Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Getting Back To Blogging

Blogging has been at the bottom of my list of To-Do's lately (which by the way is WICKED FRICKEN LONG).  I generally feel like I don't have much to talk about on here unless I make something that is interesting and I've been in a craft funk for a while.  I think the priorities at this house are already shifting due to our impending arrival in April.  Previously I would never have thrown a themed party without a post about it, but we did and I didn't.  Hopefully our trip to Hawaii will provide some good photographic material that will get my creative mojo moving again.  Until then I'll just keep obsessing over the counters being cleaned, no fingerprints on the appliances, and how people cheat at words with friends...all current concerns of mine at the moment.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last, but certainly not least - The Master Bath

I never dreamed of having my own bathroom.  I grew up in a house with one bathroom so didn't know any different.  When we moved into this house having 2 1/2 baths was a dream.  Cleaning them isn't so much my favorite chore, but they are well worth it.  Having a bathroom next to my bedroom makes my life so much easier.  As someone who visits the bathroom at least once after I go to bed the proximity of bed to bath cannot be beat in this house.

We got rid of the blue in the bathroom.  It didn't match the cherry wood tones and granite at all (which I still don't really care for).  By painting the walls a more neutral color I think it toned down those areas.  We couldn't find a mirror that would fit in the space above the sink so Chris ordered the glass and made the frame.  Lucky gal I am that he can do that sort of stuff.

There is a nice jacuzzi tub that is more of a dust collector than anything.  Unfortunately I am not  patient enough of a person to take baths. 

And that's our casa.  Good thing I snapped these  photos because the upstairs is now in complete disarray as we are putting in hard wood floor!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Small Guest Room & Our Bedroom

I posted a while back about the room re-do in the small guest room.  I had an itching to have a bright green room, so that's just what I created.

Our bedroom was something that took me a while to get how I wanted it.  The wall color had to go, particularly because it was in so many other rooms in the house.  We also searched far and wide for a bedroom set.  We went to over 10 different stores and back and forth to Pottery Barn about 5 times looking at one set.  We ended up finding the one we have now at Arhaus Furniture and ironically it's the Kieran collection.  For those of you not in the know, Chris has a little cousin Kieran who we adore. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Craft Room

I spend quite a bit of time in the craft room. I've set it up so I have a monitor and keyboard up for an optimal working from home environment. Recently we had lots of house guests for Marissa and Lance's wedding so we ended up putting a twin bed in here and decided to leave it. Sofie likes to lounge on it while I'm working or crafting. This is probably my favorite room of the house. It has lots of elements of my life and many mementos.

You can go to this post HERE to read more detail about my wall.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Big Guest Room

The big guest room is probably the one where we have done the least amount of decorating.  I just can't decide how I want the room to be and therefore don't want to commit much time to making changes.  We've gone from having 2 twins to 1 king which has been nice.  I also very much enjoy the extra closet space for myself.

Other than that, not much change in this room.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Office

The office is the room I thought I'd be spending quite a bit of time in considering that I work from home often.  However, Chris actually works in here more when he isn't travelling and I setup in my craft room.
We kept the walls the same color in this room and just decorated.  This room definitely has some big pieces that pull the room together.

The shelves are actually two separate units from Ikea pushed together.  This was a big bang for little buck.
We got the desk free off of craigslists and eventually sanded, painted, and replaced the pulls.  What a different this made.  I went from hating the desk, to loving it! 

I got some cool math art for a great price at 20X200.  It's perfect for an office and its letterpress which I heart big time.

My favorite piece in this room is the map.  Chris LOVES maps.  I bought him this huge one and had it framed for valentines day last year.  We have stickers on it for all the places we have travelled. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Living Room

Our living room is probably the room that has been moved around the most since we first moved in.  Originally the TV wasn't mounted (that took us over a year to do) and the rest of the room was arranged around where the TV is.  Chris had to do some re-wiring in the living room in order to get the TV on the wall we wanted.  What a difference hanging it made in the room.  Everything just seems much bigger.
My favorite part about this room are all the framed photo's we have on the walls and shelves.  I have a picture dating back to the two of us in 8th grade all the way up to our wedding last September. 

Here are a few more pictures of our living room now.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Kitchen

I never thought we'd spend as much time in the kitchen as we do.  It seems as though whenever we have a get together all the ladies end up gathered around the counter chatting...probably because thats where the food usually is! 

 We have done no physical work to the kitchen, the color was great, cabinets perfect, and counter top amazing.  My only complaint is the stainless steel appliances.  Up until I was responsible for stainless steel I had no idea how  frustrating it was to clean.  Everytime we open the fridge, use the microwave, turn on stove, open the dishwasher, and so on there is a smudge.  Being the anal person that I am I am cleaning the appliances at least once a day.  I even have a requirement that the stove knobs be taken off and wiped down when used.  Its absurd, but it's  my attempt at keeping what we have looking as new as possible for as long as possible.  

My favorite part about this room is definetely the two cabinets with glass panes.  I get to show off my amazing champagne glasses and collection of cookbooks. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2 Years

I can't believe it's been two years since we signed on the dotted line and bought our house.  Owning a house is something I think many of us take for granted.  I have to remind myself regularly of the years we lived in small, cramped, over priced, apartments. It makes me happy to think that now I can yell to Chris from upstairs and if he is in the garage or basement he can't hear me.  I'm sure it makes him happy too, but because he doesn't have to hear my bone crushing voice.

When we decided to buy our home, we knew it was a little more house than we needed for the time.  We figure that we will eventually grow into it and to enjoy the extra space while we can by having friends visit and stay with us.  We currently have a King, Queen, Full, and Twin bed setup somewhere in the house! 

Stay tuned as I'll go through the changes we've made and how much we've accrued to fill these rooms in the past 24 months.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?

All spring long I kept saying, I HATE GARDENING!  Now that the fruits of our labor have paid off...I might not use the word HATE anymore.

Growing up my mom always had the most beautiful garden in our small yard.  I never appreciated how much love and care went into it until I decided to have my own. 

To the right is what the front of our house looked like when we bought it almost two years ago. Each side had an evergreen tree, a big redish colored tree/bush, LOTS of lavender, and some other random perennials. 

Last summer we pulled out everything, but the evergreens and put in a few plants.  With so many wedding festivities at our house we wanted the front to be somewhat acceptable. 

This summer, we decided to over haul the entire front.  First came yanking out those tree's.  I hate to pull a tree out of the ground, but truth be told we had no idea how to take care of it.  It was totally out of hand and too wily to frame our front door.  Chris tied a few boyscout knots to one of the trees, attached the rope to the truck and drove.  Those babies came out and pulled right across the pavement perfectly. 

After that was done we had to order screened loam to replace the dirt that was currently residing in our garden beds.  The old dirt was full of concrete from the construction of the house and sand that was used to fill the cracks between the pavers.  The day the truck delivered the dirt was a nasty one, but we didn't give up despit the rain.  We dug out quite a bit of the old dirt and then shoveled in the new stuff.  IT WAS TOUGH WORK!  I have a new found respect for landscapers.

Next was planting which is where I got cheap and needy.  I didn't want to spend money on plants that I didn't know how to take care of and would be replanting and rebuyihg next year.  My mom came through like a champ and took a ton of stuff from hers and a friends garden.  That almost filled up the space! 

There is a house down the street from us that sells plants out front in the spring at a super cheap price.  They are mostly annuals but the price was right and I knew I'd need some to fill in blank spaces.

I then went and had the back of the truck filled with mulch...the darkest available.  We laid soaker hoses and then mulched, and mulched, and mulched. 

Chris took it upon himself to put pavers down to line the side of the garden that is edged with grass.  As usual Chris went above and beyond (aka was wicked anal) and the result is absolutely beautiful.

In the end, all the hard work was well worth it.  Whenever I pull up the driveway and stare it all the beautiful flowers and their colors it puts a smile on my face. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Accidental Art

I can't take credit for puposely putting this in this spot because I knew this would happen...

But I'm sure glad my father in law noticed it!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hey Jealousy

It's finally happened...Marissa got married!  Her and Lance had a beautiful wedding and it was funner than fun. 

There amazing photographer (see photo to the left) was Bharat Parmar.  I give Bharat extra props as he called me Biker Shorts because I was donning a special undergarment that inspired this one night only nickname.

At any rate, Marissa's wedding being in June allowed her to have peonies.  I was green with envy over this!  I wanted peonies for my wedding desperately and while I usually make it happen, some things just can't be done.  In September you'd be hard pressed to find them anywhere in the world...much less at an affordable rate.  I wouldn't change the flowers at my wedding because in the end it was everything I ever wanted, but I can't help be a bit envious of Marissa. 

Because I love peonies I took a few from a leftover wedding arrangement and had a full fledged photo shoot with one that was especially spectacular. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Wall

I stare at the wall in my craft room for hours on end.  When I work from home I sit at the desk in that room and I was sick of looking at the plane old walls...so I just started one afternoon putting stuff on the wall.

A self portrait my brother did of himself and threw away..I took it out of the trash and kept it.

Picture of me and the chica's on our cruise and a framed collage of alice in wonderland mini playing cards I got in Oxford

Scores from 'who is your match' that we did in high school...my number one match is none other than my husband!

A water color of a frog tyler did for me for Christmas one year

A cigarette tin that was my  Grampy Grimes'

A picture of my Nana Grimes as a teenager and some keys from Grampy Davis' house

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pirate Lego Party

Kieran said he wanted a Pirate Lego birthday party...so that was what he had!  Instead of giving gifts to my fave little kiddos I volunteer to help out with their parties when it comes to decorations, favors, and cakes.  This way their every busy parents dont have to stress about that part and I get to have fun planning and plotting. 

While a Pirate Lego party seems easy...it wasn't so much.  I pretty much had to create all the paper stuff from scratch...but that makes it fun.   I also got lucky as I happened to be in Carlsbad two weeks before the party and got into Lego Land for 1 hour to shop!  I went crazy looking for stuff and thanks to my pal Jamie P. who went the weekend before I knew I could score some cool bags with Pirate Lego people on them.  I also scored lots of other fun stuff.

Making the cake was pretty easy as it was just a square.  The lego figureine was my first attempt at working with cereal treats and covering them in fondant.  It was surprisngly really easy.  I even tried to get the birthday boy to bite the head off, but that was a no go.

Room Re-Do Results

When I want to do something, that pretty  much means I'm going to do it RIGHT AWAY.  I have zero patience so when I get something in my head there is little to no time before I start working on.  

After I found the inspiration pics in my previous post I went to work.  I went to Home Depot that night and grabbed a handful of paint colors I liked.  When I got home I stuck them on the wall next to the window.  I waited until the next morning when the natural light was shinning through the room and picked my color.  That day after work I went back to Home Depot and grabbed the necessary supplies.  

By 11pm that night the room was all painted and by Friday afternoon the mirror and shadow boxes hung to finish everything up.  I ended up spending $50 on paint and supplies because everything else I had on hand. What a difference paint makes in a room!

It is super bright, but I dig it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

You want to what?

So as my travels have subsided for a while I am obsessing over the house.  What I want done (lights in all the rooms, hardwood floors in the bedrooms, french-doors in the dinning room that opens OUT) and what will actually happen are two very different things.  I figure that if there are a few quick and easy things I can do myself on a low cost Doezy will leave me alone about it.  Unfortunately when I told him I wanted to do some re-decorating in the guest bedroom he said "you want to what?".  He knew when he met me that I like to change things often so this really shouldn't come as a surprise. 

Here are some inspirations of what I'm thinking:

The room is tiny so can't have too much furniture.  We already have a perfectly good black cast iron look alike bed frame from Ikea  that I plan to use with a matching mirror.  Also I have both black and white bedding that can be used in the room so that is another item I wont have to buy.