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Friday, March 25, 2011

germina[tion]

Spring has sprung, and because I'm actually back-dating here... our azalea (particularly the dark pink one) has already come and gone. But I thought, better late than never right? So here are photos of our new home in the Spring. Complete with ferns and all!



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

preserva[tion]

You've heard me refer to the picture rail before, and I'm realizing now that I've never lived in a house with a picture rail (at least not that I remember), and it's a pretty neat feature to have! For those of you who don't know what it is, and no I don't think my family and friends are not intelligent people, but I've run into several people (particulary in hardware stores) who have no idea what I'm refering to when asking about hardware for such piece. Anyway, it is a piece of moulding that runs around the perimeter of the room, near the ceiling. Ours is about 12" below the ceiling. The beauty of this concept is that it allows us to hang our artwork without hammering a nail into our lovely plaster. It also provides mucho flexibility if we don't like the location or height of whatever we are hanging because we can easily slide the hook left or right, or pick it up and move it to another wall with great ease.

There are concerns over what you actually use to hook to... fishing line, wire, rope, ribbon. We decided to start with a white nylon string, and go from there. So far so good. You'll also remember that I ordered the actual 'hooks' from House of Antique Hardware. I don't believe that I ever admitted that when I placed the order, I thought they were going to be pretty significant hooks, but when they arrived they were miniscule! Looking at them now though, they seem just right. Any bigger and they would stand out, and any smaller they may not do their job!

Photo for scale...


And photos in action...

 



Sunday, March 13, 2011

fortifica[tion]

That is a joke.

You may or may not recall that we actually have a partial 'white picket fence' in our front yard, and there has been much debate as to whether or not this fence would survive. I decided that we would clean it up and paint it, and thereby it stays!

Unfortunately, a good bit of weed-eating and scrubbing had been done before my 'before' pictures, but the paint alone tells the story. So here goes...



And by the way, the 'after' photos were taken the next morning because we painted until after dark!


And now from the other side...


And last one from the front...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

obscura[tion]

Believe it or not, this is a real word! I did not make it up. It means "the act of obscuring". So, I'm back-dating here, but it's all in the name of keeping track of when things took place. So in actuality, it's Tuesday night, but this post is technically from Saturday! I've been a little under the weather, but slowly starting to feel better.

My goal was to get a lot accomplished this weekend, since we are going to be out of town a couple of weekends between now and when we have guests for the bridge run, then the following weekend some friends and I are hosting a baby shower at my house! Therefore we have minimal time to get many tasks completed, and my illness has slowed the process!


Anyway, first task completed of the weekend was the privacy film on the master bedroom door! Which took all the materials shown above to complete (+ a few more, like a tape measure and straight edge). I actually set up the timer on my camera, and took pictures of myself doing all the steps in the process, but when I saw them, I about died! So those didn't make the cut. I will say that the installation was much easier than I was anticipating after reading the directions! Thank goodness no one actually had to witness me doing this task.

However, here are some photos taken along the way, since I know that's why you are really here... for the pretty pictures (and those of me were not too pretty!).


Yay! What a relief, all those snooping eyes outside our bedroom door can no longer see in! Ha! All in all, it turned out pretty well, and gives the effect of frosted glass.

Friday, March 11, 2011

isola[tion]

... as in privacy! Meaning, we have curtains! You may recall that I ordered the Roman shades that were discussed in this post. However, when they arrived they were shiny and had a white backing. I did not want white backing. Well, my curtains have a white backing as well, but I'm thinking they will most likely only be closed at night, which makes it ok. Shiny, not ok. So, curtains it is, although we may have to go back and get twice as many because they are looking a little slight in their coverage. I'll keep you posted.


Not sure if you noticed, but they don't go all the way to the floor. I'm sensing some sort of curtain faux pas. BUT. We didn't want to screw into the plaster, so we screwed into the wood window frames, and if we went with 95" curtains then they were way too long, and if we went with 83" curtains, they fit snugly between the top of the window trim and the top of the wall base. Who knows. Keeps me from having to learn how to hem!

And in other news, we swept some of the debris out of the attic, and found a few surprises tucked away in the rafters. Nothing of much value, I'm guessing. At least not anything that I was excited over, except this spool of pinkish colored silk thread. There's something about the spool that I found charming.


Another useful find was this bed rail, considering that my antique bed is need of one about the same size! We'll see if it fits tomorrow!


Our other findings, although interesting went straight to the dumpster that still sits in our yard.

giant ball of electrical wiring with random sockets attached
what appears to be a very old bed pan, and a piece of a downspout?


Happy Friday!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Birthday Celebra[tion]

Happy birthday to Brian, and happy Mardi Gras to all! Brian and I had the cake that my Mom made for him last night, and a King Cake at work this morning that our friend Rebecca made... he also got the baby. :)



I also forgot to post our most recent addition to the house, which is our new back door! Still needs a doorknob and paint, but here's it's current state...

from inside (laundry room)
from outside
And in other news, we finally PASSED our mechanical inspection. The final overall inspection is scheduled for tomorrow!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekend Celebra[tion]s

As most of you know, the beginning of March is quite busy in the birthday department for us! Not only does Ellie turn 2 today, but Brian’s birthday is tomorrow, and his sister Kathryn’s birthday is Wednesday! So we went to Georgia for the weekend to spend time with Brian’s family, and then came back home by way of Spartanburg to celebrate with Ellie.

Georgia was packed with fun, starting with a Mardi Gras party at The Wayfarer, shopping at Sanders Furniture Company to find new master bedroom furniture, a visit to the Art Guild where they were having an exhibit of elementary students artwork featuring pieces by our nieces Rosalyn & Wallis, and topping it off with a delicious dinner hosted by Kathryn to celebrate she & Brian’s birthdays! Here are a few photos from the visit:

 
Then Sunday we spent the afternoon at Ellie’s birthday party, which was all Minnie Mouse:




We also had everyone color a picture of Ellie, that we then compiled into a bound book to serve as a guestlist for her second birthday party... someday she'll look back and see all the people who came to her party!

coloring sheet


Happy birthday, Ellie, Brian, and Kathryn!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

procrastina[tion]

Actually, just waiting on Brian to get home so we can head to Georgia! I like being in the house during the day, with all the natural light coming in. For the time being, it's kind of nice not having window treatments!


I also tried out the porch furniture to see what it looked like on the porch. Not leaving it out there just yet, since we'll be out of town for the weekend. And no, those are not the new blinds in the background, it's not necessarily a sheet either, but might as well be.


And in other news, they replaced the plywood in our broken window with glass finally!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

informa[tion]

A dear friend contacted me today after receiving our 'new address' email, and she was saying that she really appreciated the blog, and that she was looking forward to reading more, so that she could get 'tips' on where to buy stuff. So, I thought about it, and I don't think I really elaborate on where it is that we shopped! So, I thought I'd go through, room by room, and jot down some of the new purchases we've made. Therefore, I have created a sidebar on the bottom left of this page that lists some of those purchases, as well as where we bought such things. Not sure if this will be helpful for ANYONE, but at least it organizes it for us as well! So, if you like that light above our kitchen sink (or the kitchen sink for that matter), all you have to do is scroll down to the Products & Retailers list, and you can find out where we got it! I hope this helps! And if you have questions about something that isn't listed, it's probably something we already had! But just ask, and I'll let you know. Also, any questions about pricing or product reviews, I'm here for you and not too shy to tell you. We were pretty frugal in most of our purchases!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

assembla[tion]

Yeah, I know, I just made that word up. You knew what I meant though, right? Have you ever seen a Wassily Chair disassembled? Me either! Although I truly cannot complain, since it's been stored in the attic of someone I love dearly, and owe a great deal of thanks to for keeping my stuff safe & sound for the past 7 or so years (oh my, has it really been THAT long?!). Yikes. I owe her more than I thought.


So in the length of time it took to watch an episode of Jeopardy, and half of Minute To Win It, we got it put back together! We got cable today, so we've been missing television!


And here's where he lives for the moment, with his partner...


Notice we still have permits in the window? You guessed it, that means they aren't actually completely out of our house yet! I cannot wait to get our Roman shades for those windows! I think they should be here by Wednesday at the latest. Until then, the world can see in!

inspira[tion]

For those of you who received our 'new address' announcement, you may recall the inspiration behind it! 


Remember our save-the-date from our wedding a little over a year ago? Well, Brian did a much better job of color contrast & brightness on those, and actually when I put these two images together, my little address announcement doesn't look so great! Oh well, fun to see the theme continue nonetheless!


And here's another idea that  did not make a whole lot of sense once I thought about it a little more. We didn't actually move the house, so therefore it didn't make the cut...

ameliora[tion]

To make better... slowly! The highlight of the evening was that Mary Mac came over to hang the new housewarming shade she made for our kitchen! She used the fabric that matches the dining room chairs, as well as red thread and golden yellow backing to bring out the details in our kitchen. We had wine to toast the occasion, and it really sets off the kitchen. Thank you, MM!!



I finished organizing the bathroom closet as well. We had boxes and boxes of random bathroom-related products, so I tried to group coordinating items into different bins. We'll see how long this lasts!



While I organized, Brian set up the desk & computer, since Comcast is coming today to hook up the cable & internet! The desk was my grandfather's, so it's new to us.


And Dad, these are for you, since you were wanting to see photos of the Living Room & Master Bedroom. These are two of the most incomplete rooms, but I'll give you a peek! Notice the close-up of the new shag rug (from World Market). A housewarming/birthday present from Mom & Gene. You can only get the full-effect in person, really.




The Master Bedroom is currently the most 'embarrassing', since it still needs to be painted, we are waiting on 2 new windows from Buck Lumber, there are sheets over the big window, and the furniture is all mismatched at the moment. It's become sort of a catch-all, a work-in-progress. We'll get there. Just takes time! We are hoping to look at bedroom furniture this weekend at Sanders Furniture Company!