Thursday, December 25, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Our Beautiful Bathroom

I haven't finished the christmas decorations yet, or the curtains or the pillow... so I figured I'd share some lovely pictures of our upstairs bathroom in all it's glory.

the wall tile

the vanity, and my favorite...

the flooring!

Beautiful, isn't it? The overall room is actually pretty nice. It has a nice white art deco-ish style tub and faucet and two south facing windows. Unfortunately the 70's were not kind to this room. I'm starting to think I should rip out the flooring 'cause, seriously, could what's underneath really be any worse than this gold and marblized textured vinyl monstrosity? Even if it's avocado green tiles that are popping up off of the floor, I think it would be better than this.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Adventures in Photoshopping

Here are some of my attempts to photoshop the curtains into the room to get a better feel for them. My photoshop skills are somewhat limited, but I think it gets the idea across.

Curtains from white Varen fabric

Curtains in chartreuese rose fabric

Curtains in Clematis fabric

Curtains in Jasmine fabric

ahh the balance between subtlety and boldness....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Curtain Call

I'm trying to make a decision on a fabric for our bedroom curtains. The top left pattern is from a set of sheets that I bought on sale that I will be turning into a duvet cover, the other seven are ones I like for curtains, but I can't decide which! I wanted to do full length curtains, but because we have a steam radiator under the right hand window, I figured that would be too much of a fire hazard. I had thought about roman shades, but even when they are open, they still hide the top of your window. I am going with cafe curtains which I know aren't typical in a bedroom, but I think they will work. They will cover the lower 2/3 of the window-I'm going to hang them above the sashlock, aligning with the first muntin (Thought I'd give you some architectural terms). This way they will provide privacy where we need it and let in the morning light above. I hate waking up in a dark bedroom, so I love having the sun peek in above the curtains. Plus, when laying in bed, I can look out and see the trees and sky. I can't decide if I want the curtains be neutral browns similar to my bedspread and duvet or if they should provide some color and contrast in the room. hmmmmm.....

any ideas?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Our Bedroom

Other than painting the walls blue, I'm a little stuck as to how I'd like this room to come together. I want it to be calm and peaceful with a somewhat modern but mostly vintage-y feel. The bedspread I love, so it is definitely staying. It's a DKNY quilt with an all over daisy pattern embroidered onto it. The duvet however has to go. I got it back at our old place in an attempt to do a layered feel of silky pattered fabrics. However the two silky fabrics just slide against each other and every morning the duvet is on the floor. Eventually we would like to get an upolstered headboard and mount a more attractive shelf over the bed. We need the shelf because there is only a few inches on either side of the bed-not enought for a table. I'm getting some simple, cheap, white, matching, clip-on reading lights for either side of the bed until I can find some pretty wall mount lights. I have also toyed with the idea of either wallpapering or stencilling the wall behind the bed. I won't do that until I have a more coherent vision for the room.

Here are my temporary curtains for the room. I have ordered some nicer curtain rods with rings from Rejuvenation, but I can't decide on what fabric to make the curtains out of. I was thinking of this, but now I'm not sure.
Although I painted the room blue, I'm not really a big fan of the color blue in general. I've just seen a bunch of blue bedrooms on flickr (this, this, even this) and loved how soothing they were. I was hoping to almost treat the blue as a neutral background and have have the other items in the room "go" with blue, but not actually have any blue in them. My initial thought was to have everything be taupey-brown (like the bedspread) white and accents of green (hence the fabric selection), but now I'm not so sure on the green. The dresser on the right is this one so it's helping to contribute to the vintage-y feel. Once I refinish its mate, most of the stuff on top of the dresser will go on top of its mate in the closet, leaving an uncluttered space for some art and other pretty things.
Any suggestions?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Our Living Room

Here are a few shots of our living room as it looked a few days ago. I've painted the pipe to the left to match the wall since, but I haven't had a chance to take pictures. I can't believe I took a picture with the window sashes all misaligned. I usually make sure that all of the horizontal parts line up.

We painted the room using Olympic Paints from Lowes. I had wanted to use Yolo Colorhouse or Mythic paints or even AFM Safecoat, but there don't appear to be any retailers in my neck of the woods. The Olympic paint seemed to me to be at the crossroads of quality, lack of VOC's, price and convenience. I don't know how tough it will be, we chose the flat enamel instead of the regular flat paint in the hopes that it will wear better. The sheen is actually more of an eggshell rather than a flat so it does highlight some of our wall's imperfections (there are many). I actually had wanted something a little less green than this, something that would be a bit more of a background color, but we don't have the energy to repaint it so it will stay for now.

The curtains are from IKEA. We needed something inexpensive until we can afford to get something nicer. They were $30 / pair which is about as cheap as you can find for curtains this long. I can't say that I love them, I'm just hoping they grow on me. Once I get some real curtain rods, I will hang them from the flat part of the window trim above the window. I know the trend these days is to hang them from somewhere higher than the window to give visual height to the space, I think we have enought height already (the tops of the window are over 7'-6" above the floor), plus the trim is so pretty I didn't want it to be hidden behind curtains. As an architect, I'm a bit of a window nerd and don't like to hide pretty old windows behind heavy curtains which is why I tend to pick sheers for most places. They are probably too summery for this time of year, but I don't care.

I still don't have anything hanging on the walls yet. I don't want to make any holes in the plaster until I'm absolutely sure about what I'm hanging. Plus, once the picture rail hooks come from Rejuvenation, I can hang things without making any holes at all. I think picture rails are one of the greatest inventions. I know some people don't like the look of the exposed wire or cord that it hangs from and you can't do the random collage style of hanging pictures, but it does allow you to move pictures around the room without having to worry about patching holes.

I'm Ba-ack

I've been a very bad blogger recently, which was unfortunately the result of a two month journey to get my computer up and running and connected to the internet. It's not as easy as you would think! We bought our new old house just after Labor Day then spent a couple of weeks cleaning and painting before we moved in. After we had moved in we couldn't really unpack my computer for almost a month, partly because the boxes were buried and partly because there wouldn't really be anywhere to put it. Apparently when this house was built, one or two electrical outlets per room was enough and the few surfaces that a computer could be placed on didn't necessarily come anywhere close to the outlets. Our old place had a little built in desk that I made in the corner of the living room that we couldn't take with us so I began to search craigslist and the local thrift stores for a decent desk. People in cities have it so easy with craigslist! The selection out here is pretty sad. Eventually I gave up and went to IKEA and got a Melltorp dining room table which I absolutely love. It has a big, clean (well not at this very moment) white surface that I can do crafts on and still have room for my computer. I'm going to be posting some progress photos a bit later and probably be asking for some design advice too.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Living Room Ideas

This is the first time I've ever designed with a graphic sort of "design board." In my apartment, the design always just evolved. As I found cool stuff at yard sales, the room would change. Occasionally I would find the need to "tie things together" or "mix things up" depending on which way the room is going. Since our apartment has more furniture than it can hold, we shouldn't need to get much more once we move in- which is good since we won't be able to afford it. I'm planning on using most of the stuff that is currently in our living room, but thankfully the walls won't be panelled. This color is similar to the one on my one painted wall in my current LR, just slightly greener and less blue. Right now I'm wanting to paint each room a different shade of green. Something light and fresh in the living room, a more springy yellow green in the kitchen to make it cheery. I'd like a more saturated green in the Foyer since it is a room that you just pass through, plus it has darker trim than the rest of the house, so I think it can handle it and in the bedroom a soft bluish, greyish green- something very soothing. My favorite colors are red and green, but I don't want the house to look Christmas-y. I figure green is more soothing and livable for the walls and I can punch it up (I hate that expression) with the red in the rugs and accessories.
Here's a photo of a part of the living room. Unfortunately I don't have a good full room shot. It has a picture rail towards the top of the wall which is cool. I've always wanted one of those (I know, I'm wierd). I want to get some of those old-fashioned picture hooks to hang artwork from. The rug, sofa, Barcelona chair and pillow by Olive, are all in my living room now and I also have some bookshelves and a tv stand that will probably also be in here. Hopefully this will all work together and I won't be tired of it too quickly. What do you think? Any suggestions?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

We're Buying a House!

We're in contract on this 1914 bungalow. It has most of its original features except for an unfortunate remodel of the kitchen and bathroom in the 1960's or 70's. I'm a little overwhelmed at the prospect of decorating so many rooms, but it should be fun. I'll post ideas for different rooms and I'd love to hear some ideas and suggestions. I'm hoping to go as "green" as possible in a true vintage green spirit.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


We don't have to move! For some crazy reason our landlord has now decided that we can stay. We are still looking to buy a house, but at least now we don't have to go anywhere in the mean time. Maybe now I'll finish some of my apartment therapy that I never got to (kitchen cushions and curtains). Our place has become a bit of a disaster since we found out we had to move. I guess I lost all motivation to clean - anything. I did, however finally finish crocheting a lap blanket. Good thing now that it's June! I'll post pictures of it later.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Friday, my upstairs neighbor and I both got notices from our landlord that they would not be renewing our leases and that we had to be out by the end of our lease which is June 14th. We don't know what the real reason is (they gave some lame-a** excuses) but we think they want to move in themselves or at least move their "children" (they're in their late 20's and still living at home) in while they do construction on their own house. I don't mind them wanting the house for themselves, it is their house after all, but it's the complete lack of courtesy for long term tenants (I've lived there almost 8 years!) and short notice that pisses me off! So, I finally finished my apartment therapy (well, almost) and now we have to move out. At least we purged a bunch of items during the process. We'll probably sell more before we go. Anybody want a red pleather 60's couch?


Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Love it!

Well the "grandma chic" side of my taste has fallen in love with this adorable crocheted doily rug just blogged about over at Design*Sponge. It is a DIY project and although I'm not looking for any more large crochet projects at the moment, I'll think I'll save this one for later if I am suddenly feeling ambitious. Maybe when I can get my hand on a bathroom like that one with a pedestal sink and hex tiles on the floor.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Almost Done!

We are just about done getting rid of the clutter in the apartment (the basement is another story). There is one last pile near the front door. It mostly consists of books that didn't sell at the yard sale which need to be donated somewhere. I also have a bunch of craft supplies that don't fit in my crafting cabinet. Not simply because there are too many of them, but mostly because they are dimensionally too large to fit without having to be put in diagonally which wastes too much space. I think I'll go through the red basket and relocate some of the sewing supplies in there (which I do far less often) and put them in there instead.
I have ordered a swatch of the mustard wallflower fabric to make sure the color works then I'll be making curtains and cushions! I'm thinking of geting some "fat quarters" (what an odd term!) of the other three and making a runner for the table. My new couch should be coming within the next week, I'm so excited! I think I might make a few new pillow covers for that as well, but I'll wait until after the kitchen stuff is done. Those are bit less urgent.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More options

I went back to Amy Butler's website and realized that there were a few patterns in colors that actually go with my kitchen. I think I like these better than any of the previous fabrics. I think I will take whichever I pick and make curtains as well. Maybe not the pattern for the entire curtain, but a nice wide 6" or so hem at the bottom of a white curtain. I thought I recognized the mustard wallflower pattern and realized it is the same fabric that Nicole at Making it Lovely used for her kitchen curtains!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

Since I'm getting close to being done with the kitchen I need to get around to picking a fabric to cover the cushions on the kitchen chairs- that and ordering the food canisters that I want from BB&B. I have sort of an odd color scheme in the kitchen, I guess I have sort of an odd color scheme everywhere actually. The kitchen is a combination of fifties vintage items mostly accented with red, some bakelite stuff in red, mustard and olive green and the lovely (heavy sarcasm here) mauve 1980's countertop and backsplash that I have been blessed with. I alternate between wanting something darker and brownish to just blend with the wood chair to wanting something really fun since it is a kitchen. I love Amy Butler's patterns (as does everyone else) but her colors never seem to go with mine. Any suggestions?

Progress at last!

Well, after a dance recital two weeks ago and leaving for Austin for a week a couple days later, I fell way behind on my apartment therapy. But this weekend we got a bunch of stuff done. We bought a pot rack and magnetic knife holder from IKEA on Saturday and installed them both on Sunday. We also bought a rack of sorts to store baking sheets and other flat items so that they don't all fall down every time we take something out of the cabinet. Now we can actually manuver around our lower cabinet without having to play pot and pan Jenga! We bought a good quality knife and are getting rid of our old cheapo knife set at my parents yard sale next saturday. (If anyone's around, there's some good stuff to be had). We also took a look at a couch that's on sale at Macy's and as soon as we get the swatch samples in the mail, we'll order that as well too. It's the Corona couch, we're just not sure if we should go with the stone color, cafe noir, or cappuccino which is really more of a light mushroom brown.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I'm behind in my "therapy" already. I seem to always have another project that competes for my time whenever I do a cure. While Saturday was very productive, Sunday was spent going to some open houses and shortening a skirt for an upcoming dance performance. Monday evening I was devoid of energy and last night was spent practicing for the performance (as I will be tonight). Hopefully on Thursday evening I can make some progress on my kitchen. I need to find a better way to store my pots and pans. Right now it's a process just to get them in or out of the cabinet. I'm not wild about the look of hanging pots on the wall since it tends to look cluttered, but I'm not sure what the other options are. I'm sure eliminating some of them will help. I'll see what I can do.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Clearing out the Clutter

We just cleared a Mini's worth of stuff out of our basement. Six bags of clothes for charity and five bags of paper and cardboard recycling. There is finally space at the bottom of the basement steps. I should have taken a picture of my car filled to capacity, but I forgot. I'm not used to this whole blogging thing yet and it's almost necessity of photographing everything along the way. I've also put away most of the mountain of clothes in the bedroom. It's nice being able to walk freely in there. More to be done tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Spring Cure Before

Well, I've uploaded my before shots to the Apartment Therapy Cure NY group. You can see them here. I'm afraid to even photo my basement at this point. Most of the apartment isn't too bad. I want to focus mostly on my kitchen and the basement. Although my kitchen looks okay, it's very cold, both literally and figuratively. I don't enjoy spending time in there really. It isn't particularly convenient for cooking (I haven't yet figured out why) and the plastic-y finishes for the floor and counters and the metal table give it a cold feel even if it isn't actually cold. I'm going to look into rearranging furniture and reorganizing/ cleaning out the cabinets. Also, once yard sale season starts (I'm an addict), I'll keep an eye out for a wood table that can help warm up the look of the room. The basement, on the other hand, needs major decluttering. It is the dumping ground for anything we don't have room for up here, plus lots of my boyfriends extra stuff from when he moved his apartment into mine. The rest of the rooms just need a little weeding so I figure any extra time I have during the weeks for those rooms can be spent on the kitchen and basement.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring Cure Time!

One of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy, is having their semi-annual Apartment Therapy Cure! My apartment isn't as sick as it has been before previous cures, but it could definitely use a little purging and spring cleaning. Below is a picture of my home office "after" featured on AT during the last cure.

Monday, March 3, 2008


Well, over the weekend I found out that someone else snatched up the house I wanted. The realtor said that she hadn't seen that much action on a house in a while. Someone bought it within a couple days of it being listed. Now we are thinking that maybe moving to Austin isn't such a bad idea. For the same price as a bland, fixer upper around here you can get a cute cottage with character in a cool neighborhood in a city, not the suburbs! I'd have to get used to the heat, but 100 degrees in July can't be any worse that 12 degrees in February!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My Dream House!

Okay, maybe not my dream house, but it's really, really cute. I just hope we can afford it. We've been looking to buy a house and even though the market is dropping, houses around here are still really expensive, though not as much as they were a year ago. It's a cute little (and I mean little) dutch colonial, probably from the 1920's. It has original built in cabinets and vintage sinks and a claw foot tub! I apologize for the poor photo, it was really late in the afternoon when it was taken so the sun was at a crazy angle. I'll try to get better photos this weekend.

Friday, February 15, 2008

My Latest Etsy Purchase

I just bought this great collage from Collage Lab on Etsy. Now I just need a frame and a place to hang it!


I know I’m a little late to the blog phenomena, but I wanted to share some of my ideas about architecture, vintage design and trying to live a greener lifestyle. Things will probably be changing a lot at first as I get everything set up, so bear with me. I hope you enjoy it!

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