as an entry table by the front door for those (like us) who don’t have a mudroom.  It’s always a little off putting to walking into a house to be greeted by an entire shoe collection.  Love the drawer for extra change, etc, too.

Anyway, I’ll try to be back sooner than later.  And I’m trying to muster up the courage to paint those builder-banisters black and white.  ZOMG, lots of work.

It’s Tuesday, ya’ll.

 

Kate

 

I am Thankful

For a husband who helps me take care of stupid shit after the kids go to bed. Someone bit off more than she could chew.

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This one is of my dad back in college. I am starting to love the hallway, but something has to change when it comes to those awful builder banisters.

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As you can see, I definitely cut those peonies. Hope you all are having a great holiday weekend.

Kate

Something black.

I notice that all the rooms I am drawn to in design mags and on Pinterest have at least one black element in that seems to sharpen up the space.

Whether it’s minimal or bold, it seems to act as the punctuation mark in a space.

The floor lamp makes this room:

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And the chandelier and the lines of the rug here (this is the image that sold me on my english sofa):

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A lampshade, curtain rod and some skinny frames do it here:

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Black is more of a big player here with the bold rug and artwork, and the otherwise very traditional sofa feels nothing but exciting and bold:

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Or bam, thank you very much:

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That last image shows you how black can really brings out certain wood tones and give them warmth and intention.  So with all this re-thinking in my living room space (or what feels like thinking about it for the first time!) it became clear that I needed a little black.  So the french doors went under the brush.  But I have a feeling the doors won’t be the only victim.  Hint: Goodbye 90s honey oak banisters!

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Just a little side note:

For a few years now, many of the painting I’ve been working on have needed a little black at some point in the process, either boldly, or subtly,  so it’s funny to me that it’s taken this long to creep into my house.  See?

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Anyway, we’re almost finished painting– just working on the ceiling (phasing out some awful 90s brass can light fixtures) and the crown molding (beefing it up to help bring the ceilings down a bit).  I’ll share when it’s closer along, but you can see the color a bit in this shot.  Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray is really beautiful in the space, and I’m so very happy I went in this direction, as much as I wanted to go white.  The room is cozy now, because the gray is very warm (i.e. scary/looks like taupe when it’s still wet!) and moody, but not cave-dark, or blue.  OR PURPLE.  Thank the gods for that.

Oh, and I’m phasing out all that tepid blue I have going on.  I want to carry the kelly/emerald green from the dining room bentwood chairs down into this room somehow (since you see them from the living room anyway).  I guess you’ve spied my new-to-me silk curtains!  More on them later.  I’ve also got some throw pillows in the works, but maybe some furniture painting needs to happen.  See below:

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Thoughts?  That would do the carrying that’s for sure, but is it too much?  Can’t decide.  I am also considering reupholstering my similarly blue tufted ottoman in some sort of coral.  I need some warm colors in here.  Lots of blue and gray…  all I need is a full time nanny, chef and studio assistant, and we’d be golden.

Peace out.

Kate

A Nursery Update

Well, I got more than I could bargain for on Valentine’s Day.  Baby Boy number two made his debut at 12:29 am.  He almost skipped the Hallmark holiday, but I just couldn’t push showtime fast enough.  The delivery went smoothly, and P is darling.

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He weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz. and has already gained almost twice as much as expected.  This means I can feed him on demand now (rather than waking every two-three hours), and for those fellow BF moms, you know how relieving that is!

His big brother lets me know every time he is crying, and insists that he is hungry for milk.  It’s cute, and I can’t believe I get to be both of these boys’ mom.  Shucks.

Anyway, since the baby is now here, I thought I’d go ahead and show you some pictures of our Nursery, updated for Baby P.

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The bones are the same, but I rearranged the furniture a bit, and added some art for the walls, and purchased new linens, an ottoman, and a new rug by DwellStudio, found here.

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The owl lamp and shade are both from Target, and the ottoman is from IKEA.  The horse is from Pottery Barn Kids, and is great to entertain L. while I’m tending to the baby.

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I put two IKEA sconces (that I previously had in our bedroom) over the new-to-us credenza, which houses all of the baby clothes and diaper stuff much more efficiently.  Clicking one of them on during middle of the night feedings offers just the right low-light setting.

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I have added a little sage green with one of DwellStudio’s crib sheets, found here.  The crib skirt is also DwellStudio, found here.

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The furniture rearrangement was a huge improvement to the room.  Previously, we had the smaller white changing table/old dresser right beside the crib, and I never felt like it was balanced.  Now that we have a much bigger credenza across from the crib, the room feels so much better.  Plus, incorporating darker brown tones in the rug and furniture makes the crib look so much more crisp.  I still need to re-do the mobile.

I’m a lot happier with the room now, and it just goes to show how the spaces we live in grow with us over time.

Also, scroll down to the bottom to see even more updated pics!

Here are the old pics from the first generation in the space, if you’re curious.  We really had a long way to go!

The wallpaper is Daydream by Hygge & West

The glider is the Bayside Swivel from Crate and Barrel

The crib is from Giggle.

Happy Tuesday folks.  You may or may not hear from me soon- things are going to be equally sporadic around here for a while.

xx

Kate

UPDATE:  I rearranged some things, and finally got that mobile reassembled.  Here are some new pictures of the changes:

I nixed the leather straps, and went with clear line instead.  The woodland animals are hand embroidered by my mom.

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I added a big P to the wall of art.  It’s from Pottery Barn Kids.  Found here.

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I finally gave up on the grand idea of finding “something perfect” for these frames, and instead opted to use some free downloads that I got printed up at Costco.  I’m actually really happy with the solution, as much as I want to search the depths of Etsy into the wee hours of the morning, it’s just not going to happen right now, so this works for the interim.

 

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The Alphabet piece on the left is by Mr. Printables, found here, and the “P” piece on the right is from ontobaby.com, found here.

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Looking a bit like Christmas around here.

I have been trying to get things in order, so I could post a few pics of what the house looks like for the holiday season.  But of course, with preparing for the new baby, and getting L’s toddler room squared away, I kept it simple.

Let’s just do pictures:

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Excuse the crappy lighting.  I made three boxwood wreaths this year for the front door.  I always struggle with the front door, and thought a generic wreath would be a snooze fest, since I was going to do so little.  I used some Swedish looking ribbon, and tied the three together, still simple.  My mom snipped a trashbag full of boxwood, magnolia and holly clippings while we were down South visiting for Thanksgiving.  I had enough to make these three wreaths, and enough magnolia clippings to garnish all of my garland.

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Again, sorry with the bad angles and generally crappy photo.

Onto the inside of the house:

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We put our Christmas Tree in the dining room.  It just feels really nice when it’s up on this level of our house.  Our living room is a few steps down from the kitchen and dining room, and so I like to be able to see the tree when you walk into the house.

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This year, I decided to use ALL of my left over paper and ribbon from various Christmas past instead of buying new and coordinating stuff.  It’s a little bit of a mishmash  but I kind of like it like this.

Our tree is this way too, always.  No matter how much I used to love those color coordinated trees, I can’t refrain from putting all of my special ornaments out every year.  So I focused on using red bulbs throughout to keep the tree cohesive, but it’s not theme-y or color coordinated at all, and I’m completely happy with it, no matter.

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My “centerpiece” for the dining table was pretty simple too, just a bunch of boxwood and holly, and some bric-à-brac.

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I put a nativity on the buffet.  Not even sure why I am so insistant on displaying this nativity every year, but it reminds me so much of the one I would see at my Grandparents house every year, so it tugs at my heart strings just a bit.  My mom gave me this one years ago, not sure if there is a story behind it. But it’s simple, and not too garish.
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I plopped my “teacher balls” in the bronze dish on the counter.  I never realized that those gold foil covered stupid chocolate balls were the staple teacher gift, until my neighbor came over and joked about how her house is filled with too many damn “teacher balls” as well.  Stupid, they should just give you the 20 bucks spent on the candy instead.  The stockings are hung over the shelving, and I garnished some garland with holly and magnolia leaves, and plopped two hurricanes on each end.  More effort next year, maybe.  

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And yeh, the vintage sailfish.  Pretty short story.  He was too big for L’s toddler room, but fabulous and quirky, just like I like it.  So he got hung over the piano and all is well.  Still looking for that awesome/weird/science-y/interesting “thing” to put over L’s credenza in his new room, but the sailfish goes here.  J doesn’t like to inquire about the SIZE of big purchases that he makes on ebay.  No big d.

And I displayed only my Merck Family Christmas Santas here.  I love how kitsch these things are.  Nothing better than a huge sailfish and some glass Santas, right?

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While I’m playing show and tell, I moved the art, since the sailfish displaced some of my favorite pieces.  Here they are on the opposite wall, which was giving me trouble for weeks, until Mr. Huge-o Sailfish arrived, and solved the problem for me.  It’s not ideal, something still feels weird, but it’s better than nothing, or the big left over green and pink painting that I was sick of looking at.   Nothing Christmas to see here.

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We got a couch, and put one of the dining credenzas down here to house more toys and tv cord shit.

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And I finally found some damn lamps that fit the space.  Pay no attention to that poor red painting that has yet to find a home.  Any takers??

My mom gave me those old brass sconces that weigh a million pounds.  They were in the basement, under a pile of books.  Someone came to the house a few days ago and told me they would be “just great” if I spray painted them some cool “pop” of color (Um double “ew”).  And from that I concluded that she and I could never be friends, clearly.

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I got that great navy pillow from Ikea a few months ago too.  Thought it would bring some navy of the rug up into the furniture stuffs.  Everything is too much of that robins egg blue, so I’ll figure out how to phase some of it out eventually.

And since this is no longer about Christmas, and has become about my difficult living room: clearly things are a bit too prissy because of the BAD not ok-ness of the wall color.  I’m leaning towards painting the room white. But I think I just like the idea of a white room, but might be super bored by it if I actually do it.  Maybe just actually getting a good gray or cream would be a safer bet, and molding, lots of molding.  No clue, so it stays purple-awful-I-meant-to-be-gray for now.  This room strangely gets the least attention in my thoughts about what I want the room to be.  So it’s my most fought space.  I can’t get the right mix of clean lines, traditional, with a side of quirk.

And back to Christmas:

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The rodeo clown is ready to open up some presents, and L. is eyeing that bottle of Scotch.  Me too, me too.

Happy Christmas to all!  I’m off to bed.

Kate

We Finished Something!

So, we finally completed the dining room China Cabinet.  It’s always the details, isn’t it?  Those take the longest: trim, paint, caulk, PUTTING THE TOOLS AWAY!

When I last left off, we had this:

We had to resolve a few trim issues, because of course, our ceiling is not level, so installing crown molding to look level to the eye, the right side had to be shimmed from the ceiling a bit, which meant all sorts of other complicated stuff to weasel around.  All I can say is thank god for caulk.  We made sure to remove the molding carefully, so we could reuse it when it was time to put the crown molding back in.  Thought we might have better luck reusing (not to mention the savings!), instead of searching for the perfect match at one of the big box home improvement stores.

Corner blocks were used because it was the easiest solution for all of the uneven-ness in the ceiling.  We couldn’t miter the corners because the right corner was where we adjusted a bit to level things out, using shims against the ceiling.  Since that miter wouldn’t be even, the corner block obscures the adjustment well.  Hard to see, but here it is up close:

The molding was looking awfully frankenstein for a bit:

 

But thanks to caulk and paint

Here it is now!

 

We used Benjamin Moore Simply White for the filler pieces next to the cabinets.  That tone matches the Ikea Lidigno fronts almost perfectly.  We used Ultra Pure White for the crown molding, since that’s what we have everywhere else.   A piece of decorative molding was added along the bottom edge, to obscure the puck lights:

And for hardware, I chose a bar knob in polished brass from Lewis Dolin Decorative Hardware Inc.  These were only $6.65 a piece at Knobs4less.com.  I like that the brass adds traditional flare while the modern simplistic lines are still pretty sleek.  I will definitely order from knobs4less.com again- fast shipping, and I really lucked out with the product- they are heavy, solid, fabulous looking pulls.  Can’t wait to replace the pulls in my kitchen!

 

I love this room now.  Well, minus the cheap chandelier that needs to be replaced ASAP.

I’m almost able to say this room is exactly what I want it to be, and that’s a damn good feeling, after months of on and off working on this cabinet.

As a reminder, here is where we started three years ago when we moved in:

 

Why almost?  Well, like I said earlier, I’m still waiting for that perfect chandelier (at the perfect price) to come out and bite me in the ass, and I’d also like to find two more of the exact same vintage bentwood chairs on CL, which is all needle in a haystack action.  I also may buy those cute little round cushions so that these chairs score higher in the comfort scale.

Big enough difference, right?  Although I know you are wondering why we ever ripped out that wood almost Italian/tiki bar feature.

 

Kate

 

 

 

 

 

A Little progress to be made.

After we leveled the lower cabinets with shims, we (honestly “we” because my favorite diy duty is watching the success or failure of the bubble and reporting my findings) had to make a template for the marble countertop, since we were going to install it ourselves.  I know scary.  All I could imagine was the uh-oh moment of it not fitting, after hauling it home and spending all the money on the chosen slab.  Imagine me screeching about a tiny little bump in the cardboard cut-out, and how that made the whole template WRONG.  Needless to say, the dude at the granite store was very pleased with J’s template, and we were pretty confident this could be done ourselves.

Well it’s one thing to cut your own template and deliver that to the Granite and Marble Fabricators.  It’s another thing to have to deliver and install the thing yourself, after hearing how marble is particularly fragile and can easily crack on delivery if it isn’t laying flat.  We thought we could slide the thing in the back of our CR-V with the seats down, but it took procuring a flat bed trailer to make sure that the stone was in fact laying flat for the drive home.  Let’s not forget to mention the importance of dodging any potholes on the way home…  I spent a lot of time biting my nails on this one.  But we just hoped for the best and tried not to think about all the money down the drain if we ended up with a slab of marble broken or cracked.  But I tried to remind myself that it was the fact of SAVING on all of the installation costs (just having the granite guys have to put the stone in the back of their truck would start at 350 dollars!) is what made us be able to afford the carrera marble in the first place.

It arrived safely, and weighing about 200-300 pounds, it only took J and his friend a few minutes to lift it nicely into place.  It fit perfectly.  Template accuracy is key here, so I screech.

A little Clear Silicone Caulk sandwiched between the top of the cabinets and the underside of the marble, and a little around the edge, and it’s secure.  I took these pics before the silicone dried clear, so the white you see in these pics is basically invisible now.

It’s a very nice slab, it’s got a good amount of gray veining composed very evenly across the countertop, and it reads overall very marbled and not too white- which I knew I wanted to avoid.  I think it’s just the thing.

J. got the filler pieces in and the baseboard before the marble was installed, but we’ve got lots of painting to do and molding to add.

L. loves to help.

Apparently specialty glass places will NOT cut plate grooves in my glass shelves, so that’s a bit of a hiccup.  They wanted to charge upwards of $750 for four shelves of glass with plate grooves, and won’t cut the grooves themselves.  We are going to live with them as is for a while, and next time we’re down south, we can take them to my mom’s glass guy, who does that shit for like 5 bucks.

I have a bit of an upper respiratory infection that I’m trying to sleep off, so that’s about all the progress that happened in this house.  Hope everyone is dodging the September common cold crapface non-fun.

Have a great weekend!

 

Kate