Did anyone else wake up yesterday wondering how it's already August? The older I get, the more I feel that time just flies by. I remember being a kid and feeling that the summer might last forever. A school year felt like an eternity. Now a summer passes in the blink of an eye and years move so quickly I can hardly keep up. My baby turns two this month. I can hardly believe it. This week also marks the four year anniversary of this little ol' blog. While I don't post often, I'm still so happy to have this tiny corner of the Internet to share a bit of my crazy with the world. If you're still reading, thanks for sticking around.
I'm linking up with the girls for five on friday again but I thought I'd do something a little different this week. I haven't shared much about the new house, mostly because we haven't made any really exciting changes yet. I'm sure you'd all love to see pictures of newly trimmed trees and recently replaced pool equipment, yes? Yeah, that's what I thought. Hopefully we'll start making progress on the fun stuff soon and I'll have some good before and afters to show you. But until then, a few details on the new digs.
Blaire has already made a few friends on the street but one in particular is special. Meet Isabella.
|Shoe choice by Blaire. The girl is particular about her shoes. We go with it.|
Isabella the tortoise lives down the street in a neighbor's backyard. Blaire loves her. We walk down the street a few times a week to visit Isabella and check in on her. Apparently Isabella has a tortoise boyfriend but he lives in another part of the yard we can't see from the fence. I haven't met Isabella's owners yet to find out how exactly they came to own two tortoises as pets but I'm sure it's a good story. We're thankful they're kind enough to let the neighborhood kids peek through their fence and make friends with Isabella.
Let's talk sofas. First, is it a sofa or a couch? I always called it a couch but furniture stores seem to prefer sofa. Is a sofa a fancy couch? Is there a difference? Regardless, we need one. Well, many really but we're starting with the family room because it gets the most use. We'll worry about the other empty rooms later. I've decided a slipcovered couch is a must for our messy family. Spills and dirt are going to happen. I want a home that we can live in and not fear ruining the furniture. I've narrowed my search down Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, primarily because they both offer sofas with slipcovers that can be machine washed and with some promotions and discounts, they're reasonably affordable. Does anyone have a slipcovered sofa from either of these companies? I'm just a little concerned with how difficult it is to remove, wash, and replace the slipcovers. If anyone has any input, I'd appreciate it.
Just for fun, here's a little peek at what I'm planning in the family room.
We have a rug I really love with light blue and beige tones so that set the color palette. The blues are some of the fabrics in the room and the swatches on the top right are what I'm thinking for the couch slipcovers (similar colors if we go w/ RH couches but I don't have those swatches). Bottom left is a linen I'm bringing in with some chairs.
Wallpaper is my nemesis. There was wallpaper in the dining room (you can catch a glimpse of the mint green pattern in the picture below) and some really scary floral wallpaper is still up in the half bath. I was lucky that most of the dining room wallpaper came down in full sheets but one wall was a nightmare. It's like they used super glue on that wall. I spent countless hours peeling paper off that section, inch by inch, over the course of a few weeks. The other night I finally finished it. It doesn't look like much from these pictures because the one on the left is after it was about 90% done but this is the result of hours of work. I was so excited to get it done!
If the half bath is half as bad as this wall, we're going to live with the 80s floral for a LONG time.
I went to a local antiques mart to pick up some chalk paint and fell in love with one of the pieces there.
It's totally different than anything in my house right now but I just love it. I think mixed with more modern and traditional pieces it could work for me. Here's the thing that's holding me back - there's a bit of a strange smell when you pull out the drawers. Nothing terrible - just sort of old and funky. Part of the charm of antiques, I guess? Any idea if there's a way to de-stink wood? I mean, I could toss some lavender sachets in there and hope for the best but if it doesn't work, am I stuck with funky old lady smell every time I open the drawers?
Check out these window treatments in the kitchen.
Don't you just love them? Do you know how long I looked for fabric with a pagoda on it? KIDDING. We inherited these beauties with the house. There are matching floor length panels of the pagoda fabric on the window in the kitchen dining area. You know, in case there wasn't enough pagoda-bird's nest goodness for you on the cornice board. I was going to toss them until I saw how much new roman shades are. What that crap?!? Why so much for such a tiny panel of fabric? So, the new plan is to attempt to recover the roman shade with a new fabric. And I don't sew so this will be a no-sew attempt. Wish me luck. I'll report back with a tutorial if it works or a picture of my new Pottery Barn roman shade if it doesn't.
Well, that's my friday five on the house. Hopefully there will be more progress to share soon. Have a great weekend!