March 29, 2013

Quick Kitchen Update

 When I got home last night, J had surprised me by hanging up the shelf over the stove.  Perfect! 

Less clutter on the counter.  Aaah...

March 28, 2013

Back Entry Inspiration- Next Big Project?

We're going to add bead board throughout the entire area, painted the interior wall color and add it to the ceiling in a natural finish.  Add a ton of hooks and storage.

Finally hang up our big CO map, J's 14er's poster and snowboards.

Pull out that nasty blue carpet, maybe add some tile and refinish the stairs.  Definitely adding a runner of some sort.

We also need to build in around the stairs to the basement so that any children that come to our house don't fall through the giant opening (right, Ellen?) ;)  We need shoe storage too, so maybe something like this?

Although, I guess a child could climb to the top and jump off, but I think that seems like another problem entirely.  We could add some barbwire at the top or an electric fence that would zap them back up like those factories in China (allegedly)?  Mom's- what do you think ;)

This project is on hold until we:

Finish the living room furniture rotation.
Install the back splash in the kitchen.
Finish the electric in the dining room.

March 22, 2013

Dining Room Light?

I have been looking for a light for over the dining room table for ever...

Help me choose!

Really affordable (and you get all 3):

I have loved this one forever:


Too predictable?:

nice light
Dream Light:

White Random Light, Moooi White Random Light & Random Light | YLighting

March 21, 2013

2013 Goal #1- Accomplished!

Everything that needed to be hung on the walls upstairs is up!!


 95% done in here...

Close-up they remind me of the pattern blocks from Tom & Molly's those!!

Dining Room:

Added and rearranged a few things.  Fixed the broken glass in the black and red print from Grandmother.  Printed a few of J's crazy hiking photos and moved the Jermaine Rodger's/Deftones bunnies.

Maybe next time I'll use a real camera instead of my Iphone? ;)

Great Lakes print and my Menominee/Lake Michigan lighthouse photo are a good match!

Living Room:
After a quick project to fix a decision that has been bugging me for years...

 I can love this print of Howard Olson's again!  Reminds me so much of WI fall/winter skies.

I also really like it with my new lamp and shade!  Still sure the blue couch is still moving downstairs though...

 I think the watercolors are my current favorite art in the whole house.  Love opening the door to this view!

Love the cookbook shelf.  Hate to have cluttered counters!

 Close up-  Thanks Haley! I got J the CO version to match the WI print.

March 20, 2013

Kitchen Rug?

Good price, perfect size...

I might be taking a rest from finding the perfect rug.  

The two below live in Turkey. They are not too expensive (under $100), but Turkey?  To far.  I need instant gratification.  Although, the colors are nice compared to plain black and cream.  And I love black and cream any other time...

Obviously, I like the one with the most black the best ;)

Turkish Runner 22" x 104" Vintage Hand Woven Wool Kilim Kelim Rug 56 cm x 265 cm

March 19, 2013

To Do List: Is this the finish line?

Hang prints.
Patch ceiling/walls
Touch-up paint.
Add can light above stove
Install back splash(es).
Replace light switches.
Install shelf above stove.
Do something with knives.
Create better function for lower cabinet next to sink.
Find a runner for in front of sink..
Transition for tile to hardwood.

Office nook-
Finish filing.
Purge paper.
Finish Installing trim.
Install light fixture.
Patch walls.
Replace light switch.
Move wireless router.
Buy counter pieces.
Buy leg/support?/ new kennel for Zeb?
Get rid of old kennel.
Put pet stuff away.
Find blinds for windows.
Make wall cubby more functional by replacing shelves.

Back Entryway:
Tear out all old electrical boxes, wiring.
Buy a new light.
Install new light.
Replace light switches.
Replace ceiling with bead board (natural)
Patch walls.
Paint walls.
Paint back door.
Paint trim and window.
Build in railing area.
Tear out carpet.
Add storage for shoes, pet stuff, gear.
Add lots of hooks.
Hang 14er's poster and CO Map, old snowboards.
Hang Blind over bathroom window opening.

Living Room-
Hang framed paintings.
Couch switch?
What rug?
Add can lights?
Directional lights?
Do something about fan/light.
Print family photos.
Hang photos.
Re-paint living room heating vent.
Find blinds for windows.
Over dye curtains.
Hang curtains.
Add a mantle to fireplace?
Fix hearth- fill and paint.
Replace oldest gas insert in the history of time.
Add hooks/shelving to entry.
Build fauxdenza for entry.

Dining Room-
Get stuff from ArtHardware!
Hang everything!
Wiring replaced.
Light switches!
Install new lights.
Find pendant for over table.
Install rug.  Staple down?
Find blinds for windows.
Hang over-dyed curtains?

Hang photos.
Rearrange furniture.
Order ForLikeEver
Design and install built in closet.
Do something about fan/light.
Finish wiring updates.
Transition from tile to carpet.

Need storage for hand towels.
Need storage for magazines.
Change hardware on vanity.
Tile to the ceiling.
Order glass for shower.
Change cans to LED.
Caulk mess.

Laundry Room- 
Hang Santa Fe painting.
Solution for plants.(wire veggie baskets?)
Solution for jewelry. (Hooks in wall)
Purge clothes and shoes.
Put extra stuff in basement.
Counter top over washer/dryer.
Add hooks for drying.

Basement Finished Room-
Unpack last boxes.
Clean out/organize closet.
Rearrange furniture.

Basement Unfinished Room-

Basement Gear Room-
Jon's job.

March 5, 2013

Stuff I Like(d)- February

Stuff I'm Listening To:

Stuff I'm Hoping to Read:

Stuff To Do This Weekend:

If we get some more snow and colder weather.
Come on Winter, I haven't even used my new snowshoes yet!!

Stuff I Need:

Backsplash behind stove

Sink Wall

Stuff I Want (disclaimer- p.s. not begging for stuff, just fantasy shopping):

Gave it to everyone for Christmas but myself :)
(OOOH, Thanks Ellen, Joe & Grace for my early b-day present!!!)

(I know Geodes are totally played out and overexposed, but I've been bugging J for a few years and he said we had to wait until the house wasn't under construction... well?  We have lots of rocks we've collected on different adventures and i really want a few big geodes to put on the hearth.)

(Noise cancelling headphones- I think I can count these as a "medical expense" ;))