Wednesday, March 25, 2009


I'm not sure why, but I'm really into the color yellow these days. Maybe it's because spring is (sort of) here or maybe the sun is coming through my yellow stained glass window in a way that makes it more noticeable and make me want more yellow in the room.The daffodils I got last week are almost done and the forsythia I brought inside to force hasn't bloomed yet. I may have to get some more daffodils to keep my yellow fix going for a little longer. I might get some yellow pillows to put on the sofa too!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Apartment Therapy Cure Week One: Creating Your Vision

Well, week one of the AT Cure is almost over and I'm already behind. Pretty typical. I did clean the house yesterday (not thoroughly but I'll get into that later) and I think I've sat just about everywhere there is to sit here. Since we're in an old house that we knew needed work when we got it, our list of repairs is way beyond what could conceivably be accomplished in eight weeks. Yeah the door on the upstairs linen closet doesn't close all the way, but when you consider everything else that needs to be done around that house, that doesn't even come close to making the list. Repairs that I'd like to get done (and conceivably could get done) in 8 weeks would be:
Finish installing the dishwasher (it's been been months since we got it)
Install the curtain rods in the Living room
Fix broken doorbell
Get estimate to fix leaky radiators (and fix them if affordable)

While this is going on we will still be working on our dining room so I may not accomplish as much as I'd like in the rest of the house. The plasterer came yesterday and fixed the holes in the ceiling and we are finishing the rest of the spackling today. Tomorrow we will be sanding which is why I didn't bother to clean thoroughly. No matter how well I had cleaned, it would be covered in dust tomorrow.My office "before" shot. The office currently looks like this because our dining room looks like this:I had tidied up the office a few weeks ago, but once we started the dining room and had to move the dining table into the office it all went downhill.

The vision:
There are some rooms in this house that I have a pretty specific vision for (look at my flickr faves and you'll see a definite theme in kitchen photos) but then there are others I have no strong ideas for (my office). In general, I'd like to be able to entertain more and having a dining room will certainly help and I'd like to have a place for doing crafts that is inspiring, not stress inducing.
There are certain elements of my taste that are fairly fickle and other parts that are more constant. Overall I'd like the house to be flexible so that I can mix things up a bit, especially when I find cool stuff at yard sales. I don't want each room to be so rigidly matched and "decorated" that it either looks like a magazine photo or that I can't move a chair from one room into another when I find a new one because it "doesn't go." My taste is a mix of both vintage (early 20th century art nouveau, deco, retro 40's style and MCM), and some more modern design. I'm not into things that are especially girly (a little girly is okay), but I don't do hard edged minimalism either. Anything semi permanent to permanent I want to keep true to the house (1915 bungalow) and have more fun with the more temporal items like furniture and art.
Yikes, that makes it sound pretty complicated. Well I guess that my challenge for next eight weeks.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Yay Spring!

I'm no photographer (in case you couldn't tell) but when I went outside today and saw all of the bulbs coming up in my yard I had to take a bunch of pictures. I love the tulips popping up out of the moss above.
In this strange round flowerbed in the middle of the yard there were tons of crocuses. A lot of them are still yellow because they were buried in leaves and hadn't seen the sun. I cleared away some of the leaves, but there's tons more to remove. Maybe this weekend if it's nice outside. Despite the snow floating around this morning, it seems that spring really is here. It makes me want to spend every minute outside.

Happy Weekend everyone!

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Gratuitous Kitty Pic

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Artist "Paint In" this Sunday!

If anybody out there reading this lives on Long Island and likes to paint, there will be a "Paint-In" in Huntington Station this Sunday. Huntington Station has been getting some bad publicity lately due to a number of violent incidents recently and a local artist Cynthia Grimm of Pixelstick Photography is trying to remind people that Huntington Station is not a terrible place and that good things do happen here. Details can be found here. See you there!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thrift Score!

I made out pretty well today at the local St. Vincent de Paul. Apparently they had just put this table out and it was only $28! It has a fairly sloppy paint job that I'll probably strip off to get to the finish underneath, but for now I think it still looks pretty cool. It will be the reverse of all the DIY projects that you usually see that involve taking an old piece of furniture with a decent but not pristine finish and painting it some odd color. I'm starting out with the odd color paint job and will be going back to the wood (probably).I also got my Geninne print back from the framing place where I was having a mat cut. I put it in this scavenged frame and I think it turned out pretty nice. Now I have to find my picture wire to hang it.Here's a few oddball items I found at a yard sale this morning. A book of etiquette from 1922 to go with my 1945 issue of Emily Post, a catchall type thing carved out of a big chunk of wood and a miniature Eames chair. I'll probably never have the real thing, but now I can have a little one to look at.A handfull of drink holders that stick into the ground. I'll have to start having garden parties now.Random plastic tray. I just liked it and figured you can't have too many trays, right (please tell me I'm right 'cause I'm starting to have quite a few)And finally, a Russel Wright serving platter for only $2. Not bad huh?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Decor8 Creativity project

Holly over at Decor8 gave us a challenge to do something creative this past weekend. I decided to get back into watercoloring since I haven't done it in months if not years. I've been playing around with this idea of doing prints of seasonal edibles in a sort of "Eat Local" sort of theme and decided to start with a couple of veggies. I actually liked the beet a little better before I added blue to the background so I omitted any sort of background for the carrots. I don't know, maybe I'll start a series of these. If I can find a way to make decent reproductions I'll put them in my Esty shop which has long been neglected. Any one know of an affordable place to get prints made?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spackling sucks

If you're wondering why there haven't been any update posts on the progress of our dining room it's because there's nothing to show. Last weekend I had a few extra days off and spent them scraping and spackling. Yesterday we spent some time spackling as well. Unfortunately there is still tons more to be done! I'm sure if we did a photo comparison of before and after there would be some sort of noticeable difference, but it sure doesn't feel like it. I feel like we could scrape and spackle for the next three months and still not be done. I guess we'll just have to decide when it's "good enough."

Friday, March 6, 2009

Getting the green back

I've noticed that this blog has become almost entirely about my house and not enough about green issues or anything else. To try to get some balance around here I'm going to highly recommend reading any book by Michael Pollan. I have a bit of a gardening & food crush on him and his writing. Even though he lives out in California now, he is originally from right here on Long Island believe it or not. If you're not familiar with his work he started out writing about gardening. Not how to books, but about his experiences in the garden. From there his interests found their way to food and our food system. I read his first book called "Second Nature" in college. It is a great read for an amateur gardener out there. His most recent books,"The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food" are about our food system and how we eat. "The Omnivore's Dilemma" is incredibly interesting (to me anyway) but at 464 pages it's a bit of an undertaking. The more recent "In Defense of Food" is a much easier read and in many ways more relevant to how we live. If you interested in looking at your food in an entirely different way I definitely recommend these.
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